Denon AVR-X2200W Review

Specs

ManufacturerDenon
ModelAVR-X2200W
Inputs8x HDMI 2.0, 2x Composite, 2x Component, 4x Stereo RCA, 1x Coaxial, 2x Optical, USB, Ethernet, Bluetooth, WiFi
Outputs2x HDMI, 1x Component
Amplifier Section7 Channels, 2x 95W per channel (no 7 channel power specification)
RoomEQYes
Size17.1" x 13.3" x 6.6"
Weight20.7 lbs.
Review DateApril 4, 2016
Price$485.00

Every well known receiver company has an offering around $800. I’ve always found this to be a sweet spot for a receiver–you gain a more refined piece than entry level, but at a point that doesn’t sting as much as flagship models. As we have written before, receivers in this range sound quite similar, so comparisons come down to features and usability. What sets the Denon AVR-X2200W apart and why do I now have one installed in our bedroom system? A robust platform, second to-none guided set-up and some key differentiating features make the AVR-X2200W an easy recommendation.

A Step-Forward In Set-Up

From a feature standpoint, the Denon isn’t all that distinguishable from models from Pioneer, Onkyo or Yamaha. In the spring of 2016, at this level features like Dolby Atmos, 7.2 Channels, future friendly HDMI 2.0a & HDCP 2.2 inputs, and some sort of auto room calibration system will all be quite common. You’ll get a nicer compliment of components and build than entry level models, but not the quality or heft you’d find from units north of $1000. The AVR-X2200W hits all of these highlights. Room calibration is handled by Audyssey – the Silver suite which includes MultEQ XT,  Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume.

So how does the Denon AVR-X2200W set itself apart and why is it the easiest recommendation for me to make in this price range? Quite simply, Denon has taken a major step forward in refining the set-up process of your receiver, and in doing so has easily distinguished itself from the competition. Chris walked through the particulars of the new UI in his Denon AVR-S710W review. Suffice it to say I agree with what Chris has to say – Denon has taken what has been an archaic and challenging process and made it far more accessible to the average user. See Chris’s review for more details.

Other Important Upgrades

As with the Denon S710W, the X2200W carries forward several key features forward from the 710W, including integrated Wi-Fi, Spotify Connect and AirPlay. We’ve covered the benefits of each in our 710W review, so here I’ll focus on what some areas where the X2200W differentiates itself from lower end models.

The X2200W offers an upgraded room calibration suite. As we mentioned above, the X2200W replaces Audyssey MultEQ with MultEQ XT. This adds additional measurement points and finer filter resolution for a more effective result.

 

Essentially all of Chris’s nits with the Denon AVR-S710W are addressed in the X2200W. You gain two additional HDMI inputs as well as a dual output – giving better HDMI flexibility. And while I’ve never personally used the S710W, it certainly seems like input switching/HDMI locking happens quicker on the X2200W than Chris reported on the S710W. The X2200W is quick to turn on and display an image, and input switching and lag is negligible.

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Also worth noting is that the X2200W is capable of IP control – a feature that the S710W lacked. If you have a remote like the Harmony Elite, which is capable of IP commands, this is an important upgrade. IP control is more reliable than traditional IR controls, and allows for a more full featured control experience. IP control is certainly firmly here to stay, and having a receiver that can integrate with these system is a nice future proofing feature.

Denon AVR-X2200W In Use

The Denon AVR-X2200W sounds good and easily drives my system of PSB Stratus Mini bookshelves and a Stratus C6i center channel. Listening to  content from Blu-ray to Cable TV or Netflix – I never have any complaints with how the X2200W sounds across any of these platforms. As I write this review, I’m listening to The 1975’s recent performance on SNL, and am very happy with with the Denon in all respects.

Spotify Connect also works well on the AVR-X2200W. The Spotify App on my phone immediately finds Denon AVR-2200 as an “Available Device”. Simply click on the bottom of the app, and direct the audio to the Denon (which can be renamed to something more appropriate like “Master Bedroom”). The AVR-X2200W turns on, switches to Spotify Connect, and volume is controllable via your iPhone. A quirk of the integration: there is no way to turn-off the receiver when done, but the Denon’s Eco mode will turn itself off when no signal is being sent.

The AVR-X220W also offers Apple AirPlay that provides a nice option for streaming other content off your iPhone or computer and works flawlessly for me. I am