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Denon AVR-989 805-Watt 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Denon
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  • 7.1 channel home theater receiver
  • 115 Watts per channel
  • 4 HDMI v1.3a inputs, 3 component inputs, 7 composite inputs, and 7 S-Video inputs
  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ, MultEQ XT, and Dynamic Volume
  • 7-Channel Equal Power ensures highly balanced output
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Product Specifications

Brand NameDenon
Special Features7.1-channel home theater receiver with 770 watts of total power, 110 watts at 8 ohms across seven amplifier channels, Auto Setup feature precisely balances speaker levels and fine-tunes the delay settings

Technical Details

  • 7.1-channel home theater receiver with 770 watts of total power
  • 110 watts at 8 ohms across seven amplifier channels
  • Auto Setup feature precisely balances speaker levels and fine-tunes the delay settings

Product Description

Product Description

The versatile AVR-989 provides unparalleled audio and video signal processing and switching flexibility, and is fully equipped to handle even the most sophisticated home theater setups. The video section features four HDMI v1.3a inputs, that can accommodate high definition multi-channel LPCM, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. For standard definition sources such as DVD, the on-board Faroudja DCDi video processing and upconversion system provides near-HD picture quality. Denon’s advanced surround sound decoding section is powered by dual high-precision 32-bit floating point DSP processors, a feature previously found only on Denon's top-end models. This provides breathtaking surround sound quality from virtually any source. Audyssey Dynamic Volume automatically eliminates jarring volume jumps between TV shows and commercials, and Audyssey Dynamic EQ ensures rich bass and smooth tonal balance, even at low volume levels. Audyssey’s MultEQ in-room acoustic optimization system provides up to eight measurement points, smoothing the overall balance for the most natural tonal quality everywhere in the listening space. Setup and operation are a snap, aided by Denon’s enhanced icon-based on screen display that also features a screen saver. Featuring both speaker level and pre-amp level second zone stereo outputs, the AVR-989 is the ideal centerpiece for a superb whole-home entertainment system.

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer

Denon AVR-989: 7.1 CH/5.1+2 CH Multi-Source Multi-Zone Home Theater Receiver

The Denon AVR-989 has been rebuilt from the ground up and has been outfitted and updated with the latest A/V theater technology, giving it enhanced multi-room operation and performance. The AVR-989 is now equipped with HDMI v1.3a, which brings the new surround formats of Dolby Digital TrueHD and dts Master Audio decoding into your home for the ultimate surround experience. Audyssey processing has been updated and provides improved auto-calibration results for even smoother sound reproduction. The Faroudja FLi2310 processor, one of the best in the industry, has been employed to allow for video scaling to 1080p resolution. An RS-232C system control port and serial IR ports are provided for easy integration into complex home audio installations with 3rd party controllers. Additionally, the AVR-989 comes with a pre-programmed IR remote control.


The Denon AVR-989 provides a host of connections and features
High-Quality Construction and Features for Improved Acoustic Accuracy
The Denon AVR-989 is made from high-quality components to ensure excellent audio and video quality. The straightforward design philosophy of the "minimum signal path" has been implemented to provide immaculately clean audio and video playback. Signal paths are as short as possible to keep signal degradation in the audio and video circuitry to an absolute minimum. The AVR-989 includes a robust power source for each capacitor block for a stable supply of current. This, along with a separate dedicated CPU transformer, produces a clear circuit that prevents unwanted signal noise from affecting the sound.

The AVR-989 features 7-Channel Equal Power, which allows owners to connect up to 7 speakers independently and offers a 7.1 home theater solution without the need for additional amplifiers. Built-in separate internal amplifiers independently provide each channel with 115 Watts of power. This lets you enjoy the same high power output capability per channel, and gives a balanced and truly high-impact surround-sound environment.

The sound from movie sources recorded in Dolby Digital, dts, or other formats emphasizes high-frequency range due to a theater’s front speakers being placed behind the movie screen. If this sound is reproduced in the home theater without correction, the high-frequency range can be too strong. The Denon AVR-989's Cinema Equalizer corrects these high-frequency components so that the sound is clearer and easier to listen to. Additionally, AL24 Processing Plus thoroughly suppresses quantization noise to reproduce the low-level signals with optimum clarity, bringing out all the delicate nuances of your sound.

