Denon HEOS AVR Review

Denon HEOS AVR
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Denon HEOS AVR review

Most customers are looking to find an AV receiver with decent equipment, and an improved decoder with strong amplifiers and Denon HEOS AVR might be favorite in this question. We estimated the model 4.8 out of 10, after carefully reviewing. The overall rating is too low, we would not recommend choosing this receiver. This model went on sale in 2017. A 5.1 channel amplifier is one of the main features of the model.

Denon HEOS AVR Pros

  • The receiver has a function of wireless connection to the Internet via Wi-Fi.
  • Bluetooth is now one of the key wireless communication protocols. In AV receivers, it is used for audio signal transmission or remote control. And it is in the model under review that Bluetooth support is implemented.
  • The presence of a USB port allows the receiver to play content from external media.
  • With 4K/60Hz pass-through support, it is possible to pass data through this model without degrading image quality.
  • ARC feature eliminates the need for an additional composite or optical cable when connecting this unit to a TV.
  • The manufacturer claims support for CEC in Denon HEOS AVR and therefore you can control any HDMI-connected device using one remote control.
  • This receiver supports the data encryption protocol HDCP 2.2 which allows licensed devices to play high definition audio and video.
  • Stream music from one of the most popular services Spotify directly on the Denon HEOS AVR.
  • The main functions of this model can be controlled using voice control.
  • The reviewed receiver has a Pure Direct mode, when used it feeds sound directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.

Denon HEOS AVR Cons

  • The HEOS AVR has not a phono (MM) input for connecting a phonographer or turntable.
  • Dolby Atmos technology has not been included.
  • Can not manage the DTS:X surround format.
  • Does not support for HDR.
  • HDMI eARC function not implemented.
  • AirPlay is not supported.
  • Denon HEOS AVR is unable to use Amazon Music.
  • Does not have an automatic power-off when idle.
  • Energy-saving ECO mode is not implemented.
  • Bi-amping is not available.
  • Has no speaker A/B switching function.
  • There is no sleep timer.
  • The Denon HEOS AVR can not use the auto speaker calibration.
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Denon HEOS AVR specs and features

Amplifier

Channels 5.1
Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm 50/8, 65/6
Output impedance, Ohm 8, 6
Frequency response 10Hz-100KHz
THD in stereo, % 0.05

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC) N/A
Bi-amping
Pure direct (straight)
Auto speaker calibration
Speaker A/B switching
Other audio features has not

Connectivity

Wi-Fi
USB 1 (USB 2.0)
Bluetooth
Ethernet (RJ45) 1
DLNA
MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)
Amazon Music
Spotify
Other streaming services Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output 4/1
HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)
HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
HDMI CEC
Digital content protection (HDCP) HDCP 2.2
Subwoofer output (LFE) 1
Headphone output 1 x 6.3
Optical digital input 1
Coaxial digital input 1
Composite input 0
Component input/output 0/0
Phono (MM) input
Front panel connectors
Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)
4K signal pass-through 4K/60Hz
8K signal pass-through
HDMI signal pass-through
3D signal pass-through
HDMI pass-through in standby mode
Video conversion
Analog to HDMI scaling
HDMI to HDMI scaling
Dolby Vision
Other video features has not

Additional features

Voice control Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
App control iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android
Display
Tuner
Sleep timer
Auto power off
ECO mode
Graphical user interface (GUI)
Setup assistant
Firmware update network, USB
Other additional features has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones has not
Zone audio output has not
Zone HDMI output has not
Multi-room control HEOS App
RS-232 0
Remote control input/output (IR) 1/0
DC trigger output (12V) 0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Surround
Dolby (other) Dolby Pro Logic
DTS:X
DTS HD Master
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neural:X
DTS (other) has not
Auro-3D
IMAX Enhanced
Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3
WMA
AAC
WAV
FLAC
ALAC
Other audio file formats has not

Power

Operational power consumption, W 110
Standby consumption, W 0.1
Removable power cord

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches 43.1 x 7.6 x 27.9/17.1 x 3.6 x 11
Weight, kg/lbs 5.9/13/2

Other

Release year 2017