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If you want the kind of surround sound that moves you from the impact of hard-hitting effects you can feel in your chest, to the delicate sonic details that seem to come from all sides you'll need a foundation of good, clean power. Denon's AVR-3312CI delivers a whopping 125 watts per channel of amplification for filling even a large room with precise-yet-punchy sound. Cutting-edge surround processing and dual subwoofer outputs are critical for spaces like yours, and Denon provides what you need. And for videophiles whose setup includes both a flat-panel TV and a projector, the '3312CI sports dual HDMI outputs for easy connections.
AirPlay lets you stream music from your iTunes® library directly to the receiver, either from a networked computer or right from your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®. Not only do you get a fast and convenient way to listen to your favorites, but anyone in your home can stream from their player to share their latest find. And thanks to a free app, your Apple® or Android device can double as a Wi-Fi® system remote. Requires a wireless home network. Receiver requires wired connection to the router.
The AVR-3312CI literally offers a world of music choices and more when you connect it to your broadband home network. Thousands of Internet radio stations from all over the globe appear at your fingertips. Whether you prefer your rock from Rome or your classical from Cleveland, it's all here. If you prefer to look closer to home, the AVR-3312CI comes equipped with a built-in HD Radio® tuner. And if that's not enough, explore PANDORA® Internet radio, Napster® and Rhapsody® where millions of songs are at your command (registration or subscription may be required). You can even access favorite photos stored on your networked PC through the '3312CI, or view picture albums on Flickr using your HDTV.
For the most accurate home theater sound possible in your room, Denon equipped this receiver with Audyssey MultEQ® XT, a sophisticated automatic speaker calibration system. Watch a video on how Audyssey MultEQ improves sound in your room.
The '3312 uses the included microphone to analyze sound then automatically adjusts individual level, equalization, and delay settings for each of your speakers.
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've had excellent results with my Denon 3312. It serves as the centerpiece of my home theatre setup. I bought it for several reasons to replace an aging Yamaha receiver (that I also loved) that had no HDMI inputs. Having a Blu-ray player with analog outputs, the HDMI inputs were not really that big of a deal until I finally was able to purchase the front projector long planned for my setup.
In my arrangement, I watch a 67" Samsung RPTV for daytime/casual viewing and have an electric Da-Lite dual masking HP screen that drops down in front of the Samsung when I am ready for the full theatre experience (148" Cinemascope screen). I wanted to have a receiver that would allow seamless switching between the two output devices and the 3312 delivers completely. I had been told that the 4311 I had been considering prior to the release of the 3312 that even though it had dual monitor outputs, it would not easily switch between the two. The 3312 has an "auto" setting that the 4311 does not, and this handles the switching completely automatically with no input required at all on my part.
I also wanted to be able to buy a Blu-ray player in the future without analog outputs, as these are getting rarer all the time. It has simplified my setup cable wise, offers far better imaging with the Audessy setup and has allow realization of my dream to easily switch between a direct view and projector setup. I couldn't be happier...
Pros: Great sound, every feature I wanted, HD radio, Internet radio, dual monitor HDMI outputs, Audessy setup equalization, all digital audio format decoding, legacy phono input (yes, I still have a turntable) and upscaling of the few non-HD devices in my system to output everything over HDMI to my display devices.
Cons: Not the easiest component to set up with all the options it has. I don't think this is avoidable really given the sophistication of today's electronics and the virtually endless ways people may want to configure these things. It is a nice menu display system, but takes some time to get used to navigating properly. For those who object to no digital audio out on HDMI 1, I wonder is using HDMI 1 for the "remote" TV and HDMI 2 for the local one would resolve their issue?
I bought the A/V receiver for the dual HDMI outputs. The problem is that I want to choose how the audio is handled separately for each HDMI output channel. It won't let you. This is no good for my setup; a local TV room with surround sound using the Denon amp (cuts out audio signal for both HDMI outputs), and a remote TV using the TV speaker. This is really disappointing. I called Crutchfield tech support, they referred me to Denon tech support. Called them, they were no help. They didn't even want to log the issue as a future enhancement. I'm stuck with no audio on my second TV.
problems with HDMI signals
Just purchased this receiver before the Holidays to replace an 8 year old Onkyo. Wanted to move to HDMI, Airplay, go to multiple source/ multiple room audio and cut down on the mess of wires behind my components. Set up was fairly straight forward and have been pleased so far with the overall performance. My cable signal has caused pixilating on the TV for several years (Brighthouse is aware of problem but have not fixed) but now the audio is also dropping the sound level 10-15 db off and on during a broadcast. Not sure if this is an issue with the cable signal or with the receiver as it wasn't an issue with the previous receiver.
