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Denon AVR-988 AV Receiver Print E-mail
Sunday, 01 June 2008
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Denon AVR-988 AV Receiver
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The Downside
With the wonderful performance of the AVR-988, there are a few ergonomic issues that I would like to see improved. First of all, I think the menu structure needs to be updated to be more intuitive and requires less back and forth screen changes. I would also like to have the option to display the menu over the current video, so I could see changes I made to the video settings in real time. Second, I would like to see the remote control get some backlighting for the buttons. Even though the most common buttons are discernable by touch alone, the others are not. I would note that the folks at Denon made a half-hearted attempt by surrounding the buttons on the remote with glow-in-the-dark material, but what good is that when you are sitting in a dark room watching a movie? In a few minutes, the glow material no longer glows and you are fumbling with buttons again.

It’s been a long time since I had a receiver and I honestly had little desire for one. After spending time with the Denon AVR-988, I realize just how far they’ve come since the last time I owned one. The Denon can honestly do it all, and do it at a very high level. It sounds great and has boatloads of power, which can get you into serious trouble with the neighbors. It has processing power for dozens of surround and DSP modes. It’s a video switcher, processor and scaler all in one, and it never once gave me a problem with my multiple HDMI sources, which was truly a surprise. I am so impressed with this receiver that I truly do not want to give it back. This receiver has single-handedly re-opened my eyes to the fact that performance and convenience are not mutually exclusive. Very, very well done, Denon.

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