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Denon Unveils New 8K Receivers for 2022 Starting at $399

CNET 9/22/2022 Ty Pendlebury
The range starts with the entry-level Denon AVR-S570BT for $399. Denon © Provided by CNET The range starts with the entry-level Denon AVR-S570BT for $399. Denon

Denon has unveiled a new line of 8K receivers for 2022 which include more next-gen HDMI inputs and an updated, HD graphical user interface. Consoles such as the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5 are expected to be able to output 8K content in the future.

The range includes two entry-level 5.2-channel receivers -- the AVR-S570BT ($399) and AVR-X580BT (price TBA), which offer 70-watt-per-channel amplification -- plus five Dolby Atmos receivers. These step-up receivers feature compatibility with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X/IMAX Enhanced and Auro 3D, as well as Denon's HEOS streaming platform.

When it comes to the trade-off between price and performance, of most interest is the AVR-S970H ($899). This is the follow-up to last year's S960H, and it also includes 90W of power per channel plus three 8K inputs (up from one).

The $1,599 Denon AVR-X3800H Denon © Provided by CNET The $1,599 Denon AVR-X3800H Denon

While all of the receivers include calibration routines, the top three will include the advanced Dirac Live setup, starting with the new AVR-X3800H ($1,699). It offers 9.4 channels of amplification at 105W each.

The AVR-A1H ($6,499) is the company's new flagship and boasts 15 channels of amplification, Denon's "most powerful transformer," carefully selected parts and a high-rigidity construction.

The two remaining receivers are as follows:

Denon AVR-X4800H 

  • $2,499
  • 9.4-channel AV receiver, 
  • 125W per channel
  • Dirac Live upgradability with a future software update.

Denon AVR-X2800H 

  • $1,199: 
  • 7.2-channel AV receiver 
  • 95W per channel. 

Denon has a long history of producing high-quality components, and I wouldn't expect anything less of the new range. The upgrade to a better quality user interface in particular is a welcome change, especially as their low-res display has been one of the biggest drawbacks of previous products. I look forward to testing the new models as soon as they become available, especially against the current frontrunners, the Yamaha RX-V6A and the Onkyo TX-RZ50. 

The AVR-X3800H and AVR-S570BT are available now, while the other models are listed as "coming soon." Representatives for Denon did not respond immediately to CNET's request for more information.

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