True, but then there is no excuse for bad design either. There is no reason why this couldn't have had a sinad of 90+ if done properly. I don't see the point in releasing sub-standard audio products... however this is fairly "standard" for many AVR's unfortunately. They would have a bigger market for AVR's if most AVR's were able to reach the heights of an NCore or Purifi based poweramp for example, alas.These AVRs are marketed to a different segment than High end audio enthusiasts. Most home theater owners just want something that can drive all their 7.1 speakers loudly enough so they can enjoy the full impact when stuff blows up onscreen, and this receiver can probably deliver the goods to that less selective market.
We have seen Denon do quite well measurements wise for some of their AVR's... seems this one missed the boat.
This is a complete mess tbh;