Denon AVR-S900W

7.2-channel home theater receiver with Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, and Apple® AirPlay®

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Get more out of your audio and video sources

As technology rapidly changes, we're always adopting newer, better formats for music and movies. The Denon AVR-S900W allows you to enjoy the latest and greatest in audio and video with stunning sound and picture quality. This 4K-compatible receiver is not only ready for Ultra HD TVs, but it can also upscale your old DVDs to 4K. All your digital music files — from MP3s to high-resolution FLAC downloads — will sound clear and full. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth mean you can play those files wirelessly from your smartphone or computer. With 7.2 channels of thrilling surround sound pumping into your speakers, you'll be able to make the most of all your favorite music, movies, and TV shows.

Features for Apple users...

If you've invested at all in Apple's ecosystem — whether it be an iPhone®, iPad®, iPod touch®, or iTunes® on your computer — the AVR-S900W is a great match for you. Apple AirPlay makes this receiver an instant Apple-friendly receiver, so you can stream your digital tunes from these devices for wireless playback through your home theater speakers. There's also a front-panel USB port for plugging in your iPod, iPhone, or a USB memory device.

...and for everybody else

Denon Remote app for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire

The free Denon Remote app for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire lets you control the receiver with your smartphone or tablet.

The 'S900W isn't just for Apple fanatics. DLNA-compatibility lets you stream music from a Windows computer or music server. Plus, you can listen to Pandora, SiriusXM, or free Internet radio streams using the receiver's remote and the full-color on-screen guide. If you're a Spotify premium subscriber, use the Spotify app on your smartphone or tablet to stream the popular music service's entire library through your receiver. Whether you're an Apple, Android™, or even a Kindle Fire user, you can control the receiver's primary functions with the free Denon Remote app.

Music and movies in two rooms

There are outputs for seven speakers on the 'S900's back panel. You can connect all seven speakers in your main listening room for spacious, enveloping 7-channel home theater sound. Or, assign the surround back channels to a second room. That means you can connect an extra pair of stereo speakers in another room like a kitchen, bedroom, or out on a patio. Then, you can simultaneously listen to music in a second room while a movie plays in 5.2-channel surround sound in the main zone. Also, there's a second HDMI output for connecting another TV. Connect your second display in the kitchen so you can keep one eye on the movie or ballgame while you'r making dinner or grabbing a snack. Or, use it to connect a projector and TV in the same room.

Need some setup assistance?

Denon wants you to get this receiver up and running quickly, so you can start enjoying it. That's why they developed their setup assistant. It's a step-by-step guide for connecting your speakers and components. Just follow the easy on-screen instructions and you'll be enjoying your system before you know it. The setup assistant also employs Audyssey room calibration, which uses an included microphone to optimize your speakers for your specific room and setup. This ensures you get the best possible sound from your system.

Product Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 90 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding, including Dolby Pro Logic® IIz
    • upscales standard-definition video signals to HD and Ultra HD (up to 4K)
    • Audyssey "Bronze" speaker calibration and system optimization includes:
      • MultEQ® auto setup and room calibration delivers balanced, dynamic sound for as many as six seating positions (microphone included)
      • Dynamic Volume anticipates loud sounds to keep volume levels even
      • Dynamic EQ improves dialogue, bass response, and surround channel levels at lower volumes
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • built-in Wi-Fi for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and music services
      • includes support for Pandora, SiriusXM, and free Internet radio streams with vTuner (subscription required for some services)
      • Spotify Connect lets you play Spotify's streaming music library through the receiver via your smartphone or tablet (requires Spotify app and a premium subscription)
    • Apple AirPlay for streaming music from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or computer running iTunes
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music listening with smartphones, tablets, and compatible computers
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution; DSD up to 2.8 MHz .dsf files)
    • DLNA and Windows® 8 certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
    • front-panel USB input for connecting an iPod, iPhone, or USB memory device
      • direct digital connection for iPod or iPhone bypasses the device's digital-to-analog converter for better sound
    • Denon's Compressed Audio Restorer improves sound quality of MP3s and other digital music files
    Multi-room Audio:
    • dual-room/dual-source output
      • powered stereo outputs for 2nd room allows 5.2-channel sound in main room
      • amp assign function lets you use surround back speaker outputs for Zone 2 or Front Height speakers
      • no line-level output for 2nd room
      • optical/coaxial digital and HDMI audio sources cannot be output to Zone 2
    • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 8 in (includes 1 front-panel input), 2 out
    • component video switching: 2 in, 1 out
    • 2 composite video inputs
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 1 coaxial
    • 4 analog stereo audio inputs
    • preamp outputs for two powered subwoofers
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from USB flash drives and an iPod or iPhone
    • Ethernet port for network connection
    • outputs for 7 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R)
    • full-sized headphone jack
    General Features:
    • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
      • This receiver is not HDCP 2.2-compliant and will not support copy-protected 4K video content.
    • free Denon Remote app lets you use your Apple, Android, or Kindle Fire device as a Wi-Fi remote
    • Setup Assistant guides you through the initial connection process and settings
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
    • intuitive, full-color on-screen guide
    • AM/FM tuner
    • remote control
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-5/8"H x 13-5/16"D
    • weight: 21.4 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Exactly As Described

    Written By Mongoose, Florida on Sunday, October 11, 2015

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    Unit has met my expectations. Delivers excellent image and sound with plenty of future proof options (wifi / bluetooth / ARC). Zero complaints and flawless execution.

    Not good

    Written By Anonymous, Michigan on Saturday, October 10, 2015

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    The receiver will not turn on after just over 60 days of use. I've used the receiver maybe 20 times. Crutchfield will not take it back. So I am done with Crutchfield also. Here's an option, Crutchfield takes it back and returns it to the manufacturer. Credit my account and I will buy something else. Happy customer. Instead they just lost a customer. Who knows, maybe I need speakers and a tv.

    Crutchfield response on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Thanks for your review. We're sorry that your receiver is not working. While the purchase is outside of our 60 day return policy, it is still within Denon's warranty period.

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    Written By Anonymous, Florida on Monday, August 03, 2015

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    Denon not was it was

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    Written By SL, California on Friday, July 17, 2015

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    I have had the receiver for about 1 1/2 months and it has performed as advertised. It replaced a 20yr old Onkyo A/V receiver whose multi-channel processor quit working. Its set up as a 5.1 system and I use the two other channels to drive a pair of outdoor patio speakers. I've used and tested out most of the features of the receiver. Wifi works well for the internet radio. My only complaint so far, which I consider minor, is the menus are a little confusing. It may take a few tries to find the right menu to make adjustments. My old receiver did not have the audio calibration capability so this is nice feature on the Denon. The sound is good after the calibration.

    Pros: Works as advertised. Good sound. Zone 2 capability.

