Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Denon AVR-A1H and Denon AVR-S970H takes place. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-A1H received 9.7 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-S970H was rated 8.3 points. Both AV receivers were introduced in 2022. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that AVR-A1H has better performance than AVR-S970H.
For the built-in amplifier, the devices received different marks - 10 and 7, respectively, on a 10-point scale.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. The Denon AVR-A1H supports 15.4-channels sound, but Denon AVR-S970H supports a 7.2-channels configuration.
RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. The differences between the models in terms of RMS power are significant - for the AVR-A1H this value is 150/8 W/Ohm, and for the AVR-S970H it is 90/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||150/8, 190/6||90/8, 125/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0,05||0.08|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-A1H 10 out of 10, and the AVR-S970H - 8.
Most receivers now come with a microphone included. It is with the help of this microphone that the auto-calibration system functions, which adjusts the sound of the receiver to the room.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||192 KHz/32-bit||192 KHz/32-bit|
|Pure direct (straight)||✔||✔|
|Auto speaker calibration||Audyssey MultEQ||Audyssey MultEQ|
|Speaker A/B switching||✔||✔|
|Other audio features||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic LFC, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio, Dirac Live||Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic LFC, Compressed Audio Enhancer(MDAX2), Hi-Res audio|
The connectivity of competitors in our comparison is markedly different, Denon AVR-A1H scored 9, and Denon AVR-S970H scored 8 out of 10.
Bluetooth connection is now one of the main communication protocols for the receiver's control or even music broadcasting.
|USB||2 (USB 2.0)||2 (USB 2.0)|
Now music streaming services are gaining more and more popularity. They allow users to listen to millions of songs by subscription.
|Apple Music (AirPlay)||AirPlay, AirPlay 2||AirPlay, AirPlay 2|
|Other streaming services||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix||Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix|
The presence of many connectors makes the receiver more versatile. But there are also narrowly targeted models, the number of connectors which are limited to a certain area of use. And when choosing their own receiver, users need to consider exactly your goals for using the receiver. For extensive connection, Denon AVR-A1H got 9 points, but Denon AVR-S970H received 8 points.
Denon AVR-A1H is equipped with 7/3 HDMI inputs and outputs, and Denon AVR-S970H has 6/2 HDMI inputs and outputs.
|HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)||✔||✔|
|Digital content protection (HDCP)||HDCP 2.3||HDCP 2.3|
|Subwoofer output (LFE)||4||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||2||2|
|Coaxial digital input||2||1|
|Phono (MM) input||✔||✔|
|Front panel connectors||USB, phones, setup mic||USB, phones, setup mic|
|Multi channel preamp output||✔||✔|
The AV receiver is the heart of the home theater. And in this case, support for all current video formats ensures the best user experience, so it is very important to consider this when choosing a device. Video features of rivals in our comparison were rated 10 out of 10.
|HDR (High Dynamic Range)||HDR10+||HDR10+|
|4K signal pass-through||4K/120Hz||4K/120Hz|
|8K signal pass-through||8K/60Hz||8K/60Hz|
|HDMI signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|3D signal pass-through||✔||✔|
|HDMI pass-through in standby mode||✔||✔|
|Video conversion||analog to HDMI||analog to HDMI|
|Analog to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|Other video features||x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync||x.v.Color, HLG, BT.2020, LipSync|
In terms of evaluating additional features, both receivers received a score of 10 out of 10.
|Voice control||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI||Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI|
|App control||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android||iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android|
|Display||colour OSD||colour OSD|
|Tuner||AM, FM||AM, FM|
|Auto power off||✔||✔|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||✔||✔|
|Firmware update||network, USB||network, USB|
|Other additional features||IP Control, Web Control, App Control, RS232 Control||IP Control, Web Control, App Control, RS232 Control|
As the center of a home media system, each multichannel receiver has an additional set of terminals for connecting the second set of speakers to create additional audio space in Zone 2 or even Zone 3 where audio can have the separate source.
|Zone audio output||speaker, preout||speaker|
|Zone HDMI output||✔||✔|
|Multi-room control||HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote||HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||1/1||0/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||2||0|
Denon AVR-A1H got 10 points for the multichannel surround sound and Denon AVR-S970H got 8.
Auro 3D gives a bit more versatility than Dolby Atmos or DTS:X and provides a hemispherical sound and enables a receiver to produce 3D sound stages. Only the Denon AVR-A1H has Auro-3D on its feature list.
IMAX Enhanced is a licensing and certification program under which home theater devices deliver crisp 4K HDR pictures and powerful sound as it was designed by the IMAX engineers. Only the AVR-A1H licensed by IMAX.
|Dolby (other)||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization||Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization|
|DTS HD Master||✔||✔|
|DTS (other)||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS||DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS|