Author Topic: Denon S950H or X4400H  (Read 459 times)

Offline elbow

Denon S950H or X4400H
« on: August 11, 2020, 02:27:50 PM »
Hi,

I'd be nterested in opinions:  A Denon S950H (2019 model) or pay R3k more for an ex-demo X4400H (2018, maybe 2017?).

Its a great price compared to the new price, but it is an older (discontinued) receiver.

X4400H has 9 amps not 7.  Has 11.2 pre-outs (S950H has no pre-outs).

It has "Audyssey MultEQ XT32/LFC" which I understand is fancier room compensation.

Its only HDCP 2.2 though I don't know if that matters.

I see both have some limitations as to how signals propagate from the HDMI into the analog side ("The analog audio signal and the 2-channel PCM signal input from HDMI connector or digital connectors (OPTICAL/COAXIAL) can be played back in ZONE2.", and other complicated limitations documented in the manual)

Both are probably overkill for me but I do want phono in, 2 or more HDMI outs, and would like to drive a second room.  I am currently 5.0 in the main room but eyeing out a subwoofer and other improvements.

Thanks,
Elbow

This is prompted by my 2307 with broken digital inputs.


Offline Genesis777

Re: Denon S950H or X4400H
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2020, 09:49:12 PM »
I would go for the X4400H. Even though older it is a higher end model meaning it has higher end components built into it which would contribute to a better audio performance. The additional power from the amps is important in driving better quality speakers without external amplification.

It appears to support most the important surround sound formats plus it supports Dolby Vision and Auro 3D which are reserved for the higher end models.

The More advanced Audyssey MultiEQ XT33 in an important upgrade when setting up your amp and looking to get the best out of it.

I would expect multi room capability would give you more options with the additional channels on offer. Further the pre-outs may become important to you if you are looking to add additional amplification with a power amp in future.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2020, 09:54:34 PM by Genesis777 »
Denon RX-A3600H, Parasound 2250 v2, Optoma UHD51, B&W 683 S2, B&W HTM61 S2, B&W 685 S2, Yamaha YST-SW800, Cambridge Audio 640C, Sony Blu-Ray BDP-S7200

Offline elbow

Re: Denon S950H or X4400H
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2020, 02:24:15 PM »
Thanks @Genesis777,

That's what I decided and I went for it.

Should be here by the weekend  :popcorn:

Regards,
Elbow

Offline Genesis777

Re: Denon S950H or X4400H
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2020, 02:44:40 PM »
Fantastic Elbow! Definitely the right decision :clap:

Have fun with your new toy  :thumbs:
Denon RX-A3600H, Parasound 2250 v2, Optoma UHD51, B&W 683 S2, B&W HTM61 S2, B&W 685 S2, Yamaha YST-SW800, Cambridge Audio 640C, Sony Blu-Ray BDP-S7200

Offline elbow

Re: Denon S950H or X4400H
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2020, 11:35:23 AM »
Thanks @Genesis777,

That's what I decided and I went for it.

Should be here by the weekend  :popcorn:

Regards,
Elbow

Arrived in time for the weekend.  Speakers came too (thanks @Johan) - the big cable up is in process...


Offline Genesis777

Re: Denon S950H or X4400H
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2020, 04:33:48 PM »
Awesome! Enjoy  :groovy:
Denon RX-A3600H, Parasound 2250 v2, Optoma UHD51, B&W 683 S2, B&W HTM61 S2, B&W 685 S2, Yamaha YST-SW800, Cambridge Audio 640C, Sony Blu-Ray BDP-S7200