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The Official Denon 2016 AVR-S720W/AVR-S920W Owners Thread

Please post in this thread if you own either the Denon AVR-S720W or the AVR-S920W. Welcome to the club!

Mahwah, NJ (April 5, 2016) - Denon Electronics, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality home entertainment products, announces two new Network AV Receivers in the S-Series AV receiver line- the AVR-S720W and AVR-S920W. These two new units build upon the outstanding success of Denon’s S-Series AV receiver models introduced over the last couple of years and will replace the AVR-S710W and AVR-S910W. The AVR-S720W and AVR-S920W deliver high performance and high value to the home theater sound performance. Both are expected to be available in April 2016.

The AVR-S720W and AVR-S920W were created with the future in mind. They have built in dual band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth®, extensive network capability, 4K full-rate pass through and HDCP2.2, HDR (High Dynamic Range), Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ (via future firmware update anticipated in August 2016) capability, and best-in-class user interface. Other highlights include a powerful 7 channel discrete amplifier with auto Eco mode and dual subwoofer outputs. As well as the Audyssey Bronze suite of powerful DSP features, including MultEQ room acoustic measurement and DSP correction. They also link up to Denon's renowned HEOS® whole home audio system. These units feature IP control capability, and when paired with the HEOS Link, users can easily control the receiver with the Denon HEOS app.

AVR-S720W ($479)
The AVR-S720W 7.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth offers technology from Denon’s top-of-the-range AV models for high performance at an amazing value. Listeners can look forward to its delivery of sensational surround sound and its support of the latest high-resolution audio and video formats. With Dolby Atmos listeners experience the same revolutionary 3D surround sound found in premium movie theaters in their own home. It has the ability to create an overhead surround soundfield that dramatically expands the sonic space. Via a future firmware update, the AVR-S720W is also able to decode the newest DTS:X soundtracks that also deliver an immersive 3-dimensional soundspace for an incredible sound performance.

Prepared for the future, the AVR-S720W features an advanced video processing and signal handling system including the latest HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 specifications that's fully compatible on all 6 HDMI inputs. With 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR), 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through support on every input, the AVR-S720W is ready for the next generation of 4K Ultra HD sources.

Full wireless connectivity is reached with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and dual antennas help ensure a robust signal transmission and reception. For incredible fidelity, high-resolution audio formats and playback are fully supported in this unit. And getting music is a snap, users simply stream their favorite audio tracks wirelessly to the AVR-S720W with the "Denon 2016 AVR Remote" app available on iOS, Android™ and Kindle Fire™ smart device apps.

AVR-S920W ($579)
The AVR-S920W 7.2 channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth brings listeners a new dimension in home theater surround sound. It has many of the same features of the AVR-S720W including Dolby Atmos surround sound decoding, and the ability to decode DTS:X soundtracks via a future firmware update.

Looking ahead, the AVR-S920W features an advanced video section that's fully compatible with the latest HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 specifications on all 8 HDMI inputs. With 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR),21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through support on every input, the AVR-S920W is ready for the next generation of 4K Ultra HD sources.

And like the S720W, the S920W’s full wireless connectivity is reached with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and dual antennas help ensure a robust signal transmission and reception. High-resolution audio formats and playback are fully supported for incredible fidelity. Getting music is a snap, users simply stream their favorite audio tracks wirelessly to the AVR-S920W with the "Denon 2016 AVR Remote" app available on iOS, Android™ and Kindle Fire™ smart device apps.

