Denon announced its 2013 AV receiver line-up in April, and the baby of the bunch is the Denon AVR-X500. It roughly takes over from the Denon AVR-1513, which was one of last year’s most popular entry-level home cinema receivers.
Denon AVR-X500 – Features
Costing just under £250, the Denon AVR-X500 is an affordable way to get into the world of surround sound. And, unlike most previous budget receivers it supports 3D pass through – making it a pretty attractive upgrade if you’ve just bought a new TV.
HD audio codecs Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD are supported too, rounding-off abilities that might be considered ‘baseline’ for a receiver in 2013.
In other respects, though, the Denon AVR-X500 is conspicuously basic. This is a 5-channel receiver, where models higher up the food chain offer processing for up to 9.2 speaker setups – that’s nine ‘satellites’ and two subwoofers.