About the Denon AVR-2802
Every time you watch a DVD, or listen to your favorite music, the AVR-2802 can make it a 6.1-channel, 360º surround sound experience! It has built-in decoding for DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 and DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 encoded sources, plus DTS Neo:6 modes for turning stereo music and Dolby soundtracks into full 6.1-channel audio.
Denon's high-current amplification with 90 full-bandwidth-rated watts x 6 channels (front left/center/rear, surround left/rear, and back surround) drives your speakers with clarity and authority. The impressive back-panel lets you hook up 4 digital audio, 3 analog audio, and 5 A/V components, plus 2 sources with component video output and a 5.1 audio source like DVD-Audio.
System control is a breeze using the included learning/multibrand remote and TV-based on-screen display. Cinema EQ corrects movie soundtracks for home theater-sized rooms. And dual-room/dual-source capability lets you thrill to 6.1-channel sound in your main listening room while a housemate enjoys a different stereo source in another.Details:
- 90 watts x 6 into 8 ohms (20-20k Hz) at 0.05% THD
- DTS-ES, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding
- DTS Neo:6 modes
- learning/multibrand remote with glow keys and macros
- dual-room/dual-source output (preamp outputs for second room)
- digital inputs: 3 optical, 1 coax
- optical digital output
- component video switching: 2 in, 1 out (27MHz bandwidth)
- 3 audio (including phono) and 5 A/V (including 5 S-video) inputs
- 5.1-channel input
- 7.1-channel preamp output
- on-screen display (requires TV with direct video input)
- variable low-pass crossover
- 96kHz/24-bit D/A converters
- high-current, low-impedance amp design
- speaker binding posts for all channels
- 40 AM/FM presets
- 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 16-15/16"D
- warranty: 2 years
What's in the box:
- AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
- RC-903 Wireless remote control
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 1 AM loop antenna
- 1 FM wire antenna
- Operating Instructions (English/French)
- Warranty sheet
- "Denon Service Network" sheet
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Features & specs
Dolby Pro Logic II: Enjoy 2-channel stereo recordings in stunning 5.1-channel surround playback. The Dolby Pro Logic II decoder reproduces dynamic 5.1-channel surround sound not only from normal 5.1-channel DVD but from 2-channel sources as well. Dolby Pro Logic II uses matrix decoding technology that has been dramatically improved over Pro Logic. With Pro Logic II, for instance, the Surround (Rear) channels are in stereo (only mono with Pro Logic) and playback covers the full frequency range (only up to 7 kHz with Pro Logic). These improvements let you enjoy a wide variety of 2-channel sources with the exciting effects of 5.1-channel surround sound. In Dolby Pro Logic II, there is a Movie mode that creates a sound space suitable for movies, a Music mode that does the same for music, and a Pro Logic emulation feature that reproduces sound effects in the way that conventional Pro Logic does.
DTS-ES Extended Surround: DTS-ES includes the Surround Back (SB; also known as Surround Rear) channel in addition to the existing 5.1 surround channels of front left, front right, center, surround left, surround right, and LFE, enabling surround playback from a total of 6.1 channels. Due to differences in surround signal recording methods, DTS-ES offers two types of signal formats:
- DTS-ES Discrete 6.1: discrete 6.1 utilizes the digital discrete method to record all 6.1 channels, including the newly-added surround back channel, as independent channels. Since the surround left, surround right, and surround back channels are fully independent, sound can be freely designed and sound images can move freely and rapidly amongst each other within a background sound that envelopes the room from all sides.
- DTS-ES Matrix 6.1: in the Matrix 6.1 format, the surround back channel is matrix encoded in advance to the surround left and surround right channels, and when a matrix decoder plays them back, they are decoded into separate surround left, surround right, and surround back channels.
