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Denon Displays 13 New A/V Receivers at 2007 Summer Conference

by July 25, 2007
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Denon has completely revamped their receiver line up for 2007 with the new models offering expanded multi zone home entertainment capabilities, custom integration features, HDMI 1.3a and much more. The cool thing is ALL of their new receivers boast HDMI 1.3a capability with support for Deep Color, better back panel layout for easier connector location , assigned I/O’s which are also customizable, Internet Firmware updatable and remote maintenance and a new user friendly GUI system (3808 models and up).  These features are all hallmarks in the approach Denon is taking with their new receiver line to make them easier to operate and setup. Take a look at the backpanel of all these new receivers and you will notice similar layouts. This is a valuable attribute for custom installers and we hope this sets an example for other manufacturers to have similar foresight in their new product lines. These new receivers even have a feature to digitally process all your sources to analog for the other zones eliminating the need to connect analog cables from your sources to the other zones in your system.

The flagship AVR-5308CI (SRP: $5,199), is scheduled for December 2007 shipment. The AVR-4308CI (SRP: $2,499), AVR-3808CI (SRP: $1,599), as well as five new entry and mid-tier models, including the AVR-2808CI (SRP: $1,199), AVR-2308CI (SRP: $849), AVR-1908 (SRP: $599), AVR-1708 (SRP: $499) and AVR-1508 (SRP: $349) are currently available. The initials “CI” (for Custom Integration) in the five models noted above emphasize the inclusion of special features and capabilities geared specifically toward professional custom integrators. Denon is also introducing five high-performance receivers in its Retail Home Theater Series line, including the models AVR-988 (SRP: $1,199), AVR-888 (SRP: $749), AVR-788 (SRP: $549), AVR-688 (SRP: $449), and AVR-588 (SRP: $349). The AVR-1908, AVR-1708 and AVR-1508 are scheduled to ship in September.

According to Joe Stinziano, Denon’s Senior Vice President for Sales & Marketing, noted, “This is the first time in nearly ten years that Denon is introducing a completely redesigned lineup of new A/V receivers. These introductions are at the heart of our whole-home, multi-zone entertainment strategy, which is all about making it easier for people to enjoy all their home entertainment content, from packaged media to streaming content, virtually wherever and whenever they want.* To this end, we’ve integrated technologies such as Wi-Fi™ and remote management in our upper-end models, expanded Ethernet connectivity to a new price point and offer support for HDMI1.3a throughout the line.”

Ultimate Support for High-Definition Audio and Video Sources

AVR-5308 BackFollowing its success in Denon’s renowned DVD players, Denon has added the Silicon Optix Realta chipset to its flagship receiver, model AVR-5308CI, providing enhanced video performance with upconversion and scaling to 1080p from all analog sources. This is the first receiver in Denon’s line as well as one of the first in the industry to include the Realta chipset in an AV receiver. The AVR-5308CI and the AVR-4308CI also allow for second-zone video output via component with onscreen display for meta-data from iPod®/XM/streaming audio while the AVR-3808CI uses composite for this task. Models AVR-2308CI through the AVR-4308CI feature analog video upconversion with scaling to 1080p using Faroudja DCDi. In addition, models AVR-1908 and AVR-1708 allow upconversion to component from S-Video and composite sources. All new models from the entry-level AVR-1508 to the flagship AVR-5308CI can handle1080p signals with Deep Color via HDMI.

More Custom-Integration Friendly Features

Models AVR-2308CI through the AVR-5308CI include support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding. The top three models in the line include Ethernet connectivity while the AVR-5308CI and AVR-4308CI add Wi-Fi connectivity. Both network protocols allow custom integrators to diagnose, correct, update and remotely perform maintenance on the units without the need to travel to their customer’s home. In case of error or lost settings, the custom integrator can remotely restore all of a customer’s settings from their office. In addition, all CI models include “Secret CI Modes,” a feature set for certified Denon Integrators that allows them to lock out certain settings to a customer. Other CI-friendly features throughout the line include RS-232 and assignable high current DC trigger outputs. With the exception of the AVR-1508, all new models feature setup and room correction from Audyssey which can calibrate the receiver rather than having to go through the time staking process of manual calibration.

Multi-Source, Multi-Zone Capability in More Models

Recognizing the demand for receivers capable of delivering audio and video to multiple zones within the home, Denon’s new lineup includes four models (AVR-5308CI, AVR-4308CI, AVR-3808CI, AVR-2808CI) that offer three-zone, three-source capability.* Models AVR-2308CI, AVR-1908 and AVR-1708 offer dual-zone, dual-source capability. For enhanced control flexibility, all new Denon CI model receivers are compatible with the company’s new RC-7000CI / RC-7001RCI Remote Control.

Enhanced Music Performance from Multiple Sources

A compressed audio restorer feature in all models allows users to enjoy enhanced music quality from portables and networked audio files. In addition, models AVR-3808CI and above all feature USB ports for music streaming from USB hard drives, flash drives and MP3 players. Additionally, three discrete and independent tuners – AM/FM, XM and HD Radio (AVR-4308CI and up) provide for multi-zone distribution in models AVR-2308CI through the AVR-5308CI.

Newly Designed Graphical User Interface

Denon GUIAll Denon receivers from the AVR-3808CI and above feature the company’s newly designed Graphical User Interface (GUI) that makes accessing all the advanced features simpler and more intuitive than ever. In addition, many of Denon’s new receivers feature the company’s new, improved multi-zone EL programmable remote control. For added convenience, models AVR-1708 through AVR-2808CI also include a basic second-zone remote, while models

AVR-3808CI and above feature a new enhanced second-zone remote specifically geared toward custom-integration applications. For installers that plan to add a 3rd party control system, Denon makes all of its remote codes available.

AVR-1908, AVR-1708, AVR-1508: Exceptional Performance, High-Value

AVR-1908The new Denon AVR-1908, AVR-1708, and AVR-1508 are advanced 7-channel receivers (85 watts/channel, 75 watts/channel, 75 watts/channel, respectively) that offer consumers a simple and affordable way to bring the enjoyment of cinema-like surround sound audio into their lives. The AVR-1908, AVR-1708 and AVR-1508 include features traditionally available only on higher-priced receivers, such as HDMI 1.3a with support for 1080p and Deep Color via HDMI. Additionally, the AVR-1908 and AVR-1708 feature Audyssey Laboratories Auto Setup and Calibration/ MultEQ.

New Retail Home Theater Series Models: High-Value, High-Performance

Denon’s new Retail Home Theater Series line of advanced receivers, includes the AVR-988, AVR-888, AVR-788, AVR-688, and AVR-588, and offer many of the same high-quality features found in Denon’s companion models, including compatibility with HDMI 1.3a throughout the line, as well as Dolby Digital, dts ES Discrete and Matrix 6.1 decoding, 24-bit/192-kHz Analog Devices DACs, multi-zone distribution capability and much more. In addition, all models offer integration features such as dedicated iPod dock accessory control ports that provide command and control capability for iPods via the on-screen GUI and more.

*A home network is required for networking functionality.

About Denon Electronics

Denon is a world leader in the manufacture of the highest quality home theater, audio and software products. Denon is recognized internationally for innovative and groundbreaking products and has a long history of technical innovations, including the development and first commercialization of PCM digital audio. Denon Electronics is owned by D&M Holdings Inc.

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