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Denon AVR-4810CI Review
March 12, 2010 By Richard Ames
All the bells and whistles
Reading the features list on modern receivers is like some sort of Tolstoy-esque torrent of acronyms and abbreviations.
This is a good thing, believe it or not, at least when it's all implemented correctly. Denon has a strong history at being able to get it all to work together, so we take a look at their AVR-4810CI to run it through its paces.
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As you'd expect, the AVR-4810CI decodes all the latest audio formats. Each of the receiver's nine channels puts out 140 watts. For front height channels, there is Dolby ProLogic IIz processing and Audyssey's DSX (which adds the possibility of width channels as well). Audyssey's MultEQ XT 8-point room correction processing is also inside. All incoming video signals, regardless of resolution or input, can be upconverted/transcoded to HDMI and 1080p. Anchor Bay's VRS does all the video processing. Ethernet connectivity allows for Internet radio and access to media files on your home network.
On the hardware side you get 24-bit/129-kHz Burr-Brown PCM-1804 and PCM-1791 DACs. Denon claims a THD of 0.05 for all channels. I could list all the inputs, but that would be boring and there's a picture below that will do it faster.
Turn it up
Well, the remote doesn't work. That was my first experience with the AVR-4810CI. After plugging in all my sources, all the speakers, and firing it up, the fancy remote with the funky screen did little to engage the receiver.
Fortunately (oddly?) there is a second, more basic, remote that worked just fine. This made me open the manual, which if I have to do within the first hour of using a product, I'm generally in a pretty sour mood.
The onscreen GUI (Graphical User Interface) is excellent, and "borrows" heavily from Sony's PlayStation Xross Media Bar GUI. If you remember the horrid DOS style onscreen menus of yore, this is a welcome change.
Hooking up to the Internet is a fairly new feature in receivers, and it works here much as it does on other products. You can use an Ethernet cable, or attach the included antenna and even access your LAN wirelessly. Once it acknowledged my network, it sensed there was an update to download. This took about 15 minutes and required no effort on my end.
In addition to Internet radio stations, the AVR-4810CI will play music directly from computers on your LAN. This may take some setup on your computer's side (which is true any time you want to share music over your LAN), but of course is worth it in the end.
While there is a USB input on the front and the back, only one is usable at a time. The front is the default, so if you want to enable the one on the rear panel, you need to do so in the menu. This isn't just for iPods, the AVR-4810CI will also play music or show images from flash drives.
Wherever you get the music files from, onscreen you'll see all the metadata along with the cover art. Getting ...