|Denon AVR-4806 7.1-Channel Receiver|
|Home Theater AV Receivers AV Receivers|
|Written by Andrew Robinson|
|Thursday, 01 December 2005|
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It’s hard for me to fault the AVR-4806 in terms of sheer performance. However, no product is perfect and there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering making the AVR-4806 your next purchase.
First, it is rather large, so make sure you have adequate space to accommodate its substantial size and allow for proper ventilation, since the AVR-4806 can get a touch warm. Next, if you want to take advantage of the easy set-up option, be sure to have a tripod handy. I consider it to be an absolute necessity in aiding in proper calibration.
The rear of the unit, while cleanly laid out, can become a bit jumbled with cables if you’re not careful. It’s not that I want the AVR-4806 to be any larger to allow for more space between connections, but if you’re at all messy with your cables, you might begin to curse the day you were born. While the remote is one of the best I’ve seen in a while, the fact that it does turn on and off rather frequently will cause you to burn through batteries quicker than most. To me, this is a small price to pay for such a thoughtfully designed and easy to use remote.
Lastly, the AVR-4806 is a receiver that I consider to be fairly neutral, which means you’re going to get only what you put into it. More so than most receivers, I’d take special care in selecting your other components. You may find that with the wrong equipment, your experience with the AVR-4806 could be drastically different from the one I’ve just described.
At $3,500, the AVR-4806 isn’t cheap by anyone’s standards. However, if it’s on your list of receivers to audition, you’ll know you’re getting nothing but the very best your money can buy at this price point. With connection options up the ying-yang, the AVR-4806 seems poised to weather the future format wars for years to come. Throw in a truly kick-butt remote and a functional easy set-up feature and the AVR-4806 quickly becomes a no-brainer in getting my highest recommendation. By striking the proper balance between power and performance, the AVR-4806, when set up and mated with the right components, should provide you with some of the most true to life cinematic and musical experiences you can find this side of $5,000 and possibly more.