Home theater receiver with 3D-ready HDMI switching, Internet-ready
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Item #: 033AV3311C
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Original Price: $1,199.99
Designed to take advantage of the latest advances in audio and video, Denon's AVR-3311CI creates home theater realism beyond anything you've experienced before. It comes ready to handle 3D video, and can decode the high-res surround sound formats that make Blu-ray movies so riveting. Its PC networking capabilities let you pull music from your computer or the Internet. You can plug your iPod® straight into the receiver's front panel or upgrade to Apple AirPlay® for ultra-convenient access to your iTunes® library no dock needed.
For the most accurate home theater sound possible in your room, Denon equipped this receiver with Audyssey MultEQ®, a sophisticated automatic speaker calibration system that helps you get the most accurate home theater sound possible. Watch a video on how Audyssey MultiEQ improves sound in your room.
The '3311CI uses the included microphone to analyze sound from up to six different listening positions, then automatically adjusts individual level, equalization, and delay settings for each of your speakers. You'll hear precise, uniform sound across a wide listening area instead of just a single "sweet spot," so everyone in the room can enjoy optimized home theater sound.
If you plan to feed your home theater with several high-def sources, the AVR-3311CI has you covered. Six 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs let you connect your best high-def video components even a 3D Blu-ray player and switch easily among them. Analog-to-HDMI conversion sends all of your video sources to an HDMI-capable TV using a single digital cable, which streamlines system setup and preserves maximum picture quality for each source. Powerful onboard video processing automatically upconverts all your video sources all the way up to 1080p. That means your DVD collection and other non-HD sources will look their best on your high-def TV.
The '3311CI offers plenty of digital music options, too. Connect it to a wired PC network to access music files and JPEG photos stored on your computer. View track titles on your TV and select the tunes you want to hear using the receiver's remote. You can also enjoy Internet Radio stations over your broadband connection. A built-in HD Radio tuner lets you listen to the free digital over-the-air programming that many AM and FM stations now broadcast. Or, add an optional SIRIUS or XM home tuner to receive your favorite satellite radio channels.
Quite a few receivers have a USB input, but the AVR-3311CI's front-panel USB is special. It has dedicated iPod support you simply connect your iPod or iPhone using its supplied cable, and press Play on the receiver's remote. More goodness: Instead of sound quality that's limited by the iPod's made-for-earbuds audio circuitry, digital audio is sent straight to the Denon's high-quality DACs, so all your favorite tunes will sound better. Or plug in a USB thumb 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.
Apple's exciting AirPlay technology lets you access your favorite music from your iPhone®, iPad, iPod touch®, or your iTunes library on your computer using this Denon receiver. You'll be able to control iTunes and see music information, including your album art, track titles, and artist info on your compatible Apple device, or on your TV. First you will need a firmware upgrade for $49.99. Go to www.usa.denon.com and click on the AirPlay banner for instructions on how to purchase and activate the upgrade. Requires a wireless home network. Receiver requires wired connection to the router.
Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.
I read all reviews I could find before pulling the trigger on this one -- many good reviews, but quite a few not so good for various reasons, mostly networking and surround issues. So far, I've had none of those problems, all has gone smoothly aside from a bit of minor tweaking still to do with Harmony remote for ipod/usb control. I've had many Denon receivers over the years, so I'm not intimidated by their manuals, which rival the Library of Congress lol.
Replaced a Denon 2808CI in living room purely as a feature upgrade, decided not to do a bunch of workarounds that would cost as much in the end.
System: 5.1 w/Def Tech BP7004s, SM350s, CLR2002 -- Sony W-seriesTV, Sony S370 BR and Sony CD Jukebox -- using Yamaha AVR to power Zone2 patio. Audio: a definite upgrade from the 2808, better separation and clarity, same depth -- a good match for the DefTechs -- DACs are obviously better -- Restorer seems more natural than on 2808.
Video: Both BluRay and TV a bit brighter & sharper, though not huge difference.
Functions: connected itself to Network in 1 minute and DLNA works flawlessly, USB/IPOD very easy to use, GUI pretty good, headphone output not that great, remote barely adequate but I use Harmony 550 anyway.
Unless some unexpected issues arise down the line, this is a very solid receiver for power and features.