Denon AVR-S720W- Key Features
Owner's Manual - PDF

  • 7.2ch platform
  • 165W maximum power output per channel (6ohm, 1kHz, 1ch driven), 75W (8ohm, 20Hz-20kHz,THD:0.08%) Power Amp
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with 2.4GHz/5GHz dual band support and Bluetooth
  • 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through and 4:4:4 color resolution
  • HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Dolby Atmos built in (5.1.2)
  • DTS:X ready (via future firmware update)
  • Audyssey MultEQ® setup with MIC stand included in the box / Dynamic EQ & Volume
  • 6 HDM inputs (including 1 front) with full HDCP 2.2 support
  • Networking: AirPlay®, Internet Radio, Pandora®*, Spotify Connect®*, SiriusXM™*, DLNA® 1.5*
  • DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, and WAV High Resolution audio streaming
  • Upgraded sound design
  • HDMI: Front 1 in, Rear 5 in/ 1 out
  • Digital audio inputs: 2 Opt /1 Coax
  • Audio: 2 in, Video: CVBS 2 in/1 out
  • Extensive network capability
  • Denon HEOS Link IP Control
  • Best-in-class user interface (Ease of installation and connection, Wi-Fi setup, Audyssey MIC stand, ECO mode)
  • Front panel USB input with iPod digital direct
  • AM/FM Radio
  • 2-zone/2-source via variable Amplified zone
  • Intelligent ECO mode with ON/OFF/AUTO Settings
  • Setup assistant with icon-based GUI
  • Horizontal layout speaker terminals with color labeling
  • Speaker cable labels supplied
  • Larger character display
  • 4 Quick Select button and RC button
  • Standby HDMI pass-through
  • Denon 2016 AVR Remote app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire
  • Smart TV connectivity
  • Available in black

Denon AVR-S920W - Additional Features Owner's Manual - PDF

  • 185W maximum power output per channel (6ohm, 1kHz, 1ch driven), 90W(8ohm, 20Hz-20kHz,THD:0.08%) Power Amp
  • 8 HDMI 2.0a inputs (including 1 front) 2 HDMI outputs with full HDCP 2.2 support
  • Dual HDMI output
  • Advanced Video Processing with 4K upscaling
  • Upgraded Denon sound engineering design

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Mine is on the delivery truck scheduled to arrive today -- ordered from Amazon.

The main reason I bought it is that I wanted a way to connect more than one 4k sources to the HDMI port 5 of my Vizio M70-C3. The Denon series seems to be the only one in that price range to have more than 3 hdmi 2.0a + hdcp 2.2 ports. The s920w with its 8 hdmi inputs should be plenty. I am a little worried i will run into random hdmi handshake/signal issues, but we'll see

I now have to figure out what speakers to buy to match the thing -- I currently use a basic Yamaha ATS-1050BL sound bar. I am thinking a good pair of stereo speakers would be a good start, but I have no idea what "good" mean at this point -- I have not researched speakers in 10+ years.

Does anyone have advice/recommendations from my (very) vague requirements? Is there anything "worthwhile" for a $500 budget -- for 2 speakers?

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The Official Denon 2016 AVR-S720W/AVR-S920W Owners Thread

Go to the speaker section; there are a zillion threads there. But one to look for was started by "bclarke8923". He tested numerous budget bookshelfs over a months time all in the same room at his house and there are numerous replies there that are still on-going


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Go to the speaker section; there are a zillion threads there. But one to look for was started by "bclarke8923". He tested numerous budget bookshelfs over a months time all in the same room at his house and there are numerous replies there that are still on-going


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Here's the link: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/89-spe...nergy-kef.html

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Thank you, I'll take a look!

The receiver has been delivered, I should have said I ordered the S920W. Box was in pristine condition, unopened. I am in the setup screens. It has been stuck on "Network setup" for about 10 min -- I am using ethernet. I'll wait a little more and then I'll probably reboot and skip the network setup.
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TIt has been stuck on "Network setup" for about 10 min -- I am using ethernet. I'll wait a little more and then I'll probably reboot and skip the network setup.
The network issue was a fluke due to a finicky cable. All is good.

