AV receivers are important components in your entertainment system. When you connect your various devices to one, you expect high-quality audio and video. the AVR-X2600H delivers high-quality audio. It’s great for watching movies and listening to music. There’s a dedicated phono port so you can listen to your vinyl in surround sound.
The receiver also lets you stream your favorite music via Bluetooth, Airplay, and Wi-Fi. Thanks to HEOS technology, accessing music streaming services is a breeze.
Do we also have to tell you that the Denon AVR-X2600H is really packed with streaming options?
Thanks to the HEOS platform, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, and AirPlay 2 you can stream music without any problems. In some countries, such as Belgium (but possibly not the Netherlands), Denon releases an extra variant of the AVR-X2600H. At the back, there is the suffix “DAB” to indicate that the device contains a DAB / DAB + tuner.
The AVR-X2600H that costs 699 euros is one of the few new AV receivers that Denon will release this year. Indeed, a trend in 2019 is that manufacturers will launch little or no new models.
There are several reasons for this: a few important innovations are still waiting (such as a new HDMI standard), some products were introduced late last year (so that presenting a new model would be too fast) and the trade is having more and more problems to follow that annual renewal wave.
Yet a few new AV receivers are coming out this year, including this AVR-X2600H. Perhaps Denon eventually found it difficult not to have a new product for a price point that could count on a lot of interest.
The AVR-X2600H is after all the successor to the AVR-X2500H (and before that the X2400H and X2300H, devices that we have all tested), a 7.2 receiver that gives you all the functions of the ‘serious’ AV receivers at Denon. It is a device with many bells and whistles, including support for one pair of height channels.
Denon AVR-X2600H – A well-known Appearance
Just because we are the three previous generations of this model (and many other Denon receivers), the AVR-X2600 immediately looks very familiar.
Both the appearance and the TV interface that the Denon receiver performs strongly resemble the foregoing. We are not sorry, because both things are fine.
the hat is certainly the case when it comes to the menus that show on the TV and the handy setup assistant that makes setting up the receiver very easy. Despite frantic attempts by other manufacturers, Denon remains the undisputed champion in this area.
You can of course also choose to completely ignore the setup assistant and set everything manually. Also not unimportant: the menus of the Denon can be set in Dutch, and that is not the case with all rivals either.
Denon AVR-X2600H – Well equipped
The target group that likes a lot of possibilities and connections is immediately rewarded when they look at the back of the AVR-X2600H. Denon provides this receiver with ample, with seven HDMI inputs at the back and two HDMI outputs (one of which is eARC compatible).
All HDMI ports are fully 4K compatible, support HDR (HLG, Dolby Vision, and HDR10), and are even ready for HDCP 2.3 sources – although we currently have no view of consoles or players that require this newer security method.
But anyway: that is supposed to be future-proof. Speaking of gaming the AVR-X2600H will support Auto Low Latency Mode or ALLM in the future, a mode that allows a console to signal to a receiver and television that switching to a low-lag image mode is required.
If you just want to play a fast shooter, you don’t have to dive into the image settings of your television to choose a suitable game mode with little image processing.
At least, that’s how the theory goes. It is currently not possible for us to test ALLM because only certain 2019 TVs already support it. More information can be found in the extensive article by image expert Eric Beeckmans about what is new in HDMI 2.1. But note: the HDMI ports on the X2600H are HDMI 2.0, not HDMI 2.1.
The Denon TV interface gives you access to many possibilities. Sometimes there is a lack of clarity because options are not available due to certain choices that you made elsewhere, but those minor drawbacks are more than offset by the clear way in which other options are presented.
Denon makes it very easy for you to adjust your speaker setup. The AVR-X2600H is a 7.2 receiver with support for one pair of height channels to play Dolby Atmos and DTS: X soundtracks.
You can choose from many types of height speakers: front wall, front or center ceiling, reflective Dolby speakers at the front or rear. Or do you prefer 5.1? Then you can choose unusual configurations, such as front speakers with bi-amping or a setup with four front speakers.
The latter is interesting, for example, if you want to work with separate front speakers for stereo music and surround sound.
A 5.1.2 setup does not do justice to the great Atmos soundtrack of ‘Mission Impossible: Fallout’ (Ultra HD Blu-ray, Dolby Atmos), but the Denon AVR-X2600H succeeds in beautifully displaying the nuanced, detailed soundscapes.
The scene with the helicopter pursuit in Kashmir is excellent as an Atmos test; you hear the engine and the rotors of the helicopters coming from the height channels, giving you the real impression that you are sitting in the cabin, and the bullets fly from the front of the room to the rear channels.
Cons of Denon AVR-X2600H
Zone 2 no separate HEOS zone
Number of options still to come
B a limited number of streaming services 
Denon AVR-X2600H Setup and Features
The AVR-X2600H is a 7.2 design boasting a 150W per channel rating. This figure is into 6 ohms with 1% THD and one channel in play; take the 95W per channel figure (8 ohms, 0.8% THD, two-channel) as a more real-world starting point.
That said, this is not a budget receiver masquerading as a more powerful product. It’s definitely an entry into the more serious side of Denon, with the means to drive a more demanding speaker setup.
You’ll notice that the moment you set it up; the 7.2 channels can be configured in various ways, including a 5.1.2 system with one pair of height channels for Dolby Atmos/DTS:X, or 5.1 with a second zone with wired speakers. There’s no option to add extra (external) channels.
The Denon AVR-S750H has a Dolby Pro Logic and it also has the Audyssey MultiEQ which is more advanced than the AccuEQ used by Onkyo. While both companies load their receivers with great features, Denon goes an extra step beyond Onkyo and wins this category as well.
Are Denon receivers any good?
The Denon AVR-X4700H is is a punchy, powerful 9.2 channel receiver, which can not only scale to 11.2, but also delivers a staggering amount of technology for the price. … It’s one of the best-sounding receivers on this list, and definitely the best sounding in this price range.
Why are AV receivers so expensive?
First of all, it is something you expect to be expensive. Plenty of affordable receivers are being ignored because they are priced too low and because they don’t have as many ports as you may think you need. … The price will climb as you add more ports and upgrade your power amplifier portion of the device.
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