Denon AVR-S920W vs Denon AVR-S910W Detailed Comparison
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SCORE:
85
SCORE:
85

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Overview

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-S920W to Denon AVR-S910W to reveal their common strengths and weaknesses as well as the differences between them which will help you in making a correct decision before the purchase. Both receivers have 7 channel and equally powerful amplifiers.

Let us have a look at some highlights of the models.

Denon AVR-S920W Highlights

Denon AVR-S910W Highlights

  • 7.2 channels
  • 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input
  • 7.2 channels
  • 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X capable
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, 4K Upscaling, 4K Passthrough
  • AirPlay, DLNA
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • USB input

We have evaluated both receivers. Both receivers get equal overall score in our ranking system which is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

Denon AVR-S920W

Denon AVR-S910W

AMPLIFIER
86
VIDEO FEATURES
95
AUDIO FEATURES
84
CONNECTIVITY
81
MULTIZONE
77
MISCELLANEOUS
64
RADIO
89
OVERALL
85
AMPLIFIER
86
VIDEO FEATURES
95
AUDIO FEATURES
85
CONNECTIVITY
80
MULTIZONE
77
MISCELLANEOUS
64
RADIO
89
OVERALL
85

Amplifier score is based on power ratings, minimum impedance load, power supply, transformer type, total harmonic distortion, damping factor, signal to noise ratio and other small details. Audio score depends on the number of channels, front wide channel support, maximum channel processing, support of audio formats, DAC specifications, room calibration algorithm... Video score is based on HDR, Dolby Vision and 4K passthrough, upscaling, analog to HDMI upconversion. Connectivity score is defined from all wired and wireless inputs and outputs, internet and bluetooth connections, HEOS, SONOS and others. Multizone score depends on the number of zones with their outputs. Radio score is evaluated form digital radio support and analog tuner with its frequency range, signal to noise ratio, harmonic distortion...

Advantage of Denon AVR-S920W

This section shows those features and specifications which are the reason to choose Denon AVR-S920W over Denon AVR-S910W.

Only Denon AVR-S920W has DTS Dialog Control.

Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
DTS Dialog Control
Audyssey App Support
isf Certified Calibration Control
More Composite Video Outputs 1
Speaker A/B assignable
High Grade Audio Components
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 5 GHz, 2.4 GHz 2.4 GHz

Common Strengths and Weaknesses

Here we list common strengths and weaknesses of both receivers.

STRENGTHS
Certified 4 Ω Performance 👍
Dolby Atmos 👍
Dolby TrueHD 👍
Dolby Digital Plus 👍
Dolby Surround Upmixer 👍
Dolby Digital EX 👍
DTS:X 👍
DTS Neural:X 👍
DTS-HD Master Audio 👍
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio 👍
DTS 96/24 👍
DTS Express 👍
DTS-ES 👍
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network 👍
Gapless Playback 👍
DSD via USB 👍
Dialog Level Adjustment 👍
Dialog Normalization 👍
Compressed Music Enhancer 👍
Audyssey Dynamic EQ 👍
Audyssey Dynamic Volume 👍
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. 👍
Optimized Bass Redirection 👍
HDR10 👍
BT.2020 color space 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
HLG 👍
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through 👍
3-D Ready 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
Analog To HDMI Upconversion 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
Bluetooth 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
Many HDMI Inputs 👍
USB Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Outputs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Pandora 👍
Spotify 👍
SiriusXM Internet Radio 👍
WEAKNESSES
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
No Bi-amp Capability 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No DTS Virtual:X 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No DSD via HDMI 👎
No High-resolution Music Enhancer 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No HEOS 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
Does not Work with Amazon Alexa 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No eARC 👎
No Phono Input 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Analog Pre-Outs 👎
No Tidal 👎
No Deezer 👎
No Napster 👎
Old Bluetooth Version 👎

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-S920W and Denon AVR-S910W have 7 channel amplifiers. They both deliver 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and have stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

Both receivers support 4K passthrough up to 60p. They both do 4K upscaling up to 30p. The receivers support HDR10, Dolby Vision.


