- Written by Piero Gabucci
- Published on 02 March 2009
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 Iâ€™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.
- Codecs: All, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
- Power: 150 Watts RMSÂ x 7 intoÂ 8 Ohms
- THD+N:Â 0.05%
- THX Ultra2 Certified
- HD radio, XM Satellite Radio, Rhapsody Service
- HDMI 1.3a
- Silicon Optix Realta HQV Video Processing
- Dual Remote Controls
- Audyssey MultEQ
- Dimensions: 8.5" H x 17.1" W x 19.25" D
- Weight: 62.7 Pounds
- MSRP $5,500 USA
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 itâ€™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.