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I have seen in many posts that people mention the Yamahas and Pioneers as being great for HT but not 2-channel music. Nobody seems to talk about Denon 2-channel performance either way. So in your opinions, how will the Denon compare to the Yamahas and Pioneers. I'm talking about comparable models in the $1000 range.


Thanks for your thoughts!
 

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Denon = very good
 

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Denon = very good
I agree, Sounds great in Direct/Pure Direct/Stereo also in my opinion I also like the 5Ch Stereo Mode :)
 

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I find Denon recievers (in general in this price range) to have a very crisp sound with good seperation and hf extension.


When paired with warm sounding components, like a tube cd player for instance, Denon recievers can sound pretty good.


When paired with very resolving speakers though, Denons can sound harsh and have a fatigueing glare in the upper treble. I think HK recievers (in general in this price range), pair a little better with high resolving or difficult to drive speakers.


I have the Pioneer 2012 (45tx), and find it to sound a little warmer and richer than the Denon 3805 for both HT and music; but both have a noticeably collapsed soundstage and treble glare in 2 channel.


If 2 channel is important, you might audition the Arcam 200/250 or 300. as I understand they are reputed to have good preamp and stereo capabilities.
 

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Thanks for your input guys. I have an older Denon that I thought sounds great with music, but never got the chance to compare with others. But you seem to confirm my beliefs. I have paradigm atom speakers would you consider those resolving? I may upgrade to Mini Monitors at some point down the road after I get the new Denon.
 

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The Yamaha htr 5890/rxv1400 is also very good on music and movies too.
 

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I was interested in the 1500/2500 but there isn't a high end Yamaha dealer around here. The RX-Vs are not available online.
 

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The Atoms are not considered particularly resolving or even bright; but some think them midrange forward, which should pair nicely with the Denon.
 

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I own both Denon (2805) and Yamaha (2400) receivers and I think the Denon does a much better job with music. The Denon has a better dynamic range and handles the low end frequencies better.
 

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I own both Denon (2805) and Yamaha (2400) receivers and I think the Denon does a much better job with music. The Denon has a better dynamic range and handles the low end frequencies better.
Agree with that, a 2805/2910 combo paired with my Cantons puts out a fantastic sound. But remember, the speakers will make a big difference, you need to get the right amp/speaker combo to make your system sound to your liking.
 

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I'm an "H/K guy" in general, but the 2805 and 3805 both "sound" terrific in 2-channel, direct mode.
 
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