Denon avr x520bt. Review: Denon AVR

Denon 4K receiver AVR X520BT, 130W Hiress, 5.2 channels, testing with Studio MIC

Denon avr x520bt

Even if we turn up the volume a little bit further, it may be somewhat messy for those who are more accustomed. Now we do not find the old-fashioned design a big problem — certainly not because it just works fast and clear — and with we can also live the English language, but it is no longer of this time, even for an entry-level model. If you do not want too much volume in terms of volume, this device will certainly not disappoint. . The receiver lacks the flexibility and especially the power to — our loudspeakers — balanced, tight and convincing when there is more demanding. First of all, it must be said that the lack of automatic calibration makes it somewhat more difficult to adjust the receiver optimally for a specific room.

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Review: Denon AVR

Denon avr x520bt

If you do not push this model too much towards its max you can enjoy both music and film, because the right balance has been found. Nevertheless, the audio track of the films mentioned has certainly attracted us at many times. Everything is controlled purely and solely by the included remote control. So you have to do it with bluetooth, by streaming music from a phone or tablet. Streaming music via bluetooth is the lesser option because in all cases it is still compressed content. It may be an entry-level model, Denon does not give the device a cheap appearance.

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Denon 4K receiver AVR X520BT, 130W Hiress, 5.2 channels, testing with Studio MIC

Denon avr x520bt

We have a complete Dolby Atmos setup, but we can only use the 5. Select the receiver on your smartphone and then play the music you want to hear. This allows you to quickly and easily select the desired input, adjust the volume and access the menu. Among other things, connecting the speakers and sources is explained. The remote is easy to handle and the receiver responds quickly to input.

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Review: Denon AVR

Denon avr x520bt

It is and will not be a high-quality reproduction, but it offers enough to show your music collection with quite a bit of dynamism. However, the front still has a real Denon look; simple, tight and neatly finished. If we connect the Oppo media player and we have the music completely wired to the receiver then there is Something along with the view. Dialogues are clear and easily understood and the placement in the room is good. The device is friendly to use, looks like a real Denon and offers good value for money. Streaming is one of the areas that have been saved because there is no WiFi and there are no streaming services on board.

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Denon 4K receiver AVR X520BT, 130W Hiress, 5.2 channels, testing with Studio MIC

Denon avr x520bt

All in all, the sound of the music just sounds nice and smooth, without really disturbing us. Installation The installation is a piece of cake, because you are guided through the most important settings and connections in a few simple steps. So you can set the distance to the speakers, what the crossover should be and how much dB each speaker should be reduced or raised. If we compare this device with the that we have, we see, among other things, that there are standard loudspeaker connections instead of screw connections, that the number of connections is considerably reduced and that the connections are not gilded. In addition, the device obviously weighs a lot less than its more expensive family members.

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Review: Denon AVR

Denon avr x520bt

The receiver convinces in both subtle and powerful surround effects, tight bass and a broad and deep soundstage. The receiver still lacks control at high volumes and music with a lot of dynamics and power to steer the loudspeakers very tight, but we did not expect anything else. After all, it is a real entry model, with of course limitations. The menu and the setup assistant are well structured and easy to use, which is what counts. It is a completely plastic remote control with a limited number of buttons. The space between the speakers is sufficiently filled with effects, which definitely benefits the surround experience. What is missing is that little extra power and control at high volumes and in terms of audio very dynamic scenes, but also that feeling of the low tones in your lower abdomen and the really sparkling and detailed high tones are missing.

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Review: Denon AVR

Denon avr x520bt

The subwoofer is the and the takes care of the reproduction of films. For this review we have looked at Everest, Jumanji and Deadpool. This means that you can only do some advanced adjustments manually for audio playback. As said, there is no automatic calibration on board. In terms of placement, you only have to allow enough room for the appliance to lose its heat. More important is the question whether you can also enjoy a piece of music or film with an affordable receiver and a good loudspeaker system.

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