March 05, 2013
| by Grant Clauser
It’s pretty impressive what a few hundred dollars will buy in AV gear these days. Denon proves that point with the latest introductions in its E-Series line of products.
The new receivers are led by the 7.1 channel AVR-E400 ($599), which can be used in a 7.1 home theater setup or as a 5.1 system with the two extra speakers set up as a separate audio-only zone. The receiver includes 6 HDMI inputs (including one in the front, handy for connecting cameras and smartphones), does 4K (Ultra HD) video upconversion, and offers 90 watts each per 7 channels (20Hz-20kHz, 0.08%THD@8ohm). This model, and all the other E-Series receivers, include Denon power amp circuitry for high power, wide dynamic range and low distortion.
It also includes AirPlay, as Pandora, SiriusXM, vTuner, Spotify and Flickr.
To make setup easier, Denon now color codes the speaker terminals, added new Easy-Connects “push-in” type speaker wire connections and Audyssey MultEQ on the AVR-E400 and the AVR-E300.
The $399 AVR-E300 is a 5.1 receiver with 75 watts for each of its 5 channels (20Hz-20kHz, 0.08%THD@8ohm), 5 HDMI inputs and HDMI Standby Pass-through (featured on all E-Series units), so users can enjoy a program from their cable/satellite tuner without the need to even turn the receiver on (great for just watching the news or for the family members who don’t want to bother with an AVR—you know who you are).
Denon’s $250 AVR-E200 is also a 5.1 box, delivering 75 watts each for 5 channels (20Hz-20kHz, 0.08%THD@8ohm). It’s not as fully-featured as the others, but comes with Denon’s easy-to-use Quick Select function, which provides 4 Quick Select buttons on the front panel and on the remote control that let you instantly choose from the Cable/Satellite, Blu-ray, Game and Aux inputs. The E200 comes with 4 HDMI inputs.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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