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Denon Unveils New 8K AV Receivers for 2022

More power, more channels, more streaming, and gaming support highlight Denon’s new AV Receivers for the coming year.

Denon AVR-X3800H A/V Receiver

Denon has announced five new AV receivers for 2022 that offer updated HDMI 2.1 connectivity and support for 8K video at a rather wide range of prices. It has been a while since we have seen a new crop of home theater receivers from Denon, but it looks like they were rather busy working on these new designs that have every bell and whistle imaginable.

Some consumers might scroll through the list of features and think that they are never going to use many of them — and they would be correct. This has been an issue for AV receivers for a long time and we hope that more companies take the path chosen by Anthem and Rotel who have focused on sound and image quality and not gimmicks.

Tip: All of the receivers have an abundance of features, so we will only touch on the major highlights in this article. If you tap the links on the model numbers, that will take you down the “rabbit hole” of the technical features and specifications for each receiver. 

Key Features All The Receivers Share

The Denon receivers in the following group all have the following core features:

Surround Sound Support: Most surround sound formats including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Audio.

HDR Support: HDR10/10+, Dolby Vision, HLG, Dynamic HDR pass-through

HDMI 2.1: Includes HDMI-eARC and Gaming Support (4K/120Hz, 8K/60Hz, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), and Quick Frame Transport (QFT).

Hi-Res Audio:  Support for 24-bit/192kHz audio playback. Digital audio format support includes MP3, WMA, WAV, MPEG-4/AAC, FLAC, and ALAC

Heos: Multi-room wireless streaming

Wireless Music Streaming: Amazon HD, Spotify Connect, Pandora,  and more… Roon Tested.

Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, Wi-Fi (Wired Ethernet is also included if needed).

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Voice Control: Alexa Built-in, Google Assistant, Josh AI

Smartphone App Control: iOS, Android

Audyssey Room Correction Built-in: MultEQ, MulitEQ XT32, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume

A-Series 

AVC-A1H ($6,499.00): There is only one entry (so far) in Denon’s A-Series category for 2022/23 but it’s the Big Kahuna of their AV Receiver line. Coming in just over 70 pounds, this beast provides more than most home theater fans probably need. 

Denon AVC-A1H A/V Receiver
Denon AVC-A1H A/V Receiver
Denon AVC-A1H A/V Receiver Rear
Rear: Denon AVC-A1H A/V Receiver

The AVC-A1H houses 15 discrete assignable amplifiers that can output 150 wpc and provides four subwoofer outputs (including both balanced and unbalanced connections). You can set up a main and 2nd room system, use the speaker bi-amp connection flexibility, or set up the ultimate Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, or Auro 3D Audio configuration (support for up to a 9.4.6 channel setup). The A1H also includes IMAX Enhanced and Sony 360 Reality Audio support. 

The AVC-A1H includes 8 HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs. 

Tip: The A1H will support Dirac Live room correction via a future firmware update.  The inclusion of Dirac Live will allow users to fine-tune speakers connected to a receiver to more accurately match the acoustic environment of the room they are placed in, providing a more well-rounded music listening experience with better accuracy, larger sweet spot, more precise voice intelligibility, as well as deeper, but less boomy bass.

X- Series

Denon AVR-X4800H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-X4800H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-X4800H A/V Receiver Rear
Rear: Denon AVR-X4800H A/V Receiver

AVR-X4800H ($2,499.00): This receiver shares most of the same features as the A1H, but with a 9.4 channel configuration and lower per-channel power output (that’s 9 amplified channels that can output 125 watts per channel and preamp outputs for up to four subwoofers). However, this receiver can easily accommodate Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro 3D audio formats in just about any room without the ultra-high price tag of the A1H. The X4800H has 7 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs. 

Tip: The X4800 will support Dirac Live with a future firmware update.

AVR-X3800H ($1,699.00): This is also a 9.4-channel receiver with most of the same features as the X4800, but with a lower power output of 105 watts per channel (which is still plenty for 90% of the rooms out there). The X3800H has 6 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs. 

Denon AVR-X3800H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-X3800H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-X3800H A/V Receiver Rear
Rear: Denon AVR-X3800H A/V Receiver

Tip: The X3800H will support Dirac Live with a future firmware update. 

