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Denon's previous sub-£400 receiver, the AVR-1906, was a proverbial hot cake. In some shops it outsold all other budget receivers 10 to 1 - and rightly so, as it was a cracker, a first-class bargain. The AVR-1907 is its successor. No pressure, then
Some DAB radios can play music from an iPod, but this mini DAB hi-fi from Denon does away with the need to connect a portable player. Capable of storing MP3s itself, it can even be plugged into a wireless home network
With even dirt cheap home cinema all-in-ones struggling to sell these days, you have to wonder just why Denon thinks we should spend £1,250 on its Smart S-301 system - especially when that system doesn't have a full collection of surround sound speakers
Denon's DHT-1356XP package includes the AVR-1306 receiver and the SYS-56HT 5.1 speaker system, but no DVD player - so we've paired it with the DVD-1730
The Denon AVR-1907 replaces the AVR-1906, which has serious form at this end of the market. Coincidentally it is going on sale at exactly the same price as the Sony STR-DA1200E, which is clearly amongst the Denon's nearest competitors ...
This particular system doesn't come with a 5.1 speaker package, but a sub/sat trio. It's a pseudo surround system that Denon says will persuade you those centre and rear speakers just aren't needed to enjoy a home movie experience. So does it convince?
The SmartLife series is a radical departure for Denon, the sleek systems being well outside the scope of either the company's famous AV separates or its component microsystems...
On the surface, Denon's DHT- 550SD home cinema package seems to have everything you could ask for from a mainstream all-inone entertainment system. Its credibility seems guaranteed by the two separate components...