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The Denon AVR-888 is a low-to-mid range 7.1 channel A/V receiver supporting HDMI 1.3a with 100 Watts / channel of power.

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Analog to HDMI up conversion

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Great build quality

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Independent volume-level settings /w memory for each audio source

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Network Audio/Photo Ready (via optional ASD-3N/3W)

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Multi-zone (two) capability

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Compressed Audio Restorer provides higher frequency range and deeper bass sound for MP3/WMA/AAC formats.

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Horrible user interface and documentation

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horrible user interface

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horrible user documentation

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No HD audio decoding (ie. Dolby TrueHD or dts MA)

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The Denon AVR-888 is a low-to-mid range 7.1 channel A/V receiver supporting HDMI 1.3a with 100 Watts / channel of power. It is effectively a clone of the Denon AVR-2308CI receiver but with minor cosmetic differences to the chassis and includes a different remote. It is similar to the next model Denon AVR-988 but with slight fewer inputs, less power, and most notably a lack of Dolby TrueHD and dts Master Audio. The AVR-888 does, however, support upscaling of analog video sources to HDMI.

  • 7.1 channel A/V receiver with 100 Watts / channel
  • HDMI: 2 x HDMI 1.3a inputs with deep color and audio support
  • Inputs: 3 x Component, 5 x S-Video/Composite, 3 x Digital Optical, 3 x Digital Co-axial
  • Does NOT decode Dolby TrueHD or dts Master Audio (see AVR-988 for this feature)
  • Upscales analog video sources over HDMI using Faroudja DCDi
  • MultEQ auto setup includes tower microphone with 6 reference points
  • Network audio/photo and iPod ready (requires additional accessory)
  • Identical quality and power to all 7 audio channels
  • Volume-level memory for each audio source
  • Volume-level limiter for maximum output volume
  • Price: $749
  • Release date: October 2007
Post Review
12/29/2008 10:49

I seem to be in the minority here, but I don't think the documentation or interface is really that bad. I picked up an open box unit which came with neither remote nor manual, perhaps I was spared! ;)

That said, the manual I downloaded from Denon's site seemed straightforward enough and I only needed to glance at it briefly before starting with the user interface on the unit itself. Perhaps not having the remote helps simplify things?

So far, I'm quite happy with the sound quality and video switching ability.

09/15/2008 08:06

I wanted this for a long time, and have been pretty happy once I got it... although I'm glad I didn't have to pay for it (got it as a gift).

Anyways, hman raised a good point... the user documentation is horrendous, and I still probably don't know how to use half the features. But, on the otherhand, have you ever seen easy to read user documentation for complicated electronics?

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