Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Toronto, Canada
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I purchased a 2310CI over the weekend. I also own a 989, which is (was, has been replaced by the 990) one rung higher in the Denon product hierarchy. Here are a few initial impressions. (I can't compare audio quality between the two, as the 989 is hooked up to full range speakers in a large room and the 2310 is hooked up to a satellite/sub system in a small room.)
Overall it works well and I'm quite happy with the purchase. I don't have any comments on the video performance because my source material is always my Blu-ray player (which also upconverts DVDs) so there isn't much for the 2310 to do other than pass the 1080p signal along.
1. The features & functions & user interface are broadly similar to the 989. This is a real plus, as it keeps life simple for me and my spouse.
2. It seems to run slightly hotter than the 989.
3. The GUI is nice. Kind of wish the 989 had had it but oh well that's life.
4. I was getting odd values during Audyssey setup which I eventually tracked down to a damaged center speaker - another value of using the Audyssey technology! (Of course now I need a new speaker, oh well!)
5. There is a row of buttons at the bottom of the glass display. The labels for the buttons are unreadable except in the brightest light. Very poor industrial design here.
6. The 2310 has a shallow cabinet - almost 2 inches less deep than its bigger bretheren. This was a key reason that I purchased this particular model, it had to fit into a shallow cabinet.
7. There seems to be a (very) slight AC power hum over the speakers. Kind of surprised at this, in this day and age. I haven't yet figured out whether this is intrinsic to the 2310 or whether I need to reroute my speaker cables further away from the power cords.
8. As the 2310 powers a system often used for background listening, I've come to really like Dynamic Volume. I now find myself wishing that Dynamic Volume was available on the Zone 2 output. I guess since Dynamic Volume relies on Dynamic Equalization which relies on the Zone 1 Audyssey setup, that isn't possible with today's Audyssey - but too bad!