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Denon AVR-S AV Receiver Product Range Compared

Updated: July 14, 2020

Denon AV receivers are a great choice for any home theater room.

You can be sure of a great sound with all the features you would expect from a modern AV receiver.

But, there are several models to choose from. Which is the right one for you?

There are two main product categories in the Denon AV receiver range:

  • AVR-X Series: high-end receivers with top quality sound and design
  • AVR-S Series: mid-range range receivers for those with a smaller budget

This guide compares the mid-range Denon AVR-S series.

If you want to compare the higher-end models, go to my guide to the Denon AVR-X AV receiver product range.

The Denon receivers here are grouped by year - and then listed in order of value (using the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price as a guide).

Just be aware that you will often find a model selling below the MSRP. But, it's useful guide to the price point of each receiver.

The specifications are from the US models and you may find these vary slightly in different countries.

I have listed many of the most useful specifications that you may be interested in when looking to buy an AV receiver.

My guide to the best AV receivers gives more detail on other brands that you can buy - and what all the terms mean.

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Denon AVR-S Series

If you are on a budget, then don't think that you can't get a great quality AV receiver. The AVR-S range from Denon provides a great value modern AV receiver. You might not get all the bells and whistles as with the AVR-X range, but all the basics are covered at a great price.

2020

Denon AVR-S960H 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $649

Denon AVR-S960H 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S960H 7.2-Ch AV Receiver RearImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S960H AV Receiver Features
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 6/2 5.2.2 Zone 2 (2-ch audio - powered)
UHD/HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
8K/60p & 4K/120p - 4:4:4 - HDCP2.3 / HDR10+ - HDR10 - Dolby Vision - HLG 90 4 - 16 Audyssey MultEQ
Pre Out / Line Out Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth (Send & Receive) / Airplay 2 / HEOS / Amazon Alexa / Google Assistant / Apple Siri / Josh.ai 21 17.1 x 6.6 x 13.4 in | 434 x 167 x 341 mm (w/o antenna)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 & Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS Neural:X & DTS Virtual:X
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2019

Denon AVR-S950H 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $599

Denon AVR-S950H 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S950H 7.2-Ch AV Receiver RearImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S950H Manual
Denon AVR-S950H AV Receiver Features
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 7+1/2 (1 ARC/eARC) 5.2.2 Zone 2 (2-ch audio)
4K/HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.3 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 90 4 - 16 Audyssey MultEQ
Pre Out / Line Out Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay 2 / Spotify Connect / Bluetooth / HEOS / Amazon Alexa / Google Assistant 20.9 17-1/8 x 6-5/8 x 13-1/2 in | 434 x 167 x 341 mm (w/o antenna)
Digital Audio Formats/Processing
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 & Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS Neural:X & DTS Virtual:X
*8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2019

Denon AVR-S750H 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

Features in the best AV receivers under $500

MSRP: $499

Denon AVR-S750H 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S750H 7.2-Ch AV Receiver RearImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S750H Manual
Denon AVR-S750H AV Receiver Features
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 5+1/1 (1 ARC/eARC) 5.2.2 Zone 2 (2-ch audio)
4K/HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.3 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 75 4 - 16 Audyssey MultEQ
Pre Out / Line Out Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay 2 / Spotify Connect / Bluetooth / HEOS / Amazon Alexa / Google Assistant 18.9 17-1/8 x 6 x 13-3/8 in | 434 x 151 x 339 mm (w/o antenna)
Digital Audio Formats/Processing
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 & Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS Neural:X & DTS Virtual:X
*8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2019

Denon AVR-S650H 5.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $399

Denon AVR-S650H 5.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S650H 5.2-Ch AV Receiver RearImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S650H Manual
Denon AVR-S650H AV Receiver Features
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
5.2 5/1 (1 ARC/eARC) None None
4K/HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.3 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 75 4 - 16 Audyssey MultEQ
Pre Out / Line Out Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay 2 / Spotify Connect / Bluetooth / HEOS / Amazon Alexa / Google Assistant 17.2 17-1/8 x 6 x 13-3/8 in | 434 x 151 x 339 mm (w/o antenna)
Digital Audio Formats/Processing
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Pro Logic II & DTS Neo:6
*8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2018

