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Denon Plans DTS:X Firmware Upgrades in January/February 2016, Marantz in February/March

Posted on Thursday, December 17, 2015 5:57 PM and updated on Wednesday, January 6, 2016 5:35 PM

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Denon announced recently that they will be releasing firmware updates to enable DTS:X in January and February 2016 for some of their A/V receivers.

According to an article in TWICE, the AVR-X7200WA 11.2-channel* A/V receiver will be upgraded on January 28, 2016, and the firmware for the 7.2-channel AVR-X4200W and the 11.2-channel* AVR-X6200W will be available on February 18, 2016.

Denon AVR-X7200WA

Denon AVR-X7200WA


The article goes on to say that the other upgradeable models in their 2015 lineup will be upgraded later in 2016, but no timeline was specified. Likewise, no announcements have been made regarding Denon's sister brand, Marantz.

Their sister company, Marantz, has announced that they will be updating their DTS:X-capable equipment in February and March 2016.

An article in TWICE on December 18th mentioned that the 11.2-channel AV8802A A/V preamplifier/processor will get the DTS:X update on February 4, 2016. (We presume this includes the AV8802 as well, but that wasn't specifically mentioned.) Their 11.2-channel $2,199 AV7702mkII preamp processor, 9.2-channel $2,199 SR7010 A/V receiver, and 7.2-channel SR6010 A/V receiver will be updated starting on March 3, 2016. Like Denon, other DTS:X capable models will be updated sometime in 2016.

DTS:X Movies

There are currently only two movies available for sale in the DTS:X format (Ex Machina and American Ultra) with two more coming out in February (Crimson Peak and The Last Witch Hunter), so there aren't too many movies that people have been waiting to watch in the new sound format. However, more will likely come, especially as Denon and the other manufacturers begin to roll out their hardware upgrades to support the format.

Enthusiasts are theorizing that studios are waiting to release more movies with DTS:X and Dolby's Atmos soundtracks until UltraHD Blu-ray discs become available. The first of those titles are expected in February 2016 as well, so that should be a banner month for movie fans!

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More DTS:X Information

For more information about these immersive sound formats for Home Theater, please see the following documents in our Help Section:

* While the Denon AVR-X7200WA and AVR-X6200 can process 11.2 channels, they have amplifiers for 9 channels, so an additional stereo amplifier is necessary to power the second set of height channels, for example.

This article was updated on December 18, 2015 to include information about updates announced by Marantz on that day.

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Aug 18, 2016 - Scott Jentsch VIP Member

Denon has issued an update schedule for several models that mentions when each will receive the DTS:X update:


AVR-S710W - Aug 29 2016
AVR-S720W - Sept 16 2016
AVR-S910W - Aug 17 2016
AVR-S920W - Sept 27 2016
AVR-X1200W - Aug 29 2016
AVR-X1300W - Sept 16 2016
AVR-X2200W - Aug 17 2016
AVR-X2300W - Sept 27 2016
AVR-X3200W - Aug 29 2016
AVR-X3300W - Sept 27 2016 

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