"2 Channel Analog is Quite Bad"2.0 starson by bikeboy272
Pros: Sound quality aside, everything works beautifully. Lots of really useful features.
Cons: Sound quality is completely unnacceptable for this price range.
Summary: I must preface this posting by saying I am not some 2 channel snob that's not happy unless I have inneficient, buzzy tubes etc.. I have been selling Denon for years, and for basic surround duties they have always been OK. Now more and more we are trying to incorporate solid 2 channel listening into the home theater environment. I also sell Sunfire, Bryston, Parasound, Onkyo etc. I thought that when you spend $2500 on a receiver it should at least give average two channel performance. WRONG. Terribly harsh, gritty, and sibilant with a condensed soundstage. Surely it would be better in preamp duties with an external amp you ask? Yes. Slightly. The desire to make this receiver sound dynamic and super treble heavy to draw the average joe (that doesn't realize his ears will bleed after a few days of subjecting himself to it), has ruined what should have been a solid performer. By the way, we used to get away with using 3805s and 3806s for preamps. what happened? Anyway, hope this helps. If you want it for Blu Rays, the new uncompressed formats it supports sound OK, especially with the Audyssey properly calibrated. But, if you want to do some music listening, you should loook elsewhere.