Denon AVR-X2800H 7.2 channel 8K A/V Receiver (2022 model) Review

7.25 Mixed Usages
9.1 VIDEO FEATURES:
6.9 CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS:
6.6 AUDIO FEATURES:
6.6 MULTIZONE:
7 AMPLIFICATION:
Release year: 2022 Rating: 4.3

Home theatre aficionados looking for a reliable and inexpensive alternative will like the Denon AVR-X2800H, an 8K AV receiver with 7.2 channels from the 2022 family. It's a great choice for people with medium-sized living spaces. This receiver will totally amp up your audio and video experience without costing you a fortune.

Our Verdict

The Denon AVR-X2800H has some seriously delightful audio quality with its 7.2 channel setup. It's got 8K video support, so you're all set for your entertainment needs in the future. The setup is very simple, and the on-screen interface is really user-friendly. But, it doesn't have all the fancy channel setups like the more expensive ones. Some people might think it's not as strong for big rooms, and it doesn't have as many ways to connect as more expensive options.

 

PROS
  • Impressive 7.2 channel surround sound.
  • Supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for immersive audio.
  • Abundant HDMI inputs and outputs.
  • User-friendly setup and calibration.
  • Advanced room correction with Audyssey.
  • Streaming via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirPlay 2.
  • Excellent video upscaling and processing.
  • Built-in HEOS multi-room audio support.

 

CONS
  • No phono input for vinyl lovers.
  • Remote control can be overwhelming.
  • Higher price point compared to some competitors.

 

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Specification

GENERAL

Receiver Type A/V Receiver
Number Of Channel 7.2 Channel
Number Channel Processing 7
Audio Feature Dolby Atmos , DTS:X
Video Feature HDR10 , HDR10+
Watts Per Channel 95 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
Zones 2
Radio Internet Radio , Pandora , Spotify , Tidal , Deezer , Napster , SiriusXM
Amplifier Class A/B

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB Yes
RCA LIne Input: 4
RCA LIne Output: No
RCA Pre-Outs: 0.2
XLR Line Inputs: No
XLR Pre-Outs: No
Phono Input: Yes
Optical Inputs: 2
Optical Output: No
Coaxial Inputs: 1
Multi-Channel Input: No
Headphone Out: 6.3 mm (1/4
HDMI Inputs: No
HDMI Outputs: No
8K Inputs: No
Composite Video Input No
Composite Video Output: No
Component Video Input: No
Component Video Output: No
Front A/V Inputs: USB
Speaker A/B: assignable

AUDIO FEATURES:

Maximum Channel Processing 7.1
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Yes
Dolby Atmos Music Yes
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround Upmixer Yes
Dolby Pro Logic N/A
Dolby Digital EX Yes
Surround EX N/A
DTS:X up to 5.1.2
DTS Neural:X Yes
DTS Virtual:X Yes
DTS Neo N/A
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Yes
DTS 96/24 Yes
DTS Express Yes
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced N/A
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
Gapless Playback Yes
DSD via HDMI No
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter N/A
USB DAC N/A
Jitter Reduction N/A
DTS Dialog Control Yes
Dialog Enhancement N/A
Dialog Level Adjustment Yes
Dialog Normalization Yes
Dialogue Lift N/A
Compressed Music Enhancer Yes
High-resolution Music Enhancer N/A
Audyssey Dynamic EQ Yes
Audyssey Dynamic Volume Yes
Audyssey LFC N/A
Audyssey Sub EQ HT N/A
Audyssey DSX N/A
Direct Mode Yes
Pure Direct Mode Yes
Independent Subwoofer Outputs N/A
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT
Audyssey App Support Yes
Bass Sync Yes
Optimized Bass Redirection N/A

VIDEO FEATURES:

HDMI Version 2.1
Enhanced ARC Yes
HDCP Version 2.3
HDR10+ Yes
Dynamic HDR Yes
Dolby Vision Yes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Yes
QMS (Quick Media Switching) Yes
3-D Ready Yes
Video Signal Passthrough Yes
Video Signal Upscaling Yes
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Yes
Component Video Upscaling Yes
isf Certified Calibration Control Yes

AMPLIFIERS

Channels 7.2
Front Wide Channel Support N/A
Current Feedback Topology N/A
Discrete Amplification Yes
HDAM N/A
THX™ Certification N/A
Continuous 6 Ω Rated Yes
Certified 4 Ω Performance Yes
Bi-amp Capability assignable

GAMING FEATURES

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) Yes
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) Yes
Quick Frame Transport (QFT) Yes

ZONES

Zones 2
Powered Zones 2
Zone 2 Outs Pre Out
Zone 3 Outs No
RS-232C Interface Yes
+12V Trigger Output No

RADIO

Analog Tuner FM/AM
Digital Radio N/A
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora Yes
Spotify Yes
Tidal Yes
Deezer Yes
SiriusXM Internet Radio Yes
Napster Yes

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages 3
Web Browser Control Yes
IP Control for CI Yes
Control4 SDDP Yes
PreAmp Mode Yes
Display 1 line
Remote Controller RC-1253
Remote Control In/Out 1/1
LCD Display N/A
Detachable Power Cord Yes
Setup Assistant Yes

