CNET también está disponible en español.

Ir a español

Don't show this again

HolidayBuyer's Guide

Denon's HEOS AVR looks like it travelled in the DeLorean

denon-heos-avr.jpg
Denon

If you have found yourself walking down the aisles of Best Buy, it's hard to get past the fact that all AV receivers look exactly the same. Same shape, same black paint job, a couple of knobs and a (blue) display. There has been little innovation in receiver design in the past 20 years.

This is why the Denon HEOS AVR is such a breath of fresh air. It looks... like the future. Maybe it's a future of silver jumpsuits and blond bob wigs but it's the future nonetheless. Looking more like a gaming PC than a receiver the HEOS AVR is quite unlike anything else in home theater right now. It features a "dark silver" finish and a blue power LED that illuminates your benchtop.

Following in the tradition of other HEOS components such as the HomeCinema, the AVR is designed from the ground up to be a streaming device, with a bit of home theater blended in. Denon HEOS is a multiroom system which offers streaming (Spotify, Tidal) and hi-res music support to compatible speakers and receivers in your home using a proprietary app. In addition the receiver offers 5x 50W channels of amplification plus enables users to add speakers like the HEOS 1 as wireless surrounds.

Denon

Connections include four HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 inputs for compatibility with 4K video and Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio sources. Like all "version 2" HEOS components the AVR will also support Bluetooth.

True, as a proprietary system HEOS has kind of faltered where competitor's multiroom solutions such as Yamaha MusicCast, Bose's SoundTouch and Sonos have flourished. The main reason for Denon's lack of momentum has been a simple lack of integration into products beyond speakers. Yet, if the HEOS AVR is an indicator 2017 could be the year this all changes.

At $999 though, it could a little expensive for what it does, especially when you consider Yamaha has the similarly specified RX-V481 receiver for less than half the price. Admittedly, the Yamaha looks like a hearse in comparison to Denon's sleek rocket ship.

Look out for the HEOS in April 2017, with UK and Australian pricing and availability yet to be announced.

  • Sony STR-DN1080

    Starting at: $598.00

    The Sony STR-DN1080 is fully featured, easy to use, and it sounds great, making it the...

  • Onkyo TX-NR575

    Starting at: $378.36

    The midpriced Onkyo TX-NR575 receiver sounds good and comes fully loaded with Dolby Atmos...

  • Yamaha RX-V483

    Starting at: $349.99

    The Yamaha RX-V483 may not have as many features as its rivals, but it offers excellent...

  • Marantz NR-1508

    Starting at: $549.00

    The Marantz NR1508 receiver serves up a winning combination of performance and features...

Discuss Denon HEOS AVR

Quick Specifications See All

  • Functions amplifier
    digital player
    internet radio
    network audio player
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
  • Color gun metal silver
  • Functions Amplifier, digital player, network audio player
  • Additional Features Bluetooth audio streaming
    Audio Return Channel (ARC)
    D-CLASS amplifier
    HEOS wireless multi-room technology
  • Media Content Source Network
    USB-host