Everythiing works fine but the networking part. My son and I both are Network administrators and know how it should work. His denon works, but mine don't. Real frustrated with this thing. I can't give a good review on something that doesn't work properly.
Excellent sound quality. Tons of connectivity options. Very happy with the receiver so far.
If I had to pick negatives; the remote should be lighted (at this price range) and it should be easier to quickly get to bass and treble contol for quick adjustments.
Installed new receiver, ran the auto set up and had no surround sound. Checked connections, speakers and wires then reset unit. Tried manual set up then auto set up again, still no surround sound. New receiver is on the way. I'll keep you posted...
I looked at many receivers and choose the Denon AVR-3311C1 over the Onkyo TX-NR1008 for the incredibly low .05% THD, (2) 1.4 HDMI outputs, built-in HD Radio, back panel layout and advice from the Crutchfield sales staff.
Connecting all the cables was made easier with the logical grouping of the speaker outputs and multiple inputs. I took the time to label all the cables, so changes will be easy in the future.
The best surprise was the ability to use my i-phone over my home network to control the source and volume for any zone from anywhere within range of my WiFi network, This eliminates the need to run remote IR sensors and cable system back to the receiver from remote zones. Internet radio is GREAT, with artist and song displayed on the i-phone as well.
System Specs; Infinity Beta Series Speakers, Blue Ray Player, Samsung Series 7000 40" 3D LED TV, Samsung 3D BR Player, Sony CDP-335 Multi Disc Player, Sling Box Pro-HD, Direct HDTV, all connected to the Internet and my home network.
Set unit up per directions and tried the auto calibration. No output was sent to the surround speakers. Switched leads to the back surround terminals and still had no output. Sending back for new unit. You'd think at this price the company would test the unit before sending it out.
If you are looking for a lot of bang for the buck, then look no further. I bought this receiver for my master bedroom and to share audio and video with the adjoining master bathroom. The two HDMI's out at this price point was unheard of a year ago, or even 6 months ago. And this receiver has almost all of the features of receivers costing 2 or 3 times the price. Yes the amp section is a little anemic in comparison and the remote controls are kind of cheap (I would have preferred 1 nice remote versus 2 cheaper remotes), but it still sounds great and passed audio and video with little coloration or distortion. I'm glad they saved in manufacturing and lowered the price by dropping a lot of old composite, s-video and component hookups (which I have not used in the past ten years anyways) in favor of more HDMI connections. What I got was a stream-lined receiver with modern features and connections that I will actually use. I am very pleased with this purchase and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a new receiver in this price range.
This AV Receiver had everything I was looking for: Good power, HDMI focused, network connected, bi-amp configurable, and internet capable. The audessey sound configuration is outstanding. It pin-pointed the sound field for my room and customized the sound perfectly. It does not have THX certification but otherwise is fully loaded.
I upgraded from the Denon 2309. I was pleasantly surprised on how well the GUI worked compared to what Denon had before (which was nada). It still is not the most user friendly receiver (you need to be one of those people who don't mind reading thru the manual which is not the clearest of instructions written). They are making improvements slowly it seems in this area. I think the overall sound is better (I have a 5.1 system, have not used DSX yet) then the 2309. Hard to say if the upgrade in video is better then the 2309. I picked this over the 4310 because this had pretty much had all of the same features, yet was cheaper and had 3D capability/HDMI1.4.
I was considering 4311, but did not want to wait and did not think I needed all of those extra features.
So far, haven't seen any problems with this receiver (my 2309 had some sort of intermittent monitor blanking out issue with my comcast DVR).
The front HDMI port is nice for hooking up camcorders. The front USB port is a nice touch, but does not support zune players. Odd, they support apple products, is compatible with windows 7, but can't work with zune. DIsappointing on this drawback.
HD radio is a nice touch though, much clearer then regular radio. Seems to be the same size as the 2309 and seems to turn off completely and not go into "stand by" mode like the 2309.
