DENON RELEASING SEVEN AV RECEIVERS
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.