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Home theater receiver with HDMI digital video switching

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by Barry Montgomery
Denon

Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

Denon designed the AVR-2807 to fill your room with enveloping, 360° home theater sound. It boasts seven channels of Denon's acclaimed high-current amplification, plus advanced processing that can turn all of your movies, music, and TV shows into convincing surround sound. This receiver also features cutting-edge technologies like HDMI digital video switching and iPod® integration so you can use it with more of your entertainment sources.

HDMI switching and video conversion
You can hook up two high-resolution video components to the '2807 via digital HDMI connections for the best possible picture quality. Analog-to-HDMI video conversion lets you send all of your video sources to an HDMI-capable TV using only a single digital cable. And to make the most of your older analog video sources, the '2807 converts them to 480p progressive scan. This greatly streamlines video switching and preserves maximum picture quality for every source in your system. And if you don't have a TV with a digital video input, the '2807's component video conversion provides simplified switching for all your video sources.

iPod integration
The '2807 also lets you enjoy your iPod's music and video libraries through your home theater system when you add the optional Denon ASD-1R control dock. A version of the iPod's menu appears on your TV. You can also use the receiver's remote to create on-the-fly playlists of your favorite songs and videos.

XM Satellite Radio Ready
If you're a fan of XM Radio, you'll love how easily you can add it to the '2807. Plug in an optional XM Mini-Tuner package and activate your XM subscription for access to more than 170 XM channels. You can view XM station and song info on your TV screen, and change channels using the '2807's remote.

Intelligent auto-setup
This receiver also offers Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ XT, a sophisticated auto-calibration system that makes home theater setup both accurate and easy. Just plug in the included microphone and place it in up to six different seats in your home theater room. The '2807 collects acoustical data from each seat, then fine-tunes the response of every speaker in your home theater to ensure precise sound across a wide listening area.

Every aspect of the '2807's design and construction reflect the attention to detail that Denon is famous for. Sixteen digital-to-analog converters treat your digital sources right. And the '2807's heavy-duty build includes an anti-resonant chassis and an oversized power supply for pristine audio and video performance at all times.

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Highlights:

  • 110 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD
  • Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES®, DTS 96/24, Pro Logic® IIx, and DTS Neo:6 processing
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI switching (2 in, 1 out)
  • analog-to-HDMI video conversion
  • HDMI version 1.1
  • 480i (interlaced) to 480p (progressive) conversion
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
  • Audessey Laboratories' MultEQ XT six-point auto setup and room calibration system (microphone included)
  • iPod integration (requires optional Denon ASD-1R control dock)
  • dual-room/dual-source output (composite video and preamp-level stereo audio output for 2nd room; powered stereo audio output option for 2nd room allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
  • learning/multibrand remote
  • sixteen Analog Devices 192kHz/24-bit DACs
  • ALPHA 24 Plus upsampling for front left and right channels
  • Pure Direct modes switch off all unused circuitry for the cleanest possible sound
  • 7.1-channel input
  • 7.1-channel preamp output
  • component video switching: 3 in, 2 out (100MHz bandwidth)
  • component video conversion (composite to S-video, or composite and S-video to component)
  • digital inputs: 5 optical, 2 coaxial
  • 2 optical digital outputs
  • 3 audio (including phono) and 7 audio/video (including 7 S-video) inputs
  • on-screen display (requires TV with audio/video input)
  • variable low-pass crossover
  • high-current, low-impedance amp design
  • 2 sets of main speaker outputs
  • 56 AM/FM presets
  • 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 17-1/2"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Number Of Channels
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Stereo RMS Power (watts)
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THD in Stereo
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Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)
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FM Sensitivity
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11.2 dBf
HD Radio Tuner
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On-Screen Display
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Auto Speaker Calibration
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HDMI Standby Pass-through
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Composite Video Conversion
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S-Video Conversion
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Component Video Conversion
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HDMI to HDMI Upconversion
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Internet-ready
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Apple AirPlay
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App Remote Control
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Bluetooth-compatible
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USB port for iPod/iPhone
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DLNA Certified
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MHL-compatible
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Multibrand Remote Control
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Learning Remote
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LCD Remote
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No
Width (inches)
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17-1/8
Height (inches)
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6-3/4
Depth (inches)
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17-1/2
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Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Multi-room Audio--Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output
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Preamp Multi-room Audio Output
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Multi-room Video
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Multi-room HDMI Output
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Surround Processing
Dolby Digital
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Yes
DTS
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Yes
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input
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1
Audio-Video Inputs
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7
Audio-only Inputs
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3
S-Video Inputs
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7
S-Video Outputs
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2
S-Video Monitor Outputs
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Component Video Inputs
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3
Component Video Monitor Outputs
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2
Optical Digital Inputs
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5
Coaxial Digital Inputs
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2
Optical Digital Outputs
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Coaxial Digital Outputs
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None
HDMI Inputs
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2
HDMI Monitor Outputs
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Subwoofer Outputs
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Multi-Channel Analog Input
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Multi-channel Preamp Output
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Main Speaker Output Pairs
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Main Speaker Terminals
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Ethernet Port
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USB Connections
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Removable Power Cord
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  • Black AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
  • DM-S205 setup microphone with attached 19.75' cord (has a minijack mono connector)
  • RC-1030 Wireless remote control
  • 3 "AA" batteries
  • 76" AC power cord
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Operating Instructions
  • Instructions for adding XM Satellite Connect & Play antenna
  • Warranty sheet
  • Denon Service Network sheet

