Denon AVR-S900W 7.2-Channel Network Receiver
Although last year's AVR-E400 was an excellent receiver, it was a bit light on features. Denon has sought to correct that with this year's 7.2-channel AVR-S900W, having added more connectivity, wireless capability, and more tweaks and features to improve overall performance.
Setup Assistant has been carried over from the previous model, allowing users to be walked through the setup process. While the remote remains simple and user-friendly, Quick Select buttons have been added for better functionality. Connectivity has been expanded with the AVR-S900W which now sports eight HDMI 2.0 inputs (seven rear, one front), two HDMI outputs, two composite video inputs, two component video inputs, and one component video output. Analog-to-digital conversion has also been included.
One of the most major features lacking with the AVR-E400 was the absence of wireless connectivity; however this year sees the addition of built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, DLNA compatibility, and the carryover of Apple AirPlay support. HD video upscaling is also carried over while the HDMI 2.0 allows for 4K/60Hz capability. The AVR-S900W also has second-zone support, allowing the user to set up stereo speakers in another room, as well as a second screen thanks to the 2 HDMI outputs. Audio performance has plenty of power, with a claimed 185 watts per channel.
All in all, the AVR-S900W is a natural evolution of the AVR-E400, taking the strengths of the previous model and building upon them, adding better and more modern features while maintaining excellent performance and ease-of-use.