Summary: We bought this receiver because of our previous receiver was a Denon AVR-3300 that worked excellent for 10 years. It didn't have the new HDMI inputs required for the new HD video. The sound once set up is really amazing. The set up was not really intuitive but Denon thankfully has a great help line. It seems like the receiver will be a great performer for a long time to come.
Summary: Clean Detailed Sound Plenty of Power, Low distortion. Very intelligent, it know when it has an input source or not. Different modes of eq for stereo and for surround sound. Has mic form room acoustics test and will set itself for you...
Summary: I had this unit for 3 years and never once experienced 'HDMI will actually cut out quite' some people have commented on. Maybe I got lucky? Anyone who has this issue should really contact the manufacturer as soon as it happens to get it checked out while its under warranty. This thing worked great for me for 2.95 years. Went away one weekend and came back to a receiver that turned on, but no audio or video would pass through.
Summary: This is a nice unit. I like: The dual video output (TV + Projector), the two zone (inside and out), the large number of inputs, the PC interface (very basic but does the job), the internet radio, the sound quality, the automatic speaker calibration... The only issue I had with it is that it died after a couple of months (apparently due to a faulty speaker - the 3 year old Marantz I used during the repair did not died even if connected to the same speaker system).
Summary: I would underscore everything that the prior reviewers have mentioned. This is a truly magnificent piece of equipment and the soundstage is truly amazing. I run all my video through it - my Denon Blue-Ray goes through native, DVD and Cable I was upconverting to 1080p. This does not work very well though on certain HD Channels if you have TWC. What happens is that the commercials keep switching output from 1080i, to 480p, and anything else that they are recorded in....
Great receiver....shame about the remote and manual
S. Mead, Amazon
16 August 2009
Summary: Brilliant sound quality and feature set for this price rnage. I eventually got it set up as i needed, but the manual and remote are nowhere near where they need to be for such a complex product, and I am technical. I had to invest in a logitech harmony remote to make sure the rest of the family could use it.
Summary: Pros: the Audyssey sound setup showed me that I had my rear speakers out of phase. Suddenly I have very realistic surround for the 1st time in years. It's nice that it can stream music off any PC in the house. The online radio is easy to setup on the PC. You can edit settings from your PC since the receiver plugs into your network. It can play MP3's off USB sticks. Cons: the web interface looks like it was written in the 1990's. The front door isn't very easy to open.
Summary: For the Amazon price of under $1000 this is probably the best receiver in the world under $1K. Retail is $1600 so it should be pretty great. I went from a late model Yamaha to this and the difference in sound quality is very noticeable. This has a much richer and natural sound. The unit is fairly easy to set. I did have one problem with my DVR not passing the signal through the receiver regardless of what I tried.
Summary: Over whelming at first, and the learning curve is big when trying to show someone else how to use it. I have a Flat Screen,HD DVR Satellite, Xbox 360, Wii, Blu-Ray, with home theater speakers(6) connected. Everything works well together but it took sometime to get this working. I installed it...
Summary: We upgraded from a Yamaha RXV-1070 to move into the HDTV world last year ago when this receiver was released. It has been an excellent choice. The receiver has allowed us to simplify the set up by connecting all our components - from cable box to the old turntable - to the receiver with just one simple HDMI output to the plasma HDTV (for video only).