Denon AVR-S950H Review and Specs

Denon AVR-S950H Denon AVR-S950H - the flagship 7.2-channel AV receiver, released in the new S series. Why not to see Denon AVR-S950H specs in the most comprehensive Denon AVR-S950H review.

Denon AVR-S950H review

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Features

First of all, the presence of a built-in amplifier assembled on discrete elements and ready to give up to 145 watts of power to each of the seven speakers (8 ohms) connected to it is noteworthy. Denon AVR-S950H is equipped with Dolby Atmos and DTS: X surround sound decoders, construction of systems for which is possible in 5.2.2 configuration. In the absence of ceiling acoustics in the system, as well as for processing sound in “normal” formats, the AV receiver provides the technology for producing Dolby Atmos Virtual Height virtual surround sound.

Design and build

All amplification channels in the AV receiver are built on discrete elements and operate from a powerful power supply. Thanks to this, the Denon AVR-S950H is able to effectively cope even with complex acoustics, and easily sound a large room.

Denon AVR-S950H

Connectivity

The device has eight HDMI inputs and two outputs that support the latest HDCP 2.3 encryption protocol, as well as transmitting video in 4K Ultra HD / HLG / Dolby Vision formats. Thanks to the eARC audio return channel, the AV receiver can transmit sound in all modern formats. The device also has a full range of digital and analog connections, among which we can note the presence of a Phono input for a vinyl player, as well as USB for drives with music files. However, a truly versatile Denon AVR-S950H AV receiver makes a full range of network and wireless connections.

Setup

To fine-tune the surround sound, the Denon AVR-S950H uses Audyssey MultEQ technology, and there are also Dynamic EQ / Volume systems. The device supports HEOS proprietary multi-room technology, can play music from network drives and on-line services, including in High resolution formats. Also in the presence of Bluetooth and AirPlay 2, and to control the device, you can use the proprietary mobile application.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Starting the AVR-S950H-based system is facilitated by Denon's on-screen setup assistant
  • The native Denon remote app allows me to control this without the supplied remote

Cons

  • I find the volume bar on the screen annoying and wish there was an option to turn it off

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Common features

Product

Denon AVR-S950H

Model

AVR-S950H

Brand

Denon

Reviews

622

Amplifier

Channels

7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

90/8 20Hz-20KHz, 125/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

8, 6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.08

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

AKM 192 KHz/32-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

Audyssey MultEQ

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Compressed Audio Restorer, Hi-Res audio

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay, AirPlay 2

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, Napster, SiriusXM, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Sound Cloud, Mood Mix

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

8/2

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.3

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

2

Coaxial digital input

1

Composite input

2

Component input/output

2/1

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, HDMI, phones, setup mic

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR10

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

HLG, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI

App control

iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android, Amazon Kindle

Display

colour OSD

Tuner

AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB

Other additional features

IP Control, Web Control

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2

Zone audio output

speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

HEOS App

RS-232

0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS-HD, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

550

Standby consumption, W

0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 15.2 x 33/17 x 6.6 x 13.4

Weight, kg/lbs

9.4/20.7
Denon AVR-S950H
Denon AVR-S950H

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