Denon Electronics has launched its E-Series AV 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).
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.
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”
Among the key improvements is a new more intuitive easy-to-use Setup Assistant for simple system setup and configuration. Thanks to the 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.
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. 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.”
“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.”
The new AVR-E400 7.1 Receiver offers 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. 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.
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 a 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.
Rated at a maximum of 165 watts for each of its 5 channels, the entry level AVR-E200 AV Receiver delivers 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 lets 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.