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StuSm

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Has anyone use the Denon AVR 985? The MSRP is priced at $899. 7.1 channels, 100 watts per channel. For the money it sounds pretty impressive. Is the 985 the best A/R that Denon makes? How is the sound? What would be a good set of speakers to match it too?
 

Wayne Ernst

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The 985 - actually 985S as it's my understanding that it only comes in the silver color is equivalent to the AVR-2805. It is not the best receiver that Denon makes. To get their best, check out their AVR-5805 for a measly $6,000. ;)
 

Stephen Hopkins

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The 985S (and 2805 which is the equivalent) has alot of processing power and features for the money. It doesn't, however, have a very strong amplification section. Its predecessor, the 2803, tested somewhere around 35wpc w/ all channels driven when tested by Sound and Vision. I would give a look to the Pioneer VSX-1014TX. It's available for around $400 online (about $150 less than the online price of the Denon) and has all the same features of the 2805. The 1014TX is also a debadged Pioneer Elite 52TX (same receiver w/ out the glossy black front panel). The Pioneer Elite receivers are known for putting out anywhere from 90% to 110% of their rated power. I was considering the 2805 as well but the likely underpowered amp section bothered me and I had very good luck w/ prior Pioneer and Pioneer Elite products. I could not be happier with my choice. I demo'd the 2805 and 1014TX side by side at a dealer and the 1014TX had better sound staging and a more neutral sound. The 2805 was a bit more detailed, almost to the point of being overly bright. The 2805 was still able to drive the somewhat efficient speakers we were using (89db/w/m) but the 1014TX seemed to do so more effortlessly suggesting more power headroom.

Hope this helps :)
 

DaveBB

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Yeah, check out the Denon 5805 on their webpage. A friggin' 90+ lbs hammer of the gods. The back pannel will make you weep.
 

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