    Cons: menus a little confusing

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    Written By Paul, Colorado on Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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    I've had this unit up and running for about few week and so far its been excellent. The set up was easy, using HDMI to my TV and speaker calibration was smooth. The sound quality is great. The 2nd Zone is a real plus and allowed me to run outside speakers on our patio. I bought this unit after a recommendation from one of the Crutchfield team members and am very glad I took his advice!

    Pros: Lots of flexibility, two zone capacity allowed me two have indoor and outdoor music from one device.

    Cons: Denon provides minimal written installation instructions. Without the Crutchfield tech team setup could have been very frustrating.

    Great Product and Great Service

    Written By JD, New Jersey on Monday, June 15, 2015

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    I ordered two Denon AVR S900W for my home. One is pumping music to outdoor speakers in a pool/patio setting and the other is hooked up to both my surround sound TV system as well as my in-ceiling speakers situated throughout my home (using two Zones separately). The receiver has more than enough capacity to power the outside speakers. In the latter application the Denon is more than able to handle the large number of speakers for both systems and I get excellent sound quality. Setup was very straightforward overall and when I did need help to make sure I set the Zones up properly the Crutchfield Technical Support was fantastic. They walked me patiently through the options and help me choose the setup configuration I preferred. I also got them to give me a tutorial on how to set up the streaming function using my IPhone. First-class customer support as I have experienced in the past with Crutchfield.

    Pros: Lots of flexibility, two zone capacity and capable of feeding multiple systems robustly.

    Cons: Denon provides minimal installation instructions and so the Crutchfield technical team is key.

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    Written By Ron, Florida on Friday, June 05, 2015

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    Ive only had this unit for a few weeks but so far its been great. The set up was very easy, using hdmi, and speaker calibration was smooth. The sound quality is great and the surround modes work well. The 2nd Zone is great. The bluetooth and xm didnt work properly until there was an update the next day. Now all is great.

    Pros: Sound, surround modes, bluetooth, XM radio

    Cons: nothing yet

    Denon - Quality and reliability!

    Written By Joe, Bucks County, PA on Monday, March 23, 2015

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    Just received the receiver a few weeks ago and, once again, I am pleased with my purchase. This is now my 3rd Denon receiver, all of which were purchased over the past 14 years through Crutchfield. Since I was already familiar with Denon the set-up process was a breeze. The remote is basic, but I find the simplicity of options to be a plus, especially when making sound adjustments at the beginning of a movie. For the amount of watts/channel and the features built into the amp, I found it was the best choice compared to other brands in the same price range.

    Pros: Features! Built in Wifi, the number of inputs and AirPlay. Easy setup. Intuitive remote control

    Cons: None

    Everything works!

    Written By River City Russ, Memphis, Tennessee on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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    Replacement for over 10 yr. old Denon AVR receiver. Was attracted to the wireless connectivity (Bluetooth, online music, Internet radio, etc.) and numerous HDMI inputs, which the older receiver obviously did not have. After downloading upgrade software to the receiver just two days ago, everything works beautifully. Extremely pleased with this receiver. Also cost about 1/2 as much as the older receiver.

    Pros: Features of HDMI inputs, & AirPlay, Bluetooth, and Online music (notably Pandora); iPod/USB input allowing recharging of unit when connected; easy setup; user-friendly remote control

    Cons: None, at this time. Might be improved with additional power inputs for all units connected to the receiver, such as blu-Ray/cd player, TV, powered subwoofer, and cable box.

    Item received in good condition

    Written By Daniel, Lansing, MI on Sunday, March 08, 2015

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    Item received on time and in good condition.

    Great product!

    Written By Mike, Bogota, Colombia on Thursday, March 05, 2015

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    Great equipment

    Written By JohnD, Oklahoma on Tuesday, March 03, 2015

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    After an easy set up, (We've been using this to replace an older Sony ES receiver) this unit seems to perform very well. The speaker calibration routine does take some time but was well worth it as all of our speakers sound much better now. I recommend this.

    Pros: Easy set up, quick shipping as always!, Integrates well with other brands ( ie, Panasonic Plasma, Sony blu-ray etc. ), Excellent connectivity options with this one.

    Cons: none so far.

    What a fantastic receiver!

    Written By JerryR, Duluth, Georgia on Saturday, February 28, 2015

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    Replaced my "old" Denon AVR-2105 receiver (no HDMI) with the AVR-S900W. All I can say is Wow! Easy to install - replaced 5 component cable sets & 2 toslink cables with just 1 HDMI in my in-wall setup. Super easy! Everything worked perfectly the first time. The wireless & Airplay capabilities are invaluable to me. Haven't needed Bluetooth yet. Sound with my Klipsch speakers is awesome. Using with a Sony 4K/3D TV ... seems like the perfect electronic marriage. The Crutchfield folks have been fantastic to work with before and after the sale. Remote that came with the receiver was DOA but a quick call to Crutchfield & a new remote should arrive in a couple of days - luckily my old Denon remote worked with the new receiver so I set everything up using it in about 10 minutes (including the fantastic Audessey speaker calibration).

    Pros: Easy to set up Great sound Factory presets are ideal (for me) Crutchfield team members

    Cons: None

    Very Impressed

    Written By Phil A, Georgetown, TX on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

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    I ordered the Denon AVR-S900W to replace a 2+ yr old Onkyo AV receiver that had simply stopped producing audio output all of a sudden. Delivery was delayed by one day due to bad weather on the East Coast, so by the time the receiver was delivered today I was anxious to get it set up and hear how it sounded. I have a large great room with a 5.1 speaker set up (front and rear are mounted in the ceiling, center under the TV on top of the audio cabinet and powered sub in the right front corner of the room), plus 2 speakers (zone 2) on my back porch. I unpacked the Denon receiver and got it all hooked up in less than an hour. I followed the setup instructions in the QuickStart guide and the setup assistant and setup and configuration (including the speaker calibration) were a snap. After setup was done, I quickly figured out how to stream music off my DLNA-compliant NAS device, and the receiver was then ready for its first test. My go-to song for situations like this is "Enter Sandman". I cranked up the volume to about 70 (out of 98), and the result was nothing short of a religious experience :). The sound quality was better than I remembered from my Onkyo. Even with the loud instrumentals, I could clearly hear the lyrics. Just phenomenal sound. Couldn't be happier with the purchase. Hopefully, the Denon will be more reliable than the Onkyo was :)

    Pros: Phenomenal sound in a large great room. Easy setup and config. Intuitive remote. Decent mobile app.

    Cons: Max volume of zone 2 doesn't seem to be quite high enough, but still acceptable

    Surround sound!!!!

