About the Denon AVR-2809CI
Treat yourself to powerful, pristine, and totally engrossing home theater with the Denon AVR-2809CI. This sophisticated receiver delivers 115 high-current watts to as many as seven speakers, enveloping you in detailed, lifelike sound. Denon also packed it with advanced features, like flexible digital video switching and upconversion, decoding for the latest surround sound formats, and versatile multi-room entertainment options.
Precision auto setup tailors sound to your room
For the most accurate home theater sound possible, Denon equipped this receiver with Audyssey MultEQ® XT, a sophisticated automatic speaker calibration system. The '2809CI uses the included microphone to analyze sound from up to eight different listening positions, then automatically adjusts level, equalization, and delay settings for each of your speakers. You get precise response across a wide listening area so everyone in the room can enjoy optimized home theater sound. Audyssey's Dynamic Volume mode keeps the sound clear and steady, eliminating those annoying spikes in volume that accompany commercials between TV shows.
Four HDMI inputs plus 1080p video upconversion
The '2809CI features 1080p-capable HDMI switching for four high-def video sources. Analog-to-HDMI conversion lets you send all your video sources to an HDMI-capable TV using a single digital cable, simplifying hookup and maximizing picture quality for each source. Plus, when you use the receiver's HDMI output, it can upconvert your non-HD video sources to resolutions as high as 1080p, for a better match with your HDTV's high-res display.
Multi-room flexibility and more
This receiver's three-room/three-source output lets you enjoy a surround sound movie in your main room while a housemate watches a different video source in a second room, and another housemate listens to stereo music in a third. A handy learning/multibrand touchscreen remote lets you easily control all of the components in your system. Denon's user-friendly, on-screen interface makes it a snap to operate the '2809CI using your TV screen.
Superior sound quality from every source
The '2809CI's heavy-duty construction includes an anti-resonant chassis, a massive power supply, and large capacitors for abundant reserve power to handle movie explosions and other sudden dynamic peaks. Denon's Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit-HD provides dedicated circuit blocks for tasks like digital-to-analog conversion, analog-to-digital conversion, and surround decoding for optimal sound. Careful isolation of each block also ensures ultra-high signal purity. You'll enjoy powerfully precise home theater and music every time.
- 115 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD
- Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES, Pro Logic® IIx, and DTS Neo:6 decoding
- Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ® XT eight-point auto setup and room calibration system (microphone included)
- XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM tuner kit )
- Neural Surround decoder for XM's HD Surround channels
- SIRIUS satellite radio capable (requires SIRIUS subscription and optional SiriusConnect home tuner kit)
- iPod® integration (requires optional Denon ASD-11R, ASD-3N, or ASD-3W)
- Compressed Audio Restorer for better sound with compressed music sources like MP3 files
- Audyssey Dynamic EQ for fuller sound at lower listening levels
- Audyssey Dynamic Volume mode to keep listening levels steady
- three-room/three-source output:
- line-level and powered stereo audio output with volume, balance and tone control for 2nd room (using powered 2nd room stereo output allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
- composite video output for 2nd room
- line-level stereo audio output with volume control for 3rd room
- conversion of optical or coaxial digital signals to analog audio output for 2nd and 3rd rooms (PCM signals only)
- high-current, low-impedance amp design
- Pure Direct modes switch off all unneeded circuitry for the cleanest possible sound
- ALPHA 24 Plus upsampling for stereo digital sources
- 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
- on-screen display for easier system setup and operation
- learning/multibrand touchscreen electro-luminescent remote
- basic remote for second or third listening room (requires remote control extender system, not included)
- 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 17-11/16"D
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (4 in, 1 out)
- analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p) with Faroudja DCDi video processing and scaling
- HDMI version 1.3a with support for Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, 7.1 uncompressed 24/96 audio, DVD-Audio, SACD, and HDMI-CEC
- component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
- component video conversion (composite to S-video, or composite and S-video to component)
- digital audio inputs: 3 optical (including 1 front panel), 3 coaxial
- digital audio outputs: 1 optical
- 7 audio/video inputs, including:
- 1 front-panel input with composite and S-video
- 6 rear-panel inputs with composite and S-video
- 2 audio-only inputs (including phono)
- 7.1-channel analog audio preamp input
- 7.1-channel analog audio preamp output
- RS-232C port for automated control systems
- detachable power cord
- 2 sets of main speaker outputs
- back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping front left and right speakers
- MFR # AVR-2809CI
What's in the box:
- Black AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
- Audyssey DM-A409 setup microphone with attached 20' cord (has a mono mini-jack connector)
- RC-1102 Wireless remote control
- RC-1106 Secondary wireless remote control
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- 70" AC power cord
- AM analog loop antenna
- FM wire antenna
- Owner's Manual
- Getting Started guide
- Warranty information
- Denon service network sheet
- XM Radio information
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Features & specs
7-Channel Equal Power Amplifier: The Denon AVR-2809CI features a 7-channel equal power, discrete amplifier. Each channel is rated at 115 watts RMS. The amp can power a 7.1-channel surround system in the main room; or it can power a 5.1-channel system and the surround back channels can be reassigned to power Zone 2 or Zone 3 speakers at the same time.
