Denon AVR-689 7.1 A/V Receiver




So how does the AVR 689 stack up? On the one hand, I am happy to report that the Denon quality is still there.  It may not sound as good as the AVR-4308, but we are talking a completely different class of device!  For the market segment it plays in, the AVR-689 is one heck of a bargain.  It offers more features and quality than I would expect at this price point.  On the other hand, I think I made it pretty clear early on that the lack of audio capability over HDMI makes this a deal-breaker for me.  So, here’s what I would say.  If HDMI audio is not important to you, then by all means, make it a point to give this receiver a spin when weighing your options.  Otherwise, and unfortunately, this receiver is not the right choice.  Hopefully in the future we will see every receiver that incorporates HDMI include both video and audio capability.  It just makes sense as we move further into the era of Blu-ray and digital audio/video.