Updated July 10, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 9 Best Denon Receivers

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in August of 2018. All too often people buy a big TV to enjoy a cinema-like movie watching experience at home, yet forget that the sound is just as important as the picture. Because Denon is known for making top quality AV receivers, we've put together a list of their best models, with a range of intelligent and powerful features. Here you'll find options to fit every budget, and to suit every type of listener. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best denon receiver on Amazon.

9. S540BT with HEOS

8. AVR-X8500H 13.2

7. AVR-X1600H 7.2

6. S-Series 950H

5. X-Series 6500H

4. X3500H Ultra HD

3. S-Series 650H

2. 2019 AVR-S750H

1. AVR-X4500H 9.2

Editor's Notes

July 06, 2019:

Denon is pretty well-known for their high-quality home audio products, and their all-in-one AV receivers are no exception. Thankfully, you don't have to shell out a ton to land yourself a functional and great-sounding surround sound controller. The S540BT is worth a look if you're on a strict budget and want to remain loyal to the brand, but if you can afford it, the S650H is probably worth the extra money. The S750H and X3500H are mid-range options that will serve many households well, as long as you don't plan on needing an entire 11 or 13 channels. The X4500H is pretty costly, but it's also an excellent balance of power and flexibility. Then there are the 6500 and 8500; these are super-high-end devices that only those truly dedicated to home theater may appreciate. If you plan on going all-out with your speaker setup and have the cash, give these a look.

Also keep in mind some of Denon's more interesting technologies. Their HEOS wireless streaming makes it very easy to run a multi-room audio system without laying down any wires, and IP integration allows you to control the setup through your smartphone. Also worth mentioning is the Audyssey equalizer adjustment. It uses a microphone to listen back to the unit's sound after it's been installed and adjust itself accordingly, ensuring that all the speakers sound as good as they possibly can, without requiring you to have experience in fine-tuning a sound system. We think that's both clever and useful.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on July 10, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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