Summary: This has been said before: I love the sound and the functionality on this device. I even bought the iPod adapter, which works great -- you can scan through your folders and titles of songs right on the Denon display. However, the user design is terrible. To begin with, the lettering for the controls have a grey color against a black background, which makes them unreadable in typical living room lighting. I have to get a flashlight to read mine.
Summary: Wasn't sure if this would be worth the money. Used it to power 4 rooms of home audio ceiling speakers with my computer as the source. Amazing sound, plenty of power. Found things in the music I had never heard before and couldn't stop listening to it. The interface is a bit clunky as others have noted.
Summary: Ive owned this Denon since 2010 (2 years). It was a nice addition into my collected components. I run B&W 201's with a B&W sub (which is powered by a Carver amp). The combination gives great kick drum & bass for dance music, tinkling highs from piano & violin and okay mids through most music. Sure it can sometimes be called "tinny" and maybe a bit flat, but this isn't a tube mac! It's a very respectable wine from the grocery store.
Excerpt: This is our third Denon receiver purchase, none has been disappointing. This newer model isnt as quirky as its predecessors the controls are more straight-forward and sound is terrific. Vanns shipping and updating by emails was perfect as usual.
Better than most low priced 2 channel receivers currently on the market.
1 January 2012
Summary: The EBay seller offered a good deal and I am pleased with the value. The sound quality is very clean with low noise. It sounds better than a good Harman Kardon receiver I have owned for almost 10 years. The am/fm tuner picks up stations fine and sounds good. The back lights and controls could be more user friendly, although if you read the manual and know where and what all the controls do, its fairly easy to understand and operate.
Summary: I have had my DRA-397 for just over two years and it always produced great sound....until it just died. It turns on but the audio input card has died and now it will cost more to fix it than I paid for the damn thing in the first place. Seveal friends told me that Denon makes top-notch audio components, but just as many said they make junk. I guess I got the DRA-397 that was dropped on the floor of the factory dusted off and shipped off.