When I reviewed Denon’s AVR-1913 A/V Receiver for Home Theater last year, I may not have been bowled over by its audio quality, but I was taken aback by just how incredibly intuitive its setup process is. Now, the company is looking to make things even easier with the new Denon E-Series line of A/V receivers. From the press release, it looks like the same step-by-step setup wizard is carried over from the AVR-1913, but Denos has made setup even easier by replacing binding posts with new color-coded push-type speaker connections. (Which, granted, wouldn’t work with the banana plugs that I prefer to terminate my speaker cables with, but then again, I’m not sure the target audience for this new line is overly interested in banana plugs.) HDMI Standby Pass-Through is also included, so you can still watch your cable box or Blu-ray player, even when the receiver isn’t powered on.
The Denon E-Series also comes equipped with a new vastly simplified remote control, as well as compatibility with Denon’s Remote App. The same network connectivity that enables access to that app also means that all three new models sport access to AirPlay, Pandora, SiriusXM, vTuner, Spotify, and Flickr.
The three new models in the Denon E-Series break down as follows:
The AVR-E200 is the entry level offering, featuring 5.1 channels of amplification with 165 watts each, four HDMI inputs, and Dolby Digital TrueHD/DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, for $249.
The AVR-E300 steps up the game with an additional HDMI input, 175 watts of amplification per channel, Audyssey MultEQ room correction (no XT or XT32, unfortunately), and a $399 price tag.
The flagship AVR-E400 brings the total number of channels to 7.1 (two channels of which can be used for an amplified second zone), and ups the amplification again to 185 watts per channel. It also features more sophisticated video processing, with SD-to-HD upconversion and 4K “Ultra HD” pass-through capabilities, all for $499.