AT A GLANCE
New binding posts
Denon has successfully rethought the budget receiver, a real achievement, and produced an all-around good performer at a reasonable price.
The Denon AVR-E400 reminded me that I’m a guy who gets excited about speaker terminals. Make of that what you will.
The receiver had been out of its box for only a few seconds before I noticed something different on the back panel. There I found speaker terminals of a type I’d never seen before on a receiver. Press in on Denon’s new spring-loaded binding posts, and a hole opens at the side to accept the cable tip or banana plug. This is a different arrangement than the collared binding posts on most receivers—which accept cable tips through a hole on the collar, or banana plugs through a second hole in the center of the plastic nut, before you tighten the nut to secure the cable. The new posts are an upsized version of those used on some satellite speakers. The practical result is that the terminals grip the cables so tightly that it’s nearly impossible for them to fall out without your permission.