Denon offers a pre-CEDIA preview
What was not part of the line show were two categories of products that Denon touted at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January—a network media center and serveral high-end multichannel separates. The media center featured a dual-hard drive device with built-in tuner and DVR capabilities that worked with up to four client devices over an Ethernet network. The main device could stream audio and video to each client, with the ability to provide different streams to each. But Denon has experienced some trouble in delivering the product.
"It's taking us a little bit longer to develop," said Stephen Baker, president. "We will not have a shippable product in October." Though he could not mention a specific time, he said that the company was shooting release product by CES. The same is true for the high-end audio/video separates that the company previewed. These high-end amplifiers, processors, controllers and DVD players will not be released until 2005.
But one high end device will be show at CEDIA, a new receiver that boasts 10 built-in amplifiers. Details on the 12-inch tall, 90-pound AVR-5805 ($6,000 SRP, available in November) were light, save that it would offer 16-channel output for multiple sources and zones. Talmadge couldn't reveal further features, but told one reporter that he "was on the right track" when he asked if the receiver could support two separate home theaters (and therefore have more than one DSP). When asked about the target market for the product, Talmadge said that they expect that the product will appeal to the serious enthusiast as well as some custom installers.