Denon AVR-2500 A/V Receivers

AVR-2500

85W x 3, 25W x 2 rear Dolby Pro Logic

User Reviews (29)

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Robert   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 30, 2010]

I recently bought the Denon avr 2500 at a thrift store for $10.00 for my leisure room. When I hooked it up to my speakers and c.d. player I couldn't believe the sound quality.
I have a pioneer elite in my family room that is top of the line and I like the Denon I payed $10.00 for, for music listening better!

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5
VALUE
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5
DidierK   AudioPhile [Dec 03, 2003]
Strength:

Very dependable. Great power

Weakness:

Lack of precision with the volume knob, when used with the remote.

Great amp, years of very good service, without any problems. Loving it for many more years !! Looking for a copy of the owner's manual. please help Thanks

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4
VALUE
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4
Randy34   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 15, 2002]
Strength:

The sound quality.

Weakness:

At the time it came out,No Banana plugs for suround speakers.

Hi people.., Need Help. Need a copy of the owners manual for the 2500. I own the AVC-2800 which is the 2500 less the tuner. I have all the reviews from 1995 from curtco''s "home theater tech-mag". On the 2500/2800 in which DENON beat up the competition in the $1000.00 A/V receiver shoot out.Will trade or share all info i have on this CLASSIC from DENON. For copy of owners manual for ethier one.any one kind enough to help me may reach me at: Guardian34@webtv.net

Similar Products Used: No one came close back in 1995 for around $1000.00.
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5
VALUE
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5
Nick Lango   a Casual Listener [Nov 29, 1997]

I had bought my AVR-2500 about 18 months ago. To this day I have only found one thing wrong with this receiver. No AC-3! Argh.... But at least the Audio Industry isn't moving as fast as the Computer Industry.

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4
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al derose   Audiophile [Jan 20, 2000]
Strength:

SOLID PERFORMER,smooth almost tube like quality , punch, dynamics, clarity and sounstage

Weakness:

could use a tad more power

This thing is driving mod Advent Prodigys for midbass and NewForm Research 30" ribbons for highs and midband. I love Marantz ,but sorry my friends this receiver DELIVERS!The only thing that comes close in this price range is a new Dynaco PAS 4 tube pre! The latter is able to compete with Golden tube, and Lazarus.end of discussion.

Similar Products Used: sansui 9090db,various Marantz receivers, Dynaco PAS3, Dynaco PAS4
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5
VALUE
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5
Andy Fleisher   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 12, 2001]
Strength:

Good entry level A/V receiver, Has enough inputs for a few componants(I am running out) Good sounding amp

Weakness:

Remote is hard to use especially if it is not the owner. No Dolby Digital or DTS

This is my first receiver and I have been happy with it so far.I was silly and should have gotten a DD ready receiver instead so now I have to buy a new one. I got this one because it had more power that the DD ready model I was looking at. Now I know not to just look at wattage.
The sound quality is good and it drives my speakers fine. I have never even gotten close to turning it up to 12 o'clock on the dial. There are enough inputs but it is easy to run out. I have a TV, VCR, DVD, and video game system hooked up and I had to go to the front inputs. The preamp stage is pretty good and switches between signals quickly. The only thing I don't really like is the remote. I have gotten used to it and have programed my other remotes into it and use the macro feature, but other people have to always ask me how to do something brcause it is too complicated with the sliders and similar shaped buttons. From what I have seen, DENON hasn't changed their remote style that much and most of them still get complaints. I guess that this was a good but in its day but now without DD or DTS and receivers with both of these getting below $300 it is not worth much. I have enjoyed this receiver a lot since I got it, but I am looking to get a new one.
As a side note I think I purchased a returned model because I had problems with the volume knob not responding to the remote. It took a total of about two months to fix, and now it has worked fine ever since.

Similar Products Used: None
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
john   Audiophile [Dec 30, 1999]
Strength:

tons, great little prologic reciever

Weakness:

cant upgrade to dd or dts

i have had this thing way to long and if i had the 2600 which does have the inputs for a digital decoder i would not be switching still. the remote is fantastic to only flaw with remote is if you plan on using it for music and movies there is no sub level controller although if you watch the movie with bass boost and turn it off for music its close enough for me unless im in one of my hardcore audiofile moods lol.
if you just want a reciever to listen to class a amps!!!! and can deal with prologic and 10 or 11 other dsp fields then this is Your new best friend*****

Similar Products Used: all yam, onk, muse, etc.
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Emet Ward   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 01, 1999]
Strength:

Awesome power, crystal clear sound, exceptional quaility throughout. Remote is EASY to use, and onscreen display is a plus. Just doesn't get more realistic than this in a receiver. Only companies like Onkyo and Denon can so effortlessly produce such a powerful soundstage.

Weakness:

Um, well, besides no 5.1 inputs, I'm still looking. The soundfields sound weird ONLY if the wrong audio genre is played. E.G.: Don't play Beethoven with Super Stadium on!

Bought for $165 on eBay, best $165 I ever spent, especially considering this thing used to sell for $1200 and is $300 on SpiderGear.com right now. If you have the chance of buying a used one of these for not a lot, you won't be sorry!

Similar Products Used: Pioneer VSX-604 (stank bad), my neighboor had an AVR-2500 and he loved it. Sansui separates system, Dynaco tube preamp separate/tube poweramp separate.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Doug (different Doug)   Audio Enthusiast [Nov 23, 1999]
Strength:

Solid quality, "Learning" remote

Weakness:

Boomy base in Surround modes

Have had this for over a year (got it a Magnolia HiFi for $399)and am happy with it. Would agree with some that it is not Audiophile quality, but what would you expect for this price? I find that with AVSE off, it does very well in stereo mode. It does an excellent job of movies and TV in surround modes (watching Superbowls in "Live Surround" is incredible). I have used Klipsch KG1's and am currently using Linn Index for main speakers, with Boston Acoustic HD5's as rear. Just bought Klipsch SC-1 for center ($135 at Magnolia) and, with it's loaded horn tweeter it's perfect for dialog. This is the kind of sound I have heard in theatres and in much more expensive Pro-logic units. Granted, it's not Dolby Digital, but it's great entertainment and at an affordable price. I haven't added a Sub, but with AVSE, the lower end is adequate (though boomy) for now. I am happy with the remote (the only thing I really liked about my Technics was the Learning Remote), but it's learning capability is more limitted than I would like. Beats having a half dozen of the little beggars to keep track of.

Similar Products Used: Cheezy Technics
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Z-CHEN   Casual Listener [Nov 21, 1999]
Strength:

Lots of function, lots of input/output, user friendly, looks good.

I bought this reciever for $380 from www.onsale.com two years ago. It was a refurbished unit but it served me well and I'm still using it rite now. Lots of power, great for both music listning and watching dolby pro logic movie.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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