POWER

Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 125 W (0.7% THD)
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 150 W (1% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front) No
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front) No
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front) No
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 95 W (0.08% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 185 W (10% THD)
Power Supply AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Toroidal Transformer N/A
Power Consumption 500 W
No Sound Power ECO On/Off: 35 W/75 W
Standby Power 0.1 W

BUILD

Dimensions (W x H x D) 17 1/8
Weight 9.5 kg (21.0 lbs)
Chassis No
Front Panel not Metal
Speaker Terminals 7
Large Speaker Terminals 7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals Yes
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals N/A
High Grade Audio Components Yes
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function N/A
Auto Power off Yes
Warranty 3 Years

SPECIFICATIONS

THD digital 0.008% (1 kHz, at 0 dB)
Analog Distortion 0.008% (20 Hz-20 kHz, Direct mode)
Phono Distortion 0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line) 200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM) No
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance 1.2 V
Rated Output digital 2 V (at 0 dB playback)
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 74 dB
S/N Ratio (digital) 102 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation ±1 dB (20 Hz to 20 kHz)
Frequency Response (Analog In) +1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI 2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance No
Video Frequency Response No
Ethernet Standard 100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version 4․2
Bluetooth Frequency 2.4 GHz
USB Terminal USB2.0 5V, 1 A
FM Frequency 87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.) Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)
FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%
AM Effective Sensitivity 18 µV
AM Frequency 520 kHz - 1710 kHz
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Details Review

 

Design

The Denon AVR-X2800H has a really sleek and simple design. It's not the main attraction of your entertainment center, but it totally fits in. The front panel is extremely straightforward, with a clear and helpful display. It's pretty lightweight, so it's easier to install. But the build quality doesn't feel as strong as those fancier models. The buttons on the front panel could use a bit more touchy-feely action, and the remote control, while it gets the job done, looks somewhat old-school.

Connectivity

The Denon AVR-X2800H is very well-rounded and has all the connectivity options you could want. It's future-proof, too. With a bunch of HDMI inputs and outputs, it's the main hub for all your home entertainment stuff. It's super easy to connect all sorts of devices, like gaming consoles and your favorite Blu-ray player. And it's got this support for 8K video, which is like an insurance policy for those who want to stay ahead in the tech game.

But, you know, there's a catch, like with most good things. The back panel of the receiver can get pretty crowded, especially when there are a bunch of cables involved. It's tricky to access the ports, especially when you have little space behind your entertainment center. You might need to get creative with cable management to make sure everything looks tidy. Also, it's cool with most devices, but some might need adapters or converters to connect, which could make your setup a bit more complicated.

Performance

The performance of the Denon AVR-X2800H is really impressive; it definitely lives up to its reputation as an A/V receiver. With its 7.2-channel setup, this bad boy delivers audio that's super clear and balanced, making your movie nights and music sessions an absolute blast. The 8K upscaling and passthrough stuff is like a total lifesaver for your video quality, making sure your visuals stay super awesome.

But like any product, it's got its quirks. In bigger rooms, the receiver might have a tough time filling the whole space with sound. It doesn't have the same oomph as fancier models, which might not be great for music lovers who want their tunes to really shake the room. Also, when you use it a lot, it tends to get warm. It's not really a big deal, but just make sure the receiver has good ventilation, especially if you're cranking up the volume and playing intense stuff. Making sure you set it up right in a place with good airflow is crucial to keep it running smoothly and not getting all hot and bothered.

Where and When to Use

This receiver is a superb addition to your home entertainment setup. It's perfect for small to medium-sized living spaces, fitting right into your home theatre or living room. It's great for chill movie nights, gaming hangouts, or just background tunes when you're hanging out with friends.

For bigger rooms, it might not give you the super cool experience you want. It's not great for big open spaces or places where you need a stronger A/V receiver.

Compatible Devices

The Denon AVR-X2800H is extremely enjoyable and works great with all kinds of devices. From your fancy 4K streaming thingy to your cool turntable, it can handle many gadgets. And, like, it's totally ready for the future with its 8K support.

With older devices, you might need extra adapters, which can make the whole setup a bit more complicated. If you've got a bunch of old stuff, get ready for some extra effort.

Ease of Use

Setting up this receiver is extremely straightforward, thanks to the user-friendly interface. The on-screen setup wizard is highly helpful and the remote control is really easy to use. The Audyssey MultEQ XT calibration system helps you tweak the audio for your room.

But, if you're new to A/V receivers, the remote control can be a bit overwhelming with all those buttons and stuff. The manual is genuinely lacking in detail. It could use more explanation, especially for newbies.

Cost

The Denon AVR-X2800H is a pretty good arrangement if you ask me. It's got a good balance of performance and affordability, so it's a smart buy for folks who want quality without breaking the bank.

The cost might still be perhaps too much for people on a tight budget. Also, you might want to think about setting aside some cash for things like cables or converters, depending on what you already have going on.

 

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