Denon Unveils Latest AVR Lineup
Denon formally introduced Thursday an assortment of 8K-enabled AV receivers many of which will support 8K/60Hz and 4k/120Hz HDMI 2.1 output, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D audio and low-lag input gaming.
Most of the new entries also build-in support for Denon’s HEOS multi-room music system to stream digital audio music files wirelessly to HEOS supporting speakers around the home.
Many models are available for pre-order now and will be available soon.
The company said the lineup also incorporates an easy to set-up and use HD graphical user interface, and many build in support for Audyssey EQ auto room calibration or will update to the new high-level Dirac Live system.
New flagship A-Series AVR-A1H AVR ($6,499 street retail) is a massive 15.4-channel 8K AVR designed for large room heavy lifting. It will support up to 9.4.6-channels of 3D audio surround with 150-Watt-per channel power output using the company’s most powerful transformer and supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro 3D and IMAX Enhanced surround sound formats. Connectivity includes 7 HDMI 2.1 inputs and 2 outputs, all support 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), and Quick Frame Transport; eARC/ARC; 3D signal passthrough and support for HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and HLG high dynamic range. It includes support for Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomePod and builds in support for HEOS wireless multiroom music streaming. The unit is specially tuned by a Denon Sound Master and includes the company’s highest-level components, high-rigidity construction and will receive a forthcoming firmware upgrade support with Dirac Live. This uses several measurement positions (typically 9) in the listening room to find and correct acoustic problems accurately.
Denon also announced four new X- Series AVRs highlighted by the AVR-X4800H ($2,499.99 street retail), offering up to 9.4 channel surround sound; HEOS wireless multi-room audio; 125-Watt per channel power; IMAX Enhanced support; HDMI 2.1 audio/video switching with 7 inputs, 3 outputs (all inputs and 2 out of 3 outputs support 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video and all support 4K/60Hz video); 1 eARC/ARC port; high dynamic range video profile support for HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Dynamic HDR, and HLG; 3D audio signal passthrough; Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) support; 360Reality Audio support; support for up to four independent subwoofers, three-room/three-source output, full complement of 3D audio formats and forthcoming firmware upgrade support for Dirac Live software.
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The new Denon AVR-X3800H ($1,699 street retail) will offer 105-Watts per channel, 9.4-channel surround sound 3D audio support; HDMI 2.1 audio/video switching with 6 inputs, 3 outputs (all inputs and 2 out of 3 outputs support 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video, all inputs and outputs support 4K/60Hz video); Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Quick Frame Transport (QFT), and Quick Media Switching (QMS) support; eARC/ARC port; built-in HEOS wireless multi-room music streaming; IMAX Enhanced support; HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, Dynamic HDR, and HLG high dynamic range; 360Reality Audio muisc support; 3D audio signal passthrough; dual-room/dual-source output and forthcoming Dirac Live upgrade support.
Model AVR-X2800H ($1,199 street retail) is designed to fill medium-sized rooms with support for 7.2-channel surround sound and 95-Watt per channel power. Features include built-in HEOS wireless multi-room music; dual-room/dual-source output; Inputs include 6 HDMI 2.1 inputs, 2 outputs (3 inputs and 2 outputs support 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video, all support 4K/60Hz video) and Audyssey MultEQ room correction technology.
New models in Denon’s more mainstream S-Series AVR lineup are highlighted by the AVR-S970H ($899 street retail) with 7.2-channel multi-speaker support; 90-Watts per channel power, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization and DTS Virtual:X support; built-in HEOS support; dual-room/dual-source output; HDMI 2.1 switching with 6 inputs, 2 outputs (3 inputs and 1 output support 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video, all inputs and outputs support 4K/60Hz); gaming support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Quick Frame Transport (QFT); support for HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG high dynamic range; 3D audio passthrough, Audyssey MultEQ XT speaker calibration and system optimization.
The Denon AVR-S570BT ($399 street retail) is a 5.2-channel entry level AVR intended primarily for movie watching with 70-Watts per channel; HDMI 2.1 audio/video switching with 4 input, 1 outputs (compatibility with 8K/60Hz, 4K/120Hz, and 3D video pass-through; HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision and HLG high dynamic range support; requires external phono preamp for vinyl.
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By Greg Tarr
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