SoundMag - - News - Writ­ten by Steve May

Denon is re­leas­ing seven new AV re­ceivers, five of which are Dolby Atmos and DTS:X com­pat­i­ble.

One of the re­ceivers is a multi-chan­nel am­pli­fier, the se­ries was an­nounced at the re­cent Sound United Euro­pean Dealer Con­fer­ence in Spain.

For non-Atmos home cine­mas, the brand of­fers two new en­trylevel Blue­tooth mod­els, the AVR-X250BT and AVR-X550BT.

All mod­els from the AVR-X3500H up will of­fer eARC with a firmware up­date (even though the HDMI boards are v2.0), with Ama­zon Alexa com­pat­i­bil­ity of­fered on the AVR-X1500H up­wards. All net­work con­nectable mod­els also boast Heos mul­ti­room com­pat­i­bil­ity, as well as a phono in­put. There are also mi­nor cos­metic changes to the range de­sign, with 2018 styling fol­low­ing the cleaner look al­ready seen on the 13 chan­nel AVC-X8500H, re­leased ear­lier this year.

At the con­fer­ence, Denon also took the wraps off a new HiFI sep­a­rates line, the 800-se­ries, com­pris­ing the DNP-800NE net­work player, DCD 800NE CD player and PMA-800NE, a 2x 85W stereo am­pli­fier.

And for those with an ear for lux­ury, the com­pany un­veiled the AH-D9200, a se­ri­ous over-ear Hi-Fi head­phone which uses Ja­panese bam­boo.

Denon will also re­turn to the se­ri­ous vinyl turntable mar­ket this year, with the DP-400 and DP-450USB. The step-up model

sup­ports USB rip­ping to Mp3 and WAV and fea­tures a unique dust cover, which dou­bles as an al­bum cover holder.

Dur­ing his key­note at the Euro­pean con­fer­ence, Sound United CEO Kevin Duffy de­clared that AV re­ceivers, along with mini Hi-Fi and au­dio sep­a­rates would be a key fo­cus for the group over the next twelve months. “Build­ing our core busi­ness is now the most im­por­tant thing for us,” he said.

The com­pany re­ported growth in these ar­eas for both 2016 and 2017, and said it was op­ti­mistic that this would con­tinue in 2018.

Aus­tralian pric­ing and avail­abil­ity to be con­firmed.

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