Denon Celebrates 100 Years
Additionally, said Jeff Talmadge, Denon’s director of product development and systems integration, all new 2010 Denon CI A/V receivers will carry a three-year manufacturer parts and labor warranty.
Every new Denon receiver offers HDMI v1.4a repeater inputs with 3D, and Audio Return Channel (ARC) support. All models, except the entry-level AVR-391, provide analog-to-HDMI conversion and HD Audio decoding from Dolby and dts, and several models have advanced multi-zone networking capabilities. Additionally, all the new AVRs carry Dolby’s Pro Logic IIz “height” decoding technology. Connectivity for iPods is also featured in all models; AVR-1911 and the $499 AVR-791 and higher models add iPod Digital Direct via USB.
In the headphone category, the company is looking to grow its share by fielding a total of 14 models ranging from $49 to $1,000. Highlights among the line additions include the AH-NC800 noise-canceling headphone (August availability; $349), which uses dual noise canceling technology and the company’s proprietary Compressed Audio Restorer. A new headset design, optimized for comfort, is said by Talmadge to be based on Denon’s measurements of the shape of the human head. Four additional non-noise-canceling models ranging from $199.99 to $49.99 aim at the iPod/iPhone-listening demographic, and feature a three-button combination remote control/microphone that allows voice and music control.