Along with the growing popularity of custom home theater builds, the comparison of Denon AVR-S960H and Denon AVR-S970H takes place. According to the results of our review, Denon AVR-S960H received 7.8 points out of 10 possible, and Denon AVR-S970H was rated 8.3 points. The release date of AVR-S960H is 2020, and AVR-S970H is 2022. Based on the data on the characteristics and features of both models, we can conclude that AVR-S970H has better performance than AVR-S960H.
For the built-in amplifier, the models have rated 7 points out of 10.
The number of channels is equal to the number of possible connected speakers. Both receivers can handle the 7.2-channels configuration.
RMS stands for the actual power of the receiver. The higher this value, the louder the sound can be produced. In terms of RMS power, the models have the same characteristics - 90/8, 125/6/8 W/Ohm.
|Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm||90/8, 125/6||90/8, 125/6|
|Output impedance, Ohm||8, 6||8, 6|
|THD in stereo, %||0.08||0.08|
After reviewing the audio features of each model, we can rate the AVR-S960H 6 out of 10, and the AVR-S970H - 8.
Bi-amping is the amplification of one speaker with two amplifiers. This amplification method has a positive effect on sound quality. Bi-amping is possible on the AVR-S970H.
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.
Speaker A/B switching allows you to change between the main and sub speaker set. Denon AVR-S970H can work with the main and additional set of speakers - and switch between them.
|Digital to analog converter (DAC)||N/A||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, Hi-Res audio||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-S960H scored 10, 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.
DLNA is the perfect way to use your local cloud storage to stream movies and music directly to a TV. You can use the DLNA protocol only with Denon AVR-S960H.
|USB||1 (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, Qobuz, TuneIn Radio||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, both receivers got 8 points on our 10-point scale.
Competitors in our review have 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)||2||2|
|Headphone output||1 x 6.3||1 x 6.3|
|Optical digital input||2||2|
|Coaxial digital input||1||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 the AVR-S960H were rated 8 out of 10 against the 10 for the AVR-S970H.
|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 scaling||✖||✔|
|HDMI to HDMI scaling||✔||✔|
|Other video features||HLG, BT.2020||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, RS-232 Control, App 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||speaker|
|Zone HDMI output||✖||✔|
|Multi-room control||HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote||HEOS App, Denon 2016 AVR Remote|
|Remote control input/output (IR)||0/0||0/0|
|DC trigger output (12V)||0||0|
Denon AVR-S960H got 7 points for the multichannel surround sound and Denon AVR-S970H got 8.
|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|