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Denon's AVR-1911 is arguably a bit of an overachiever. It provides gripping, engaging surround sound with all your movies and video games; boasts high-quality connections for high-def video; and offers lots of options for music lovers. But it doesn't stop there. Unlike other receivers, it can pass high-definition 3D video signals from a 3D Blu-ray player to your 3D TV — no mean feat, since that's nearly twice the bandwidth of a 1080p HD signal. It's a smart choice for anyone interested in 3D at home, whether you're planning to put together a 3D TV system now, or a few years down the road.

Plug your iPod® straight into the front panel — your favorite tunes will sound clearer
Quite a few receivers have a USB input, but the AVR-1911's front-panel USB is special. It has dedicated iPod support — you simply connect your iPod or iPhone using its supplied USB cable, and press Play on the receiver's remote. More goodness: Instead of the sound quality being limited by the iPod's made-for-earbuds audio circuitry, digital signals are sent straight to the Denon's high-quality DACs, so all your favorite tunes will sound better. Or plug in a USB flash memory drive, or hard disk drive loaded with your music. Switch on Denon's Compressed Audio Restorer mode to flesh out the sound of your MP3 collection. Adding an optional Denon iPod dock lets you enjoy photos and videos too.

Super sharp video and a cleaner setup
The '1911 can take each and every video signal you give it — including standard-definition signals from sources like your Wii™ or DVD player — and send everything to your TV over a single HDMI cable. This minimizes cable clutter, and also makes your system easier to use since you won't have to switch inputs on your TV. Better yet, the '1911 can upconvert all your sources to 1080p to better match your TV's high-def screen.

Product Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 90 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
    • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio, Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES™, Pro Logic® IIz, and DTS Neo:6 decoding
    • Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ® six-point auto setup and room calibration system (microphone included)
    • Audyssey Dynamic Volume mode to keep listening levels steady
    • Audyssey Dynamic EQ™ for fuller sound at lower listening levels
    • dual-room/dual-source audio (powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room; using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
    Digital Music Options:
    • listen to music from iPod®, iPhone®, or other portable music player via the front-panel USB input
    • iPod® video integration (compatible with optional Denon ASD-11R, ASD-3N, ASD-51N, or ASD-51W)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    Audio Performance Features:
    • high-current, low-impedance amplifier design
    • Pure Direct modes switch off all unused circuitry for the cleanest possible sound
    • Compressed Audio Restorer for better sound with compressed music sources like MP3 files
    • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (4 in, 1 out)
    • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p) with Anchor Bay Technologies video processing and scaling
    • HDMI version 1.4a with support for 3D video, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, and HDMI-CEC
    • component video input (no output)
    • digital audio inputs: 1 optical, 1 coaxial
    • 4 audio/video inputs, including:
      • 1 front-panel input with composite video
      • 2 rear-panel inputs with composite and 1 S-video input
    • 2 audio-only inputs
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • 2 sets of main speaker outputs
    • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping front left and right speakers
    General Features:
    • 3 Quick Select buttons — save settings for commonly used sources, like video input and volume level
    • on-screen display for easier system setup and operation
    • multibrand remote
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 15-1/4"D
    • weight: 23 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

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    Wow !! Great sound

    Written By Ranjo, Northern Wisconsin on Saturday, August 27, 2011

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    Watched the video review on cnet.com and pretty much agree with their review. The on screen setup reminds me of a TV from the 70's or one of the first computer games. Very basic block lettering and limited. There are not all the bells and whistles that some of the other models have, but the sound is overwhelming!!. I replaced an older panasonic unit and my Bose speakers just pop with the Denon. I can't say its all the Denon as i replace the TV and blue ray player with top of the line Panasonics, but the home theater experience is absolutely incredible now!!

    The best deal in town !

    Written By Ric, Auburn,Wa. on Saturday, August 06, 2011

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    we puchased this to replace our 15+ year old rack unit, we looked at alot of different unit's but for all of the features you get on this model for the price, hands down the best option.

    completely satisfied!!!

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By BillH, Houston, TX on Monday, August 01, 2011

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    Great sound and easy set up. The problem I have is with how zone 2 works. You have to control zone 2 completely separate from the main zone. You have to turn it on/off separately. If you have zone 2 on and forget to turn it off when you turn off zone 1 zone 2 will stay on. You cannot set the three easy buttons to turn zone 2 on also. Just too much hassel to try to control zone 2.

    Denon AVR-1911 - Great Stereo

    Written By Mark, Vilonia AR on Thursday, July 28, 2011

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    Purchased this stereo on sale and it was a great value. The sound is great, it has a much richer sounds than my old receiver. The receiver integrates well with IPod Nano and IPhone.

    May want to order with banana plugs

    Written By Matt, New Mexico on Thursday, July 14, 2011

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    you may want to get some banana plugs to make it easy to plug in speaker wire on back side of receiver. it is kind of a pain but not a huge deal. So far the unit works well. It sure beats the sound coming out of my plasma tv speakers. Seems to be enough power for my room. It took some tinkering to figure out how to make sure the receiver was playing the correct sound configuration from each individual DVD being played. many DVDs play DOLBY, but some are recorded/or mixed in DTS (says on DVD cover). so i was finally able to get avatar to play the way it was intended. So far i am happy with the unit. Thanks Crutchfield.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By BobF, Reno, NV on Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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    I'm giving the AVR-1911 a 4-star because I'm still deciphering the owners manual. What I've completed so far works. Still can't turn off the tv with it.

