Denon announces $1,100 IMAX Enhanced 9.2-channel receiver

Denon has announced the latest X-series receiver, the 9.2-channel Denon AVR-X3600H, priced at $1,099, which includes IMAX Enhanced certification, and a range of immersive audio formats, such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization (the latter via future firmware upgrade). The new receiver also carries Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, and 4K Ultra HD video tech, as well as Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) for gamers.

“We’re currently experiencing a dramatic flight to quality as studios, musicians and other creators make really high-quality content that’s readily accessible on platforms like Amazon and Netflix, or Tidal and Spotify. As a result, we’re seeing consumers choose to move beyond sound bars and basic home theater systems to something better equipped to provide truly amazing experiences at home,” said Michael Greco, senior director of global brand management at Sound United. “With technologies IMAX Enhanced and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, the AVR-X3600H will allow people to truly see and hear their favorite movies, TV and music as the artists intended.”

The AVR-X3600H delivers a claimed 105W per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.08%, 2 Ch. driven), nine total channels of amplification, but will also process 11.2 channels in a 7.2.4  configuration with the addition of a two-channel external amp. AKM 32-bit D/A converters are onboard and hi-res audio files (ALAC, FLAC and WAV) are supported at up to 24-bit/196-kHz, as are 2.8/5.6-MHz DSD files (the audio coding format of SACD).

Eight HDMI inputs and three outputs on the rear panel feature 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, High Dynamic Range (HDR10), Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) 4:4:4 Pure Color sub sampling, and BT.2020 pass-through. The new model is also certified by ISF, with calibration controls for both ISF Day and ISF Night modes. As is typical for Denon’s new generation of receivers, a host of voice control functions, HEOS multi-room architecture, and remote management specifications for integrators (including OvrC, ihiji Invision or Domotz Pro) round out this fully-featured and compellingly-priced AV powerhouse.

If you’re interested to learn more about the AVR-X3600H, you can do so here. The receiver is currently available from authorized Denon resellers.

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43 Comments

  1. The 3500s are available for under $500 many many places. That's a steal I recommend anyone considering this tier to look long and hard at. This 3600 is a very minor spec bump at twice the price. I've helped 4 friends buy and install 3500s and they have been supremely impressed.

  2. Sam Posten

    The 3500s are available for under $500 many many places. That's a steal I recommend anyone considering this tier to look long and hard at. This 3600 is a very minor spec bump at twice the price. I've helped 4 friends buy and install 3500s and they have been supremely impressed.

    I had seen them, but they seem to have disappeared at that price. Are you still finding them? Where?

  3. JohnRice

    BTW, the 3600 is hardly a "very minor spec bump" considering it processes 11 channels and has 9 amp channels, vs 7 channels, period. That's a HUGE step up.

    Yeah, I just found that out as I was comparing the models tonight. I did find a price for $549.99 for the 3500 which is probably a renewed receiver.

  4. Robert Crawford

    Yeah, I just found that out as I was comparing the models tonight. I did find a price for $549.99 for the 3500 which is probably a renewed receiver.

    What I find is $550 for refurb and $700 new for the 3500.

  5. Robert Crawford

    Same here, I think BB has it for $700 and places that Amazon deals with for $550.

    I've been on an upgrade kick on the living room system, and I've been tempted with the bedroom. Marantz also has new models coming out, and I think I want to keep within the D&M universe for some consistency, so I'm deciding between models. The head units in the other systems are Marantz. Wondering if the Evil A will do something next week. They had the 3500 selling for $700 earlier today, but then it disappeared.

  6. Sam Posten

    Most of my friends who are buying this are going 5.1.2 with bounce speakers atop the fronts. Don't know that they would use 5.1.4 if available or 7.1.2 but ymmv.

    That's fine an dandy Sam, but the fact remains, the 3600 is a massive upgrade from the 3500. It's far from a minor spec bump. Not even close. If someone has no interest in the improvements in the 3600, that's one thing, but the 3600 is more on par with the previous 4xxx series.

  7. JohnRice

    That's fine an dandy Sam, but the fact remains, the 3600 is a massive upgrade from the 3500. It's far from a minor spec bump. Not even close. If someone has no interest in the improvements in the 3600, that's one thing, but the 3600 is more on par with the previous 4xxx series.

