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Denon AVR 987. Keeper?

post #1 of 30
Thread Starter 
Hi,

I just got a Denon AVR987 receiver for $600. My old A/V receiver only has 80Ws/Ch output and it was also a Denon a couple years ago. Should I keep this receiver or spend the extra money on the newer model? The AVR987 was a good deal because it is an older model. Thank you.
post #2 of 30
Thread Starter 
From what I know, this is pretty much a AVR-2807 with a different look and remote. Thanks in advance.
post #3 of 30
Thread Starter 
Appreciate any feedback to help a newbie
post #4 of 30
Same receiver as the AVR2807 but different remote. Retailed for $1100 when it was released. If you bought it Open Box from an authorized Dealer I'd say it's definitely a keeper because you get the full factory warranty.

You can read the reviews that cnet.com gave this receiver:

http://reviews.cnet.com/av-receivers...tag=prod.txt.1
post #5 of 30
Thread Starter 
I got it brand new from circuit city. It was the last one in the store. My only concern is that it does not support HDMI 1.3. Should I be worry? Now, I have a PS3. Thank you.

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Originally Posted by wolfgaze View Post

Same receiver as the AVR2807 but different remote. Retailed for $1100 when it was released. If you bought it Open Box from an authorized Dealer I'd say it's definitely a keeper because you get the full factory warranty.

You can read the reviews that cnet.com gave this receiver:

http://reviews.cnet.com/av-receivers...tag=prod.txt.1
post #6 of 30
Which CC did you get it from? Thanks.
post #7 of 30
Thread Starter 
Austin, TX.

The one at Brodie Lane.

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Originally Posted by ratedar View Post

Which CC did you get it from? Thanks.
post #8 of 30
keeper.

do a search on hdmi 1.3. You'll find that you most likely don't need it.
post #9 of 30
Don't sweat the HDMI 1.3
post #10 of 30
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Originally Posted by tcwong View Post

I got it brand new from circuit city. It was the last one in the store. My only concern is that it does not support HDMI 1.3. Should I be worry? Now, I have a PS3. Thank you.

I have one with a PS3, Toshiba HD-A1, Oppo DV-980H, and DirecTV HR20 hooked to it via HDMI. (I use the Oppo HM-31 to put 3 HDMI in's to one port) Everything works great, sounds good. The HD stuff and SACD is decoded in the players and goes to the 987 as LPCM.

You can dump this one and go with a newer model with the codecs to do the new HD formats or save the bucks for other toys. You will get the decoder for DTS HD MA with a newer system and you will have "peace of mind" knowing that you have the latest and greatest. For me, my next step is separates somewhere in the future, so since this works with everything now, I'll be holding on to it for at least a couple years more.
post #11 of 30
I agree with others, the 987/2807 is certainly a keeper. If has a great Audyssey implementation and sounds awesome. I used it for over a year without any issues.
post #12 of 30
I am in the same boat. I am looking for a receiver and have narrowed it down to the Denon 787 and 987. I know the 987 offers more but does it offer that much more than the 787 to warrant a price of $300 more? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.
post #13 of 30
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Originally Posted by ratedar View Post

I am in the same boat. I am looking for a receiver and have narrowed it down to the Denon 787 and 987. I know the 987 offers more but does it offer that much more than the 787 to warrant a price of $300 more? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

Scour your local dealers for floor models/open box deals....

Those are last year's models... Hell, if you're lucky, you can find an AVR3806 for like $500.....
post #14 of 30
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Originally Posted by wolfgaze View Post

Scour your local dealers for floor models/open box deals....

Those are last year's models... Hell, if you're lucky, you can find an AVR3806 for like $500.....