    Great Receiver!!!

    Written By Dan, Palm Harbor, FL on Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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    Great upgrade from my 10 year old Yamaha receiver. Speaker set up was very easy using included mic.

    System sounds amazing even with the same speakers.

    Upconvert Feature seems to improve SD pictures, but Brighthouse Cable is so bad its tough to tell.

    Great receiver at a great price. Highly recommended.

    Excellent Receiver

    Written By Gary C, Texas on Tuesday, July 05, 2011

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    Great receiver. Rich, full sound. The "restorer" gives new life to mp3 recordings. USB input on front panel is very handy - it works well with flash drives but does NOT work with a removable hard disk drive.

    Love it!

    Written By PaulW, Columbia, SC on Monday, July 04, 2011

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    I replaced my old Denon AVR2802 with this new 1911. Very pleased with this unit! I love the fact that with the HDMI inputs, I came away with less cables to deal with. Customer support at Crutchfield was invaluable as I had to call a couple of time to figure out some simple remedies with setting up the receiver. Thanks Crutchfield!

    amazing receiver

    Written By mike t, deerfield beach fl on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

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    This is an amazing receive, it replaced my harmon kardon and sounds 3 times better. Best value too. I highly recommend this receiver.

    Very Happy

    Written By ChuckM, Biloxi, MS on Friday, June 17, 2011

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    I have had the AVR1911 for a few weeks now and am very happy with it. I did a lot a research on different receivers and for the money you can not beat the 1911! It has all the features I need! The other higher dollar models only added features like networking and such. I already had that via other devices so why buy it twice? The auto setup for the speakers works very good. Don't judge the sound until you do this step!

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Anonymous, danville, ca on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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    i liked a lot of the features that were advertised. i like the 2 zone option. but, i learned that with a 6.1 system (or a 7.1), you could not use the second zone unless you had a separate stereo amp. if you want 2 zones, then you can only have a 5.1 for the main zone and then you can hook up 2 speakers for the 2nd zone. there is not a separate speaker terminal for zone 2, you end up stealing it from the surround back terminals. here is the main issue: when i set up this receiver, the menu from the receiver would not show on my TV. it had to be sent back for a replacement. the replacement did not have the menu issue, but when i used the composite on the front, only the video would show. no sound. i tried multiple inputs for this composite, ie- camcorder, dvd player, same problem! i was advised that it had to be sent back again! seems like a lot if issues with this denon model. because it gave me so many problems so early on, i opted to return it and not replace it with another denon avr 1911. the only good thing i can say is that the 6.1 system i had did sound pretty good.

    Best bang for your home theater buck

    Written By mcaaron, Lawrence, KS on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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    This is my first stand-alone receiver purchase. I was shopping for a mid-range receiver that boasted excellent sound quality. According to CNET this unit took the prize. Hard to beat the sale price Crutchfield is running without buying a used or gray market item.

    Running this receiver through a set of Klipsch Quintet SL speakers and I am blown away. It took longer than expected to run the setup program with the included mic but it was a piece of cake.

    For me the 4 HDMI inputs are more than enough. I have my PS3 for blu-ray and gaming, and my cable box for television. My only complaint is that there isn't an HDMI input on the front panel for hooking up my laptop, but that is easy to overcome by keeping a wire plugged in to the back and just concealing it in the entertainment center until I need it.

    If you are on the fence, just climb down and buy this receiver. You will not be disappointed.

    Also this was my first purchase from Crutchfield. Their service is amazing. Fast shipping, great price, cable labels ROCK.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Bmart409, Laurel, MD on Monday, June 13, 2011

    If you have a Samsung HD TV this is not the receiver for you. I have an existing pioneer receiver that is 7+yr old and works great but it doesn't have ability to play a different audio source on zone 2. That's what drew me to this Denon. That feature works great and the sound is very good. However, I normally will listen to a different audio source than what I'm watching on TV and that feature does not work well with a Samsung TV. The TV will not recognize the video feed and when it does it isn't a clear 1080p picture that I experienced prior to running all video signals through the receiver. If it had more optical digital inputs I could have worked around it but it doesn't. Again the sound was very good but not much better than my VSX 811 so it wasn't worth keeping.

    Pros: Good clean sound, On Screen set up was surprisingly easy, Multi-zone are great

    Cons: Didn't work with TV, On screen Display is nothing special, needs more optical digital inputs, picture could have been clearer


    Written By Arne, Garden Grove, Ca on Monday, June 13, 2011

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    I have had a few excellent receivers over the years - the Denon is the best sounding ever. I am in heaven.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By RIck, Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Sunday, June 12, 2011

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    One word... awesome! Does everything it says. Much easier to set-up and use than you'd think by it's 80+ page instruction guide. Great sound. Multiroom use is near intuitive. Running 5.1 in family room and 3 rooms of stereo off the rear surround speaker output through my Niles Speaker Control box. Been looking on and off for a receiver for a year and don't believe I could have made a better choice.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Anonymous, CT on Sunday, June 12, 2011

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    A good receiver makes all the difference. Pros: Tons of feature yet easy to use and set up! Cons: no Phono input.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Anonymous, Matamoras Pa on Saturday, June 11, 2011

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    Does all that is asked of it and more. Power is abundant as are it's many hook- ups. Remote controls all functions of the receiver and it glows in the dark!!