Digital Signal Processing (DSP): The Denon AVR-2809CI is equipped with a high-resolution 32-bit floating point Digital Signal Processor (DSP). 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.
24-Bit/192 kHz D/A Converters: The AVR-2809CI uses Burr-Brown 24-bit/192-kHz Digital-to-Analog converters for all channels. The 192kHz sampling and 24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allow you to play high-resolution recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range of those recordings.
Audyssey: This receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and Room Equalization function, to achieve the most ideal sound field for your room. The AVR-2809CI's Audyssey MultEQ XT function is designed to optimize the sound quality at each listening position in the room. The included DM-A409 microphone is used to measure test tones at each listening position. This measured data is then analyzed using a program to improve acoustic characteristics in the listening area. For best results at least 6 positions should be measured, including a main position. The main position is given more weight in the calculations.
- MultEQ XT: The Room EQ function offers the following adjustments:
- Audyssey: optimizes the crossover point, output level, delay time, and equalization of all speakers based on speaker frequency response, speaker location, and room acoustics
- Audyssey Byp. L/R: optimizes all speakers except front left and right
- Audyssey Flat: optimize frequency response of all speakers to flat
- Manual: adjusts the tonal quality for each speaker individually using the manual equalizer settings; adjust from -20 to +6 dB at 63 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 khz, 4 kHz, 8 kHz, and 16 kHz
- Off: turns equalizer off
- Dynamic EQ: Audio engineers mix music and movie soundtracks at reference levels much louder than typical home listening levels. At lower volumes the human ear perceives sound differently; voices change, bass dissipates, and the surround effect becomes less enveloping. Dynamic EQ adjusts the frequency response curve based on volume to maintain consistent bass output, octave-to-octave balance, and surround impact, resulting in rich sound at any volume.
- Dynamic Volume: Dynamic Volume addresses the issue of commercials that are too loud and movie soundtracks with vast differences between soft and loud passages; the results are more intelligible dialogue, loud passages maintain impact, and soft whispers are clearly heard. When the volume level changes, Dynamic EQ also adjusts the frequency response to maintain sound quality.
Custom Integration: The AVR-2809CI carries the "CI" stamp, which is Denon's certification to custom installers that the receiver has advanced connectivity and control features often required for custom home integration and theater applications using premium control systems. These features include a RS232C jack for use with whole house control systems, remote IR command input and output, and two +12-volt triggers.
Video Up-Conversion Powered With DCDi By Faroudja: The AVR-2809CI is equipped with a flexible video switching system that converts video signals in an effort to only require one video connection from the receiver to your TV. The video switching system features a Directional Correlation De-interlacing (DCDi) special video processor developed by Faroudja that involves advanced algorithms to remove the jagged edges that appear when standard interlaced video is viewed on progressive scan displays. DCDi converts standard interlaced signals into progressive scan signals in order to eliminate the stair-casing effect that conventional up-converters can introduce to diagonal edges. Unlike most other conversion circuits, this receiver will convert analog signals from composite video, S-Video, and component video to HDMI up to 1080p.
- 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/1080p input cannot be converted)
Note: Video signals input as HDMI must be output via HDMI.
Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes, including the new high resolution audio formats, to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The surround modes include:
- Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus was developed as an extension to Dolby Digital. The audio coding technology supports 7.1 channel surround sound.
- Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit.
