AVR-989 is "Certified and Recommended" in January 2009 issue of "SOUND & VISION" magazine.
"Test Bench results for Denon's AVR-989 were uniformly excellent. Power was impressive, with the receiver easily surpassing all of Denon's 115-watt specifications for single channels or pairs. [...] Noise and distortion were equally impressive, approaching or matching theoretical minimums throughout. [...] In short, the AVR-989 delivered very nearly faultless performance." "The AVR-989's audio and video performance is beyond reproach. "