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Denon AVR-2803

Home theater receiver with Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, Pro Logic II (Silver)

Item # 033AV2803S

The amazing AVR-2803 combines muscular 7-channel power and advanced processing savvy to deliver stunning, high-end...

The amazing AVR-2803 combines muscular 7-channel power and advanced processing savvy to deliver stunning, high-end...

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About the Denon AVR-2803

The amazing AVR-2803 combines muscular 7-channel power and advanced processing savvy to deliver stunning, high-end 7.1-channel home theater excitement. This receiver boasts 90 full-bandwidth-rated watts x 7 channels of ultra-clean power plus Denon's Widescreen 7.1 mode, which lets you turn any surround source into enveloping 7.1 audio. Of course, you also get a full complement of surround decoding, including Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES® DTS 96/24, DTS Neo: 6 modes, and Pro Logic® II. The multichannel thrills will never end!

The amazing AVR-2803 combines muscular 7-channel power and advanced processing savvy to deliver stunning, high-end 7.1-channel home theater excitement. This receiver boasts 90 full-bandwidth-rated watts x 7 channels of ultra-clean power plus Denon's Widescreen 7.1 mode, which lets you turn any surround source into enveloping 7.1 audio. Of course, you also get a full complement of surround decoding, including Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES® DTS 96/24, DTS Neo: 6 modes, and Pro Logic® II. The multichannel thrills will never end!

An Analog Devices Melody 100 SHARC processor and sixteen 96kHz/24-bit DACs (two per channel!) ensure clean, precise handling of all your digital sources. The AVR-2803 also offers flexible dual-room/dual-source options that let a housemate listen to stereo music in another room while you enjoy surround sound in your home theater room. If you step to 5.1 sound in your main room, the AVR-2803 can power a stereo speakers in a second room - or use the preamp-level output with a receiver or powered speakers in your second room and retain full 7.1 surround in your main room.

The '2803 also offers a wealth of connectivity, including 7.1-channel preamp input and output, 6 digital inputs, and 7 S-video inputs. It also offers component video switching for 2 sources with 100MHz bandwidth for perfect transfer of HDTV signals. The learning/multibrand remote with glow-in-the-dark buttons offers easy control of all your components, even when lights are low.


  • 90 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD
  • Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, and Pro Logic II decoding
  • DTS Neo:6 and Widescreen 7.1 modes
  • 16 Analog Devices 96kHz/24-bit DACs
  • learning/multibrand remote with glow-in-the-dark keys
  • dual-room/dual-source output (stereo preamp-level and speaker-level output for 2nd room)
  • 7.1-channel input
  • 7.1-channel preamp output
  • component video switching: 2 in, 1 out (100MHz bandwidth)
  • digital inputs: 4 optical, 2 coaxial
  • 1 optical digital output
  • 3 audio (including phono) and 7 A/V (including 7 S-video) inputs
  • on-screen display (requires TV with A/V input)
  • variable low-pass crossover
  • high-current, low-impedance amp design
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • 17-1/16"W x 6-3/4"H x 17"D
  • warranty: 2 years

What's in the box:

  • AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
  • RC-924 Wireless remote control
  • 3 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Operating Instructions
  • List of Preset Codes
  • Warranty sheet
  • Denon Service Network sheet
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Features & specs

