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Denon AVR 981
3 Reviews
rating  4 of 5
Description: Featuring Dolby Digital and DTS decoding technology, the AVR-981 provides outstanding home theater surround sound performance. At the heart of the AVR-981 is Denon's Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit - Digital technology, incorporating high-performance DSP chip and advanced A/D and D/A converters. This configuration provides superior listening results with virtually any home theater or music source. The AVR-981 also features 6-Channel external input, for connection to DVD-Audio and SACD formats. A high quality, discrete power output section provides a total system power of 675 watts. Full 24-bit, 96-kHz D/A converters on all 6 channels provide transparent reproduction of multi-channel music and motion picture soundtracks with outstanding dynamic range and superb low level resolution. Outstanding surround sound with Dolby Digital and DTS decoding is finally possible at an affordable price. The AVR-981's remote controller features an easy-to-use layout where most frequently used buttons are provided in different colors and shapes for easy recognition while your eyes are focused on the screen. The buttons also employ Self-illuminated GLOKEY technology for easy operation in the dark.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by g m a n a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 4, 2002

Bottom Line:   
First off, I had no idea that Ubid has ever had any of these, and at that price you guys got a helluva deal!

The 981 is the same unit as the 2801, just marketed under a different line, and sold for less than the 2801 when they were intoduced (the 2801 was $749 at the local hifi shop back then). It is actually a 2000 model (the '03's are out now - just like cars).

I bought my unit soon after it came out (2 years ago) and my unit is definitely 'A' stock, new in box, not refurb'd, so, even at the price I paid I'm still happy with it.

My 981 has performed like a champ for the last 2 yrs. The sound quality has the typical Denon warmth, and is clear and 'honest'. 5.1/DTS audio from dvd's is very good. Sound from my old Denon cd player is also great. I have had zero problems w/ this unit.

I would recommend this unit as a good mid-range model, and absolutely pick one up if you can get it for $289 or less from Ubid (that's a steal). The sound and build quality of this receiver is very good, and seems to be typical of most Denon components - a step above the mass marketed units. I've been a Denon user for over 10 yrs, and I don't see that changing.

I'm giving a value rating of 4, because Denon components are expensive for the average joe, but I believe you are getting what you pay for.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $495.00

Purchased At:   online retailer

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Pete a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 16, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Great sound, till I hooked up the back speakers-Snap, Crackle, Pop in the front
What happened?

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   ubid

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fumihiko Rai a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: November 23, 2001

Bottom Line:   
This is a review for DENON AVR-981.
And I am the first one =^..^=

I got it from ubid. This unit is classified as grade B product. But it looks flawless and sounds perfectly.

The quality of sound is very impressive, just like my another DENON amplifier but with more features in it (such as tuner, DTS, and 5 Channels). It sounds very clear and warn; more detail can be heard from the same picec of music compares to my previous sony receiver.

And it is a perfect match to my little mission 700 speakers; Unlike most of receivers on the market, the sound it outputs is accurate and well balanced, not too artificial or too much bass (SONY).

It's a solid and powerful receiver, I recommend this receiver to the people who are looking for upgrading their current entry model unit to a decent, smooth and honest receiver. Really, I can tell the differences; and it takes you to another level of music =^..^=

I am really happy with this DENON receiver.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $289.00

Purchased At:   ubid

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