This may be heresy to audiophiles but, especially if you're married and it's going in the front room, what do guys here think of the looks?
It seems to have lost a lot of its cleanness. For me, the previous Denons were easily the best looking on the market. The replacement of the round-lit power button with a simple LED seems a bit cheap. Ditto, the rather sophisticated remote has gone to be replaced with a cheap looking and very simple control. Now everything is only accessible via menus. Despite the better on-screen menus this still means it takes longer to do most things now.
I've recently bought a 1912 and it's always nail-biting waiting to see if you should have waited. Looking at the specs here I'm pretty glad with that decision. The sound quality is fantastic and almost none of my wish-list of new features is on the latest Denon. These include:
1. Ethernet over HDMI. Yes I know it's cheap to put a hub in but it's an extra power supply and more cables.
2. Get rid of all the buttons cluttering the front, especially the small ones with grey on black writing which are hard enough to read in daylight let alone a home cinema. Get rid of the 80s fluorescent display. Use the money thus saved to pay for a better processor to support...
3. A better on-screen interface. Denon's may be better than it was but it is still nowhere near as good as, say, Windows Media Centre or an iPad.
4. A better web interface. This still looks as though it was written by a 1st year history student. The apps are better apparently but as I own neither an iPad nor an android device I just want to use a web browser. This should have access to ALL the features of the device not just some, be fast to render a page and not take literally hours to scroll through internet radio stations, 10 at a time.
5. Class D Amp. The class A/B amp is great, no, fantastic. However, in these energy conscious times consuming 100W just to amplify silence is becomming increasingly unacceptable. That said, the new auto-off feature is at least a step in the right direction.