|Denon AVR-S700W& Envaya Bluetooth Speaker Reviews|
|Home Theater AV Receivers AV Receivers|
|Written by Andre Marc|
|Tuesday, 12 August 2014|
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Denon has been flooding the market with products chock full of cutting edge features, and priced at amazingly reasonable price points. They must be keeping their engineers pretty busy as it seems they are keeping one step ahead of most of the competition. And, with economies of scale, their ability to innovate is certainly impressive.
I recently reviewed the DHT-S514 soundbar, which I really liked, and the fabulous DA-300USB DSD DAC and headphone amp. I found both products well made and engineered. The DA-300USB came in very handy as a reviewing tool, with its high resolution, universal format decoding, and great ergonomics.
These days, we have seen the market shift to a demand for products that can become the center of a domestic entertainment system. Fast changing technologies, versatility and ease of use seem to be paramount. Denon seems bent producing components packed with features that make one’s head spin. The subjects of this review are two products Denon kindly sent for evaluation. First, the AVR-S700W home theater receiver, and the Envaya Bluetooth speaker. This will be the beginning of a series of Denon reviews in the future, as the company is covering just about every market segment.
The AVR-S700W is a 7.2 multi channel entertainment hub that retails for an astonishing $450. The S700W is beautifully made and, out the box, looks like a far more expensive component. The packaging is excellent and the unit comes with everything you need to get started, including HDMI and analog cables, and a setup guide.
The feature set is off the charts, to put it mildy. Here is a brief summary of the basics:
As you can see above, there is essentially no stone unturned. Plenty of power on tap at 75 wpc, support for popular streaming services, and high resolution music file playback, including DSD. Holy cow.