    John,

    If you had a choice between the Denon 3600 and Marantz 6013 which one would you choose?

  8. Robert Crawford

    John,

    If you had a choice between the Denon 3600 and Marantz 6013 which one would you choose?

    You wouldn't go wrong with either one, but for me at the moment, I'm sure I'd go with the 6013, but that's largely because I'm kind of in the Marantz universe. Not that there's a big difference in the functionality between the brands. Hopefully you can get a 6013 for the same or less than a 3600 right now, so you're getting more for your money. Refurb 6013s are $800. I haven;t dug into the details of the 3600, but I don't think it has anything the 6013 lacks. The Imax audio thing sounds like marketing garbage. If/when I update the receiver in the bedroom, it'll probably be Marantz, just for integration with the other two Marantz head units I have, which are both rather new, so they'll be around for some time. That is, unless I chicken out and decide to go cheap with a Denon 2xxx series receiver.

    I'm going to see if anything happens with The Evil A's big sale next week. If they have 5013 or 6013s at half retail, I'm sure I'll bite on one of those. That probably won't happen. If they happen to blow out Denon 3500s, I might bite on that.

    BTW, some people really object to the "Porthole" display design of Marantz. It doesn't bother me.

  9. JohnRice

    That's fine an dandy Sam, but the fact remains, the 3600 is a massive upgrade from the 3500. It's far from a minor spec bump. Not even close. If someone has no interest in the improvements in the 3600, that's one thing, but the 3600 is more on par with the previous 4xxx series.

    Your argument then is with Denon PR, not with me =)

  10. Sam Posten

    This 3600 is a very minor spec bump at twice the price.

    Sam Posten

    Your argument then is with Denon PR, not with me =)

    Apparently Denon PR is posting as you on HTF. Better look into that, Sam. 😀

    I never was referring to anything in Denon's marketing. I was clearly referring to your comment, since I quoted it.

    Anyway, might as well move along.

  11. JohnRice

    Apparently Denon PR is posting as you on HTF. Better look into that, Sam. 😀

    I never was referring to anything in Denon's marketing. I was clearly referring to your comment, since I quoted it.

    I'm saying their press release makes this look like a very vanilla yearly upgrade. Nothing in it screams out to me this is a big deal and the chatter at places like AVS haven't picked it up as a major improvement either.

  12. JohnRice

    Hard to resist.

    I'm thinking of ordering it, but don't pick it up from my local BB until the 16th, that way I can see if any better pricing comes about on the 15th or 16th due to Amazon Prime and the Denon 3600 available to pre-order on the 15th.

  13. Robert Crawford

    I'm thinking of ordering it, but don't pick it up from my local BB until the 16th, that way I can see if any better pricing comes about on the 15th or 16th due to Amazon Prime and the Denon 3600 available to pre-order on the 15th.

    You can do that? Can you change your mind and cancel the order later, but before you pick it up?

  14. JohnRice

    You can do that? Can you change your mind and cancel the order later, but before you pick it up?

    I don't know, but I'm willing to ask what's the penalty? People return stuff all the time to BB, otherwise, they wouldn't have so many open-box items. I'm not returning it, but it's not open either so they don't have to discount it down.

  15. Sam Posten

    I'm saying their press release makes this look like a very vanilla yearly upgrade. Nothing in it screams out to me this is a big deal and the chatter at places like AVS haven't picked it up as a major improvement either.

    Sam, bottom line, undeniable fact. This model went from 7 channel drive, 7 channel processing to 9 channel drive, 11 channel processing. It is positively unfathomable to me how that could ever be considered an insignificant upgrade, even if nothing else changed with the unit.

    Go ahead arguing all you want, I'm done. I just stated the facts. I have no control over whether anyone else considers them to be a significant upgrade or not.

  16. JohnRice

    Sam, bottom line, undeniable fact. This model went from 7 channel drive, 7 channel processing to 9 channel drive, 11 channel processing. It is positively unfathomable to me how that could ever be considered an insignificant upgrade, even if nothing else changed with the unit.

