"WHILE SOME AVR and processor marques can seem loathe to continually refresh their product range year after year, it's a challenge that Denon rises to with relish, adding value to new models without hiking up prices, thus giving buyers a reason to part with their cash. The brand's entry-level and midrange receivers include more features every year while avoiding a drop in performance and a big price rise.The latest example of this is the 7.2-channel AVR-X1400H, which spices up the specifications sheet of last year's AVR-X1300W with in-built HEOS multiroom streaming - appearing for the first time across Denon's entire AVR range - and HDMI passthrough of new HDR variants. It does Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 and DTS:X out of the box too. The addition of HEOS is a major win. Should you have any HEOS speakers, you can add this receiver (and your cinema speaker system) to your house-wide multiroom setup. Even if you don't own or plan to get other HEOS gear, integrating it within this AVR means a wider range of streaming services, and slicker app-based user control, come into play."
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