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Friday, 12 September 2014
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Denon AVR-X3100W Home Theater Receiver Review
Performance and Conclusion

ImageLast 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 AVR-X3100W offers 105 watts per channel, 7.2 channel capability, which allows for dual subwoofer use, and several eyebrow raising features. Like the AVR-S700W, the 3100 aims to serve as a complete home entertainment hub with basically no stone unturned, only with a few more goodies, power, and advanced options like the impressive Audyssey Gold DSP suite, which incorporates MultEQ XT, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, and Audyssey DSX. Then we have a host of HDMI inputs, a front panel iPod/USB input, Bluetooth, Wifi, Ethernet, AirPlay, online music services such as Spotify, network streaming, and more.

It would take pages and pages to go through all of the features loaded onto the 3100, but below are some highlights:

  • 4K Upscaling and Pass-Through with HDMI 2.0
  • Built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, AirPlay, and DLNA
  • Audyssey Gold DSP with MultEQ XT, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume and Audyssey DSX
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS Neo:X, Audyssey DSX Additional Front Channel Options
  • Smartphone and Tablet Apps
  • Front USB Port
  • Powerful 7 Channel Discrete Amplifier with Eco Mode.
  • Multi-Room Listening
  • Dual Subwoofer Outputs
  • External Control and IP Control Capabilities
  • Flickr Photo Streaming
  • Made for iPod/iPhone Certified USB Input
  • I/P Control for Home Automation
  • Web Browser Control and Setup
  • Online Firmware Update Capability
  • 56 Station Auto-Preset Memory Tuning
Denon AVR-X3100w

Set Up

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.



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