- DTS-HD High Resolution: DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is an improved version of the conventional DTS, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24 signal formats that is compatible with sampling frequencies of 48 or 96 kHz and up to 7.1-channels of discrete digital sound. High data bit rate performance provides high quality sound.
- DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless audio format compatible with up to 96 kHz and up to 7.1-channels. The lossless audio coding technology faithfully reproduces the sound of the studio master.
- Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
- Dolby Digital EX: Dolby Digital EX is a 6.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
- DTS Digital Surround: DTS Digital Surround is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround sound format used for both commercial/theatrical and consumer grade applications.
- DTS-ES Extended Surround: DTS-ES features two 6.1 multi-channel formats.
- DTS-ES Discrete 6.1: DTS-ES Discrete 6.1-channel is a 6.1-channel discrete digital audio format adding a surround back channel to the DTS digital surround sound.
- DTS-ES Matrix 6.1: DTS-ES Matrix 6.1-channel is a discrete 5.1 channel digital audio format inserting a surround back channel to the DTS surround sound through matrix encoding.
- DTS 96/24: DTS 96/24 is a digital audio format enabling high sound quality playback in 5.1-channels with a sampling frequency of 96 kHz and 24 bit quantization of DVD-video.
- Dolby Pro Logic II: Dolby Pro Logic II technology processes any high quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into five playback channels of full-bandwidth surround sound. A matrix surround decoding technology, Dolby Pro Logic II detects the directional cues that occur naturally in stereo content and uses these elements to create a five-channel surround sound playback experience. You can choose from Cinema, Music, or Game formats. You can also choose Dolby Pro Logic (the earlier 4-channel mode).
- Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Pro Logic IIx expands any existing stereo- or 5.1-channel audio for a 6.1- or 7.1- channel playback, creating a seamless, natural surround soundfield that immerses you in the entertainment experience. You can choose from the following Dolby Pro Logic IIx formats - Cinema, Music, or Game.
- DTS Neo:6 Surround: DTS Neo:6 is a matrix decoding technology for achieving 6.1-channel surround playback with 2-channel sources. You can choose from two DTS Neo: 6 Surround formats - Neo: 6 Cinema and Neo: 6 Music.
- Combined Surround Modes: The receiver features
several combined modes using existing Dolby and DTS surround modes:
- Dolby TrueHD + Dolby Digital EX
- Dolby TrueHD + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema
- Dolby TrueHD + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music
- DTS-HD + Neo:6
- DTS-HD + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema
- DTS-HD + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music
- Dolby Digital + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema
- Dolby Digital + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music
- DTS + Neo:6
- DTS + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema
- DTS + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music
- Neural Surround: Neural Surround has been adopted by XM Satellite Radio for digital radio broadcasts of XM HD Surround recordings and live events in surround sound. Neural Surround employs psychoacoustic frequency domain processing which allows delivery of a more detailed sound stage with superior channel separation and localization of audio elements.
- Denon Original Surround (DSP) Modes:
- Wide Screen: this mode is for enjoying the atmosphere of a movie on a large screen
- Super Stadium: this mode is suited for watching sports programs
- Rock Arena: this mode is for enjoying the atmosphere of a live concert in an arena
- Jazz Club: this mode is for enjoying the atmosphere of a live concert in a jazz club
- Classic Concert: this mode is suited for classical music
- Mono Movie: this mode is for playing monaural movie sources with surround sound
- Video Game: this mode is suited for achieving surround sound with video games
- Matrix: this mode lets you add a sense of expansion to stereo music sources
- Virtual: this mode is for enjoying surround effects using only the front speakers or headphones
- 5CH/7CH Stereo: this mode is for enjoying stereo sound from all speakers
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:
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 works in the Dolby, DTS, and Wide Screen 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 with reduced dynamic range.
LFE: This setting adjusts the low-frequency effects level (LFE). You can adjust the LFE from -10 to 0 dB.
Center Width: This function assigns the center channel signal to the front left and right channels for wider sound; select from 0 to 7. This function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic II and PL IIx modes.
Center Image: This function assigns a center channel signal to the front left and right channels for wider sound; adjust from 0.0 to 1.0. This function only works in the DTS Neo:6 mode.
Panorama: This feature assigns front left and right signals to surround channels for wider sound, you can turn this feature On or Off. This function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic II and PL IIx modes.
