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Denon AVR 4520 A step above the rest

A Review On: Denon AVR-4520CI Receiver

Denon AVR-4520CI Receiver

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Pros: Power, Great sound, Stacked with features.

Cons: None

I have recently upgraded from a Denon 3312 to a 4520ci which I purchased through the AVS store. It has been flawless in performance to date.

I am using the AVR 4520 in a 5.2 setup and I am using all HDMI connections. Presently I am not using an amplifier.

The 4520 uses Audyssey Platinum and some of the features are Audyssey DSX, Sub EQ, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic volume, Audyssey LFC and MultEQ XT32. The AVR sounds fantastic, the surround sound is amazing just like being at the movies. The 4520 has the ability to run an 9.2 setup and is rated at 150 watts per channel. I used Audyssey to set up my speakers and then manually tweaked using a decibel meter to level match all the speakers and subwoofers. The XT32 is a huge upgrade over the MultEQ. I am very impressed with the sound quality.

One of my favorite features is the HDMI passthrough. It is nice to have the option to just watch TV without powering up the whole system. Another feature I like is the ability to set dual subwoofers along with level matching them. The 4520 also uses a new user onscreen GUI. It is a little different than the past GUI and takes a little bit of getting use to. The 4520 is 3D ready and also ready for 4K upscaling. The AVR has plenty of Inputs and has pre outs for an additional amp. There is also a preamp mode. There are 3 HDMI outputs and 7 HDMI inputs. The 4520 is also equipped with apple airplay. The 4520 will fit in very nicely with all your other componets with its slick black finish and also has a flip down front to hide all the controls.

The remote control is a basic remote, very easy to read and use. It has a small lcd screen for settings inside the remote. The only thing I did not like was the light, it seems to be activated by sound and touch and was constantly on. Burned through a few batteries until I figure out how to shut it off.

The 4520 is great AVR for the avid Home Theater enthusiast. It displays brilliant video as well as superior sound and would be a great addition to any home theater system. Be sure to demo the 4520 is you are in the market for a new AVR, I am sure most will be very impressed.

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