Originally Posted by JohnAV
So how is the 2309 working out for you?
Well, first it sounded awfully bad, a complete horseshit compared to my former 354 - then I remembered my late Onkyo was also utter crap without Audyssey so I spent some time setting up and now it's a LOT BETTER, it's actually quite comparable to the HK when it comes to movies.
For music it's still a far cry - I miss Logic 7's enveloping music expander -, way too much sub etc but I hope I can tame the beast somehow and make it comparable in music as well along the way.
Dynamic Volume works like a charm and with our much-suffered ~3 months old princess - she spent her first 2 moths in the NICU - finally home with us it's a must-have...
All in all paired with dedicated scaler it seems to be a keeper for me. If 1909 wouldn't be 24/96 only, built on some noname DAC and wouldn't have such a low-end component circuitry I could've get away with that... I was thinking about the 2809CI too but then I saw that the LG BH200 combo player is $300 at BB this week and I sticked with the 2309 - now I have ONE PLAYER which is multiregion for all SD DVDs, plays my PAL movies natively, plays my HD DVDs natively, has a pretty good scaler on its own and, God forbid, if I have to play one of those disgusting, illegally region-castrated BDs then I can switch between regions easily.
Doesn't pushing the A. MENU button on the rear side work?
Hah, by the time I finished setting up Audyssey from the front panel I just discovered the other side of the remote.
RTFM, I guess.
Are you planning on using a different remote in the future?
Certainly. This one is not learning at all and it's not backlit either which are both #1 issues for me.
Did BB get any 2809's yet?
Nope. No xx09 Denon whatsoever in my shopping area (Manhattan, up to Midtown.)