Manufacturer: Denon Part number: AVR-E400
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CNET editors' review
price range: $499.00 - $599.99
- Reviewed by: Matthew Moskovciak and Steve Guttenberg
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 04/12/2013
The good: The Denon AVR-E400 shows some real strides in making AV receivers easier to use, with an onscreen Setup Assistant, push-in speaker connectors, and a simpler remote. Its six HDMI inputs should be enough for nearly all home theaters, plus it has a respectable suite of streaming-audio services, including AirPlay, DLNA, Pandora, Spotify, and Internet radio. The AVR-E400 also offers the same solid sound quality we've come to expect from Denon.
The bad: There's no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, which both offer a lot of convenience and are available on the less expensive Onkyo TX-NR626. The step-down AVR-E300 is also a better value for most buyers and includes all the new ease-of-use features. And the AVR-E400's bulky design is hard to overlook when Marantz's NR1403 is nearly half the size.
The bottom line: Denon's AVR-E400 embodies some progress in simplifying the arduous AV receiver setup process, but it lacks convenient wireless features you'd expect at this price.
Pricey, but full-featured receiver with easy setup.
by WilliamNYC on November 10, 2013
Pros: Excellent sound
Great internet and network audio streaming capabilities
Easy setup and operation
Lot of inputs and outputs
Cons: Outdated display screen
Summary: I have owned a sizable number of home theater amps over the past 18 years: 1 Sony; 3 Harman Kardon's; 4 Yamaha's; & 3 Denon's. The Denon ...
Summary: I have owned a sizable number of home theater amps over the past 18 years: 1 Sony; 3 Harman Kardon's; 4 Yamaha's; & 3 Denon's. The Denon AVR-E400 is my 12th receiver, and arguably the most technologically advanced and full-featured, though not the best sounding. Despite the huge number of features present on this unit, I can honestly say it was probably the easiest to setup. I've been out of home theater for a while, due to a shortage of both physical space, and interest in the hobby, so I was a bit rusty on the initial setup procedure involved. I was VERY grateful for Denon's On-Screen GUI w/ Setup Assistant that pretty much walked me through the initial steps without having to refer to the owners manual continually. I would, however, have liked to see the 8 point Audyssey MultEQ XT or XT32 room equalization instead of the more basic 6 point Audyssey MultEQ version this receiver has. The MultEQ XT or XT32 has you place the microphone in up to 8 different positions around the room to truly account for the varying acoustics of large or unusually shaped rooms. But the 6 measurement calibration the E400 performed sounded pretty darn good, though.Edit:
When I saw this receiver had Push-Button speaker connectors I almost didn't buy it for that reason alone! I have struggled for years with the pathetically weak and always too narrow spring loaded connectors of numerous vintage amplifiers and receivers. Well, these are not your Daddy's spring loaded connectors! The Push-Button speaker connectors on the Denon E400 are big and fat, and hold both 12 AWG bare wire and banana connectors like a pit-bull. It did get a little crowded on the front right channel when using the banana plugs, but everything fit in the end. I would like to see all manufacturers switch to these dual purpose connectors, as long as they are high-quality.
The E400 has an incredible compatibility with numerous Apple and Android technologies. Alas, I'm a dinosaur when it comes to these devices, I presently own only a lowly 3rd generation Nano which I don't use very much. However, the built-in incorporation of an Apple AirPlay receiver on the Denon has gotten me seriously interested in perhaps upgrading to a Touch or iPad to wirelessly manage my current CD and FLAC file collection in high-definition ALAC format. From what I've read the initial conversion can be time consuming, but you only have to do it once. (Honey... guess what I want for my birthday??)
Two glaring oversights on this receiver are no wireless Bluetooth or Wi-Fi capability. I don't own any devices that would benefit from Bluetooth so I didn't personally mind that, but the Wi-Fi would have avoided yet another cable snaked from my dining room to the living room. (But in retrospect it was nice not to have to deal with any Wi-Fi configuration headaches - which seem to plague many wireless printers and other devices.)
Being a mid-priced, home theater receiver, I wasn't anticipating any high-fidelity miracles to come pouring out of the E400, and I got pretty much what I expected. Very clean, low current power, with limited speaker driver control, and a somewhat narrow, less articulated soundstage. That being said, this is a home theater receiver, and that is exactly what I would expect from this unit - it is NOT a 2 channel amp made solely for music reproduction. Movies (especially Blu-Ray's) sounded life-like and very immersive. I had the Denon mated with Sonus Faber Concerto's in the front, Solo center channel, Concertino's for the surrounds, all paired with a Polk PSW505 sub for the low-end. That Sonus Faber array is notoriously tough to drive with anything less than top dollar equipment, so I was somewhat impressed the Denon sounded as good as it did. I just have to be careful to keep the volume at a reasonable level or some speaker-cone damaging distortion can be easily produced. (I think my girlfriend really appreciates this limitation!) I'm quite sure most popular home theater speakers like Polk's and Def Tech's won't have the same difficultly being driven by this Denon that my Sonus Faber's have.