HDR10

High-dynamic-range (HDR) video has greater dynamic range than standard-dynamic-range (SDR) video with brigter whites and deeper blacks. HDR10 was announced on August 27, 2015, by the Consumer Technology Association and uses the wide-gamut Rec. 2020 color space. It sends static metadata via video stream to the TV which calibrates its screen brightness and color according to that. HDR10 supports up to 1000 nits of brightness and 10-bit color which corresponds to 1024 shades of the primary RGB colors.


Dolby Vision

Dolby Vision is an update to HDR10 by adding dynamic metadata that can be used to more accurately adjust brightness levels up to 10,000 nits maximum brightness on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis and supports up to 12-bit color depth (4096 shades of RGB) and 8K resolution.


Dolby Atmos and Dolby Surround upmixer

Denon AVR-S920W and Denon AVR-S910W support Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. They can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

Dolby Atmos is the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound - the helicopter, a car screeching around a corner, a melodic bird call - can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in three-dimensional space. Through the use of audio objects, overhead sound, and all the richness, clarity, and power of Dolby sound, Dolby Atmos turns your room into an amazing place for entertainment. You'll feel like you're inside the action, in ways you've never experienced before.

Dolby Atmos for the home represents every sound in the original cinema mix as an audio object. Extensions to the Dolby Audio™ codecs, along with an advanced scalable algorithm, allow Dolby Atmos to be delivered via Blu-ray Disc and streaming media. A spatially-coded substream is added to Dolby TrueHD or Dolby Digital Plus. A Dolby Atmos audio/video receiver (AVR) adapts the cinema experience to your home theater from seven speakers to as many as 34 in 24.1.10 configuration, recreating the original artistic concept. The format supports up to 128 simultaneous independent audio objects in a mix for rich, realistic, and breathtaking sound. It recreates the director's original concept through descriptive metadata to provide customized playback for home theater and delivers sounds above you through overhead speakers, special upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

If the content is not mixed in Dolby Atmos then the Dolby surround upmixer will expand the audio to all channels including ceiling speakers. The upmixer has replaced the Dolby Pro Logic II family with improved upmixing algorithms.


DTS:X and Neural:X upmixer

Denon AVR-S920W and Denon AVR-S910W support DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. Both of them can be configured upto 5.1.2 channels using internal amplifiers.

A technique used in DTS:X is similar to the one used in Dolby Atmos. Instead of a fixed number of channels, DTS:X defines object locations from the listener in polar coordinates. An a/v receiver then dynamically renders sound according to the current speaker configuration. The speaker layout employed by DTS:X is the sum of Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. It has standard 7.1 channel base layer, a 5 channel height layer above the base layer on the front and side walls, and 3 rows of speakers on the ceiling.

DTS Neural:X is an upmixer that can take non DTS:X content and upmix it to the DTS:X speaker layout. It has replaced the DTS Neo family with improved flexibility.


Connectivity


Denon AVR-S920W

Denon AVR-S920W can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports[y] AirPlay. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Denon AVR-S910W

Denon AVR-S910W can be connected to internet using ethernet cable or built-in wi-fi adapter. It can also connect to bluetooth devices via built-in bluetooth adapter. The Receiver supports[y] AirPlay. It has 8 HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

And in the end let us list the detailed specifications of the receivers side-by-side.

Note: The following table shows only those details which are applicable for both models and excludes the ones that are applicable for only one model. If you want to see a full list of specs for each model please visit their individual pages here - Denon AVR-S920W and here - Denon AVR-S910W.