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Features
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Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

iPod Compatibility: Using the optional Denon ASD-1R iPod dock (033ASD1RBK or 033ASD1RWT), you can connect your iPod to the AVR-2807. A version of the iPod's menu appears on your TV. The iPod can be controlled using the buttons on the main unit and the remote control. You have access to the following features: track search, repeat play, and shuffle play. You can also view still pictures and videos stored on your iPod.

Digital Signal Processing (DSP): The AVR-2807 is equipped with a new high-resolution Analog Devices Hammerhead 32-bit floating DSP processor. All elements of the Surround Processor are optimized to the highest standards by the use of selected high performance and discrete components, particularly the A/D and D/A converters and the sophisticated DSP surround decoder.

Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The surround modes include:

  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Dolby Pro Logic
  • Dolby Pro Logic II
    • Cinema
    • Music
    • Game
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx
    • Cinema
    • Music
    • Game (2-channel sources only)
  • DTS Digital Surround
  • DTS-ES Extended Surround
    • DTS-ES Discrete 6.1
    • DTS-ES Matrix 6.1
    • DTS Neo:6 Surround
      • Neo:6 Cinema
      • Neo:6 Music
  • DTS 96/24
  • Combined Surround Modes: The receiver features several combined modes using existing Dolby and Digital Theater Systems (DTS) surround modes:
    • Dolby Digital+Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Cinema and Music)
    • DTS+Neo:6
    • DTS+Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Cinema and Music)
  • Denon Original Surround Modes (DSP)
    • Wide Screen
    • Super Stadium
    • Rock Arena
    • Jazz Club
    • Classic Concert
    • Mono Movie
    • Video game
    • Matrix
    • Virtual
    • 7CH Stereo

Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:

  • Effect: Turns the effect signals with multi-surround mode speaker effects on and off in the Wide Screen mode. When turned off, the surround back channel signals are equivalent to the surround channels
  • Level: Sets the strength of the effect signals in the Wide Screen mode. It can be set in 15 steps, from 1 to 15. Set to a low level if the positioning or phase of the surround signals sounds unnatural.
  • SB Ch Out: Indicates whether or not you are using surround back speaker(s)
  • Room Size: Sets the size of the sound field among five settings: Small, Med.S (medium-small), Medium, Med.L (medium-large) and Large
  • Effect Level: Sets the strength of the surround effect, the level can be set in 15 steps from 1 to 15
  • Delay Time: In the matrix mode only, the delay time can be set within the range of 0 to 300 ms
  • SW ATT: Reduces the subwoofer level when using the 7.1 Channel analog input
  • SW On/Off: Sub output is controlled directly

Dialogue Normalization: The dialogue normalization function is activated automatically when playing Dolby Digital program sources. Dialogue normalization is a basic function of Dolby Digital, which automatically normalizes the dialog level (standard level) of the signals that are recorded at different levels for different program sources, such as DVD, DTV and other future formats that will use Dolby Digital.

