Pros / It features the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio decoders.
Cons / The power output is below average.
Verdict / The Denon AVR-S730H is an excellent AV receiver for its price point, providing 7.2 channels and 75 watts per channel.
The Denon AVR-S730H is a 7.2-channel AV receiver with a bevy of connectivity options and audio decoders. While the power output isn’t great, it’s not terrible either. At the manufacturer's price point, this home theater receiver is one of the best values on the market.
This surround sound receiver is a capable hub for your entertainment system. It features six HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, so you can connect six video sources to it and then connect the receiver to a TV. It also offers two optical inputs and two analog audio inputs, so you can connect a variety of older audio equipment to it.
The AVR-S730H is rated to output 75 watts of power per channel on 8-ohm speakers, and 110 watts on 6-ohm speakers. This is slightly below average, but when you consider that it’s one of the more affordable AV receivers in our review, it’s a good value for the power.
With this receiver, you get seven channels of audio and two subwoofer pre-outs, which is comparable to the best AV receivers around $500. This includes audio decoders for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, which are the most current audio formats. These decoders provide overhead channels to the surround sound, giving even more depth to the audio. These formats aren’t widely used yet, so you also get the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD decoders as well as legacy decoders for upmixing a stereo track to a surround sound system.
The AVR-S730H is equipped with both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so you can send audio wirelessly to your surround sound system from your smartphone, tablet or computer. It supports both the AirPlay and the DLNA Wi-Fi protocols, so you can easily connect to it from your Apple or Android device over your home Wi-Fi network.
It comes with six HDMI inputs that are compatible with 4K and 3D video. It’s also compatible with HDCP 2.2, which is necessary for Blu-rays and DVDs that have the content protection encryption.
You can control the receiver in three ways – the front panel, the remote and an app. The panel controls are more complicated than those of many receivers, and few people like adding another remote control to their home theater. This is why the smartphone app is the preferred control for most users. The app is easy to navigate, and you’re far less likely to lose your phone between the cushions than a remote.
- Rated Output for 8-ohm Speakers
- Rated Output for 6-ohm Speaker
The Denon AVR-S730H is loaded with features, and it is a considerable value at the manufacturer's price point. The power output is slightly below average, but it's still plenty of power for most situations. This is one of the better AV receivers on the market.