Denon AVR-1908 review: Denon AVR-1908

CNET Editors' Rating

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The Good Solid construction; intelligent remote; decent features; composed and detailed sound.

The Bad Comparably expensive; no integrated HD audio decoding; lacks some dynamic drive.

The Bottom Line Denon's AVR-1908 offers a decent specification supported by impressive sound quality but in today's competitive market there are rivals that offer the same without spending as much

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Denon's range of AV receivers covers everything from entry-level to state-of-the-art models -- all of which are expertly designed and capable of consistently impressive sound performance.

The Denon AVR-1908 is one of the company's most fully-featured budget models, although the £450 RRP is still comparably expensive at this level. For your money, you do get exceptional build quality, a full range of previously high-end features and Denon's trademark smooth sound quality -- but is it worth the extra expense?

Denon is renowned for the tank-like construction of its components and the AVR-1908 continues the tradition with an extremely solid build. The contoured aluminum design could easily be mistaken for a receiver costing twice the price. It also has one of the more user-friendly remotes we've come across, with a sensible arrangement of spacious keys that make it easy to use even when the lights are dimmed.

The range of features compares favourably with the best receivers in this class including Onkyo's TX-SR605 and Sony's STR-DA1200ES . There are seven channels with 85W of amplification, video upconversion to component quality and a comprehensive connectivity including the latest HDMI inputs with 1080i video switching (two out, one in). The HDMI 1.3a connections will also be able to support Deep Colour picture enhancements and HD audio formats carried on Blu-ray discs -- although there is no integrated high-definition surround decoding.

The on-screen menu system has been graphically enhanced and is simple to use, while there is also a decent automatic calibration set up supported by the latest Audyssey MultEQ system, which takes slightly longer than some rival systems but is enviably accurate.

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Denon AVR-1908 - AV receiver - 7.1 channel

Part Number: AVR-1908
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  • Response Bandwidth 10 - 100000 Hz
  • Features A/B/A+B speaker switch
    Midnight Mode
    auto sound calibration
    compressed music enhancer
    iPod ready
    in-line crossover
    multi-room audio output
    source direct
  • Functions AV receiver
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Type AV receiver