I had to return my denon to vanns because of a blinking red light issue. I thought I would try my hand at the 8801 since audioholics gave me a deal on it.I have the 4520, and it is rock solid. I am also a frequent participant in the AVS 4520 thread. There are some recent complaints, but keep in mind that happy users don't usually post their happiness. Also note that several of the posters reporting issues purchased refurb units.
AFAIK, you currently own the 8801, and previously owned the 4520. You even stated that you heard no sonic difference between the two. What is the purpose of your post?
Those movies, as far as I know, don't actually have a discrete 11.1 sound track. They have been optimized for Neo X to make the best use of the existing 7.1 tack that's actually on the BD. What exactly "optimized" means I don't know but I did grab Expendables 2 and Dredd for just that reason.Actually, there are three official titles recorded in NEO:x 11.1: 'Step Up Revolution', 'Expendables 2', or 'Dredd'. (Great movies, no?)
Note that the rental versions only have 5.1 sound.
I think he is referring to how you're asking the question. You've returned the 4520 and already have a 8801 which doesnt seem like what your questions implies. It might seem like you're looking for more info on failing Denons, that you have an agenda of some sort. But then again I'm just reading what you guys wrote so I certainly don't know what's going on.I had to return my denon to vanns because of a blinking red light issue. I thought I would try my hand at the 8801 since audioholics gave me a deal on it.
And now the PURPOSE of my post is exactly what I stated and asked.
Couple of reasons. First was the money. I was already over budget on the 4520 since I spent double what I'd budgeted. The other reason is that I just don't need that for my system. I feel like dropping that much coin on the preamp and then having to buy an amp would have been silly. My room isn't really setup to take advantage of what the 8801 offers, it just wouldn't make sense. Maybe one day when I have a more dedicated room I'll invest but until then I'll just admire it from afar.Why didn't you
Another welcome - and congratulations! My 4520 has been perfect for my HT and I am certain you will love it. As Sonnie said, coupled with the OPPO, that is going to be a great setup!Congratulations Rick and welcome to the Shack!
You are going to really like the 4520... a very nice receiver, as is the OPPO 95. :T
Thank you and Sonnie for the welcomes, just getting used to finding my way around this forum (although been contributing on the AVR forums for a while)Another welcome - and congratulations! My 4520 has been perfect for my HT and I am certain you will love it. As Sonnie said, coupled with the OPPO, that is going to be a great setup!
Update on the Denon 4520Thank you and Sonnie for the welcomes, just getting used to finding my way around this forum (although been contributing on the AVR forums for a while)
So the beast arrived, took ages to install, had to take out the Pio and then re route all the cables to keep separation between mains, speaker and signal cables in a rack mounted on spikes so I can't move it, took quite a while till I was satisfied. Did a quick single point calibration and then tried out some music and a movie. All was OK but it did not seem much better than the Pio but it had not really a decent chance to warm through. Today left it on for 4hrs and then did a full multi-point calibration (should have said 3 point, central and two main chairs) and check with SPL meter all spot on except I thought the sub was a bit low. Then a test with the Oppo on CD analogue and bitstream. Wow got some hairs standing up on the back of my neck, same thing I had first hearing the Oppo 95 analogue, being an lddude: surprised my hearing is that good. Ran briefly a movie with DTS MA 7.1 very impressed, now looking forward to settling down with a good movie something to stretch it a bit, maybe Inception although that is so deep I need to be wide awake for it. Whatever I am now certain we are really going to enjoy the Denon. Thank you Sonnie for your excellent review which swayed me quite a bit.
Your very welcome. I am sure you will enjoy The AVR-4520ci. You can also, get it from accesores4less for $999.99 new with a 3 year factory. http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/denavr4520cia/denon-avr-4520ci-denon-s-flagship-home-theater-receiver-150wpc-new/1.htmlMy Yamaha receiver went kaput is at a shop now (about 700 miles from me :sweat
I can't wait until I get the receiver back (should be over a month), so I'm heavily considering either the Denon X4000 or the 4520. I can sell my Yamaha once it's fixed, as well as my SVS EQ1. With that, I could recoup some or most of my money.
Sonnie, this review got me REALLY excited.
The 4520 seems to be a beast. I love the amplifying power that it provides, all its versatility and, even though I'm currently only running a 4.2 system (fronts, surrounds, dual subs, phantom center), I am itching to get it.
Plus, I like the "Made in Japan" deal. For under 800 bucks (refurbished), it seems like a steal.
Thank you for your time reviewing this unit - even if it was a while back . It was very helpful and exciting!