Voice-Enabled Denon S-Series AVRs Debut

Today Denon announced three new S-Series AV receivers, the AVR-S950H, the AVR-S750H and AVR-S650H, adding Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, HEOS built-in for wireless multi-room music streaming, multi-assistant voice control and what they are calling a better setup experience. All three AVRs support eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode for gaming), which are features of the latest HDMI 2.1 specifications, in preparation for the anticipated 8K TV era.

The Denon AVR-S950H is a 7.2 channel home theater receiver with discrete high-current power amplifiers on all seven channels, offering 185W peak per channel (6 Ohm, 1kHz, 1ch driven, 10 percent THD). With low impedance driver capability, it offers operational stability with a wide range of speakers for balanced, quality sound. Designed to accept most sources, the AVR-S950H has an MM phono stage for compatibility with higher-end turntables, as well as HEOS built-in and Bluetooth for access to streaming music services. Playback 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 enabled with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X decoder, along with Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X up mixer technologies for channel-based content. Newly added is Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, which 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 Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, eARC support, and 4K video upscaling. Media sources and TVs are connected with eight HDMI inputs and two outputs with full HDCP 2.3 support on all ports.

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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, including Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, SiriusXM, Tidal and more. Listeners can use Amazon Alexa for a variety of commands, including switching inputs for different media players, while the Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri can be used to adjust the volume, skip to the next track and more.

The AVR-S650H is 5.2 audio and the AVR-S750H adds 7.2 audio with five inputs, 165-watts or power and six inputs while the flagship AVR-S950H is 7.2 with 185-watts and eight inputs.

The AVR-S950H ($599), AVR-S750H ($499) and AVR-S650H ($399) are now available and here are the specs on each one.