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Denon DHT-487DV

XM Ready home theater system with upconverting DVD player

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Bring home outstanding Denon home theater performance with the convenient DHT-487DV. This system features separate DVD player and receiver components for clear, precise images and sound. The receiver's built-in amplification and processing team up with five speakers and a powered subwoofer to deliver wraparound audio from your DVD movies, CDs, video games, and TV shows.

Bring home outstanding Denon home theater performance with the convenient DHT-487DV. This system features separate DVD player and receiver components for clear, precise images and sound. The receiver's built-in amplification and processing team up with five speakers and a powered subwoofer to deliver wraparound audio from your DVD movies, CDs, video games, and TV shows.

To get the best possible picture, hook up the DVD player to your HDTV using a digital HDMI connection. The player upconverts its video signals to more closely match your TV's high-resolution display. You'll love the results — bolder, more detailed images from your favorite films. And a variety of analog video outputs let you choose the best connection for just about any TV.

Denon has also packed this system with features for music lovers. You can connect your iPod® using Denon's optional ASD-1R iPod dock to keep your favorite songs and playlists at your fingertips. Control your iPod using the receiver's remote and view your song titles, photos, and video clips on your TV. You can also expand your music options with XM Satellite Radio's diverse programming — more than 170 digital channels of music, news, talk, and sports — when you add an optional XM Mini-Tuner package and an XM subscription.

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Product Highlights:

    DVD/CD changer:
    • digital video upconversion
    • selectable 720p/1080i output via HDMI digital interface (separate adapter available for TVs with DVI input)
    • plays DVD-video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, DVD+R & DVD+RW, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 and WMA CDs
    • video output for TV (composite, S-video, component video, HDMI)
    • 17-1/8"W x 3"H x 13-1/2"D
    • built-in Dolby® Digital, DTS®, & Pro Logic® II processing, for surround sound from DVD, VHS, and stereo sources
    • 5-channel amplifier (75 watts x 5)
    • 96kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • adjustable subwoofer crossover
    • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
    • AM/FM tuner with 56 station presets
    • component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
    • digital audio inputs: 1 optical and 2 coaxial
    • 4 audio and 4 audio/video inputs
    • iPod integration (requires optional Denon ASD-1R dock)
    • video output for TV (composite, S-video, component video)
    • 2 sets of main speaker outputs
    • 17-1/8"W x 5-13/16"H x 17"D
    Front speakers:
    • video-shielded
    • 3-5/8" woofer
    • 3/4" tweeter
    • 4-3/4"W x 7-1/8"H x 6-1/4"D
    Center speaker:
    • video-shielded
    • dual 3-5/8" woofers
    • 3/4" tweeter
    • 10-1/2"W x 4-3/4"H x 6-1/4"D
    Rear speakers:
    • video-shielded
    • 3-5/8" woofer
    • 3/4" tweeter
    • 4-3/4"W x 7-1/8"H x 6-1/4"D
    • built-in 100-watt amplifier
    • 8" driver
    • 10-3/8"W x 14-1/16"H x 17-1/16"D
    • remote controls for receiver and DVD player
    • includes cables for 5 speakers and subwoofer
    • warranty: 2 years receiver and subwoofer, 1 year DVD player and surround speakers
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • One large box containing the Denon DHT-487DVD Quick Connect chart and three smaller boxes (AVR-487 Receiver box/DVD-557 box/SYS-57HT Speaker box)
    • The AVR-487 Receiver box contains:
    • AVR-487 Digital Home Theater receiver
    • Wireless remote control (RC-1050)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • FM wire antenna
    • AM loop antenna
    • Operating Instructions (English/French)
    • Denon Service Network sheet
    • Warranty sheet
    • XM mini-tuner brochure
    • The DVD-577 box contains:
    • Single DVD/CD player
    • Wireless remote control (RC-1018)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 39" RCA stereo audio patch cord
    • 39" RCA composite video patch cord
    • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
    • Warranty sheet
    • Denon Service Network sheet
    • The SYS-57HT speaker box contains:
    • DSW-76 Powered subwoofer
    • SC-C76 Center speaker
    • 4 SC-A76 Satellite speakers
    • 10' Mono audio cable (has a single male RCA connector on each end)
    • Three 10' lengths of 22-gauge speaker wire (each length has bare wire on each end)
    • Two 32.75' lengths of 22-gauge speaker wire (each length has bare wire on each end)
    • 5 Sheets of 4 self-adhesive anti-slip cork pads
    • Operating Instructions (English/French/Spanish)
    • Warranty sheet
    • Denon Service Network sheet
    • Caution sheet (warning about damaging subwoofer driver)

    Denon DHT-487DV Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (2 Reviews)

    Best System in a Box 4 The $$!

    John from Doylestown PA. on 5/9/2009

    I've had this setup for about a year now & haven't had one bit of trouble! The receiver has many sound fields to choose from & lots of EQ settings to match room accoustics. Takes a little bit of time to set up just right with so many options. My media room is about 15X20' and this fills the room perfectly. You get alot of bang from the little 8" 100W sub. I think it's slightly under rated @ 100W. I did eventually upgrade the front L & R channel speakers to a pair of Polk Audio Monitor towers. The little "satellites" just weren't cutting it. Definatly a great system for the money. Would buy one again if they didn't discontinue this model.