    Go ahead arguing all you want, I'm done. I just stated the facts. I have no control over whether anyone else considers them to be a significant upgrade or not.

    I would say that's a significant upgrade for that pricing.

  17. JohnRice

    Go ahead arguing all you want, I'm done. I just stated the facts. I have no control over whether anyone else considers them to be a significant upgrade or not.

    Sure. As I noted the people I know buying this model tier PERSONALLY are doing 5.1.2, and have the option for 2 more channels, which they won't use anytime soon. The heavier build, the better Auddessey, etc are more important to them than pure channels. YMMV.

    Per Batpig, the undeniable authority on Denon models:

    The 3500 vs 3600 is a very big upgrade in terms of channel count… the 3500 is 7ch only, whereas the 3600 has 9 amps and can run a full 7.1.4 setup with external amps.

    Otherwise the changes are just the minor details (e.g. HDCP 2.3) noted at the beginning of this thread.

    And the press release doesn't even call out the channels, so you specifically have to know that this is a change year over year.

  18. Sam Posten

    Sure. As I noted the people I know buying this model tier PERSONALLY are doing 5.1.2, and have the option for 2 more channels, which they won't use anytime soon. The heavier build, the better Auddessey, etc are more important to them than pure channels. YMMV.

    No, they do not. At least get your facts straight. The 3500 is 7 channels… period.

    In addition, the Audyssey appears to be the same (MultEQ XT32), and the 3600 weighs about 3 lbs more than the 3500.

    …and what does the press release have to do with anything? It's poorly written. What does that matter?

    Now I lied, but I really am going to (at least try to) move on now.

  19. I wonder if Denon is eliminating their 4×00 model line, since the only significant difference between that and the 3×00 models was the 9 channels versus 7 channels? With the 3600 now offering 9 channels of amplification, a 4600 would seem redundant.

    BTW, I own the 2016 model X3300W and have been quite pleased with it. I use the receiver in a 7.1 channel setup — ceiling speakers are not really an option in our living room, so the X4300H would have been overkill in my case. I have considered moving to a 5.1.2 setup by taking out the rear center speakers and adding two height speakers that would sit on top of my front towers and bounce off the ceiling, but it's never been a priority.

  20. Robert Crawford

    Sam and John, please ease up, it's only receivers we're talking about.:)

    Agreed. Sam and I tend to get heated, but it's usually about photography.

    Or external amps.

    Or movies.

    OK, Sam and I argue a LOT. We always have.

  21. Scott Merryfield

    I wonder if Denon is eliminating their 4×00 model line, since the only significant difference between that and the 3×00 models was the 9 channels versus 7 channels? With the 3600 now offering 9 channels of amplification, a 4600 would seem redundant.

    The 3600 actually seems like an overshoot for exactly that reason. Maybe they have some significant upgrades planned for the higher models.

  22. Robert Crawford

    BB is selling the 6013 for 999.98! I'm thinking about it as it's been years since I last own a Marantz.

    One more thing, this week Best Buy and other retailers reduced the 6013 pricing from $999.98 to $899.99 and I was able to get the difference in pricing credited to me. Not bad getting a receiver originally priced at $1499.99 for $899.99

  23. Robert Crawford

    One more thing, this week Best Buy and other retailers reduced the 6013 pricing from $999.98 to $899.99 and I was able to get the difference in pricing credited to me. Not bad getting a receiver originally priced at $1499.99 for $899.99

    Good. I saw that price drop a day or two after you ordered it, but I didn't want to mention it, since I figured it was too late.

    Do you have it yet?

  24. JohnRice

    The 3600 actually seems like an overshoot for exactly that reason. Maybe they have some significant upgrades planned for the higher models.

    They ought to have at least 9.2.4 processing in their $1,500 to $2,500 model range with DTS: X Pro included (so we can finally upmix beyond 7.1.4 with Neural: X – who the heck knows if Pro isn't anything more than 7.1.4 immersive as before with standard DTS: X, but with upmixing to expand the channel count rather than including true 3D objects). Then their flagship models should have 9.2.6 or greater.

