It seems like the season is ripe for new receiver and pre-pro announcements. Previously, it was Krell, Marantz, and Pioneer and now it’s Denon. Denon has always been a solid brand. Denon’s offered quality entry level and midrange products all the way up to flagship-level products. So if you had a Denon, you could always grow up the product line.
With the announcement of their new E-Series of AV receivers, which are priced at the entry level price-point, you get a ton of bang for the buck and real value. Airplay, which allows you to stream music from your iPhone or iPad, a remote app for controlling the receiver from your smartphone, an easy-to-use onscreen display and color coded back all seem like a really good package to the entry level user and the on-the-budget audiophile. Here’s the full announcement from Denon if you want to read more about the E-Series of A/V receivers.
MAHWAH, NJ, March 5, 2013 – Denon Electronics®, a premier manufacturer of premium home and personal audio products, today announced the launch of its best-in-class E-Series A/V receivers, including the AVR-E400 7.1 Channel Network Home Theater Receiver (SRP: $599), AVR-E300 5.1 Channel Network Home Theater Receiver (SRP: $399), and AVR-E200 5.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver (SRP: $249). All three new A/V receivers deliver on the D+M promise to provide consumers new levels of user friendliness, cutting edge performance benefits and the perfect home entertainment solutions for every budget and lifestyle need. Notably, both the AVR-E400 and AVR-E300 feature Apple’s AirPlay, allowing users to stream their iTunes music whether from Mac or PC, as well as music stored on their iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.* A host of leading audio capabilities provide a powerful and immersive soundscape providing accurate music reproduction in a home stereo system and cinema-like surround sound.
|Denon’s Remote App
Models AVR-E400 and AVR-E300 add even more network functionality, allowing users to enjoy music from sources such as Pandora, SiriusXM, vTuner and Spotify** and view photos via Flickr. The AVR-E400 and AVR-E300 also feature compatibility with the Denon Remote App
, so users can control almost every aspect of their multimedia experience, including browsing Internet radio and files on a media server, playlist creation, volume, input selection, surround sound modes and menu navigation.
|E Series GUI Setup Assistant
The “Four E’s” – Easy, Exciting Entertainment Experience.
In creating its E-Series receivers, Denon made the “four E’s” its top priority – Easy, Exciting, Entertainment, Experience. Among the key improvements is a new more intuitive easy-to-use Setup Assistant for simple system setup and configuration. Thanks to the vibrant on-screen graphical display, which combines large, clear text and icons, users can easily make all necessary adjustments and settings during setup, optimizing their receiver for any speaker system or source components. The exclusive Denon Setup Assistant walks users through the entire setup process (AVR-E300 & AVR-E400 Only). For total sonic accuracy, the AVR-E400 and AVR-E300
both feature Audyssey MultEQ automatic room acoustic measurement and correction system to provide the best tonal balance to any listening environment, along with Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume for thrilling surround sound even at the reduced volume levels.
New Color Coded Speaker Connections
|E Series horizontal color-coded
All E-Series receivers feature Denon’s new color-coded speaker terminals and supplied matching color cable tags to ensure correct speaker cable hookup right out of the box. For even more setup simplicity, Models AVR-E400 and AVR-E300 both feature Denon’s new Easy-Connects “push-in” type speaker wire connections making the sometimes difficult task of connecting speaker wires easier than ever before. The simplified remote control features discrete source selection buttons that let users choose their preferred source with the touch of one button (no need to toggle through all the inputs to get to a preferred source component).
Paul Belanger, Technical Product Manager for D+M noted: “To create our E-Series, we looked at virtually every aspect of what a user would touch, look at or hear in an audio/video receiver – no feature, cosmetic element or connector was spared – our designers and engineers were instructed to make whatever changes they deemed necessary to build a new type of receiver that would offer total ease of use, total ease of setup and the very best possible user experience. Just as importantly, we wanted to make today’s most immersive and thrilling home theater surround sound experience available to as many people as possible.”
Denon AVR-E400 7.1 Network Home Theater Receiver
The new AVR-E400 7.1 Receiver exemplifies Denon’s legacy of providing powerful surround sound performance with advanced networking technology and total user flexibility. For example, users can configure the AVR-E400 for a full 7.1-channel system, or choose to have a 5.1 channel system in the main room and connect a pair of stereo speakers located in another room so others can enjoy great stereo sound from a different source! For total system connectivity, the AVR-E400 is equipped with 6 HDMI inputs including 5 on the rear panel along with 1 on the front panel, which lets users connect an HDMI-equipped camcorder, game console or other portable multimedia device.
The AVR-E400’s sophisticated video processor includes SD-to-HD up-conversion, along with 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) for the next generation of 4K Ultra HDTVs. A hallmark of Denon’s legendary sound quality is the use of identical power amp circuitry for all channels, including an all-discrete power amplifier output stage design. Rated at a maximum of 185 watts for each of the 7 channels, the AVR-E400 provides high power and wide dynamic range with low distortion for a superb surround sound listening experience. All three E Series receivers feature this unique Denon power amp circuitry and design.
AVR-E300: 5 HDMI Video Inputs with 1080p and 3D Pass-through
Denon’s new AVR-E300 receiver is rated at a maximum of 175 watts for each of its 5 channels, and is equipped with 5 HDMI inputs including 4 on the rear panel along with 1 on the front panel, which lets users quickly and easily connect your HDMI-equipped camcorder, smartphone or other portable multimedia device. Thanks to the AVR-E300’s HDMI Standby Pass-through (featured on all E-Series units), users can enjoy a program from either cable or their satellite tuner without the need to even turn the receiver on, which is ideal for casual viewing of newscasts and other programming. And with their built-in USB ports, both the AVR-E300 and AVR-E400 support digital music playback and charging from an iPod, iPhone, iPad, or USB device.
Denon AVR-E200: The Ideal Entry Level 5.1 Receiver
Rated at a maximum of 165 watts for each of its 5 channels, the affordable, entry level AVR-E200 A/V Receiver delivers thrilling 5.1 channel surround, featuring the latest Dolby and DTS high definition surround sound decoding that lets users enjoy the ultimate surround sound experience with DVD and Blu-ray movies and concerts. The HDMI 5.1 Receiver also features Denon’s easy to use Quick Select function, which provides 4 Quick Select buttons on the front panel and on the remote control that let you instantly choose from the Cable/Satellite, Blu-ray, Game and Aux inputs. For total flexibility, users can customize the audio parameters for each source one with their preferred sound setting. The AVR-E200 is equipped with 4 HDMI inputs, including 3 on the rear panel and 1 on the front panel.
* AirPlay requires iTunes 10.1 or later and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 4.2 or later. A home Wi-Fi network is required.
** Some services may require a subscription