It’s that time of year where AVR manufacturers release their new line-up of AV receivers. Denon has released a new entry level series called the E-Series which boasts a lot of features at an affordable price.
In the line-up we begin with the AVR-E400 ($599), a 7.1 system that can also be used as a 5.1 with the two extra channels being used as a second audio-only zone. It offers 90 watts on all 7 channels (20Hz-20kHz, 0.08%THD@8ohm). The E400 includes 6 HDMI inputs and can upscale to 4K. It includes features such as AirPlay, Pandora, SiriusXM, vTuner, Spotify and Flickr.
The next in the series is the AVR-E300 ($399), a 5.1 receiver with 5 HDMI inputs and 75watts for each channel (20Hz-20kHz, 0.08%THD@8ohm).
We finish off with the $250 AVR-E200, also a 5.1 unit with 4 HDMI inputs and delivers 75 watts per channel (20Hz-20kHz, 0.08%THD@8ohm). The receiver offers 4 Quick Select buttons on both the front panel of the unit and the remote control to instantly be able to choose between 4 sources. The E200 isn’t fully equipped in terms of features as the other two above, but for anyone on a tight budget willing to sacrifice some of the streaming features, this makes a great starter receiver.
All the E-Series receivers include Denon power amp circuitry for high power, wide dynamic range and low distortion. They also share HDMI Standby Pass-through so anyone wanting to enjoy cable or satellite programming without using the AVR can do so.
An interesting feature the AVR-E400 and AVR-E300 share is the added Easy-Connects “push-in” type speaker wire connections and Audyssey MultEQ. Denon has color coded their speaker terminals for anyone who requires a little more assistance during the setup process.
One thing I did not see on the new models, like the previous models, was the lack of analogue inputs. With the demise of component inputs on new flat panels, Denon has chosen not to include them as well.
What do you think of the new Denon’s new E-series line-up? Do you miss having component inputs behind an AVR?