Denon has announced three new S-Series A/V receivers: the AVR-S950H, the AVR-S750H and AVR-S650H. All three offer voice-control support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri voice agents.
Other salient features on these AVRs include HEOS built-in, for wireless multi-room music streaming, and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization technology – all bundled with Denon’s signature amplification and sound quality tech enhancements. The setup experience has also been streamlined, according to the company.
Denon is positioning the AVRs as “a simple and inexpensive solution to upgrade from a traditional sound bar,” said Michael Greco, senior director of global brand management at parent company Sound United. “With features like automated room calibration and audio optimization alongside industry-leading sound quality, the S-Series are a great way to advance any home theater,” he added, noting that these updates offer tuned amplification, DSPs and component selection. Also added are eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) support for gamers – features which Denon notes are part of the latest HDMI 2.1 specifications, in preparation for the anticipated 8K TV era.
The flagship S-Series 185-watts-peak-per-channel Denon AVR-S950H is a 7.2-channel full 4K Ultra HD home theater receiver with discrete high-current power amplifiers on all seven channels. With low impedance driver capability, it offers operational stability with a wide range of speakers. Other features include: an MM phono stage for compatibility with higher-end turntables, the aforementioned HEOS built-in, and Bluetooth for access to streaming music services like Spotify, Pandora and Tidal. Playback is available for both lossy formats including MP3 and AAC as well as gapless playback of Hi-Res WAV, FLAC, ALAC and DSD (2.8/5.6MHz) files via the front panel USB and networked NAS, MACs and PCs.
For home theater uses, the AVR-S950H is said to be capable of filling any height-enabled theater with Dolby Atmos; also featured is a DTS:X decoder, along with Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X up-mixer technologies for channel-based content. The newly added Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology joins DTS Virtual:X to add height and surround virtualization to traditional, ear-level-only speaker configurations like 2.1 or 5.1. The AVR-S950H also features the latest video technologies, including Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, and 4K video upscaling. Media sources and TVs are easily connectible with eight HDMI inputs and two outputs with full HDCP 2.3 support on all ports.
With HEOS built-in, the S-Series AVRs can stream music wirelessly across compatible HEOS components from a variety of free and premium streaming services. Listeners can use Amazon Alexa for tasks like switching inputs for different media players, while the Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri can be used to adjust volume, skip to the next track, and more. Consumers can also listen to music in any room of the home wirelessly, either playing the same song in every room or selecting a different song for each connected room via the various streaming sources.
Visual setup guidance through the Denon Setup Assistant makes the S-Series AVRs simple to connect, and the AVR-S950H is also equipped with Audyssey’s premium room calibration technology, which auto measures and optimizes the AVR to its environment. A phono input is also featured, enabling the connection of a turntable.
The AVR-S950H ($599), AVR-S750H ($499) and AVR-S650H ($399) are available now.