    Written By CGS, PR on Thursday, June 09, 2011

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    Overall I'd say it is a solid 4 star device for this price, if I'd paid the original cost though... I'd be giving it 3 or less stars and probably would have returned it.

    The number of RCA/Video inputs leave a little to be desired, however in my case there were enough of them to connect all my non-HDMI devices.

    "Pass-through" is a nice feature, I've read a comment or two saying theirs didn't work but I haven't had that problem, maybe it has to do with the receiver being set to the correct device even though it is turned off.

    The "Power-On by HDMI" is a good idea for a feature... but for me it failed in application, simply turning itself on would be great, but it automatically tunes to the last device that is turned on, potentially switching itself to the wrong device, requiring you to grab the remote to correct, defeating the purpose of the feature.

    The Users Manual is an issue, the best description I could of it would be "complicated", I mean everything is in there, but it isn't intuitive, you will find yourself flipping back and forth a lot.

    Being controlled by another remote... I set mine up to be controlled by my Cable/Satelite remote, something in the signal sent to the receiver from the Cable remote caused all audio output from the receiver to cease for whatever device it is tuned to.

    Best receiver I have owned to date

    Written By DavidL, Perryville, KY on Monday, June 06, 2011

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    The main two things that influenced my buying the AVR-1911 where the Denon name and the ability to send tunes to a second zone. After a bit of confusion about whether or not this receiver can handle two zones without adding another amp, I am happy to anounce it works just fine. As long as you only need 5.1 surround in your main listening area, the unit takes the remaining two channels to zone two (for me it is outside on the deck). It is a liitle bit of a pain that only analog sources can be used in zone two (no apple tv on the deck for me), but I have found that we use it most of the time with the built in FM tuner or by plugging an ipod right into the front of the unit. The graphical interface is rather sad, but I bought it to listen to and not to look at the menus. Sound quality is amazing which is what I expected from the Denon name and there are plenty of options and tweeks for those who like to play. I would definately buy this item again and I must say that buying from Crutchfield has always given me confidence that I am buying quality products from people who know how to use them.

    sounds great

    Written By RB, Lake Vermilion, MN on Monday, June 06, 2011

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    The receiver sounds great. It's exactly what I was looking for. The one thing they could improve is the instruction manual. It is hard to read, but it does have all the information I needed.

    Charming AND Delivers the Goods!

    Written By TerryS, Portland, OR on Saturday, June 04, 2011

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    This mesmerizing technological wonder is an utter delight to behold: beneath its voluptuous exterior lies layer upon layer of captivating capabilities. I have yet only barely uncovered its charms. The Owner's Manual goes a long way in conquering the animal if one can muster the patience. Don't be shy to play with it a little! In 3 words: fun and functional.

    Awesome and simple!

    Written By BobL, Chesapeake, VA on Monday, May 30, 2011

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    This Denon receiver was simple to setup and the options available fit all of today's needs with HDMI components. The only thing I could not figure out was how to run stereo sound to a separate zone speaker, but I called back and Rudy helped me and told me that I needed a separate set of RCA audio cables from my cable box to the receiver to complete the job. I'm totally satisfied with this receiver in that you can listen to sound in one area of the house or two areas simultaneously. Works great when on a late evening my wife wants to nap on the couch and I can sit in another room and still watch and listen to the TV without the family speakers turned up.

    Your Call

    Written By Dan, Eau Claire, WI on Saturday, May 28, 2011

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    Was skeptical at first, but very pleased with the overall purchase. Honestly, still trying to figure out all of the features. I'm an old school NAD user and was pleased with this unit. Ordered it, received it in 3 days, well packaged, included line labels (very helpful when your switching out old gear) and simply impressed with the customer service. Your not going to get that from the other big box locations. Even received a Thank You card from the individual who worked with me on the purchase. Very unexpected and appreciated. Sure, there are other receivers with more feature, but for an old school audio guy, this unit works great and for the price point, it is well worth the purchase. Only drawback...the on-screen text during your setup/changes you get broadcasted on your tv will look like something from an old Atari game, but honestly, who cares...your after the audio experience and this will deliver and Crutchfield delivers customer service. Service after the sale...that is really what you want and need.

    Excellent sound quality

    Written By JD, Denver, CO on Saturday, May 28, 2011

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    The remote is a bit cumbersome and the set up can be a little confusing at times, but overall I am extremely satisfied with the AVR.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Anonymous, Kenmore, NY on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

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    Great sound but the radio does not function properly, had to send the unit back for a replacement. Not good for a top name!

    Solid Value - Good features

    Written By Dave, Dallas on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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    Same video encoder as the high end Denon models, just not as feature and
    input's rich as the more expensive top end models. The polk RTi speakers 5.1
    setup I have - sounds great.

    I work from home so the HD-radio is a very nice plus for this price range. I have
    my computer hooked up to the aux input so not having the Network port on this
    model was not a negative for me.

    Solid Value from a brand name....

    Great unit for home theater and music

    Written By Mark, Fayetteville, AR on Monday, May 16, 2011

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    Excellent receiver. Fairly easy to set up for regular use, and the system for
    setting up the surround sound with the enclosed mic is great.
    I've always been partial to Marantz, Onkyo, or Denon. So far, the Denon seems
    to have the best sound at lower volumes.

    Hello surround sound!

