Denon announces first 8K-ready S-Series receiver

Denon has announced its first 8K-ready AV receiver in the S-Series line, the AVR-S960H. The new receiver will be available this month for $649 at authorized Denon retailers.

“On the heels of the X-Series launch earlier this month, we’re excited to offer another AV receiver that gives users the ability to dramatically upgrade their movie and gaming nights at a price we think is really going to excite people,” said Jake Mendel, product marketing manager for Denon AVR & Hi-Fi components. “The AVR-S960H checks all the boxes to easily build a really excellent 4K home theater and gaming experience while also arming your system for 8K when you’re ready. While theaters remained closed and family time is more important than ever, now is the time to build the home theater and gaming system of your dreams.”

A dedicated 8K HDMI input on the receiver will enable 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz video pass-through, as well as new HDR format support for HDR10+ and Dynamic HDR. An HDMI feature known as Quick Media Switching (QMS) also allows a source to switch resolution or frame rate to eliminate screen blackout. Meanwhile, HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision, plus 4:4:4 Pure Color subsampling and BT.2020 pass-through are all supported, as are immersive audio formats Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, and DTS Virtual:X.

Onboard amplification is taken care of by 7 channels of 90W into 8 ohms (20Hz20Khz, THD: 0.08%, with 2 channels driven). Gamers are amply catered for with 4K/120Hz pass-through, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT) for reduced lag and improved stats. HD 1080p and 4K content can be upscaled to 8K resolution while eARC simplifies cable connections for TV audio.

For more information and detailed specs on the S-Series from Denon, click here.

Martin, a seasoned journalist and AV expert, has written for several notable print magazines. He’s served in key roles at Lucasfilm’s THX Division, NEC’s digital cinema division, and has even consulted for DreamWorks. Despite his illustrious career, Martin remains rooted in his passion for cinema and acting, with notable appearances in several Spielberg films, Doctor Who, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. He currently resides in San Francisco.

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