Pros: 1. Plenty of HDMI inputs. 2. Airplay 2. Good power 3. Fairly easy to set up and get started. 4. Speaker set up using the Audyssey system was straight forward as well.
Cons: 1. Will not play digital audio source to 2nd or 3rd room (at least through the HDMI connection) requires that you connect the analog audio as a source and another connection. 2. Remote is not intuitive - could be better designed
Excellent features, especially wi-fi related ones. No problem updating firmware via Internet, went smoothly, without any issues.
As others have said Denon was a little bit ambitious in what this unit is actually capable of and needs some work. I am in the process of looking for a new receiver to replace my newly acquired Denon as it really does not live up to it's specs. Very disappointing and an expensive lesson.
Pros: I loved the fact that it would provide both Internet and HD Radio and with the quality and reliability that I have come to expect from Denon I thought it would be an excellent unit. It had enough inputs to handle all my other equipment and even allowed a little growing room for future upgrades and expansions.
Cons: The software that came with the system and the upgrade are both a little buggy. The sound is at best average and nothing to get overly excited about. I must admit I did not use the unit much for the first month or so that I had it because I was traveling but once I sat down to "play" with it things didn't work out so well.
I've owned a 3312ci for three weeks and mostly listen to open air Radio, Pandora, and watch movies.
Attached to the A/V is a Samsung TV, Sony Blu-ray player.
The sound is warm and clean. I really like the built in HD Radio.
I can listen to Pandora using either the Blu-ray player or the Denon A/V. Both have the option to display the artist and album on screen, a really cool feature. The Denon's display is rudimentary compared to the Sony. The font is archaic. It's almost like looking at an MS-DOS screen in today's world of MS Windows. The Sony has a very nice graphic color display.
Powering on the Denon to listen to radio, the radio will play for a few seconds and then the A/V will switch to TV. Denon support said I would have to disable the TV's HDMI AnyNet+ control, losing functionality to automatically power on the TV. I didn't have to disable AnyNet+ for any other device.
The remote is not designed well. The labels have cryptic meanings. There are a lot of hidden commands. Learning how to use the remote requires extensive reading of the manual. In today's age, we should be able to press either a help or a menu button to learn more about the commands instead of searching thru a 90 page PDF file.
The Denon's A/V amp won't handle a 4ohm load - good for a whole house speaker setup, but making the A/V's amp run hotter. A comparably priced Onkyo A/V weighs 15lbs more, most likely because it has larger heat sinks for better heat dissipation.
Where it really counts, sound quality, the AVR-3312 is great. After that, many of the features are good in theory, but really need some work.
First, do a firmware update straight out of the box. It will help reduce your frustrations. I say reduce, because a good number of the problems still exist. As JeremyC pointed out, the system will often say "addressing network", which puts it into a near useless state as far as any streaming or network connectivity, this includes doing the firmware update. I found removing the ethernet cable and plugging it back in will allow you to see the firmware update availability, but only if you navigate to that area of the menu. My system did not recognize it had a firmware update until I forced it to check. Once I did the update the addressing network and a few other issues went away.
I also found running everything through the receiver via HDMI cables is not a real option for me. The issue is switching between sources it "fries", or at least I thought it did, my Samsung's HDMI ports, turning the picture pink and then static. This does not happen every-time and the good news is that unplugging the TV fixes the port. To be fair, it could also be the TV, but I'm using all the same sources as before and have never had an issue.
I'm conflicted about recommending this product to those who want full HDMI integration or want to use every feature the system offers. That might change though with a few more firmware updates...we'll see.
