Denon AVP-A1HDCI customer reports
I was asked to do a Denon AVP-A1HDCI review but as good as it is; I felt this preamp was a far more deserving case. The world of home theater has seen quite an upheaval in recent years and the HD DVD and Blu-ray battle has finally come to an end, however this has left a legacy of issues. AV preamp makers have scampered around for current products to market that provide simple access to connectors, software, chip-sets etc. to create a product that works with both HD media types and keeps copy protection for gadgets such as the Blu-ray player. To date, only two companies have met the challenge, Integra and Denon.
This new Denon AVP-A1HDCI model has features to satisfy all home theater enthusiasts, even the hard-core element. It has everything you need now and in the future with 12 assignable balanced outputs (single-ended), music streaming through wi-fi, HD and AM/FM radio tuners, is XM ready and features a Silicon Optix Realta chipset
This AV preamp has it all, from 12 easily assignable balanced and single-ended outputs to wi-fi music streaming capability to AM/FM and HD radio tuners to being XM-ready, as well as sporting the Silicon Optix Realta chipset designed for 1080p video scaling and transcodes to HDMI from all formats. Not forgetting the highly impressive set of 6 HDMI 1.3a inputs and the processing capability of even the newest of audio codecs.
Additional features include MM Phono input, more stereo analog inputs than you are ever likely to use, two balanced inputs and the full array of control features, DC triggers, dual RS-232C controls, IR in and out etc.
Included is a new GUI (graphic user interface) with the aim of making the set-up easy as possible but to get the best out of this preamp you are highly encouraged to have a read of the manual before jumping in to play with it.
You can set up each input with more possibilities than you can dream of and the capability to store two room correction profiles enabling use in different listening positions and environments if required. Each of the inputs is fully customizable to suit your preferences. There are 2 RF remotes included for straightforward setting up of two zones and offers the capability to set up to four zones and you can run two 5.1theaters independently at the same time.
The highlight features are simply sensational but what else could have been done to improve it still further?
An FR remote would be appreciated and a reduction in size would be a good starting point – it is enormous as AV Preamps go and the set-up is complicated and the novice may never get full benefit without the aid of someone far more experienced but in fairness this is not aimed and the average household, and is an enthusiasts gadget.
In conclusion, as far as cutting edge technology is concerned in the home theater market, the Denon AVP-A1HDCI is arguably as good as it gets with incredible flexibility that is likely remain a front-runner for years to come. Denon AVP-A1HDCI customer reports suggest when hooked up with the AVP-A1HDCI, it is simply a dream.