Pros Price and sound
Cons Difficult to program and set up
Summary I found it very difficult to set up and even more frustrating when I spoke to the support person. I can tell the support person was frustrated by my questions. There was 50 minutes wait time and the person was not very helpful. I still don't understand how to set up the remote to control other devices and make manual adjustment to the sound. The owners manual is difficult to understand. Otherwise, the sound is good but with some adjustment can be better. I almost took the unit back to Circuit City but kept it after fiddling with it more and making adjustments.
Pros VALUE--Lot of features for the money. SOUND--it sounds darn GOOD! I've owned Pioneer, Yamaha, and Cambridge Audio receivers and this unit sounds just as good or better for a lot less. Movies and music are both great with this receiver.
Cons INPUTS--kind of skimpy on the inputs.QUIRKS--can be quirky at times, it forgets the names of the inputs sometimes if you rename them.SETUP--takes time and patience.LOOKS--not as nice as the newer Denon units
Summary Overall I have been delighted with this receiver, I was able to find it refurbished at a great price and it has been very good to me. I've owned Yamaha, Pioneer, and Cambridge Audio receivers but this Denon has sounded as good or better for a lot less money. It lacks some of the high-end features like HDMI upscaling and doesn't decode Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD, but in my setup my Sony BDP-S1 Blue-ray player takes care of the decoding and I use the EXT. IN inputs on the Denon for high resolution audio. Also 90 watts per channel doesn't sound like much but is more than enough to power small to mid size speakers rated at 8 ohms in small to mid size rooms. My setup consists of KEF IQ1 mains and IQ2C center, a KEF sub, and Polk OWM3 surrounds. I highly recomend this receiver to anyone looking for great sound at a great price.
Pros Great punch for your A/V system...
Cons 7.1 surround has to be programmed by user...
Summary I'v had this unit at home now for just over 60 days. Using Polk M20's for front mains and a Polk RM6880 surround set (includes 150 Watt, 10" Sub) for 7.1 surround.
Very realistic sound without the funny coloring I've heard from other big name A/V receivers. Also plenty of power to make it very uncomfortable to be in the room unless you like your music loud.
My only gripe with this unit is that, as it is delivered, it will only do 5.1 surround as the back 2 amplifiers come programmed for 2nd room/source. You have to reconfigure the programming to get your full 7.1 theater sound.
Pros Nice looking unit.
Cons Many. Multiple defective elements:
--receiver goes into shut off mode, even at low volumes.
--handles Blue Ray and HDMI poorly; problem creates a sharp popping sound with audio that can surface anytime; have had it in service 3 times.
Summary Once a strong brand, Denon's products, particularly its receivers - and service - are going downhill. I've had multiple issues with this Denon receiver, from crackling and popping audio and problems with HDMI connections and Blu Ray playing, to the unit shutting off for no apparent reason many times. Denon's "authorized" repair shop has been a joke, as has its customer "service" in NJ. I've had to ship the unit back to the repair shop 3 times, twice at my expense! Each time, they allegedly fix the problem, then a month goes by and the problem returns. Denon refuses to replace this defective unit and now tells me to get it repaired again. Amazing.
Their customer service is very poor. I guess since they bought Marantz, they've become a huge, faceless company who doesn't care about individual consumers or doing the right thing. They'll go a week or more without responding to a concern. I received my unit back from the repair shop with damage to the casing and they told me to take it up with UPS.
I will never buy another Denon or Marantz (same company) receiver. I'll be looking for solid AV performance but also reliability and good customer service when I purchase a new AV receiver. My experience is that Denon's quality and service has noticeably slipped. It's not the company or brand it was 10 years ago, that's for sure.
Pros Been audiophile buff for many years and i am very aware of Denon ..you cant beat the features and the price and the sound is great !!!!
Cons more watts would of been nice ..but we all know the golden rule to that ..more money ...
Summary I would say get this receiver while there around specialy with the features and also the continuous power ... A few years ago these receivers were costing over a grand when home theater systems caught fire . With the features it has its a steal and the price is good to ..I recommend this AVR 788 !!!!