Denon AVR-S710W Review
|Inputs||6x HDMI 2.0, 2x Composite, 2x Stereo RCA, 2x Optical, 1x Coaxial, Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth|
|Outputs||1x HDMI, 1x Composite, 7.2 Channel Audio|
|Amplifier Section||80 Watts x 2 Channels (No 7 channel spec)|
|Review Date||January 31, 2016|
Trying to pick a future-proof receiver in 2014 was a challenge. You had to pick between full bandwidth HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 copy protection, and DTS:X didn’t even exist yet. No matter what option you picked, you knew that in the next year or two you might need to replace it if you got a new TV. By mid-2015 that had changed and it was not hard to find receivers with full HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 support for UltraHD along with DTS:X and Dolby Atmos support. One of the more affordable options with those features is the Denon AVR-S710W.
For $480 the Denon AVR-S710W has 6 HDMI inputs, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X with 7 channels, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2, Bluetooth, AirPlay, WiFi, Audyssey MultEQ, and the best setup routine of any receiver. Best of all, I can crank it to reference levels with my KEF Atmos system and it sounds wonderful. For most people, the Denon AVR-S710W offers everything you need in a receiver today and is ready for tomorrow as well.
There isn’t much missing from the Denon AVR-S710W from a features perspective. It’s easier to list off what you don’t get than what you do. No, you don’t get analog to HDMI video conversion, but do you have many analog sources? There aren’t any preouts to use an external amplifier, or drive more than 7 channels, but few people ever do that. You aren’t going to find S-Video or Component Video inputs, and there’s no phono preamp, but those are all uncommon features now as well.
With seven channels of amplification, the Denon can support a 7.1 channel system, or a 5.1.2 channel Atmos and DTS:X system. DTS:X support is not live yet, a firmware update will do that in 2016, but Dolby Atmos support is working. The integrated Bluetooth and AirPlay make it easy to get audio from your smartphone into your home theater system. It also features integrated Spotify Connect so you can stream audio without needing your smartphone to be on.
As mentioned earlier all the HDMI inputs are full bandwidth HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. This lets the Denon work with all current and future HDMI 2.0 devices coming out. Testing it with an NVidia Shield and Roku 4 on an UltraHD TV, every pixel of the UHD image passes without issue. Now that UltraHD Blu-ray is almost here, having a receiver that is ready for it in the future is almost essential. Even if you aren’t going to an UltraHD set this year or next year, you’ll want to have a receiver that is ready for that in the future.
What sets the Denon apart to me is the easy setup. A nice GUI guides you through everything: connecting speakers, the Audyssey calibration, and all the way to configuring the inputs to what you want them to be. If you have an iOS device, it even uses that to se