The firmware upgrade is one of the best things that's ever happened to home theater, and for a lot of people, it's the saving grace of 3D. Blu-ray players, game consoles and receivers are all receiving firmware updates that allow for HDMI 1.4 compatibility, and Harman Kardon's components are no different.
There are seven new Denon receivers heading to retails stores in the next few months. They're all part of what Denon calls the Retail Home Theater Series, which consists of more economical versions of their CI units. In addition to the seven new receivers heading to retail locations this summer, Denon has announced a trio of new CI-class receivers aimed at custom installers as well.
The DTA-70.1 is the first nine channel amp to come out of Integra, and the company claims it to be “the industry's first high-performance nine-channel home theater power amplifier.” It’s THX Ultra2 certified, which means it’s capable of driving speakers at THX levels or higher.
The iPhone seems unstoppable in the mobile market, and CE makers of all types have responded to make their products more attractive to iPhone owners. A lot of companies didn’t quite get it and their iPhone tie-ins fizzled. For Pioneer it was nothing but successful.
The results are in, and several of Denon’s receivers have been approved by Microsoft as Windows 7 compatible. Microsoft put the receivers through a series of tests for not only compatibility, but reliability as well. The AVR-4310CI, AVR-3310CI, and AVR-990 have all passed certification. So has the new 9.3 channel multi-zone AVR-4810CI.