Denon introduced Thursday a pair of 2021 S-Series AV receivers (AVRs) — the AVR-S760H and the AVR-S660H — featuring three 8K HDMI inputs supporting 8K video and many advanced gaming features.

The Denon AVR-S760H ($549 suggested retail price) and AVR-S660H ($499) are available now at authorized Denon retailers. Both models continue to support immersive surround sound formats, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, for movies and music, and integrate advanced voice control platforms.

In addition, the new receivers feature an advanced HDMI section including three 8K HDMI inputs supporting 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video pass-through up to 40Gbps. The AVRs are easily connected via eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) to deliver uncompressed and object-based audio from the TV to the receiver via a single HDMI cable. All HDMI inputs (6 in/1 out) boast 4:4:4 Pure Color sub sampling, HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), Dynamic HDR and BT.2020 pass-through support for exceptional clarity.

Users can also enjoy 8K upscaling on all inputs and HDCP 2.3, the latest copy protection standard for effortless playback. Gamers also have a host of technologies available for a smoother and quicker gaming experience, including: 4K/120Hz pass-through, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Quick Frame Transport (QFT) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM).

Both receivers also support high resolution music streaming and HEOD multiroom wireless music streaming. The receivers are compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 for iPhone users while the front-panel USB port will accept music from connected storage devices carrying files for high-resolution audio formats including: WAV, FLAC, ALAC and DSD 2.8/5.6 MHz files.

Wireless connectivity to popular streaming music services is supported through the receivers as well as through the HEOS streaming app. Users will be able to stream from Spotify, Pandora and Tidal on the receiver and/or other services via Bluetooth or HEOS built-in technology. Both AV receivers can stream music wirelessly across compatible HEOS built-in products such as Denon Home 150/250/350 wireless speakers from anywhere in the home. Listeners can play the same song in every room or select a different song for each connected room from the HEOS app.

“With the new Denon S-Series AVRs, users can build the very best 4K home theater today and know their AV receiver is also 8K ready when they are,” said Trip Randall, president of Denon. “These AVRs offer outstanding features and functionality to meet demanding entertainment needs at an affordable price for customers ready to upgrade from beginner systems or sound bars. With seven channels of discrete amplifications, the AVR-S760H offers extra upgrades, such as Dolby Atmos or DTS:X capabilities for the most realistic, immersive home cinema experience.”

For analog purists, the AVRs include a phono input for turntables.

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The Denon AVR-S660H is billed as a high-performance 5.2-channel AVR with 75-Watt per channel amplification (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.08%, 2ch. driven).

Music support includes: Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio decoding for high-resolution and lossless soundtrack playback.

The AVR-S660H offers up to 40Gbps HDMI throughput supporting features including: 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz pass-through sufficient for Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic High Dynamic Range (HDR) and HLG (live broadcast HDR) as well as 8K upscaling and HDCP 2.3 content protection support on all HDMI ports (6 in/1 out).

The receiver also supports Sound United’s built-in HEOS multi-room music streaming technology, to stream high resolution music wirelessly to HEOS speackers and component from room to room in the house.

The step-up Denon AVR-S760H 7.2-Channel AVR upgrades the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D Audio to 7.2-channel The receiver also supports advanced 4K and 8K HDMI video and HEOS multi-room music streaming technology.

The S760H offers 75-Watts per channel of discrete amplification across seven channels (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.08%, 2ch driven).

The Denon AVR-S760H also supports native Dolby Atmos and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, as well as DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X surround sound.

The receiver will enable a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos surround sound system by installing height or top speakers, or Dolby Atmos elevation speakers reflected from the ceiling from atop matching floor standing or bookshelf loudspeakers.

When height speakers are not available the receiver will present a multi-dimensional listening experience virtually through DTS Virtual:X or Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization.

To assure the correct balance in any room setting, both new receivers include Audyssey Room Correction using Audyssey MultEQ technology. Auto room calibration system detects the size, type and configuration of the speakers used in the home theater setup and measures the response in up to six listening positions for optimal performance.

The AVR-S760H model further allows listeners to customize settings using an optional advanced Audyssey MultEQ Editor app, available for purchase in iOS and Android stores.

“With a suite of new updates, both AVRs offer a variety of other benefits. A ‘Dual Speaker Presets’ feature, enabling users to store and switch instantly between two different speaker configurations and Audyssey settings. The new S-Series AVRs also work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri for voice control of AVR functions.”

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By Greg Tarr

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