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Denon AVR-S970H 7.2 Channel 8K Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and HEOS Built-In

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Model: AVR-S970H UPC: 747192138523 Item: 178406

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Upgrade Your Home Theater

Powering 90W per channel, the Denon AVR-S970H 7.2 channel 8K AV receiver delivers fully immersive 3D audio experience, amazing picture quality and lag-free gaming experience thanks to Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and the latest HDMI technology featuring HDR10+, Dolby Vision™, 8K/60 and 4K/120 passthrough. Powered by HEOS® built-in technology, stream wirelessly your favorite music tracks through Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music HD, AirPlay 2, and more. With their award-winning Denon Setup Assistant and Audyssey MultEQ room correction technology, the AVR-S970H ensures your system sounds better than ever.


  • Immersive sound from 7.2 channels, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • Simple, intuitive setup
  • HEOS Built-in, with WiFi and Bluetooth
  • Audyssey Room Correction Suite
  • Increased HDMI 2.1 Connectivity with three 8K inputs (6/2 total HDMI in/out)
  • New HD GUI , AIOS 6.0 New Networking Platform (Module + Antenna)
  • HDMI +5V output power 300mA capability for all outputs

High-Performance Discrete 7-Channel Amplifier

Discrete high-current amplifiers on all channels to deliver up to 90W per channel (at 8 ohms, 20-20kHz, THD 0.08%)—enough power to drive any speaker.

Immersive Audio Experience

Get immersed in music and movies with Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X® plus Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X upmixer to optimize older content.

Advanced 8k Home Theater

8K video is supported on three of six HDMI inputs and one of the two outputs. Enjoy easy video compatibility and great picture quality with HLG, HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, and Dynamic HDR pass-through.

Heos® Built-In Technology

Stream music wirelessly to compatible HEOS-enabled components from a variety of streaming services. Add Denon Home speakers to more rooms and control it all with the HEOS app.

Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Provides both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for your wireless network or direct music streaming from your smart devices. Use AirPlay to stream Apple Music.

Simple Setup and Audyssey Room Correction Technology

The award-winning guided Denon Setup Assistant provides clear step-bby step instructions to get you started. Includes Audyssey EQ software for accurate calibration that optimizes the listening experience in your room.

110+ Years Of Innovation

Founded in 1910, Denon enables the moments that matter through the relentless pursuit of quality, innovation, and audio performance.



  • Multichannel Surround 
    • DTS HD Master, DTS:X, DTS:X Pro: Yes, Yes, No
    • DTS Neo:X, DTS Neural:X: Yes, No
    • DTS Virtual:X: Yes
    • IMAX Enhanced: No
    • Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, Dolby Atmos Music: Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes
    • Dolby ProLogic Ilz, Dolby Surround: Yes, No
    • Auro 3D: No
    • 360 Reality Audio/MPEG H: No
    • Multichannel Stereo: Yes
    • Max. Number of Processing (Pre-Amp) Channels: 7.1
  • Sound Enhancements   
    • Mono Block Power Amp Construction: No
    • Discrete Power Amplifier: Yes
    • D.D.S.C. HD Digital: No
    • Pure Direct: Yes
    • Gold-Plated RCA Terminals: No
    • Clock Jitter Reducer: No
    • Alpha Processing: No
    • Audyssey: MultEQ
    • Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume: Yes, Yes
    • Audyssey LFC: No
    • Dirac Live Upgradability: No
    • Compressed Audio Restorer: Yes
  • Network             
    • Media Server: Yes
    • HEOS Wireless Multi-Room Technology: Yes
    • Alexa/Google Voice Assistant/Apple HomePod: Yes, Yes, Yes
    • Lossy Formats: MP3, WMA, AAC: Yes, Yes, Yes
    • Lossless Formats: FLAC, ALAC, WAV: Yes, Yes, Yes
    • Lossless Formats: FLAC HD, WAV, ALAC (all 192kHz/24 bit): Yes, Yes, Yes
    • DSD Audio Streaming: Yes (2.8/5.6MHz)
    • AirPlay 2: Yes
    • TuneIn: Yes
    • Spotify Connect: Yes
    • Pandora: Yes
    • SiriusXM: Yes
    • Roon Tested: Yes
    • HEOS App Control: Yes
    • Compatible with Remote APP for Smart Phones: Denon 2016 AVR Remote
    • Ethernet Ports: Yes
    • Wi-Fi: Yes
    • Bluetooth: Yes
  • HDMI   
    • HDMI Inputs: Back, Front: 6, No
    • HDCP2.3 Support: Yes
    • HDMI Outputs: Main, Zone: 2 / No
    • HDMI 2.1: 8K/60Hz AB, 4K/120Hz AB: Yes, Yes
    • HDR, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR: Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes
    • ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) Pass-Through for Gaming: Yes
    • Variable Refresh Rate, Quick Flame Transport, Quick Media Switching: Yes, Yes, No
    • 3D Signal Pass-Through: Yes
    • 8K Signal Pass-Through, Scaling, GUI Overlay: Yes, Yes, Yes
    • DSD Audio Capability: No
    • Audio Return Channel (ARC), Enhanced ARC: Yes, Yes
    • Auto LipSync: Yes
  • Multiroom / CI 
    • Multi-Room Zones: 2
    • Zone Audio Source: HDMI;  Optical, Coax,  Network,  USB; Analog: Yes (2ch), Yes (2ch), Yes, Yes
    • Zone Audio Output: Speaker, Pre-Out: Yes, No
    • Zone HDMI Output from HDMI Source: No
    • IP Control, RS232 Control, Web Control, App Control: Yes, No, Yes, Yes
    • Remote In/Out: No, No
    • DC Trigger Output: No
    • HDMI Diagnostics: Yes
  • Others 
    • Auto Speaker Setup by Microphone: Audyssey MultEQ
    • Front Display: 1-Line FLD
    • GUI Languages: 3
    • Setup Assistant: Yes
    • Quick Select Plus, Quick Select: Yes, No
    • Variable Crossover: Yes
    • Optimized Bass Redirection: Yes
    • Bass Sync: No
    • ECO Mode: Yes
    • Auto Power Off: Yes
    • Sleep Timer: Yes
  • Inputs/Outputs
    • Video   
      • HDMI In, Out: 6, 2
      • Multi-Room Video Out: Video, HDMI: No, No
    • Audio   
      • Analog In, Out: 4, No
      • Phono (MM) In: Yes
      • Digital In: Optical, Coaxial: 2, 1
      • Multi-Room Out: Analog, Digital: No, No
      • Multichannel Pre-Out: Yes (0.2)
      • Subwoofer Out: 2
  • Other   
    • Speaker Terminal: Gold-Plated Screw, Regular Screw: Yes, No
    • Number of Speaker Terminals: 7
    • Speaker A/B: No
    • Bi-Amp Drive: No
    • Multi-Room Speaker Terminal: Assignable
    • Front Inputs: Audio, Composite, Digital (Opt), HDMI, USB: No, No, No, No, Yes
    • USB Audio, Made for iPod, Made for iPhone: Yes, No, No
    • AM/FM Tuner: Yes
  • Power  
    • Number of Power Amps: 7
    • Power Output (8 ohm, 20Hz - 20kHz, 0.08% 2ch Drive): 90W
    • Power Output (8 ohm, 20Hz - 20kHz, 0.05% 2ch Drive): No
    • Power Output (6 ohm, 1kHz, 0.7% 2ch Drive): 125W
    • Power Output (6 ohm, 1kHz, 10% 1ch Drive): 185W
  • General
    • Metal Front Panel: No
    • System Remote Control: RC-1253
    • Pre-Programmed, Learnable, LCD Display: No, No, No
    • Power Consumption in W: 500
    • Power Consumption No-Sound (ECO on/off) in W: 35W/75W
    • Standby Consumption in W: 0.1
    • CEC Standby Consumption in W: 0.5
    • Network Standby Consumption in W: Less than 2.0
    • Maximum Dimensions (W x H x D)
      • W/ Antenna Horizontal: 17.1” x 6.6” x 13.4”
      • W/ Antenna Vertical: 17.1” x 9.3” x 13.4”
      • W/o Antenna: 17.1” x 6.6” x 13.0”
      • Weight in lbs: 21.0