Overall, happy with my purchase. Had it for only 2 weeks, but will probably keep me content for awhile.
|Number Of Channels||7|
|Stereo RMS Power (watts)||125|
|THD in Stereo||0.05 %|
|Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)||20-20k Hz|
|FM Sensitivity||14.8 dBf|
|HD Radio Tuner||Y|
|On-Screen Display||Thru HDMI, Component|
|Auto Speaker Calibration||Audyssey MultEQ|
|HDMI Standby Pass-through||Yes|
|Composite Video Conversion||From Composite to HDMI, Component Video|
|Component Video Conversion||From Component Video to HDMI|
|HDMI to HDMI Upconversion||up to 1080p|
|Apple AirPlay||Firmware update required|
|App Remote Control||No|
|USB port for iPod/iPhone||Yes|
|Multibrand Remote Control||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||3 Years|
|Labor Warranty||3 Years|
|Powered Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Preamp Multi-room Audio Output||Yes|
|Multi-room HDMI Output||No|
|Dolby Digital||DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+|
|DTS||DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Component Video Inputs||2|
|Component Video Monitor Outputs||1|
|Optical Digital Inputs||2|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||2|
|Optical Digital Outputs||1|
|Coaxial Digital Outputs||None|
|HDMI Monitor Outputs||2|
|Multi-Channel Analog Input||No|
|Multi-channel Preamp Output||Yes|
|Main Speaker Output Pairs||1|
|Main Speaker Terminals||Posts|
|Removable Power Cord||IEC 2-prong|
7-Channel Amplifier: The Denon AVR-3311CI features a 7-channel, equal power, discrete amplifier. Each channel is rated at 125 watts RMS. The seven amplifier channels built into the receiver are typically used for 7.1 channel surround in the main room, but there are various amplifier configurations to accommodate your home theater setup:
Minimum Signal Path Design: The simple & straight design concept has been thoroughly implemented in the signal paths to contribute to immaculately clean audio and video playback. Signal paths are as short as possible to keep signal degradation in the audio and video circuitry to an absolute minimum.
Direct Mechanical Ground Construction: Vibration-resistant construction has been used to suppress the adverse influences of vibration on sound quality. The power transformers, a source of vibration, have been securely mounted on the high rigid bottom chassis. Direct mounting of cast-iron feet to the radiator in near proximity to each other serves to suppress mutual vibration with the power transformers and other sources of vibration.
AL24 Processing Plus: Denon's AL24 Processing Plus technology improves information volume in the time axis region using high-speed signal detection and processing technology. In addition to expanding original 16-bit data to 24 bits, AL24 Processing Plus uses data interpolation along the time axis (or up-converted sampling) to achieve natural interpolation without losing the original data. A digital filter is used to further expand adaptability and perform optimum filtering calculations for ringing-free pulse response, pulsive music data and attack sounds. The result is reproduction of such spatial information as the delicate nuances in your music, the positions of the performers, and the breadth, height, and depth of the concert hall.
DDSC HD-Digital (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit): The Denon AVR-3311CI is equipped with the latest technology in surround audio performance, DDSC HD-Digital, featuring a high-speed 32-bit floating point DSP processor. All elements of the Surround Processor are optimized to the highest standards by the use of selected high performance and discrete components, particularly the A/D and D/A converters and the sophisticated DSP surround decoder.
Audyssey: This receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and Room Equalization function to achieve the most ideal sound field for your room. The AVR-3311's Audyssey MultEQ XT function is designed to optimize the sound quality at each listening position in the room. The included DM-A409 microphone is used to measure test tones at each listening position (up to eight positions including the main position, a minimum of six positions is recommended). This measured data is then analyzed using a program to improve acoustic characteristics in the listening area; the main position is given more weight in the calculations. Audyssey EQ offers the following options:
Note: You can also setup your speaker system manually using the receiver. You can adjust speaker configuration (large/small/none), bass setting (LFE/LFE+Main), low-pass crossover (80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz), speaker distance (0-60'), channel level (-12 to +12dB), and high-pass crossover frequency (40/60/80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz)
Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The unit can be set to store the most recently selected surround mode for each input, so it is automatically activated each time the particular input is chosen. The surround modes include:
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:
Multi-Zone/Multi-Source: Denon's Multi-Zone/Multi-Source function lets you select different audio/video sources for listening and viewing in different locations of your home. The AVR-3311CI features a Main Zone (audio and video), Audio/Video Zone (Zone 2), and Audio Only Zone (Zone 3). The Main Zone 1 offers 7.1-channel playback of your audio/video gear in your main entertainment room. The Audio/Video Zone 2 allows stereo audio and video playback of another A/V source connected to the receiver in another room of your home via left/right RCA audio or speaker terminal output connections and composite video. Audio Only Zone 3 allows you to play a stereo audio source connected to the receiver in a 3rd room of your house via left/right RCA audio or speaker terminal output connections.
