I recently got this unit cheap on ebay because I really wanted something with XLR preamp outputs and XLR subwoofer output with a crossover.. and a remote. this was by far the cheapest new model prepro with xlr I could find
currently using the Denon as dac and preamp, speaker amp is an iceedge 1200as2 amplifier.. connected with xlr cables.. using crossover in the denon to remove 80hz and down from the kef q900 and using the xtz 3x12 subwoofer for 80hz and down.. it sounds amazing.. for home theatre you really feel the headroom from the powerful 600watt per channel class d amp.
cons: volume up/down buttons on the remote are kind of small, no light on remote and the shape of the remote makes it hard to tell if you're holding it upside down in a darkened home theatre room. the lights around the two knobs on the denon are bright and don't turn off. the volume number on the display is too small to read from a distance. firmware bug, you can't adjust speaker distance for the left speaker less than 1.8 meters? I forget exactly which speaker and distance it was. I didn't see any firmware updates available.
pluses: the xlr preouts and subwoofer out are very clean and sound great.. volume adjustment via remote is great it's able to go very low to high with a good range of adjustment. hdmi input from my Intel NUC - no issues..
overall it does what I wanted.. takes hdmi input from my Intel NUC and converts the 5.1 or 7.1 bitstream to 2.1 for my speakers and subwoofer. has a good volume control and lets me use all XLR cables for my speaker amp and new XTZ 3x12. the xlr preouts do seem to have very good quality and have gain.. it seems better than just going straight from DAC to speaker amp.
maybe I'll email support and see if they have a firmware update for the speaker distance issue
Gear list: Main setup - Kef Q900, Svs sb12-nsd subwoofer, onkyo 609 receiver, epson 8350 projector, elitescreens sable 92" screen, mac mini htpc
Bedroom setup: Philharmonic Audio New Philharmonitors, Odyssey Kismet Monoblocks, Soekris Dac, Hattor active preamp