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Denon tempts home cinema newcomers with sub-£300 4K HDR receivers

Denon has announced a pair of affordable AV receivers, designed to encourage newcomers to up their home cinema game.

The company, which is more commonly associated with its high-end offerings, has announced entry-level receivers at pretty competitive price points.

The AVR-X550BT and AVR-X250BT are described by the company as the “perfect first step for home cinema starters”.

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It’s tough to argue, given the features on offer here. The £299 AVR-X550BT promises full 4K HDR compatibility with Dolby Vision, 60Hz full-rate pass through as well as Bluetooth wireless audio streaming.

The company says the “future proofed” 5.2 channel model offers 130W per channel with two subwoofer outputs, and it all connects to the TV via a single HDMI cable.

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Denon is definitely targeting newcomers with its marketing, promising easy installation, set-up and operation. There’s also a built-in microphone that makes calibrating the set-up within the living room a little easier for AV novices.

The more affordable AVR-X250BT receiver is just £229, but comes with a reduced feature set. There’s only room for one subwoofer and Dolby Vision isn’t supported. The 5.1 channel set-up does promise the same 130W per channel, plenty to fill the room.

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Both receivers are available to order now, exclusively through the retailer Richer Sounds.

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