Note: Zone 2 and Zone 3 feature either a preamp-output or speaker terminal output so you can use this amp or a separate amp to power speakers in another room. When using the AVR-3311CI to power speakers in a second room of your home, the main zone is restricted to 5.1-channel. Also, when using the AVR-3311CI to power speakers in a second and third room of your home the second and third zone are restricted to mono operation and the main zone is limited to 5.1 channels. When using the receiver's preamp output terminals for the second and third room you need an additional amplifier in each room to power those speakers and the main Zone of the receiver remains 7.1-channel.
Source Level: This function adjusts the playback level of the currently select input source's audio input. Use this feature if there are differences in the input volume levels between different sources. You can correct the playback level of the audio input from -12 to +12dB.
Tone Settings: You can independently adjust the system's overall Bass and Treble settings from -6 to +6 dB. You can also fade the sound from front to rear or vice-versa. Separate tone controls are available for Zone2 and Zone3 outputs.
Restorer: This function restores compressed audio signals to pre-compression form, correcting the sense of bass and treble volume to obtain a richer sounding playback; select 64, 96, or HQ based on the compression setting of the source material.
Auto Lip Sync (Audio Delay): This feature automatically compensates for the timing shift between the audio and video of the receiver. If needed, the audio signal can be manually delayed to match the video signal; adjust from 0-200ms.
Volume Setting: You can set a maximum volume level of 0, -10, or -20 dB to limit the receiver's total volume output. You can also specify a turn-on volume, from -80 to +18dB or Last (whatever the volume setting when the receiver was turned off).
Muting Level Adjustment: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit; -40dB or -20dB below current volume, or full mute (sound turned off entirely).
Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-3311CI features 2 optical digital (Toslink) inputs and 2 coaxial digital inputs. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Phono and Tuner. Optical Digital Input 2 also has a corresponding Optical Digital output for use with a CD, MD or other digital recording device.
Binding Post Speaker Terminals: All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are positioned too far apart to be used with dual banana plugs.
7.2 Multi-Channel Pre-Out: The receiver features a 7.2-channel (two subwoofer outputs) preamp output for connection to an external power amplifier.
Personal Memory Plus: For each input, the receiver automatically memorizes the settings for input mode, surround mode, HDMI output mode, MultEQ, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, audio delay, etc. When the input source is switched, the settings last used for that source are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone control settings, and playback levels for the different output channels are memorized for each surround mode.
Sleep Timer: This function allows you to automatically set the power to standby after a predetermined amount of time has passed; set the sleep timer up to 120 minutes in 10 minute increments.
HDMI ver. 1.4a: This unit has 6 HDMI version 1.4a inputs and 2 HDMI version 1.4a outputs (choose which is active in the menu or using the Monitor Select button on the remote). The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. They support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with 3D signals, ARC (Audio Return Channel), Deep Color, xvYCC technology, Auto Lipsync, and HDMI control.
Audio Return Channel (ARC): If the connected TV has HDMI version 1.4 and supports ARC, the audio signal can be transferred from the TV (when its internal tuner is used) to the AVR-3311CI through the HDMI cable, so a second cable isn't needed. The ARC function is supported by HDMI Monitor Output 1.
3D: The AVR-3311CI will pass the 3D signal when connected to a 3D source (3D Blu-ray player, 3D cable box, etc) and a 3D ready TV.
High-Bit i/P Converter and Scaler: The AVR-3311CI is equipped with a flexible video switching system that converts incoming video signals so only one video connection is required from the receiver to the TV. The high-bit i/p converter and scaler (up to 1080p) provides multi-cadence detection for SD and HD video signals. This means 480i/480p (SD-quality) video signals of DVD programs and other materials input through receiver are scaled to 1080p signals, and output through the unit's HDMI monitor port to your HDTV. The converter and scaler can be turned off independently if you prefer.
