Pros: Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Sub EQ HT (dual subwoofers), Zone 2 (HDMI) Monitor Out, PCM 2.0 HDMI to Zone 2, PCM 2.0 optical/digital coax to Zones 2/3
Cons: Remote not backlit
This AVR is relatively easy to setup using the on screen GUI for the Audyssey MultEQ XT32 auto EQ program which can EQ up to 11 speakers (playing up to 9 at a time with an external 2CH amp) and 2 or more subwoofers. With dual processors (as opposed to only 1 on the lower Denon models), I can run an entire 7.2 setup Audyssey EQ in about 12 minutes from start to finish. As the majority of owners posting in the Denon threads who have upgraded from the next lower version, MultEQ XT will attest, there is a noticeable improvement in audio fidelity when upgrading to XT32 as it has a 32x higher speaker filter resolution and 4x higher sub filter resolution than XT. Reviewing the Audyssey 101/FAQ Guide linked to in the Audyssey thread, you can learn about using a camera tripod or mic boom stand to support the mic for the best EQ results (ie. don't use boxes or pillows). Additional features include Audyssey Dynamic EQ (boosts the bass and surround audio at lower listening levels), Audyssey Dynamic Volume (normalizes the volume by boosting weak dialog and compressing loud explosions), and Audyssey LFC (low frequency containment which attenuates the lower bass frequencies, whether from a dedicated sub or not, which is especially desirable in apartment buildings). The AVR features two surround modes to simulate Front Wides and Front Heights, Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X. The All Zone Stereo mode will pass the same PCM 2.0 HDMI source playing in the main zone to Zones 2/3 (different from that mentioned in the Pros section in which a separate PCM 2.0 HDMI signal than what is playing in the main zone can be passed to Zone 2). The HDMI Standby Pass Through feature defaults to passing the HDMI CBL/SAT source through the AVR while in Standby to the TV for those times you don't want to use the surround speakers (eg. news, sports, wife, etc.).