Building The Ultimate Modern Living Room: Part 4

The right home theater receiver to tie all these pieces together


We already walked you through the process of deciphering all the new acronyms and technology terms that come with the modern iteration of the living room. From HDR and HDMI to Dolby Atmos, we covered what new tech is important and what it all means. If you missed that, be sure to check it out HERE.

But now that you know the why it’s time for us to tell you about the what. Here at we are very fortunate to get the chance to experience, study and test lots of different pieces of technology. After months of research into products on the market, we have come up with our own personal take on the ultimate modern living room.

From that list, we actually went out and built that room to make sure everything works as we expected. This is not just some list of things of things we think you should buy, this is a look at what products WE ACTUALLY USE in our very own iteration of the ultimate modern living room.

Today we cover what could be the most important part of the entire build, the home theater receiver that handles all of those devices and connections.

We have a great TV, an incredible pair of speakers, and we know where to get all the best content. It’s time to put it all together with what can be considered the most important part of the entire system, the receiver.


Denon AVR-X6400H

If you read through our Decoding the Modern Living Room guide, you will know that to properly make use of 4K, HDR and Dolby Atmos, every piece of equipment in your setup needs to support those formats. That goes for the receiver too. There are other considerations for a receiver as well. Does it have enough HDMI ports for all your devices? Do all off those HDMI ports support the updated standards? Does the receive even support enough speakers to handle your planned audio setup. You can’t have nine speakers setup if your receiver only has enough plugs to handle seven.

Since this is a guide for our current idea of an “Ultimate” setup, we wanted a receiver that was well equipped to handle everything we already have, but was equipped with room to grow. We also wanted a receiver built with a standard 7” high casing, rather than the extended 9” cabinet receivers available in the high-end market.

Our choice was the Denon AVR-X6400H.

And here is why.

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