|Denon AVR-2807 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver|
|Home Theater AV Receivers AV Receivers|
|Written by Yoshi Carroll|
|Friday, 01 September 2006|
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Unfortunately, it is a reality of life that economics count. Products are made to fit within a price range and compromises must be made.
My biggest complaint is the remote control. It just doesn’t feel as refined and well thought out as the 2807 itself. First, the keys aren’t lit, so using it in the dark is difficult. Second, there are too many small buttons and they have too many functions. I applaud Denon for trying to offer me a universal remote with every conceivable function at my fingertips, yet in the darkness of my room, it could become very confusing as to what button I was actually pressing. Luckily, this is one problem that’s easily solved by advanced, highly programmable aftermarket remote controls, such as the Logitech Harmony 880 or 890. If there has to be a compromise, I’d rather it be a compromise I can rectify.
Lastly, there is the issue of the binding posts. While plentiful and of high quality, they are a bit too close together and have a sort of plastic shield around the base which makes getting bare wire in and out rather troublesome. I used banana plug adapters from Monster to remedy the problem, but if such adapters aren’t in the cards for you, know that you may struggle just a little to make the proper connections.
A famous film director once said that what a great movie needs is three great scenes and no bad ones. The AVR-2807 certainly has no bad “scenes.” When you take into account that it costs just over a grand, this receiver may be all the receiver you’ll ever need for theater in the small to medium-sized range. As for those great “scenes,” well, there are certainly more than three with the Denon AVR 2807. The full HDMI switching mated with Denon’s signature sound would be enough greatness for nearly any receiver in the 2807’s price bracket. Not one to rest on its laurels, the 2807 throws in a whole slew of new features like auto calibration, iPod connectivity and XM radio capability (just to name a few) to the mix just to make your buying decision a little easier. Did it work? With my review period coming to an end, I’m strongly thinking about sending Denon a check and keeping the unit. That’s the biggest compliment I can give.