At CEDIA, Denon announced the arrival of two AV receivers, the Denon AVR-X6500H ($2,199) and AVR-X4500H (priced at $1,599, and pictured in the header and below). The AVRs are the first to be launched with the ‘IMAX Enhanced’ program, a cooperation between IMAX and DTS technologies, and reported here last week. The IMAX Enhanced functionality will be supported via free firmware update early in 2019. Additionally, both new receivers will support HDMI 2.1 features including Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM).

“Denon is a natural leader in the audio space. With more than 100 years of innovation, the industry looks to Denon as a bellwether for the latest and greatest listening and video technologies to help consumers push the boundaries of the home theater experience,” said Yoshinori Yamada, technical category director of AVRs at Sound United. “As part of our legacy of firsts, the newest Denon IN-Command X-Series AV receivers – AVR-X6500H and AVRX4500H – are the first IMAX Enhanced AVRs to be released and are built around our engineering expertise and focus on audio quality. In addition, we’re continuing to offer added benefits for custom installers by integrating Domotz Pro and ihiji Invision compatibility with custom tiles, which we know are critical for today’s business needs.”

The 11.2 channel X6500H promises 140W per channel (into 8 Ohms, 20Hz20kHz, 0.05% THD) and will drive up to a 7.2.4 configuration. The 9.2 channel X4500H can drive up to a 5.2.4 configuration delivering a claimed 125W per channel (into 8 ohms, THD 0.05%, 20Hz~20kHz). Both models include support for the immersive audio formats, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D.

Both receivers also include Amazon Alexa Voice Control and whole-house HEOS music, allowing users to listen to different songs in each connected room via their preferred music services, such as Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, Amazon Music, TIDAL and Deezer, and Apple AirPlay 2 will be available via firmware update. Hi-res DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC and WAV files are supported.

Both units are available from authorized Denon dealers. For more detailed specs, visit

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Martin Dew