CINEMA EQ (Cinema Equalizer): The Cinema EQ function gently decreases the level of the extreme high frequencies, compensating for overly-bright sounding motion picture soundtracks. Select this function if the sound from the front speakers is too bright. This function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic (including PL II and PL IIx), Dolby Digital, DTS Surround, DTS Neo:6, and Wide Screen modes.

D.COMP (Dynamic Range Compression): Motion picture soundtracks have tremendous dynamic range (the contrast between very soft and very loud sounds). For listening late at night, or whenever the maximum sound level is lower than usual, the Dynamic Range Compression allows you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack (but with reduced dynamic range). This only works when playing program sources recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS. You can select one of the four settings: "OFF," "LOW," "MID" (middle), or "HI" (high).

Personal Memory Plus: The receiver has a personal memorize function that automatically memorizes the surround modes and input modes selected for the different input sources. When the input source is switched, the modes set for that source last time it was used are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone control settings, and playback level balance for the different output channels are memorized for each surround mode.

Two-channel Music Modes: There are three 2-channel playback modes exclusively for music:

  • Pure Direct: plays back music with an extremely high level of sound quality. All the video-related circuits are turned off so that music signals are reproduced with high quality. When an analog mode is selected, the digital processing circuits are also turned off to achieve the highest purity.
  • Direct: audio signals bypass the tone control circuits, and are transmitted directly, resulting in good quality sound.
  • Stereo: allows you to adjust the tone to achieve the desired sound.

Video Conversion: The AVR-2807 is equipped with a flexible video switching system that converts video signals in an effort to only require one video connection from receiver to TV. Unlike most other conversion circuits, this receiver will convert analog signals from composite video, S-Video, and component video to HDMI.

  • Composite Video: can be converted to S-Video, component video, or HDMI
  • S-Video: can be converted to composite video, component video, or HDMI
  • Component Video: can be converted to composite video, S-Video, or HDMI (480i signals only when down converting)

24-Bit, 192 kHz D/A Converters: The AVR-2807 uses highly accurate Analog Devices 24-bit, 192 kHz Digital-to-Analog converters on all 8 channels. The 192kHz sampling and 24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allows you to play high-resolution recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range of those recordings.

Auto Setup/Room EQ: The receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and Room Equalization function, to achieve the most ideal sound field for your room. With the DM-S205 microphone (supplied) placed at the listening position, the 32-point DSP automatically and accurately analyzes, adjusts and sets the speaker configurations, delay time, and volume level of your system. The receiver also analyzes and adjusts the frequency response of the speakers to the room with a 9-band parametric equalizer. You can also manually adjust the 9-band equalizer from -6dB to +6dB in 0.5dB steps at 63Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 4kHz, 8kHz, and 16kHz.

Room EQ: The Room EQ function offers three correction curves:

  • Audyssey: adjusts the frequency response of all speakers to correct the effects of room acoustics
  • Front: adjusts the characteristics of each speaker to match the front speakers
  • Flat: frequency response of all speakers are flat

Subwoofer Crossover Frequency: You can adjust the cutoff frequency of the subwoofer output from 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 110Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz, or 250Hz.

Audio Delay: The audio signal can be delayed, from 0-200ms, to match the video signal.

Muting Level Adjustment: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit from -40dB or -20dB from the present volume level.

XM Satellite Radio Ready: With the XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Dock, you can listen to XM satellite on the Denon AVR-2807. You will have over 150 commercial-free channels of music, news, sports, comedy, talk, and entertainment to choose from - all in digital quality. The plug on the back of the receiver is a proprietary plug, so the only antenna that will work with this unit is included with the Mini Tuner Home Dock. A subscription to XM Radio is also required.

Note: A 50' extension is available for the Mini Tuner Home Dock if the supplied cable is too short.

