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With a power output of 100 watts per channel, the AVR-888 multizone 7.1 receiver can handle a variety of audio applications.
In addition, the receiver is equipped to handle the latest in HD video support, with such features as Deep Color up to 36 bit, 1080p video pass-through, 10-bit encoding and decoding, and Faroudja DCDi video processing. The latter employs advanced algorithms to remove the jagged edges that appear when standard interlaced video is viewed on progressive scan displays.
To assist with film soundtracks, the receiver offers a Cinema Equalizer that corrects for the placement of your speakers vs. the way they're placed in the movie theater. Theaters that locate their front speakers behind the movie screen tend to emphasize the high frequencies, which can sound too strong in a home with a conventional surround setup. Denon amplifiers adjust the high-frequency range so that the sound is cleaner and easier to listen to than uncorrected audio. Listeners can also improve the image detail of their audio sources using Neural Surround technology. This audio breakthrough--which is 100-percent compatible with stereo--offers superior spectral resolution and channel separation, thereby drawing the brain's attention to the sonic details in musical instruments, vocals, and ambience that are typically masked by other playback systems. This allows the listener to fully experience the richness and subtleties in recorded performance as never before. Neural Surround is the chosen format for XM satellite radio's XM HD surround programming. Finally, the receiver offers a seven-channel stereo mode that enables top-quality two-channel stereo output through your surround speakers.
The AVR-888 offers 2 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output, and a host of other connectivity options.
Other user-friendly features include XM satellite radio compatibility (requires a subscription and an optional plug-and-play XM antenna), a night mode for neighbor-friendly listening, an auto surround mode, and a volume limiter that lets you set maximum volume levels.
The receiver also lets you input multichannel audio signals, whether in high-definition MUSE 3-1, SACD, or DVD-Audio formats, via the eight-channel input. Made using eight standard RCA cables--one each for front left, front right, center, surround left, surround right, surround back left, surround back right, and subwoofer--the eight-channel input receives discrete analog audio signals via a digital source such as a DVD player, creating an immersive multichannel audio performance.
Setting up the AVR-888 is easier than ever thanks to Denon's Audyssey technologies. Audyssey Equalized was the first technology to properly measure sound information throughout a listening area, and then combine the information to accurately represent the acoustic problems in the room. Based on these measurements, Audyssey calculates an equalization solution that corrects for both time and frequency response problems. Denon also employs Audyssey MultEQ XT technology, which automatically determines how many loudspeakers are connected, whether they are connected in phase, and whether they are satellites or subwoofers. After processing, it then analyzes all the physical details--speaker level, size, and distance--and determines the correct frequency response for up to eight listener positions simultaneously. It's a must for people who want to get the most out of their surround systems.
Works well, no issues with the hardware. Only caveat is that it took a while for me to figure out how to set it up. Read morePublished 19 months ago by E. Lo
All in all the reciever is a solid piece. It's the 3rd Denon reciever I've purchased and there are some inherent issues that run through them. Read morePublished on January 30, 2012 by Roger G. Spurgeon Jr.
I bought this receiver in December of 2008. I did not expect to be back on the market for a receiver in December 2010, but here I am. Read morePublished on December 14, 2010 by E. Docktor
This makes a really nice center piece to build your home theater system with. I got mine in December 2008. Read morePublished on June 16, 2009 by J. Julian
I'm not a home theater expert by any stretch of the imagination. When planning our home theater, we borrowed ideas from the setups of 2 friends. Read morePublished on April 21, 2009 by Juan Alvarez
Denon AVR 888 brings a whole new awlsome digital sound comparing to my previous analag receiver. Since I saw many Review comments that the instruction and the remote features can... Read morePublished on January 28, 2009 by Happybuyer
Denon AVR-888 provides great sound due to its robust multi power supplies. HDMI carries sound. Built-in upconversion can be selected to up-convert all analog video to 1080p with... Read morePublished on January 25, 2009 by Francis Nguyen
This item appears to take a rocket scientist to figure out the instructions and to setup in operational mode. Thus, in remains in the box on the shelf until further help arrives. Read morePublished on January 25, 2009 by Rex E. Dull
So far so good... this receiver has great features and plenty of inputs/outputs... definitely feels like a higher $$$ product than it costs, a great bang for the buck product, A+Published on January 20, 2009 by Nancy J. Anderson