Aiwa is proud to introduce the AV-D98 Dolby Digital/DTS Receiver; this product features Aiwa's exclusive amplifier technology which delivers a dramatic improvement in sound quality. This model offers a high power output, Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, and the companys new D.I.N.A. (Dynamic Integrated Neo Amplifier) technology that delivers greater dynamic range, increased headroom, lower distortion, and a wider soundstage.
Other features include an AM/FM digital synthesized tuner, 30 preset DSP settings, a phono input, multi-brand remote control, a graphic equalizer with five factory presets and the option to save five user-selected settings, BBE sound enhancement, Super T-Bass, banana plug speaker terminals, and two AC outlets one switched, one unswitched.
This receiver was a bargain and priced well on ubid.com I was concerned about the lack of warranty coverage, except for 30 dyas from the seller.....BUT, it is rare to be able to get Dolby Digital and DTS along with 120 w per channel at that price. It was a risk I'd take (I have heard AIWA is part of Sony and is in some financial trouble, so they may be moving the units out to raise revenues.) The unit looks well made, all the connectors were marked clearly and everything functioned as expected. Hooking up the peripherals was not difficult. However, the manual is short on details and the remote, though so far it works well, is almost impossible to read the markings---even in a well lighted room. The sound was poor, out of the box; I had to tweak the treble/bass controls to find an acceptable mix. The subwoofer connection is turned off when you start the unit. You need to turn it on, save the settings; then you can also adjust the amount of boost going to the sub. It helped in my situation. Bottom line, everything works, the sound is good (but not as warm as I'd like), the front panel displays take a bit of getting used to and I just bought cables to get all the Dolby digital connections made, so I will have to update you on performance there. Time will see as to relability and performance.....but for $144? A solid value.