Denon AVR-A1H vs Denon AVR-S970H review

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Denon AVR-A1H vs Denon AVR-S970H review

Denon AVR-A1H
Denon AVR-S970H

Denon AVR-A1H vs Denon AVR-S970H – that is a question.


The number of channels for receivers is different - 15.4 versus 7.2, respectively, for devices. In terms of power, there are differences, the AVR-A1H has such a ratio W/Ohm - 150/8, 190/6, while the AVR-S970H has a power of 90/8, 125/6. The value of total harmonic distortion is also different, and for the AVR-A1H it is 0,05%, but for the AVR-S970H it is 0.08%.

Audio features

Competitive models use the same DAC. Each of the compared opponents supports Bi-amping. Both Denon AVR-A1H and Denon AVR-S970H can transmit an audio signal directly to the amplifier and bypasses any DSP processing.


These units have the same Wi-Fi modules. Each of the receivers has a Bluetooth connector. Both devices can work with such Apple Music services: AirPlay, AirPlay 2. Access to the Spotify service is on each of the competitors. Most popular streaming services are available for our models under consideration - Deezer, TIDAL, Pandora, SiriusXM, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music, Amazon Music HD, MOOD:Mix.

Video features

The HDR10+ function is present in each of the rivals. The quality of 4K/120Hz signal remains unchanged when transmitting from a source to a TV or projector via HDMI for both receivers. Signaling over HDMI in standby mode can provide the AVR-A1H and the AVR-S970H. Each of the devices can increase the resolution of the incoming video signal. Each of the participants of the comparison has a Dolby Vision.

Extensive connections

The number of HDMI inputs/outputs varies depending on the receiver, the AVR-A1H has 7/3, and the AVR-S970H has 6/2.Denon AVR-A1H connectionsDenon AVR-S970H connections HDMI Audio Return Channel is implemented in both devices. HDMI eARC is supported by the AVR-A1H and the AVR-S970H. When comparing receivers, it becomes clear that each of the rivals can work with HDMI CEC. AVR-A1H and AVR-S970H support the standard HDCP 2.3. Like most receivers, our models have a built-in phono stage for connecting a vinyl player.

Additional features

Unlike the AVR-A1H where 3 Multi zones is provided, the AVR-S970H works with 2 Multi zones. Voice control is performed using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Josh.AI in both models. There is an ECO mode in either AV receiver. The Denon AVR-A1H and the Denon AVR-S970H can be properly configured using the setup assistant.

Multichannel surround

A Dolby Atmos multichannel audio format is available both models. A DTS:X surround technology is supported by devices from our comparison.

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