Soundbars and bases offer a great step-up over your TV’s speakers but they still can’t beat the immersive sound of an AV receiver like this Denon AVR-X550BT. With 5.2 channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, you get surround sound that’s pin-sharp in detail and totally enveloping – just like at the cinema.
Denon is one of the world’s leading audio companies, so it’s no surprise to find the AVRX550BT sounds so good. At the heart of this Denon AV receiver is discrete, high-current amplification. By using discrete (separate) components rather than an integrated chip (IC), quality components can be used for a more detailed and lower distortion sound. Packing 70 watts per channel, the AVR-X550BT delivers the dynamics your favourite movies deserve.
With a total of five HDMI inputs, the AVR-X550BT has your system covered. Three of the inputs are compatible with HDCP2.2 protection and advanced formats, including Dolby Vision, HDR and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma). This means you get full compatibility with the latest UHD Blu-ray players and HDR TVs.
With its handy USB input at the front, you can connect a media device and playback your music files. Around the back, there are two analogue and two optical digital inputs – ideal for connecting a games console, set-top TV box, CD player and other source.
With Bluetooth on-board, it's not just cinema sound that's given a boost but music from your smartphone or tablet, too. There's even a dedicated Denon app that makes streaming music from your device to receiver even easier. The app also controls functions such as power on/off, volume, mute and source select.
The Denon AVR-X550BT is designed to be as user friendly as possible. Once connected to your TV via HDMI, the exclusive Denon Setup Assistant appears on your screen to take you through the set up – step by step. With a supplied microphone, the auto-calibration system adjusts the receiver to your room’s acoustics – no audio engineer required!
Sometimes the sound you prefer from your TV is different to that from playing films on your Blu-ray player. Denon have thought of this and provide four Quick Select buttons for just this scenario. Program your ideal audio and EQ settings for each of the four inputs and recall them when you change inputs – at the touch of a button.