    Written By john, Indiana on Saturday, February 14, 2015

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    I really like this item. I can control what is playing and the volume from my iPhone. I run Klipsch reference speakers which are very efficient and the sound is great. Not sure if this unit is underpowered because I have a small house so the sound is enough for me. I always think more power is better but again I am in a small house. The setup was easy and the microphone that was included allowed perfect volume adjustment. It sounds like a movie theater when I am running a blu-ray dvd.

    Pros: included calibration microphone and easy setup. Clean sound.

    Cons: None so far

    Nice Punch 4 the $

    Written By 1NRA, Florida on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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    After a couple of weeks I am very pleased with this receiver. The directions could use a bit of work when it comes to selecting sound modes and which mode sticks with a profile. There are soooo many options it's hard to decipher which to select when. The back panel is very well labeled and once you get everything tweaked to your preference operation is simple.

    Pros: Sufficient power to tock off the neighbors and mixing a 505 12" & 125 8" sub worked great.

    Cons: I wish it had a backlit remote......who listens to Pink Floyd with all of the lights on?!?!?

    You Get What You Pay For?

    Written By Bob M, Virginia on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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    I bought this product to replace my 17 year old Harmon Kardon unit. Clearly it was out dated. I was attracted to Denon because of it's reputation. So, I chose this one due to price and features. The features are great and the HDMI, WIFI features are the reason I am keeping it. Frankly, the sound quality of this unit doesn't compare to the one it replaced. It sounds "muddy" compared to the crisp, clear sound of the Harmon Kardon. Next time I will not shop online until I have listened in person.

    Pros: Easy setup and feature rich.

    Cons: Not as clean sounding as the unit it replaced.

    So far so good

    Written By Doug, United States on Monday, January 26, 2015

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    I bought this from the open box list and everything showed up looking like it was straight from the factory. All the original wrappings and the batteries for the remote still in plastic. Have played around with this as the main unit for an Optoma projector. Source is a NeoTV Prime passing through DirecTV. Auto sound detection with HDMI when using DirecTV is perfect. Auto sound does not work with my NeoTV when playing movies but that may be a setting on the NeoTV and not the receiver. I especially enjoy the phone app but prefer the web interface even when on my phone as I can get to every option. I don't use the remote as this unit sits in a separate room from the theater.

    Pros: Easy setup, sound is great. Good internet radio options with quick setup. Very good web interface, if there is an option I cannot get to through it I haven't found it yet. (E.G. adjust bass level, graphic EQ, change audio mode, etc.)

    Cons: Have not found a major one yet. I would like more options in the mobile phone remote but with the web interface being well written I just use that instead.

    My favorite part of my house

    Written By Jen, Massachusetts on Saturday, January 24, 2015

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    This receiver was easy to set up with step by step instructions on screen. I love the airplay and spotify connectivity. The zone 2 set up was really easy and my knowledge of AV equipment is pretty limited. All you had to do is plug in the speakers to the 6 and 7th channels and you're good to go. The receiver is already set up to use those channels as zone 2 if you want. I can listen to either music in both zones or music in one zone with TV in another zone. I love this receiver. I had a few issues with the remote app, but overall it works 98.5% of the time. Totally worth the investment. I have a hard time leaving my living room now because the music sounds so good! I paired my receiver with Polk audio TSx110B bookshelf speakers and I couldn't be happier with my set up.

    Pros: easy to set up. zone 2 connectivity is great. lots of really good extra features (internet radio built in, airplay)

    Cons: sometimes (very rarely lately) the remote app won't work, but this hasn't happened recently.


    Written By MarkK, Denton, TX on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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    The shipment was very fast and doubled boxed. The reciever is very easy to set up and was up and running in 15 minutes. The processor works fast and doesn't lag between functions. The dual zone works great if you have a second room or patio speakers. The Denon app is great for control.

    Pros: Easy setup, great for mid level

    Very satisfied

    Written By Air Bastarrica, Carol Stream, IL on Saturday, January 17, 2015

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    Great product. I really like the dual zone feature. I also like the pass through feature. It was easy to set up and works great with my Polk speakers.

    Pros: Fair price. Product looks solid. Denon app works great. Dual zone is awesome.

    Cons: Nothing so far.

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    Written By Val, Arizona on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

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    Denon AVR-S900W setup and performed as specified / designed. The receiver was a little slow performing it's Firmware updates. Alsothere is no software function to clear Bluetooth paired memory without resetting the entire receiver.

    Pros: Deliver's as specified / designed.

    Cons: Needs a software function added to firm to clear the Bluetooth paired memory without resetting the entire receiver

    First receiver purchased in over 20 yrs and it blew me away

    Written By SeahawksGrl_n_AustinTX, Austin, TX on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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    For almost 20 years (or more... I think...) I had been using a Pioneer VSX-511SX with an ancient Bose Home Theater Series 7. It still sounds good after all these years, but it doesn't do anything cool and convenient . Hence, I seriously needed a replacement. This Denon is an amazing product. Using the Quick Start Guide it only took me 3 minutes to program, after hooking up my ancient Bose speakers (minus the sub - need to replace that old guy). I plugged my iPod into the front of it and started rocking my favorite playlists. Later, when I had more time, I went back and used the CD in my laptop and used the microphone that comes from the manufacture to dial in the surround system. It was easy and I didn't care that a big, paper user's manual didn't come with it. I don't need more piles of paper user manuals laying around, and I'm sure that most other people don't need that kind of mess either. The easy Quick Start Guide set up using my TV screen made a difference in my life. I am very busy and don't have time to read through a stack of paper and set up a system.

    I am not an audiophile, but I can distinguish between good, better and great sound. This receiver delivers great sound through my ancient Bose speakers. This receiver does what I need it to and then some.

    Pros: Easy set up. Lots of surround modes to play with. USB and HDMI port on the front panel for quick connection to your iPod and laptop.

    Cons: It's heavy and tall, so make sure you're AV furniture can accommodate it. I had to create a custom hardwood rack for inside of my existing built in cabinets to allow proper spacing between components.

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    Written By Bob, New Jersey on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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    Fantastic system, my boys and I love it!


    Written By Florida Mike, Florida on Monday, January 05, 2015

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    Ordered my receiver on 12/29/2014 and received it here in Florida on 01/02/2015. Spent Saturday hooking it up to my system. Followed quick setup instructions and although it took some time, everything is working just fine. I ran an ethernet cable from my ATT U-Verse modem to the AVR-S900W and connected right away, ran the HDMI cable I purchased from Crutchfield from the receiver to the back of my Samsung television and then one from the receiver to the ATT U-Verse cable box. Everything connected fine and communicated perfectly. ATT U-Verse remote control was synced with the AVR-S900w with no problem and now I can control both the U-Verse cable box and the receiver, shutting both off at the same time and turning them on at the same time. Still tweeking the receiver but so far all I can say is WOW. My previous receiver was a Kenwood about 15 years old and this unit provides excellent sound and all the bells and whistles. Haven't used the Airplay yet, but did go thought and load a bunch of internet radio stations and I'm just amazed! My speakers are Difinitive Technology brand and the system powers them just fine.

