Great connection options, beautiful design, really good sound!
Very few ... video quality could be a little better, remote is a little bulky
I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy the S-101 without waiting on a Cnet review. I've got to say, I am very pleased so far. I've had it about a week now. I got it at Best Buy and they were offering a $100 instant rebate ... Read full review
I finally decided to bite the bullet and buy the S-101 without waiting on a Cnet review. I've got to say, I am very pleased so far. I've had it about a week now. I got it at Best Buy and they were offering a $100 instant rebate which brought the total down to $899. I think that is very reasonable for everything it offers.
First and foremost, what was most important to me was the virtual surround in this system as I will use it mostly for watching DVD's and as a home theatre system. I've got to say this is the best I've ever heard! Denon uses the Dolby Virtual Speaker technology and it is very good. Unlike most systems out there, it does not produce a noticable sweet spot. So, whether I'm sitting in the center of my couch or on one of the outer sides, I still get a really good surround effect and can hear sounds coming from "behind" me. Almost every other virtual system I've heard lets the sound fall back into the speaker if you're not sitting in the middle of the sweet spot. While I can't compare this to the Niro systems, I can tell you it beats the Sony DAV-X1 and the Bose 3-2-1 systems hands down!
The only thing I can say negative about it so far is that the video quality could be A LITTLE better. I wish they had used the higher end DVD rendering chip and 720p/1080i upscaling that they offer in the much more expensive S-301. But, I would still encourage anyone who is intrigued by the Denon to go ahead and get it. I don't think you'll regret it!