Summary: I'll start with the pros and cons: Pros: 4 HDMI's, good looking, sturdy, sounds great. Cons: Horrible remote, big(hangs out of my cabinet), instructions(i know i need glasses but please make the type a little bigger), very long setup. OK the main points are that it sounds great. Thats its main function. I'm no expert on this stuff and 99% of the time the defaults are fine. Why do the instructions go thru each settings?
Summary: For starters, this is a wonderful receiver at a very good price. I got it for $499.00 which made buying this even sweeter. The remote is probably the only item that I can complain about, my god it is cheesy, poorly laid out and you have to open a flap on the back to get all of the functionality. It feels like a piece of crap and it is. It has no backlighting, it cannot learn from other remotes and the little flap already broke on mine (not my fault).
Summary: The AVR-889 was in the "sweet spot" for me in terms of performance and price. Thus far, I'm thrilled with the performance and build quality of this unit. Pros *Terrific sound for music and cinema in a small to mid sized room *Very solidly built in Japan *No issues with heat *4 HDMI inputs Cons *The on-screen menu system is rudimentary at best Recommendations *Although the menu system looks like something from a Commodore 64, it works. Be patient.
Summary: I've given this product five stars because it produces extraordinary sound, particularly with blu-ray disks. I'm not familiar with the performance of similar Denon products, but I would have to spend at least twice as much to get the same quality from competing manufacturers. It is difficult to set up, however, and the manual doesn't provide easy access to all answers you may need.
Excellent Receiver - Buy a Harmony Universal Remote
Ronald Lamb, Amazon
14 February 2009
Summary: Excellent Receiver. Follow the manual to set up, but assume you'll end up tweaking the connections and settings. I bought a Harmony 880 after a month of juggling about 4 remotes and trying to make the Denon remote act like a universal remote. The big difference is that the Denon remote will try to replicate each of the other remotes (e.g. TV, DVD, CD, ...). To change from one input device to another may require changes to the receiver and the source device, plus??.
Summary: Bought the Denon AVR-889 on the advice of a friend and I have to say I'm impressed. The device puts out a lot of power for its price range, was easy as pie to set up and the additional HDMI out port really makes the entire purchase worth it. Unlike my previous Yamaha receiver, the Denon's UI is straight forward and easy to understand, program and change.
Summary: This AVR is controlling a 52" HDTV, Blu-ray, SACD player, and DirecTV. Incredible sound! Listening to DTS-HD movies is better than the theatre. The sound from music concerts off a Blu-ray is like being there, highly recommended. I installed this with the Harmon-Kardon HKTS-18 5.1 + HKS-9 - Satellite Speakers for a 7.1 system that simply blows people away. Note: If you've ever set up an AVR before this is not as difficult as other mke out...
Summary: Sound Quality - A This product sounds very good. The bass is heavy, power is sufficient for its class and the highs are remarkable. It is also very quite. The audio generated is very clear and crisp - you hear new instruments in songs that you are familar with. It's very surprising. Visual clarity is as expected - excellent. Audessey audio enhancement is top notch and actual makes a noticeable difference Build Quality - A Sturdy. The unit does not feel cheap in anyway.
Summary: We bought this receiver to replace an outdated Pioneer receiver primarily because we were upgrading to Blu-Ray and needed HDMI 1.3 compliant switching capability. We also wanted to future proof our purchase by insuring the receiver could decode all of the latest audio codecs. The Denon AVR 889 achieved this in all respects. When we ran the Audyssey MultEQ function the result revealed how glaringly inadequate the center channel and sub-woofer we had was.