Bi-Amp Connections: Certain loudspeakers are equipped with two sets of input terminals for bi-amplification. The receiver's Power Amp Assign mode allows you to power bi-amp capable speakers with two amplifier channels.

Dual Source/Dual Zone Capability: The AVR-2807 allows you to enjoy one source in your main listening room, while another source plays in a remote room. Depending on how you configure the receiver, using the dual zone capability of this receiver will require an amplifier and speakers, a set of powered speakers, or simply a set of non-powered speakers located in a remote location. If the receiver is set up for 7.1 surround operation, the Zone 2 RCA outputs act as fixed-level line outputs, and there are no Zone 2 amplified (speaker-level) outputs; in this configuration, the RCA line outputs must be connected to an amplifier or powered speakers equipped with a volume control. If the main room is configured for 5.1-channel surround, the Power Amp Assign function allows you to use the two Surround Back speaker outputs to power speakers in your remote listening room.

Last Function Memory: This unit is equipped with a last function memory, which stores the input and output setting conditions as they were immediately before the power was switched off.

Back-Up Memory: The unit is also equipped with a back-up memory. This function provides approximately one week of memory storage when the main unit's power switch is off and the power cord is disconnected.

On-Screen Display (OSD): An OSD can be displayed on your television for easy system setup. The OSD is sent through all monitor outputs (composite video, S-video, component video, and HDMI).

Remote Control

RC-1030 Learning Remote Control: The AVR-2807 comes with a remote control that can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable Denon components. In addition, the remote is pre-programmed with control signals for other brands of products, including CD players, DBS receivers, MiniDisc players/recorders, VCRs, CD recorders, cable boxes, TVs, laserdisc players, DVD players, and cassette decks. The RC-1030 is also a learning remote, allowing it to learn and store commands from other remotes in your system

System Call: The remote control is equipped with "System Call" functions, allowing a series of remote control signals to be transmitted by pressing a single button. Up to 10 sequential signals can be stored in each of the 2 System Call buttons.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Dock Control: This minijack allows you to connect your iPod to the AVR-2807 using the optional Denon ASD-1R iPod dock (033ASD1RBK or 033ASD1RWT).

XM: This proprietary terminal allows you to connect an optional XM Connect-and-Play satellite antenna.

HDMI Inputs/Output: This unit has 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. The HDMI jacks support HDCP copyright protection.

Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-2807 features 5 optical digital (Toslink) inputs and 2 coaxial digital inputs. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Phono and Tuner. Optical Digital Inputs 3 and 4 also have corresponding Optical Digital outputs for use with a CD, MD or other digital recording device.

7.1 Multi-Channel Input: The AVR-2807 is equipped with a 7.1-channel input to accommodate present and future multi-channel formats.

Speaker Terminals: All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are positioned too far apart to be used with dual banana plugs.

RS-232C Port: The AVR-2807 includes an RS-232C port for connection to external whole-house control systems, from companies such as AMX, Crestron, and others, and provides a software/firmware upgrade pathway.

12V Trigger Outputs: The AVR-2807 has 2 mini-jack outputs to send a 12-Volt DC "turn-on" signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger, such as a power amplifier. These trigger outputs can be assigned to the Main Zone or Zone 2.

Room-to-Room Remote Jacks: The receiver has a mini-jack input for use with an optional Denon RC-616 IR re-transmitter. The adjacent room-to-room output is for future use.

Front Panel (V.Aux) Inputs: This unit features stereo audio, composite video and S-Video, and an optical digital input on the front panel for conveniently connecting a game console or camcorder.

Headphone Jack: The receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel, positioned behind the fold-down panel.

 
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5 out of 5

Yes complex but that's because it's flexible

Written By Tim, Freehold, NJ on Monday, July 09, 2007
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I've had this receiver since December 2006. First off Crutchfield service is incredible and was again in this case. I did have some HDMI problems with my SA DVR when I first hooked up the receiver. The video signal would cut out once in a while. After about a week of this I called Crutchfield and they sent me a new receiver without question even though they figured the issue was with the DVR or my cabling. Mind you they sent the replacement immediately. They just asked that I send back the original when I got the new one. The problem persisted with the new receiver but it must have been related to the DVR cause the issue later disappeared I guess when the DVR got a firnware update. Sound quality and setup flexibility of the Denon is spectacular. You need to read the manual a few times before you can really get it all together but that effort is worth it. Always wanted a Denon, not disappointed in any way.
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4 out of 5

Great but...

