Denon unveils magnificent seven AV receivers, returns to Hi-Fi turntables

posted on Monday, 18th June 2018 by Steve May

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Denon has announced seven new AV receivers (actually six receivers and one multi-channel amplifier) at the recent Sound United European Dealer Conference in Spain, five of which are Dolby Atmos and DTS:X compatible.

Three seven channel models will land this summer: the AVR-X1500H, AVR-X2500H and AVR-X3500H, priced at £449, £549 and £899 respectively. These will be followed a single nine channel receiver in September, the £1499 AVR-X4500H, and an 11-channel AV amplifier (no FM tuner), the AVC-X6500H, priced at £2349.

For non-Atmos home cinemas, the brand offers two new entry-level Bluetooth models, the AVR-X250BT and AVR-X550BT, priced at £229 and £299. Both of these are Richer Sounds exclusives.

All models from the AVR-X3500H up will offer eARC with a firmware update (even though the HDMI boards are v2.0), with Amazon Alexa compatibility offered on the AVR-X1500H upwards. All network connectable models also boast Heos multiroom compatibility, as well as a phono input.

There are also minor cosmetic changes to the range design, with 2018 styling following the cleaner look already seen on the 13 channel AVC-X8500H, released earlier this year.

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Headphone

800 Series

At the conference, Denon also took the wraps off a new Hi-FI separates line, the 800-series (pictured above), comprising the DNP-800NE network player (£449), DCD 800NE CD player (£349) and PMA-800NE (£449), a 2x 85W stereo amplifier.

And for those with an ear for luxury, the company unveiled the AH-D9200, a serious over-ear Hi-Fi headphone which uses Japanese bamboo. Due October, it’s priced at £1,399.

Denon will also return to the serious vinyl turntable market this year, with the DP-400 and DP-450USB. The step-up model supports USB ripping to Mp3 and WAV and features a unique dust cover, which doubles as an album cover holder.

During his keynote at the European conference, Sound United CEO Kevin Duffy declared that AV receivers, along with mini Hi-Fi and audio separates would be a key focus for the group over the next twelve months. “Building our core business is now the most important thing for us,” he said. The company reported growth in these areas for both 2016 and 2017, and said it was optimistic that this would continue in 2018.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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