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Denon AVR-789

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Overall 7

Denon AVR-789

10 March 2009
  • Summary: The Denon AVR-789 sounds great and is fully featured, but isn't the easiest receiver to set up and use.
  • Pros: Three HDMI inputs; onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding; Sirius and XM-ready; upconverts analog signals to 1080p over HDMI output; automatic speaker calibration; decent video quality on upconverted video signals.
  • Cons: Terrible remote; difficult setup; competition offers more HDMI inputs for less money; no graphical user interface.
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Overall 6
Value for money 7
Features 5
Performance 6

Denon AVR-789 Surround Sound Receiver Review

6 February 2009
  • Conclusion: Positioned as an entry-level receiver, the Denon AVR-789 is neither the most thoroughly equipped nor the least expensive, putting it somewhere in the middle of a growing field. It does offer the Denon pedigree however, evidenced by its terrific audio performance, so if the sound matters above all else, consider this affordable, versatile component.
  • Pros: Excellent audio performance, especially when customized in setup, Generous analog video support, with upconversion
  • Cons: Upconversion of analog/SD sources could look better, Remote, menus and overall design can be frustrating at times
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