Written By Dave, Boston, MA on Wednesday, May 16, 2007
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I like the features and quality of this receiver - you get a lot of value for your money. Rather than rehash all the valid good points others have noted I'd like to explain why I only gave it 4 stars (I was considering 3). A complex piece of equipment likes this receiver is only as good as people's ability to use it. The interface on this unit is not up to the challenge. The on-screen interface clearly was designed by someone who learned everything he knows about interface design from the original Pong video game. It makes DOS look advanced by comparison. This receiver is very 2007 in features but very 1977 in providing an interface for people to use those features. The last three decades of advances in interface design wasn't about pretty pictures, it was about maintaining ease of use despite increasing complexity. And if there's one thing this receiver has it's every bit of the last 30 years of features and functionality packed into it.

The remote is equally unconsidered. Once again, designed by someone clearly from another decade.

The quality and performance for the price is hard to argue with - I don't regret the purchase. It's just a bit strange to have something so up-to-the-minute be 30 years behind in one important aspect.
13 out of 16 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

wonderful receiver.

Written By rich, Boston, MA on Monday, April 16, 2007
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I purchased this unit to replace an aging high-end separates system (Anthem AVM-20 preamp and five Parasond HCA-1201A monoblocks). My motivation was to simplify the setup, get HDMI switching and 7.1 capability, and come as close as possible in sound quality to the "Audiophile" separates i was used to. Inexplicably, with the AVR-2807, my home theater has never sounded better.

TV dialog is crystal clear, and both standard and hi-res CD formats sound spectacular. In particular, this unit blends my subwoofer with my mains better than ever. Setup to me was a breeze and straightforward, and i got the HDMI switching to work on the first try with my Motorola HD-DVR set top box (provided by verizon fios).

minor nitpicks: the remote is awkward to use (I have a harmony 880 which i also highly recommend), and the banana plug connectors in the rear of the unit use a non-english spacing, so i had to dremel my plugs apart.

In conclusion, the avr-2807 is a system that combines pristine fidelity with system flexibility. highly recommended.
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5 out of 5

Lives up to its reviews here

Written By John, Austin, TX on Tuesday, February 27, 2007
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Add me to the list of 2807 fans. This is one of the best receivers I have owned, and I've seen my share. My 2807 had the difficult task of stepping into the shoes of a Sony STR-DA777ES. It passes with flying colors. I would strongly recommend this product to anyone in the market for a -quality- mid-range a/v receiver.
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5 out of 5

Awesome receiver!

Written By Douglas, Florissant, MO on Friday, January 19, 2007
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This cost double what my previous receiver cost, a Yamaha HTR-5860. It is also worth it. The Yamaha was great for the price, and the main reason I got this was because it had HDMI hookups, and I had just bought a nice LCD flat screen. I had an easier time setting up than some, because I had read the manual, and a few reviews before purchase, and I've been messing with this kinda stuff since I was a kid.
Anyway, it did take a while to set up because I have so much stuff to hook up. I run a 5.1 setup with Polk speakers I bought several years ago from Crutchfield. The Polks are biampable, so I assigned the rear surround amps to the front speakers. Once I did that, I assigned and named all the various hookups, all great features. Then I ran the Audyssey setup, this feature was why I didn't even seriously consider other brands, as good as they are. Audyssey, like any other receiver in this price range, detects your speakers, and how far away they are, and sets these values for you. But, the different thing is that it takes measurements from up to 6 spots in your room, and widens the sweet spot, so that everyone has good sound. Not only that, this is the only receiver I have owned where if I sit in the exact middle, where the sweetest spot is supposed to be, it's there! My hearing is a little off, and I've always had to sit a few inches off center to get the best sound in the past.
That, for me, makes the price tag worth it. Between the abundance of hookups, and the noticeably improved sound of the Audyssey processing over Yamaha's YPAO system makes it worth the money for me.
Summary: If you have $1100 budgeted for an AV receiver, buy this!
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5 out of 5