AVR-X2800H ($1,199.00): The receiver is better suited for use in use in a medium-sized room, with 7.2 channels with AV with 95 watts per channel. This receiver also leaves out Auro 3D Audio, MAX Enhanced, and Sony 360 Reality audio support. The X2800H has 6 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs. 

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Denon AVR-X2800H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-X2800H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-X2800H A/V Receiver Rear
Rear: Denon AVR-X2800H A/V Receiver

S-Series

AVR-S970H ($899): The most affordable receiver in this group, the AVR-S970H is a 7.2 Channel AV receiver that can output 90 watts per channel. With 7.2 amplified channels to work with, you can opt for a standard 7.2 channel setup, a 5.2.2 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X channel setup, or a 5.1 channel setup combined with a two-channel stereo setup in an additional room. 

Denon AVR-S970H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-S970H A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-S970H A/V Receiver Rear
Rear: Denon AVR-S970H A/V Receiver

The Denon AVR-S970H also provides a total of 6 HDMI inputs, three of which are 8K compatible. Also, even though it is the least expensive of this receiver group, it still supports 4K/120Hz pass-through via the 8K-enabled HDMI inputs.

Entry Level Options

Two additional receivers in Denon’s 2022/23 offerings are the AVR-S570BT and X580BT (both priced at $399). These receivers are designed as very affordable entry-level units. 

Denon AVR-S570BT A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-S570BT A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-S570BT A/V Receiver Rear
Rear: Denon AVR-S570BT A/V Receiver

Unlike the receivers discussed above, these two receivers don’t have internet streaming and multi-room audio capabilities, and many other advanced features. However, both receivers are equipped with Bluetooth (that is what the “BT” in the model numbers refer to), so you can stream music from compatible smartphones. 

These receivers also don’t have traditional turntable phono inputs. To connect a turntable, users will have to place an external phono preamp between the turntable and the receiver, unless the turntable has its own built-in phono preamp.

Denon AVR-S580BT A/V Receiver
Denon AVR-S580BT A/V Receiver

Both receivers have a 5.2 channel configuration, which means 5 traditional channels (left, center, right, left surround, right right surround) that can output 70 watts of power, plus two subwoofer outputs. 

The AVR-S570BT (not confirmed yet for the X580BT) doesn’t include Dolby Atmos or DTS:X but does include Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding for Blu-ray Disc and other compatible content sources.

AVR-S570BT (once again not confirmed for the AVR-X580BT) includes 4 HDMI inputs and one output that is 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz compatible with Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) support for gamers and can also pass-through HDR10/10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG HDR formats.

Where to buy: denon.com | Crutchfield | Amazon | Amazon.ca

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. ORT

    September 26, 2022 at 11:02 am

    Thank you! I have owned my Denon AVR-X4300H for 5 or 6 years now and it has firmly placed that company (and by association, Marantz) as my fave proferrer…er…errrr of excellente’ Audio Stuff!

    When the time comes to get a new AVR it will be from Denon or, if ever they make that snorthole of a screenlette large enough to see, Marantz! Mayhap it shall be the AVR-4800H or dare I go to the next level of annoying mine spousal unit and get that AVC-A1H? I need more than the current 10X10 that is my…Wait for it…It really is not a potty word using term…”Théâtre du Crapaud”!

    And that…is all. Thankyewveruhmuch, Monsieur Silva! I like Denon and I like your writing, sir!

    ORT

    • Ian White

      September 26, 2022 at 10:19 pm

      ORT,

      Wait til you see the new Marantz CINEMA Series. Think Model 40n with 125 watts/channel in a 9.4.4 configuration. Our story in the early morning…

      IW

      • ORT

        September 26, 2022 at 11:14 pm

        “I tremble in anticipation”…

        And from an even greater 😉 Cinéma vérité, “Hooper”:

        “You think I’m a tyrannical egomaniac. Well, maybe it’s true. A film is a tiny piece of time and we *captured* it. I only do it for one reason. To make the best movie I can. Because I’m a pro.”

        Looking forward to having to start saving up for something else, brother! 🙂

        ORT

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