The Denon AVR-X4700H is a powerful receiver. It has many features that you would expect to find in the most expensive receivers on the market, but it also comes with some very unique capabilities that are only found in this model.
The AVR-X4700H is capable of fulfilling all those qualities mentioned here, including being future-proof as well as having great sounds! In this Denon AVR-X4700H review, we will explore if it’s top-notch for your needs or not?
Denon AVR-X4700H Overview
Denon’s AVR-X4700H provides the ultimate immersive surround sound experience with 5.2.4 channels of power and 11 individual amplifier channels for your home theater system, bringing out an acoustic experience you can feel in your chest.
Enjoy accurate 3D audio thanks to its Dolby Atmos/DTS Virtual:X processing capability, along with an 8K/60Hz pass-through – so whether you are enjoying today’s UHD Blu-ray movie discs or are ready for tomorrow’s ultra-high Definition television broadcasts, this receiver has got you covered!
The Denon AVR-X4700H 9.2 channel receiver gives you access to incredibly immersive video technology that will not only enhance your favorite movies but also provide top-of-the-line audio quality for crystal clear sound, ensuring that you can really be immersed in every single moment.
With Dynamic HDR and HDR10+, this 9.2 channel receiver is up against any challenges thrown at it making it more than worthy of being put on display in your living room or home theater space while Quick Media Switching eliminates video delay so even if games are getting intense, no player has an unfair advantage because there’s no lag when switching channels on this state-of-the-art system.
Denon AVR-X4700H Review
The Denon AVR-X4700H has a sleek design to it. It is made completely of metal and the whole design just feels solid as hell. The front faces have a very minimalistic look with just a power light, volume knob, and three buttons that control the receiver’s function. There are also two more lights on either side that can be customized to one’s liking to show track info, room modes, etc…
The back of the receiver looks pretty impressive at first glance but after seeing all those connections it becomes quite clear that there are much better receivers out there for this price range. Let us start from the back left and work our way to the right side of the receiver.
Starting from left to right we have one USB port, 4 HDMI inputs, 3 digital coaxial inputs (in case you still want to use the fiberoptic connection), and seven-speaker outputs (5.1).
The sound quality on the Denon AVR-X4700H is quite impressive compared to what I am used to hearing out of my television speakers and computer speakers. It has no problem powering any of my Klipsch speakers it seems as every frequency is perfectly tuned through them except for the sub-woofer which only has the option to be on or off (no adjustable volume) but even with its inability to adjust it is truly an enjoyable experience.
This Denon AVR-X4700H receiver can do quite a lot of things that I will go over shortly but first let’s talk about how one can actually control this thing! It comes with an infrared remote that looks like something out of the early 1990s’ but don’t be fooled by how basic this IR remote looks as it does everything you need and more.
The menu system is very easy to go through and explore since there are fewer options compared to other receivers at this price range and as far as I can tell there are no firmware updates that can be applied directly to the receiver. When it comes to functions, this receiver has DTS:X, Dolby Atmos, Bluetooth (with aptX), WiFi (which I was never able to get to work for me for some reason even though my other devices say they have a connection with this device) and Airplay2 which lets you send audio from your iPhone or iPad wirelessly to the receiver.
It also has an AM/FM tuner but since we have streaming services now it’s hard to really care about that anymore. While testing this receiver I found no problems with any of its streaming options working flawlessly except for the Airplay2 option which would not connect to my speaker no matter what I did. The remote also has a built-in microphone which you can use with Alexa for voice control over the receiver which works decently well but only when the remote is pointed directly at it.
As stated before, this receiver is packed with features. There are seven different sound fields; including one for gaming and others for movies, music, news/talk, sports, etc… There is also complete customization of any input or output that you want. You can even pack two sub-woofers into the system if you really want to go wild.
The Bluetooth connectivity has AptX built-in which means your audio quality will be as good as it possibly can no matter what device you are streaming from.
This Denon AVR-X4700H receiver also has Audyssey’s latest calibration technology onboard which includes Audyssey MultEQ XT32 (8 positions), Dynamic Volume, and Dynamic EQ so every range of frequencies sounds its best regardless of the level of content being watched.
This Denon AVR-X4700H receiver also has built-in YPAO sound optimization to help calibrate your speaker system accordingly. This receiver is also very powerful as it has a massive 180-watts per channel for all seven speakers which you can configure however you want.
There are even options for 7ch stereo, 5ch stereo with 2 subwoofer or 3 front channels, and stereo output for two additional zones.
After getting the Denon AVR-X4700H receiver out of the box, connecting my phone via Bluetooth took less than 5 minutes which was extremely impressive to me since I have had issues with other devices before but this thing connects quickly every time without any hiccups so that’s definitely something worth mentioning.
Setting up the Audyssey calibration process was easy as well since my speakers were already close enough to the recommended distances and heights I just calibrated it and I was all set. As for the remote, it’s very basic and if you want to go through each setting manually then it’s easy but otherwise, there is a “Quick Set-Up” option that doesn’t require much knowledge of electronics at all which does everything except for Audyssey optimization so if you don’t mind doing that manually then this is a breeze to use.
As stated before, getting Airplay2 to work with this Denon AVR-X4700H receiver was extremely difficult especially when Amazon doesn’t even seem to know how to deal with it because they told me many different things including the fact that they don’t even know where I should ask about Airplay2 and if it works with this receiver or not. Also, If you plan on using Bluetooth then I would recommend connecting your device before turning the receiver on because every time I turned the receiver back on my phone wasn’t being recognized by the receiver for a few minutes which was kind of annoying after a while.
Pros & Cons
- Remote includes a built-in microphone for voice dictation or talking to Alexa so you can use this receiver hands-free.
- Very powerful, capable of putting out 180 watts per channel.
- 7.2 Channel receiver including 2 subwoofer outputs if that’s your thing.
- It-Easy to set up and use.
- Quick Set-Up option for those not technical about these kinds of things.
- The Audyssey calibration is very accurate and easy to use.
- Airplay2 does not work correctly with this receiver so don’t waste your time trying to get it to work or you’ll end up like me and angry at Amazon, Denon, and Apple all at the same time.
The Denon AVR-X4700H is a great receiver for those on a budget as it has all the power you could need as well as amazing sound quality. The only thing keeping me from giving it 10/10 was its connections and lack of ability to adjust the subwoofer volume.