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The Denon AVR-988 is a 7.1 channel A/V receiver with 110 Watts / channel supporting the latest HD Video and Audio technolgies.

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Great video processing of analog standard definition sources to 1080P output (HDMI out only of course)

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Plenty of analog and digital inputs.

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Plenty of clean power even in 7 channel operation

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Decodes all the latest HD surround formats

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Audyssey RoomAuto EQ gives a graphical interface of what frequency bands it adjusts to achieve "corrected sound". (Not all competing receivers do this)

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Audyssey EQ is quite effective in "correcting" speaker/room sound.

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Great build and sound quality

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Can configure back surround amps for bi-amping front channel or powered 2nd zone operation.

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Not a good user interface.

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Does not blend on screen menu over video sources through the HDMI output. (Switches from video source to menu instead)

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Only 2 HDMI inputs (newer model AVR-989 does offer 4)

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Small bug that affects input display signal in DTS-MA 7.1 (reads it as 5.1 but still decodes in 7.1). Can be fixed by sending unit off to Denon for a firmware update.

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The Denon AVR-988 is a 7.1 channel A/V receiver with 110 Watts / channel supporting the latest HD Video and Audio technolgies. It features 2 HDMI 1.3a outputs with deep color support and audio, and it supports scaling of analog video sources to 1080p via the HDMI output using its built-in Faroudja FLi2310 video processor. It supports Dolby Digital TrueHD and dts Master Audio decoding. The AVR-988 is essentially a rebuild of the the Denon AVR-2808CI, with the same components with an updated chassis and remote.

  • 7.1 channel with 110 W / channel
  • HDMI: 2 x inputs, 1 x output
  • Inputs: 3 x Component, 7 x S-Video/Composite, 4 x digital optical, 3 x digital coax
  • Video scaling: analog upscaled to 1080p over HDMI using Faroudja FLi2310 processor
  • 1080p pass-through
  • HD Audio: decodes Dolby Digital TrueHD and dts Master Audio
  • iPod/network compatible with optional ASD-1R/3N/3W accessory
  • MultEQ XT calibration system with tower microphone
  • Price: $1199
  • Release Date: October 2007
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09/03/2009 10:44

I must be the first one to buy this receiver when it is released. I am very happy with the receiver. Had trouble figuring out the user interface.

01/19/2009 01:10

The AVR-988 is a great receiver. May not be as powerful as some in this price range but has plenty of power with a sophisticated sound quality that can only come from Denon. This receiver is not for the home theater novice but experienced users can use the manual to help guide you through the new features. Any questions can be fowarded to Denon's great customer service techs and they will help you.

08/13/2008 09:26

The user manual for this receiver is written so poorly that it is totally useless. Good luck without it setting up the device.

01/24/2008 05:09

The AVR-988 is the big box version of the AVR-2808CI with only minor differences. The confusing numbering is basically a marketing trick to avoid price matching. Booh!

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