Denon AVR-S940H Review and Specs

Denon AVR-S940H (USA version)

SCORE:
58

Highlights

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

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Denon AVR-S940H Overview

Denon AVR-S940H was introduced in 2018. It is equipped with 7 channel amplifier and is capable of 7.1 maximum channel processing.

We evaluated the Receiver and gave 58 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the amplifier specifications, audio and video features, connectivity, multizone capabilities, radio and many other details.

AMPLIFIER
63
VIDEO FEATURES
74
AUDIO FEATURES
49
CONNECTIVITY
50
MULTIZONE
40
MISCELLANEOUS
29
RADIO
87
OVERALL
58

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 video signal passthrough and 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...

Pros and Cons

In this section we present pros and cons of Denon AVR-S940H.

PROS
Dolby Atmos 👍
DTS:X 👍
DTS Neural:X 👍
DTS Virtual:X 👍
DSD via USB 👍
DTS Dialog Control 👍
Audyssey Dynamic EQ 👍
Audyssey Dynamic Volume 👍
HDR10 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
Auto Low Latency Mode Pass-through 👍
4K or 8K Video Passthrough 👍
4K or 8K Signal Upscaling 👍
DLNA 1.5 👍
HEOS 👍
Works with Amazon Alexa 👍
Ethernet 👍
Wi-Fi 👍
Bluetooth 👍
New HDCP Version 👍
Many HDMI Inputs 👍
USB Input 👍
Phono Input 👍
Composite Video Inputs 👍
Component Video Inputs 👍
Zones 👍
Analog Tuner 👍
Internet Radio 👍
Pandora 👍
Spotify 👍
Tidal 👍
Deezer 👍
Napster 👍
SiriusXM Internet Radio 👍
CONS
No Front Wide Channel Support 👎
No Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer 👎
No DSD via HDMI 👎
No Audyssey LFC 👎
No Audyssey Sub EQ HT 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No Dynamic HDR 👎
No VRR 👎
No QFT 👎
No MHL Input 👎
No FireConnect 👎
No FlareConnect 👎
No Chromecast Built-In 👎
No DTS Play-Fi 👎
Does Not Work with SONOS 👎
No eARC 👎
No Multi-Channel Input 👎
No Analog Pre-Outs 👎
Old Bluetooth Version 👎

Major Changes from its predecessor

Here we are comparing Denon AVR-S940H to its predecessor AVR-S930H and displaying the major changes.

UPGRADES Denon AVR-S940H Denon AVR-S930H
Phono Input
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n IEEE 802.11 b/g/n

DOWNGRADES Denon AVR-S940H Denon AVR-S930H
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Component, Composite

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Denon AVR-S940H vs Denon AVR-S930H.

Selected Features

Amplifier

Denon AVR-S940H has 7 channel amplifier and delivers 90 W (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven) and also has a stable performance at 4 Ω load.


Video Features

The Receiver has 4K passthrough up to 60p and 4K upscaling up to 30p. It can bypass 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-S940H supports Dolby Atmos with its Dolby Surround upmixer. It 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-S940H supports DTS:X with its Neural:X upmixer. It 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 a new 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.


Audyssey

Denon AVR-S940H comes with Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume.

Audyssey Dynamic EQ selects the best possible frequency response and surround volume levels moment-by-moment. This ensures that the bass response, tonal balance and surround impression remain constant despite changes in volume. This is the first technology that carefully combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a pre-requisite for delivering a dynamic volume solution.

Your Listening experience can be greatly diminished when there are significant shifts in volume between television programs, commercials and within the program material itself. When this happens you must constantly adjust the volume to maintain your desired listening level. Audyssey Dynamic Volume monitors the volume of program material moment-by-moment and automatically adjusts it, maintaining the desired listening level for all content while optimizing the dynamic range to preserve impact.


Room Correction

Denon AVR-S940H comes with Audyssey MultEQ room correction system and includes the calibration microphone. It also supports Audyssey App.

Audyssey is an acoustic measurement technology which automatically restores the acoustic distortion caused by the acoustic behaviour of a room with only a push on a button. Audyssey equalization provides an clear, accurate, natural sound with voices and dialog that become focused and intelligible, restoring the musical balance. Musical instruments and sound effects become precisely localized and the surround soundstage is made seamless and enveloping.


Connectivity

Denon AVR-S940H 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 works with Amazon Alexa and supports AirPlay 2. It has 8 HDMI inputs and HDCP 2.2 copy protection. There is a phono input with built-in phono stage for connecting the cartridge output of the turntable directly to the Receiver.

Front panel has HDMI and USB inputs.

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Detailed Specifications

Here we list all the available features and specifications of Denon AVR-S940H.