    Denon DHT-487DV

    Mike from Pittsburgh, PA on 11/2/2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Spent a long time deciding on a home theater in a box system before settling on this one. Wanted something that included a DVD player and a radio tuner, but the hardest part was deciding on what inputs and outputs the receiver needed to have. This system has so many that you can't go wrong for the price. Also wanted a system with upconversion for HDTV. Bought it to integrate with a Motorola DVR set top cable box and a Toshiba 50" plasma TV. Sounds and looks great. Only tricky part was the to get the sub to work while playing CD's or radio you had to set the audio setup to "+ Main", and neither the manual nor the Crutchfield tech advisor could tell me this, I just happened to figure it out. Overall great deal for the money compared to some of the other stuff that's out there, would definitely buy it again.




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    Receiver Features
    Receiver Inputs and Outputs Notes
    DVD Features
    Speaker System Features

    Receiver Features

    Digital Signal Processor: The AVR-487 features a 32-bit DSP processor. This high-quality DSP chip gives the receiver the ability to accurately decode surround and DSP modes.

    24-bit, 96kHz D/A Converters: The AVR-487 uses highly accurate 24-bit, 96kHz D/A converters to handle digital-to-analog conversion, giving you superior sound quality.

    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 Pro Logic II (Movie, Music, Dolby Pro Logic, and Game)
    • DTS
    • DTS 96/24
    • DTS Neo:6 (Music and Cinema)
    • Mono Movie
    • Rock Arena
    • Jazz Club
    • Video Game
    • Matrix
    • Virtual Surround
    • Neural Surround

    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.

    5-Channel Stereo: The receiver's 5-channel stereo mode transforms any two-channel source into surround mode, but without directional steering effects. The left front channel signals are duplicated in the left surround channel, and the right channel signals are duplicated in the right surround channel. All in-phase components of the left and right channels are output from the center channel.

    iPod Compatibility: Using the optional Denon ASD-1R iPod dock (033ASD1RBK or 033ASD1RWT), you can connect your iPod to the AVR-487. Folder and file names appear on the receiver's display panel. The iPod can be controlled using the buttons on the main unit and the remote control. iPod functions include: Play/pause, Stop, Manual search, Track search, Repeat play (one or all tracks), and Shuffle play (songs or albums).

    XM Satellite Ready: You can listen to XM Satellite Radio by connecting the XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Dock to the AVR-487's proprietary plug. XM Satellite Radio offers over 170 commercial-free channels of music, news, sports, comedy, talk, and entertainment to choose from--all in digital quality. During XM playback, you can display the channel number and name, category, artist name, and song title on the front panel. Note: A subscription is required in order to receive XM Satellite Radio.

    5.1 Multi-Channel Input: The AVR-487 is equipped with a 5.1-channel input to accommodate outboard decoders.

    Assignable Digital Inputs: You can assign the name of the component connected to each of the two digital inputs. The names you can choose from include: CD, AUX, DVD, TV, VCR, V.AUX, CD-R, or OFF.

    Personal Memory Plus: The Personal Memory Plus function automatically memorizes the surround mode, channel volume, surround parameters, and other settings for each of the separate input sources.

    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 Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital, DTS Surround, DTS Neo:6, and Neural 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. You can select one of the four settings: "Off", "Low", "Mid" (middle), or "Hi" (high).

    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 Remote (RC-1050): In addition to controlling the AVR-487 receiver and other Denon A/V components, the supplied remote is pre-programmed to control many brands of A/V components, including DVD players, Video Disc players, VCRs, TVs, cable boxes, DBS (satellite) receivers, CD players, CD Recorders, MiniDisc recorders, and tape decks. The unique remote has controls on both sides: on the top, and under a hinged panel on the back.

    Receiver Inputs and Outputs Notes

    Front Speaker Outputs: The AVR-487 offers Front "A" and "B" speaker outputs, allowing you to connect a second pair of speakers for another room. Because the "A" and "B" speaker outputs are wired in parallel, the minimum impedance is 6 ohms when using "A" or "B" and 12 ohms when using "A" and "B" speakers together.

    Speaker Connectors: This receiver is equipped with binding post connectors for the front left A, front right A, front left B, front right B, surround left, surround right, and center speakers. 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.

    Front Panel Inputs: The receiver has a set of A/V inputs on the front panel behind a removable cover. It includes left and right RCA audio jacks and an RCA composite video jack.

    Headphone Jack: The AVR-487 has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel. When headphones are plugged into the headphone jack, the speaker outputs are automatically turned off. When the plug is removed from the headphone jack, the speakers automatically turn on again.

    DVD Features

    Video D/A Converter: In order to output a high-quality digital signal with its original purity still preserved, this unit employs a 10-bit, 108-MHz video D/A converter. This design improves the reproducibility of extremely minute details so that the picture viewed on the screen is completely faithful to the original image in both its colors and high resolution.

    Audio D/A Converter: This unit has dual 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters.

