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Looks great,full of promise- ultimately you may miss the high end in your audio in the long run.
on 24 May 2014
At half the price of the RRP on the what hifi five star review I grabbed this little fella fast.
Since buying this it's been a frustrating experience(to say the least) getting it to sound rich and confident at the top end and bottom end of the frequency spectrum.
Its damping factor is non-existent!
I'm not a total hi-fi snob, but I do think this 'solution' is a real bodged job for the heart of a home cinema - ultimately after buying 8 very good speakers all I want now is to hear half decent HIFI sound and not the awful AND RIDICULOUS treble attenuation and overwhelming boominess of this unit.
The interface is not nice to use on the TV screen nor app- Audessey mic and setup will assume you want the amp turned up and down as and when something of any quality is attempting to be reproduced (like a poorly compressed band limited 1980's fm broadcast) and if you turn the amp on full with no input you'll hear noises, which for me is my first test of any amplifier for signal to noise ratio.
I should have known better.
Hearing bad loudly is still loud badness.
Individually calibrating the eq on EVERY speaker manually by ear can make this almost halfway acceptable for general use,but I did expect better from Denon.
The hours put into this painstaking process could be better saved by buying a better unit I feel.As you adjust each frequency band on the equaliser it actually audibly clicks through the speakers which just seems nasty and cheap.
Fine for use on a games console once in a while, but steer clear if you want to hear everything balanced clearly (as in a permanent home cinema that's used frequently) is my advice!
On multi-channel stereo this would probably suit a restaurant for background music more-so than a home theatre setup.
I'd seriously consider this unit for a leisure/hospitality business streaming internet radio at 128 k.
For me, there has to be a mismatch of components/boards inside this unit in pre & post processing and the final output stage does sound absolutely soulless to my ears and way too far from being harmonious when all channels are driven @6 ohms using identical full range speakers for all 7 amplified channels.
The unit can sometimes sound (quite randomly)out of phase by 80 - 110 degrees when speakers are correctly connected using the automated eq and volume features.
This phase shifting had me continually checking the polarity of all my speakers for the first week of ownership until the penny finally dropped.
I shall be tearing this thing down soon to ascertain why it performs the way it does and will share my findings.