Set up was a breeze and the sound quality is excellent. However, I am upset and frustrated for the same reason as an earlier reviewer: I wanted to output the audio/video to a second room via the HDMI monitor 2 output. For some reason Denon designed this receiver to output only video via the Monitor 2 output. Why would they go to the trouble to prevent audio from being output via the second monitor?? I'm also frustrated that the receiver assumes that since I have a separate sub in Zone 1 that I also have a sub in Zone 2. Therefore, the receiver only outputs the middle and higher frequencies to my second room. Perhaps there is a setup option to fix this but I haven't found it yet. Finally, The Airplay feature is temperamental. About half the time I activate the receiver via airplay, the receiver says "please wait - assigning network" and never is able to assign the network. Unplugging and plugging back in the ethernet cable is the only fix I've found.
In all, the receiver is great but the few bugs I've found have made my experience with the Denon 3312ci frustrating to say the least.
There are three negative issues with this amp:
1. I bought this because it handles 3D and because it has dual HDMI monitor output ports. I needed dual HDMI ports because I have an extra TV in the kitchen that receives HDMI thru an in-ceiling HDMI cable that cost me a lot to install. I was very disappointed to learn that the Denon amp does not permit sound output simultaneously thru the HDMIs and the amp. Since I want amp sound in the living room, I can't have sound in the kitchen! To solve this problem I had to run speaker wire to the kitchen to an in-ceiling speaker!
2. The Denon amp DOES NOT permit 3D viewing on my 3D living room TV if both HDMI dual monitors are activated! When the dual HDMIs are activated, 3D viewing is impossible.
3. There are no instructions in the manual on how to connect a PC to the amp with an HDMI cable. You would assume that you could connect a PC to any of the six HDMI inputs. You can ONLY connect a PC to the GAME 1 and Game 2 HDMI inputs! If you try to connect a PC to the other HDMI inputs, the screen goes blank. Additionally, dual HDMI monitor output does not work well when a PC is attached to the Game inputs. The video signal gets corrupted.
To solve problems 2 and 3, I had to connect all my HDMI devices directly to my TV, bypassing the amp completely. I can only use one HDMI output for the kitchen which now receives upconverted component signals! What a mess!
Everything else works great. Has good sound.
I second the first review. I have had 4 different receivers trying to find the "perfect" setup. I thought I had found my unit when I bought a Sony STR-D2010. Quit after a few weeks and was full of bugs. Researched the new DENON units and waited 4 weeks to receive this unit. WOW, does EVERYTHING I could possibly want. AIRPLAY, Internet Radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, HD Radio and more HD connections then I could ever use. Very easy setup. On another note, I have to thank the folks at Crutchfield for such spectacular customer service, allowing me to end up with this unit.
upgraded from a 3310 to this model,pros great sound crisp clear, easy to set up 5.1 or 7.1,tons of features,u may never use,network set up a breeze,dosent get as hot,cons the remote isnt simple its for the tech savy,the putting the manual on the cd was a lame idea by denon i printed the manual its 150 plus pages,which makes it simple to navigate and work this beast,once u have done that its a breeze .and crutchfeild does a wonderful job at customer service.
|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||Built-in|
|On-Screen Display||Thru HDMI|
|Auto Speaker Calibration||Audyssey MultEQ XT|
|HDMI Standby Pass-through||Yes|
|Composite Video Conversion||From Composite to Component, HDMI|
|Component Video Conversion||From Component Video to Composite, HDMI|
|HDMI to HDMI Upconversion||Yes|
|Apple AirPlay||Built in|
|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||None|
|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|
|USB Connections||1 Front|
|Removable Power Cord||IEC 2-prong|
High-Quality Construction: The Denon AVR-3312CI offers a minimum signal path design and direct mechanical ground construction, with independent power supplies for high-quality, audiophile-type sound.
Equal Power Amp Design: The Denon AVR-3312CI is equipped with a 7 channel power amplifier rated at 125-watts (into 8-ohms, at 20-20kHz, with 0.08% THD, driving 2 channels) that reproduces high-fidelity sound in surround mode with equal quality and power for all channels, true to the original sound. The power amplifier circuit adopts a discrete-circuit configuration that achieves high-quality surround sound reproduction. To faithfully reproduce the original surround sound, each of the Denon AVR-3312CI's seven channels are equipped with its own high-current power amp of equal power. Since these power amps also use discrete circuits configured with parts strictly selected for their contribution to high sound quality, rather than with low-cost integrated circuits (ICs), the surround sound playback is of impeccably high quality.
