Originally Posted by Johnla
So, by having 160watts instead of 150watts, then it would "cut it"? If so, that's ridiculous.
Adding 10watts onto the 150watts it has, would be about equal to adding just one drop of water into a one gallon bottle of water.. Yeah you could say your're getting more water with that added drop, but it's sure not going to be noticed or quench your thirst much more. You all seem to be complaining about the cost difference, and then acting like just adding another 10watts of output would justify it. There are other things besides power outputs that account for the price differences between the models. If all you really want is more power, then buy a cheaper AVR with pre-outs and add a external amp to it.
I see your point. But you oversimplify the argument. It's not just about 10 watts, and it's not JUST about power... if power were the only component to a good receiver (I'm not that stupid thank you) you're right I would run out and buy a cheap avr and add an amp as you so eloquently put. All I'm saying is long time Denon fanatics such as myself, have come to expect at certain power output at a specific price point, along with exceptional DAC's and processing. FACT: At the $4k-$5 price pint, Denon has historically supplied their receivers with 170watts of power, along with a wealth of features. And remember, we're not talking about 10watts of power here. We are comparing th 4308ci, and 5308ci and justifying the cost difference. So if the 5308 did have 160watts of power, then we're talking about a 20watt increase between the two units, not 10 as you put it. I assure you Denon would make more sales with consumers that simply read specs at the store if there was a 20watt difference between the two. I understand that video features may be important to other consumers, hence the added cost of the 5308. But audiophiles such as myself miss the days when you could drop $5k on a Denon receiver and not just get cutting edge features and processing, but a boat load of power as well.