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Denon Introduces Affordable 8K AVR

At $649, the Denon AVR-S960H offers a feature-filled  8K-ready AV receiver at an attainable price.

Denon has announced its latest 8K-ready AV receiver, the AVR-S960H. The first 8K-ready AV receiver in Denon’s S-Series line, the AVR-S960H features a suite of new AV technologies and simple setup features designed to produce best 4K home theater system today with 8K on tap to easily upgrade the family room in the future.

“On the heels of the X-Series launch earlier this month, we’re excited to offer another AV receiver that gives users the ability to dramatically upgrade their movie and gaming nights at a price we think is really going to excite people,” says Jake Mendel, product marketing manager for Denon AVR & Hi-Fi components. “The AVR-S960H checks all the boxes to easily build a really excellent 4K home theater and gaming experience while also arming your system for 8K when you’re ready. While theaters remained closed and family time is more important than ever, now is the time to build the home theater and gaming system of your dreams.”

Movie night gets more vivid with stunning picture quality thanks to a dedicated “8K” HDMI input enabling 8K/60 Hz and 4K/120 Hz video pass-through, new HDR format support including HDR10+ and Dynamic HDR, and a new HDMI feature called Quick Media Switching (QMS), which allows a source to instantly switch the resolution or frame rate to eliminate screen blackout. The latest S-Series models still support HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), and Dolby Vision, as well as 4:4:4 Pure Color subsampling and BT.2020 pass-through.

The Denon AVR-S960H has Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, and DTS Virtual:X support so users can add speakers to their system over time. With 7 channels of Denon’s amplification and low impedance driver capability (90W per channel at 8 ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, THD: 0.08%, with 2 channels driven), all of that speakers can boast balanced, quality sound.

For gamers, the AVR-S960H includes motion clarity with 4K/120 Hz pass-through and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) to reduce frame tearing and improve overall precision. Get a jump on the competition with Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT), each designed to reduce lag and improve stats. See the enemy before they see you with 8K picture quality.

The new Denon AVR-S960H continues to support eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel). With eARC and the latest HDMI connectivity up to 8K Ultra HD, the new receiver simply pairs with the latest 8K TVs, streaming devices, gaming consoles, and other source players without hassle.

With HEOS Built-in, the AVR-S960H can stream music wirelessly across compatible HEOS components from a variety of free and premium streaming services, including Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music HD, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, SoundCloud, SiriusXM, TIDAL, and more. Consumers can also enjoy their favorite music in any room of the home wirelessly. Play the same song in every room or select a different song for each connected room via a variety of streaming sources. Add Denon Home speakers to more rooms and control it all with the HEOS app. Apart from HEOS, Apple AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth are also supported. Apple Music streaming is supported through AirPlay 2.

The latest receiver works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant,, and Apple Siri for voice control.

The AVR-S960H will be available in July 2020 for $649 at authorized Denon retailers.

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