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The Denon AVR-889 is one of 10 new 2008/09 av receivers models announced by Denon on May 21st, 2008.

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affordable price

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1080p upscaling

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decent 100W per channel

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dynamic EQ and volume settings

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doesn't offer the same price:performance value as the model below it, the AVR-789

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The Denon AVR-889 is one of 10 new 2008/09 av receivers models announced by Denon on May 21st, 2008. The 889 replaces the previous-generation AVR-888. The AVR-889 is a 7.1 a/v home theatre receiver that features 3 HDMI v1.3a inputs, 1080p upscaling, HD audio, 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-889 has a suggested retail price of $749 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
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ, MultEQ
  • price: $749
  • 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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