Are you referring to the 787 or 987? Both look pretty good to me. Just want to know if the $300 more for the 987 is justified. Thanks.
post #15 of 30
I just bought a 987 floor/display unit for $399 at a Chicagoland Circuit City. I quickly hooked it up last night. Replaced a Marantz SR7000. Sounds pretty good so far. Definitely a keeper!
post #16 of 30
Thread Starter 
I just hooked up the AVR987 with the polk audio Rti8. The sound is really good! However, rti8 is lacking on the base.. any budget sub suggestion?? Thanks.
post #17 of 30
I have a cambridge p1000 hooked up to my 2807 and have had no issues - got the sub for about $600 - is that budget?? I know you can get subs for a lot less and for a lot more, so I considered it middle of the road
post #18 of 30
I picked up a 987 today from CC (open box) for $399 and was about to post the same exact thread. Sounds like I got a good deal today, but i'll keep checking out the forums.
post #19 of 30
I know I am going to get it for asking this question, but here it goes. First I have enery encore 5.1 speakers. I bought them a long time ago. I found a good deal at CC for the AVR 987 (450.00). I have the HK 2005 and am happy. However I just got a Hd-DVD, Blue-Ray, Wii, FTA and Dish hooked up along with Philips for DIVX playback. I really like to 5.1 that comes from FTA and of course the BD and HD. Should I make the jump. I also have a new Mits 65" TV with 4 HDMI so I am not looking to switch video with my recv.

Let me know if I should make the jump to the AVR-987 or stay put and save money for a 3808Ci might be a while.

Thanks for all your input.
post #20 of 30
A 987 for $400 is a SMOKIN deal (I would buy one right now at $400 if I could find it local) . I honestly think that last years models sound as good or better than this years offerings (up through the 9xx series) . I have auditioned the 888 and the 988 and to me neither sound any better than my 887 . Denon is also built well & very reliable .

Nice find !
- Jason
post #21 of 30
thanks for the reply. but how much better is it then the DPR 2005 digital recv.
post #22 of 30
Guys,

I have decided to go with the Pioneer 92, mainly because I want the Blu-Ray decoding and it has HDMI inputs.

Now for the speaker I am thinking about the Definitive Tech 1000 with the PC2000 center.

Any other ideas.
post #23 of 30
Found AVR-987 for $334 openbox.

Decided to get the 5 year warranty for 79 bucks.

I never had any kind of audio system so this is my first.

But i will say that I have comcast hooked up through Component to the TV and also HDMI through the AVR 987. i could really see the difference between the two
post #24 of 30
...just found the 987 for $180 open box at CC in Langhorne, PA. FYI, at both stores I checked, it was an in-store source, but behind the wall/not being displayed for sale, and were now being liquidated. The first store I checked (CC in Wilmington, DE) had the unit, but the manager would not sell to me due to "ethical reasons" because the unit he had was "dusty". The second store had no problems selling me theirs OB, with remote, manual, and antennas included (but no setup mike). Interested parties should look into the display models at their local CC as the new models are arriving. And no, I don't feel bad that I can only do the newer high-bitrate compression schemes over 5.1 analog in, not at this price for a receiver that will pass full 1080p.

As for future-proofing, the unit does not feature DTS-HD or DD+, but does include 7.1 analog inputs as well as having (edit) the ability to do multi-channel PCM over HDMI...owners should set their Blu-ray/HD-DVD up, if possible, to do the DD+/DTS-HD decode and output multichannel PCM over HDMI, allowing you to get the benefit of high-definition audio without the ability to do the decode itself internal to the receiver. The sound quality is great compared to run-of-the-mill DD/DTS.
post #25 of 30
Just a quick question regarding this. I have this unit, along with a Samsung 1400 BD player, and am somewhat confused regarding the "high def audio." I'm really not too concerned exactly what format/codec I'm hearing it in, but I would like to take advantage of this high quality audio if possible. If you could guide me in the right direction of what exactly I have to do in order to achieve this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks alot.

