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What to Look for in Home Audio Video Receivers

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A Comparison of Two Popular Denon Home Audio Video Receivers

We know! On your recent visit to the big box store either the sales person was speaking Greek to you and firing off all kinds of confusing jargon or the sales person does not know the first thing about home audio video receivers. Oh, plus the high pressure to make a sale!

Minneapolis Home Audio Video Receivers

A lot of innocent mistakes can be made when matching up equipment for your needs - present and future needs.

Now, you can relax. When you work with us, we will help you understand all the jargon and help you avoid the three common mistakes made.

Three Common Home Audio Video Receiver Mistakes

1. One mistake that is commonly made when choosing home audio and video equipment is miss-matching output power watts to speakers. This often results in too much power driving low end speakers. Sound quality will suffer on all fronts. The bass will sound empty and the high and mid-range will sound flat. You will not be satisfied with a system like that and we, quite frankly, would not let you out the door without fully disclosing what your possible results will be.

2. Next up is not adding enough speakers to your system. Each channel on a audio video receiver has a specific purpose. Skip a few channels and maybe the system will sound okay and maybe it won’t but, if you really listen closely, you’re going to be missing out on some punch and depth. Sometimes, you can get away with this while you are budgeting for some additional speakers to complete your set. The systems we design are custom tailored to your media room and to your listening preferences. Full, rich sound that fills the space. Sound that you can not only hear but, feel as well.

3. The third mistake commonly made is not fully thinking about how you will use your system. Once you are all set up and enjoying your system and you decide that you wanted or needed multi-room capability or 9 channels…it’s too late. That can be a costly mistake. We can help you think about the possible scenarios so that you choose the best possible solution for your needs.

Denon is one of the leading brands in top of the line audio video receivers available on the market. They have several models available ranging from the least expensive 2 channel system up to powerful and flexible 9 channel systems. This comparison will be based on the features and uses you can get out of a middle of the road 5.1 channel systems and the top end 9.2 channel audio video receiver.

A Comparison of Two Denon Home Audio Video Receivers

Denon currently has specifications available for five systems with 5.1 channel surround sound. We will talk about the audio and video capabilities of the AVR-E300 unit. This unit is a very affordable basic 5.1 channel system that has more power and more features than many of the “boxed theater systems".

Denon’s current specifications for 9 channel is the AVR-4520CI. There is quite a leap in price between the 2 but, we’ll show you when and why you might consider scaling up from the 5.1 and 7.2 channel systems.

Denon AVR-E300 vs. AVR-4520CI - Audio Video Receiver Comparison

Size/Weight6"H x 17.1"W x 13"D/18 lbs7.7"H x 17.1"W x 16.7"D/36.4lbs
Watts per Channel175150
Sound EnhancementAudyssey BronzeAudyssey MultEQ XT32
HDMI Inputs5 (4rear/1front)7 (6rear/1front)
HDMI Outputs13
Network PortYesYes
Multi-Room ZonesSingle Only4 Rooms/Zones
Front Panel USBYesYes
4K Video CapableNoYes
Remote IncludedYesYes
Mfr Warranty2 years3 years


Plan Ahead. Choose System Right For You. Get Help From Lelch Audio Video Minneapolis

As you can see, the specifications on home A/V receivers can vary widely. Look for features you know you will want. For example, besides having 9.2 channels vs. 5.1 channels, the AVR-4520CI has the ability to multicast...up to 4 rooms as a time. It can also take and broadcast from two different sources at once meaning that you could hook up two DVD players and watch one movie on the main system and a different movie in another room.

If you wanted only 1080P video resolution and 5.1 channels of surround sound and you have no plans to expand your home theater in the future, then maybe the entry level Denon AVR-E300 will satisfy your audio video needs.

Don't forget that Lelch Audio Video does in-home consultations all around the Twin Cities area. Call us today or book your appointment online.

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