Summary: I believe for the price its worth the money, but buyer beware it took me 3 returns to Crutchfield to find the perfect one. The first two systems kept on going black when playing back DVD movies. I recommend sending it back right away if you start to see this happening. I went with Crutchfield and not Amazon because Crutchfield return policy is great. All it took was a phone call to them and they right away sent me out a brand new system with prepaid postage with UPS.
Summary: It's small, attractive, and feature-laden. But: as some people have mentioned, DVD playback occasionally drops out when connected via HDMI. From what I've read, this is a problem for units manufactured prior to September 2006 (check the date label on the bottom of the main unit). I recently had my newly-purchased July 2006-manufactured unit "fixed" by the Denon USA Factory Service Center in New Jersey to correct the problem under warranty, and I am very pleased that DVD...
Summary: I went to Magnolia (high end retailer) and they convinced me that I should get the Denon S-301 since I didn't want to install true surround sound and tear up the house. The best price they were willing to offer was $1300. So from a price perspective, you can't go wrong. Overall the sound quality is great. Installation was simple. Design is sleek. So no complaints....except one which others have mentioned on their reviews.
Summary: I have researched home theater systems online for a long time before I rested at Denon 301. Had a lot of reasons to choose it over Bose. Bose though sounds better in 5.1 system, but Denon beats the sound effects in 2.1 system. Overall the sound quality is crisp. Some improvements could have been a side hook up for the iPod for better asthetic looks, having a wire poping out right from the front of an otherwise fantastic looking machine is something i would not like to...
Summary: I bought this home theater system from Crutchfield--not Amazon (because although Amazon is my overall favorite online store, the bad experience I had with a television purchase has made me vow to never buy another big-ticket item from Amazon ever again). Nevertheless, here's the deal with the video problem associated with the Denon S-301. According the Crutchfield tech support, any unit manufactured prior to June, 2006 will have a chance of producing the video error.
Summary: I bought the Denon S-301 to connect to a Sony Bravia 40". I wanted an all-in-one system that looks good, sound great and plays DVDs well. I am quite happy with my decision to purchase this system. Playing DVDs. The picture quality is excellent. No complaints there. I use HDMI to hook up to my TV and occasionally the picture blanks. I think its because the Monster HDMI cable is not seating well in the S-301. It does not happen enough for me to worry about.
Summary: I was undecided between the Bose 3-2-1 GS and this system until I realized the Denon system had a USB port for playing MP3s or WMAs from ANY mass storage device. Whoa! The sound is great! Surround? You betcha! Watched "War of the Worlds" last week...and when the choppers flew over at the battle scene on the hill...I almost ducked! I only wish the price was comparable to the Bose system. If it were: Five Stars!
Summary: Overall, I am pleased with the S301. The DVD picture quality is excellent, as is the sound. However, you would need to have a head full of strange and terrible drugs to believe that 2 speakers can generate "virtual surround sound". Don't misunderstand me, the speakers sound GOOD. The sound is clear and crisp with excellent stereo imaging.