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With a power output of 150 watts per channel, the AVR-5308CI multizone 7.1 receiver can handle most audio applications.
The receiver also offers a series of escalating AL24 Processing enhancements. Denon's original AL24 Processing technology was designed to faithfully duplicate some of the delicate nuances of analog music in digital form, a technology that's particularly effective among next-generation media with ultra-high bit and sampling rates. The results sound particularly good when music quietly fades away or starts again following silence, helping the listener detect some of the low-level details. AL24 Processing Plus upped the ante by supporting the 192 kHz sampling frequency of DVD-Audio. Denon followed with Advanced AL24 DSP and AL24 Multi Processing, which further increased the dynamic range and spatial information among high-resolution stereo PCM and multichannel sources.
The receiver also includes High-Definition-Compatible Digital (HDCD), an encoding/decoding technology that encodes with 20 bits of real musical information--as compared with 16 bits for all other CDs--thereby greatly reducing distortion. This creates a better dynamic range, a more-focused three-dimensional soundstage, and extremely natural vocal and musical timbres. And from a video perspective, the AVR-5308CI offers several valuable essentials: progressive scan technology, which processes approximately twice as much video data to produce a sharper, noise-free image with finer details; DCDi video processing, which employs advanced algorithms to remove the jagged edges that appear when standard interlaced video is viewed on progressive scan displays; and 10-bit Realta HQV video processing, which accurately upconverts video signals up to 1080p resolution while also offering Deep Color support and multi-cadence detection.
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.
Perhaps the most significant audio enhancement, however, is the receiver's THX Ultra2 certification. The THX Ultra2 Cinema mode produces the appropriate sound field effects when 5.1-channel movie sources are played in a 7.1 system, helping accurately re-create a theater-type sound in a conventional home listening environment. The AVR-5308CI works by widening the rear soundstage, which effectively makes the side speakers play ambient sounds and the surround back speakers play directional sounds. There's no better way to immerse your ears in a rich, powerful, nuanced surround sound environment. Likewise, the THX Ultra2 Music mode produces appropriate sound field effects for Dolby Digital, DTS, and other 5.1-channel music sources when played in a 7.1-channel system.
The AVR-5308CI offers 6 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs, and a host of other connectivity options.
The AVR-5308CI is also capable of connecting to your PC's wired or wireless network via its built-in Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity. This lets you play back the MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, or WAV files stored on your computer's hard drive, access Internet radio stations, or play back JPEG photo slideshows. To make iPod playback easier, you can connect the receiver to Denon's separately sold ASD-1R iPod docking station, which charges and controls your iPod through the receiver's display.
Other user-friendly features include an EL touchpanel remote control, which offers an electroluminescent display similar to the technology employed by LCD backlights; built-in HD Radio; XM satellite radio compatibility (requires a subscription and an optional plug-and-play XM antenna); two-way remote capability; an attractive GUI with an onscreen display; and a night mode for neighbor-friendly listening.
Audiophiles will dig the Denon Link jack, which is far less susceptible to radiated noise than coaxial or unbalanced cables. The Denon Link interface can transfer high-grade LPCM 24-bit, 192 kHz two-channel and 96 kHz, 24-bit multichannel digital output. 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-5308CI 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.
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I have a Denon AVR5308 receiver I bought about 9 years ago. At the time it too was the Denon 'Flagship' model. Read more
this denon avr was on my wishlist for quite some time before getting up enough money thru working overtime, finally able to afford to purchase it. Read morePublished on February 6, 2010 by R. Arsenault