    Written By Johnathon G, Grass Valley, CA on Friday, May 13, 2011

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    I was running an older Sony Dolby Digital amp with my Blu-ray player, and I
    THOUGHT I was hearing it all. I WAS SOOOOO WRONG!!! This Denon rocks
    the joint like I never knew was possible. Each channel is so clean, it literally
    had me looking around the room tracking each sound. I was considering
    buying a new center channel, but that is no longer needed. I can actually HEAR
    the dialog now. This amp kicks butt!!!! If you are running with something that is
    older than 5 years, and have always longed for a Denon, like myself, then it is
    time to TREAT yourself to what you've been missing! Don't pass this up!
    Thanks Crutchfield soooo much! Great pricing and service! You have a
    customer for LIFE!!!

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Anonymous, Worthington, OH on Thursday, May 12, 2011

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    Sound quality significantly im proved from my ten -year old Sony.

    Has taken quite a while to become familiar with all the options for hook up and use.
    Only unresolved issues include:

    Not able to use the remote to control other system units (Cisco DVR, Panasonic
    Blue Ray,, Sony DVD/CD) except ON/OFF... not big issue since I use Logitech
    programmable remote. All seem to accept the code but no other control.

    Crutchfield shipping was as advertised two day delivery even though weather
    conditions in the South slowed other deliveries.

    Very pleased with Dealer and Product

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By dcr, Safford, AZ on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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    Exceptional Denon quality, backed by great service from Crutchfield.

    Looking good so far

    Written By Anonymous, Tennessee on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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    Set up appeared to be pretty easy. I see what folks say about the small letters on the display. It took a while to figure out how to get the menu on my TV screen. It didn't seem to work at first. But now it does. It is just a matter of listening to lots of audio and making sure all the settings are the best they can be. I had a Yamaha. Several years old. I am not blown away by this device for the price. But then, I didn't pay $1,000 for it either. So I would recommend it for the price. What are you going to do when new audio formats keep coming out. Sooner or later you have to upgrade.

    Awesome Value

    Written By TomB, Chelmsford, MA on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

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    This receiver is an incredible value. It sounds amazing and is easy to set up. You can't beat this deal and Crutchfield's legendary customer service.


    Written By Dave S., Oberlin, OH on Thursday, May 05, 2011

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    I have owned a few nice a/v receivers over the past 18 years and when my Sony
    ES gave out, I was looking for a new one. Unfortunately, I didn't have the usual
    $1000 to drop on a new receiver like I had in the past. I was really worried that I
    was going to have to compromise on sound and features. I couldn't
    have been more wrong. This is an AMAZING receiver! The sound is absolutely
    phenomenal. The features are incredible. I love the mic feature
    that "measures" (via audessy) your room for optimum sound. Once you go thru
    the setup, the room seems absolutely FULL of sound wherever you sit. The
    onscreen (via your tv) menu is easy to use. Although the telephone book sized
    instruction manual can seem a bit daunting, it is really easy to follow and set
    this unit up. There are no words that can possibly describe how good the
    sound is. You have to experience it. You will hear things that you have never
    heard in your favorite movies. The same goes with cd's. Absolutely amazing.
    It makes my 12 year old Polks sound like brand new speakers, wanting to
    show me sounds i've been missing out on. I have already recommended it to
    several friends and family. I feel like I hit the lottery with this unit. It is that good.

    Worth the wait

    Written By Geoff, Napa Valley, CA on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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    I bought this Amp after seeing the reviews. After a few hours of learning how to program the units built in EQ I can honestly say that this is the best sounding 7.1 unit I have ever heard. I would recomend that you not use the Auto Setup on this unit due to the fact that it had set the EQ to be too flat.After setting up the "Manual EQ" and being able to fine tune the crossover the sound was amazing. The remote was smart enough to be able to control the Directv box without needing to put a code in. It does a great job as a "Universal" remote. Bottom line: For this price, you will not find a better 7.1 Amp.

    Denon AVR-1911 by Boyd

    Written By Boyd, Winter Haven, FL on Monday, April 25, 2011

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    I am extremely happy with the Denon AVR-1911. This receiver replaced a Sony DA
    2400-ES receiver, which cost exactly twice as much as the Denon. My wife, who is
    not a techie, commented several times that the TV picture was much sharper and
    brighter with the Denon receiver. Therefore, I have no doubt that the Denon
    does a much better job of upconverting the satellite receiver HD signal than the
    Sony did.

    Confusing Technology

    Written By Bob N, Morris, Ill on Monday, April 25, 2011

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    Haven't bought a receiver in ten years. Since I recently purchased a new TV &
    Blu Ray, I quickly realized that the old Yamaha, which I was very happy with,
    was not compatible with the new electronics. Long story short, you can take all
    this HDMI stuff & make it go away. Never read more about incompatabilities, hand
    shakes etc. Sounds like the whole industry has issues, in particular the cable &
    sat. boxes you are given. They don't seem to work with this receiver. I guess
    it's that handshake thing between the two products.
    Bottom line: Thank God for the tech support from Crutchfield. Must have called 5
    times for help & they were all good, especially Brent.
    The receiver is confusing, too much nonsense on it, but I guess it's OK.
    You can't run everything through the receiver if you just want your TV speakers
    on at times when your just watching news or something. Have to run a separate
    hook up directly from the TV to the cable box. I'll take that back. You can if
    your cable box is compatible with this receiver. Mine was not. And don't forget
    about this little setting you have to change to make it work. You would never
    find it without assistance.
    Sounds fine. I'm sure all new AV receivers sound good.

    Excellant Sound!!!

