The AVR-4308 receiver “features every available convenience to-date” according to Denon. This includes 7 x 140 watts power output, Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio audio processing for unlocking the sound on Bl-ray and HD DVD discs, internet radio support, and wired network support (via Ethernet) for streaming WMA lossless, MP3, FLAC, WAV and AAC music files stored to a PC or Mac computer (the latter requires the Twonky Music server program to be installed).
The latest HDMI 1.3 connectivity is provided, Compressed Audio Restore technology claims to replay MP3, WMA and AAC files with much greater dynamic range and impact, and for easy switching between connected sources.
Faroudja DCDi processing upconverts 576i source content to 576p/720p/1080i and 1080p. The receiver’s Audyssey MultEQXT Setup and Room Equaliser uses a new ‘Tower’-type calibrated microphone function for measuring room acoustics and automatically adjusts parameters to arrive at optimum setup characteristics room, while the four-zone, four-source feature with independent volume control means that, with additional amplification and speakers, you could run a 7.1 home theatre setup in the living room, while simultaneously running stereo speakers in 3 different areas, with each area playing different audio programming.
The Denon AVR-4308 costs $4,999 and has a 2 year warranty. Optional extras include a range of iPod docks starting with the ASD-1R at $199 through to the ASD-3W at $499.