Denon's Next Gen Receivers: The Stuff Home Theater Dreams Are Made Of

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I've always been a fan of Denon's A/V components and their newest line of receivers reinforces my infatuation. The sexy new boxes will include HDMI 1.3 inputs and support for both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. There aren't that many devices out there that support HDMI 1.3, but we've already seen some upcoming Samsung HDTVs that carry the new spec, which allows for better color support and a smoother HD image. A nice way to future-proof your home theater set up if you ask me. So what else does Denon have in store for us? Well, for one, their high-end model (AVR-4308CI) will have built-in Wi-Fi for Internet radio (a nice bonus on a receiver).

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Their other high-end model (the AVR-3808CI) will only have Ethernet connectivity. (Both will be out in July). September will bring the AVR-1508 and the AVR-1708, both of which will have HDMI 1.3, but no internal Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD processing. Pricing has yet to be announced, though by the looks of it, you should be in good shape with whichever model you choose.

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For as much as these things cost, why the hell can't they update the display screens on these things to bring them out of the 90's? I know purists audiophiles and all, but I don't see how much the display on the unit has to do with sound quality. An LCD high-res display would be nice...one that 'dims' or 'blackens' out after a few seconds to keep from distracting you during your movie watching...