Denon AVR-2807

Written By Fred989, Covington, LA on Saturday, January 13, 2007
 
I was given this receiver as a Christmas gift. It is an outstanding product. The build quality is excellent. The unit is sturdy. I will echo other reviewers comments as to the set-up complexity of this unit. It's a tough nut. The end result, however, is very much worth the effort and time commitment needed to maximize the receivers capabilities. I am using this receiver primarily for my home theater. It is matched with an Infinity PS12 (a subwoofer that is astounding in its low frequency reproduction)and with 5 Bose Series II satellites (these left over from the Lifestyle system that basically died after 10 years.) The HDMI inputs and switching work perfectly. This thing offers so many component connections its almost crazy. Integration with other Denon products is seemless. I also have the Denon DCM 290 CD changer which seems to be a perfect match to the AVR. Simply, I have never had sound this good in my theater room. The Bose lifestyle system couldn't touch the Denon. I also have to give high marks to the Denon Tech Support staff. Although the wait time averages around 30 minutes, they are a good polite and very helpful group. If you are a novice at AV equipment (or like myself, coming from a one set-up Bose system) you should plan on making a call or two to Denon for some help and advice. The manual is very well documented, but it is arcane and difficult to read. On another note, if you have HDMI output or optical audio output from your DVD player/recorder, be sure to go into its set-up menu and select bitstream at the audio out menu. Dolby Digital won't work without that setting. Great product. Denon hits a homerun on this one.
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5 out of 5

Thunderous Roar

Written By steve, Johnston RI on Friday, January 05, 2007
 
Wow! I hooked everything up. My old $1000. Bose speakers needed an upgrade, I dumped the Bose base tube and went with the 12" 650 watt powered subwoofer (overkill) and a matching center. It sounds like an elephant stampede through a mine field during a thunderstorm. I am glad we are not on a fault line. I will need a professional hookup, it is the right thing to do if you are not a complete expert. Lets be honest, if you bought this reciever you already own or soon will own the best TV, DVD, Xbox, speakers, etc.... so spend the extra $100 for a pro install to make sure you are properly utilizing every HD and sound options. If you go deaf from this reciever, just can turn it up a little more. I am an animal with loud music and I am unable to turn it up all the way, I don't even think there is an "up all the way." Enjoy! "5 Stars"
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5 out of 5

Denon AVR-2807

Written By gerald, Orland Park ILL on Wednesday, December 06, 2006
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I connected this beauty and it surpasses my old Denon AVR2600 by light years. Clear and with good base. The optical hook up makes it quick. I would not hesitate to recomend this unit. May I add that you can't go wrong purchasing from Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

What a receiver of $1,000

Written By Mark, Centreville, VA on Sunday, December 03, 2006
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I agree with the other reviews that this is one outstanding receiver. I have my receiver hooked to a Sony 40XBR3 with the Mirage home theater speaker system and it is outstanding. I read many reviews and some things to consider are that the receiver does produce heat and needs to be in a well ventilated cabinet. I would not have other components sit directly on top of it; I actually purchased a cabinet and the receiver is on a shelf by itself with space on all sides. It is "hefty". I am still hooking up other components (2 DVD players, CD, VCR, etc.) - I am positive that I will not be able to utilize all its capacity.
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5 out of 5

Awesome Receiver!

Written By William, Tuscaloosa, AL on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
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I recently purchased the 2807 to replace an Onkyo TX-DS777 that I have had for several years.
I am extremely pleased with the 2807. I had very little difficulty in setting up the unit, and the automatic room calibration system worked like a charm. The acoustic difference between the 2807 and my former Onkyo unit is very significant...much more that I had anticipated.
Also, I found the Denon remote to be quite intuitive, though I did add a Logitech Harmony 880 to my system. The Harmony is a bit more user friendly for the non audiophiles in my home.
Last, but not least...Crutchfield is the best! I have been a customer for several years, and have never been disappointed in their service. I could have purchased the 2807 for a bit less from a different vendor on the internet. However, for a purchase of this sort, sacrificing my confidence in Crutchfield for a few bucks was not worth the difference.
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5 out of 5

Great!

