Denon AVR-4520 review: Performance
So it is that we dive in to the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack of Avengers Assemble. It's a very easy-to-listen-to sound, a cohesive, solid performance with no harsh edges, albeit not quite with the scale of the very best.
Effects are steered confidently around the room while dialogue is clear and engaging. Explosions extend the subwoofer and with this Denon in charge bass notes are solid and powerful.
However, the comfortable nature of the AVR-4520 also proves a minor weakness over time: soundtracks don't have the attack and punch of some rivals, which compromises excitement. A listen to some stereo music yields largely good news thanks to good detail and timing but, again, you'll get a more exciting sound from others.
Denon AVR-4520 review: Verdict
There's a huge amount to enjoy here. An exhaustive spec gives you everything you'd expect in an AV receiver and much more, coupled with a cohesive, engaging and easy-to-enjoy character. Only a little excitement and scale is missing compared with its peers.