    Written By Jeff B, Humble TX on Thursday, April 21, 2011

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    Bought the Denon 1911 3 months ago and wanted some time before giving a review,
    so here it goes! If you're looking for exceptional sound this is the unit!
    I've owned Onkyo, and Yamaha over the years and the Denon is clearly the better
    for pure sound reproduction. Its obvious Denon is more concerned about the
    quality of sound which is most important and not so concerned with how many
    connection points to old equipment is on the back panel. I'm replacing an Onkyo
    tx-sr 606 which I loved and my second Onkyo overall but when I plugged in the
    Denon with the same speakers, I couldn't believe the difference was so
    noticeable! I even hooked the Onkyo back up to be sure of what I was hearing.
    The Onkyo is also rated at 100W but the Denon at 90 seems more powerful across
    all channels and drives my speakers perfectly. The Audyssey EQ on the Denon
    seems to be better as well, can't say how are why but it is. This is not
    intended to be a knock on Onkyo at all, they make a great product that has
    served me well for 15 years, just being honest with the evaluation.
    Crutchfield crew was very helpful pre sale and so too was the folks at Denon
    after the sale with questions on Bi amping the speakers. BTW Bi amping the
    speakers made absolutely NO DIFFERENCE in sound! Don't waste your time or money
    on speaker wires! Thought I would mention that since that seems to be a highly
    debated subject.


    Written By E Iron, Rochester, NY on Thursday, April 21, 2011

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    I didn't spend $10,000 on my speakers or projector - irregardless this receiver
    works much better, and in harmony, with my existing components compared to my
    old Sony STR receiver. My setup consists of: Some decent Boston Acoustics for
    Fronts, Center, and the Subwoofer. Two "Craigslist special" Sony's for the rear
    speakers. A newer Sony Blu-Ray player. An Optoma HD-20 Projector. An Elite
    screen 4:3 ratio (even though I typically broadcast in 16:9)

    Have you ever watched a Blu-Ray or HD-DVD and you were STRAINING to hear the
    dialogue so you
    turned up the volume to 9 or 10? Then, an explosion happens in the movie, and
    you have to run upstairs to calm your kid down because they just freaked out so
    bad they messed their diaper? If so, this is the receiver for you. My old Sony
    didn't support DTS or Dolby True HD, OR HDMI inputs for that matter. This thing
    supports everything I've thrown at it with ease. Most importantly however, it
    softens the explosions if you ask it to, and increases the quiet dialogue scenes
    so they are reasonably audible. One feature that isn't entirely clear is the
    iPod Touch hookup. You don't need a special docking station. Your regular USB
    cable that came with the iPod works just fine. When I connect it, I see the
    title or name of the song on my projector's screen and I can even browse and
    control the upcoming songs/albums with the receiver's remote control.

    Denon AVR 1911

    Written By JOE, Wakefield, Ma on Wednesday, April 20, 2011

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    Very fine receiver very easy to setuo due to the use of HDMI cables. The sound
    has improved using my Snell Speakers. Very good price. I had an old Denon
    AVR 3300. I like Denon because of its quality. Axel was very helpul. Will buy

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By michael, Gilbert, SC on Monday, April 18, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent sound quality. The Audessy setup with the microphone was easy. Best receiver I have purchased. Hooked up the Ipod and was impressed with the sound restorer function. I am really pleased with this receiver. Great buy.


    Written By Jay T, Laredo, Texas on Friday, April 15, 2011

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    First off Crutchfield kills the competition when it comes to pricing!! This Denon
    AVR-1911 is priced from $499.99 up to $699.99 at some other retailers. I
    bought this receiver for $399.99 w/ 200.00 instant rebate from Crutchfield!!

    I paired my reciever with some Klipsch stand alone speakers as well as a
    center speaker and inceling speakers. The sound is simply off the chain!! I
    couldn't have asked for anything better!

    Great Value... Great Sound

    Written By Verde, Fairfax, VA on Friday, April 15, 2011

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    I have always enjoyed the quality of Denon over the years. This was no
    exception and with the special price and free shipping is a bargain. Having
    just purchase a new flat screen I needed to upgrade my receiver to one that
    offered HDMI hookups. I was looking at more expensive receivers but in talking
    with the consultant at Crutchfield by phone, she recommended the Denon as a
    better unit and better value. She was right. Great sound, easy controls and
    easy to hook up. I would highly recommend this unit.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By kevin, wenatchee wa. on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    works great so far. I'm hearing sounds I did'nt hear before with my old receiver.
    got it on sale, great buy for the price


    Written By TonyR, San Luis Obispo, CA on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver with great sound.
    Easy set up.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By BillM, Nellysford, VA on Monday, April 11, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the second Denon receiver that I have purchased from Crutchfield. I
    have found the entire Denon receiver line to be a great value with a combination
    of all needed features and a very fair price.
    My next one (not soon) will most likely be a Denon aqlso.

    Another good Deenon experience

    Written By Gary, St. Leonard, Md on Sunday, April 10, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I ordered the AVR-1911 when I was shopping for a new AV receiver. I had an older
    Denon receiver and had never had any trouble with it, but all of my later
    equipment was set up for HDMI, and the old receiver was not equipped for that.
    The shipping (one day) was free, and I had the new receiver up and running in
    about 15 minutes. The 1911 has many more features than the old one, so the
    settings are more complex but the unit was simpler to hook up. With some
    patience, fine tuning the setup had everything working in an hour. I am still
    tweaking the finer audio settings, and it just keeps getting better. Put a $200
    savings on top of that and it does not get much better!