Audyssey MultEQ XT provides advanced room correction and calibration technology. During the Auto Set-Up mode, MultEQ XT 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 and calibrates speaker level, size, and distance. MultEQ XT detects the proper crossover point and determines correct frequency response for up to eight listener positions simultaneously. Denon's implementation of MultEQ XT uses multiple DSP processors with high-end digital-to-analog converters. In addition, the AVR-989 is among the first to feature Audyssey’s remarkable Dynamic Volume processing, which eliminates irritating jumps in volume between TV shows and commercials, as well as Audyssey Dynamic EQ to ensure rich bass and smooth tonal balance, even at low volume levels.


The Denon AVR-989 features Audyssey processing
Connectivity is King
The versatile AVR-989 provides unparalleled audio and video signal processing and switching flexibility, and is fully equipped to handle even the most sophisticated home theater setups. The video section features four HDMI v1.3a inputs with one output, which can accommodate 1080p resolution and also handle high definition multi-channel LPCM, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. In addition, the AVR-989 comes with 3 component video inputs, 7 composite video inputs with 3 outputs, 7 S-Video inputs with 3 outputs, 10 analog audio inputs (including tuner), 3 coaxial digital inputs, and 3 optical digital inputs with 2 outputs.

For standard definition sources such as DVD, the on-board Faroudja DCDi video processing and upconversion system provides near-HD picture quality. DCDi is a specialized video processing developed by Faroudja that involves advanced algorithms to remove the jagged edges that appear when standard interlaced video is viewed on progressive scan displays. DCDi converts standard interlaced signals into progressive scan signals in order to eliminate the staircasing effect that conventional upconverters can introduce to diagonal edges.

The Denon AVR-989 also offers XM Satellite Radio capability, providing subscribers with enhanced features over traditional radio receivers. An optional plug and play XM antenna and service contract is required to activate the XM Radio feature. Additionally, the AVR-989 is equipped with Neural Surround, the format chosen by XM Radio to power their new XM HD surround programming. Neural Surround provides the rich envelopment and discrete image detail of surround sound in a format that is 100% compatible with stereo audio. With superior spectral resolution and channel separation, Neural Surround draws the brain’s attention to 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.

Multiple Decoders Provide Excellent Compatibility
Denon’s advanced surround sound decoding section is powered by dual high-precision 32-bit floating point DSP processors, a feature previously found only on top-end models. This provides breathtaking surround sound quality from virtually any source. The AVR-989 is also packed with the biggest names in audio decoding, ensuring that you will hear movies, music, and games exactly the way their creators intended.

Dolby Digital is the multi-channel digital signal format developed by Dolby Laboratories. It consists of up to 5.1 channels—front left, front right, center, surround left, surround right, and an additional channel exclusively reserved for additional deep bass sound effects. The signals within each channel are distinct from the others, allowing pinpoint sound imaging and tremendous dynamic range from the most powerful sound effects to the quietest, softest sounds. The Dolby Pro Logic IIx format expands on Dolby Digital by decoding audio signals recorded on up to 7.1 playback channels. 7.1-channel audio builds upon the 5.1 setup by adding two rear surround speakers for even greater audio imaging. Dolby Pro Logic IIx also allows 5.1-channel audio sources to be played in up to 7.1 channels.

dts Digital Surround (also called simply dts) is a multi-channel digital signal format developed by Digital Theater Systems. Like Dolby Digital, it is a 5.1-channel surround sound format that is available as an optional soundtrack on many DVDs. The primary advantage of dts is that it offers higher data rates, leading many home theater enthusiasts to claim the sound quality for movie or music audio tracks to be closer to the original master recordings. This receiver is also equipped with the dts 96/24 format, which provides even higher quality 5.1 channel sound playback. The dts-ES Extended Surround decoder improves the 360-degree surround impression by adding a Surround Back channel, for a total of 6.1 channels. Finally, the dts Neo:6 surround decoder converts conventional 2-channel signals to 6.1-channel surround playback by applying them to the high-precision digital matrix decoder used for dts-ES Matrix 6.1.

State of the Art Solutions for Superior Quality
Not only is the AVR-989 versatile and powerful, but Denon has made it easy to use with many convenient features. Setup and operation are a snap, aided by an enhanced icon-based on-screen display that also features a screen saver. The Personal Memory Plus function allows the receiver to store surround modes, the level setting for all speakers, and the delay time to further customize the sound source. With the push of a button, the receiver will be tuned to the source of choice and the perfect preset settings will be activated.