This unit comes with a pretty basic but user friendly remote. It only controls the E400 and not any other components like your TV or Blu-Ray player. In my opinion this is fine, as I have rarely bothered to program those universal remotes, instead relying on using several remotes. The E400 remote has nice big buttons, and glows in the dark which is handy in a dimly lit room.
Overall, I really like this receiver. Incorporating the latest technologies in a format I can mostly understand has me finally wanting to step into this decade regarding hand-held devices.(Heck, I still own a non-smart phone!) The easy set-up assistant overcame my reluctance to spending hours pouring over the manual to do the initial setup. The sound quality - though not the superlative, 2-channel high-fidelity of the amps/preamp combos that I've grown accustomed to of late, is perfectly acceptable for what it is designed to do - play movies in crystal clear surround sound. Sure I'd like a little more amperage pumping through the wires, but that's mostly because my speakers are hard to drive.
The exterior of the unit has a high-quality, uncluttered look, and fits in nicely in my rack of all black components. I've read some comparisons/criticisms of the Denon to lower profile receivers like the current Marantz line. I don't know about you, but I'll take my components housed in an appropriately sized enclosure that will provide superior cooling and isolation from EMF interference.
Are there things this receiver should have, and doesn't? Yes, at this price point it should have Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Audyssey MultEQ XT or XT32 room calibration, and an actual printed owners manual. And speaking of price, it really shouldn't be quite as high-priced as it is. At it's current price near full retail, it's higher than several of it's competitors. It probably should be $75 or $100 less, and I imagine eventually it will be as the next model comes out in a year. But for me the ease of use, and the right mixture of sound and features, made it worthwhile right now. That $100 spread out over a year is $0.27/day. I wasn't going to lose any sleep over that - and I'm enjoying all the features of my new receiver NOW!
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- Manufacturer: Denon
- Part number: AVR-E400
- Description: The AVR-E400 7.1 channel network home theater receiver from Denon provides powerful surround sound performance with advanced networking technology. Network functionality supports Internet radio services such as SiriusXM and vTuner, as well as Apple's AirPlay technology. The sophisticated video processor includes SD-to-HD up-conversion, along with 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) for the 4K Ultra HDTVs. Additionally, a simple interface provides quick and easy setup so you can start enjoying your multimedia right away.
- Product type Home Theater Network Receiver
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 17.1 in x 13.1 in x 6.4 in
- Color Black
- Surround System Class 7.1 channel
- Amplifier Output Details 90 Watt,
8 Ohm - 20 - 20000 Hz - THD 0.08 % - 7 channel(s) ( Surround ),
6 Ohm - THD 0.7 % - 7 channel(s) ( Surround )
- Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
- Audio D/A Converter 24bit / 192kHz
- Built-in Decoders Dolby Pro Logic IIz,
Dolby Digital Plus,
Dolby Digital Surround EX,
DTS-HD Master Audio / High-resolution Audio,
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1,
- Digital Sound Processor (DSP) Yes
- DSP Presets Jazz club,
- Input Impedance 47 KOhm
- Input Sensitivity 200 mV
- Apple AirPlay AirPlay built-in
- Additional Features Audyssey MultEQ,
Audyssey Dynamic Volume,
Audyssey Dynamic EQ,
Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Networking & Digital Media
- Connectivity Ethernet
- Internet streaming services Flickr,
- DLNA Yes
- Tuner Type AM/FM,
- Tuner Frequency Range FM: 87.5 - 107.9 MHz,
AM: 520 - 1710 kHz
- Preset Station Qty 56
Inputs & Outputs
- HD connectors HDMI connection(s) on this receiver make it a great choice for your High-Def home theater. One cable carries digital audio and video data directly to your display.
- Connections 1xHDMI input(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Front,
1xUSB(4 pin USB Type A)-Front,
5xHDMI input(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Rear,
1xHDMI output(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Rear,
4xAudio line-in(RCA phono x 2)-Rear,
1xSPDIF input(RCA phono)-Rear,
2xComposite video input(RCA phono)-Rear,
1xComponent video input(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
1xSubwoofer output(RCA phono)-Rear,
1xFM antenna(F connector)-Rear,
- Upscaling via HDMI Up to 1080p,
Up to 4K
- Video Conversion/Scaling Analog to HDMI up conversion
- HDMI features Audio return channel (ARC) ,
Deep Color ,
- Type of remote control Standard
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] Auto calibration microphone,
2 AAA batteries
- Power AC 120 V
- Power Consumption Operational 460 Watt
- Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 0.1 Watt
- Service & Support 2 years warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 2 years