REVIEW | Denon AVR e200 - Easy Setup Entry Level Receiver
In 2013, Denon is launching their E-series of a/v receivers which will focus on providing a less confusing setup process that all of us (unfortunately) have become accustomed to in the a/v world. The Denon AVR E200 is one of the three new models in the “E” series. The Denon AVR E300 and the Denon AVR E400 are the other two. The Denon E200 doesn’t have the variety of features that it’s bigger siblings do however, if you’re looking for a good entry-level receiver which focuses on good sound and video quality then the E200 may fit the bill.
The Denon E200 So Simple Even a Child Could Setup
Alright, this may be a slight exaggeration, but the Denon AVR E200 does place a premium on simplification. For starters on the rear of the receiver all of your speaker connections on the rear panel are color coded. Denon also includes color coded labels for you to attach to your speaker wires. Once you do, then connecting the wires to the correct terminal is a snap. One thing you’ll notice about the E200 is that the wires are connected to the amp via spring clips. In and of itself, this isn’t a bad thing. But, spring clips aren’t the most secure connection types and occasionally, the wires can become disconnected. The Denon E300 uses a spring loaded connector which I believe is a step up from the Denon E200’s spring clips.
The other area Denon’s focused on this year is the user interface. The days are gone when you had a simple black and white text onscreen display instead (thanks to companies like apple) we have these horribly attractive and easy to navigate icon driven interfaces….CURSE YOU APPLE! Unfortunately, this is what the Denon E200 comes equipped with. Denon made a concerted effort to ease the pain of the setup process by using a simplified text and icon driven approach which most users will appreciate.
Denon AVR E200 Connectivity
The Denon E200 has an adequate amount of connectivity options. It comes equipped with 4 HDMI inputs, 3 on the back and 1 on the front so that you can connect an HDMI compatible device such as a comcorder. It also has 1 coaxial, 1 digital, 2 composite video inputs /1 output, and 3 analog inputs. Overall this isn’t a bad amount of connectivity options, but it is limited, especially, if you have older equipment. However, if you only have a few devices in your home theater room the Denon AVR E200 may be just right for you. Also, keep in mind the E200 does not have an ethernet connection. If you’re looking for a network receiver you may want to take a look at the Denon E-300 or E-400.
Denon E200 Video/Sound
The E200 like all of Denon’s newer receivers utilizes identical power amp circuitry for all of it’s 5 channels. It’s rated as having a maximum power output of 165 watts per channel. However, it’s true real world power output is probably less than that. Even so, the Denon E200 has enough power to push a decent set of speakers. The E200 also allows 3D pass through via HDMI.
The Denon AVR E200 is a good entry level receiver. If you’re looking for an affordable a/v receiver, that’s easy to setup, has pretty good power output, and allows 3D pass through then the E200 may be for you. However, if you’re looking for a receiver with more bells and whistles like networking capabilities, internet radio and AirPlay support, then your best bet would be to check out the Denon AVR E300.
Manufacturers Contact Information
|Onkyo (800) 229-1687 onkyousa.com||Denon (201) 762-6665 usa.denon.com||Yamaha (800) 4-YAMAHA usa.yamaha.com|
|Pioneer (800) 421-1404 pioneerelectronics.com||Harman Kardon (203) 328-3500 harmankardon.com||Samsung 1-800-SAMSUNG samsung.com|
|Seiki Digital 1 (855) 697-3454 www.seiki.com||Sony (877) 865-SONY sony.com||Sharp USA 1-800-237-4277 sharpusa.com|