The AVR-989 also features Denon’s Multi Source function, which allows you to select different audio sources for listening in different locations. You can run a 5.1 channel surround speaker system in the main room, while providing stereo audio from a different audio source to a pair of speakers in another room. Additionally, the optional Denon ASD-11R iPod docking station is compatible with the AVR-989. It provides direct charging, iPod control, and playback of audio and video content, dependent with each device's capabilities.



Technical Specifications

  • Weight: 28.2 lbs
  • Width: 17.1 inches
  • Height: 6.75 inches
  • Depth: 16.9 inches
  • Output: 115 Watts per channel
  • Dolby Digital Surround EX Decoding: Yes
  • dts ES Discrete 6.1 Decoding: Yes
  • dts ES Matrix 6.1 Decoding: Yes
  • dts Neo:6 Stereo-to-Surround Cinema and Music Modes: Yes
  • dts 96/24 5.1 for DVD-Video Processing: Yes
  • Assignable Digital Inputs: 6
  • Digital Inputs: Coaxial: 3
  • Digital Inputs: Optical: 3
  • Digital Outputs: Optical: 2
  • Digital to Analog REC Out: Yes
  • Analog Audio Inputs, Incl. Tuner: 10
  • Phono Input: MM type
  • Analog Record Outputs: 2
  • Composite Video Inputs: 7
  • Composite Video Outputs: 3
  • S-Video Inputs: 7 (including front)
  • S-Video Outputs: 3
  • Component Video Inputs x Bandwidth: 3 x 100 MHz (Assignable)
  • Station Auto-Preset Memory Tuning: 56
  • HDMI 1.3a Inputs: 4
  • HDMI 1.3a Outputs: 1
  • XM Satellite Radio 'Connect and Play' Ready: Yes




Choosing a Denon A/V Receiver for Your Home Theater System

Denon offers several models of A/V receiver systems, from the entry-level AVR-589 5.1 channel receiver system to the advanced AVR-989 7.1 channel receiver system. Which A/V receiver system you choose depends on how much you're willing to spend and which features you prioritize in a home theater environment. Here's a quick breakdown of the Denon A/V receiver systems.
  • The AVR-589 is a 5.1 A/V home theater receiver that features the latest high definition video connectivity, including dual HDMI v1.3a inputs and an HDMI output that provides up to 1080p resolution pass-through. Powered by Denon's DDSC-HD discrete surround decoding technology, the AVR-589 features a precision 32-bit floating point DSP processor for optimum surround sound fidelity, a technology normally only found on much more expensive components. Each of the five Equal Power amplifier channels put out 75 Watts of power, and is capable of driving the widest variety of home theater speaker systems. It also features 2 component video inputs, 4 composite video inputs with 2 outputs, 3 S-Video inputs with 2 outputs, 8 analog audio inputs (including tuner), 2 coaxial digital inputs, and 2 optical digital inputs.
  • The AVR-689 is a 7.1 A/V home theater receiver that incorporates the latest surround sound decoding technologies, along with sophisticated video signal handling and upconversion that allows both HDMI video inputs as well as providing component video output. The surround section features the same precision 32-bit floating point DSP technology found on Denon's top-line models. It includes the addition of Audyssey MultEQ and Dynamic Volume processing. Each of the seven Equal Power amplifier channels put out 80 Watts of power. The video section features three HDMI v1.3a inputs with 1 output, 3 component video inputs, 4 composite video inputs with 2 outputs, 3 S-Video inputs with 2 outputs, 8 analog audio inputs (including tuner), 2 coaxial digital inputs, and 2 optical digital inputs.
  • The AVR-789 is a 7.1 A/V home theater receiver that features 3 HDMI v1.3a inputs, 1080p upscaling, and a 32-bit floating point DSP processor. It includes the addition of Audyssey MultEQ and Dynamic Volume processing. Each of the seven Equal Power amplifier channels put out 90 Watts of power, and can drive the widest variety of home theater speaker systems. In addition, the AVR-789 comes with 3 component video inputs, 3 composite video inputs with 2 outputs, 3 S-Video inputs with 2 outputs, 8 analog audio inputs (including tuner), 2 coaxial digital inputs, and 2 optical digital inputs with 1 output.
  • The AVR-889 is a 7.1 A/V home theater receiver that features 4 HDMI v1.3a inputs, 1080p upscaling, and a 32-bit floating point DSP processor. It includes the addition of Audyssey MultEQ and Dynamic Volume processing. Each of the seven Equal Power amplifier channels put out 100 Watts of power, and can drive sophisticated home theater speaker systems. In addition, the AVR-889 comes with 3 component video inputs, 4 composite video inputs with 2 outputs, 4 S-Video inputs with 2 outputs, 9 analog audio inputs (including tuner), 2 coaxial digital inputs, and 2 optical digital inputs with 1 output.
  • The AVR-989 is a 7.1 A/V home theater receiver that features 4 HDMI v1.3a inputs, 1080p upscaling, and a 32-bit floating point DSP processor. It also includes the addition of Audyssey's Dynamic Volume processing. This feature works together with the Dynamic EQ that automatically adjusts equalizer settings to optimize the dynamic range. Each of the seven Equal Power amplifier channels produces 115 Watts of output, and can drive sophisticated home theater speaker systems. In addition, the AVR-989 comes with 3 component video inputs, 7 composite video inputs with 3 outputs, 7 S-Video inputs with 3 outputs, 10 analog audio inputs (including tuner), 3 coaxial digital inputs, and 3 optical digital inputs with 2 outputs.


