I am not being critical here – it’s a simple fact. In a receiver costing this much money I assume it’s fairly safe to assume most users are going to have a universal remote of some kind. Even so, that is a risky assumption; including an 8 dollar generic remote (think low end Samsung plasma) is an insult to any customer purchasing a high end AV receiver. There are no dedicated Audyssey/Listening mode controls for the most standard situations; instead users are forced to cycle through “Movie” or “Music’ ad-nauseum to select their listening mode of choice. Finally, this is yet another receiver remote without any kind of gyro illumination or backlight button. I understand the goals of cost savings – but I consider these features mandatory, not optional.
Denon has obviously tried to make the GUI simpler to navigate – and they deserve credit for this! That said – it still baffles me that in 2012 and the age of smartphones and tablets galore receivers are being released that have 8bit color UI’s with slow/unresponsive navigation. It’s past time that Android was leveraged to provide the UI on these devices. I have every confidence that the proper ARM platform could be integrated at a low cost (~$50) and greatly enhance the usability of these products.
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