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Denon AVR-2808CI 7.1-Channel Multizone Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Denon
22 customer reviews
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  • 110 watts x 7 channels
  • Analog Video to HDMI Scaling - 1080p, 2 v1.3a HDMI Inputs
  • XM ready tuning
  • Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio
  • 3 source 3 zone capability and dual remotes
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Product Specifications

Brand NameDenon
Output Wattage110 watts
Color NameBlack

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Denon
  • Model Number: AVR-2808CI
  • Output Wattage: 110 Watts
  • Surround Sound Channel Configuration: 7
  • Color: Black

Product Description

Denon AVR-2808CI A/V Multi Source/Zone 7.1 Receiver with Built-in Processing

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 30.1 pounds
  • 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.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000TW20A2
  • Item model number: AVR-2808CI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,099 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at July 19, 2007
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Cody Patton on October 29, 2007
I've owned a few receivers in the past (mostly Sony ES models), but none of them compare to this one. Denon specializes in audio, and it shows! Don't get me wrong, I love and own alot of Sony's products (two TVs, PS3, Vaio computer, DVD player, etc.), but after picking up this Denon and pairing it with a Polk speaker/sub setup, I've never been happier, and the upgrade from the Sony ES it replaced is substantial in many ways.

Denon AVR-2808ci Pros:
-Sound quality is absolutely incredible! Even compressed music from iPod is great ("Restorer" feature really helps!). Highs, mids and lows are all accurately reproduced, and there are tons of custom EQ options!
-Audyssey Auto-Calibration is accurate and thorough.
-Includes decoding of all current and future sound-fields (DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD, as well as Uncompressed PCM and everything else you can imagine, all via HDMI version 1.3a)!
-Display is large and includes alot of necessary info-this thing tells you what it's doing.
-Solid build quality and nice looking!
-Connectivity options (HDMI, toslink, digital coax, component video, s-video, etc.)
-Video upconversion via HDMI using built-in Faroudja DCDi processor, or just passthrough and use as a convenient HDMI switcher (assignable inputs).
-Excellent sound processors, both for movies and music, complement a solid, beefy amplifier.
-Customizable as all heck: 4-stage dimmer, "Quick Select" feature for three sources, learning lcd remote, volume level options, mute level options, default settings per-source, massive amount of EQ/channel level/crossover settings, and more!
-Main remote works great, learns and controls just about all of your gear.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J. Baxter on April 7, 2008
I love this thing.
The set up is not for the faint of heart if you are using it to it's potential.
You need a remote that is better than the one that comes with the unit if you want to use it for anything other than source switching and volume control. The remote that comes with the unit is not that freindly, the "screen" is crammed and working to hidden menus is a pain. There are 7 or eight devices on the screen. then hidden behind a device is another device. As an example; to play xm and use the Denon to conrol it you push the tuner button twice to get to the menu. At no time on the screen does it tell you that you are now controlling xm. You just have to know that the second push of the tuner button now controls xm.
Depending on your skill level and craziness (according to my wife) go with a logitech harmony (easy set up) or a Universal Remote (thats the brand)which range from user friendly to your wife screaming because you are spending so much time programming it.
I want to comment on the review about it only having two HDMI inputs.
What on earth would you need more than two for?
You need HDMI for 1080P, that means 1 Blu Ray (Side Note I have the Samsung BDP-1400, great picture but should have bought the sony), One up converting DVD player (The Denon 1940ci kicks) I have two HR-20 HD receivers from Direct TV hooked up to the component video. For those of you who don't know, broadcast TV in HD has a max resolution of 1080i which is the maximum capability of component video.
Use the correct wire for the correct component and this receiver will take care of you. Great sound, great upconverting to 1080p, multizone speaker control, Ipod dock control, whatever you want, fab.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Hodges on January 14, 2008
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This is my third Denon A/V receiver. My first was purchased in 1989 (and still works) and the one I replaced with the 2808CI was 3200AVR that I purchased in 1997. That unit always performed flawlessly and was one of the first generation 5.1 receivers. My satisfaction with Denon continues with this unit but of the three units, the manual is for the most part poorly written. I am not an expert audiophile. I get into setting up and tweaking my system but after awhile I just want to turn it on and enjoy. I did get my new system (which included a new Toshiba Hd-DVD and LCD HDTV) up and working in one night but it's been more trial and error trying to naviagate and figure out the settings on the receiver. I've come a long way in two weeks getting the system performance to where I like it and it is awesome. The next challenge will be consolidating the remotes. Need a break (I'll use three remotes for now) until I take on that challenge. This would have been a 5 star review if the manual was better executed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John Smith on October 24, 2008
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First, a little background (be patient!):

I spent a lot of time auditioning bookshelf speakers. My intention was to slowly build out a full surround system by starting with two solid front speakers for stereo listening. I wanted to make sure they sounded good for music, because I believe music is much more demanding on speakers than movies are. I ended up being very impressed by the Totem Rainmakers, although I really love the way B&W speakers look. I think Totem's outperform B&W at my price point. I decided I would get Totem Dreamcatchers for my rears and center since they sounded very good for their small size. I ended up getting the Dreamcatchers first because I got a good deal on them. I decided I would break them in first, then rotate them to the back and buy the Rainmakers when I was ready. That way, when I was all setup, everything would be broken in. Although I auditioned both Totems on a tube amp, I had read good things about the Denon's musicality and was sure it would do very well.

My sources into this are the digital out from a PC and the digital out of my LCD TV. I don't have digital/HD cable, I just decode the QAM signal coming through the cable for free in Manhattan, which has Dolby surround on nearly all digital channels (if the content supports it).

Now on to the receiver:

The receiver handles my 4ohm speakers very well, maybe because they're fairly efficient. It drives them at very loud levels (although they're not full broken in yet so I haven't pushed them) without getting too hot. I was originally thinking of getting the Onkyo 805, so heat was a concern for me. No problems here.

The Audyssey calibration at first sounded like it mellowed out my sound too much, but as the speakers have broken in I really prefer it.
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