|Denon AVR-X3100W Home Theater Receiver Review|
|Home Theater AV Receivers AV Receivers|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Friday, 12 September 2014|
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Last month while reviewing the amazingly priced Denon AVR-S700W, I wondered how Denon could offer significant performance improvements without a significant increase in cost. Well, here comes the AVR-X3100W. The 700 was was part of Denon’s entry level line, and the 3100 is the top of its mid-level InCommand line.
The 3100, following fast on the heels of the AVR-S700W, was inserted into the same home theater system. Paradigm speakers all around, PSB sub, QED and Kimber cables, with an Oppo BluRay player, a Toshiba DVD player, and a Western Digital HD DVR supplied by Time Warner Cable. All sources were routed via HDMI, and a Vizio 55 inch monitor handled video duties.Next I used the supplied microphone to set up and calibrate the room EQ with Audyssey, which took all of ten minutes. You then have the choice of Dynamic Volume, which levels out disparate volume levels from channel to channel, so you won’t be jarred out your seat one minute, then pumping up the volume the next. Once the settings are implemented and stored, you are ready to roll. All that was left was to connect to the network and assign the inputs, which took less than five minutes. Remember the days when setting up an advanced multi channel AV receiver was a pain in the neck? How times have changed.