Denon has announced two new high-end receivers that will be the first to feature the company's HEOS streaming system onboard.
The AVR-X4300H ($1,500) and AVR-X6300H ($2,200) are the first products to enable Wi-Fi playback using HEOS, in addition to Bluetooth and Apple Airplay. HEOS enables streaming of services such as Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, SiriusXM, Soundcloud and Amazon Music in addition to music stored on your network or phone.
Both receivers feature eight HDMI ports, which are compatible with 4K/HDR and HDCP 2.2 and are capable of decoding Dolby Atmos and DTS:X atmospheric soundtracks.
The AVR-X4300H offers nine amplified channels (which can be used for a 5.1.4 atmospheric setup), while the AVR-X6300H offers 11 channels.
Denon announced HEOS in June 2014 and a refresh of the line in April 2016, but the company is only now playing catch-up with its competitors. Sony and Yamaha have had multi-room capabilities built into their receivers for at least 12 months.
Can it be too little too late for HEOS, however? The multi-room category is very fractured at the moment, and while there is yet to be a standard protocol, there are several vying for that honor, including Google. While Denon announced Google Cast capability at CES 2015, it has since stated that it won't enable it on any products.