BASICS
BrandDenon
ModelAVR-S940H
TypeA/V Receiver
CountryUSA
Release Year2018
AMPLIFIER
Channels7.2
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
DACAKM
Maximum Channel Processing7.1
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
IMAX Enhanced
Auro 3D with Auro-Matic Upmixer
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USBMP3, WMA, AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USBApple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
Multi-Channel Music File Playback via USB
Gapless Playback
DSD via HDMI
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter
USB DAC
Jitter Reduction
DTS Dialogue 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
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ
Audyssey App Support
Optimized Bass Redirection
Bass Sync
VIDEO
Video Signal TypeNTSC/PAL
HDR10
HDR10+
Dynamic HDR
BT.2020 color space
Dolby Vision
Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)
Quick Media Switching (QMS)
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
Quick Frame Transport (QFT)
3-D Ready
Video Signal Passthroughup to 4K 50/60Hz 4:4:4
Video Signal Upscaling up to 4K 24/25/30p 4:4:4
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
Component Video Upscaling
Analog to Analog Video conversion
isf Certified Calibration Control
CONNECTIVITY
MHL Input
DLNA 1.5
FireConnect
FlareConnect
HEOS
Chromecast Built-In
DTS Play-Fi
Works with Amazon Alexa
Works with SONOS
AirPlay AirPlay 2
Apple Product Connection iPod, iPhone and iPad
Remote App Denon 2016 AVR Remote App for iOS and Android devices and Kindle Fire
InstaPrevue Input Source Prevue
Ethernet
Ethernet Switch
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth SBC
Bluetooth Headphone Transmission
HDBaseT Compatible
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI Inputs8 (1 front)
HDMI Outputs2 (simultaneous)
USB Input1 Front for USB memory
USB DC Out Port
Analog Audio Line Inputs4
Analog Audio Line Outputs
Phono Input
Optical Inputs2
Optical Outputs
Coaxial Inputs/Outputs1 / No
Composite Video Inputs2
Composite Video Outputs1
S-Video Inputs
S-Video Outputs
Component Video Inputs2
Component Video Outputs1
PC In
Multi-Channel Input
Analog Pre-Outs0.2
XLR Inputs
XLR Pre-outs
Front A/V InputsHDMI, USB
Speaker A/B
Headphone Out 6.3 mm
ZONES
Zones2
Powered Zones 2
Zone 2 Outs
RS-232 Interface
+12V Trigger Output
Remote (IR) Input/Output0 / 0
MISC
On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages3
Control4 SDDP
FL Display 1 line
Remote ControllerRC-1228
Pre-programmed / Learnable / LCD DisplayNo / No / No
Detachable Power Cord
Denon Link HD
Setup Assistant
Quick Select plus / Quick Select / No
RADIO
Analog Tuner FM/AM
Digital Radio
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora
Spotify
Tidal
Deezer
Napster
SiriusXM Internet Radio
CONSTRUCTION
Front PanelNot Metal
Speaker Terminals7
Large Speaker Terminals7
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
High Grade Audio Components
Gold plated RCA terminals
POWER
Power SupplyAC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption460 W
No Sound PowerECO On/Off: 35 W/75 W
Standby Power0.1 W
GENERAL
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function
Auto Power off
Dimensions (W x H x D)434 mm x 167 mm x 341 mm (with antenna: 434 mm x 237 mm x 341 mm)
17 1/8" x 6 5/8" x 13 1/2" (with antenna: 17 1/8" x 9 3/8" x 13 1/2")
Weight9.4 kg (20 lbs 12 oz)
Warranty3 Years
SPECS
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)90 W (0.08% THD)
Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 channel driven, FTC)125 W (0.7% THD)
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA or IEC)185 W (10% THD)
Phono Distortion0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line)200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM)2.5 mV
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A)100 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A)74 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation±1 dB (20-20 kHz)
Frequency Response (Analog In)+1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)
DSD Sampling Rates via USB5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance 1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component Y)
0.7 Vp-p/75 Ω (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1 Vp-p/75 Ω (Composite)
Video Frequency Response5 Hz to 10 MHz, 0 dB/-3 dB (Composite)
5 Hz to 60 MHz, 0 dB/-3 dB (Component)
Ethernet Standard100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi StandardIEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version3.0 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency2.4 GHz
USB TerminalUSB2.0 5V, 1 A
FM Frequency87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.)Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)
FM Effective Sensitivity1.2 µV (12.8 dBf)
FM S/N RatioMono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz)Mono/Stereo: 0.7%/1.0%
AM Frequency520 kHz - 1710 kHz
AM Effective Sensitivity18 µV

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

Successor

In 2019 Denon AVR-S940H was replaced by AVR-S950H. Let us now have a look at some important changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES Denon AVR-S950H Denon AVR-S940H
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization
Bluetooth Headphone Transmission
Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC)
Newer HDCP Version 2.3 2.2

For more detailed comparison between the models please visit Denon AVR-S950H vs Denon AVR-S940H.

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