    Pros: Plenty of power, lots of functions. About anything you could want in a receiver

    Cons: So far don't really have any, but maybe the fact that there is no printed manual in the box, only a CD which unless you have your lap top in the room where you are setting up the system, is not really useful.

    Great customer service

    Written By AA, New York on Thursday, January 01, 2015

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    The product arrived fast and packaging was very good. Unfortunately there was a miscommunication between the sales person and I and turned out I needed the "in command" unit, which is a great product. The customer service rep was awesome they took back the 900w and sent me the correct one right away. Customer service was great! - 4 stars for customer service took 1 star off for sales person miscomm.

    Locks Up

    Written By Av8tormsu, Memphis, TN on Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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    Hooked this receiver up to a Def Tech ProCinema 800 HT system. Speakers sound great and setup was very easy. However, within 24 hours the receiver has totally locked up 3 different times. Contacted Crutchfield and they are returning it without any hassle. Trying an Onkyo next.

    Pros: Sounds great. Easy to setup.

    Cons: Locks up and have to unplug it from the wall to reset.

    Excellent! Foolproof setup

    Written By ToddandMeg, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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    After much research decided on the Denon S900W based on value and features. Setup essentially foolproof with online setup assistant that walks you through and verifies the procedures are correct. At first sound seemed "hollow" with overwhelming bass. However, after performing the Odyssey calibration (which I omitted during the setup due to system accessibility), sound is simply amazing. Balanced and crisp.

    Online radio streaming flawless on DSL connection. Pass-by feature works perfectly when surround not desired with automatic transfer to standard TV speakers.

    Sufficient input/output options for connection. System inputs consist of H-K DVD, Yamaha CD, XBox One and Apple IPhone 5S/6 Plus. Output to Panasonic 55" LED TV and Polk Audio 5-speaker surround sound system. All seemless integration. Only setup recommendation.... Use Bananaplugs for speaker connections as the posts do not afford the opportunity for heavy gauge speaker wire.

    Two zone output will allow integration of future wireless outdoor setup for our patio/deck.

    Waiting to download the Denon App for Apple products as the reviews have documented some glitches afterwards

    Pros: Excellent sound quality Value Odyssey sound calibration Ease of setup with online/screen instruction and verification Input/output flexibility Passby operation when not in use Excellent support from Crutchfield during and available for lifetime support

    Cons: Speaker connections a bit bit flimsy Denon App for Apple products may be problematic.

    Nice little AVR

    Written By forgetjp, Arizona on Wednesday, December 24, 2014

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    This is a good all round middle of the road AVR. If you are on a budget but still want all the bells and whistles this might be what your looking for. I have used the Bluetooth and wireless features and it's a handy supplement to the other usual inputs to an AVR. I have only used it for three weeks or so but I'm sure it will be a good replacement for my16 year old Denon that was the workhorse of my sound system. I like that I can control the unit from my ipad and PC, and the 8 HDMI inputs should be enough for most normal home sound systems. I'm using one of the optical inputs to provide 5.1 surround sound or 5 channel audio from a TV when watching movies. This unit is exactly what I was looking for...

    Pros: -good price -lots of HDMI inputs -internet connectivity -Bluetooth connectivity -easy to set up -flexible inputs -great warrantee

    Cons: -90 watts/channel, some might want 120 -just a little "plasticy" compared to the older Denons


    Written By S, Washington on Saturday, December 20, 2014

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    This unit has everything I was looking for. The WIFI and Bluetooth options were important to me and these work really well. I can now listen to music from around the house with Bluetooth or the world with the internet radio with the click of a button.

    Pros: Easy to setup Looks nice Connects to anything that has music. Sounds great through my Mirage and JBL speakers

    Cons: Slight issue with the unit locking up. Crutchfield set me a new one quickly and I have had no issues since.

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    Written By zz4pete, California on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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    Does some amazing things! Still learning!

    Pros: More complicated than any receiver i have ever had but figuring it out!

    Cons: none

    Good, not great

    Written By Rick, Florida on Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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    I bought this unit because of its features and value. I read other reviews and that clinched it. However, upon installing it, I found several bumps in the road. The automated setup worked pretty well, but the extra 'rear' channel was not described well when used as a 'zone 2' speaker set.The setup for zone 2 was almost non-existent. Took some trial and error to get it to work, still don't fully understand why I can't share an input with the main zone. Being new to the later amps, I am still awed by the total segregation of the two zones and their respective power controls. You just have to figure out what works and what doesn't, when configuring your inputs and zones. The surround performance and sound quality is very good, with almost unlimited tweaking capabilities. Not for the faint of heart or non-techy.

    Pros: Great sound, plenty of power. Able to personalize settings.

    Cons: Difficult to trouble shoot problems with inputs not working with some outputs. Getting settings set wrong, then wondering why the TV does not have any sound when the amp is off.


    Written By Bill_M, New York on Saturday, December 13, 2014

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    Arrived very quickly from Crutchfield, (as always) Extremely easy to setup and configure. Great

    Pros: Great Sound Easy Set Up Great features

    Cons: None

    Incredible sound

    Written By Ray F., New York on Thursday, December 11, 2014

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    I recently purchased the XBR-65X850B Sony 4k TV and the Sony 3D/4K blue-ray player. I wanted to upgrade my sound and with the help of the Crutchfield sales and tech support picked the Denon AVR-S900W home theater. I was using a Yamaha home theater unit for about 8 years. It had a great sound but not good enough. This Denon has taken my viewing and listening pleasure to a whole new level. I purchased additional Bose Cubes to fill out the already outstanding sound I have from the Bose Acoustimas 7.1 system. Now I have 7.2 and what a thrill it is. All the old DVD's I have I am watching again with increased visual and now an expanded sound that I have never heard unless I went to an expensive Movie theater. This Denon is sensational. It is easy to set up, tune in to your ear and the on screen setup for speaker placement and channel volume is outstanding. I had a few issues with the scaling through the Denon but calling the tech center of Crutchfield took car of that in one minute. I have recommend this unit to many of my friends now looking to replace their current system. I have them over and they are blown away. The richness of the sound and the 7.2 surround sound separation puts you right in the action.

    Pros: Sound quality is sensational, Ease of set up. The pass through feature and scaling function works great (HDMI). It is a very smart system and detects all changes to devies use to interface and play through. WIFI and Casting feature is outstanding.

    Cons: A little clearer definition of terms and what each setting effects would be nice. Other than that small issue. None to speak of!.


