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New Denon AVR Series Receivers for 2005

by July 11, 2005
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Denon is introducing some incredibly ambitious products in the next few months that have upgraded feature sets and pricing to put the rest of the market on notice.


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(pics of the new Denon AVR-1906)

Denon is introducing some hard hitting affordable receivers in the next two months with an impressive feature set, all including the following features (except the AVR-1506):

  • Component Video Up Conversion
  • Audio Delay for Lip Sync Correction
  • All are now offering 7-channels of amplification with power amp assign
  • Calibration Microphone DM-S205 (same as the DM-S305 but with a plastic housing)

2005 New AVR Feature Chart

Feature/Specification AVR-1506 AVR-1706 AVR-1906 AVR-2106 AVR-2805

Expected Release Date

August '05

August '05

July '05

August '05

Now

Suggested Retail Price (SRP)

$329

$449

$549

$699

$899

Silver Finish Availability





Yes

Equal Power Amplifiers

7ch

7ch

7ch

7ch

7ch

Power Output; Watts Per Channel @ 8 Ohms, 20hz to 20kHz

75

75

85

100

100

All Channels Rated @ 0.05 THD

.08

.08

.08

.08

Yes

THX Ultra2-Certified






Low Impedance Drive Capability

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

High-Current/Discrete Amplifiers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Independent Power Supplies

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dolby Digital, dts and DSP Modes - Analog Devices, HammerHead SHARC

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Processor(s) - 32-bit Floating Point

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dolby Pro Logic IIx - with Cinema, Music, Game Modes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Dolby Digital Surround EX Decoding

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

dts ES Discrete 6.1 Decoding

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

dts ES Matrix 6.1 Decoding

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

dts Neo:6 Stereo-to-Surround Cinema and Music Modes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

dts 96/24 5.1 for DVD-Video Processing

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

HDCD Decoder






Auto Setup Calibration


Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto/Manual Room Equalization




Yes

Yes

Auto Setup Microphone Included/Type (DM-Sxxx)


Y/Mold (205)

Y/Mold (205)

Y/Mold (205)

Y/Alum. (305)

AL24 Processing - All Channels





Front only

24-bit/192-kHz DACs - Analog Devices

AD-1837

AD-1837

AD-1837

AD-1837

AD-1835 2/8ch

Analog-to-Digital Conversion - Bit Depth/Sampling Rate

24/96

24/96

24/96

24/96

24/96

Variable High/Low Pass Crossover Points (12/24dB) 40/60/80/100/120/150/200/250

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

True 24-bit/96-kHz Digital Input Capability

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

True 24-bit/192-kHz Digital Input Capability






Assignable Digital Inputs

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Digital Inputs: Coaxial

2

2

2

2

2

Digital Inputs: Optical

1

2

2

4

5

Digital Outputs: Optical



1

1

2

Analog Audio Inputs, Incl. Tuner

9

9

9

10

11

Phono Input




Yes

Yes

Analog Record Outputs

2

2

2

3

3

Front Panel A/V Inputs w/Cover

* Composite and S-Video

Yes

Yes

Yes* with Optical

Yes* with Optical

Yes* with Optical

Video Conversion -Composite to S-Video to Component


Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Video Conversion - Composite to S-Video to Composite


Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Composite Video Outputs

2

2

2

3

3

S-Video Inputs

3

3

3

5

7

S-Video Outputs

2

2

2

3

3

Component Video Inputs x Bandwidth - Assignable

3x30MHz

3x100MHz

3x100MHz

3x100MHz

3x100MHz

Component Video Outputs

1

1

1

1

1

Icon-Based On-Screen Display



Yes

Yes

Yes

Personal Memory Plus


Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

System Setup/Surround Parameters Lockout



Yes

Yes

Yes

6-Ch. External Analog Input


Yes

Yes



8-Ch. External Analog Input




Yes

Yes

Audio Signal Delay (Sync. Audio with Video signal) - By source


Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Pure Direct/Direct/Stereo Modes on Digital/Analog inputs




Yes

Yes

Stereo/Direct Modes w/Pure Analog Path

Yes

Yes

Yes



Multi-Channel Stereo Mode (No DSP or Delay effects)

5/6/7

5/6/7

5/6/7

5/6/7

5/6/7

DSP Effect Modes

8

8

8

8

7

Auto Surround Mode (Analog or Digital Input Type)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Active Center Channel In All Surround Modes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Banana Plug Speaker Terminals, All Channels

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Cinema EQ

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Front A/B Speaker Selector

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

56 Station Auto-Preset Memory Tuning

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Radio Data System (RDS)






XM Satellite Radio 'Connect and Play' Ready - with optional antenna




Yes


Direct Function (Tone Bypass)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Volume Control Un-muting

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Video Select Control


Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

RS-232 Port - Third Party Remote Controllers




Yes

Yes

IR Serial Remote In/Out terminals

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

+12v Trigger Output - Assignable




1 (25mA)

2 (25mA)

Multi-Source/Multi-Zone (*Uses REC OUT)


2S/2Z

2S/3Z*

2S/3Z*

2S/3Z*

Multi-Zone Pre-Amp Outputs - Selectable Output Levels



Fixed Only

Fixed Only

Yes

Discrete Multi-Zone Composite Video Output - *S-Video also





Zone 2 Only

Discrete Remote Power On/Off, S ource Selection and Volume for Main and Second/Third* Zones



Yes

Yes

Yes

Assignable Amplifier Configuration of Surround Back Channels, if not Configured for Surround EX/ES

Yes With Volume

Yes With Volume

Yes With Volume

Yes With Volume

Yes With Volume

Pre-Amp Outputs

Sub

Sub

All (8)

All (8)

All (8)

Microprocessor User Re-set

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Relay-Controlled Protection Circuits

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Detachable Power Cord





Yes

Pre-programmed (10 Devices) Glow Key Remote Control with Punch Through Commands

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Learning

Weight: In Pounds

21.7

22.9

25.8

26.8

29.7

Dimensions (Inches) Width/Height/Depth

17.1
5.8
16.4

17.1
5.8
16.4

17.1
5.8
16.4

17.1
6.7
16.4

17.1
6.7
16.4


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