Top positive review
47 people found this helpful
on December 20, 2012
This system is great, I have both last year's package (with the 1312) and this one (1513). The speakers are identical between the two, only the receiver changed slightly. The strength of these systems is definitely the sound quality - it is amazing. The Boston Acoustics speakers are worth the price alone. I primarily use this system for music, but also for movies. I knew these speakers were good, but I realized just how good they are when I tried them alongside some Polk audio ones in the same price range (using the same receiver). The Bostons sound clear and pleasant even at low volumes, while the Polks sounded muffled. With the Bostons, the highs are clear and the bass is full and strong, but the mids & vocals really shine. It just sounds like the lead singer is in the room. In a word, these speakers make great sounding music seem effortless.
And the receiver sounds great too. It definitely doesn't have tons of extra features (like A/B speakers, 7.1, Audyssey calibration, 2nd zone etc) but it produces great sound, has a nice OSD for volume, looks nice on the shelf and has all of the latest home theater decoders (TrueHD, DTS etc) and actually not having tons of extra features and settings is nice because my wife isn't afraid to use it. We had another receiver that had all those extras and it scared her with all the buttons and settings. The 1513 doesn't have ARC which would be nice since we run Netflix off the TV, but I just got an optical cable and that works fine. We run Netflix and Pandora off the TV all the time and it sounds great. Another thing that is really nice with the Denon receiver is that the audio delay adjustment is right on the remote. So when you're watching a movie and the lipsync is just slightly off, you can adjust it easily and directly without pausing the movie and going into a bunch of menus. I run a lot of different video sources and many times movies from our home theater PC will have slight lipsync issues so I love having this adjustment so conveniently available.
So now you know why I have 2 of these. I needed a second setup and I thought it might be nice to get a receiver with more bells and whistles, but after test driving one for a while with Polk audio speakers, I just couldn't bear to sacrifice the audio quality so I returned it and got another Denon DHT package and couldn't be happier. And anyways, I figure if I ever want a fancier receiver, I can always switch out receivers, finding great speakers is the harder task by far.