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Denon AVR-S700W& Envaya Bluetooth Speaker Reviews Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
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Denon AVR-S700W& Envaya Bluetooth Speaker Reviews
Envaya Speaker

Set Up & Use

The AVR-S700W took up residency where my reference Marantz 7000 series separates usually reside in my 5.1 system. I used my usual set of Kimber and QED cables, a full set of Paradigm Monitor 5 series speakers, and an Oppo BDP-103 Bluray player, along with HD digital cables.

After making all connections, the first thing I did was use the supplied microphone and tripod to use the Audyssey system to take measurements from the listening positions, using the on screen set up. In a matter of minutes all measurements were stored, and then I chose the setting on the Dynamic Volume menu, which evens out levels between channels and allows dialogue to be heard clearer. Then it was set it, and forget it.

From a video standpoint, the picture quality was superb. Switching between HDMI inputs was instant, and the supplied remote is well laid out and easy to navigate, no magnifying glass needed. HD digital cable was pristine, and consistently vibrant, sharp, and had depth. We watched dozens of movies, hundreds of hours of HDTV, especially sporting events, and were impressed with the consistency.

Denon AVR-S700W

Blu-ray discs on the Oppo were also spectacular from a visual standpoint. Really the only way to experience better quality video would be to buy a new TV, but my Vizio 55 inch set is quite excellent. Another impressive aspect of the AVR-S700W is the sheer amount of inputs as well. A family with gamers, DVD, CD, and Blu-ray players will want for nothing.

And the sound... In a word, breathtaking. The sheer power, control, and weight of the multi-channel performance is unprecedented at this price point. The AVR-S700W consistently laid out a realistic soundstage, with all dialogue crystal clear, sound effects strikingly real, and a very palpable weight to the presentation. One can only do better by significantly upping the power rating. But as for clarity, the AVR-S700W gets you close to the best.

I attempted to try every feature the AVR-S700W is equipped with, but fell short. I used the AirPlay function with an iPad, and was able to stream music files with ease. You can also stream audio while watching a video on the iPad. I also connected an iPhone via Bluetooth with ease and was able to listen to tunes within seconds. The Denon mobile app is quite nice. It allows control of the unit from a tablet or phone. This makes using online music streaming services a breeze.


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