Excerpt: I don't deal with change very well. My wife once moved my pear preserves from the bottom shelf of the fridge to the one right above it. They may as well have been in a refrigerator in Guadalajara in an alternate universe, as far as I was concerned. When Sunfire added protruding knobs to its fifth-generation Theater Grand Processor, I threw a hissy fit of Sheldon proportions. In print, no less.
Pros: Audyssey DSX Processing, Exceptional sound quality, Amazingly intuitive interface, given the sophistication of the receiver and its numerous features, 3D capable with native support for all of the latest lossless audio formats, No iPod dock necessary, Robust networking capabilites, Wonderful build quality and aesthetics
Cons: Craptastic remote, may I suggest a universal instead?, Not enough channels of amplification to use both height and width channels with DSX, iPhone/iPod Touch app is a little slow
Excerpt: Few products are as adaptable – or as complicated – as a modern multichannel amp. The manual for Denon ’s new AVR-3311, for example, extends to 114 pages – providing ample evidence that, from the completeness of its network features to the quality of its video and audio processing, it represents the current state of the AV art.
Pros: Apple iPhone 4, Exceptional media and network features, overall flexibility, articulate, detailed sound