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6.6 out of 10

Denon AVR-889

100 watts per channel x 7 channels Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digit Read more

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Overall 9

AV Receiver Is NASCAR Loud, Ballet Beautiful

16 April 2008
  • Excerpt: Denon delivers a lot to love at an excellent price. For well under a grand, you get features that just a few years ago were available only in flagship models. That includes 1080p upscaling from analog sources, Neural Surround for XM-HD radio, and Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. And don’t think Denon tacked on fancy formats at the expense of power: At 100 watts per channel, it manages to be Nascar-loud yet ballet-beautiful.
  • Pros: Immersive sound with excellent surround handling at all volume levels — even at a near-whisper, spatial effects split like Brit and K-Fed. Calibrates from six points in the room to kill dead zones. Automatically levels volume to keep commercials from assaulting your eardrums.
  • Cons: Remote is both ugly and unresponsive.
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