Denon AVR-X2400H

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Fea­tures

These days, your av­er­age £500 AV re­ceiver is packed with al­most as many fea­tures as a top-of-the-range cut­ting-edge smart TV. From the lat­est video sup­port to hi-res mu­sic and multi-room stream­ing abil­i­ties, the once-hum­ble am­pli­fier has evolved into some­thing that more re­sem­bles a mul­ti­task­ing mul­ti­me­dia hub for your home.

When it comes to the head­line fea­tures – 4K HDR, Dolby Atmos and hi-res mu­sic sup­port, mul­ti­ple HDMI in­puts, plus var­i­ous mu­sic stream­ing op­tions – these three amps from Denon, Sony and Yamaha have it cov­ered. All three AV re­ceivers have HDMI in­puts that are HDCP 2.2 com­pli­ant, sup­port­ing full play­back of 4K/60fps and HDR (High Dy­namic Range) con­tent.

They also sup­port Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound­tracks – and yes, that in­cludes the Sony, at long last – so if you want to ex­pand your home cin­ema set-up, you’re cov­ered for multi-di­men­sional sound.

Ex­tra op­tions

Bear in mind that the Atmos con­fig­u­ra­tion is re­stricted to a 5.1.2 speaker ar­range­ment on all three amps, and that only a hand­ful of 4K and Blu-ray discs sup­port the two sur­round for­mats for now.

One thing to watch out for is the num­ber of HDMI in­puts, which varies among the amps. Denon of­fers a gen­er­ous eight, Sony of­fers six, and Yamaha just four. You may find that you won’t ac­tu­ally need more than four to con­nect all your sources, but it’s al­ways nice to have ex­tra op­tions.

The num­bers once again vary when it comes to other dig­i­tal and legacy con­nec­tions: Denon leads the way with a few more op­ti­cal and ana­logue video con­nec­tions, which makes it a pretty good deal for £500. But the other two are hardly lack­ing in con­nec­tiv­ity – there are plenty of sock­ets on the Sony and Yamaha for you to plug your kit into.

Stream­ing smarts

Mu­sic stream­ing is high on the pri­or­ity list, with the amps ca­pa­ble of play­ing hi-res 24-bit/192khz mu­sic files in all pop­u­lar for­mats, as well as dou­ble DSD. They all fea­ture built in sup­port for Air­play, Blue­tooth and Spo­tify Con­nect – it all works seam­lessly once paired with your smart de­vice.

With DLNA on board all three re­ceivers, it’s easy to stream mu­sic from just about any NAS de­vice, lap­top or smart­phone, pro­vid­ing they’re all on the same net­work. You can con­nect the amps to the in­ter­net via wi-fi or through the eth­er­net socket (our pre­ferred method for greater sta­bil­ity).

The USB port on the front of each AV re­ceiver will play files (in­clud­ing dou­ble DSD) off a hard drive or stick. It’ll charge your smart­phone, too.

The Yamaha RX­V583 ad­di­tion­ally of­fers built-in sup­port for Tidal, Qobuz and Deezer, while Sony adds Chrome­cast to its list. That may seem as if Denon AVR­X2400H isn’t up to speed on its stream­ing smarts, but it of­fers Tidal and Deezer sup­port through its multi-room-spe­cific HEOS app.

Of course, each man­u­fac­turer has its own multi-room tech­nol­ogy im­ple­mented into their AV re­ceiver. If you do have the com­pat­i­ble con­nected prod­ucts, you’ll def­i­nitely want to down­load the ac­com­pa­ny­ing ios/an­droid con­trol app to stream mu­sic around your home.

Build

AV re­ceivers aren’t the first in line when it comes to cos­metic up­grades, but ar­guably they don’t need to be. We want our AV re­ceivers to be built like a brick, work smoothly and last for a few good years.

The three AV amps here tick all those boxes. They’re sturdy black boxes, the buttons and di­als all work re­spon­sively, and the dis­plays are clear to read.

There are, nat­u­rally, dif­fer­ences in lay­out (Denon and Sony of­fer two con­trol di­als for in­put chang­ing and vol­ume while Yamaha has just one, for vol­ume, for in­stance), but there’s noth­ing glar­ingly out of place when it comes to each amp’s de­sign.

The re­motes are sim­i­lar in that they’re straight­for­ward hand­sets, although Denon gets ex­tra points for of­fer­ing a back­lit de­sign,

“Mu­sic stream­ing is high on the pri­or­ity list, with all three amps ca­pa­ble of play­ing hi-res 24-bit/192khz mu­sic files in all pop­u­lar for­mats, as well as dou­ble DSD”

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