I have 4 hdmi input setup:
- Tivo mini: hdmi scaler to 1080p, because the Vizio M70 gives a warming about 1080i on HDMI 5
- Roku 3: hdmi auto (1080p)
- PC with GTX 980: hdmi pass through (to avoid additional input lag) [email protected] 4:2:0. I was also able to create and use a [email protected] custom resolution.
- Xbox One: hdmi pass through (1080p)

I have currently the receiver send the sound over hdmi to the TV, as the soundbar is connected to the TV. I am going to play a little with that, see if I can get the receiver to handle that, because the Vizio has been flaky passing "Bitstream" over. I am not sure how to have the receiver handle the sound from the TV apps (youtube, netflix). I have to figure that out.
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I am not sure how to have the receiver handle the sound from the TV apps (youtube, netflix). I have to figure that out.
Get out your manual and look up ARC. As long as your TV supports it you are gold as this receiver supports ARC. Basically the HDMI cable you run from the HDMI out of the receiver will also carry audio the other way from the TVs apps to your receiver.

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Thank you, I'll take a look!

The receiver has been delivered, I should have said I ordered the S920W. Box was in pristine condition, unopened. I am in the setup screens. It has been stuck on "Network setup" for about 10 min -- I am using ethernet. I'll wait a little more and then I'll probably reboot and skip the network setup.
Why do you say you should have ordered the 920? I'm about to order between those two models and need some help in deciding.

also...anyone know the difference between the 2015 910 vs 2016 920?

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Why do you say you should have ordered the 920? I'm about to order between those two models and need some help in deciding.

also...anyone know the difference between the 2015 910 vs 2016 920?

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I'll be providing model differences here shortly when I start the 2016 Denon AVR Owner's thread ... but for these two models .. mostly just a model number change ...

920 new features -
(a) dual band network card (2.4gHz, 5gHz) rather than just single band (2.4gHz)
(b) raises Audio Delay setting from 200ms to 500ms
(c) RC Select setting which allows changing HDMI sources while the AVR is in standby
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Why do you say you should have ordered the 920? I'm about to order between those two models and need some help in deciding.
Because the thread is about the 720 and 920, and I didn't mention which one I ordered in my first post, that's all.

The only reason I picked the 920 is the 2 additional hdmi inputs.
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Because the thread is about the 720 and 920, and I didn't mention which one I ordered in my first post, that's all.

The only reason I picked the 920 is the 2 additional hdmi inputs.
How is it going so far? All going smoothly or any snags to tell us about? Any decision on the speakers for this yet?

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I'll be providing model differences here shortly when I start the 2016 Denon AVR Owner's thread ... but for these two models .. mostly just a model number change ...

920 new features -
(a) dual band network card (2.4gHz, 5gHz) rather than just single band (2.4gHz)
(b) raises Audio Delay setting from 200ms to 500ms
(c) RC Select setting which allows changing HDMI sources while the AVR is in standby
I thought this was the 2016 owner's thread? Are "Senior Members" not allowed to start an owner's thread? Thanks.

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How is it going so far? All going smoothly or any snags to tell us about? Any decision on the speakers for this yet?
Could not be more satisfied.

I am glad I ordered the 920w and not the 720w, because it turns out I actually need the 2 hdmi output, because of the way the Vizio M70 does ARC. ARC comes from HDMI port 1, whereas HDMI 5 is the only port than can do [email protected] So, I connected The VIzio's HDMI 1 to the "Monitor 1/Arc" of the 920w, and the Vizio's HDMI 5 to the "Monitor 2" of the 920w.

Even though I don't have speakers yet, I was able to test ARC by plugging a headphone set in the "Phone" jack of the receiver. Setting up ARC was quite easy, just had to turn it on in the receiver and in the TV, and all of a sudden the headphone received the TV sounds, and the TV's remote controlled was able to control the receiver volume!

Also, the ability to switch hdmi inputs when the receiver is in standby mode (which seems to be new with the 920w vs 910w) is useful in my setup, as it allows me to use my wireless headset (connected the TV's toslink) when I don't use the speakers. I just leave the receiver off, and I can get sound in my wireless speaker from any device connected to the receiver.

Talking about HDMI switching, I also could not be more satisfied -- I have not had single glitch in term of signal loss, hiccups, etc. I was a little worried initially when I read the 2015 denon thread, but, as I said, I have not run into any glitch, even though I have stressed the receiver quite a bit (tons of setup changes in the hdmi menu). Both the TV and receiver have been able to talk to each other nicely.