Dimension: This setting shifts the sound image to the front or rear to adjust playback balance; select from 0 to 6. This function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic II and PL IIx modes.
Delay Time: This feature adjusts the delay time to control the sound stage size. In this menu the delay time is only adjusted for the Matrix mode.
Effect Level: This function adjusts the effect signal level from 1 to 15 when using the Denon Original Surround Modes.
Room Size: This feature allows you to set the size of your acoustic environment when using the Denon Original Surround Modes; select Small, Medium small, Medium, Medium large, or Large.
AFDM: Auto Flag Detect Mode auto-selects the surround mode by the connected source's content.
SB CH Out: This setting selects the playback mode for the surround back channels; there are separate settings for multi-channel and 2-channel sources.
PCM Input: In addition to accepting bitstream audio, which is then decoded by the AVR-2809CI, the HDMI inputs will accept 2-channel or multi-channel linear PCM signals, up to 8 channels, with a bit rate of 32-192 kHz, and with a word length of 16, 20, or 24 bits. Transferring SACD and DVD-Audio signals by HDMI is also supported.
HDMI Control: Basic control commands can be relayed via HDMI cables to compatible TVs and source components.
Pure Direct: For the most accurate music reproduction, the Pure Direct mode turns off the display (OSD and front panel), surround, and tone circuits.
Tone Settings: You can independently adjust the system's overall Bass and Treble settings from -6 to +6 dB. Zone 2 and Zone 3 Bass and Treble is adjustable from -10 to +10 dB.
Restorer: This function restores compressed audio signals to pre-compression form, correcting the sense of bass and treble volume to obtain a richer sounding playback; select 64, 96, or HQ based on the compression setting of the source material.
Night Mode: This mode is optimized for late night listening. You can select the degree of compression; Low, Middle, High, or Off. Night Mode is not available when Dynamic EQ or Dynamic Volume is turned on, or for high definition audio signals (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, or DTS HD).
Audio Delay: If needed, the audio signal can be delayed to match the video signal; adjust from 0-200ms.
Quick Select: The front panel and main remote (RC-1102) both have three Quick Select buttons. Each button can be programmed with a specific input source, surround mode, volume, and MultEQ XT, Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic volume settings for easy recall.
Personal Memory Plus: For each input, the receiver automatically memorizes the settings for input mode, surround mode, HDMI output mode, MultEQ XT, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, audio delay, etc. When the input source is switched, the settings last used for that source are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone control settings, and playback levels for the different output channels are memorized for each surround mode.
Subwoofer Control: You can set the crossover frequency of the subwoofer to 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 110Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz or 250Hz. The subwoofer output is set to LFE (plays the LFE channel plus any information below the crossover point from any channel set to small) or LFE+Main (plays the LFE channel plus any information below the crossover point from all channels).
Multi-Zone/Multi-Source Operation: In addition to the main room, the AVR-2809CI offers two playback zones, each with independent source selection. Zone 2 has audio and video output; Zone 3 has audio output only. Both zones have line-level outputs, and depending on the amplifier assign setting, either can be powered by the surround back speaker channels. Optical and coaxial digital sources (2-channel PCM only) can be played in zones 2 and 3; HDMI audio cannot be played in zones 2 or 3. A second remote control is included for use in Zone 2 or Zone 3.
Amplifier Assign: There are seven amplifier channels built into the receiver. These channels are typically used for 7.1 channel surround in the main room, but the amplifier assign function gives you the option of configuring the system differently if you prefer (limiting the main room to 5.1-channel operation):
- Bi-Amp Connections: Some loudspeakers are equipped with two sets of input terminals for bi-amplification. The receiver's Power Amp Assign mode allows you to power two bi-amp capable speakers with two amplifier channels each. The bi-amp channels can be assigned to either the front A or front B speakers.
- Multi-Zone Operation: Two amplifier channels can be assigned to power stereo speakers in Zone 2, stereo speakers in Zone 3, or one mono speaker each in Zone 2 and Zone3.
iPod Compatibility: Using an optional ASD-11R iPod dock, or an ASD-3N or ASD-3W iPod/Network adapter dock, you can integrate your iPod with the AVR-2809CI. Song titles appear on the receiver's display panel and the iPod can be controlled using the buttons on the main unit and the remote control.
Note: The ASD-11R is compatible with 3rd generation and later iPods with a dock connecter.