Number Of Channels N/A
Stereo RMS Power (watts) ---
THD in Stereo ---
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) ---
Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
General Features
Bluetooth No
Apple AirPlay ---
Alexa-compatible No
Google Assistant-compatible No
Chromecast built-in No
DTS Play-Fi No
App Remote Control No
On-Screen Display
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
Multi-room Audio/Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
Multi-room HDMI Output No
Total Number of Zones 2
Playback from Digital Audio Inputs No
Playback from Streaming Sources No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos N/A
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization ---
DTS:X ---
DTS Virtual:X ---
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input 1
Audio-Video Inputs 7
Audio-only Inputs 3
Component Video Inputs 2
Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
Optical Digital Inputs 4
Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
Optical Digital Outputs 1
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
Number of HDMI Inputs ---
HDMI Monitor Outputs ---
Subwoofer Outputs 1
Discrete Subwoofer Outputs No
Multi-Channel Analog Input No
Multi-channel Preamp Output No
Main Speaker Output Pairs Posts
Main Speaker Terminals Posts
Ethernet Port ---
USB Connections None
Removable Power Cord ---
Supports Wireless Rear Speakers No
HDMI Features
HDMI Version ---
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) No
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) No
4K/120Hz-Capable Inputs No
Audio Return Channel No
Video Upscaling No
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Support
HDR10 No
HDR10+ No
Dolby Vision No
Other Specs
FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
Multibrand Remote Control ---
Learning Remote Yes
Width (inches) 17.0625
Height (inches) 6.721
Depth (inches) 17
Weight (pounds) ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Inputs and Outputs Notes


High Power Custom Transistor: When temperatures rise or fall inside the unit, bias current values supplied to the power transistor tend to fluctuate, causing sound quality to deteriorate. The high power custom transistor used in the AVR-2803 ensures that the bias current is constantly uniform so that the sound you hear is of consistently stable, high quality.

Digital Surround Processing: The AVR-2803 features the new Analog Devices Melody 100 (Hammerhead SHARC) 32-bit floating point, high speed digital surround processor, operating entirely in the digital domain, to deliver accurate performance from digital sources such as DVD, LD, and DTV.

24-bit/96kHz All-channels Differential-mode D/A Conversion: For the optimum fidelity and transparency, the AVR-2803 features new high resolution Analog Devices 24-bit, 96 kHz DACs, in 16-DAC differential configuration (2 D/A channels per each audio channel).

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 Surround EX (6.1)
  • Dolby Digital (5.1)
  • Dolby Pro Logic II (Music & Cinema)
  • DTS-ES Discrete (6.1)
  • DTS-ES Matrix (6.1)
  • DTS (5.1)
  • DTS Neo:6 (Cinema & Music)
  • DTS-ES 96/24
  • 5/7-Channel Stereo
  • Wide Screen
  • Rock Arena
  • Jazz Club
  • Mono Movie
  • Video Game
  • Matrix
  • Virtual

Wide Screen Mode: Denon has developed a Wide Screen mode, which recreates the effects of the multiple surround speakers found in movie theaters. The result is 7.1-channel sound taking full advantage of the surround back speakers, even with Dolby Pro Logic or Dolby Digital/DTS 5.1-channel signals.

DTS 96/24: The AVR-2803 can decode DVD-Video software recorded in DTS 96/24, which allows high-quality 24-bit, 96kHz audio playback in all channels with full-quality, full-motion video. High resolution 96/24 audio playback from ordinary DVD-Video recordings is limited to only two channels with some limitations on the picture.

Direct Mode: The Direct mode allows you to achieve good quality 2-channel sound while watching images. In this mode, audio signals bypass such circuits as the tone circuit and are transmitted directly.

5/7 Channel Stereo: Denon's popular 5/7 Channel Stereo mode transforms your favorite 2-channel sources such as CD, tape, stereo radio and stereo video sources into exciting surround sound, free of delay effects and unnatural artifacts, from all speakers. 

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 II, Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS Neo:6 and Wide Screen surround modes.

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). 

Variable Gain Volume Control: The receiver's volume control allows you to make fine adjustments of 0.5dB in an extended useable range of -80dB to +18dB. In addition, the signal-to-noise ratio in the useable area has been improved. 

Dual Source/Dual Zone Capability: The AVR-2803 allows you to enjoy one program source in a second room while another source is playing in the main room. The Zone 2 output is a stereo pre-amp output that can send a signal to an amplifier or a set of powered speakers located in another room. The Zone 2 pre-amp output is variable, allowing you to separately adjust the volume with the receiver's remote. In addition, this receiver has a Power Amp Assign function, which allows you to assign the amplifier for the Surround Back channel to either the main room or Zone 2. There are two speaker outputs on this channel allowing you to power a pair of speakers in the main room (as Surround Back speakers) or in Zone 2. 

