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Denon Launches Include AVR With 11.1-Channel dts Neo:X

INDIANAPOLIS – Denon arrived at the CEDIA Expo with multiple new products, including a $2,499-suggested A/V networked receiver with 11.1-channel dts Neo:X post-processing surround, 4K by 2K passthrough and up-scaling, and embedded four-port Ethernet hub.

A universal Blu-ray player with dual HDMI outputs, two tabletop networked music systems and a microsystem are also new.

The A/V receiver (AVR) is the 11.1-channel AVR- 4520CI, which ships in September and steps up the brand’s top AVR price point to $2,499 from $2,099. It is the brand’s first AVR with dts Neo:X and Ethernet hub. It features 9×150-watt symmetrical mono amps and ability to reproduce an 11.1-channel Neo:X soundfield when a two-channel amplifier is plugged in. Other features include Apple AirPlay, 32-bit/192kHz DACs, ability to stream networked music with 192kHz sampling rates, and Audyssey Multeq XT32 room correction, which is available in one other Denon AVR and delivers 32 times the resolution of Audyssey’s MultEQ XT offering.

The company’s first three AVRs to offer 4K by 2K passthrough and up-scaling were launched earlier this year at $649, $899, and $1,199. They feature Audyssey MultEQ XT.

The $999 DBT-3313UDCI universal 3D Blu-ray player, which plays SACD and DVD-Audio discs, replaces an $899 model, joins the $499 DBT-1713UD 3D universal player, and becomes the brand’s first Blu-ray player with dual HDMI outputs. The two HDMI outputs serve two purposes. One is to stream HDMI video directly to a 3Dcapable TV while streaming audio over HDMI to an AVR that lacks 3D passthrough capability. The other scenario is to improve audio quality by having a dedicated HDMI output for audio, the company said.

The universal player also features a new Denon Link HD connection to the AVR-4520CI and AVR-3313CI AVRs. Denon Link HD will be available on additional AVRs early next year.

Denon Link HD is the newest version of proprietary technology to provide jitter-free audio from Blu-ray players to an AVR, the company said. The technology works with disc media of all types as well as with streaming content. Denon Link HD requires an extra coaxial connection on top of an HDMI connection.

The player supports Netflix, Vudu, Hulu and YouTube streaming.

In networked tabletop music systems, Denon is launching two models to replace older models. They are the $649 DRA-N5 with a pair of separate speakers and the $499 SC-N5 without speakers. The 2×65-watt systems, shipping in October, feature a center unit that’s smaller than the current N7 models and add AirPlay. The DLNA- certified models also stream music from networked PCs and NAS drives, stream Internet radio stations, and stream the Pandora and SiriusXM music services.