Written By Larry, Abingdon, VA on Sunday, November 26, 2006
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This is a great receiver! Nice to have only one cable from the receiver to the TV. Nicely upgrades the pictures, especially the analog cable channels. Sound is as good as it gets. A bit difficult to set up, but worth the time and trouble.
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5 out of 5

Denon AVR-2807

Written By John, Kirkland, WA on Monday, November 13, 2006
 
I have to agree with the other reviews on this receiver, it sounds amazing and I haven't had any problems with it. I'm currently using it with my Comcast HD DVR cable box, a mac mini, and a couple other devices and haven't had any problems with it hooked up to my Westinghouse 1080p LCD. Everything gets switched properly through the hdmi connections which is really nice. The only complaint I have is that going from one device to the next seems slow but I think it might be the tv not the receiver.
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5 out of 5

AV Virgin (no longer) First Impressions

Written By Jonathan, Austin TX on Wednesday, August 30, 2006
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I recently unpacked this hefty beast and promptly said to myself... where's the hookup picture? The table of contents (in the manual) is rather handy showing me where to start looking. After a little bathroom reading, I was ready to assemble my first real sound system. I had optical and component for an xbox360, component for my DVR (timewarner - after reading these reviews I didn't bother trying the HDMI), and pre-outs from my pc, as well as the 5.1 surround speakers to hook up and sort out.

The DVR/TV/xbox were not too difficult to assemble. The onscreen menus were straight forward for the setup of the speakers and audio inputs with video inputs but you had to read them and put yourself in a Denon mindset to figure them out properly. After failing to do the auto-setup (I believe my volumes were not set right), I followed through the menus and did the manual setup, it steps you through this without becoming confusing, moving you along as you complete each step. The end result...

I turned on the TV, set the Denon to the appropriate input... and I had sound and picture. Set it to the xbox360, put in the first Matrix... and I had surround sound. I discovered a button on the remote fairly quickly that let you set the processing of the sound to simulate different rooms or environments. I found one that suited the Matrix better and enjoyed the bullets zinging and little electrical noises. I put the 2807 back to the TV and experimented with the same setting, simulating a 5.1 stereo made normal TV sound much more enveloping. Next was to make the computer send sound... that was a little trickier until I spent more time with the manual, but now it works!
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5 out of 5

Deon Receiver #2807

Written By RBS, Sarasota, Florida on Wednesday, August 02, 2006
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This is an excellent receiver, significantly better than the Denon AVR#3300 it replaced. I cannot believe the sound quality....you can hear practically every instrument in the orchestra! Installing it was a bit of a problem, but we got there, and it was worth it. I cannot say enough about Crutchfield. If you're going to buy this expensive piece of equipment, buy it from a dealer with warranty coverage and good customer service.
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5 out of 5

Very Nice expecially HDMI switching

Written By smh, San Diego, CA on Thursday, July 06, 2006
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I wanted a receiver that could switch HDMI signals, and so far I am very pleased. My Dishnet VIP622 (HD with DVR) receiver has HDMI output and my Sony KDSR60XBR1 has HDMI input. This Denon AVR-2807 switches the audio and video no problem. It also converts my component inputs and optical inputs from my older DVD player to HDMI. Very nice to have just one cable from the TV to the receiver. It is a just a bit tricky to setup, but after a few minutes of understanding the layout and onscreen menus, you get the hang of it. The sound is excellent. The only drawback is the remote is rather confusing. You get used to it after a little while. Consider investing in an LCD universal remote, or upgrading to the next model Denon receiver. Also, to use zone2 speakers w/o an external amplifier, you connect to the back surround speaker terminals. Check out the mainual on the denon website. This means you give up the back surround to have speakers in zone2. They share the same speaker connections. If you connect the line level pre-amp outputs for zone2 to an external amp, and the zone2 speakers to this external amp you have no limitations. Enjoy.
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5 out of 5

Very nice, but...

