Denon 740H 7.2 Home Theatre Receiver Review

Hey Dudes! In today’s article, we will be reviewing the Denon 740H Home Theatre Receiver.

Review

The Denon 740H is one of those receivers that can suit pretty much anyone other than the pickiest audiophiles. It has a fantastic price, tons of the features you expect to find on high-end receivers and quality sound reproduction.

In this review I did two configurations:

  1. 2.1 setup with two Polk audio RTIA7 Towers (Bi-Amped) & PSW125 Subwoofer
  2. 5.1 Setup with two Polk audio RTIA7 Towers, CSIA3, two RTIA1’s & a PSW125 Subwoofer.

For the first setup I was extremely impressed. The RTIA7’s finally hit their full potential with the bi-amped setup. Clean sound through and through. The PSW125 sounds like it’s overdriven but that is likely no fault of the 740H but just the sub itself. I watched Spiderman: Homecoming and every single scene with Vulture flying was extremely clean and full. Ultimately, it sounds like Vulture’s wings are cutting through the air right in front of you. However, I felt that it lacked one thing: the theatre experience! So next we set up the 5.1 system above and rewatched the last 30 minutes of Homecoming. I can immediately tell some of the shortcomings after listening to the 5.1 setup after the bi-amped setup. It was my own fault really. The speakers sound somewhat underpowered. Now please don’t take this to mean that its bad or severely underpowered. It definitely will sound underpowered to a trained ear but sound very good to most.

Let us go over the specs.

Specifications/Features

  • Six 4K/HDR-compatible HDMI inputs, one output
  • Bluetooth
  • Ethernet/Wi-Fi
  • USB (charging/mobile playback)
  • Three digital inputs — two optical, one coaxial
  • Audyssey Room Correction (Calibration)
  • 24-bit/192kHz playback plus DSD
  • 165 Watts per channel (peak)
  • Airplay 2

Conclusion

In conclusion of these two tests, the Denon 740H is easily one of the best-valued receivers this year. For the music lover, it offers direct Spotify listening through wifi or ethernet. For the movie lover, it offers Dolby Atmos and 4K HDR pass through. And it has top notch, simple setup and calibration for the novice home theatre installer. I think that the Denon’s full sound will appeal to more people, and music lovers in particular. If you’re an Apple user, then the Denon’s AirPlay 2 support may be all you need for multiroom music, though Android fans may prefer the competing brands for Chromecast support. With better sound than any other competing receiver, the Denon is the best receiver we’ve heard this year that retails under $800.

 

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