XM Satellite Ready: The optional XM Direct 2 Home Tuner (220XHD2H1, sold separately) lets you enjoy XM Satellite Radio through the XM-ready receiver. Simply connect the XM direct 2 Home Tuner to the XM jack on back of the receiver, place and aim the included antenna for optimum reception, and you are ready to start enjoying commercial-free music, plus live sports, new, talk, and exclusive entertainment. The channel number, channel name, artist name, and song title are listed on the receiver's display and on the connected TV monitor. XM stations are stored as presets and recalled in the same way AM and FM stations are.
Note: In addition to the XM Direct 2 Home Tuner and the XM-ready receiver, you will need a subscription to XM Satellite Radio to receive XM programming.
Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: The AVR-2809CI can be connected to the optional SiriusConnect home tuner kit (item number 607SCH1-sold separately), allowing you to receive Sirius Satellite Radio through the receiver. The display shows channel name, number, category, artist, or song title. Sirius channels are stored as presets and recalled in the same way AM and FM stations are. A subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio is required.
Volume Setting: You can set a maximum volume level of 0, -10, or -20 dB to limit the receiver's total volume output. You can also specify a turn-on volume, from -70 to +18dB or Last (whatever the volume setting when the receiver was turned off).
Muting Level Adjustment: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit; 40dB or 20dB below current volume, or full mute (sound turned off entirely).
Source Delete: You can delete inputs you are not using from the receiver's display and on-screen menu to make accessing your connected sources quicker and easier.
Back-Up Memory: The unit is equipped with a back-up memory that 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): The OSD menu can be displayed on your television for easy system setup. The OSD menu is sent through all monitor outputs (composite video, S-video, component video, and HDMI). A screen saver engages if a static menu is left on screen for more that 3 minutes.
Dimmer: The receiver features 4 display brightness settings - Bright, Dim, Dark and Off.
Main Remote Control (RC-1102): The AVR-2809CI comes with a main remote control that can operate the receiver as well as other remote control compatible components. It is pre-programmed with control signals for other brand products; including DVD players and recorders, Blu-ray Disc players, HD-DVD players, VCRs, TVs, cable boxes, satellite receivers, CD players and recorders, cassette decks.
Sub/Zone 2 Remote Control (RC-1106): The receiver's sub remote is designed to control the Zone 2 and Zone 3 functions. You can use it from another room with an optional IR repeater kit.
Rear Panel Connections:
- HDMI: This unit has 4 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI monitor output, version 1.3a. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. The HDMI jacks support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with 30 and 36 bit Deep Color and xvYCC color space technology (currently no pre-recorded software supports Deep Color or xvYCC).
- Component Video: The receiver features 3 component video inputs and 1 component video monitor output. The component video inputs are assignable to different sources. (Note: If a 1080p signal is input via component video, it is neither converted nor scaled; it is only output as 1080p component video)
- Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-2809CI features 3 optical digital (Toslink) inputs and 3 coaxial digital inputs. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Phono and Tuner. Optical digital input 2 also has a corresponding optical digital output for use with a CD, MD, or other digital recording device.
- 7.1 Multi-Channel Input: The AVR-2809CI is equipped with an analog 7.1-channel RCA 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.
- XM: This proprietary terminal allows you to connect and optional XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Dock.
- Sirius: This proprietary terminal allows you to connect an optional SiriusConnect home tuner kit.
- iPod Connection Terminal: You can connect and play an iPod that has Apple's Dock connector using the optional Denon ASD-11R iPod dock (item number 033ASD11RK) or iPod network dock (item numbers 033ASD3N and 033ASD3W).
- RS-232C Port: The AVR-2809CI 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.
- Room-to-Room Remote Jacks: The receiver has a mini-jack input for use with an optional Denon RC-616, 617, or 618 IR re-transmitter. The adjacent room-to-room output is for future use.
- 12V Trigger Outputs: The AVR-2809CI has two mini-jack outputs to send 12-Volt DC turn-on signals to other components that accept a 12V trigger, such as a power amplifier.
Front Panel Connections:
- Headphone Jack: standard 1/4" stereo headphone jack; the speakers in the main zone are muted when headphones are plugged in
- A/V Inputs: S-video, Composite-video, a pair of stereo RCAs, and an optical digital input
- Setup Mic: 3.5mm input for connection of supplied setup microphone