    Written By James, Overton Nevada on Thursday, December 11, 2014

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    I have heard lots of good about denon, I owned a onkyo before but the denon far exceeds it. great sound and excellent price

    Very Nice

    Written By JPSnPS, Palm Springs, CA on Saturday, November 29, 2014

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    Very nice receiver and numerous functions all in one piece of equipment.

    Cons: Miss having a paper version of an Owners Manual.

    Excellent receiver

    Written By Debbie, Florida on Sunday, November 16, 2014

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    Very user friendly we tried a Yamaha Adventage, which turned out to be defective and also very difficult To set up. This Denon is a great receiver for anyone who wants a wifi, AirPlay setup

    Pros: Connected to my wireless internet easily and also connected to our iPhones and iPads effortlessly

    Cons: Too many steps to play zone 2 a minor inconvenience I miss the old A B setup when having two zones, but the new receivers do not offer this.

    WOW what a great receiver

    Written By TommyZ, Taylor,TX on Sunday, November 09, 2014

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    This is only the third receiver I've purchased in 20 years. That's because is shop them to death before buying to be sure it's what I want. This Denon is a keeper. I'm very impressed with the I/O available. Built in WiFi is incredible for streaming audio without another gadget. I was puzzled by the power ratings from all the literature. Upon hooking it all up to the same speakers I've had for years, I was underwhelmed with the output though. That was until I ran the Audyssey calibration - BAM! It's like the power doubled!. On screen overlay for all the settings is really nicely done.

    Pros: Airplay, built-in Wi-Fi, HDMI switching and passthru

    Cons: HDMI pass thru seems limited to one input,

    Denon AVR-S900W.

    Written By JimG, Ohio on Sunday, November 09, 2014

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    The first receiver had to be replaced due to locking up and losing set-up info. The replacement is working fine but I have not tweeked its settings yet. installation went fine. Crutchfield Tech Support and its order handling group are AWESOME. I have Uverse and did not know until it was too late that the Denon receiver cannot be controlled by the Uverse remote. For me this is not a big thing, HOWEVER, my wife cannot handle multiple remotes (Denon and Uverse). Had I known this I probably would no have gotten this receiver. Having said this, I do not know what receiver I would have gotten since I would have had to do more research and used a different set of questions/parameters. In no way am I a techni-phobe. I am in my 70's and I just want to be able to hear the dialogue of the TV programs. I have Definitive speakers and sub-woofer (800's and 1000). The dialogue for most of the TV programs have improved but not as much as I hoped.

    Pros: Easy to install. Simplified wiring issues. Great wiring instructions.

    Cons: Incompatible with the Uverse remote. Spent numerous hours trying, testing and on the phone to resolve this. But - no luck. Made wife a little testy.

    Awesome Receiver

    Written By Gatorman, Dunedin, FL on Thursday, October 30, 2014

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    Great Receiver! Works perfectly. Amazing sound and looks great! Customer Service was outstanding! First received a unit that was not working properly. The Crutchfield Support team diagnosed the problem quickly and sent out a replacement unit. New unit works like a charm. The number of HDMI Inputs is incredible. Its amazing the number of cables you reduce by going to a single HDMI output. Video and audio is crisp and clear. I love this receiver.

    Pros: Number of inputs Easy setup

    Cons: None

    Not as good as my old Onkyo

    Written By ljob1613, Aubrey, Tx on Monday, October 27, 2014

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    There are a lot of new features that I like on this receiver compared to my old Onkyo. This one doesn't have as much power as I thought it would. When I max out the volume it sounds a little distorted (and I can still stay in the room with it ; with my old one I couldn't ever reach the max volume before having to turn it down and there was no distortion.) I like the Wi-Fi capability & the smart phone app.

    Pros: Wi-Fi; smart app; good sound at normal listening levels; good clear HDMI output; setup & speaker calibration is pretty easy.

    Cons: not enough power; distortion at higher levels

    awesome a/v reciever

    Written By edogg, dubach la on Sunday, October 19, 2014

    This is an awesome highly advanced a/v reciever. I have had this unit for two weeks and am still learning all its features, I have this unit teamed with a klipsch icon speakers all around, sound quality is clean clear and loud! I would say this unit is literally a great bang for your buck.

    Pros: Amout of himi imputs, quality, ease of setup and offering the total package as the centerpiece of your home theater

    Cons: Had a firmware issue when reciever said it was required, did not want to properly download. But Denon's customers service was excellent and had me up and running in 30 minutes.

    Denon AVRS900W is great!

    Written By Wayne, Kelseyville,CA on Thursday, October 16, 2014

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    Denon has enjoyed a great reputation for many, many years --- and deservedly so. This AVR is reasonably priced, and is equipped with all the bells and whistles for superb home theater entertainment. It processes all of the latest formats--4K, 3D and regular Blu-Ray, DVD, CD's and more. The added bonus is that since it is married to your internet account. you can obtain updates with the latest tech innovations to keep your home theater experience current with the new technology. This is a superb piece of equipment at a very reasonable price.

    Pros: Superb 7.1 sound. Processes all of the latest formats for sound and picture.

    Cons: a bit cumbersome to go thru the setup with the internet and your other UHD equipment, but with a little patience it can be done in a reasonable amount of time, and the results are really worth the effort.

    Really like it, but....

    Written By ThatGuyMN, Minneapolis, MN on Thursday, September 25, 2014

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    Beyond the complaint below, I really do like this receiver. Hopefully they will address the issue in an upcoming firmware release, at which point I would give it a solid 5 stars.

    Pros: The smartphone app is great as I can control the receiver from anywhere in my house (volume, tuner, station, playlist, Pandora, etc...). Simple setup/config.

    Cons: The biggest frustration I do have is that when we have tuner, Pandora, etc.. playing in zone 2 which we have on constantly for our whole house audio, when you turn on Main Zone the source will not play on the main zone until you turn off both zones then turn Main zone back on. I just spent 20mins on the phone with Denon support and they assured me it's not a bug, it's just how things work. That maybe how it was designed, but from customer view, it's a poor experience.

    Fantastic Receiver !!

    Written By twilkos, Connecticut on Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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    Great receiver, Works exactly like it should. This receiver replaced a 5 year old Yamaha receiver that still works. The problem with my other receiver, whether it was just me that didn't hook it up correctly is that it just never did exactly what I wanted it to do like playing a movie. The Denon receiver and its guided installation program worked great and I am seriously considering replacing my 10 year old Pioneer Elite receiver in the basement with one from Denon. It just works exactly as it should, all the time and sounds great, I highly recommend this item.

    Pros: Very easy to set up, sounds great.

    Cons: None so far.