As for the speakers, I think I am gonna go with the Wharfedale - Diamond 10.2. I was looking at floorstanding speakers for a little bit, but I decided I will start with a stereo setup and eventually build from there if I feel the need/urge.
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Could not be more satisfied.
Actually, there is one thing that I don't like at all: the remote buttons. The remote itself is very light and feels cheap, but the buttons in particular are very flaky in use, meaning they don't register 30% of the time. I don't quite know how to describe it, but the buttons don't have a clear "click", they seem to built with some sort of soft rubber under them.
Basically, I would say 2-3 out of 10 presses are not registered by the remote. Also, when you push them down, it feels like they tilt left or right instead of going straight down.

Anyways, I am probably not described it very well, but all I can say it the remote feels cheap and buttons don't always register presses. The Vizio's remote, which is probably not the best around, feels/works much better for example.
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Just picked up the S720W. Going to hook it up tonight, or when my X940D arrives tomorrow. I'll keep you guys posted. I'm coming from the first DTS-HD/Dolby TrueHD Onkyo from 8 years ago lol.

My only concern is that I am losing 15 watts per channel in power. This shouldn't really make a difference though because I'm using satellites for side and rear, and Klipsch Synergy floorstanders for front left and right, and the Synergy line center channel? (rears and side are quintet 3's)
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Just picked up the S720W. Going to hook it up tonight, or when my X940D arrives tomorrow. I'll keep you guys posted. I'm coming from the first DTS-HD/Dolby TrueHD Onkyo from 8 years ago lol.

My only concern is that I am losing 15 watts per channel in power. This shouldn't really make a difference though because I'm using satellites for side and rear, and Klipsch Synergy floorstanders for front left and right, and the Synergy line center channel? (rears and side are quintet 3's)
Welcome aboard. Let us know how it goes!

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Also looking at the S920, I've had two Pioneer receivers both great sounding, both burned the main board with a power surge from lightning. I was looking at the Yamaha RX779 or RX850 hopping I could find a deal below $600.00 but no luck so far. Looking for a good sound very reliable receiver and Denon was also on my list. Had bad luck with Onkyos also. Is the S920 second Zone powered? And does it have second zone HDMI out? I want to set up my speakers in the terrace and will be adding a projector very soon and I need it to play independently from the family room. Thanks for the help
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I thought this was the 2016 owner's thread? Are "Senior Members" not allowed to start an owner's thread? Thanks.
You're certainly more than welcome to start your own thread ... however, we have been having an all model thread going for several years ... with the 2016 thread starting up shortly.
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You're certainly more than welcome to start your own thread ... however, we have been having an all model thread going for several years ... with the 2016 thread starting up shortly.
Why this thread while there was already an Official Denon 2016 AVR-S720W/AVR-S920W discussions thread? Owners or not, we should discuss those models in a single place and usually merge occurs when that happens. If the word Owners make the difference here the first thread could have been edited to add it. Just saying...
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Why this thread while there was already an Official Denon 2016 AVR-S720W/AVR-S920W discussions thread? Owners or not, we should discuss those models in a single place and usually merge occurs when that happens. If the word Owners make the difference here the first thread could have been edited to add it. Just saying...
"Discussion" and "Owner" threads are very different IMO. I don't want to see a bunch of posts from people who don't own the product.

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You're certainly more than welcome to start your own thread ... however, we have been having an all model thread going for several years ... with the 2016 thread starting up shortly.
Gotcha! If you have the power to take over this thread and just add the remaining models, please do. Thanks!

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Gotcha! If you have the power to take over this thread and just add the remaining models, please do. Thanks!
No reason to take over this thread ... it's your thread. I've started a new one (linked below) that will discuss all the 2016 Denon models to include FAQ and troubleshooting as we have done for the past few years.

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Just picked up the S720W. Going to hook it up tonight, or when my X940D arrives tomorrow. I'll keep you guys posted. I'm coming from the first DTS-HD/Dolby TrueHD Onkyo from 8 years ago lol.

