Denon AVC-X4700H

Denon AVC-X4700H

Introduction

Denon seems to have hit the nail on the head with its first series of 8K-capable X Series home cinema amplifiers. Besides the fact that 8K flat panels are gradually becoming available, this range is also compatible with the newest generation of game consoles, which are optimised to deliver 4K at 120 frames per second.

Other gaming-friendly features of the AVC-X4700H include VRR, ALLM, and QFT. When used in conjunction with Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) can significantly lessen input lag and frame tearing. If you’re a gamer, you know how important these are. Fans of the moving image will also find something to celebrate. The AVC-X4700H is a powerful home theatre system that comes in either black or silver.

You may have noticed that the X4700H shown here is an AVC (amplifier without FM tuner), the type sold in the UK and the European Union. The American variant is a conventional AVR that includes an FM radio. Aside from that, they function similarly.

However, the X4700H doesn’t have a drastically different appearance than its predecessors. The overall quality of the construction and the finishing touches are superb. The corners are squared off, and there is a glaringly obvious screen right up front. The chassis has two layers, making it more sturdy than the similarly priced but less potent AVC-X3700H from Denon.

Modular Surround Sound System

All the major surround sound formats will work with the X4700H without a hitch. You can listen in a variety of formats, including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, Auro-3D, and Dolby Atmos with Height Virtualization. The latter is meant for people who can’t use up fires that are enabled by Dolby technology or physical height speakers. IMAX Enhanced decoding is supported as well, with Sony’s 4K Blu-ray branch favouring the more popular DTS:X version.

The eight HDMI inputs supported are compatible with both 2.0 and 2.1. The amplifier’s three outputs allow it to be used with a screen or projector in the primary viewing area, as well as a second display in a second viewing area. The two 8K HDCP 2.3 outputs support passthrough to 8K-capable screens. It’s probably unrealistic to expect an 8K projector any time soon, but at least it’s forward-thinking.

The star of the show is HDMI input 7, which supports 8K resolution at 60 frames per second and 4K at 120 frames per second. In its stead is an input simply labelled “8K,” which was formerly the Aux 2 input. Not unexpectedly, I haven’t had time to try this out just yet. For the sake of argument, let’s pretend everything is fine.

However, if you plan on purchasing both the PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles, you may find yourself frustrated by the limitation of having only one HDMI capable of a fast 4K input. In that instance, you’d need to connect one console via HDMI to the TV and have its sound sent back to the amplifier via eAudioReturnChannel.

All HDMI inputs may be renamed and registered automatically, saving you time, and the AVC-user X4700H’s interface allows for full customization.

An MM phono input is included for vinyl listeners, as are two separate subwoofer pre-outs (instead of merely parallel sub-outs), a multichannel out for external amplifiers, and numerous analogue and non-HDMI digital fallbacks. You can access the headphone jack, extra HDMI input, and USB port by lowering the front panel.

The AVC-X4700H, being 8K-ready, features a more powerful image processor, allowing it to boost lower-quality sources like HD and 4K video to the higher resolution of 8K.

Denon has gone to great lengths to make the amp’s setup as painless as possible. The Install UI guides you through the process, and Audyssey MultEQ XT32 handles most of the work automatically (though the accompanying Audyssey MultEQ Editor programme allows for further tuning if desired). The least number of seats that may be measured by the calibration procedure is four, and the maximum is eight.

New this year is a Dual Speaker Setup preset function, perfect for individuals who use separate equalisation settings for stereo music and surround sound movies. You may instantly toggle between two Audyssey-calibrated outcomes thanks to the preset.

This dual approach is also common in domestic theatre setups. One set may be tailored to observing TV with the curtains drawn. With the curtains drawn, you can tailor a second setting specifically for projection. Because of this, I no longer had to arrange Audyssey for a darkened room with a projector running and the curtains closed when I wanted to use the system during the day; instead, I could just use the system whenever I chose. The volume level might be adjusted based on the number of people in the audience, for example, as a second practical application. In other words, one set could be optimised for a particular viewer’s sweet spot, while another could cover a larger area.

The Future is Now

Denon’s AVC-X4700H is a colossal piece of equipment that delivers a thrilling listening experience and state-of-the-art technical prowess. It has an abundance of dynamic force at its disposal, a staging ability that would make Cameron McIntosh green with envy, and the deftness with which to navigate the ebb and flow of blockbuster action. It’s also got some serious musicality to it, with moments of infectious melody followed by some powerful rock and dance beats.

The fact that this amp supports 4K/120fps gaming and even 8K video will likely be the deciding factor, though. Although additional 8K inputs would have been ideal, this home theatre amplifier is nonetheless well-equipped for the present and the future. The results are astonishing.

Considerations for the Future

In addition to gaming, the first AV amplifier to support 8K and 4K/120fps has other uses. It’s the future of home theatre in terms of power and entertainment.