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Denon AVP-A1HD, POA-A1HD AV System Launched


Denon AVP-A1HD, POA-A1HD AV System Launched

So you've just bought a set of Ferguson Hill FH007 and FH008 speakers, a top-of-the-line Sony BDP-S500 Blu-ray player and a 60in Kuro PDP-LX608D plasma TV but you still aren't getting quite the experience you want from your home cinema setup. What you need, then, is what Denon is calling the ‘Imperial Death Star' of amp combos, the AVP-A1HD AV pre-amp and the POA-A1HD power amp. It's a hard name to live up to, but Denon has at least got the styling right.

Starting with the AVP-A1HD you'll find six HDMI 1.3 inputs two of which are outputs; Realta sxT2 HQV processing for i/p upscaling to 1080p; plus Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD decoding and Deep Colour support. The system also boasts WiFi and Ethernet connectivity allowing configuration and setup from a connected PC via a web-interface as well as automatic firmware updating and remote diagnosis by Denon should anything go wrong.

Other features include an on-screen GUI for setup and Internet radio streaming. Pricing is pretty high, although Denon insists it's offering considerable value for money, at £4,999.99, so you'll need to be a true audiophile to part with that kind of money.

If you do have the spare change lying around you'll probably also be able to take Denon's recommendation and pair up the AV pre-amp with its 10-channel power amp. The system also boasts ten 300W, 4Ω output channels with separate power delivery, a mono block design and THX Ultra 2 certification. There isn't anything else that can be said about the POA-H1AD, other than that it too carries a £4,999.99 price tag - but you get what you pay for I guess.


Denon UK.

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