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Monday, 06 December 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Denon DVD-A1UDCI Universal Blu-ray Player Preview
Branded as "the world's first 'universal' Blu-ray Disc player", the DVD-A1UDCI from Denon is the company's flagship digital video and audio player.  In this sky's-the-limit price range, Denon smartly aims this product not only at videophiles who demand video perfection from sources like Blu-ray and DVD, but also audiophiles with DVD-Audio, SACD, CD, WMA and MP3 collections.  Denon's DVD-A1UDCI has a built-in Ethernet Port for connection to a home network, but unlike many less expensive players, it can only able to access BD-Live content from Blu-ray discs or Denon firmware updates, which leaves a wealth of internet streaming services like Vudu, Netflix, and Pandora off the table.  Also, while the DVD-A1UDCI is a Profile 2.0 player, to download BD-Live content, you'll need to purchase an optional SD card.Like it's cheaper-by-two-grand 100th anniversary cousin, the BDP-A100, Denon's DVD-A1UDCI features Advanced S.V.H. ...
Monday, 06 December 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Denon DP-A100 Turntable Preview
For audiophiles and history buffs, Denon is releasing its 100th anniversary DP-A100 turntable in conjunction with the company's other 100th year products.  It is available in a high gloss black wood veneer with three large adjustable damped aluminum cone feet and specialized 100th anniversary logo badging.With standard speed capabilities of 33-1/3 and 45rpm, the DP-A100 from Denon features a high torque direct drive motor (which is decoupled from the base) with quartz lock servo for high-precision rotation.  This translates into a 0.002% or less speed deviation and a 0.1% or less wow and flutter.  Rotation stability time is rated to 0.3 seconds or less to reach normal speed.  Combine these characteristics with the unit's hefty 33.7 pound weight and your vinyl collection will sound cleaner and more accurate than ever before.The DP-A100 turntable also features a static balance type, light ...
Monday, 08 November 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Denon AVR-2311ci 7.2 Channel A/V Receiver Preview
Denon's new AVR-2311ci 7.2 channel audio/video receiver continues to be a solid, feature-laden mid-level entry into the market, taking the place of the 2309 and 2310 that came before it.  Speaking from personal experience as a 2309 owner and having interviewed professional Blu-ray re-recording sound mixers who own the 2310, the 2300 series Denon products provide ample amplification for most small to medium-sized room, and get better every year.Careful readers may note that Denon's website says the 2311ci is a 7.1 receiver, but the picture provided on the same website clearly shows two RCA subwoofer outs.  Regardless, the equal power amp designs features 7 discrete power amp circuits, and each channel is rated at 105 watts (8 ohms, 20Hz to 20 kHz, .08% THD).The AVR-2311ci comes in Denon's standard black, and though there are plenty of buttons to fiddle with ...
Monday, 01 November 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Denon AVR-991 7.2 Channel A/V Receiver Preview
Denon's new AVR-991 is essentially a rebranded AVR-3311ci, which means you're still getting a broadband network ready, powerful, 7.2 channel audio/video receiver with 6 HDMI 1.4a inputs.  But there are some key differences here, including 6 rear HDMI 1.4a inputs (vs. 5 rear and 1 front),no second HDMI output, only two zones of multizone suppor, no HD Radio, no RS-232 or IR ins/outs, no pre-outs for an external amp, no front flap, and only a 2 year warranty (vs. 3).  If saving $100 is more important than any of those features, you're in capable hands.Like its more expensive sibling, Denon's AVR-991 features 7 discrete power amp circuits, with each channel is rated at 125 watts (8 ohms, 20Hz to 20 kHz, .05% THD), a 20-watt per channel gain over the 2311ci or 891, and a .03% reduction in Total Harmonic ...
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Denon Reference AVR-5308CI 7.1 Channel A/V Reciever Preview
Denon's 7.1 channel, THX Ultra2 certified AVR-5308CI(A) is the flagship in the company lineup.  It has won awards from Bestcovery, Audioholics, Home Theater, and ExC!te.  It features 6 HDMI 1.3a inputs along with roughly one trillion analogue inputs (RCA and BNC), and WiFi connectivity, but at this price range is far from future proof so smart shoppers may want to hold off if he or she cares about 3D capability or modern height-channel surround formats.  Like it's newer, less expensive siblings, the 5308CI(A) comes in black, and the front inputs and most of the buttons are hidden behind a large front flap which leaves the overall appearance minimalistic and clean.The equal power amp designs features 7 discrete power amp circuits, and each channel is rated at 150 watts (8 ohms, 20Hz to 20 kHz, .05% THD), a 10-watt per channel ...
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