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The Denon AVR-2309CI is one of 10 new 2008/09 av receivers models announced by Denon on May 21st, 2008.

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Pros

HD audio decoding

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4 x HDMI inputs

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1080p upscaling

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Audyssey Dynamic Volume

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dual-zone, dual-source

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Custom Integration features (CI)

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No analog pre-outs

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Audyssey Dynamic Volume control is useless, does not work

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The Denon AVR-2309CI is one of 10 new 2008/09 av receivers models announced by Denon on May 21st, 2008. The 2309CI supercedes the previous-generation AVR-2308CI. The AVR-2309CI is a 7.1 a/v receiver with video upscaling to 1080p of analog sources using a Faroudja DCDi chipset, decodes high-definition audio sources (Dolby TrueHD, dts HD-MA), and features 4 x HDMI 1.3a inputs with Deep Color support. A notable upgrade to the previous-generation is the addition of Audyssey's Dynamic Volume processing along with the already present Dynamic EQ option. Dynamic Volume is found on all ten models; it's a feature that levels the volume to a more-or-less constant level to avoid sudden changes in volume. This feature works together with the Dynamic EQ that dynamically adjusts the EQ settings to optimize the dynamic range. The Denon AVR-2309CI has a suggested retail price of $849 and is expected to retail in July 2008 along with all other 2008/09 models.

Features
  • 7.1 a/v receiver
  • 4 x HDMI 1.3a inputs
  • 1080p upscaling of analog sources with Faroudja DCDi
  • power: ???? (maybe 100 Watts / channel like previous)
  • high-definition audio decoding of Dolby TrueHD and dts HD-MA
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ, MultEQ
  • CI (custom integration) - special features and capabilities that can be unlocked by a certified custom integration Denon dealer, providing advanced functionality that is not available to the end-user
  • RS-232
  • assignable 12-Volt triggers
  • integration with home networks using Ethernet interface
  • dual-zone, dual-source
  • phono input *
  • no pre-amp outputs *
  • price: $849
  • release date: July 2008

* based on early images courtesy of Electronic House

Denon 2008/09 lineup summary
  • Denon AVR-589
    • $299, 2 x HDMI, no 1080p upscaling, dual-zone, no HD audio, 75 Watts / channel, 5.1
  • Denon AVR-689
    • $399, 3 x HDMI, no 1080p upscaling, dual-zone, no HD audio, 80 Watts / channel, 7.1
  • Denon AVR-789
    • $599, 3 x HDMI, 1080p upscaling, dual-zone, HD audio, 7.1
  • Denon AVR-889
    • $749, 4 x HDMI, 1080p upscaling, dual-zone, HD audio, 7.1
  • Denon AVR-989
    • $1199, 4 x HDMI, 1080p upscaling, dual-zone, HD audio, 7.1
  • Denon AVR-1609
    • $349, 2 x HDMI, no 1080p upscaling, dual-zone, no HD audio, 75 Watts / channel, 7.1
  • Denon AVR-1709
    • $449, 3 x HDMI, no 1080p upscaling, dual-zone, no HD audio, 80 Watts / channel, 7.1
  • Denon AVR-1909
    • $649, 4 x HDMI, 1080p upscaling, dual-zone, HD audio, 90 Watts / channel, 7.1
  • Denon AVR-2309CI
    • $849, 4 x HDMI, 1080p upscaling, dual-zone, HD audio, custom integration, 7.1
  • Denon AVR-2809CI
    • $1199, 4 x HDMI, 1080p upscaling, triple-zone, HD audio, custom integration, 7.1

Common among all models:

  • HDMI 1.3a inputs
  • Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ, MultEQ
  • New OSD UI
  • July 2008 release date
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