BASICS Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
BrandDenonDenon
ModelAVR-S920WAVR-S910W
TypeA/V ReceiverA/V Receiver
CountryUSAUSA
Release Year20162015
AMPLIFIER Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
Channels7.27.2
Front Wide Channel Support
Discrete Amplification
THX™ Certification
Continuous 6 Ω Rated
Certified 4 Ω Performance
Mono Block Power Amplifier Construction
Bi-amp Capability
AUDIO Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
Digital Signal Processing (DSP) EngineAdvanced quad-core 32-bit DSP processorsAdvanced quad-core 32-bit DSP processors
Maximum Channel Processing7.17.1
D.D.S.C. HD Digital
Alpha Processing
Air Studios Monitor Certification
Dolby Atmos up to 5.1.2
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Dolby TrueHD
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Surround Upmixer
Dolby Pro Logic
Dolby Digital EX
Surround EX
DTS:X up to 5.1.2
DTS Neural:X
DTS Virtual:X
DTS Neo
DTS-HD Master Audio
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS 96/24
DTS Express
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1 Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSDApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI
DSD via USB 2-ch Input 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
DTS Dialog Control
Dialog Enhancement
Dialog Level Adjustment
Dialog Normalization
Dialogue Lift
Compressed Music Enhancer
High-resolution Music Enhancer
Audyssey Dynamic EQ
Audyssey Dynamic Volume
Audyssey LFC
Audyssey Sub EQ HT
Audyssey DSX
Direct Mode
Pure Direct Mode
Independent Dual Subwoofer Output
CALIBRATION Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT Audyssey MultEQ XT
Audyssey App Support
Optimized Bass Redirection
Bass Sync
VIDEO Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
HDR10
HDR10+
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4up to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 24/25/30p 4:4:4 up to 4K 24/25/30p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite Component, Composite
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
HEOS
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay AirPlay
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App Denon 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Kindle Fire Denon Remote App for iOS and Android devices
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC, AAC
Bluetooth Headphone Transmission
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced ARC
HDCP Version2.22.2
HDMI Input8 (1 front)8 (1 front)
HDMI Output2 (simultaneous)2 (simultaneous)
USB Input1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory1 (Front) for iPod/iPhone and USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Input44
Analog Audio Line Output
Phono Input
Optical In22
Optical Out
Coaxial In/Out1 / 1 /
Composite Video Input22
Composite Video Output1
S-Video Input
S-Video Output
Component Video Input22
Component Video Output11
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.20.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USBHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B assignable
Headphone Out 6.3 mm 6.3 mm
ZONES Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
Zones22
Powered Zones 2 2
Zone 2
RS-232
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 00 / 0
MISC Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface Advanced Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages33
Control4 SDDP
FL Display 1 line 1 line
Remote ControllerRC-1192RC-1192
Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD Display / / / /
Detachable Power Cord
Denon Link HD
Setup Assistant
Quick Select plus / Quick Select / /
RADIO Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
Analog Tuner FM/AM FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio vTuner
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
Front Panelnot MetalBrushed hairline metalized finish
Speaker Terminals77
Large Speaker Terminals77
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
High Grade Audio Components
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 HzAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption460 W460 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 35 W/75 WECO On/Off: 35 W/75 W
Standby Power0.1 W0.1 W
GENERAL Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power off
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 167 mm x 339 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 235 mm x 339 mm)434 mm x 167 mm x 339 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 235 mm x 339 mm)
17-1/16" x 6-9/16" x 13-3/8" (with antenna up: 17-1/16" x 9-1/4" x 13-3/8")
Weight9.4 kg (20 lbs 12 oz)9.4 kg (20 lbs 12 oz)
Warranty3 Years3 Years
SPECS Denon AVR-S920W Denon AVR-S910W
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 290 W (0.08% THD)90 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2125 W (0.7% THD)125 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA)185 W (10% THD)185 W (10% THD)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ200 mV/47 kΩ
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB100 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
Video Frequency Response5 Hz to 60 MHz, 0 dB/-3 dB (Component)5 Hz to 60 MHz, 0 dB/-3 dB (Component)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 b/g/nIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version2.1 + EDR2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 AUSB2.0 5V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)
FM Effective Sensitivity1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dBMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%
AM Frequency520 kHz - 1710 kHz520 kHz - 1710 kHz
AM Effective Sensitivity18 µV18 µV

* - 480i/576i and 480p/576p only
** - 480i/576i only
*** - no 1080p/24 upconversion
**** - 1080p signal is not converted

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