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Denon 4520 Receiver Review Discussion Thread



With a plethora of features and sufficient power to drive some of the most demanding speakers, as well as the ability to process a 5.2 system with the main speakers bi-amped and still have two channels remaining for a separate two-channel setup, the Denon 4520 is poised to be a favorite among enthusiasts. If you are looking for an all-in-one unit with a good power amp design versus a processor plus separate power amps, or maybe limited on space to accomplish the same, the 4520 is definitely worth consideration… and highly recommended in my conclusion.

Read the Full Review: Denon AVR-4520CI Receiver Review


You may also want to view the Denon AVR-4520CI Official Owners, Discussion and Information Thread
 

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Well, between this review and the official owners thread I am definately upgrading to the 4520. Thank you for the great review of the Denon.
 

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Very good review. The fact that the 4520 can drive your ML's so well that you sold some monster mono blocks is really interesting.

I also really enjoyed the 1 vs 8 positions graphs at the various seats to be enlightening. I haven't seen that done by anyone before and it brings up a few questions for me to look at in my own system. Thanks for being so thorough and sharing the results.
 

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Thanks guys!

We will be getting into more detail with a couple of different room comparisons on the 1 vs 8 in our very detailed Audyssey Information thread that we are preparing now.
 

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Hello Sonnie,

Very nice and thorough review! Your review of UMC-1 was what drew me to the Shack, by the way. I did not buy the UMC-1.
Your reviews are easier to digest than others I have read on traditional publications, in a good way. I was wondering why you sold your Emotiva amps, when I saw your ads. Well, now I understand.
Do you think you'll review Anthem's receivers in the near future? MRX-700? It would be interesting to compare Anthem's highly regarded ARC Vs the Audissey room correction. I hope you'll add this to your to do list.

Thanks for the review.
 

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Thanks again guys... I appreciate the kind words.

@PhxHT... I was talking to a guy, Chris at Cohen Electronics, just the other day and he mentioned the Anthem receiver. I actually owned an Anthem processor and amp several years back... the AVM-50 and MCA-50. I never wrote any reviews on them, but it would be nice to maybe get a hold of one of their receivers and give it s spin in my system... perhaps the MRX 700.
 

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Great review Sonnie! I have the A100 (same as the 4311) and you are making my upgrade bug kick in:rolleyesno: I'll have to think long and hard if I will really benefit from the upgrade or if I need to sit it out until the 'newer' version next year. I'm really surprised that it can actually power your ML, they usually need good amplification that AVR's can't provide.

Thanks for the review!!!
 

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Nice review. I'm still happy with the 4311 and couldn't justify the upgrade, but the GUI on the 4520 looks good. I'll wait until the next breakthrough in DAC's, and/or Audyssey before upgrading again.
 

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I have a very minor quibble with the review (not with the receiver!).
Then again, if you do not have a computer you probably will not be reading this review.
Quite a few people access the Internet using computers provided in public libraries. Of course, while they can read the review, they also are people who probably could not justify the expense of such a receiver.
 

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Good point... maybe I should change it to, "Then again, if you do not have a computer, there is a possibility that you will not be reading this review."
 

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Interesting, thank you for putting your thoughts to...computer. This is an exciting read in that I have been using a Denon receiver as a processor for many years, tried and Onkyo for a short while and put the Denon back in. I cannot say I heard a big difference so I think for me it came down to familiarity and ease of use. I have played Denon many for a long long time, like an old shoe, it must just feel comfortable. I have been looking to renew the 4 year old receiver with the newer models but the less expensive models in my range do not have 7.1 in and that for me is a deal breaker. This one seems a bit more than I wanted to spend but I like your thoughts on its ability to drive the speakers un aided by bigger amps....that speaks to me in a big way, talking about cleaning shelf space.

Thanks Again it appears I may have found a new center for my system.
 

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One thing I'm curious about would be to how the 4520 rates in the value department compared to its more expensive big brother, the Marantz AV8801 separates and the matching amps they sell. Right now it's an expensive high end receiver, but compared to the AV8801, it may deliver 95% of the sonic performance for a lot less.

Just a thought.
 

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I don't think I would think twice about the 4520 over the 8801 plus amps, although it is a very nice looking setup. I am not sure what the 8801 could offer over the 4520 that would nearly begin to justify the extra cost of the unit, much less having to buy separate amps. I obviously have no way to know for sure without hearing and testing, but my best guess would be that I highly doubt there would be any significant difference in sound quality, yet they make them to be bought.
 

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Like the 4520 so far. The Sub EQ setup is nice. It shows an onscreen volume meter dbs. and has you level the two subs before it will allow you to EQ them. Nice function. Still confused though as it shows in the menu that they are +11 and I thought that they should be -5 to +5. Could placement of the SUBS be the issue?

Love having both my Denon AVR's networked. Using my tablet or laptop to control them in or out of room.

I did notice the top of the receiver gets warmer than my 2112 used too. But, I increased the air space above the 4520, hopefully compensates.
 

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Were your readings right at 75dB when leveling each sub?

I think mine always end up from -1 to +1. I noticed if I leveled them around 70-72dB that the sub levels would be in the mid + range.
 
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