Summary: I agree with all the good things that have been said and I have just a few brief comments to add. The remote takes time to get used to. I had to call Denon Support a few times for more than a year every now and then to learn what I needed. Now I love it. My manual is dog-earred. It has to be because there were times that I found what I needed when Denon Support was either dead wrong and/or unaware of what I needed to know.
Summary: This Receiver has the right balance of everything for me. 130 watts of solid Denon power drives my system nicely. My front channels are a 15 and large horn made by Electrovoice. I use a JBL 2-10" and a horn for my Center channel and the rest are Electrovoice 12" 2 ways from a theatre. It sounds fabulous. I also use the ethernet connection which allows me play music from my computer. Even the turntable preamps are nice and quiet with warmth and are very dynamic.
Summary: With quality speakers, this receiver delivers pure, clean audio. It is solid and logical. Many features, versatile connectivity. Detailed user manual. Decided on this model because of top CNet editors review, ratings by owners and others. I am not disappointed.
Summary: Awesome power with HDMI switching. Just upgraded from the AVR-3805 and this thing is the bomb. Buy one before they go away because the new technology is built cheaper and doesn't have the sound of these older receivers.
This is the most cutting-edge reciever i've ever seen!
9 July 2007
Summary: The Denon AVR-4306 offers the best combination of cutting-edge features and superb sound quality of any receiver that i've ever seen and tested. One if it's only downsides is that it's rather expensive and intimidating complexity may put off home-theater newbies. There is also no built-in decoding for next-gen HD-DVD and Blu-ray audio formats and no HD Radio.
Summary: I would strongly recommend this receiver to the home theater user that is looking for an above average system. Boxing was standard for this type of electronic component and was complete with testing microphone, complete manual, and remote control. The input and output options were fantastic with the capability of running all components including gaming consoles through the Denon. I wired the components and speakers myself without any real issues.
Pros: Very good range of input and output options.
Summary: This receiver has many features and options. The instruction booklet is over 100 pages with multiple columns. So before buying, I would suggest also looking at professional reviews, my review will be from a consumer's point of view. Build: Solid and very heavy. Make sure to leave enough space on all sides as this receiver gets very hot. The front panel knobs and connections are perfectly designed.
Pros: Solid build quality, excellent audio, many features
Cons: Some accessories, connections should have been better
Outstanding Performer- not for the inexperienced User
5 March 2007
Summary: Absolutely outstanding feature set and performance. Very easy to set up, the net radio feature is very cool. I have and oldish VCR, a DVD player and DirecTV HD DVR set up through system, works flawlessly. I am waiting for the High Def DVD wars to settle before jumping in, but I will be ready when I do because of the outstanding number of HDMI and other inputs.
Summary: First off, you are going to buy this receiver for it's brand name: Denon. Long established as one of the better A/V receiver manufacturers. It's not their top-of-the-line, but it's pretty darn close. I was looking to upgrade from my five year old Onkyo, as I needed component & HDMI switching capabilities. While I could have gone with Onkyo, they didn't have any reasonably priced models that provided an ethernet port.
Pros: Denon Quality; Solid build; not overly flashy exterior; internet radio & home-netowrk streaming; decent remote; 2-year warranty
Cons: Lop-sided heavy (understandable); kludgy OSD; complicated setup
Summary: This is an absolutely phenomenal receiver. It can drive my Axiom audio 7.1 system with 4 ohm front speakers (not recommended by Denon, but it works just fine) and 6 ohm surrounds without any problems at volumes as loud as I can stand for as long as I can stand it. It is crisp and clear throughout the volume range I can tolerate without any distortion, ever! The options are incredible.
Pros: Phenomenal sound and options, pristine video bypass.