AV Forums - "Highly Recommended - 9/10"
"As we would expect from Denon, the X5200 proved to be a very capable surround sound performer. When listening to 5.1-channel soundtracks the receiver did a fantastic job of delivering an extremely dynamic sound field. The surrounds were lively and energetic, whilst sounds and effects were seamlessly panned around the room. The front soundstage was open and detailed and dialogue remained clear and focused on the centre channel. Music was well defined and the entire sound field remained tonally balanced, helping to envelope the listener with clarity and precision.
When we moved onto Dolby Atmos soundtracks the results were as impressive as we hoped, with the additional overhead speakers really opening up the immersive nature of the audio. The dimensional effects of the object-based mix meant that pinpointing specific sounds became much easier and the sense of spacial awareness was remarkable…..Whilst there might only be a limited amount of Atmos-encoded material available at the moment, you can give any 5.1- or 7.1-channel mix the 'Atmos' treatment using the Dolby Surround setting…This proved to be highly effective, giving all our favourite surround soundtracks a new lease of multi-dimensional life.
…In fact it handled two-channel music extremely well…
Is it worth buying?
…the design, features, flexibility and performance of the Denon AVR-X5200W, make it a strong contender for anyone looking to buy a new receiver. The level of features and overall specifications are second to none and the ease of setup and well designed controls and menu systems make it a very attractive proposition.
The performance was excellent, regardless of which audio format you choose, and the Dolby Atmos decoding was incredibly immersive. If you want support for Auro-3D the choices are more limited and, in terms of mass market receivers, only Denon and Marantz currently provide that option. Yes you'll have to pay an extra fee for the privilege but it seems a small price for cutting-edge technology and the X5200 doesn't disappoint in terms of the quality of its Auro-3D performance.
…if you're looking for a genuinely impressive AV receiver that delivers in all the important areas, then look no further than the Denon AVR-X5200W."
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