Originally Posted by mclamais
My question is, if they start discounting the 2808 or 2308's would it make any sense to get one of these over the 1909?
I will sell my older Denon AVR, and I have an Samsung 1550 Blu-Ray, AppleTV and Cable/DVR box as sources; and a Samsung LN52A6550 LCD.
Differences that matter:
-2HDMI only on 2308 and 2808, do you need more? I consider that you should keep this amp at least a few years, so what you need now is maybe not enough. Samsung bluray, 1 HDMI, Apple TV, HDMI too? cable box ? You can maybe use component instead of HDMI. AT least for AppleTV and CableBox.
-No HD codecs for 2308, so you cannot listen to DTS Master Audio tracks for the moment. The Samsung will maybe decode it, but it's not sure.
-No Dynamic EQ and Dynamic volume for 2308 and 2808. That's one of the main differences. It appears to be really a nice feature, but do you need it? Are you often playing with the volume button, or feeling that you are playing your movie too low or too high because of a compromise with your hubby/wife/whoever?
-more power for 2308 and even more for 2808. Do you really need it? How big is your room?
-2 zones for 2308 and 3 zones for 2808 I think. Do you plan to use this? To put 2 speakers in another room and play music there while playing a movie in the main room?
-Audyssey MultEQ XT for 2808, it's the best auto setting Audyssey can provide. How much better is it compared to MultEQ? Good question, you are the only one who can decide if it's worth it, and you would have to listen to decide
-Preout on 2808, just in case you decide that you really need a bigger amp later. Probably not the case, but who knows?
-Better remote for 2808. Including learning feature I think, can be nice if you don't have a universal remote.
That's what I'm thinking about for the moment... I'm in your situation, trying to decide which Denon to buy. The 2808 would be enough, but 2 HDMI only, it's really a problem for me. And Dynamic Volume sounds very very nice. So I'm between 1909, 2309 and 2809 now