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.