Written By Dr. Gokay, Ankara, TR on Friday, June 09, 2006
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I received mine a few weeks ago. To begin with, this is a great receiver (thus the 5 stars). Sounds great, very flexible and very nicely built (built in Japan!). However, it is a little difficult to set-up. For example, there is a dedicated dock (iPod) link but you have to define one of the peripherals as the iPod. Because, there is no pre-set iPod A/V input. Also the remote is pretty much useless. If you are buying this one (which I believe is a great value), plan on spending what you have saved on a decent remote and if possible, professional installation. Then you can relax and enjoy what this Denon is really capable of.
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5 out of 5

Excellent receiver with the right price range

Written By raj, Boston,MA on Wednesday, May 10, 2006
 
I am extremely pleased with this receiver and I am very glad that I bought this receiver to replace an ONKYOTX-503 receiver which i bought last year

I have the POLK RTi 10s for my fronts with the Cs5i centers and Fx3i surrounds and this receiver does an amazing job in bringing out the best of my speakers.

I did see a few other reviews about the HDMI incompatibility and I wil say that I have had no problems. I use the Direct TV receiver that has an HDMI output and I connect it directly to the Deneon AVr-2807 and my plasma TV is connected to the DEnon via HDMI and I have no problems.

The best part is the video upconvertion feature and it works really well. With this receiver, I only have one single HDMI cable going to my TV for both audio and video signals and the AVR-2807 does an amazing job when selecting the different inputs ( DVD, DBS, game )

I only wish if the remote was a little more sleaker. I would highly recommend this product to anyone.

Thanks
Rajeev
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4 out of 5

When is HDMI not HDMI?

Written By Bill, Dublin, CA on Friday, April 21, 2006
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Well, add Comcast to the list of cable company DVR boxes that don't really put out true HDMI that the Denon can handle. Direct from the DVR to the TV is fine, add in the Denon and you get a message telling you the set-top box does not fully support HDMI and to use Component instead. Well, that means also hooking up an optical or coax for audio. What's the up with that? HDMI that isn't really HDMI? Otherwise, love the unit - with the one "bummer" of there isn't a sleep or off-timer. I've got one of the lower priced units in another room and it's the same problem on there..... somehow I was expecting that handy feature for the extra $500.....
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5 out of 5

Denon AVR-2807

Written By Schafer, Houston, TX on Tuesday, April 18, 2006
 
While the product is excellent, I was disappointed to discover that my Time Warner cable box/DVR (a Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300HD) refuses to work with the Denon over HDMI, apparently because the DVR doesn't handle HDCP correctly. So instead of being able to run everything over HDMI, I'm forced to run component video to the Denon, and let it switch that to the HDMI cable to the TV.

The remote is probably the most complex remote I've ever seen, and not particularly easy to figure out.

In addition, the first Denon I received from Crutchfield was DOA. But Crutchfield sent out a new one the next weekday, so I'm happy with their customer service.
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5 out of 5

Best receiver Ive ever owned

Written By Stephen, Springfield, VA on Saturday, April 08, 2006
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Fantasic receiver. The Audessy setup takes care of all the different speaker sizes and parameters. Really makes my home theater come alive. All the controlls seem to be of very high quality. Nice touch and feel.
Crutchfield service was great. Recieved the reciever via UPS in one day. Only drawback: the remote control leaves something to be desired. But I think this is a minor quible on an otherwise fine receiver.
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5 out of 5

Unbelievable sound...

Written By Brian, Twin Cities, MN on Tuesday, April 04, 2006
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Having spent multiple thousands of dollars on my home theater setup, I was amazed at how much better my speakers sounded when I replaced my JVC unit with this one. The auto setup was fairly easy (although I did end up switching the wiring on my speakers several times), and my movies and games have really come to life. More than once I've caught myself muting the system to see if it's really raining outside, only to realize that it was a sound effect from the game I was playing. All in all, I'm VERY satisfied. Oh yeah, having all of my video signals running through a single HDMI cable has helped clean up the system's appearance as well.
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