My only concern is that I am losing 15 watts per channel in power. This shouldn't really make a difference though because I'm using satellites for side and rear, and Klipsch Synergy floorstanders for front left and right, and the Synergy line center channel? (rears and side are quintet 3's)
940D wow... with that AVR. Well done!
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Hi Guys...

My Denon 920 just arrived. I currently have a AVR Sony STR DN-1060 940c & K8500 UHD player.

Even though I've had a sony AVR and a Sony 4k tv...the handshake issues and inability of the Sony AVR to pass HDR was a killer.

I should also admit, I know very little about AVR's and speaker set up.

I unboxed the beast...and agree with Rendo that the remote is unsatisfying. The AVR itself is a sizeable beast. Aesthetically, I don't like the panel below the display...looks odd. Anyway, hope to hook this thing up on the weekend; should be good.

Thank you guys.

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Has anyone been able to get ethernet over HDMI working? I'm on an X940D and wondering if I can pass ethernet over HDMI for my networking, instead of using WiFi. I have 2.0 cables, though my understanding is this is a 1.4a feature.
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Why not use this AVR on a 940d? All I need is HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 so that it has the ability to pass 4k HDR to my TV, and has enough power for my speakers. No need to spend more than necessary imo. This will probably last me another 8 years to be honest.
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Why not use this AVR on a 940d? All I need is HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 so that it has the ability to pass 4k HDR to my TV, and has enough power for my speakers. No need to spend more than necessary imo. This will probably last me another 8 years to be honest.
Agreed. While I personally prefer the X series, there's nothing wrong with using the S receivers with higher end TVs. The 2015 and 2016 models are up to date with the proper 4K support. Thus, I'd rather use the S920W receiver than a higher end model from 2 years ago like the 2014 X2100W.

For the record, I have the 2015 Denon S710W in one room and a 2015 Marantz SR5010 in another. The Marantz is in between the X2200W and X3200W (but closer to the X2200W).

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Just picked up the S720W. Going to hook it up tonight, or when my X940D arrives tomorrow. I'll keep you guys posted. I'm coming from the first DTS-HD/Dolby TrueHD Onkyo from 8 years ago lol.

My only concern is that I am losing 15 watts per channel in power. This shouldn't really make a difference though because I'm using satellites for side and rear, and Klipsch Synergy floorstanders for front left and right, and the Synergy line center channel? (rears and side are quintet 3's)
Loving it so far, I like the simplicity of this Denon. A note for new users. TV Audio on the remote is "HDMI: None" meaning ifor your TV is ARC compatible, this is the "input" you should be on to receive ARC audio manual explains it better than I but that is the jist.

Pure mode is exactly as it sounds, no post processing of the signal, which surprisingly some apps output stereo instead of any format of surround, so switching this to Dolby Surround will matrix in surround if you like. Does a pretty good job. I remember when Denon was the "marantz" of equipmemt, great to see them obtainable now and happy with my purchase.
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Loving it so far, I like the simplicity of this Denon. A note for new users. TV Audio on the remote is "HDMI: None" meaning ifor your TV is ARC compatible, this is the "input" you should be on to receive ARC audio manual explains it better than I but that is the jist.

Pure mode is exactly as it sounds, no post processing of the signal, which surprisingly some apps output stereo instead of any format of surround, so switching this to Dolby Surround will matrix in surround if you like. Does a pretty good job. I remember when Denon was the "marantz" of equipmemt, great to see them obtainable now and happy with my purchase.
Glad to hear. I too remember when I was younger than Denon seemed too high for my budget back in the day now they changed the philosophy and opened up to all types of consumers.
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Oddity I noticed. Sometimes my Samsung UHD player will come up as 2400?2160p on the TV input, and a black screen, it didn't do this direct connected so I assume it has to be the receiver. I did just set my x940d HDMI port to enhanced because it was onpy comimg through in 1080p. So maybe a power cycle is in order. Ran out of troubleshooting time (mothers day activities).

Is there any firmware updates I need out of box? Need to setup networking then.
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