    DENON AVR-900W is rreally nice

    Written By Dale, GA on Tuesday, August 05, 2014

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    Denon makes a good receiver. This is the second Denon for me and this one has some great features for doing the set up. Just attach the receiver to the TV (monitor) and the built-in CPU leads the user through the installation of all the input devices. Probably will do the same for the speakers, but I didn't use it. Already had the speakers in place. Denon provides a microphone for the receiver that the receiver CPU uses to calibrate the speaker system and I used that. Found some surprises in my sound system that I had to correct. The calibration worked nicely. Overall, very impressive. Has more than enough power for my room. I have two output devices -- a 40" HD television and a 92" screen/projector. II took a while to figure out how to change from the TV to the projector and back. Took a long while to get sorted out. Takes a bit of fiddling in the setup to make the switch. Wish there was a single button, but I haven't found it yet. Overall, I'm impressed and pleased with the Denon 900W

    Pros: Easy to set up a system -- just connect the TV and it leads you through the whole process. Speaker calibration is terrific and really good. My earlier Denon model worked for 10 years flawlessly -- I expect same here.

    Cons: Changing between 2 output devices is confusing until you get used to it. If not for this initial difficulty, I would give it 5 stars easy.

    Very happy so far

    Written By RyanM, MN on Monday, July 28, 2014

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    Very pleased with this reciever

    Pros: I purchased this receiver to replace 2 separate receivers (home theater & whole house audio). Installation was simple (thanks to HDMI), I reduced the # of cables & connections significantly. The Denon guided setup application was great, and I had the whole system setup in no time. I really liked the Audyssey feature, best sound i've ever had. I love the app that I can change/control receiver from anywhere in the house with my phone/tablet. Love the AirPlay & Pandora on Zone2.

    Cons: Guided setup was great, but it did hang once.

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    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • 7.2ch A/V receiver
    • Remote control (RC-1192)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • Auto calibration microphone (ACM1HB)
    • Microphone stand
    • FM wire antenna
    • AM loop antenna
    • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Safety Instructions
    • Notes on radio
    • Warranty Information
    • Online Product Registration Card
    • Mic Stand Instructions
    • Color-Coded Labels
    • Extended Protection Plan Offer

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    Audio Features
    Video Features
    Network & Tuner Functions
    USB/iPod Integration
    Convenience Features
    Bluetooth + Remote Control

    Audio Features

    Discrete Amplification: The Denon AVR-S900W AV receiver features a powerful Class AB power amplifier section equipped with discrete high current power transistors. This discrete amplifier design delivers optimum realism and stunning dynamic range. By using high current, high power discrete power devices, the amplifier is able to easily drive high quality speakers. The AV receiver's 7-channel Class AB amplifier is rated at 90-watts (into 8-ohms, at 20-20kHz, with 0.08% THD, driving 2 channels).

    Amplifier Assignment: The AVR-S900W's seven discrete amplifier channels can be configured to accommodate your type of home theater setup.

    • Surround Back: The AV receiver's amplifier channels can be configured as Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right, and Surround Back Left/Right for Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx 7.1ch playback.
    • Front Height: The receiver's amplifier channels can also be configured as Front Left/Right, Front Height Left/Right, Center, and Surround Left/Right for Dolby Pro Logic IIz 7.1ch playback.
    • Zone2: In addition, the AVR-S900W's amplifier channels can be configured as Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right, and Zone 2 for Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic II 5.1ch playback in the main zone and 2ch PCM playback in the second zone.

    Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Denon AVR-S900W AV receiver supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) decoding formats.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.

    Denon Original Listening Modes: Denon's Original Listening Modes, combined with Dolby Digital/DTS/Dolby Pro Logic processing, produce more realistic, powerful sound effects for your movie and music sound tracks based on the type of content and your home theater setup. You can choose from the following:

    • Rock Arena: For rock and popular music sources, this mode surrounds you with reflected sound of the kind you would hear at a live concert.
    • Jazz Club: This mode recreates the atmosphere of a live house where the ceiling is low and you are enveloped with rich doses of reflected sound.
    • Matrix: With this mode, you can add rich reflected sound to 2-channel stereo music sources where reflected sound is normally not audible.
    • Video Game: This mode is suited for achieving surround sound with video games..
    • Mono Movie: This mode is used when you listen to recorded monaural sound sources such as AM radio broadcasts or news programs from the center speaker.
    • Virtual: Enjoy surround effects using only the front speakers or set of headphones.
    • Multichannel Stereo: Left and right stereo channels are distributed to all the speakers so that stereo sound can be heard from all directions at any listening position.
    Note: This unit automatically generates a list of all the playable sound modes based on the input audio format and the current speaker setup configuration and displays the list on the screen. Therefore, you can select a correct surround playback mode even if you are not familiar with sound mode selection.

    Direct Listening Modes: The Denon AVR-S900W offers two Direct Listening Modes which bypass the receiver's tone & DSP processing for higher sound quality performance. Direct Mode provides playback of 2ch or Multichannel audio in its original form, without any surround or tone processing. Pure Direct Mode goes a step further by turning off the receiver's display and analog video circuitry to minimize the possibility of any noised being added to the audio signal.

    Audyssey Bronze: AVR-S900W features the Audyssey Bronze suite of powerful DSP features; including MultEQ, Dynamic Volume, and Dynamic EQ.

    • MultEQ: Via the supplied measuring microphone, Audyssey MultEQ measures all the speakers in your home theater during setup, including the subwoofer, and then generates multiple high precision DSP room acoustic correction filters, which together provide smoothest and most natural tonal balance, regardless of the brand or model of the various speakers. Up to six listening positions can be measured, configured, and recorded. MultEQ compensates for both time and frequency characteristics of the listening area based on "Audyssey Setup" measurement results. Selection is done from three types of compensation curves - Reference (default and recommended, L/R Bypass, Flat, and Off).
    • Dynamic Volume: Audyssey Dynamic Volume features advanced psycho-acoustic processing to deliver clear dialog and wide range sound at reduced volume levels so that you can enjoy theater-level clarity at whatever listening level you choose.
    • Dynamic EQ: Audyssey Dynamic EQ also features advanced DSP processing to deliver full range wide-band response, even at reduced volume levels. Dynamic EQ Reference Level Offset provides three offsets from the film level reference (5 dB, 10 dB, and 15 dB) that can be selected when the mix level of the content is not within the standard.

    Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:

    • Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements you can adjust - Panorama (broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels), Dimension (allows you to move the sound field forward or backward), and Center Width (allows you to adjust the width of the center channel).
    • Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 5 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).
    • Denon Original Surround Mode Settings: While listening in one of the Denon Original Surround Modes, there are three further enhancements you can adjust - Room Size (sets the size of your desired acoustic environment; Small/Medium/Large), Effect Level (adjusts the effect signal level from 1-15), and Delay Time (adjusts the delay time from 0-400ms to control the sound stage size).
    • Height Gain: Adjust the volume (Low/Mid/High) of the Front Height channels in Dolby Pro Logic IIz.

