There’s a lot of audio goodies to stream from those smartphones and tablets these days. Instead of adding another box or adapter into your AV mix, it may be time for a receiver upgrade. Denon Electronics is making that option extremely easy and affordable, with its newly announced S-Series.
This June, Denon will release three receivers into this new lineup. All three will feature Bluetooth, so users can wirelessly stream audio from any networked smartphone, tablet or computer. That HDMI 2.0 is also an interesting feature, given the prices on each model. (More on that in a minute.) Having the latest HDMI spec means that each AVR can handle 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video along with full resolution 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, 21:9 aspect ratios and dynamic auto lip synchronization.
Now about those prices: Denon is kicking off the S-Series lineup with the entry-level AVR-S500BT, which is priced at a mere $249. This has the Bluetooth, the HDMI 2.0 spec, and dual subwoofer outputs. This 5.2-channel AVR also boasts 70 watts per channel, a front-panel USB port, and five HDMI inputs. It even offers an easy setup and EQ tweaks via the included microphone and color-coded speaker terminals.
Right in the middle of the lineup is the AVR-S700W 7.2-channel receiver ($449), which adds in Wi-Fi for streaming web radio, as well as services like Pandora, Spotify Connect and SiriusXM—all without the need for add-on devices. (A service subscription will be necessary, though.) This model also features support for Apple AirPlay, DLNA 1.5, and Denon’s own remote app. Promising 75 watts for each of its seven channels and the new 4-ohm certification, this model has dual subwoofer outputs, six HDMI inputs, a front-panel USB input, and multi-source/multi-zone listening options. Also worth noting is that the S700W comes with the Audyssey Bronze suite built in, which includes MultEQ, Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume.
At $599, the top of the heap is the AVR-S900W 7.2-channel receiver. This model has everything mentioned above, including the Audyssey Bronze suite and the Wi-Fi, DLNA 1.5 and AirPlay support. It also has eight HDMI inputs, two HDMI outputs, and 90 watts per channel with the new 4-ohm certification. However, what makes it a standout is that it also has analog-to-HDMI video transcoding and 4K Ultra HD upscaling.
“The S-Series models deliver an incredible home theater experience now and in the future with Bluetooth and wireless connectivity for streaming audio, a feature that undeniably is a must for today’s consumers,” said Paul Belanger, product manager for D+M. “And each is loaded with the latest HDMI connectivity that includes pass-through for 4K Ultra HD 60 Hz, 4:4:4 Pure Color and 21:9 video content, making them compatible with 4K ultra high definition sources and displays.”
Denon will start shipping all three models this June.
The AVR-S900W 7.2-channel 4K Ultra HD AV receiver with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
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