The Denon AVR-S930 HEOS AV receiver

Denon introduced Tuesday three AV receivers in its popular S model series, with the top two models adding support for the Denon HEOS Wi-Fi-based multiroom audio system at affordable price points.

Models AVR-S930H ($579), AVR-S730H ($479) and AVR-S530BT ($279) will be available in April, bringing a lot of value for the price. For example, the top two models – AVR-S930H and AVR-S730H) are 7.2-channel AVRs that add support for the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround sound formats. Denon said the receiver will support HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR formats and even also plans to add support for Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) to the model via a forthcoming firmware update.

With the addition of HEOS wireless technology to the package, each of the receivers top two models will be able to stream audio via Wi-Fi around the house to support HEOS wireless speakers and other HEOS supporting products. Users can stream and control music using a HEOS app on an iOS or Android mobile device.

Read more on Denon’s 2017 S-Series AVRs after the jump:

All three receivers also add support for 4K Ultra HD video signals with HDR via HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 inputs, up to BT.2020 wide color gamut, and 4:4:4 chroma sub-sampling.

In addition to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, the top-end AVR-S930H outputs 185 watts per channel and includes seven rear-positioned HDMI inputs, two HDMI outputs, and one HDMI front-panel input. The receiver also includes built-in 4K upscaling.

The AVR-S730H also supports the object-based audio formats and outputs 165 watts per channel. It has six HDMI rear-positioned inputs, one HDMI output and one front-panel input.

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Both models also support high-resolution and other audio formats including DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC, and WAV files via a front panel USB port. Both include Bluetooth and AirPlay wireless connectivity as well as dual-band Wi-Fi.

The AVR-S530BT supports 5.2-channel surround systems and outputs 140 watts per channel. It includes an Auto Eco mode that adjusts power based on the volume level. Other features include five HDMI inputs, three of which will support HDCP 2.2, 4K Ultra HD, 3D video pass-through, audio file support for MP3, WMA, FLAC and MPEG-4/AAC tracks and adds a front-panel USB port. The AVR-S530BT will not support HEOS internally, but can do so using an optional HEOS Link pre-amp.

The AVR will come with the ability to stream music wirelessly from a mobile device via a Bluetooth connection. The AVR-S530BT accepts Audio Channel Return (ARC) signals over HDMI.


By Greg Tarr


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