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post #11 of 234 Old 10-25-12, 11:02 AM
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Re: Denon AVR-4520CI Discussion Thread

I agree with Jungle Jack that the 4520 certainly has a more stout look to it than the 4311 did. I own a 4311, and think its fantastic for what I paid(Got a great deal). That said, I probably would not have bought it for $2,000.
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post #12 of 234 Old 02-14-13, 07:43 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Denon AVR-4520CI Discussion Thread

Hello,
When I started this thread, I honestly never would have guessed that I would end up owning one. It was truly after reading about Sonnie's experience with his 4520 that I decided to follow suit. I am still astonished that this AVR is driving his Martin Logan Prodigies as they are one of the toughest speakers to drive out there.

I must say that I am using it strictly as an SSP and have it in Preamp Only Mode. That being said, I really love this AVR. Of special note is just how well made the Preamp Section is. There are a number of AVR's out there that struggle with driving external amplifiers due to not having enough voltage.

While some amplifiers are especially easy to drive, amplifiers like my Aragon are on the other end of the spectrum. While my Parasounds are relatively easy to drive and I have not noticed a major difference, the Aragon sounds leaps and bounds better.

While I do think that the upper tier Onkyo have a slight leg up with their combo of HQV Vida and Marvell Qdeo, the Analog Devices video processing is quite good and is at least on par with the older HQV Reon that was used in my former TX-NR3008.

Speaking of that, this is my first non Onkyo in the HDMI era. I must say it still feels strange, but it is somewhat fun to acclimatize myself with a new interface. I also am a big fan of the industrial design. Furthermore, it is really nice to have an AVR that is made in Japan.
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Did they improve on the Owners manual or remote over older versions? I like my Denon 3806 and my 2807 was nice too, but the manuals and remotes were horribly confusing to figure out.

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Did they improve on the Owners manual or remote over older versions? I like my Denon 3806 and my 2807 was nice too, but the manuals and remotes were horribly confusing to figure out.
Hello,
Instead of providing a printed owners manual Denon is now providing a disc containing the owners manual. This has now become common practice among most manufacturers. Sonnie ended up printing it out and I do think it to be a good idea, but I have not done so.

Just from reading the PDF I have been able to find out whatever information was necessary. The biggest annoyance was having to go back and forth to try the various remote control codes for my cable box, TV, BDP, DVD Player, etc.
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Instead of providing a printed owners manual Denon is now providing a disc containing the owners manual. This has now become common practice among most manufacturers. Sonnie ended up printing it out and I do think it to be a good idea, but I have not done so.

Just from reading the PDF I have been able to find out whatever information was necessary. The biggest annoyance was having to go back and forth to try the various remote control codes for my cable box, TV, BDP, DVD Player, etc.
All the best,
J
Since this is a new model does the GUI still look like a late 1980's DOS box like the AVR-16XX?
I was lucky in the remote codes were all setup for my devices in the default manufacturers lists. Only draw back is if someone (like me) has multiple blu-ray players there is no way to remap an unused device on the remote for the second Blu-ray. I guess thats what Harmony remotes are for
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Re: Denon AVR-4520CI Discussion Thread

If it is like my AVR-A100 (anniversary edition of the 4311) the GUI is far better than my old '5508, which has the old "DOS" version that you reference. Still a little hard to find things, but much prettier and it overlays the video being played, rather than blacking out the screen like the old one does.

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Since this is a new model does the GUI still look like a late 1980's DOS box like the AVR-16XX?
I was lucky in the remote codes were all setup for my devices in the default manufacturers lists. Only draw back is if someone (like me) has multiple blu-ray players there is no way to remap an unused device on the remote for the second Blu-ray. I guess thats what Harmony remotes are for
Hello,
The GUI is pretty simplistic, but from what I have read this was to allow it to overlay on 3D Sources. The submenu's are actually pretty slick with excellent legibility.

HJ, I love the A100's finish and gave serious thought to getting one instead. I really think the Anchor Bay VP in your A100 and the 4311 has a slight leg up over the Analog Devices used in the 4520. It was your model that really started the temptation of Denon due to the Preamp Only mode offered. Personally, if I owned a A100 or 4311 I would not even consider the 4520CI.
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I pulled up the PDF and the menu looks like an improvement over my 1612. I plan on upgrading at the end of this year and the Denon AVR-4520CI is near the top of my list.
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I pulled up the PDF and the menu looks like an improvement over my 1612. I plan on upgrading at the end of this year and the Denon AVR-4520CI is near the top of my list.
Eric,
That would represent a major upgrade. I am truly enjoying this AVR more and more with each passing day. After over 5 years straight of using Onkyo AVR's, it really is fun to be using something else. Crazier still the TX-SR805 looks almost identical to the TX-NR3008 I was using until 3 weeks ago,

Granted upgrading from MultEQ XT in the 805/875/3007 to the MultEQ XT32 & SubEQ HT represented a paradigm shift in SQ, but it really is nice to be able to easily choose between an Audyssey Flat Curve and Denon's chosen Audyssey Curve. While with the Onkyo you can engage a Flat Curve, it requires a bit of a trice in that you must both engage THX Processing and turn ReEQ off as opposed to toggling on the Denon.
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Jungle Jack...just wondering....who did you buy your 4520 through? Looking to purchase one.

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