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Anticipation is keeping me waiting.
Well, here I sit, watching a couple shows with my seriously crippled 4810. For those of you wishing, wanting, and not yet knowing you even need the features of these new Receivers (Be they Marantz, Onkyo, Denon whatever). I have become accustomed to 11.2 full EQ'd, Dynamic Volumed mega machine. Now the 4810 is reduced to max Dolby PLIIx with no EQ and no DSX.
So...... Very subjectively stated.... Life without these features blows..... Big time.
First, as you can see on the 4810 thread, life with EQ is good, very good. Life with Wides is better, noticeably better. Life with the full meal deal is fantastic (H + W). Finally, life with Dynamic Volume is actually life not divorced. That would be because I can watch movies late at night without waking the household.
So, I sit in my media room tonight thinking about that lone Indian (not PC, I know) from the old trash ad from the 70's, with that single tear running down his face. That is the loss of the 4810. For all of those soon to be owners, it's time to get jazzed. Although the innards matter, it's time to focus on the features. More importantly, how you intend to deploy them for you. Many think I'm some kind of Denon nut but that's far from the case. If any company provided the goodies I wanted at 3 times the cost, I'd snag it today. The two Denon's in question have what I want and noticeably what I don't want (wireless network crap).
So, because I am an older owner of another similar product. I have experience. Here's my list of goodies.
1). 11.2 holy cap, with a $700 sub eq system to boot. Also, after much use, the Audyssey DSX capability is not smoke and mirrors, not set up to enhance just cathedral sized rooms, and not just a couple of speakers for background noise. It rocks times 10.
2). EQ functions. I don't care who does it but the Audyssey system is good and market leading.Now I get that 32 thingy to boot.
3). Volume functions. If your current receiver doesn't have it.....Prepare to be happy and please the misses.
4). The very cool ability to overlay sound systems on any signal. You want DSX +W and PLIIx...click a button....done..
5). That whole kill da amps feature. I am trying to figure out how to fit one more external amp without the significant other noticing a final 60 lb 3 channel external monster amp. Can I stick it in the wall? Crap what if she notices another three blue lights in the closet? It took her a couple months to figure out my center grew from a HTM2 to a 3s. How far can I press this?
6). A GUI that is way slick and a process I understand.
7). Although, I am not a big network need guy, I do like Pandora...... That's new.
What I could care zilch about.... advanced network capabilities. ( I have Sonos.....Rocks!!!) 3D pass through.... I'm a projector guy and we have a few years to figure this all out. Amps.... Wish the thing was a Pre. I don't need the Amps but hey, compared to the comp it's sort of a free bee with the kill da amps thing. Gazillions of legacy connections. All I want is HDMI. Seriously, does anyone still use S-Video....Too much old pluggy things. (big words here).
Oh, yes and what flipping audio part they use, that is if my mid 40 ears can actually tell. Hey, for those out there who think their old crusty ears can discern a single internal part, I have some great 2000 Bordeaux to sell ya for $400 a bottle cuz it tastes, like way better than a nice $30 aged local Cabernet blend. It's that one French grape in bin # 3708 that matters. Let the vintner do his thing ya over analyzers.
For those who have this or any of the latest heavily loaded receivers on order, get ready for some serious fun.