Amplifier Assignment: The AVR-3312CI supports up to 7.2 channels (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, and Dual SW) for surround playback defined by the Blu-ray disc format. 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:
Note: If you hookup Surround Back, Front Height, and Front Wide speakers, the receiver will automatically switch between the speakers in accordance with the surround mode. These speakers will not all play at the same time.
Dual Subwoofer Outputs: An additional subwoofer output proves especially useful in large room settings where one subwoofer may not provide adequate low-frequency output.
Dual 24-bit/192-kHz DACs: This receiver is equipped with dual-differential AKM Semiconductor 24-bit/192-kHz (AK5358B) DACs per channel to decode and playback high-resolution recordings with less jitter and clearer sound.
Clock Jitter Reducer: The Denon AVR-3312CI employs a Clock Jitter Reducer to virtually eliminate jitter and produce a sound that is closer to the original soundtrack.
AL24 Plus Processing Technology: 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.
Denon's proprietary Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit-HD: The Denon AVR-3312CI is equipped with the latest technology in surround audio performance, DDSC HD, 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.
High-Definition Audio Support: Fully compatible with current HD audio formats, the Denon AVR-3312CI A/V Receiver provides powerful, theater-quality surround sound. The Denon AVR-3312CI features support for Blu-ray high-resolution audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio for a dynamic surround-sound listening experience. These formats play back sound with exceptional fidelity, providing a more realistic listening experience.
Surround Formats: 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:
|Stereo||This is the mode for playing in 2-channel stereo; bass and treble can be adjusted and sound is output from the front left and right speakers, along with a connected subwoofer.|
|Direct||In this mode the audio signal is played in its original form, without any surround or tone processing.|
|Pure Direct||Like in Direct Mode, the audio signal is played in its original form, without any surround or tone processing. The display and analog video circuitry are also turned off to minimize the possibility of any noise being added to the signal.|
|Audyssey Dynamic Surround Expansion (DSX)||Audyssey DSX adds front effect speakers to improve spatial sound reproduction. Starting with a 5.1 channel system, DSX adds front Wide and/or front Height channels for better sound staging (although both wide and height speakers can be added, only one pair is used at a time). DSX also applies Surround Envelopment Processing to enhance the blend between the front and surround channels.|
|Dolby Pro Logic Modes||Dolby Pro Logic||Dolby Pro Logic is a matrix decoding technology developed by Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Pro Logic processes any high-quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into four playback channels of surround sound - Front Left, Front Right, Center, Mono-Surrounds.|
|Dolby Pro Logic II||
Dolby Pro Logic II is a matrix decoding technology developed by Dolby Laboratories. Regular music such as that on CDs is encoded into 5 channels to achieve an excellent surround effect. The surround channel signals are converted into stereo and full band signals (with a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz or greater) to create a "three-dimensional" sound image offering a rich sense of presence for all stereo. sources
|Dolby Pro Logic IIx||
Dolby Pro Logic IIx is a further improved version of the Dolby Pro Logic II matrix decoding technology. Audio signals recorded in 2 channels are decoded to achieve a natural sound with up to 7.1 channels. There are three modes: "Music" suited for playing music, "Cinema" suited for playing movies, and "Game" which is optimized for playing games.
|Dolby Pro Logic IIz||
Dolby Pro Logic IIz introduces a new dimension to Home Entertainment through the addition of a pair of front height channels. Compatible with stereo, 5.1-channel and 7.1-channel content, Dolby Pro Logic IIz provides enhanced spaciousness, depth and dimension to movies, concert video and video game playback while maintaining the full integrity of the source mix.
|Dolby Digital Modes||Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital is the multi-channel digital signal format developed by Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Digital consists of up to 5.1 channels - front left, front right, center, surround left, surround right, and an additional channel exclusively reserved for additional deep bass sound effects. Dolby Digitals main channels can all contain full range sound information, from the lowest bass, up to the highest frequencies - 22 kHz. The signals within each channel are distinct from the others, allowing pinpoint sound imaging and tremendous dynamic range from the most powerful sound effects to the quietest, softest sounds, free from noise and distortion.|
|Dolby Digital EX||
Dolby Digital EX is a 6.1-channel surround format proposed by Dolby Laboratories that allows users to enjoy in their homes the "DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND EX" audio format jointly developed by Dolby Laboratories and Lucas Films. The 6.1 channels of sound, including surround back channels, provide improved.