Component Video Switching: In addition to composite and S-video switching, this receiver has two sets of component video inputs and one set of component video (monitor) outputs. Each of the component video inputs is assignable to different input sources. A high-performance relay is used to switch signals, and a high-frequency range of up to 100MHz is supported, giving it the ability to pass HDTV signals.

On-Screen Display (OSD): An OSD can be displayed on your television for easy system setup. The OSD can be displayed from the composite and S-video monitor outputs only.

7.1 Multi-Channel Inputs: The AVR-2803 is equipped with a 7.1-channel wideband (up to 100kHz) input to accommodate present and future multi-channel formats, such as DVD-Audio or SACD.

Selectable Crossover Setting: This receiver supports subwoofer crossover switching with a choice of 5 frequencies: 40, 60, 80, 100, and 120Hz. This lets you more accurately match the performance characteristics of the subwoofer to the main speaker system.

Personal Memory Plus: The Personal Memory Plus function automatically memorizes the surround modes and input modes selected for the different input sources. When an input source is selected, the modes stored in memory for that source are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone control settings and playback level balance for the different output channels are memorized for each surround mode.

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 with the power cord disconnected.

Remote Control

Multibrand A/V Learning Remote (RC-924): The AVR-2803 comes with a newly-developed infrared remote control with the most frequently used keys in the center. It is pre-programmed to control the receiver and other Denon A/V components. In addition, the remote is pre-coded for multiple brands of CD players and recorders, MiniDisc player/recorders, DBS Satellite receivers, VCRs, TVs, DVD players, Laserdisc players, cable boxes and cassette players. The remote can also "learn" the codes of other remotes if that component is not included in the Denon remote's library of preset memory codes.

Serial Control/Room-to-Room Ports: The AVR-2803 has a mini-jack input for a connection to an external remote control system, such as AMX or Crestron. The receiver also has a mini-jack input and output for Room-to-Room Remote Control. These jacks allow you to control other remote-controllable components with an optional Denon IR remote control extender system (RC-616, RC-617 or RC-618).

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Surround Back/Zone 2 Speaker Outputs: This receiver is equipped with 7 discrete amplifiers, including two for the Surround Back/Zone 2 output. There are two speaker terminals (marked "L" and "R") sharing the Surround Back/Zone 2 amplifier. This allows you to connect two speakers in the main zone for the Surround Back channels, or power two speakers in Zone 2.

Note: The Power Amp Assign switch on the back of the receiver has to be switched to either "Surround Back" or "Zone 2", depending upon the zone being used.

Speaker Outputs: All speaker outputs have binding post connectors, allowing you to connect the speakers with bare wire, banana plugs or pin connectors. The binding posts are spaced too far apart to support dual banana plugs, and the collar surrounding each post prevents the use of spade lugs.

Digital Inputs/Outputs: This receiver has 6 assignable digital inputs and 1 digital output. There are 4 optical digital and 2 coaxial digital inputs. One of the optical digital inputs (Opt 4) is coupled with an optical digital output. Each digital input can be "assigned" to a different input source, or turned off if not in use.

Pre-out Jacks: This receiver has a total of 10 pre-out level RCA jacks for the following channels: Front left and right, Center, Subwoofer, Surround left and right, Surround Back/Zone 2 left and right, and Zone 2 left and right. These jacks allow you to connect the outputs to integrated amplifiers or powered speakers.

Headphone Jack: This unit has a gold-plated standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel. When headphones are plugged into the headphones jack, the speaker-level and pre-amp level outputs are automatically turned off.

12V Trigger Output: The AVR-2803 has a mini-jack output to send a 12-Volt DC "turn-on" signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger, such as a power amplifier. The 12V trigger output can be assigned to as many source inputs as desired.

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