    Audio Enhancements: The Denon AVR-S900W receiver provides various audio enhancements to deliver a high-quality listening experience every time.

    • CINEMA EQ (Cinema Equalizer): The Cinema EQ function gently decreases the level of the extreme high frequencies, compensating for overly-bright sounding motion picture soundtracks. Select this function if the sound from the front speakers is too bright. This function only works in the Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic (including PL II, PL IIx, PL IIz), and DTS Neo:6 modes.
    • Restorer: Compressed audio formats such as MP3, WMA (Windows Media Audio), and MPEG-4 AAC reduce the amount of data by eliminating signal components that are hard for the human ear to hear. The Restorer function generates the signals eliminated upon compression, restoring the sound to conditions near those of the original sound before compression. It also corrects the sense of volume of the bass to obtain richer sound with compressed audio signals.
    • Dynamic Range Compression (DRC): Motion picture soundtracks have tremendous dynamic range (the contrast between very soft and very loud sounds). For listening late at night, or whenever the maximum sound level is lower than usual, Compressing the dynamic range allows you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack with reduced dynamic range. DRC works when playing program sources recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS.
    • Night Mode: The Night Mode optimizes sound for late night listening. This function can be set to Low, Mid, High, or Off.

    Level Adjustments: The AVS-900W provides the following level adjustments.

    • Source Level: This function adjusts the playback level of the currently selected input source's audio input. Use this feature if there are differences in the input volume levels between different sources. You can correct the playback level of the audio input from -12 to +12dB.
    • Dialogue Level: You can adjust the output level (+/-12dB) to clarify the dialogue output from the center channel.
    • Subwoofer Level: You can set the receiver's subwoofer output level (+/-12dB) independent from the other speaker levels and system's main volume.

    Volume Settings: The AVR-S900W offers the following volume settings.

    • Volume Scale: You can choose to display an Absolute volume scale (0-98) or Relative volume scale (-79.5 to 18dB).
    • Volume Limit: You can set a maximum volume level of 0, -10, or -20 dB to limit the receiver's total volume output.
    • Power On Level: You can define the volume setting that is active when the power is turned on (0, 1-98, -79 to +18dB, or Last)
    • Mute Level: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit; -40dB or -20dB below current volume, or full mute (sound turned off entirely).

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Denon AV receiver offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • Digital & Analog Inputs: The AVR-S900W features two optical digital (Toslink) inputs and a coaxial (RCA) digital input; the digital input are assignable. There are also four stereo analog (RCA) inputs.
    • Color-Coded Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding-post terminals for all speaker connections. The binding-post terminals can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and banana plugs (single/dual). The receiver will accept speaker impedances of 4 to 16-ohm. The AV receiver comes with color-coded labels to easily identify which channel a speaker cable should be connected to. Since the speaker cables have labels in the same colors as the connectors on the AVR-S900W's rear panel, there's no longer any confusion about which terminals they should be connected to.
    • Dual Sub Outputs: For compatibility with dual subwoofer home theater systems, the AVR-S900W features two non-discrete subwoofer outputs. With dual subwoofers, which can be placed in different parts of the room, you'll benefit from response averaging, which helps provide smoother and more detailed deep bass, compared to a conventional single subwoofer speaker system. The same signal is output from each sub output.
    • Headphone Jack: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.

    Video Features

    HDMI Inputs/Outputs: This AV receiver is equipped with eight HDMI inputs (7 rear/1 front) and two HDMI outputs, enabling connection to various HDMI compatible devices such as Blu-ray Disc players, satellite/cable boxes, game consoles, and HD video camcorders. The two HDMI outputs are parallel, so the same audio/video signal is output through both and can be used simultaneously. The HDMI jacks can accept and switch 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K video signals to a HDTV.

    • 4K/60Hz Pass-Through: The receiver's HDMI inputs and HDMI outputs support 4K/60Hz Ultra-HD, 4:4:4 Pure Color, and 21:9 video pass-through, a feature of the latest HDMI 2.0 specification for Ultra-HD content. They also support 1080p (24 or 60Hz) for playback of high-definition content from Blu-ray, satellite/cable, and gaming devices.
    • 3D Ready: Every HDMI input and output of the AVR-S900W is able to pass through 3D video signals from your Blu-ray player or satellite/cable box to your 3D ready TV via HDMI.
    • Deep/x.v.Color Support: The receiver also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
    • ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
    • LipSync: This function adjusts the delay between audio and video output. You can do this manually or have the receiver set the LipSync function automatically. When connected to a TV via HDMI the receiver automatically adjusts audio output timing (0-200ms) if the TV supports an automatic LipSync function. You can also manually delay the sound output up to 200ms to synchronize it with the video image.

    4K Video Upconversion: The Denon AV receiver's sophisticated video processor  provides upconversion from standard definition (480i/480p) and high definition (720p/1080i/1080p) sources to 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160 pixels), which lets you connect all your analog (composite/component) or digital (HDMI) video sources to the AVR-S900W and then connect to your HDTV with just a single HDMI cable.

    HDMI Standby Pass-Through: When enabling the HDMI Standby Pass-Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "On" or in "Standby" both audio/video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your television, via the receiver's HDMI monitor output.

    • HDMI Input: Selects the HDMI Input (1-5) for which the HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is enabled.
    • Last: The HDMI Standby-Through function is activated on the input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to the "Standby" mode.
    • Off: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is disabled.

    Analog Video Inputs: The receiver features two composite video inputs, two component video inputs, and one component video output. The composite video inputs are output to your television via the receiver's HDMI monitor output (there is not composite video output). The component video inputs can be output to your TV via the receiver's component monitor output or HDMI monitor outputs.

    Video Select Function: This receiver can display video from a different source on your connected TV during audio playback from Tuner, USB, Network Music, or Bluetooth.

    Picture Mode: The receiver provides Picture Mode to adjust the picture quality for your viewing content and environment. You can select from Standard, Movie, Vivid, Streaming, Custom, or Off. The Custom mode lets you manually adjust Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue, Noise Reduction, and Enhancer (sharpness). Picture adjustments cannot be made for 4K content.

    Network & Tuner Functions

    Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Denon AVR-S900W receiver is fitted with a RJ-45 Ethernet (LAN) port to connect the receiver to your home network. The unit  also offers built-in WiFi (IEEE 802.11 b/g; 2.4GHz) for a wireless network connection; WPS, WEP, WPA-PSK (TKIP), WPA-PSK (AES), WPA2-PSK (AES) security protection is supported. Either network connection gives the receiver access to your DLNA music server and various online music services. Wireless network setup can be done via WPS button, Access Point Scan, Manual Setting, PIN Code, or even through your Apple iOS device (5.0+).

