Denon unveils new 8K AV receivers for 2022

Denon AVR-X3800H A/V Receiver
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denon has announced five new ones A V recipient for 2022, offering updated HDMI 2.1 connectivity and support for 8K video at a fairly wide price range. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a new generation of home theater receivers from Denon, but it looks like they’ve been pretty busy working on these new designs, which have every bells and whistles imaginable.

Some consumers might scroll through the list of features and think they’ll never use many of them – and they’d be right. This has long been an issue for AV receivers and we hope more companies follow the path taken by Anthem and Rotel, which have focused on sound and picture quality rather than gimmicks.

Tip: All receivers have a wealth of features, so in this article we will only cover the most important highlights. Tapping on the model number links will take you down the “rabbit hole” of technical features and specifications for each receiver.

Key features shared by all recipients

The Denon receivers in the following group all have the following core features:

Surround Sound Support: Most surround sound formats including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Audio.

HDR support: HDR10/10+, Dolby Vision, HLG, Dynamic HDR Passthrough

HDMI 2.1: Includes HDMI-eARC and gaming support (4K/120Hz, 8K/60Hz, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT).

Hi-Res Audio: Support for 24-bit/192kHz audio playback. Digital audio format support includes MP3, WMA, WAV, MPEG-4/AAC, FLAC, and ALAC.

hey: Wireless streaming in multiple rooms

Wireless music streaming: Amazon HD, Spotify Connect, Pandora and more… Tested by Roon.

Wireless connection: Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, Wi-Fi (Wired Ethernet is also included if required).

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voice control: Alexa integrated, Google Assistant, Josh AI

Smartphone app control: iOS, Android

Audyssey room correction integrated: MultEQ, MulitEQ XT32, dynamic EQ, dynamic volume

A series

AVC-A1H ($6,499.00): There’s only one entry (so far) in Denon’s A-Series category for 2022/23, but it’s the Big Kahuna of their line of AV receivers. At just over 70 pounds, this beast packs more than most home theater fans probably need.

Denon AVC-A1H A/V Receiver
Denon AVC-A1H A/V Receiver
Denon AVC-A1H Rear A/V Receiver
Rear: Denon AVC-A1H A/V receiver

The AVC-A1H houses 15 discretely assignable amplifiers capable of outputting 150 Wpc and offers four subwoofer outputs (both balanced and unbalanced connections). You can set up a main and second room system, use the flexibility of speaker bi-amping connection or set up the ultimate Dolby Atmos, DTS:X or Auro 3D audio configuration (support for up to 9.4.6 channel setup) . The A1H also offers support for IMAX Enhanced and Sony 360 Reality Audio.

The AVC-A1H has 8 HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs.

Tip: The A1H will support Dirac Live room correction via a future firmware update.

X series

Denon AVR-X4800H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-X4800H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-X4800H A/V Receiver Rear
Rear: Denon AVR-X4800H A/V receiver

AVR-X4800H ($2,499.00): This receiver has most of the same features as the A1H, but with a 9.4-channel configuration and lower power output per channel (that’s 9 amplified channels delivering 125 watts per channel and preamp outputs for can output up to four subwoofers). . However, this receiver can easily accommodate Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D audio formats in almost any room without the ultra-high price tag of the A1H. The X4800H has 7 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs.

Tip: The X4800 will support Dirac Live with a future firmware update.

AVR-X3800H ($1,699.00): This is also a 9.4-channel receiver with most of the same features as the X4800, but with a lower power output of 105 watts per channel (which is still enough for 90% of the rooms out there ). The X3800H has 6 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs.

Denon AVR-X3800H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-X3800H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-X3800H A/V Receiver Rear
Rear: Denon AVR-X3800H A/V receiver

Tip: The X3800H will support Dirac Live with a future firmware update.

AVR-X2800H ($1,199.00): The receiver is better suited for use in a medium-sized room, with 7.2 channels of AV at 95 watts per channel. This receiver also omits audio support from Auro 3D Audio, MAX Enhanced and Sony 360 Reality. The X2800H has 6 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs.

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Denon AVR-X2800H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-X2800H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-X2800H A/V Receiver Rear
Rear: Denon AVR-X2800H A/V receiver

S series

AVR-S970H ($899): The cheapest receiver in this group, the AVR-S970H is a 7.2-channel AV receiver capable of outputting 90 watts per channel. With boosted 7.2 channels, you can opt for a standard 7.2 channel setup, a 5.2.2 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X channel setup, or a 5.1 channel setup combined with a two-channel stereo setup all in one choose additional space.

Denon AVR-S970H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-S970H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-S970H Rear A/V Receiver
Rear: Denon AVR-S970H A/V receiver

The Denon AVR-S970H also offers a total of 6 HDMI inputs, three of which are 8K compatible. Even though it’s the cheapest of this group of receivers, it still supports 4K/120Hz pass-through via the 8K-capable HDMI inputs.

entry options

Two other receivers in Denon’s offerings for 2022/23 are the AVR-S570BT and X580BT (both cost $399). These receivers are designed as very inexpensive entry-level devices.

Denon AVR-S570BT A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-S570BT A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-S570BT Rear A/V Receiver
Rear: Denon AVR-S570BT A/V receiver

Unlike the receivers discussed above, these two receivers lack internet streaming and multi-room audio capabilities and many other advanced features. However, both receivers are equipped with Bluetooth (that’s what the “BT” in the model numbers refers to), so you can stream music from compatible smartphones.

These receivers also don’t have traditional phono inputs for turntables. To connect a turntable, users must place an external phono preamp between the turntable and the receiver, unless the turntable has its own built-in phono preamp.

Denon AVR-S580BT A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-S580BT A/V Receiver

Both receivers have a 5.2 channel configuration, ie 5 traditional channels (left, center, right, left surround, right right surround) capable of delivering 70 watts of power, plus two subwoofer outputs.

The AVR-S570BT (not yet confirmed for the X580BT) does not include Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, but does include Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding for Blu-ray Disc and other compatible content sources.

The AVR-S570BT (again not confirmed for the AVR-X580BT) includes 4 HDMI inputs and one output compatible with 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz, with support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode ( ALLM) for gamers and can also forward HDR10/10+, Dolby Vision and HLG HDR formats.

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