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The Denon AVR-790 is a 7.1 channel multi-zone home theater system falling near the middle of those made available by Denon.

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looks good - features a slightly curved front panel

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sounds great - produces clear, quality sound

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easy to setup - features automatic configuration via Audyssey technology

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above average image quality on upconverted SD content

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poor documentation - the included manual isn't very detailed

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muting the audio makes a noticeable 'click' noise

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lacks a graphical interface

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includes a strange, double sided remote control

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illuminated power button - annoying in darkened rooms

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The Denon AVR-790 is a 7.1 channel multi-zone home theater system falling near the middle of those made available by Denon. It has 7 channels each with 90 watts of power and uses high quality 24-bit/96kHz A/D (analog/digital) converters for superior sound quality and is compatible with Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio and is one of the first receivers to include Dolby’s new Pro Logic IIz decoding, which provides front channel height effects, to dramatically increase the front soundstage for the ultimate surround sound experience. The Audyssey MultEQ room acoustic measurement and correction system uses up to six measurement positions to optimize the audio quality for your room and Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ ensure no annoying volume jumps during commercials. There are four HDMI inputs and dual component inputs for ample HD connectivity and features HD upconversion to the HDMI and component outputs for a simple setup to your HDTV(s) and the dual zone capability lets you watch two different sources in two different locations.

  • Finish: Black
  • Power Output; Watts Per Channel: 90
  • All Channels Rated @ 0.08 THD
  • Weight: In Pounds: 23.6
  • Width (inches): 17.1
  • Height (inches): 6.75
  • Depth (inches): 14.9
  • Processor(s) – Bit Depth and Type: 21367 x 1 32-bit Floating Point
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx – with Cinema, Music, Game Modes 
  • Dolby Digital Plus 
  • Dolby Digital Surround EX Decoding 
  • Dolby Digital Pro Logic II: Dolby PLIIz
  • 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 
  • Audio Signal Delay (Sync. Audio with Video signal) – By source 
  • Pure Direct/Direct/Stereo Modes on Digital/Analog inputs 
  • Stereo/Direct Modes w/Pure Analog Path 
  • Video Game Mode 
  • Mono Movie Surround Mode 
  • Rock Arena Surround Mode 
  • Matrix Surround Mode 
  • Jazz Club Surround Mode
  • Virtual Surround Mode – For 2 Speakers/Headphones 
  • Multi-Channel Stereo Mode: 5/6/7
  • DSP Effect Modes: 7
  • Auto Surround Mode (Analog or Digital Input Type)
  • Active Center Channel In All Surround Modes 
  • Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital+
  • dts-HD Master Audio
  • True 24-bit/96-kHz Digital Input Capability
  • Assignable Digital Inputs: 4
  • Digital Inputs; Coaxial: 2
  • Digital Inputs; Optical: 2
  • Digital Outputs; Optical: 1
  • Analog Audio Inputs, Incl. Tuner: 8 Incl. Sirius Radio
  • Source Function Renaming
  • Analog Record Outputs: 2
  • Front Panel A/V Inputs w/Cover * Composite and S-Video 
  • Video Conversion: S-Video to Composite
  • Video Conversion – Analog to HDMI 
  • Composite Video Inputs: 4 Incl. Front
  • Composite Video Outputs: 2 Incl. Monitor
  • S-Video Inputs: 1 for iPod dock
  • Component Video Inputs x Bandwidth - Assignable: 2 x 60 MHz
  • Component Video Outputs: 1
  • 8-Ch. External Analog Input 
  • Banana Plug Speaker Terminals, All Channels
  • Cinema EQ 
  • 56 Station Auto-Preset Memory Tuning 
  • Sirius Ready
  • Direct Function (Tone Bypass)
  • Volume Control Un-muting 
  • Selectable Muting Levels (Full/-40/-20)
  • Video Select Control 
  • IR Serial Remote In/Out terminals
  • Multi-Source/Multi-Zone (Uses REC OUT): 2S/2Z
  • Pre-amp Outputs for Multi-Zone 
  • High Pass Filter for Multi-Zone Outputs 
  • Discrete Remote Power On/Off, Source Selection and Volume for Main and Second Zone
  • Assignable Amplifier Configuration of Surround Back Channels
  • Speaker Time-Delay and Level Controls: L/R, Sub, C, Surr. L/R, Surround Back 
  • Pre-Amp Outputs: Sub
  • iPod Dock Control Port (Using optional ASD-1R Denon iDock): ASD-1R/11R/3N/3W
  • Pre Labled Assignable Digital Inputs
  • Video Conversion Analog to HDMI Scaling 480p 720p 1080i 1080p
  • HDMI 1.3a Inputs: 4 with 7.1 Uncompressed 24/96 Audio
  • HDMI 1.3a Outputs: 1
  • HDMI Audio/Video Repeater Function 
  • HDMI Deep Color Support-36Bit
  • HDMI xvYCC Color Space Support 
  • Equal Power Amplifiers: Y/7 ch
  • Low Impedance Drive Capability 
  • High-Current/Discrete Amplifiers 
  • Independent Power Supplies 
  • 24-bit/192-kHz DACs - Analog Devices: 24-bit/192-kHz ADAU1328
  • Analog-to-Digital Conversion - Bit Depth/Sampling Rate: 24-bit/96-kHz
  • Variable High/Low Pass Crossover Points (12/24dB) 40/60/80/100/120/150/200/250 
  • Built In Time Based Correction 
  • Automatic Lip Sync
  • Front Panel A/B Speaker Selector 
  • Auto Setup Calibration 
  • Auto/Manual Room Equalization
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume 
  • Auto Setup Microphone Included/Type: Y/Mold DM-A409
  • Icon-Based On-Screen Display 
  • Front Panel System Setup Control 
  • Personal Memory Plus 
  • System Setup/Surround Parameters Lockout
  • Relay-Controlled Protection Circuits
  • Microprocessor User Re-set
  • Pre-programmed (10 Devices) Glow Key Remote Control with Punch Through Commands: Y/RC-1117
  • Audyssey Mult EQ Room Correction Positions: 6
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