If you took a straw poll of five people and asked them to name an AV receiver manufacturer, it’s likely you’d hear the word “Denon.” The company has been at the receiver game for a long time, and this year’s AVR-S730H hits the current sweet spot between features and price.
At $479, it’s one of the best values among feature-packed receivers we’ve seen yet. (UK and Australian pricing and availability have yet to be announced, but expect a similar figure in pounds and double it in dollarydoos.) The recipe? Take two spoonfuls of atmospheric audio — bothflavors — add a good splash of 4K compatibility and glaze with lashings of multiroom audio.
While sound quality doesn’t quite top our current favorite, the $600 Sony STR-DN1080, and the Sony has more versatile Google Cast streaming, it also costs more than the Denon. That’s not to say the S730H doesn’t sound good — if you’re looking to enter the world of Dolby Atmos and 4K movies without breaking the bank, it’s a great place to start.
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