Denon breeds monster amp

Not content with releasing its posh A1VXA DVD player, Denon has now offered up its perfect amplifying companion – the AVC-A1XVA. This beast weighs in

Not content with releasing its posh A1VXA DVD player, Denon has now offered up its perfect amplifying companion – the AVC-A1XVA. This beast weighs in at 44kg, but with the amount of features crammed in, that’s little no surprise.

Proving that this Denon knows no bounds, it’s capable of streaming all your PC’s mp3s, WAVs and WMA tunes. And there’s the minor ability of it being able to pick up over 2300 Internet radio stations globally.

The biggest draw for cinema lovers is that it has the capacity to upscale images up to the highest quality available – 1080p. It does that via one of five HDMI ports. We’re not quite sure why even the most committed gadgeteer would need five (PS3, Xbox 360, Sky HD, DVD recorder and Samsung L85 camera, perhaps?).

Of course, what good would an amplifier be without great sound quality? Safe to say this Denon shouldn’t disappoint. It is actually possible to get 5.1 surround sound in two different rooms just by using this one amp. That means you can rock out while watching This Is Spinal Tap in one room, whilst the other members of your household can have their own home cinema experience in another room. What we have here is an amp that goes up to 11.

Loud and brash it may be, but it also has a more thoughtful side. Clever calibration technology will actually set up the best audio configuration for your room. It won’t be just you who benefits from it, either, as it has the know-how to make the configuration perfect for up to eight listeners.

The AVC-A1XVA goes on sale later this month for around £4800. Start reinforcing your shelving units now and, for more information, hop on over to Denon's site.