Denon is one of the leading names in home theater receivers. The company’s reputation for quality and consistency is a big reason why they’re so popular with consumers. In this Denon AVR-X3700H review, we’ll check out its full features and functions—all the info you need to decide if it’s the right fit for your home theater.
The Denon AVR-X3700H is the receiver class that many users prefer and we understand why.
The X3700H brings everything its predecessor had and spices things up with a few new additions this year.
It offers a great balance between power, features, and price, and with its 9.2 channels of built-in amplification, it’s the perfect match for anyone that wants to create a serious home theater system without having to go overboard with their budget.
The Denon AVR-X3700H Design
In terms of actual looks being a Denon receiver will definitely not get it any awards for design.
Featuring straight lines and sharp corners this is your typical black box receiver that sounds much better than it looks.
The front, as in most Denon receivers, features a brushed metal texture with an exact shame layout as their 2019 release.
The front display sits prominently at the top center of the front face with two big circular knobs at each side for volume on the right and source selection on the left.
Under the source selection knob we find the power button with a tiny LED light above it while a thin line under the central display houses 10 function buttons that include tuner and zone 2 controls, Dimmer, Status and four quick selection buttons
Under these buttons, we find some front ports with the headphones jack and setup microphone port on the left and a single USB port on the right that can be used to stream audio from USB-based external storage like a flash drive.
Having a front input was a huge practical feature and we do hope that manufacturers will bring it back sooner than later.
Denon Audio Quality
The receiver supports the usual Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-oriented audio tracks but along with these, we get support for up-mixing and virtual technology features in order to cover all needs and specific room configurations.
When it comes to up-mixing tech we find the usual Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X. What these up-mixing techs are doing is to up-convert stereo and legacy mixes in order to make use of all the speakers you have in your setup.
As for virtual tech, the Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization and DTS Virtual:X are capable of creating sounds that originate from virtually created speakers around your room where there are no physical speakers present.
This virtual tech obviously is not as good and accurate as having real physical speakers and is very much room-dependent. Also, the sound many times can be heard very over-processed something we were never very fond of.
You have the ability to go all the way to 11 channels but for that you will need an external amp to drive the last two channels.
The latest 2020 releases haven’t seen major changes, as was expected, in terms of extra features and functionality but we have observed that manufacturers, at least Marantz and Denon, have managed to include a couple of new features that we will talk about shortly.
As for everything else the AVR-X3700H brings everything we saw in the X3600H.
As such this section of our review will be similar to our previous articles but as always we will make changes and additions wherever we deem necessary.
First of all, we will talk about the audio calibration system. Denon is using the Audyssey system and as with all manufacturers they scale it accordingly to meet the price and performance standards of each of their models.
For the X3700H we get the Audyssey MultEQ XT32 version which is their best and most feature-complete suite. In comparison, this one features the highest resolution filters which can result in higher accuracy during calibration
Simple and Easy Setup
The AVR-X3700H package contains a Quick Start Guide that puts forward easy, simple, and straightforward instructions on how to set up this device.
When you connect the TV to this AV receiver through HDMI, you can find the Denon Setup Assistant on the TV screen that guides you through the entire process of installation.
In terms of connectivity options the AVR-X3700H gives you plenty of choices as you would expect from a mid-range AV receiver like this but this year we have the arrival of HDMI 2.1 so this brings a few changes compared to previous releases.
At the back, the first thing we notice is the 11 speaker terminals that are placed in a straight line at the bottom which helps a lot with cable management.
The terminals are the usual quality we have seen from Denon so all is good here with good quality plastic caps but if you want to use the full 11 channels you will need an external amplifier for the last two channels.