|Dolby Digital Plus||
Dolby Digital Plus is an improved Dolby Digital signal format that is compatible with up to 7.1 channels of discrete digital sound and also improves sound quality thanks to extra data bit rate performance. It is upwardly compatible with conventional Dolby Digital, so it offers greater flexibility in response to the source signal and the conditions of the playback equipment.
Dolby TrueHD is a high definition audio technology developed by Dolby Laboratories, using lossless coding technology to faithfully reproduce the sound of the studio master. This format provides the facility to support up to 8 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 192kHz/24bit resolution. Dolby TrueHD is adopted for applications that put very high importance on sound quality.
DTS Digital Surround is the standard digital surround format of DTS, Inc., compatible with a sampling frequency of 44.1 or 48 kHz and up to 5.1 channels of digital discrete surround sound.
|DTS-ES Discrete 6.1||DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 is a 6.1-channel discrete digital audio format adding a surround back (SB) channel to the DTS digital surround sound. Decoding of conventional 5.1-channel audio signals is also possible according to the decoder.|
|DTS-ES Matrix 6.1||
DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 is a 6.1-channel discrete digital audio format inserting a surround back (SB) channel to the DTS digital surround sound through matrix encoding. Decoding of conventional 5.1-channel audio signals is also possible according to the decoder.
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio||
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is an improved version of the conventional DTS, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24 signals formats, compatible with sampling frequencies of 96 or 48 kHz and up to 7.1 channels of discrete digital sound. High data bit rate performance provides high quality sound. This format is fully compatible with conventional products, including conventional DTS digital surround 5.1-channel data.
|DTS-HD Master Audio||
DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless audio format created by Digital Theater System (DTS). This format provides the facility to support up to 8 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 192kHz/24bit resolution. It is fully compatible with conventional products, including conventional DTS digital surround 5.1-channel data.
DTS Express is an audio format supporting low bit rates (max. 5.1 channels, 24 to 256 kbps).
DTS 96/24 is a digital audio format enabling high sound quality playback in 5.1 channels with a sampling frequency of 96 kHz and 24 bit quantization on DVD-Video.
|DTS Neo: 6||
DTS NEO:6 is a matrix decoding technology for achieving 6.1-channel surround playback with 2-channel sources. It includes "DTS NEO:6 Cinema" suited for playing movies and "DTS NEO:6 Music" suited for playing music.
|Denon Original Listening Modes||Multichannel Stereo||
This mode is for enjoying stereo sound from all speakers. The same sound as that from the front speakers (L/R) is played back at the same level from the surround speakers (L/R) and surround back speakers (L/R).
|Rock Arena||This mode is for enjoying the atmosphere of a live concert in an arena.|
|Jazz Club||This mode is for enjoying the atmosphere of a live concert in a jazz club.|
This mode is for playing monaural movie sources with surround sound. When playing sources recorded in monaural in the "MONO MOVIE" mode, the sound will be off balance with a single channel (left or right), so input to both channels.
|Video Game||This mode is suited for achieving surround sound with video games.|
|Matrix||This mode lets you add a spacious feel to stereo music sources.|
This mode is for enjoying surround effects using only the front speakers or headphones.
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical or coaxial).
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:
Audyssey MultEQ XT: Audyssey MultEQ XT technology helps create an optimal acoustic profile for your home theater. Using the included setup microphone, Audyssey MultEQ XT measures sound levels and adjusts speaker configuration accordingly, making setup fast and easy. This room acoustic measuring and correction system analyzes (via the included microphone) the audio characteristics of your speaker system and your listening environment at up to 8 measurement points and automatically tailors the sound for top audio fidelity. You can set the Audyssey MultEQ XT to one of the following modes.
