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AV Receivers

Denon's 2014 AV receivers packed with HDMI and wireless connectivity

The three new S-Series receivers from Denon all pack built-in Bluetooth and HDMI 2.0, starting at a very competitive $250 entry-level price.

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Denon

Denon is always one of the last of the major manufacturers to announce its new AV receivers in a given year, but this year's models appear to have been worth the wait.

The new trio of S-Series receivers are particularly competitive based on the initial specs, which is a marked improvement on last year's comparatively feature-light models . The AVR-S500BT, AVR-S700W, and AVR-S900W all feature built-in Bluetooth and HDMI 2.0, with healthy HDMI connectivity ranging from five inputs on the entry-level model up to eight inputs and two outputs on the AVR-S900W.

Here's a quick rundown of how the S-Series line breaks down:

Denon AVR-S500BT ($250 USD)

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Denon

  • 5.2 channels
  • 70 watts per channel
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Five HDMI inputs with support for HDMI 2.0
  • Automatic speaker calibration

Denon AVR-S700W ($450 USD) step-up features

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Denon

  • 7.2 channels
  • 75 watts per channel
  • Built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and AirPlay
  • Six HDMI inputs
  • Built-in support for DLNA 1.5, Pandora, Spotify Connect, and Sirius XM
  • Native playback of MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, and DSD files
  • Audyssey MultEQ, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume
  • Front panel USB input

Denon AVR-S900W ($600 USD) step-up features

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Denon

  • 90 watts per channel
  • Eight HDMI inputs, two outputs
  • Analog video upconversion
  • 4K upscaling

Both the AVR-S500BT and AVR-S700W look to offer a lot of value, with more HDMI connectivity and lower prices than similar models introduced by Sony last month , while also including ample wireless connectivity. We'll need to get some hands-on time to see how they perform, but at first glance this is an impressive lineup from Denon.

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