  25. JohnRice

    Good. I saw that price drop a day or two after you ordered it, but I didn't want to mention it, since I figured it was too late.

    Do you have it yet?

    Yeah, I saw that price drop too, but didn't get around to contacting BB until the other day.

    Yeah, I have it, but I'm not as impressed with it as I thought I would be. I prefer the functionality and display of information of the Yamaha. However, once my new display is setup with it then I will make a final determination whether to keep it or not. After speaking with BB customer service, I know I have to July 27th to return it if I'm not happy with it. Right now, I doubt I return it because my concerns with it are small potatoes, especially, when factoring the price point I purchased it. I guess I just have to get used to it. The Bluetooth doesn't work as well as my Yamaha.

  26. DanH1972

    They ought to have at least 9.2.4 processing in their $1,500 to $2,500 model range with DTS: X Pro included (so we can finally upmix beyond 7.1.4 with Neural: X – who the heck knows if Pro isn't anything more than 7.1.4 immersive as before with standard DTS: X, but with upmixing to expand the channel count rather than including true 3D objects). Then their flagship models should have 9.2.6 or greater.

    I can definitely see that, maybe with a little higher threshold to 13 channel processing. The 1xxx series might just stay 5 channels to keep it cheap, and the 2xxx being 7, possibly with 9 channel processing. 9/11 for the 3xxx and 4xxx with the higher models going 9/13.

  27. Robert Crawford

    Yeah, I have it, but I'm not as impressed with it as I thought I would be. I prefer the functionality and display of information of the Yamaha… The Bluetooth doesn't work as well as my Yamaha.

    When I got my AV7703, I was torn regarding the display. It's too far away in my HT to read the little porthole info, so at first I tended to leave the door open so I could see the large display, which the 6013 doesn't have. Then I realized when I was curious, I could just check the on-screen display, which shows a lot more than the front display ever did, and it's nice and big. In the end, I finally realized I didn't need to look at the display so often, like I'd gotten in the habit of doing. So, it's actually a positive, because I'm less distracted. The 7012 that's in the living room has the big display as well, which I've never even felt the need to look at, because I've already broken the habit.

    I haven't used bluetooth, and doubt I ever will. One thing about how Denon/Marantz does AirPlay is a little annoying, though, Airplay isn't a selectable input. It activated automatically when a signal is sent to it. I often use AirPlay to listen to music while I have sports on the TV. Sometimes I switch the audio to the TV to hear some commentary for a minute, then want to switch back to AirPlay. Well, there's no AirPlay input to select. AirPlay comes in through HEOS, and there is a HEOS input, but selecting it doesn't start playing the music again. I have to turn off the AirPlay feed to the receiver, then turn it back on, and then it starts playing again. They just over thought it. Engineers sometimes like to get too smart for their own good.

  28. Another issue I have is losing the audio feed when I go from one input to another. Let's say I'm watching DirecTV and then switch over to AppleTV. The audio feed is cutoff and I have to turn off the receiver to get it back.

  29. Robert Crawford

    Another issue I have is losing the audio feed when I go from one input to another. Let's say I'm watching DirecTV and then switch over to AppleTV. The audio feed is cutoff and I have to turn off the receiver to get it back.

    That doesn't sound right. I've never had that happen, except occasionally when I play an MKV file that has a Atmos/DTS:X soundtrack. I have updated all my hdmi cables to certified Monoprice models.

  30. JohnRice

    That doesn't sound right. I've never had that happen, except occasionally when I play an MKV file that has a Atmos/DTS:X soundtrack. I have updated all my hdmi cables to certified Monoprice models.

    When I hooked it up, I replaced all of my HDMI cables with Monoprice Certified cables.

  31. Robert Crawford

    When I hooked it up, I replaced all of my HDMI cables with Monoprice Certified cables.

    It's having trouble locking onto the audio, which I've found has gotten more common as the soundtrack options get more complicated. Still, it shouldn't do that. Mine don't, though they can take a few seconds to lock on and un-mute the audio. I have noticed that the angle of the remote seems a little narrow, though it's not really an issue in my setups. In fact, I can often bounce the remote off the opposite wall, with the Harmonys anyway, which seem to have a stronger output.

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