Denon AVR-S940H 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $579

Denon AVR-S940H 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S940H 7.2-Ch AV Receiver RearImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S940H Manual
Denon AVR-S940H AV Receiver Features
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 7+1 / 2 5.2.2 Zone 2 (2-ch audio)
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 90 4 - 16 Audyssey MultEQ
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay 2 / Spotify Connect / Bluetooth / HEOS / Amazon Alexa 20.7 17-1/8 x 6-5/8 x 13-1/2 in | 434 x 167 x 341 mm (w/o antenna)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 & Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X & DTS Virtual:X
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2018

Denon AVR-S740H 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $479

Denon AVR-S740H 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S740H 7.2-Ch AV Receiver RearImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S740H Manual
Denon AVR-S740H AV Receiver Features
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 5+1 / 1 5.2.2 Zone 2 (2-ch audio)
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 75 4 - 16 Audyssey MultEQ
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay 2 / Spotify Connect / Bluetooth / HEOS / Amazon Alexa 18.9 17-1/8 x 6 x 13-3/8 in | 434 x 151 x 339 mm (w/o antenna)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 & Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround, DTS Neural:X & DTS Virtual:X
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2018

Denon AVR-S640H 5.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $379

Denon AVR-S640H 5.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S640H 5.2-Ch AV Receiver RearImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S640H Manual
Denon AVR-S640H AV Receiver Features
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
5.2 5 / 1 None None
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 75 4 - 16 Audyssey MultEQ
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Spotify Connect / Bluetooth / HEOS / Amazon Alexa 17.2 17-1/8 x 6 x 13-3/8 in | 434 x 151 x 339 mm (w/o antenna)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Pro Logic II & DTS Neo:6
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven

2018

Denon AVR-S540BT 5.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $279

Denon AVR-S540BT 5.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S540BT 5.2-Ch AV Receiver RearImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S540BT Manual
Denon AVR-S540BT AV Receiver Features
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
5.2 5 / 1 None None
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 70 6 - 16 Denon Auto Setup
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Bluetooth 16.75 17-1/8 x 6 x 12-5/8 in | 434 x 151 x 319 mm (w/o antenna)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Pro Logic II & DTS Neo:6
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2017

Denon AVR-S930H 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $579

Denon AVR-S930H 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S930H AV Receiver Features
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 7+1 / 2 5.2.2 Zone 2 (2-ch audio)
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 90 4 - 16 Audyssey MultEQ
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay 2 / Spotify Connect / Bluetooth / HEOS / Amazon Alexa 20.7 17-1/8 x 6-5/8 x 13-3/8 in | 434 x 167 x 339 mm (w/o antenna)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 & Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround & DTS Neural:X
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2017

Denon AVR-S730H 7.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $479

Denon AVR-S730H 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S730H AV Receiver Features
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
7.2 5+1 / 1 5.2.2 Zone 2 (2-ch audio)
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / Dolby Vision / HLG / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 75 4 - 16 Audyssey MultEQ
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Spotify Connect / Bluetooth / HEOS / Amazon Alexa 18.75 17-1/8 x 6 x 13-3/8 in | 434 x 151 x 339 mm (w/o antenna)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS, DTS-ES (Matrix6.1 & Discrete6.1), DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X, DSD, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Surround & DTS Neural:X
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

2017

Denon AVR-S530BT 5.2-Ch AV Receiver

MSRP: $279

Denon AVR-S730H 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Denon
Denon AVR-S530BT AV Receiver Features
Channels HDMI In/Out Dolby Atmos? Zones
5.2 5 / 1 None None
HDR Support Power (W/Ch)* Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Auto Calibration Type
HDR10 / HDCP2.2 - 4K/60p 4:4:4 70 6 - 16 Denon Auto Setup
Pre Out? Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Subwoofer (x2) Bluetooth 16.5 17-1/8 x 6 x 12-5/8 in | 434 x 151 x 319 mm (w/o antenna)
Digital Audio Formats
Dolby Digital, DD+, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS Express, DTS-HD HR Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio, LPCM (Up to 192/24 7.1ch) + Dolby Pro Logic II & DTS Neo:6
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven CLICK FOR LATEST PRICE

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