Note: You can also setup your speaker system manually using the receiver. You can select speaker configuration and size (large/small/none), as well as subwoofer (yes/no). Set subwoofer and LFE signal range playback (LFE/LFE+Main), as well as low-pass crossover frequency (80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz). Set distance (0-60') from listening position to speakers. Set the volume (+/-12dB) of the test tone to be the same when it is output from each speaker. And set the high-pass crossover frequency (40/60/80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz) for each speaker.
Dynamic EQ: Audio engineers mix music and movie soundtracks at reference levels much louder than typical home listening levels. At lower volumes the human ear perceives sound differently; voices change, bass dissipates, and the surround effect becomes less enveloping. Dynamic EQ adjusts the frequency response curve based on volume to maintain consistent bass output, octave-to-octave balance, and surround impact, resulting in rich sound at any volume. You can set the Dynamic EQ to 0, 5, 10, or 15 dB.
Audyssey Dynamic Volume: Audyssey Dynamic Volume solves the problem of large variations in volume level between television programs, commercials, and between the soft and loud passages of movies. Dynamic Volume addresses the issue of commercials that are too loud and movie soundtracks with vast differences between soft and loud passages; the results are more intelligible dialogue, loud passages maintain impact, and soft whispers are heard clearly. When the volume level changes, Dynamic EQ also adjusts the frequency response to maintain sound quality. You can set the Dynamic Volume to Day (low), Evening (middle), Midnight (high), or off.
CINEMA EQ (Cinema Equalizer): The Cinema EQ function gently decreases the level of the extreme high frequencies, compensating for overly-bright sounding motion picture soundtracks. Select this function if the sound from the front speakers is too bright. This function only works in the Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic (including PL II, PL IIx, PL IIz), and DTS Neo:6 modes.
Restorer: Compressed audio formats such as MP3, WMA (Windows Media Audio), and MPEG-4 AAC reduce the amount of data by eliminating signal components that are hard for the human ear to hear. The Restorer function generates the signals eliminated upon compression, restoring the sound to conditions near those of the original sound before compression. It also corrects the sense of volume of the bass to obtain richer sound with compressed audio signals. You can choose from 4 settings:
Dynamic Range Compression (DRC): Motion picture soundtracks have tremendous dynamic range (the contrast between very soft and very loud sounds). For listening late at night, or whenever the maximum sound level is lower than usual, Compressing the dynamic range allows you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack with reduced dynamic range. DRC works when playing program sources recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS.
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.
Bi-Amping Front Speakers: The Surround-Back speaker terminals can be reassigned and used along with the Front terminals to bi-amp the front speakers, providing improved bass and treble performance. When bi-amping the front speakers the receiver is limited to a 5.2ch speaker system in the main room.
Source Level: This function adjusts the playback level of the currently selected 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.
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-3312CI features two optical digital (Toslink) inputs and two coaxial digital inputs. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Tuner.
Phono Input: The Denon AVR-3312CI is fitted with a Phono input (MM), so you can connect your turntable and listen to your vinyl records with high-quality sound.
Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post terminals for all speaker outputs (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Front Wide L/R, and Front Height L/R). The binding posts can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana plugs. The terminals are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs. The collar surrounding the binding post terminals prevent the use of spade connectors.
Note: The receiver will accept speaker impedances of 6 to 16-ohm.
Multi-Channel Pre-Out: The A/V receiver features 7.2-channel pre-amp outputs (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, and Dual Subs). for connection to external power amplifiers.
Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.
HDMI (v1.4) with Dual Outputs: With seven HDMI ver.1.4 inputs (6 rear/1 front), the AVR-3312CI allows you to route multiple high-definition devices--like game consoles and Blu-ray players--to your TV. It also allows you to connect all of your devices to your TV with a single HDMI cable (via its HDMI monitor output x 2), reducing cable clutter. The two HDMI outputs are parallel so the same video signal is output through both and can be used simultaneously. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. They support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with 3D signals, ARC, Deep Color, xvYCC technology, Auto LipSync, and HDMI control.
Analog Video Inputs: The receiver features 5 composite video inputs (4 rear/1 front) and one composite video monitor output. There is also two component video inputs and one component video output (60MHz). In addition, there are two S-video inputs (DVR/Dock-Connector). The composite and S-video inputs can be output via composite, component, or HDMI. The component video input can be output via composite, component, or HDMI.
