A longtime favorite here at CNET, theis a top-notch receiver with excellent sound and a (still) cutting-edge feature set. The receiver has been top of the AV heap for 18 months, and yet it's time for it to stand aside and let some new blood take control. Denon has built itself a reputation for high-quality audio at affordable prices, and that legacy grows with the giant-killing AVR-740H receiver.
This is areceiver with amazing sound quality and a healthy dose of features: multiroom music streaming, compatible video switching. With better sonics than the Sony STR-DN1080 and a slightly better price, the Denon AVR-740H is now one of the best deals in midpriced receivers.
The AVR-740H is a distillation of many years of technologies including 4K, wireless multiroom (Apple'sand ) and Dolby Atmos. It offers:
- Six 4K/HDR-compatible HDMI inputs, one output
- USB (charging/mobile playback)
- Three digital inputs -- two optical, one coaxial
- Audyssey Room Correction
- 24-bit/192kHz playback plus DSD
- Denon 2016 AVR Remote app compatibility (iOS, Android and Kindle)
If you're an audiophile, it can also stream over the network using the proprietary HEOS app or via USB. HEOS is one of several competing multiroom systems, and it is currently used by Denon and stablemate Marantz. The best thing about HEOS? The hardware. For example, the HEOS 1 ($140 at Amazon) speaker is one of our favorite multiroom/portable speakers. While there is Amazon Alexa control, there's no Google Assistant or Chromecast audio support.
The receiver offers some neat usability touches including dedicated shortcut buttons on the front of the unit as well as a colorful clicker reminiscent of Marantz's models.