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    Default Denon AVP-A1HDCI Surround Processor and POA-A1HDCI Amp.


    By Kris Deering • July, 2009

    Price: $15,000 .....................................................

    At A Glance:
    State-of-the-art video and audio performance • Customizable amplifier • Sets the bar for connectivity • Tedious GUI and remote

    Both Guns Blazing

    The separates market has long been the pinnacle of audio performance for high-end home theater setups. But you’ve always had to pay a price for that performance: the lack of bleeding-edge features. While standalone processors typically set the bar for pure audio performance, many of them lack the latest features that A/V receivers offer. I’ve been guilty of envious glances at the latest high-end receiver designs, wishing that those cutting-edge features would find their way into a reference-level surround processor. But unfortunately that hasn’t been the reality—until now, that is.


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    It’s been a long time coming, but Denon has returned to the separates market with the AVP-A1HDCI surround processor ($7,500) and POA-A1HDCI amplifier ($7,500). Denon didn’t tiptoe into this market; its new flagship designs nearly obliterate the competition at any price point for features. In other words, Denon has delivered what most manufacturers have only dreamed they could bring to this market—and maybe even a bit more.

    The Beauty of the Beasts
    These components have the scale of Denon’s flagship AVRs. Rather than the standard-sized processor chassis, Denon used the chassis of its massive AVR-5308CI AVR, then ripped out the guts and designed the interior of the AVP-A1HDCI from the ground up. This includes four dedicated Burr-Brown 24-bit/192-kilohertz digital-to-analog converters (DACs) per channel that operate in dual-differential mode. It also has state-of-the-art HD video processing, two massive torroidal transformers (plus five others), and separate power supplies for audio and video sections.

    * READ: The complete and informative review courtesy of HomeTheaterMagazine: http://www.hometheatermag.com/preamp...dci_amplifier/

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    Quote Originally Posted by ImRizzo View Post
    By Kris Deering • July, 2009

    Price: $15,000 .....................................................

    At A Glance:
    State-of-the-art video and audio performance • Customizable amplifier • Sets the bar for connectivity • Tedious GUI and remote

    Both Guns Blazing

    The separates market has long been the pinnacle of audio performance for high-end home theater setups. But you’ve always had to pay a price for that performance: the lack of bleeding-edge features. While standalone processors typically set the bar for pure audio performance, many of them lack the latest features that A/V receivers offer. I’ve been guilty of envious glances at the latest high-end receiver designs, wishing that those cutting-edge features would find their way into a reference-level surround processor. But unfortunately that hasn’t been the reality—until now, that is.


    ........................................................


    It’s been a long time coming, but Denon has returned to the separates market with the AVP-A1HDCI surround processor ($7,500) and POA-A1HDCI amplifier ($7,500). Denon didn’t tiptoe into this market; its new flagship designs nearly obliterate the competition at any price point for features. In other words, Denon has delivered what most manufacturers have only dreamed they could bring to this market—and maybe even a bit more.

    The Beauty of the Beasts
    These components have the scale of Denon’s flagship AVRs. Rather than the standard-sized processor chassis, Denon used the chassis of its massive AVR-5308CI AVR, then ripped out the guts and designed the interior of the AVP-A1HDCI from the ground up. This includes four dedicated Burr-Brown 24-bit/192-kilohertz digital-to-analog converters (DACs) per channel that operate in dual-differential mode. It also has state-of-the-art HD video processing, two massive torroidal transformers (plus five others), and separate power supplies for audio and video sections.

    * READ: The complete and informative review courtesy of HomeTheaterMagazine: http://www.hometheatermag.com/preamp...dci_amplifier/

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    I love Denon...but that is just WAY too much, even if you had the money. Talk about a tank, combined weight of 200lbs, the one unit weighs 130 freaking lbs. You better get an industrial rack or cabinet for those bad boys.

    IMO, the days of buying separates are in the rear view mirror. The AVR's are so good now there is little reason(except bragging rights) to buy such a system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedking View Post

    IMO, the days of buying separates are in the rear view mirror. The AVR's are so good now there is little reason (except bragging rights) to buy such a system.
    Have to agree with you. Many years ago I decided to go separates and thought I'll never go back to Receivers again. But man, these newer Receivers are getting better and better... and unbelievably cheaper.

    Very Happy with my Denon AVR-2809CI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruZZi View Post
    Have to agree with you. Many years ago I decided to go separates and thought I'll never go back to Receivers again. But man, these newer Receivers are getting better and better... and unbelievably cheaper.

    Very Happy with my Denon AVR-2809CI.
    This is basically a 5308 on steroids...

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    I have the pair in premuim silver and will have to be my number 1 purchase in my HT.

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    I agree. I'm in the process of getting rid of my seperates (may keep the amp). There are so many good receivers out these days that I have a hard time justifying $6-7K for a new Anthem with room correction technology let alone $15k for the Denon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by parrot_hd View Post
    I agree. I'm in the process of getting rid of my seperates (may keep the amp). There are so many good receivers out these days that I have a hard time justifying $6-7K for a new Anthem with room correction technology let alone $15k for the Denon.
    Hi parrot,
    Don,t do it,Avr have improved in features etc,while sound quality has not in general with a very few exceptions.
    QUOTE(I love Denon...but that is just WAY too much, even if you had the money. Talk about a tank, combined weight of 200lbs, the one unit weighs 130 freaking lbs. You better get an industrial rack or cabinet for those bad boys.

    IMO, the days of buying separates are in the rear view mirror. The AVR's are so good now there is little reason(except bragging rights) to buy such a system)
    Denon have made pre and amp combo to take on the hi end muti channel pre,s(theta etc) while it will not match casablanca III,sound qualty it will get 85% there.At a much cheaper price.The denon power amp is ok,but it has some very tough competition in sound quality stakes.
    Having 5/7 channel amps end up being a compromise(with 2 channel amps) in power,and or weight(my amps weigh 80kg,80kg,55k,52kg and I must say that 50kg is ok to move,the big ones don,t go anywhere,hard to clean etc)
    Denons effort is good news,as these improvements will filter down into their mid range models to the benefit of all.
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