    Great product, great price, pleasant experience

    Written By Tim, Pittsburg Pa. on Thursday, April 07, 2011

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    I researched receivers for over two years before purchasing this one and am
    glad I did. It is everything I need and much more. The sound is wonderful and
    the Auddyssey features are great. Set up was pretty staight forward while the
    owners manual leaves a little to be desired but not terrible by any means and
    some letters on the remote are hard to see. This reciever has soo many
    options it takes a little while to learn everything but it allows you to taylor it to
    your own needs. I also had a terrible experience with another vender while
    attempting to purchase reciever. They also would not honor the factory
    warranty. Crutchfield provided a personal advisor who was very thorough
    making sure to inform me of everything up front so there would be no surprizes
    and recieve what I expected with a full warranty.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By DavidM, El Paso, TX on Wednesday, April 06, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is the second Denon receiver I have owned and the sound quality of their
    receivers always impresses. It looks great, sounds better, and for the price is
    hard to beat. I use it in a bedroom so the power is more than adequate even
    though it is running a B&W system which are not that efficient. The menu could
    be easier to use but overall not that bad. If you've owned a Denon receiver in
    the past set up should be no problem. My only complaint would be using the
    mic to set up your system. After performing the setup I would have never used
    it once I saw how it set my speakers. I just went back and did it manually. I
    would recommend to anybody set it up yourself, don't use it unless you just
    have no idea how. It is a small complaint, this receiver has exceeded all

    Crisp clean sound

    Written By Anonymous, Lusby, Maryland on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this after overheating a Sony. The sound is just incredible. Absolutely love
    it. Easy hook up and tuning.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By SER, Houston, TX on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had an Onkyo TXSR605 and the Denon blows it away. The surrond sound is
    so much better. I can actually hear the rear speakers now.


    Written By Tom, Oakdale, NY on Thursday, March 31, 2011

    If first impressions are lasting then this unit is going to impress for a long time.
    Having owned a Denon for 10 years I decided to upgrade to an HDMI A/V
    Receiver and I'm simply blown away. I looked at Yamaha and Onkyo but the
    sound quality from this Receiver is leaps above the rest. Setup was a
    breeze..10 mins tops. Some complain about the text based menu...not even
    an issue in my opinion, in fact I find it far more straight forward and easier then
    a GUI interface. However if you are looking for a receiver that is going to blow
    you away with the sound quality, this is it!! I'm impressed! Well done Denon!!

    Great bang for the Buck

    Written By T.S., DFW, Texas on Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver and easy set up. Highly recommend.....

    Excellent sound!!

    Written By hill2940, Snellville, GA on Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound!! Like night and day between the AVR 1911 and my old Pioneer receiver. The automatic sound calibration using the Audyssey mic was a breeze. My only dislikes are that the HDMI pass through only works with the receiver on and the on screen display. Very cheap and 1980's looking. Overall it is a great receiver at a great price. I have just switched over to Denon.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By The Perm, New York on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great receiver, great price. Paired with Harman Kardon HKTS 60BQ, sound is
    amazing! Easy set up, good features without being overdone. Replacing an
    old sony system for True HD.

    Great Entry Level Receiver

    Written By JimD, Columbus, Ohio on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I shopped for a long time and I considered a lot of brands when I recently
    purchased a new AV receiver. I had an older Sony AV receiver that I never really
    like and that was on its way out, so it was time to upgrade.

    I am really happy with the Denon AVR 1911, especially for the price. The Audessy
    setup seemed to work very well for me. I listened to all of my sources both before
    and after running it and it definitely made a nice improvement in sound quality. The
    sound is excellent when listening to CDs or my iPod and I think the basic iPod
    interface is fine. It is not as easy as navigating the iPod itself, but then almost no
    other interface is, including the high end navigation units in my car and truck.

    What is really impressive is the improvement in sound quality when watching a
    DVD or my DVR. I didn't change anything but the receiver and the sound is much,
    much better. I now have better surround effects and the clearest voice that I have
    ever had with my current system. We watched one show in a series with the Sony
    and then the next with the Denon. I couldn't understand about 30% of the dialog
    using the Sony and 100% was clear with the Denon.

    I highly recommend this receiver, and I don't even have any serious issues to
    report at this point.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Duane, Chino Hills on Monday, March 28, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great value. Seemed a little high tech and some buttons are invisible, however, once I located them, everything went well with set up. Excellent service from Crutchfield, I'm glad I found them. I have one question with connecting the subwoofer waiting for an answer. So far, so good though.


    Written By HughS., Lynchburg, Va. on Sunday, March 27, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It's the end of the season and the new stuff will be out soon, so buy this AVR now!!
    At the current price point you can't beat what you get for the money!
    Great for the small set-up where exceptional sound is a requirement. And I don't
    mean "small" as in room, this Denon has plenty of power for mid to moderately
    large rooms.
    I'll echo what others have said about the included documentation and realize it
    could be daunting to those just learning their way around audio equipment. But
    if you take it slow, and exploit all available resources, like the excellent
    support staff at Crutchfield, or the aforementioned "Batpig's Denon On-Line
    Guide", you'll definitely be rewarded with some of the best sound $400, or even
    three times that, can buy.

