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on 2 January 2014
I bought this recently as an upgrade to a Yamaha AX750 AV Amp - The Denon is leagues ahead in terms of sound quality, features and ease of use.
Sound quality is a great step up both for movies, TV and 2 channel music. All sound bigger, more dynamic and clearer - no doubt thanks to the "150w per channel". Movies now have more punch and there is much more bass through my front speakers (Monitor Audio Radius 90) so much so that I rarely use my Sub with this amp. Pure music sounds good as well but wont match even a "cheap" real hifi 2 channel system for separation. Still its good for an AV amp. I have the extra 6th and 7th channels bi-amped into the fronts (a simple setting on the amp) providing an even more powerful sound, or you can use these extra two channels as a second audio zone (usefully, you can assign a second source (i.e. radio) or the same source to play on your second set of speakers, which I never even thought of!).
Set up is fast using the mic, but mine required a bit of tweaking, which may depend on your furniture. The on screen display is really nice and simple to use.
The remote is a beaut, its simple and allows one-click direct access to each source, so if like me you are using this as a "switch" for all your HDMI sources, you can do this without fiddling through sub menus or arrows (unlike others). You can also directly change the sound processing modes with one click. I use this a fair amount say for switching to a music channel you can select music processing rather than Pro-Logic Cinema. And your last used favourite is automatically picked (i.e. 2 channel stereo or surround music).
The dynamic volume is really good if like me you always find yourself turning the volume up for speech and then down when there is an explosion or applause. The dynamic volume does this for you, just select a volume and forget about it. Very nice.
Banana plugs on the rear (no spring clip terminals) but no dedicated earth connection if your sub suffers from mains hum, though I think using a screw on the chassis should work ok? I no longer need this function. You also get a removable mains cable if you wish to "upgrade" yours (ahem!).
You also get a dimmable display for dark movie rooms and an uncluttered front panel.
Airplay and internet radio requires a wired connection, I am not using this myself.
In short, if this went pop tomorrow, i'd buy another one! It's perfect IMHO.