What's in the Box

What's in the Box

  • AVR-S970H 7.2 Channel 8K Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and HEOS Built-In
  • Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • AM/FM Antennas
  • AC Cord
  • Audyssey Microphone
  • Quick Start Guide



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Customer Reviews for Denon AVR-S970H 7.2 Channel 8K Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and HEOS Built-In

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Rated 5 out of 5
Worth every penny
I scoured the internet for days to find my next AV receiver. Considering the features for the price, no other receiver matched the AVR-970H for my budget.

As I was upgrading from a 20 year old Yamaha, produced before HDMI was a thing, I really didn't understand how everything was going to work. And the first day with the Denon was rough.

Hard learned lesson: Check for a firmware update before you do anything else!

After taking the time to set everything up, including figuring out the Inputs grid, I am extremely pleased with this machine. I worried that the 90W output was too low, I had 110W previously, but it sounds like it drives the speakers harder, which was a nice surprise.

I appreciate the flexibility in assigning the second zone. I'm enjoying a 7.1 configuration now, but I'll swap to a 5.1 and put zone 2 speakers outside for the summer time. In which case, the HEOS functionality and app have been a pleasure. They suffer from a lack of basic music player functions, like, why can't I access my Playlists from the receiver directly?!? I don't want to open the app when I'm sitting in front of the receiver, remote in hand. Oh well, once it's playing, it's working well for us.

In terms of driving sound, I give this receiver a 10/10. Love it!
December 7, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
Excellent AVR
Heck of an upgrade over my 10 year old Onkyo home theater in a box AVR. It has 3 4k 120hz inputs. The AVR 960 that I was considering only has 1. I have an XBOX, PS5 and a 3080Ti connected to the AVR970. No problem passing the XboxSX/PS5/PC 4k 120hz, VRR (PC GSYNC) output to my LG C1. Audio quality with the 970 driving my old Onkyo speakers is much better than I had expected. Very excited for my new Polk speakers to arrive! As a gamer and movie lover, I highly recommend the 970.
November 13, 2022
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Rated 5 out of 5
It's not just about the receiver
The receiver has worked flawlessly. The sound is crisp the video shockingly clear. Moreover, pr equally important, is the company that stands behind their products. Responsive with questions. Helpful. Supportive. I will never buy from another AVR maker again. Been through 2 competitors. Nightmarish experiences. Never again.
October 31, 2022
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