DTS Neo:6 Surround: Featuring the newest DTS matrix processing technology, the DTS Neo:6 function provides up to 6.1-channel surround sound from conventional stereo sources, and can be used with virtually any 2-channel stereo source, analog or digital. Two modes are provided: Neo:6 Cinema is optimized for surround encoded stereo movie soundtracks, while Neo:6 Music mode is optimized for superior surround sound with stereo music sources.
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-2802 ensures that the bias current is constantly uniform so that the sound you hear is of consistently stable, high quality.
Wide Range Circuit Topology: Front end and power amplifier circuitry is designed with flat frequency response that extends to 100 kHz, perfectly suited for next-generation wide range audio media such as SACD and DVD-Audio.
24-bit, 96 kHz D/A Converters: The AVR-2802 uses highly accurate 24-bit, 96 kHz D/A converters to handle digital to analog conversion, giving you superior sound quality.
On-Screen Display (OSD): An OSD can be displayed on your television for easy system setup. The OSD is sent through the S-video and composite video monitor outputs; the OSD is not sent through the component video output.
5.1 Multi-Channel Input: The AVR-2802 is equipped with a 5.1-channel input to accommodate outboard decoders.
Multi-Source Function: The Multi-Source function lets you enjoy one program source in a second room, while another source is playing in the main room.
Surround Modes: In addition to straight Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, and DTS playback, you can choose from the following modes:
- Dolby Pro Logic II: enjoy 2-channel stereo recordings in stunning 5.1-channel surround playback. In Dolby Pro Logic II, there is a Movie mode that creates a sound space suitable for movies, a Music mode that does the same for music, and a Pro Logic emulation feature that reproduces sound effects in the way that conventional Pro Logic does.
- DTS ES Discrete 6.1 and DTS ES Matrix 6.1: DTS ES Matrix 6.1 performs matrix decoding to create a rear center speaker. DTS ES Discrete 6.1 features digital discrete recording of all channels including the surround back channel.
- DTS NEO:6: allows you to choose Neo:6 Cinema mode, which is optimized for surround encoded stereo movie soundtracks, or Neo:6 Music mode, which is optimized for superior surround sound with stereo music sources.
- Rock Arena: use this mode to achieve the feeling of a live concert in an arena with reflected sounds coming from all directions
- Jazz Club: this mode creates the sound field of a live house with a low ceiling and hard walls. This mode gives jazz a very vivid realism.
- Video Game: use this mode to enjoy video game sources
- Matrix: select this to emphasize the sense of expansion for music sources recorded in stereo
- 5Ch/6Ch Stereo: the signals of the front left channel are output from the left surround channel, the signals of the front right channel are output from the right surround channel, and the same (in-phase) component of the left and right channels is output from the center channel. This mode provides all speaker surround sound, but without directional steering effects, and works with any stereo program source.
- Mono Movie: select this when watching monaural movies for a greater sense of expansion
Panorama Mode (Dolby Pro Logic II): This mode extends the front stereo image to include the surround speakers for an exciting "wraparound" effect with side wall imaging. You can select "Off" or "On".
Dimension Control (Dolby Pro Logic II): This control gradually adjusts the soundfield either towards the front or towards the rear. The control can be set in 7 steps from 0 to 6.Center Width Control (Dolby Pro Logic II): This control adjusts the center image so it may be heard only from the center speaker, only from the left/right speakers as a phantom image, or from all three front speakers to varying degrees. The control can be set in 8 steps from 0 to 7.
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.
Direct Mode: In addition to surround sound playback, the AVR-2802 lets you enjoy pure 2-channel stereo sound without any digital processing.
Bass Management and Speaker Setup: Various speaker size settings are available to ensure that small speakers do not receive full-range signals and to tell the receiver where to send signals.
- Front Speakers: the front speaker size may be set to "Large" or "Small"
- Center Speaker: if you have selected "Large" as the front speaker size, the center speaker may be set to "Large", "Small" or "None". If you have selected "Small" as the front speaker size, the center speaker may be set to "Small" or "None".
