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    Denon Unveils Six Affordable X-Series and S-Series AV Receivers

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    (Denon) The all-new AVR-2500H will be released during May 2018

    (April 26, 2018) Budget-conscious buyers are getting a spring treat thanks to Denon and a bevy of new AV Receiver options officially launched today. The company’s refresh of X-Series and S-Series receivers present options ranging from $279 to $799, loaded with plenty of modern tech including multi-room wireless functionality and full 4K compatibility.

    According to Richard Velazquez, global head of brand management at Denon: “The X-Series and S-Series refresh demonstrates our commitment to remain lockstep with the evolution of the smart home theater. Amazon’s Alexa Smart Home Skill for whole-home audio voice control enables effortless use, an industry-leading setup process reduces out-of-box headaches and all the latest tech reduces near-term obsolescence.”

    Headlining the group are two X-Series receivers capable of powering mid-range home theater experiences. The AVR-2500H and AVR-X1500H both offer 7.2-channels of performance and HEOS built-in for whole-home wireless functionality. They offer 95 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 2 channels driven) and 80 watts per channel, respectively, with onboard decoding of both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Decoding also includes legacy codecs such as DTS-HD MA and TrueHD, while sound processing options include a virtualized immersive sound experience for standard multi-channel layouts using DTS Virtual:X.

    Sound quality on the new X-Series gear is honed by 32-bit/192kHz AKM DAC (AKM4458VN) converters for all channels, with room optimization by Audyssey’s MultEQ XT auto calibration and Audyssey’s MultEQ editor app (available for iOS/Android at an additional cost). Hi-Res audio support includes compatibility with ALAC, FLAC, WAV (up to 24-bit/196- kHz) as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz.

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    (Denon) A top-down inside view of the AVR-S9400H
    The step-down S-Series has four new members, consisting of the AVR-S940H, AVR-S740H, AVR-S640H and AVR-S540BT, with the 7.2-channel S940H offering the most power output (90 watts per channel). The S740H also offers 7.2-channels of performance (75 watts per channel), while the S640H (75 watts per channel) and S540BT (70 watts per channel) can run 5.2-channel arrangements. All but one of the receivers carries some version of Audyssey MultEQ technology, with the S740H and S940H both offering compatibility with the optional MultEQ editor app.

    All six of the new receivers offer full compatibility with modern 4K demands, including 4K/60 Hz video, High Dynamic Range (HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG), HDCP 2.2, and wide color.

    The AVR-X2500H ($799), AVR-X1500H ($599) will be available in May 2018, while the AVR-S940H ($579), AVR-S740H ($479), AVR-S640H ($379) and AVR-S540BT ($279) are now available at authorized dealers.





    Additional S-Series Features
    AVR-2500H and 1500H

    • 185 watts per channel (X2500H); 175 watts per channel (X1500H) at 6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven
    • 95 watts per channel (X2500H); 80 watts per channel (X1500H) at 8 ohms, 20 Hz -20 kHz, THD:0.08%, 2 channel driven
    • 8 HDMI inputs and 2 dual outputs (X2500H), 6 HDMI inputs and 1 output (X1500H)
    • Picture adjustments and 4K/30Hz upscaling (X2500H only)
    • Class-leading Denon guided setup assistant and graphical user interface
    • Built-in HEOS wireless multi-room audio technology
    • Stream popular music services like Spotify®, Pandora®, Tidal and more via Bluetooth, AirPlay or the free HEOS app
    • 32-bit/192kHz AKM DAC (AKM4458VN) for all channels
    • High-Res support, including: ALAC, FLAC, WAV (up to 24-bit/196- kHz) as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks
    • Powered Zone 2 capability, as well as Zone 2 preouts
    • Optimize room acoustics with Audyssey MultEQ XT[1] technology and included mic and stand/Dynamic EQ & Volume
    • Optional “Audyssey MultEQ editor” app on iOS and Android for further customization
    • Denon AVR Remote app


    Additional X-Series Features

    AVR- S540BT
    • 5.2-channel AVR at 140 watts per channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven), 70 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz -20 kHz, THD:0.08%, 2 channel driven)
    • 5 HDMI inputs / 1 output: 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, HDR, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) pass-through on 3 designated HDMI Inputs.
    • HDCP 2.2 support on 3 HDMI inputs for copy-protected content
    • ARC and HDMI-CEC support; standby HDMI pass-through
    • Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from your smart devices
    • Auto setup and room EQ feature with microphone
    • Support for MP3, WMA and MPEG-4/AAC tracks
    • Compatible with HEOS Link for multi-room music streaming
    • Dedicated “Denon 500 Series Remote” app on iOS and Android: Full control of the receiver via Bluetooth

    AVR-S640H
    • 5.2-channel AVR at 150 watts per channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven), 75 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz -20 kHz, THD:0.08%, 2 channel driven)
    • 5 HDMI inputs / 1 out with features such as 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling and BT2020
    • Class-leading advanced Graphical User Interface and the Denon AVR Remote app
    • 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, HDR, Dolby Vision compatibility and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)
    • Stream popular music services, including Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, Deezer, and many others via Bluetooth, AirPlay or the HEOS app
    • Phono input for vinyl listening
    • 32-bit/192kHz AKM DAC (AKM4458VN) for all channels
    • High-Res support, including: ALAC, FLAC, WAV (up to 24-bit/196- kHz) as well as DSD 2.8MHz and 5.6MHz tracks
    • Audyssey MultEQ technology with Dynamic EQ & Dynamic Volume
    • Smart TV connectivity to control the AVR-S740H with a TV remote

    AVR-S740H and S940H
    • AVR-S740H: 7.2-channel AVR at 165 watts per channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven), 75 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz -20 kHz, THD:0.08%, 2 channel driven)
    • AVR-S940H: 7.2-channel AVR at 185 watts per channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven), 90 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz -20 kHz, THD:0.08%, 2 channel driven)
    • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X
    • 8 HDMI inputs and 2 dual outputs (S940H), 6 HDMI inputs and 1 output (S740H)
    • Picture adjustments and 4K/30Hz upscaling (S940H only)
    • Optional “Audyssey MultEQ Editor” app compatibility
    • Powered Zone 2
     
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