Denon launches “audio grade” stereo receiver

Denon has announced its first stereo network receiver with wireless music streaming and 4K HDMI capabilities, the DRA-800H, available now for $499. The new unit includes an HDMI video section, voice-controlled wireless music and “traditional” audio capabilities. The company says the Hi-Fi stereo receiver delivers “superb audio fidelity” from a variety of music sources. Video connectivity also includes ARC and the receiver delivers various custom installer features.

“Designed for the two-channel music enthusiast that wants the power, precision and detail found in Denon amplifiers without having to compromise on AV features such as 4K HDMI,” said Michael Greco, senior director, global brand management at Sound United. “The DRA-800H truly leverages both Denon’s HiFi heritage and AV receiver technical leadership, offering a mixture of dedicated Hi-Fi amplification, circuitry and carefully selected components to easily drive a two-channel listening system alongside an advanced HDMI suite that supports full 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video with ARC.”

Denon has drawn on its audio legacy to build into the new receiver custom resistors and audio grade capacitors, which the company claims will deliver 100W per channel (8ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.08%, 2ch driven). Tone is improved partly as a result of an Oxygen-Free Copper (OFC) winding power transformer, while differential DAC circuitry, audio grade components and short signal path PCB layouts promise to improve overall audio quality. AKM 32-bit D/A converters, and lossless file decoding is available for ALAC, FLAC and WAV at up to 24-bit/196 kHz.

The DRA-800H video section includes five HDMI inputs and one output, which support 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub sampling, HDR10, HLG, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through, as well as HDCP 2.3 processing. Voice control comes courtesy of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai and Apple Siri, while Denon’s own HEOS multi-room architecture is supported.

The receiver boasts IP control and Control4 SDPP (Simple Device Detection Protocol) certification for integration with Control4, an IR remote control jack on the rear panel, and remote monitoring services like Domotz Pro, ihiji Invision and OvrC are offered for integrators.

For more information, go to Denon’s website here.

(Apologies for our lack of high resolution images – we’re trying to sort that – Ed.)

 

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