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Denon’s Talmadge, on New Products

September 2008 By Maureen Jenson
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At CEDIA EXPO 2008, CustomRetailer caught up with Denon’s Director of Product Development and System Integration Jeff Talmadge to find out, not just about the new components, but how Denon’s CI Certification program was going.

The Denon CI certification program offers CEDIA CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for attendees of the regionally conducted, highly specialized training courses for professional integrators.

“We’ve had a tremendous response,” Talmadge said. “We’ve got guys driving 7 hours from Key West up into Florida and then attending 7 straight hours of training so they can receive certification. We’ve just had 100 attendees in Seattle and right after EXPO we’re staying on in Denver to train the guys here.”

At EXPO, Denon showcased its new “CI” (Custom Integration) products: The AVP-A1HDCI Ultra-Reference 12 Channel A/V Home Theater/MultiMedia Preamplifier, POA-A1HDCI Fully Configurable 10 Channel Power Amplifier, DVP-602CI HDMI Video Processor/Switcher, and DVD-3800BDCI Blu-ray Disc DVD/CD Player. This separates spotlighted features such as Audyssey Dynamic Volume and EQ, dts-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD.

Among the announcements Denon made at CEDIA were a Firmware Feature Upgrade for owners of the company’s AVR-3808, AVR-4308, AVR-5308, and AVP-A1HDCI. The upgrade will be available via the Denon website beginning October 1 and will include Audyssey Dynamic Volume and EQ, HDMI CEC, Sirius radio ready capability and Rhapsody streaming capability.

Other Denon new custom-installation friendly products include:

- Ten New A/V Receivers: Denon has incorporated image- and sound-enhancing technologies in all ten of its new high-performance receivers. These features include HDMI 1.3a capability with support for Deep Color, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey MultEQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume in all. The new receivers include the multi-zone Models AVR-2809CI (SRP: $1,199), AVR-2309CI (SRP: $849), AVR-1909 (SRP: $649), AVR-1709 (SRP: $449) and AVR-1609 (SRP: $349), as well as five new high-performance, high-value receivers in its Retail Home Theater Series line, including the models AVR-989 (SRP: $1,199), AVR-889 (SRP: $749), AVR-789 (SRP: $599), AVR-689 (SRP: $399), and AVR-589 (SRP: $299).

- DVD-1800BD – Denon’s new Blu-ray DVD player, model DVD-1800BD (SRP: $749) features HDMI 1.3a with Deep Color and Bonus View support (BD Profile 1.1). Full bitstream output of Dolby and DTS-HD audio formats, 1080p scaling from SD DVDs, and 2-channel analog audio output. These are available in October.

- Reference Grade CX Series: The three new CX Series products, including the Model DRA-CX3 Stereo Receiver (SRP: $1,200), DCD CX3 SACD/CD Player (SRP: $1,200), and SC-CX303 2-Channel Loudspeaker System (SRP: $1,200) are all currently available. Created with audio specifications, style and details inspired by the company’s S-Series of Hi-Fi components.
 

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