- Subwoofer: you may select "Yes" or "No"
- Surround Speakers: if you have selected "Large" as the front speaker size, the surround speakers may be set to "Large", "Small" or "None". If you have selected "Small" as the front speaker size, the surround speakers may be set to "Small" or "None". Note: If you have selected "None" as the surround speakers size, the surround back speaker size is automatically set to "None".
- Surround Back Speakers: if you have selected "Large" as the front speaker size and the surround speakers are set to "Large", the surround back speaker size may be set to "Large", "Small" or "None". If you have selected "Small" as the front speaker size, the surround back speaker size may be set to "Small" or "None". If the surround back speaker size is set to "Small", you may set the number of surround back speakers to 1 or 2.
- Delay Time: The delay time for each channel can be adjusted from 0 to 60 feet in 1 foot increments
- Test Tone: The test tone feature allows you to independently adjust the volume level of each channel
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, Dolby Digital, DTS Surround 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).
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:
- Room Size: this sets the size of the sound field. There are five settings: "Small", "Med.S" (medium-small), "Medium", "Med.L" (medium-large) and "Large".
- Effect Level: this 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 110 ms
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.
Component Video Switching: In addition to composite and S-Video switching, this unit can switch between two component video sources. There are 2 component video inputs and 1 component video output; each input and output has jacks labeled "Y", "PB/CB" and "PR/CR". This feature allows you to connect, and switch between, high resolution video sources equipped with component video outputs.
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.
Multibrand/Learning Remote: In addition to being pre-programmed to control many brands of audio/video components, this remote also has learning capability, allowing it to be customized for any installation.
System Call: Up to 2 System Call settings with a programmed series of 10 sequentially-issued commands can be stored by the remote. In addition, you can store up to 5 System Call settings with a series of 5 sequentially-issued commands.
- Headphone Jack: standard headphone jack
- FM Antenna Input: threaded F-connection
- AM Antenna Inputs: spring clips
- Phono Input: stereo RCA jacks with ground screw
- CD Input: stereo RCA jacks
- CD-R/Tape Input/Output: stereo RCA jacks
- DVD Input: stereo RCA jacks, RCA composite video jack, S-video jack and component video jacks (3 RCA jacks labeled "Y", "PB/CB" and "PR/CR")
- VDP Input: stereo RCA jacks, RCA composite video jack and S-video jack
- TV/DBS Input: stereo RCA jacks, RCA composite video jack, S-video jack and component video jacks (3 RCA jacks labeled "Y", "PB/CB" and "PR/CR")
- VCR 1 Input/Output: stereo RCA jacks, RCA composite video jacks and S-video jacks
- VCR 2/V. Aux Input/Output: stereo RCA jacks, RCA composite video jacks and S-video jacks
- Monitor Output: RCA composite video jack, S-video jack, and component video jacks (3 RCA jacks labeled "Y", "PB/CB" and "PR/CR")
- EXT. Input: 6 RCA jacks that may be used for 5.1 multi-channel input from an outboard decoder (front left, front right, center, surround left, surround right, and subwoofer)
- Multi-Zone Output: stereo RCA jacks
- Preamp Outputs: 8 RCA jacks (front left, front right, center, surround left, surround right, surround back left, surround back right, and subwoofer)
- Coaxial Digital Input: standard coaxial digital input (this digital connection may be assigned to any input, except the Phono input)
- 3 Optical Digital Inputs: 3 Toslink digital inputs, each with a plastic protective plug (these digital connections may be assigned to any input, except the Phono input)
- Optical Digital Output 3: Toslink optical digital output with a plastic protective plug (outputs the signal coming into the optical digital 3 input)
- Speakers: binding post outputs for front left A, front right A, front left B, front right B, center, surround left, surround right and surround back speakers (not 5-way, because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are positioned too far apart to be used with dual banana plugs)
- AC Outlets: 2 switched AC outlets, maximum total 120W 1Amp