    A myriad of features to numerous to list add to the value of this unit. From the
    excellent Audyssey Auto Calibration for superb audio to the Anchor Bay
    Technologies 1030 chip with HD up-scaling. Any source you connect can be
    up-scaled all the way to 1080p.
    I really like having the ability to have multiple EQ settings for each source.
    Considering the multiple-use components we all have in our systems now it comes
    in handy. I can use the Audyssey calibrated settings when I watch a Bluray
    through the PS3, but my own settings when I'm plying a game or listening to music.
    I could gush all night, but my first line really summed it up as far as I'm
    My Thanks to Denon and Crutchfield! Cheers!

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Matthew, Kansas City, MO on Saturday, March 26, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fantastic upgrade over my old receiver, but there are a few weak points - mostly
    due to the on-screen display, which isn't very good, but is fairly necessary to set
    this unit up.
    Basically, no user-interface design was put into the on-screen display and it just
    comes up with poorly formatted (and ugly) text. It took a while for me to figure out
    that programming to remote had NOTHING to do with the receiver's menu option
    for it - essentially, it was just a listing of codes to program into the remote and
    very poorly written instructions - all of which could have simply been in the user's
    Removing unused input options from the on-screen display does not reorder the
    remaining ones well and the iPod integration is kind of a joke.

    However, if you ignore those issues, the receiver itself does perform admirably
    for audio output and the switching and up-converting of video inputs.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Anonymous, Bethlehem Ct. on Saturday, March 26, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I want to caution you, it helps to be a rocket scientist to figure out how to
    use the extensive abilities for this unit. There is so much to it.

    But the sound is OVER THE TOP !!!

    Sound is Great...Owners Manual is NOT!

    Written By John B, Long Island, NY on Monday, March 21, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver arrived to me 10 years after I purchased my first AVR, which finally died on me after a blackout hit my home. My brother's recommendation as well as the reviews in Crutchfield lead me to this product as my next AVR. After receiving the item, I was able to set it up with little or no trouble and began enjoying the sound(s) Denon audio products provide. After the first evening however, I noticed all of the surround channell settings for my TV, BluRay and Wii were going back to ZERO's every time I would switch them using the Quick Select Functions on the remote. Only after an hour plus on the phone with TWO Cruthfield support specialist's was I able to identify how these settings are to be saved. The owners manual was either unclear or disregarded this step completely. Since then I have enjoyed hours of unending sounds coming from all my different sources. My BluRay sounds amazing and the movies in my family room can compete with any movie theatre around. Thank you Crutchfield for your support specialists, without them this AVR may have ended up back on your shelves!


    Written By Odavila, Texas on Monday, March 21, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First off, I've only purchased low end recievers $ 250. and under(sony, onkyo, panasonic) and after purchasing this model, WOW, I didn't know what I was missing. The sound, picture quality and ease of use is amazing! I don't care about how nice something looks ie. on screen display. I want what counts Sound/ Picture quality! This made my speakers sound like I bought $5000 set of speakers. I have a 5.1 surround sound system that cost about $400 and they sound great! Thank you for the quick delivery and great price!

    The 1911 Rocks !!!

    Written By Dick, Renton, Washington on Friday, March 18, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Overall I have to say the unit is incredible....from the initial automatic EQ of the speakers to the actual performance playing movies or music. I stream much of our entertainment from Netflix or Pandora through some older Boze 501 and 301 speakers, a Polk subwoofer and a Polk center speaker. All are crystal clear !! I especially like the Multi Stereo channel mode with some of the jazz stations from Pandora. The 1911 does a great job of frequency separation and total surround sound during streamed movies. I recommed the unit for anyone who wants to upgrade an older system or wants to start out without stress on the pocketbook !!!

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Jan & Joe, Milan, Mo. on Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Jury is still out; sound is great, get no off-air radio reception (may need an
    outside antenna); won't handle my dvd player or vcr (works great with HDMI
    connections, not well with RGB+20-channel audio)

    Great Sound and features

    Written By 3rd Receiver in 30 years, Davenport, IA on Saturday, March 12, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Since this is only my third receiver in 30 years, I do not consider myself an audiophile expert by any means. I have purchased from Crutchfield before, so I knew I wouldn't have any regrets there. I decided on this model based on user and expert reviews on the internet as well as price and features. The sound is very clean which is the main reason for buying a new receiver.

    If you are looking for a new receiver, I highly recommend getting one with the Audyssey microphone setup like this. I also like the HD radio, USB connectivity for Ipod or Iphone, and on screen display.

    On the minus side and the reasons for only four stars instead of five. My bare speaker wires were a somewhat challenging for me to connect and I don't think much of the remote control. Why would you have or want a separate power button for on and another button for off? The remote is not a learning remote, so it may not program all devices. My intent is to buy a Logitech Harmony remote which will hopefully resolve this issue and my use of multiple remotes.

    I noticed that at least one of the other reviews posted on this receiver complained about the reception of the radio stations. It doesn't say it in the AVR 1911 manual, but you are suppose to place the FM antenna horizontally not vertically. This will make a big difference in your radio station reception.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Tom and Karen, Mayville, NY on Friday, March 11, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very happy with this Denon AVR-1911. Prior to purchase, my husband did alot of research and wanted a nice mid rate unit - We had previously owned another Denon AVR which was outdated and probably 15 years old - It worked perfectly with our new Samsung 46" tv, sony blue ray dvd and now we have one logitec remote to operate everything! It's super great for me, because I'm a klutz at anything electronic. My husband had it set up and connected to our old speakers very quickly. The shipping was on time and the packaging was
    adequate. Best part of the whole thing was the price - we would have spent $200 more locally if they had it in stock when we were there. So with the savings, thus the universal remote! Thank you Crutchfield - when the need arises, you will certainly be the first place we go. Very happy people.

