Denon introduces fourth generation of X-series home cinema receivers

All three versions are equipped with Dolby Atmos, and a free DTS:X update is due later in 2016. After the update, owners will also be able to deploy Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X upmixers to create 3D sound from legacy Dolby or DTS soundtracks.

Bluetooth, wi-fi, Apple AirPlay and Spotify Connect compatibility are standard across the range, and there's support for high-resolution audio files including FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WAV and DSD (up to 5.6MHz).

Video is equally well catered for, with the latest HDMI 2.0a spec, as well as HDCP 2.2 on all inputs, required to handle copy-protected 4K Ultra HD content.

We are testing the Denon AVR-X2300W right now

We are testing the Denon AVR-X2300W right now

All three are 7.2-channel amps with power ratings of 145W, 150W and 180W respectively. The AVR-X1300W can deliver Atmos in a 5.1.2 configuration and has six HDMI inputs.

Additional features on the AVR-X2300W include upgraded sound tuning, eight HDMI inputs, advanced video processing with 4K upscaling for HDMI sources plus ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) video calibration. And the top-of-the-range AVR-X330W gets analogue-to-HDMI conversion, advanced multi-room options, a 7.2 channel preout and RS232 control.

MORE: Dolby Atmos, what it is and how to get it

There's plenty of connectivity, even on the entry-level AVR-X1300W

There's plenty of connectivity, even on the entry-level AVR-X1300W

An upgraded version of Denon's AVR remote app is available for iOS and Android devices as well as the Kindle Fire.

The Denon AVR-X1300W and X2300W are available now, with the X3300W due to arrive in August. We already have the AVR-X2300W in our test rooms and will publish the official review online later this week.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.