Receivers

Denon AVR-5308C1 7.1 A/V Receiver

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Denon AVR 5308C1 Receiver

Introduction

When Denon finally made good on their promise to deliver to market a separate processor/amplifier, (the AVP-A1HDCI and POA-A1HDCI) I wondered where the receivers at the top would fit in. The last flagship receiver I’d reviewed was the AVR-5805 in May of 2005 and I wished it was in two components. But there are those that still want one box, saving space, wires and some money too.

Specifications

  • Codecs: All, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Power: 150 Watts RMS x 7 into 8 Ohms
  • THD+N: 0.05%
  • THX Ultra2 Certified
  • HD radio, XM Satellite Radio, Rhapsody Service
  • HDMI 1.3a
  • Silicon Optix Realta HQV Video Processing
  • Dual Remote Controls
  • Multi-zone
  • Audyssey MultEQ
  • Dimensions: 8.5" H x 17.1" W x 19.25" D
  • Weight: 62.7 Pounds
  • MSRP $5,500 USA
  • Denon

Now that the pre/pro/amp is out, the receivers can be downsized, thankfully. The new AVR-5308CI weighs 35 pounds less and stands 3 inches shorter than its predecessor 5805. But feature-wise, the 5308 is substantially ahead of the 5805, which is why it’s here for me to review.

However if you want balanced outputs, 12 channels, upgraded audio/video circuitry and you have a few more dollars burning a hole in your pocket, look into the AVP, otherwise read on.