Denon Hurricane

Denon Hurricane
  • Expert Rating

    4.00 / 5

Pros

  • Great audio quality, ample connectors

Cons

  • Lots of parts, bulky

Bottom Line

Denon's Hurricane is a good choice for anyone looking to establish a serious home theatre. The sound quality is fantastic and the array of connections ensures it won't be obsolete any time soon.

Would you buy this?

Denon's Hurricane home theatre kit is comprehensive, and offers great sound. The bundle comprises a centre speaker, subwoofer, two front speakers, and two rear speakers in addition to a standalone DVD player and surround sound receiver. The speakers are not sold separately, but you can grab the surround sound receiver for $699 and the DVD player for $299. The entire kit (with six speakers) retails at $1999, which is a pretty good deal considering the quality of the output.

The Denon DVD-1710 DVD player is relatively simple, with the front panel featuring a tray for DVDs and CDs, and basic buttons to control playback. The unit measures 44 x 22 x 8cm and weighs a mere 2kg. It's designed to play both DVD and CD (including burnt media), and also handles MP3 and WMA discs. The rear panel features a standard array of connections: RCA audio out, component and composite out, S-Video out and SCART. Digital coaxial and optical sockets are also provided to integrate the DVD player with the AVR-1705 surround-sound receiver.

The six-channel receiver, in contrast with the straightforward DVD player, is covered in buttons and connectors--not only for the speakers, but also for source components. The source list is massive: six RCA audio inputs along with coaxial and two optical connectors. There are three component video inputs and a single output, along with five S-Video/composite AV inputs, and FM and AM antenna connectors. There's even an outgoing power connector, so you can daisy-chain devices off a single power socket. A headphone connector and alternate composite video/audio sockets are located amid the array of buttons on the front panel. DTS and Dolby Surround are supported natively. The enormous array of buttons is a little daunting at first, but we found the receiver easy to use after some minor adjustments. The receiver measures 44 x 42 x 15cm and weighs 11kg.

The kit sounded fantastic, offering plenty of punch with rich, deep lows and ear-shattering high end. There's also fine attention to detail that impressed us further: all the speakers are bundled with cables, and there's a 3m cable included for the subwoofer. Add a screen and you'd have a pretty impressive home theatre. A two-year warranty covers all components in the kit and provides a little peace of mind for what works out as a sizeable investment.

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