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

3.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
About the Product
  • 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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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
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  • ASIN: B000TW20A2
  • Item model number: AVR-2808CI
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,517 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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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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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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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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I purchased this receiver to replace an older AVR without the advanced connectivity and processing this unit features.
This a very full featured receiver. I selected it over a few competitors (Yamaha, Onkyo) in part based on the strength of its video processing which i have never found uselful on an AVR before. With this unit I can detect subtle improvements on analog video upconversion, less on non-HD digital (such as DVD).
The audio performance of this unit is also a step up from my old one, the EQ program works well. I am using a 5.1 setup and hope to use the extra channels for another zone or two of audio.
Set up of this unit is easier after learning to navigate the menus; there are a lot of customizable functions which is great but the learning curve is steeper than most AV products.
The remote is better than most but again a bit cumbersome to set up. The second zone remote is a nice bonus.
I could use one more HDMI input and an RDS display for analog FM radio, otherwise this does it all. Current pricing is excellent; the 09 model is hundreds more and does not offer many upgrades other than extra HDMI inputs.
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