Almost ten years and still working like in the first day
David Elias Sanchez Vasquez, Amazon
24 September 2014
Summary: I am writing this review end of 2014 and I can report that my Denon DRA-395 which I bought back in August 2005 (almost 10 years!) is still working without any problem. I even traveled with this from one country to another (I had it well packed on my suitcase) and upon arrival, all was working as always. Based on my experience I can tell that this is a very solid stereo receiver, and as someone else wrote, it sounds very good for its original budget price.
Summary: This receiver is by far the best sounding receiver I've owned. I drive a pair of PSB Century 1000i which are 4ohm imepdance and not an easy speaker to drive. When the volume is turned up they still sound smooth, detailed, with great imaging, and low end authority. I've driven these speakers using seperates and frankly they sound better with the Denon DRA-395. I agree the tuner function is fair but not bad for a digital tuner.
Summary: I picked this unit up from Fast Freddy's Pawn one year ago (July 2010) for $100.00. Freddy said "It's a Denon, so it must be okay?!" I agreed, but who cares? I was only dropping $100! He had the remote, the manual and now an extra $100 in his pocket. Over the past 12 months I've listened to my Dual CS515 turntable, Tascam MD350 minidisc player, Optimus CD-100 CD changer, Technics SL-PD807 5 disc CD changer, Sony TC-K615S 3 head tape deck and of course the built in...
Summary: I've had mine for four years and I have high quality Polk Audio speakers and the sound comes through great. The AM and FM tuning is not very good. And it does heat up a little bit. But I can't really complain. The dual zone speaker option is great as I have one set upstairs and one set downstairs.
Summary: I bought this product in 1/06. The LCD & audio to the speakers died by within 9 months. I had it repaired and it died again a little more than a year later. Now it's out of warranty. There is no servicer nearby so I'd have to mail it in and it's not small. What a waste of money and time!
Summary: What a piece of junk. The sound is fair and I would take that just to drive some in ceiling and outside speakers, but not long after I purchased it it would shut off after playing. I got it fixed and it worked for awhile then died. It just won't turn on. I have had receivers last for decades. This one only made it a couple of years and with only very lite use.
Summary: Sound is only ok. FM tuning is not fantastic. But the big problem is that if there's a problem, a fuse (hidden inside the case, that the manual doesn't mention), blows. If you open the case and find it, you discover it's a 125V 6.3A mini fuse, which Radio Shack does not stock. (I can't tell if it's a slow blow or fast fuse, either. The manual should specify that; did I mention the manual does not mention the fuse exists at all?) This is just ridiculously poor design.
Summary: If I could "easily" return this unit, I would - unfortunately I bought it via the web. The bottom line is that the unit just sounds OK, that's it. Yes it has lots of features, but the sound is just slightly better than a boom box. I hooked the same speakers, CD player, and monster cable interconnects up to another amp and it was much, much better - night and day. If you're OK with something that looks decent and has plenty of features, then maybe you'll like this unit.
Summary: Let us say you go after a Denon. It may last forever,but what if any accessories, such as a lost remote had to be obtained from a contracted supplier in Florida with no close personal relationship to DNN Holdings, the Denon-Marantz outfit,from what I garner. My efforts to get a remote for a Denon deck,I bought just two years ago,ended in a one hour phone merry go round. Fortunately, there are third party learning remotes.