    Progressive Scan Output: This unit has a progressive scan output for a sharper, noise-free picture with finer details. Video images are displayed with optimum naturalness and color reproduction with less flicker and fewer motion artifacts than traditional interlaced scanned pictures.

    HDMI Output: The DVD-557 is equipped with an HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connection, which outputs both digital video and digital audio signals in one cable. The HDMI can be set to output 480p, 720p, or 1080i signals to match the input capability of the connected TV or monitor. This unit supports HDCP encryption. Note: The AVR-487 receiver does not have HDMI switching, so the HDMI cable should be directly connected to the TV.

    2 MB Buffer Memory: This unit is equipped with a 2 MB buffer memory to ensure that both picture and sound are played without interruption when the DVD disc shifts from layer 1 to layer 2, or in the rare event of a pickup dropout.

    MP3/WMA Playback: This unit will playback MP3 and WMA audio files recorded on a CD-R or CD-RW disc. When playing back an MP3/WMA-encoded disc, you can directly access a track by entering the track number on the numerical keypad on the remote.

    JPEG Playback: The DVD-557 can playback JPEG digital picture files stored on CD-R, CD-RW, and Kodak Picture Discs. Images between 32 x 32 pixels and 6300 x 5100 pixels can be played back on this unit. Progressive JPEGs cannot be played on this unit. You can press the Angle button to turn the image 90° clockwise for proper orientation of the image. JPEG images can be shown in a slide show fashion at intervals of 5 or 10 seconds.

    Virtual Surround: Virtual Surround simulates multi-channel surround sound using only two speakers.

    Markers: Up to 10 points on a DVD can be stored in memory and easily recalled. Markers are automatically cleared when the power is turned off or when the tray is opened.

    Resume Play Memory Function: When the Stop button is pressed, that position is stored in the memory. When the Play button is pressed after pressing the Stop button, playback resumes from the position where the disc was stopped. MP3/WMA/JPEG playback will resume from the beginning of the current track. The resume play memory function still works even if the power is turned off.

    Dialog Speed: When playing back a Dolby Digital-encoded disc, you can play the disc back in a slightly faster or slower speed while keeping the sound quality as normal as possible. When Dialog Speed is activated, you can select playback at 1.3x or 0.8 normal speed.

    Playback Options: The DVD-557 has the following playback options for DVDs and CDs:

    • Program Play: Up to 99 tracks on an audio CD and MP3/WMA/JPEG disc can be programmed and played in any order. Note: Does not work with DVD-Video discs.
    • Random Play: When playing an audio CD and MP3/WMA/JPEG, you can play the tracks on a disc in random order. Note: Does not work with DVD-Video discs.
    • Repeat Play: "A-B Repeat" allows you to select any portion of a title, chapter, or track and play that portion repeatedly. When playing a DVD, you can repeat the current title or current chapter. When playing an audio CD, you can repeat the current track or the entire disc. Note: Does not work with MP3/WMA/JPEG discs.
    • Scan Search: When playing a DVD, there are five fast-play speeds in both directions: 2x, 8x, 20x, 50x, and 100x. For audio CDs or MP3/WMA/JPEG discs, there are three speeds: 2x, 8x, and 16x.
    • Slow Motion: When playing a DVD, you may move forward through the program being played in one of three slow motion speeds. 

    Parental Control: This unit allows you to set playback restrictions for DVDs using Parental Control. Parental Control allows you to restrict playback according to a predetermined level. You can select a parental control rating from 0-8, which is protected by a 4-digit password.

    Auto Power-Off: If the unit is in stop mode for approximately 30 minutes, it will automatically switch to standby mode.

    Dimmer: You can choose from the following display brightness settings: Bright, Dimmer, or Auto. In Auto mode, the display dims only during playback.

    Black Level Control: This feature allows you to make dark portions of the video brighter.

    Speaker System Features

    DSW-76 Powered Subwoofer: The DSW-76 powered subwoofer has a down-firing 7-7/8" woofer. The built-in amplifier is rated at 100 watts RMS (4 ohms, 55Hz, 0.7% THD. A front-firing port enhances the sub's bass response.

    Subwoofer Controls: The DSW-76 subwoofer has the following controls on its back panel: power (auto or standby), volume, crossover (adjustable from 50-200 Hz), phase (set to normal or reverse), and LF Direct switch. When the LF Direct switch is turned on, the subwoofer's crossover and volume control are bypassed.

    Subwoofer Line Out: The subwoofer features a mono RCA line output connector to allow you to daisy chain a second powered subwoofer.

    SC-A76 Satellite Speakers: Each video-shielded satellite speaker features a 3-1/2" polypropylene woofer and a 3/4" silk dome tweeter. The woofers have treated cloth surrounds. Each satellite has a metal keyhole slot on the rear for wall-mounting onto a screw, plus two threaded M5 female inserts compatible with most optional wall brackets.

    SC-C76 Center Speaker: The video-shielded center speaker features two 3-1/2" polypropylene woofers and a 3/4" silk dome tweeter. The woofers have treated cloth surrounds. The center speaker has two metal keyhole slots on the rear for wall-mounting onto two screws.

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