CEDIA: Denon's New Line of Receivers
Denon showed off its new line of AV receivers, no fewer than 10 of them, to complement its flagship AVR-5308CI (pictured). All of the new models feature Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, and Audyssey MultEQ, as well as HDMI 1.3a capability supporting Deep Color. Five of the new models feature multi-zone capability: AVR-2809CI ($1,199), AVR-2309CI ($849), AVR-1909 ($649), AVR-1709 ($449) and AVR-1609 ($349).
The 'CI' designation stands for 'Custom Integration,' which means the receivers have features that are targeted toward professional installers. For example, they have a feature set of special functionality that can be accessed by Denon installers, but not the end user. They also feature RS-232 ports and high-current DC trigger outputs.
AVR-2809CI features three-zone, three-source capability.
Five more models round out the line: AVR-989 ($1,199), AVR-889 ($749), AVR-789 ($599), AVR-689 ($399) and AVR-589 ($299). These models feature HDMI 1.3a inputs, Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES Discrete and Matrix 6.1 decoding, 24-bit/192-kHz D/A converters, 32-bit floating point DSP, multi-zone distribution capability, and iPod dock accessory control ports.
Audyssey Dynamic EQ is a loudness correction technology that maintains fidelity as volume level is decreased. At low levels, bass drops out, dialogue intelligibility can decrease, and soundstage decreases. Dynamic EQ addresses these issues to maintain correct tonal balances. MultEQ is an in-room acoustic measurement and correction system that uses a supplied microphone and up to six measurement points to balance sound throughout the room. Audyssey Dynamic Volume is a volume leveling technology that helps smooth disruptive changes in volume levels, for example, when broadcast material changes between television shows and commercials. Dynamic Volume monitors the program, and optimizes a consistent dynamic range. -Ken C. Pohlmann
photo: E. Will Greenwald