  • Product Details

    • Shipping Weight: 33.6 pounds
    • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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    • ASIN: B001CSBEKE
    • Item model number: AVR989
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,492 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
    • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
    • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 1, 2008

    Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

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    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By captain cuttle on December 4, 2011
    In terms of performance this isn't a bad receiver. If you can ever get it set-up properly. I've owned several av receivers and know enough about hi-fi equipment to have built my own amp and speakers. But trying to get this product to perform to its potential has been a hugely frustrating process, and the owner's manual is zero help. As with so many manuals these days, it's written by techy geeks for techy geeks. Want to get a disc offering several sound options to reproduce them accurately on your system? Good luck. By trial and error you'll eventually find out what works for you, but be prepared to spend hours flicking through on-screen menus and trying to decipher the manual. Using the Audyssey automatic setup is straightforward enough but if you want to tweek its settings, manual setup is a nightmare. Worst of all, the receiver refuses to remember the set-up you gave it for each sound option even when you tell it to do so, and reverts back to some long-forgotten configuration. So you spend the first few minutes of each session adjusting your settings for the 1,000th time. Also very frustrating is its habit of losing your settings if you switch inputs. If you're watching a dvd, pause it to check out the latest score in some televised game, and come back to your disc, you've lost all your speaker volume and balance settings. If your speaker configuratin isn't 7:1, for instance if you're running the basic three across the front, a subwoofer and two rear, getting the receiver to give you optimal sound is not easy because there are no clear instructions, on screen or in the manual, to guide you.
    Visits to Denon's website are no help whatsoever and they don't seem to want you to contact them by email. All in all, Denon seem to have no idea of who their customers are and no wish to try to help them. This is my first and last Denon product. Technical capability isn't worth much if it doesn't translate to customer satisfaction.
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    I was always looking at the Denon 3808ci receiver but jumped on this when Amazon lowered its price. A big fan of things made in Japan for their excellent craftsmanship, Denon was on the top of my list since it was from Japan. The receiver is very well made with excellent set of features. Paired with Polk RTI-8 speakers for the front and still my old Bose cubes for the surrounds and back (which I plan on replacing soon) and a Polk powered 12 inch sub woofer PSW 505 to form my 7.1 system, it sounds just amazing especially with Blu-ray sources. I am yet to exploer may features especially the zone 2 feature. I will update this review when I do so. This replaces an old Sony 5.1 receiver and the difference is night and day and the heat generated is also lower compared to my Sony and I have heard several others say that it run much cooler when compared to an Onkyo. I am extremely pleased with this buy and would certainly recommend it.
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    By East Wood on January 9, 2010
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    Excellent receiver with all the functions that you need for 5.1 or 7.1 system. Only problem is that the remote and the manual is very confusing and poorly documented. I get around this by buying Harmony One universal remote. This is my second Denon (my previous one was avr-888) and I have been happy with the quality of the sound and the video.
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    I had it for 5+ years, and it's still working strong... We connected our TV to the loud speakers through this receiver. Now, we watch all the TV channels with the premium sound!
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    By david mc donald on August 22, 2014
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    This doesn't compare to my old kenwood c-1 control amp and m-1 power amp for music
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