Denon is the top selling brand for surround-sound AV receivers, and it offers a full spectrum of models ranging from basic, entry-level 5.2-channel capability up to its 13.2-channel flagship AVR-A110. Today the company adds the AVR-S660H and AVR-S760H to the affordable side of the lineup, both of which offer 8K HDMI.
The AVR-S660H ($449) replaces the AVR-S650H and keeps things simple with five channels of 80W amplification. It has three 8K HDMI inputs with 40 Gbps bandwidth and support for all the major HDR video formats: Dolby Vision™, HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, and HLG. All six of its HDMI inputs and the output offer HDCP 2.3. Plus, this networked AVR has Denon’s HEOS wireless audio streaming built-in.
The step-up Denon AVR-S760H ($559) is the successor to the AVR-S750H and the step-up model to the AVR-S660H. It offers a lot of extra features over the AVR-S660H. The channel count gets bumped up to 7.2, with 80 watts of power per channel, and it adds 3D immersive sound—5.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X—to the mix. It also offers three 8K HDMI inputs, plus HDCP 2.3 on all its HDMI ports. An essential upgrade with this AVR is support for the Audyssey MultEQ Editor app that lets you fine-tune the room correction results.
“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.”Source: Sound United
The AVS-S760H sports a new feature, “Dual Speaker Presets,” allowing you to store two different configurations—including Audyssey settings—and instantly switch between them.
These AVRs share several cool and useful features. They both support a variety of music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, and Tidal. They are hi-res audio capable and even decode DSD, in addition to FLAC, ALAC and WAV.
Gamers will appreciate ALLM (auto low latency mode) and VRR (variable refresh rate) support and the ability to handle 4K/120 Hz video. And audio enthusiasts can enjoy the uncompressed multichannel and 3D immersive sound from a display’s built-in apps thanks to eARC support. And anyone who is into home automation or uses virtual assistants will appreciate the support for controlling the AVR with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri.
Music lovers will appreciate the inclusion of HEOS, which is Denon’s take on a Sonos-like multi-speaker, multi-room wireless audio ecosystem. Either of these AVRs can serve as the source for Denon’s HEOS compatible wireless speakers, like the Denon Home 150, 250, and 350 models.
Between the two new models, the AVR-S760H stands out for how much value it offers at its price point. Between the superior room correction capability and 3D audio, it easily earns its $100 premium.
These new Denon AVSs are shipping now and will be available soon from authorized retailers. To find out more, visit Denon.com.