Denon just announce the availability of its new IN-Command Series of AV receivers, a line designed to build upon the ease-of-use of its E-Series line, but with way upgraded performance capabilities and further enhancements to installation flexibility. The four new models—AVR-X1000, -X2000, -X3000, and, you guessed it, AVR-X4000—hit all of the right notes in terms of price point, ranging from $499 to $1299, and best of all, even the lowest-priced model in the range features Audyssey MultEQ XT instead of the cheaper, less effective standard MultEQ room correction system.
The IN-Command AVR-X1000 ($499) is a 5.1 model rated at 80 watts of power per channel (no indication of whether that’s one, two, or all channels driven), with 1080p and 3D video pass-through, six HDMI inputs, Airplay, internet radio, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, and streaming multimedia capabilities. As with its bigger brothers in the line, the AVR-X1000 features a more compact design from front-to-back, making placement and connection easier, and its binding posts are all aligned and spaced out beautifully to make speaker connections easier. It also features Denon’s new (and excellent, I might add) onscreen setup wizard to assist you with the setup process. It’s also fully compatible with the Denon Remote App, for easy mobile control.
Stepping up to the AVR-X2000 ($699) gets you an additional two channels of amplification, which can be used in a 7.1 setup or as a powered second zone. The unit is rated at 95 watts per channel, and adds 4K “Ultra HD” pass-through and up-scaling capabilities.
The AVR-X3000 ($999) ups the ante even further with Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X processing for front-height or front-width effects channels and independently driven digital multi-zone capabilities, and features 105 watts x 7 channels of amplification, which Denon specifies as “two channels driven” (which one assumes means that the X2000 and X1000’s power ratings are with one channel driven only) (Denon has informed us that all power ratings for IN-Command line are with two channels driven).
The flagship of the IN-Command line, the AVR-X4000 ($1299) is a 7.2-channel monster with 125 watts of power per channel, and 9.2-channel processing capabilities if you want to add a stereo amp to your setup. Most importantly, it adds Audyssey Sub EQ HT dual subwoofer EQ and MultEQ XT32 room correction, so you can actually have bass correction for two independent subwoofers in your system. In addition to seven HDMI inputs, it also features three HDMI outputs.
Add to that IP control capabilities with full Control4 certification across the IN-Command line, along with web configuration, remote access, serial inputs, front panel IR lockout capabilities, fully assignable digital and analog A/V inputs, and new HDMI video select functionality (not quite sure what that means, but it sounds neat), and you’ve got the makings of a very intriguing new line from Denon.