Thursday, May 3, 2012

And the Winner Is...

The Denon AVR-1712, a.k.a. "last year's model."

It came in the mail yesterday. It's big, black, and heavy. And it sounds amazing.

I tried to order the new model, the 1713, from the manufacturer's website. The poorly programmed website had different plans. The site would not take my order. And thusly, the electronic gods sealed my fate, as the new model was only available from the Denon site.

I could not, would not wait another month for the new model to appear in Best Buy. I had spent too much time looking, longing for what was now the "old model," and I could not wait anymore. The price for the old model had dropped significantly. Now was the time to strike.

The package shipped quickly and arrived yesterday. I have since spent time acquainting myself with the many options and features available.  I have programmed the remote to control all of my components. I have used the automated balance/EQ with microphone calibration. I have poked and prodded the machine for hours, and feel like there is still so much more to tap. I am, as they say, "geeking out."

Geek out, man!
And I am now watching Spider-man 2 on blu-ray. Before that, Transformers. After that, The Dark Knight.

The sound is full and balanced, it truly envelops the listener. The Audyssey calibration is as good as advertised, optimizing the signal for your speaker components and their placement.

The only thing I can complain about is that I am having so much fun that I stayed up past my bedtime watching blu-rays. It's about 1:30 am now, Spider-man 2 is almost over, but I don't want to go to bed yet. I could watch some more Dolby intro demo vignettes (what do you call those, you know, like the THX sound thingy at the beginning of movies? ah, what the hell..).

My point is this thing sounds great. Barring a catastrophic defect in the unit, I am thoroughly satisfied.

Grade: A

The Denon AVR-1712 is playing through 16-gauge speaker wire to a set of 5 Energy Take Classic satellite speakers and a Definitive ProSub 800 subwoofer.