    Schweeeeeet AVR!!

    Written By WFN, Madison, NC on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Pulled the trigger on the Denon AVR-1911. My new video system includes DirecTV
    DVR, Sony BluRay, and an AppleTV. Everything I have has HDMI connections and I
    have not experienced any problems with any equipment. The lipsync did not
    automatically correct for both bluray and the DirecTV, but I have made manual
    adjustments for the corrective timing with no further problems. The number of
    cables heading up to my 55" is now only 1! With the 1911 low intensity tv is an
    option with the Denon operating on standby power the video signal passes from
    sat set-top box to the 55".

    The set up out of the box was pretty straight forward. The manual is about as
    close to Chinese as Denon could make it. I did not like the manual, but don't
    confuse that with a dislike for the equipment.

    The audyssey MultiEQ was very helpful and did the heavy lifting for the set up.
    I am using the Polk tsi300's for fronts, cs10 center, psw111 sub in a 3.1
    configuration. The 300's are set up as bi-amps. The 1911 puts out plenty of
    power and I'll get the plug pulled by my spouse if I try to crank it too much.

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Dj Legend,, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Denon makes a great product. I was deciding between the AVR-791 and the
    AVR-1911, after extensive research I went with the AVR-1911 and couldn't have
    been happier. Great reciever. Cheers. Jamaica Mon!!

    Denon AVR-1911

    Written By Jeff, IGH, MN on Monday, March 07, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Disappointed with the auto setup with mike. But overall sounds great when manually setup.
    Radio reception could be better too.

    No better at this price

    Written By DenonConvert, Allentown, PA on Tuesday, March 01, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I did some research before choosing Denon, had a Sony previously so I was
    leaning that way. One thing that swayed me was an excellent internet post, see
    'Denon FADQ'. The amp delvrs all great stuff descr. there including the SOTA
    Audyssey processing. One feature I wanted was advanced dynamic range control to
    help tame the earsplitting content newer cinema soundtrack, as well as a good
    "night mode". The Audyssey Dyn. Vol. does a great job with no pumping effect
    like the old analog technology, e.g. DBX, and is totally adjustable with 4
    operating. modes.

    I was concerned with being restricted in control as some of these new processing
    tech. seem to be limited that regard. I read customer complaints about not
    being able to adjust the sound and the answer often comes back: that's how it's
    supposed to sound, you're just not used it. Not all source material is ideal
    and heck I'm paying for the thing so I should be able to adjust it as I want.
    The Denon has NO such prob. There is a trim for every input and an adjustable
    ref. level on the Aud. Dyn. EQ which will back off the amount of proc. it does,
    as described in the FADQ.

    Another feature for me was -20 db mute, having gotten used to that with the
    Sony. Denon seems to be one of the few others to offer it, not sure all new
    Sonys even have it. A flaw with my old Sony was a hyper-sensitive volume ctrl,
    hard to adjust at low vol. The Denon has no such problem.

    Delivers on functions and sound, but...

    Written By Jeff P, Honolulu on Monday, November 22, 2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver has delivered on almost all of the features I was looking for (HDMI/3D input
    and pass through, iPod connection, and low complexity.) The power is sufficient for my
    room (16'X22') and the set-up with the provided Audessey microphone is simple.
    The quick select feature is great, which allows you to push just one button to get the
    receiver settings to where they need to be to watch TV or BluRay.
    I have had the receiver for four months. Twice I have had to "reset" the receiver's
    microprocessor because of a spurious glitch: the audio would not function with the input
    from the TV cable box. After a master reset, all previous settings are lost, and you must
    then run through the whole Audessey set up again (a ½ hr process). Very frustrating!
    The "on-screen" display does not overlay the menu on the TV picture, rather, it just
    shows the menu options of the receiver on a black TV screen.
    The HDMI pass-through does not function as advertised-if your TV has Anynet+
    capability (Samsung TV). If your TV is turned off, then back on, the pass through no
    longer works. Very frustrating!
    Finally, when an iPod is connected, the menu to control it is rudimentary, not user
    friendly. It takes a lot of button pushing to get to the playlist or artist you seek.
    All in all, the sound quality is exceptional and outweighs the user interface concerns
    mentioned above. But when you pay $599 for a receiver, you expect everything to work
    smoothly and seamlessly.

    Very Clean Sound

    Written By Tony, New Orleans, LA on Saturday, September 18, 2010

    Highly recommended. Performs beautifully.

    Hands-on research

    What's in the box?

    Download owner's manual

    • Black A/V Surround Sound Receiver
    • Audyssey DM-A409 setup microphone with attached 20' cord (has a mono mini-jack connector)
    • RC-1146 Wireless remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna
    • Owner's Manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
    • Warranty information
    • Denon service network sheet

    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 90
    THD in Stereo 0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    FM Sensitivity 14.8 dBf
    HD Radio Tuner Y
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI, Composite
    Auto Speaker Calibration Audyssey MultEQ
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion From Composite to HDMI
    Component Video Conversion From Component Video to HDMI
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion To 1080p
    Internet-ready No
    Apple AirPlay No
    App Remote Control No
    Bluetooth-compatible ---
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible ---
    Multibrand Remote Control Yes
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches)