Denon has announced the availability of two new S-Series AV receivers, the 7.2-channel AVR-S760H ($549) and 5.2-channel AVR-S660H ($449). Each has three 8K HDMI inputs, eARC compatibility, Audyssey Room Correction and multiple music streaming options.

“With the new Denon S-Series AVRs, users can build the very best 4K home theater today and know their AV receiver is also 8K ready when they are,” said Trip Randall, president of Denon. “These AVRs offer outstanding features and functionality to meet demanding entertainment needs at an affordable price for customers ready to upgrade from beginner systems or sound bars. With seven channels of discrete amplifications, the AVR-S760H offers extra upgrades, such as Dolby Atmos or DTS:X capabilities for the most realistic, immersive home cinema experience.”

The AVR-S660H sports five channels of 75W per channel amplification (8 ohms, 2 channels driven), as well as Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio decoding. It accommodates key HDR pass-through credentials with Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR and HLG, plus 8K upscaling. The Denon AVR-S760H, meanwhile, is a 7.2 channel (also 75W per channel) AVR with immersive audio formats Dolby Atmos, DA Height Virtualization, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X all onboard.

Both receivers include built-in HEOS multi-room music streaming, Apple AirPlay 2, WAV, FLAC, ALAC and DSD 2.8/5.6MHz playback. In addition to Spotify, Pandora and Tidal wireless connectivity, the AVRs support gaming features in the form of VRR, QFT and ALLM, and a phono input for turntable owners. Audyssey MultEQ enables straightforward speaker setup and calibration, and a dialog enhancer feature allows “on the fly” readjustments of dialog levels.

The new AVRs are available from authorized dealers and you can review full specifications at the individual links above, or at Denon.

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What’s the difference between the 760 and the 1700? At a quick glance they seem equivalent. Besides the 1700 costing $200 more.

1700 costs $150 more. Has 80W per channel vs 75W, MultiEQ XT vs MultiEQ, and multi-zone support.

I’m probably just fine with the 760 for my living room. I might miss the better Audyssey a bit. But I don’t think I care $150 worth.
 
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Working on buying the AVR-S760H. Amazon lists it but isn’t shipping yet. BestBuy doesn’t list it at all. Emailed Robert Zohn asking for his availabilit.

And measured my hutch to make sure it fits. :)
 

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Build quality. What’s the weight difference?
This is a living room receiver, so unimportant. The 760 does 4K UHD and VRR and AirPlay 2, so I'll be good for the forseeable future. I don't need the extra features of the 1700 (+5W/ch, multi-room support, MultiEQ XT).

I'm saving the big money for the theater 4K upgrade which might be an Anthem pre-pro among other wallet-exhausting toys.
 

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Called Value Electronics today. They don’t have 760 in stock yet, awaiting info. Got my name on the waitlist to learn availability and pricing when in stock.
 

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Any word on when these start shipping?

Zero availability and no pricing so far from Value Electronics or Best Buy. Amazon lists them at $100 above MSRP from random third-party sellers.

Wondering if I should punt on Denon and get some other brand that’s shipping.
 

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Why not buy directly from Denon?

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Any word on when these start shipping?

Zero availability and no pricing so far from Value Electronics or Best Buy. Amazon lists them at $100 above MSRP from random third-party sellers.

Wondering if I should punt on Denon and get some other brand that’s shipping.
Per Slickdeals Costco has had limited supply. Per HTUPod Robert says the 1700s should ship this week, maybe the 760s too?
 

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Why not buy directly from Denon?
They’re offering it for sale. But don’t actually give any shipping/delivery timelines without committing to the purchase, last I looked. Don’t trust that kind of advertising. So, I’m not trusting them to actually have units to sell me.

Also typically cheaper and better service to buy from a good retailer than direct from manufacturer