Denon AVR S950H Review – Home Theater Partners

Denon AVR S950H Reviews

Denon AVR S950H is a high-end AV receiver with excellent sound quality and lots of features. Denon has been producing audio equipment for over 60 years, so it’s no surprise that this product shows the company’s expertise in the industry.

Denon AVR S950H reviews are a great way to learn about the benefits of this high-end receiver. The Denon AVR S950H is one of the most popular receivers on the market. If you’re looking for an affordable audiophile’s dream, check out our full review below.

Denon AVR S950H Overview

The Denon AVR-S950H is a powerful 7.2 channel stereo receiver that features 3D audio and Dolby Atmos height virtualization, delivering an unprecedented level of realism. It also supports HDR10, HLG, Wide Color Gamut, and 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling for enhanced picture quality on your 4K Ultra HD TV or projector.

Additionally, the AVR-S950H can extend the reach of your music to any room in the house via Wi-Fi, Airplay, or Bluetooth with HEOS multi-room streaming capability.

This powerhouse receiver features full voice control compatibility with Amazon Alexa, letting you change tracks, adjust the volume, and more without ever having to reach for the remote. Plus, an on-screen setup assistant makes it easy to connect your TV and get your surround sound system up and running in no time.

With eight HDMI ports (including two that follow the latest HDCP 2.3 specification), this receiver is ready for anything – from today’s hottest 4K Ultra HD content to yesterday’s VHS tapes. And with Denon’s legendary commitment to quality and precision engineering, you can rest assured that this receiver will deliver stunning sound reproduction for years to come.

Denon AVR S950H Review

Features

  • Immersive 3D sound – With Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D decoding, the Denon AVR S950H can create an immersive 3D sound experience that puts you in the middle of the action.
  • 4K Ultra HD and HDR are compatible – With 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video pass-through, HDR, and BT.2020 compatibility, the Denon AVR S950H is ready for the next generation of high-definition video content.
  • 7.2 channel audio – The Denon AVR S950H features seven discrete amplifiers with 125 watts per channel, so you can enjoy surround sound with dynamic power and precision.
  • Latest HDMI connectivity – The Denon AVR S950H includes eight HDMI inputs and two outputs, with support for 4K Ultra HD, HDR, BT.2020, 3D, and Audio Return Channel.
  • HEOS Built-in – With HEOS Built-in technology, you can stream your favorite music wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet, or listen to thousands of internet radio stations.

  • AirPlay compatible – The Denon AVR S950H is AirPlay compatible, so you can easily stream your music from your Apple devices.
  • Amazon Alexa Voice Control compatibility – The Denon AVR S950H is compatible with Amazon Alexa, so you can control the basic functions of the receiver using voice commands.
  • Audyssey audio calibration – The Denon AVR S950H features Audyssey MultEQ XT automatic speaker calibration, which uses advanced algorithms to optimize the sound of your speakers based on the size and shape of your room.
  • JOSH.AI Smart home voice automation – The Denon AVR S950H is compatible with the JOSH.AI voice assistant, so you can control all of your Smart home devices using voice commands.
  • Phono input for turntable – With its built-in MM phono preamp, the Denon AVR S950H lets you connect your turntable and enjoy vinyl in pure analog.
  • Multi-room audio support – You can configure a whole-house music system around your multi-room audio groupings made up of multiple rooms for playback in multiple locations simultaneously via speakers connected to the receiver in different rooms.
  • Bluetooth compatible – The Denon AVR S950H is fully loaded with Bluetooth technology, so you can wirelessly stream audio from any compatible device that’s nearby.
  • WiFi connectivity – With built-in WiFi (2.4G/5G) and Ethernet port the Denon AVR S950H allows access to over 11,000 streaming internet radio stations and thousands of on-demand streaming services.

Design

The Denon AVR S950H looks great in any setup with its black high gloss finish, brushed aluminum faceplate, and clear cursive lettering. The front of the receiver has some buttons for power, source selection, and surround mode, while the top is home to all of your speaker connections (including banana plugs) as well as an RC USB input for adjusting the receiver settings.

Sound Quality

The Denon AVR S950H sounds excellent with clear dialogue, punchy bass, and great surround sound effects. The receiver was able to create an immersive 3D sound experience that put me right in the middle of the action while watching my favorite movies and TV shows. The Denon AVR S950H is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, so you can control the basic functions of the receiver using voice commands.

Overall, the Denon AVR S950H is a great AV receiver with excellent sound quality and a ton of features. If you’re looking for an immersive 3D sound experience, then the Denon AVR S950H is definitely worth considering.

Performance

The Denon AVR S950H is a 7.2 channel AV receiver that can provide up to 125 watts per channel, so you can enjoy clear dynamic surround sound with excellent bass. The receiver is well-designed and looks great in any setup with its black high gloss finish, brushed aluminum faceplate, and clear cursive lettering.

The front of the receiver has some buttons for power, source selection, and surround mode, while the top is home to all of your speaker connections (including banana plugs) as well as an RC USB input for adjusting the receiver settings.

There are also Bluetooth connectivity and WiFi connectivity for streaming music from compatible devices which will come in especially handy if you have an Alexa device or Google Home speaker in your home since they can be used to control basic functions of the receiver. The Denon AVR S950H is also compatible with the JOSH.AI voice assistant, so you can control all of your smart home devices using voice commands.

Connectivity

The Denon AVR S950H has a lot of connectivity options, including 7.2 channels, 125 watts per channel, Bluetooth technology, WiFi (2.4G/5G), Ethernet port and AirPlay compatibility. You can use the receiver to configure a whole house music system around your multi-room audio groupings made up of multiple rooms for playback in multiple locations simultaneously via speakers connected to the receiver in different rooms. The Denon AVR S950H is also fully loaded with Alexa technology, so you can control the basic functions of the receiver using voice commands.

Ease of Use

The Denon AVR S950H is a pretty easy receiver to set up and use. It has a decent user manual with helpful diagrams, but you can also connect the receiver to the internet and access the full online manual from your phone or computer which is really convenient. Once it’s all connected, you can easily stream music from compatible devices as well as play media on USB devices that are plugged into any of the four USB ports on the back. The front panel has some buttons for power, source select, and surround mode plus connection slots for HDMI cables, so you won’t have too much trouble getting everything hooked up and configured properly.

Setup

The Denon AVR S950H comes with a decent user manual with helpful diagrams, but you can also connect the receiver to the internet and access the full online manual from your phone or computer which is really convenient. The front panel has some buttons for power, source select and surround mode plus connection slots for HDMI cables, so you won’t have too much trouble getting everything hooked up.

Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • Great sound quality
  • Outstanding sound quality with clear dialogue, punchy bass and great surround sound effects
  • Great value for a fantastic AV receiver
  • Alexa compatible for hands free control
  • Bluetooth connectivity and WiFi compatibility for streaming media from your mobile devices or computer
  • AirPlay compatible let you stream music from your Apple devices

Cons:

  • None that I could find

Conclusion

The Denon AVR S950H is a great AV receiver with excellent sound quality and a ton of features, so it’s definitely worth considering if you’re in the market for a new receiver.

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