12-Bit i/P Converter and Scaler: The AVR-3312CI 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 12-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.
NSV (Noise Shaped Video): The NSV precision video feature works in the digital domain to reduce noise in the video signal frequency band in order to enhance video signal linearity, provide the most accurate signal representation, and enhance the picture quality. Noise shaping techniques can be combined with dynamic element matching techniques in order to reduce the matching requirements of DAC elements by converting the analog mismatch into out of band noise. This approach of dynamic element matching and noise shaping has been shown to allow the use of sigma delta modulation at video data rates. NSV is the only product on the market that can achieve ultimate precision with 12-bit fidelity in both digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital domains.
3D Pass-Through: With the advent of 3D media, it is important to own a receiver that recognizes 3D video signals. The AVR-3312CI is able to pass through 3D signals from your Blu-ray player, ensuring that the 3D effect doesn't get lost in translation. It also recognizes signals from 3D television broadcasts. By connecting a 3D-compliant Blu-ray disc player and 3D-compliant TV to the AVR-3312CI, you will have a 3D home theater where you can enjoy high-definition sound and video on a level you've never experienced before.
HDMI Standby-Through: When enabling the HDMI Standby-Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "on" or in "standby" both audio and video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your television, via the receiver HDMI monitor output. You can select between 2 HDMI Through functions modes.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The AVR-3312CI also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture
Auto LipSync: 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.
Video Select Function: You can switch the video input source on the receiver while listening to a different audio signal.
Video Mode: You can select between 3 video processing settings.
Picture Adjust: You can adjust the picture quality for each video source; Contrast (+/-6), Brightness (0-12), Chroma Level (+/-6), Hue (+/-6), DNR (Low/Middle/High/Off), Enhancer (0-12).
Front Panel AV Input: The front panel's Video Aux input features analog stereo RCA and composite video input, as well as an HDMI input.
Built-in HD Radio Tuner: In addition to receiving standard analog AM and FM broadcasts, the AVR-3312CI features a built-in HD Radio tuner. HD Radio stations offer higher sound quality than conventional FM/AM broadcasts; typically FM HD Radio stations are CD quality while AM HD Radio sound similar to analog FM stereo. It is also possible to receive data services and select broadcasts from among up to eight multicast programs.
HD Radio Technology: HD Radio technology brings digital radio to conventional analog AM and FM radio stations, with improved sound quality, better reception, and new data services. HD Radio technology provides CD-quality sound for FM stations, and FM-quality sound for AM stations. In addition, FM HD Radio station can transmit multiple programs on the same frequency by using multicast channels. Text data display includes station name, song title, artist name, etc.
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.
Multicasting: Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting.
Station Presets: You can store up to 56 radio stations presets (8 stations each in 7 separate banks) and name each preset with an 8 character ID.
Direct Frequency Tuning: You can enter the receiving frequency directly to tune in a station, using the supplied IR remote control.
Network Connection: The Denon AVR-3312CI is equipped with an Ethernet (RJ-45) port that lets you connect the receiver to your home network (LAN) and your broadband internet provider. When connected to your home network, the AVR-3312CI lets you listen to Internet radio and a host of other online music sources from your broadband internet provider, as well as play audio files & display still images from your computer via its Ethernet (RJ-45) port. The AVR-3312CI also supports AirPlay that lets you stream your music library from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iTunes. In addition, the Denon A/V receiver is DLNA 1.5 certified for Windows 7 audio & photo streaming.
Note: This unit's RJ-45 Ethernet port supports 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX and requires an Ethernet (LAN) category 5 or higher cable, Router, Modem, and Internet connection.
Internet Radio: The Denon AVR-3312CI lets you access Internet Radio stations from around the world. Internet Radio stations in MP3 and WMA format are supported. You can choose from thousands of Internet Radio stations and sort them by genre and region. You can store up to 56 Internet Radio stations as presets. The unit will automatically save up to 20 of the most recently played stations. The unit will also display Album Art. You can listen to your favorite music through the following Internet Radio services - Napster, Pandora, Rhapsody, and vTuner.
