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Denon readies DRA-900H stereo AV receiver

  • Just in time for IFA 2023 in Berlin, Denon has announced the DRA-900H stereo AV receiver. In the hi-fi world, we might call it a streaming amplifier or a super integrated…with bells on.

    The meat and potatoes of the new DRA-900H come in the form of a high-current Class A/B amplifier circuit that promises 100wpc into 8 Ohms; or 145wpc into 6 Ohms. (No 4 Ohm specification is provided by Denon so choose your loudspeakers wisely). The two sets of binding posts on the back panel support simultaneous playback or multizoning and are augmented by a pair of subwoofer outputs. Ergo, this is a 2.2 A/V receiver: one with six HDMI inputs, three of which are 8K-capable.

    Also on the back panel, we note an abundance of connectivity: HDMI eARC, 2 x TOSLINK, coaxial but no USB-B. The USB-A socket on the front panel is for connecting USB storage devices (not PCs or Macs). Ethernet, wifi and USB streaming here is powered by HEOS, which also integrates Tidal and Amazon Music HD but not Qobuz. HEOS is bolstered by the presence of Spotify Connect and Apple AirPlay 2 plus Bluetooth and DAB+/FM. The internal DAC make/model is not specified but according to the press materials the D/A conversion circuit supports PCM up to 24bit/192kHz and DSD up to DSD128.

    On the analogue front, we note two sets of line-level inputs, an MM phono input plus pre-amplifier outputs. This new Denon’s feature set is rounded out by a quarter-inch headphone socket and IR remote control.

    The DRA-900H begins shipping in September for €899. Your choice of black or silver.

    Further information: Denon

    Written by John

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