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The Denon AVR-890 is a 7.1 channel multi-zone home theater system falling in the upper half of those made available by Denon.

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Easy to configure

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dual zone capabilities - watch from two sources in two separate locations

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full 1080p HDMI upcoversion

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THX Ultra2-Certified

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7.1 channel - 105w per channel

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Hard to configure

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Audyssey will not work with DSP modes

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The Denon AVR-890 is a 7.1 channel multi-zone home theater system falling in the upper half of those made available by Denon. It has 7 channels each with 105 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 five HDMI inputs and dual component inputs for ample HD connectivity and features full 1080p 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.

GENERAL FEATURES
  • Finish: Black
  • Power Output; Watts Per Channel: 105
  • All Channels Rated @ 0.08 THD 
  • Weight: In Pounds: 24.9
  • Width (inches): 17.1
  • Height (inches): 6.75
  • Depth (inches): 14.9
SOUND MODES
  • 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 
CONNECTIVITY
  • True 24-bit/96-kHz Digital Input Capability
  • Assignable Digital Inputs: 5
  • Digital Input; Coaxial: 2
  • Digital Inputs; Optical: 3
  • Digital Outputs; Optical: 1
  • Analog Audio Inputs, Incl. Tuner: 9 Incl. Sirius Radio
  • Phono Input 
  • Source Function Renaming 
  • Analog Record Outputs: 2
  • Front Panel A/V Inputs w/Cover, Composite and S-Video
  • Video Conversion –Composite to S-Video to Component
  • Video Conversion – Composite to S-Video to Composite 
  • Video Conversion – Analog to HDMI 
  • Composite Video Inputs: 4
  • Composite Video Outputs: 2
  • S-Video Inputs: 3
  • S-Video Outputs: 2
  • 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
  • Multi-Zone Pre-Amp Outputs – Selectable Output Levels 
  • 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
  • Input Delete Function
  • Video Conversion Analog to HDMI Scaling 480p 720p 1080i 1080p
  • HDMI 1.3a Inputs: 5
  • HDMI 1.3a Outputs: 1
  • HDMI Audio/Video Repeater Function 
  • HDMI Deep Color Support-36Bit 
  • HDMI xvYCC Color Space Support
COMPONENT TECHNOLOGY
  • 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
CONVENIENCE FEATURES
  • Front Panel A/B Speaker Selector 
  • Auto Setup Calibration 
  • Auto/Manual Room Equalization 
  • Audyssey MultEQ 
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume
  • Auto Setup Microphone Included/Type: Y/Mold DM-A409
  • Front Panel System Setup Control
  • Personal Memory Plus: 2
  • System Setup/Surround Parameters Lockout 
  • Relay-Controlled Protection Circuits 
  • Microprocessor User Re-set
  • Detachable Power Cord 
  • Pre-programmed (10 Devices) Glow Key Remote Control with Punch Through Commands: Y/RC-1117
  • Audyssey Mult EQ Room Correction Positions: 6
  • GUI Menu Support 
Post Review
Troyce
08/12/2012 09:47

3 of 5 HDMI inputs non-functional. Started with one going out, is obviously deteriorating.

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