Published On: September 5, 2023

Denon's Latest Marvel: The AVR-X6800H AV Receiver Unveiled

Published On: September 5, 2023
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Denon's Latest Marvel: The AVR-X6800H AV Receiver Unveiled

Denon introduces the highly anticipated AVR-X6800H AV receiver with enhanced 8K capabilities and Dirac Live compatibility.

Denon's Latest Marvel: The AVR-X6800H AV Receiver Unveiled

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Denon has unveiled its latest audio-video receiver, the AVR-X6800H, which promises to bring a slew of new features and enhancements to home theater enthusiasts. This successor to the AVR-X6700H comes with 11.4 channels (expandable to 13.4 channels for audio processing) and supports a wide array of immersive audio formats, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced, and Auro 3D. 

While the official price and availability date have not been disclosed, Denon has indicated that consumers can expect to purchase this new receiver at the beginning of 2024.

As the model name suggests, the AVR-X6800H builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, the AVR-X6700H. While the X6700H currently retails for $2,999, industry experts anticipate that the X6800H will maintain a similar price point. 

Notably, Denon has made significant improvements to the AVR-X6800H's HDMI capabilities. Unlike its predecessor, which could only passthrough and upscale 8K content on one of its eight HDMI inputs, the X6800H can handle this on all seven of its HDMI 2.1 inputs. The receiver also supports various video features, including 8K/60Hz, 4K/120Hz, variable refresh rate (VRR), auto low-latency mode (ALLM), and compatibility with HDR formats like Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, and HDR10+. 

Denon's AVR-X6800H AV receiver

Furthermore, it offers three HDMI outputs, with one featuring Audio Return Channel (ARC) and enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) support.

Despite these digital enhancements, the X6800H sees a reduction in its analog video processing capabilities. Composite video inputs have been reduced from six to two, and component inputs are now limited to just one instead of two. Notably, there is no longer an option for component video output. However, the receiver retains its six analog audio inputs and even adds three 12V trigger outputs compared to the X6700H's two.

In terms of amplification, the X6800H boasts 140 watts of power across 11 channels, along with four discrete subwoofer outputs—an upgrade from the X6700H's 11.2 channel configuration with only two subwoofer outputs. Additionally, when used in preamplifier mode, the X6800H offers 13.4-channel processing, providing users with increased flexibility.

The X6800H continues to include Audyssey's room correction software, offering features like MultEQ XT32, SubEQ HT, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, and Low Frequency Containment (LFC). Notably, the receiver is also compatible with Dirac Live room correction, although this feature requires a separate paid upgrade from Dirac.

Denon's commitment to innovation is further evident in the extensive connectivity options provided by the X6800H. It offers seven HDMI inputs, all supporting up to 8K resolution pass-through at a 40Gbps transfer rate, ensuring compatibility with the latest video standards. 

Denon AVR-X6800H AV receiver back panel.

The receiver also excels in home theater audio with support for various surround sound formats, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D, IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X, and Auro-Matic. These processing options allow for an immersive audio experience, regardless of the speaker setup.

The AVR-X6800H also incorporates HDMI 2.1 features such as eARC, gaming support (4K/120Hz, 8K/60Hz), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Quick Frame Transport (QFT). Pass-through of all HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, is supported, enhancing the visual experience for users.

Control options for the AVR-X6800H include a wireless IR remote, smartphone app control for both iOS and Android devices, and additional options like 12-volt trigger outputs, wired remote sensor input/output, RS232C, and IP Control.

Additionally, the receiver caters to audiophiles with support for high-resolution audio playback, including 24-bit/192kHz formats, and compatibility with various digital audio formats such as MP3, WMA, WAV, MPEG-4/AAC, FLAC, and ALAC. Wireless connectivity is enabled through Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, and Wi-Fi, with the option for wired Ethernet connection if needed. The receiver also supports HEOS multiroom wireless streaming.

The Denon AVR-X6800H represents a significant step forward in home theater technology, offering enhanced video and audio capabilities. With its support for Dirac Live room correction and a wide array of connectivity options, it promises to provide a compelling home theater experience for enthusiasts when it becomes available in early 2024.

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