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Originally Posted by hithere View Post

...just found the 987 for $180 open box at CC in Langhorne, PA. FYI, at both stores I checked, it was an in-store source, but behind the wall/not being displayed for sale, and were now being liquidated. The first store I checked (CC in Wilmington, DE) had the unit, but the manager would not sell to me due to "ethical reasons" because the unit he had was "dusty". The second store had no problems selling me theirs OB, with remote, manual, and antennas included (but no setup mike). Interested parties should look into the display models at their local CC as the new models are arriving. And no, I don't feel bad that I can only do the newer high-bitrate compression schemes over 5.1 analog in, not at this price for a receiver that will pass full 1080p.

As for future-proofing, the unit does not feature DTS-HD or DD+, but does include 7.1 analog inputs as well as having (edit) the ability to do multi-channel PCM over HDMI...owners should set their Blu-ray/HD-DVD up, if possible, to do the DD+/DTS-HD decode and output multichannel PCM over HDMI, allowing you to get the benefit of high-definition audio without the ability to do the decode itself internal to the receiver. The sound quality is great compared to run-of-the-mill DD/DTS.
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by greenhat06 View Post

Just a quick question regarding this. I have this unit, along with a Samsung 1400 BD player, and am somewhat confused regarding the "high def audio." I'm really not too concerned exactly what format/codec I'm hearing it in, but I would like to take advantage of this high quality audio if possible. If you could guide me in the right direction of what exactly I have to do in order to achieve this, it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks alot.

I have the 987. You need to set your audio in the Samsung to output PCM. It will in turn decode DD True HD or pass uncompressed PCM and then play it as multichannel PCM on your Denon 987. You will want to use HDMI to take advantage of the Denon. The only thing you will not be able to get is dts-HD-MA but if you have a Fox movie with this soundtrack it will still sound great the same way (PCM).

Good luck...

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post #27 of 30
OK, I'm a newbie. I have a problem. I have a Denon 987. I've flipped through the manual front to back a few times. I have a LG Blu Ray/HD Dvd player, i believe the models BH200. I have a PS3. I have the LG and PS3 connected to the Denon via Monster HDMI Ultra 1000 Cable. I have the Denon 987 hooked up to my Panasonic Plasma with HDMI Ultra 1000 Cable. I get zero picture and zero audio out of the Denon. I spent my Friday night trying to figure this out. I ran the audio test and everything worked fine. The system adjusted all the speakers. I can unhook the HDMI cable from the Reciever and plug it right into the LG, and the picture is fine on the TV. Does this have something to do with the HDMI security? I read someone has a oppo HM31, would that make my system work? Should I connect the HDMI directly to the tv and simply go out and buy a optical cord and connect it to the stereo? How should I fix this? Any advise would be greatly appreciated!
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by Hattabough View Post

OK, I'm a newbie. I have a problem. I have a Denon 987. I've flipped through the manual front to back a few times. I have a LG Blu Ray/HD Dvd player, i believe the models BH200. I have a PS3. I have the LG and PS3 connected to the Denon via Monster HDMI Ultra 1000 Cable. I have the Denon 987 hooked up to my Panasonic Plasma with HDMI Ultra 1000 Cable. I get zero picture and zero audio out of the Denon. I spent my Friday night trying to figure this out. I ran the audio test and everything worked fine. The system adjusted all the speakers. I can unhook the HDMI cable from the Reciever and plug it right into the LG, and the picture is fine on the TV. Does this have something to do with the HDMI security? I read someone has a oppo HM31, would that make my system work? Should I connect the HDMI directly to the tv and simply go out and buy a optical cord and connect it to the stereo? How should I fix this? Any advise would be greatly appreciated!

You have to assign the inputs. Go into your onscreen setup and assign them.

You definitely need to use HDMI to the receiver and then the HDMI out to the TV. Set your Bluray player to PCM so that it will decode the new advanced audio codes (True HD, etc.) and send them to the 987 as uncompressed PCM, the only way to get them with the 987.

RTR
post #29 of 30
I'm looking to buy a use Denon AVR-987 on Craig's List for $175. The seller says it's in perfect condition. What do you think?
post #30 of 30
^I think that's a pretty good deal as long as you don't care about 3D or Audyssey.
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