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The Denon AVR-2809CI is one of 10 new 2008/09 av receivers models announced by Denon on May 21st, 2008.

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Pros

controls are simple and easy to work out, very little learning curve

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HDMI switching is quick and hassle-free

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durably constructed, will last for many years with no decrease in performance

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Audyssey EQ balances the speakers for you, makes everything sound great without having to play with the settings

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plenty of power for most typical home theater listening

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stays cool even when played loud for extended periods

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Cons

bass tends to automatically be set a little ht

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manual is hard to understand unless you're very experienced in AV equipment

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upscaling is a little rough, doesn't make SD signals look very good - can be switched off

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The Denon AVR-2809CI is one of 10 new 2008/09 av receivers models announced by Denon on May 21st, 2008. The 2809CI replaces the previous-generation AVR-2808CI. The AVR-2809CI is a 7.1 a/v home theatre receiver that features 4 HDMI v1.3a inputs, , a number of audio decoding technologies(Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital Surround EX, etc), and a 32 bit floating point DSP processor. 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-2809CI has a suggested retail price of $1199 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
  • Power: 115 watts x 7 Channels
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx
  • Dolby Digital Surround EX Decoding
  • dts ES Discrete 6.1 Decoding
  • dts ES Matrix 6.1 Decoding
  • dts Neo:6 Stereo-to-Surround Cinema and Music Modes
  • dts 96/24 5.1 for DVD-Video Processing
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ, MultEQ
  • price: $1199
  • release date: July 2008
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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