At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, we picked the Denon AVR-2807 as the show’s best home audio product. It wasn’t the boldest choice, sure, but unlike many of the show’s pie in the sky products that are vaguely sexy or potentially cool, the AVR-2807 arrived more or less on schedule and is delivered exactly what Denon promised. A little simpler than its big brother, the AVR-4306 everything but the kitchen sink, this receiver still offers a winning combination of impressive features, including HDMI switching and 480p conversion of analog video, automatic speaker calibration and support. integrated for XM satellite radio and Denon’s new iPod dock – sounds great too. In January we stated that the AVR-2807 “seems well positioned to offer the best value for money for your home theater in 2006”. Available for a very reasonable price of $ 1,100, the Denon AVR-2807 met this expectation to the letter.
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The Denon AVR-2807 shares the understated design of Denon’s high-end siblings – it keeps most of the lesser-used controls tucked away under a flip-down panel. The receiver is nearly 17 inches deep and weighs nearly 31 pounds. It also emits a lot of heat, so we do not recommend placing the receiver inside a cabinet unless it is well ventilated.
The AVR-2807’s large remote has enough space to deploy many different sized and colored buttons. It’s well organized and easy to use, and we actually preferred it to the touch-screen remotes found on some of the high-end Denon receivers (like the AVR-4306). The disappearance of touch screen menus and controls drove us crazy, but the AVR-2807’s buttons were always exactly where they should be.
Denon’s advanced Audyssey MultEQxt Room EQ auto setup system can enhance the sound for large groups of listeners. With the exception of determining the subwoofer level and the distance to the measurement microphone, the accuracy of the setup was excellent. Either the Denon engineers simplified the autosetup or we’re just getting used to it, but we did it all in 6 minutes versus the 20 minutes of the last Denon autosetup we reviewed (the AVR-4306). While we’ve had decent results with the Audyssey Room EQ (equalization) system in the past, for some reason, we haven’t been able to get much improvement this time around. If you take the time to go through the process a few times, you might get better results. Also, if you like to tinker with audio components, you could enjoy the “manual” EQ program and tweak the nine-band graphic controls to your liking. We did it and created a sound that suited our tastes. The Denon AVR-2807 is a seven times 110 watt receiver that offers a full selection of proprietary Dolby, DTS and surround modes. The connectivity options will meet the needs of even the most complex home theater installations – get a total of seven A / V inputs with S-Video. High-definition sources are also well served: three inputs can be switched to accept component video and two more can handle HDMI. Better yet, any analog source (composite, component or S-Video) can be converted to component or HDMI output at 480i or 480p resolution. The 480p progressive scan option is particularly important because it maximizes compatibility with HDTVs; many older models cannot accept a 480i video signal over HDMI.