Note: Video signals input as HDMI must be output via HDMI.
Component Video Inputs/Outputs: The receiver features 2 component video inputs and 1 component video output. The component video inputs are assignable to different sources.
On-Screen Display (OSD) With GUI Menus: An OSD with GUI menus can be displayed on your television for easy system setup. The OSD and GUI menus are sent through the receiver's HDMI and component video monitor outputs.
Picture Adjustments: The receiver allows you to make the following picture adjustments to incoming video - Contrast, Brightness, Chroma Level, Hue, DNR (Digital Noise Reduction), and Enhancer (Sharpness).
Video Select Function: You can switch the video input source on the receiver while listening to a different audio signal.
Dimmer: The receiver features 4 display settings; Bright, Dim, Dark and Off.
HD Radio Tuner: The AVR-3311CI features a built-in HD AM/FM tuner. HD radio stations offer higher sound quality than conventional FM/AM broadcasts. HD FM stations sound as great as CD quality while HD AM sounds a rich as analog FM stereo. It is also possible to receive data services and select broadcasts from among up to eight multicast programs. In addition, the AVR-3311CI receives standard analog AM/FM broadcasts. You can store up to 56 radio stations presets (8 stations each in 7 separate banks). You can name each preset with an 8 character ID.
Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: The AVR-3311CI can be connected to the optional SiriusConnect home tuner kit (item numbers 607SCH1 or 220SCH2P, sold separately), allowing you to receive Sirius Satellite Radio through the receiver. The display shows channel name, number, category, artist, or song title. Sirius channels are stored as presets and recalled in the same way AM and FM stations are. A subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio is required.
USB Terminal: A USB memory device can be connected to the USB type-A terminal located behind the trap door on the front panel, allowing you to play music and still photos through the receiver. Compatible formats include MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps), WAV, AAC (16-320kbps), FLAC, and JPEG. When a music file includes album art data, the album art can be displayed on your connected TV while playing the file. JPEG still picture files can be played as a slideshow.
iPod Compatibility: Using a USB to iPod Dock cable plugged into the front panel USB port, music can be played directly from an iPod, bypassing the iPod's D/A converter. The iPod is controlled by the receiver's remote and text, album art, and elapsed time are displayed on the connected video monitor. Similarly, music can be played from a USB flash drive (see below). Video and still photos (as well as music) can be played from an iPod using an optional ASD-11RK iPod dock. Using the dock cable to connect directly, iPod compatibility is as follows (as of June 2010):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video Out||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.
Home Network Function: The AVR-3311CI is equipped with an Ethernet port that lets connect the receiver to your home network (LAN) and to your broadband internet modem via your LAN. Once connected you can take advantage of these network functions:
Main Remote Control (RC-1146): The AVR-3311CI comes with a main remote control that can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable components. It is pre-programmed with control signals for other brand products; including DVD players, Blu-ray Disc players, VCRs, TVs, cable boxes, satellite receivers, and CD players. The remote control features Glow keys so it can easily be used in the dark.
Quick Select: The front panel and main remote both have three Quick Select buttons. Each button can be programmed with a specific input source, surround mode, volume, and MultEQ, Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic volume settings for easy recall.
Sub Remote Control (RC-1148): The receiver's sub remote control unit is equipped with frequently used buttons, so it can be used for simple remote control unit operations. The sub remote can also be used for multi-zone, so you can use it to control the AVR-3311CI from other rooms via an optional IR repeater kit. The following operations can be performed using this remote:
Note: It is not possible to operate devices other than the AVR-3311CI.
HDMI Control: The Denon AVR-3311CI can control select external audio/video components connected via HDMI which support HDMI control. When you make an HDMI connection with a TV or player compatible with the AVR-3311CI's HDMI control function, you can perform the operations from the AVR-3311CI's remote control - Power off, Switching of audio output devices, Switching of audio input devices, Volume adjustment, and Playback functions.
Custom Integration: The AVR-3311CI carries the CI stamp, which is Denon's certification to custom installers that the receiver has advanced connectivity and control features often required for custom home integration and theater applications using premium control systems. These features include a RS232C jack for use with whole house control systems, remote in/out IR command control, and assignable +12-volt triggers:
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