Further to the recent US release news - reported here - Denon UK has confirmed its 2008 line-up of AV receivers, with five new models due between now and September.
The company says its new multichannel models will excel for sound-quality, technology/features and ease of use.
The release line-up and pricing is as follows:
- Denon AVR-1509 - £280
- Denon AVR-1709 - £350
- Denon AVR-1909 - £450
- Denon AVR-2309 - £600 (pictured above)
- Denon AVR-2809 - £800
Denon's existing, higher-end models - the AVR-3808 and AVR-4308, plus its flagship Denon AVC-A1HD- carry on into 2009.
The entry-level, AVR-1509 and AVR-1709 models are steps up from the equivalent models in Denon's '08 range - adding more channels, power and HDMI inputs (up to three in the case of the '1709) - but buyers looking for HD Audio decoding will be most tempted by the Denon AVR-1909 upwards.
The AVR-1909 handles all the HD Audio formats, plus offers 1080p Faroudja video upscaling, component video conversion, three HDMI inputs, HDMI Auto Lip Sync, Pure Direct audio option (for stereo amplification) and on-screen display set-up. It's a 7.1 channel design, with 90W per channel power output.
The AVR-2309 and AVR-2809, meanwhile, both add a fourth HDMI input, plus an extra power transformer (making three in total; the rest of the '09 range boast two).
The AVR-2309 offers 100W per channel, whereas the AVR-2809 offers 115W, plus a range of custom-install-friendly features - including support for up to three zones, plus a learning remote control.
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All the '09 models feature Audyssey audio optimisation, including Audyssey Dynamic Volume - which aims to end you having to reach for the volume button every time you change channels (or the noisy adverts come on) in order to listen at a consistent, comfortable level.
Audyssey Dynamic Volume can be used in a range of levels (or not at all, if you like your sound ultra-dynamic), such as midnight mode for late-night listening.
Denon also claims its use of advanced DSP chipsets within its new receiver range has allowed it to take advantage of the more advanced versions of Audyssey's MultEQ technology, which is designed - via your receiver's set-up process - to adjust the sound to suit your room.
Many Audyssey-equipped receivers use the company's earlier 2EQ system, which bases its room optimisation on two measurements. Denon's AVR-2809 - like the existing AVR-3808 and AVR-4308 - uses Audyssey MultEQ XT, which makes up to eight separate room measurements, while the rest of the '09 range use MultEQ, which makes up to six.
All the new receivers are available in black or silver, and we'll be testing every new models as it becomes available - and yes, we've asked for the AVR-1909 first!