    DLNA 1.5 Certified: The AVR-S900W is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7/8 compliant for audio and photo networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music and still-images (JPEG) stored on your Windows PC. You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through the A/V receiver and view still-images on your connected TV, or use the AVR-S900W's remote control to browse music & photo files on your hard drive. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag (ver.2) and META tag information; so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed the unit's front-panel display or on-screen menu. In addition the unit will display Album Art on a connected television. The Denon AVR-S900W supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its wired network connection.

    Compatible Audio Formats Sampling Frequencies Bit rate Extension
    WMA (Windows Media Audio) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
    MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) 32/44.1/48 kHz 32-320 kbps .mp3
    WAV 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz N/A .wav
    MPEG-4 AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-320 kbps .aac/.m4a/.mp4
    FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz N/A .flac
    ALAC 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz N/A .m4a
    AIFF 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz N/A .aif/.aiff
    DSD 2.8 MHz N/A .dsf/.dff

    Note: Your computer must meet the following system requirements - Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service or Windows Media DRM10. Album Art is only displayed when using Windows Media Player (ver.11/12).

    Online Services: The Denon AVR-S900W lets you access Internet Radio, as well as other online music and photo services from your broadband Internet connection. Currently the AVR-S900W supports Internet Radio from vTuner, Pandora, Spotify Connect, and SiriusXM; as well as the Flickr online photo sharing site (as of 7/40/2014). The Denon receiver offers on-screen menu display and control over these web services.

    Online Services Description
    vTuner The online vTuner service which offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. Internet Radio stations in MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps), and AAC (16-320kbps) format are supported. You can browse content by Genre, Location, Language, and Favorites. You can store up to 56 Internet Radio stations as presets. The unit will automatically save up to 20 of the most recently played stations.


    Once the network audio player is registered with your Pandora account, you can listen to the automated music recommendation and Internet Radio service. You can create up to 100 personalized radio stations. You can sort tracks within these radio stations. You can skip up to 6 tracks that are being played back within 1 hour. You can also thumbs-up/thumbs-down and bookmark tracks. In Pandora, you can search for the track name or artist name using "keyword" searches. When the search is complete, tracks that have a similar rhythm or sound are streamed.
    SiriusXM SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more.
    Spotify Connect If you subscribe to Spotify Premium and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify the Denon AV receiver. Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.
    Flickr Flickr is an online photograph sharing service that started in 2004. You can use this unit to view photographs on a connected TV that have been made public by Flickr users. You will need to setup an Flickr account to download, upload, and view photographs.

    Favorites: You can add up to 100 items as "Favorites" from vTuner, Pandora, SiriusXM, Flickr, and your media server for easier, quicker access.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Denon AV receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with 56 station auto-preset memory tuning. You can also set your presets manually. You can create an 8-character name for each preset station. You can even directly enter a station number using the receiver's on-screen menu and remote control.

    Web Control: You can control this A/V receiver from a web control screen on your Windows PC's web browser. The AVR-S900W and your PC must be connected to the same home network.

    Software Updates: Using the receiver's network/internet connection, you can check for and update the latest firmware from the online Denon server. Visit Denon's Support Site for more details. The tested Denon AVR-S900W contained firmware version 1400-4038-7064 (as of 7/30/2014).

    USB/iPod Integration

    Front-Panel USB Port: This AV receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), digital audio player, or USB thumbdrive. Compatible USB storage devices must be formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32. The unit can recognize up to 500 folders/5,000 files. You can use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB memory device. Song/artist information will display on your HDMI-connected TV and the receivers front-panel display. USB portable audio devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode.

    Compatible Audio Formats Sampling Frequencies Bit rate Extension
    WMA (Windows Media Audio) 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-192 kbps .wma
    MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3) 32/44.1/48 kHz 32-320 kbps .mp3
    WAV 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz N/A .wav
    MPEG-4 AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 48-320 kbps .aac/.m4a/.mp4
    FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz N/A .flac
    ALAC 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz N/A .m4a
    AIFF 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz N/A .aif/.aiff
    DSD 2.8 MHz N/A .dsf/.dff

    Note: The receiver's USB port cannot be used with a USB hub or computer.

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The Denon AV receiver offers wired (via USB) and wireless (via AirPlay) connectivity for your Apple iPod, iPhone, or iPad. You can even watch video from your Apple device via the receiver's front-panel HDMI input.

    • AirPlay Compatible: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your Apple iOS (4.3.3+) device or from your iTunes (10.2.2+) library on your Windows PC or Mac computer to the AV receiver, over your home's wireless network connection. From your Apple iOS device you are able to stream stored music on your device, downloaded music apps, and music on your iCloud to the AV receiver. From your Windows or Mac you can stream your stored iTunes music library on your computer to the AV receiver; you can even download Apple's free Remote App onto your compatible iOS device to browse and control playback functions of the the music stored in your iTunes music library on your computer that is being streamed to the AV receiver. With AirPlay you also get to see song/artist information and album art via the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI).
    • USB Direct: The AVR-S900W supports digital music playback from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad using its front-panel USB (type-A) port. Simply plug your compatible Apple device into the receiver's front-panel USB port, using the cable that came with your iPod/iPhone/iPad. Stored music and music apps from your connected Apple device can be played through the AV receiver, bypassing the iPod/iPhone D/A converter for better sound quality. The iPod/iPhone/iPad can be controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to use the Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen. You can search for stored music on your iPod/iPhone/iPad by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook. Song/artist information and Album Art from stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone will display on your connected TV via HDMI (song/artist text will also display on receiver's front-panel display).
    • HDMI Video: You can also view video from stored movies and movie apps from select iPods, iPhone, and iPads by connecting your Apple device to the AV receiver's front-panel USB and HDMI input. Use the Apple Lightning-to-Digital AV Adapter (472LT2HDMI sold separately), the Apple Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your Lightning connector iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the AV receiver. Use the Apple Dock-to-Digital AV Adapter (47230PHDMI, sold separately), the Apple Dock-to-USB cable that came with your device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your iPod touch (4th gen), iPhone 4/4S, or iPad (1/2/3). Using the HDMI input, video from your iPod/iPhone/iPad can only be navigated from your Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen.

    Note: Your Apple iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (max. 1A). This unit will not charge the iPad.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Denon AVR-S900W is "made for iPod/iPhone" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 1/16/2015).

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connector Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    USB Bluetooth AirPlay Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y N
    2//3 8.1.2 Y Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y N
    4/air 8.1.2 Y Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y N
    mini 8.1.2 Y Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 7.1.2 Y Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 8.1.2 Y Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5/5C/5S 8.1.2 Y Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6/6+ 8.1.2 Y Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 8.1.2 Y Y Y Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd/3rd 1.1.3 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y Y N Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N