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But in a couple of very important respects it is more top-drawer than run-of-the-mill. No main-speaker ratings are given for surround operation, but the center-speaker output is rated at 70 watts and the surround outputs called "rear" by Denon at 20 watts. There is a single video-monitor output. All source-component connections are through phono connectors, there being no S-video provisions.
The source audio connectors are in vertical array directly around the right rear corner looking from the front , a good alternative to a horizontal array. Multiway binding posts are provided for connecting A and B pairs of main speakers. They most easily take stripped wires and will accept single or dual banana plugs as well, but not spade lugs. The center and surround speaker outputs are spring connectors. A line-level, wideband, mono subwoofer output is helpfully provided, as is a line-level center-channel output.
Additional rear-panel facilities include spring connectors for an AM antenna a loop antenna is supplied and an F connector for an FM antenna. There are two switched AC convenience outlets, into which the user is advised not to plug "hair driers, etc. Most of the front-panel controls serve familiar functions. Included among them are buttons for AM and FM station tuning and programming the thirty-two available memory presets.
The row of buttons directly underneath the display window selects the surround-sound processing mode. Each has some characteristics that are adjustable via the remote handset. In Dolby Pro Logic and Matrix operation, you can set the surround-channel delay time. In the other modes, you can variously turn the processing on and off, adjust effect level, and adjust the control for the apparent "size" of the synthesized space in five steps.
Missing from the front panel is the usual array of input-selector buttons. With the AVR you select inputs by pressing the large audio and video buttons located next to the volume knob. Convenience is further enhanced by three Personal Memory buttons, present on both the front panel and the remote, that store input and accompanying surround-mode selections, enabling one-touch selection and setup for three sources. Adjustments to the surround-mode settings are not saved, however.
RDS enables automatic tuning and memorization of FM stations by program type news, soft rock, classical, etc. For any of these features to be operative the tuned station must be transmitting RDS signals; the AVR has an automatic scanning mode to search for such stations. RDS is very useful in mobile applications, but I imagine the traffic messages could also be useful in planning your route before you leave home if you could find an RDS station transmitting them. In lab tests, the AVR generally did well.
The deviations were small but extended over a large enough part of the audio band to be audible. Although the AVR does have a tone-control defeat button on both the front panel and the remote, it works only during stereo operation; the tone-control circuitry cannot be switched out in any of the surround modes. Tuner performance, apart from exceptionally good AM rejection in the FM section, was average overall, as was the measured performance in Dolby Pro Logic operation.
In our listening tests, the surround-channel noise level with Pro Logic was poised on the edge of distracting audibility. As usual with components providing multiple surround-processing modes, you should not try too hard to match musical genres to the names of the modes.
All the modes, even the movie-oriented ones, can provide useful spatial enhancement depending on the music and your willingness to fine-tune the parameters. We found the "small" room-size setting of the Classical mode useful with some pop music, for example. The two modes besides straight Pro Logic intended specifically for soundtracks, Wide Screen and Live Surround, added delayed artificial reflections to the front channels, which, as always in our experience with such processing, greatly reduced the intelligibility of dialogue.
A glance at the buttons and their layout shows how good ergonomic design can produce a control array that is actually alluring, what with its well-spaced buttons strongly differentiated by size, shape, placement, and, most obviously, color. The handset is easy to use by feel alone in a darkened room. Although I usually deplore flip-open doors to hide little-used controls, the idea works well in this case. The buttons hidden by a panel on the lower left of the remote are the ones that bring the surround system to vivid, interactive life.
You can, for example, turn the surround processing on and off without distracting sound muting or changes to any of the settings. Those facilities combine to make it very easy to arrive at an appropriate surround setting, validating for once the inclusion of so many processing modes. The audio performance of receivers in a given price class tends to be close enough, overall, to make other factors equally important in a buying decision.
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