Flicker: The AVR-3312CI's network connection supports Flickr. Flickr is an online photograph sharing service that started in 2004. You can use this unit to view photographs on a connected TV that have been made public by Flickr users. You will need to setup an Flicker account to download, upload, and view photographs.
DLNA Certified: The AVR-3312CI is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio and photo networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music and still-images stored on your Windows PC. You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through the A/V receiver and view still-images on your connected TV, or use the AVR-3312CI's remote control to browse music & photo files on your hard drive.
Media Player: The Denon AVR-3312CI lets you play music & still-image (JPEG) files stored on your computer via a network connection. MP3, WMA, AAC , WAV, and FLAC audio files stored on your computer can be played through the AVR-3312CI via its wired network connection. You can control playback of your streamed audio files from the A/V receiver's remote control. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag (ver.2) and META tag information - so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed the unit's front-panel display. In addition the unit will display Album Art on a connected television. The Denon AVR-3312CI supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its wired network connection.
|Compatible Formats||Sampling Frequencies||Bit rate||Extension|
|WMA (Windows Media Audio)||32/44.1/48 kHz||48-192 kbps||.wma|
|MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3)||32/44.1/48 kHz||32-320 kbps||.mp3|
|MPEG-4 AAC||32/44.1/48 kHz||16-320 kbps||.aac/.m4a/.mp4|
|FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)||32/44.1/48/96 kHz||16/20/24-bit||.flac|
Note: Your computer must meet the following system requirements - Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service or Windows Media DRM10. Album Art is only displayed when using Windows Media Player (ver.11)
Party Mode Function: The same network audio (Internet radio, Media Player, or iPod/iPhone) can be played on multiple Denon products equipped with the Party Mode function and connected to the same home network. The party mode consists of one organizer and up to four attendees. When one unit starts the party mode as the organizer, up to four devices on which the party mode function is activated automatically participate in the party as attendees.
Software Updates: Using the receiver's network/internet connection, you can check for and update the latest firmware from the online Denon server.
USB Port: A USB memory device can be connected to the USB (type-A) port located on the front-panel, allowing you to play music files through the receiver and display still-image (JPEG) files on a connected TV. The USB memory device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. The receiver The unit can recognize up to 2,000 folders, and 6,000 files. The receiver also supports ID3-/WMA-tags and Album Art. The Denon AVR-3312CI supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its USB port.
|Compatible Formats||Sampling Frequencies||Bit rate||Extension|
|WMA (Windows Media Audio)||32/44.1/48 kHz||48-192 kbps||.wma|
|MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3)||32/44.1/48 kHz||32-320 kbps||.mp3|
|MPEG-4 AAC||32/44.1/48 kHz||16-320 kbps||.aac/.m4a/.mp4|
|FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)||32/44.1/48/96 kHz||16/20/24-bit||.flac|
Note: USB memory device will not work via a Hub.
iPod/iPhone Direct: With its built-in USB (type-A) port, the AVR-3312CI supports digital music playback from an iPod or iPhone. Using a USB-to-iPod Dock cable plugged into the front-panel USB port, music can be played directly from your iPod/iPhone, bypassing the iPod/iPhone's D/A converter. The iPod/iPhone can be controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to use the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. Song/artist information and elapsed playing time appear on the AVR-3312CI's display and on the connected video monitor. Your iPod/iPhone's battery will also be charged while connected to the receiver. The AVR-3312CI is "made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following iPod/iPhone models and functions via its front-panel USB port (as of October 2011):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||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 receiver and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
iPod/iPhone Video Dock (optional): Using an optional iPod/iPhone video dock (ASD-11R, sold separately), you can view your iPod/iPhone's video and photo through the AVR-3312CI (S-video) on your connected TV (composite video). The iPod/iPhone is controlled using the receiver's remote control or buttons on the main unit.
AirPlay Compatible: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes library on your PC or Mac to the Denon AVR-3312CI, over your home network connection. Using the Apple Remote App (FREE download) on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad and your wireless home network, you don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. You will even see the iTunes music information, including your track titles and artist info via the Denon receiver's on-screen menu.
Note: To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen), iPhone (3GS/4/4S), and iPad must have iOS 4.2 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
Three Zone/Three-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-3312CI features a Main Zone (audio/video), Audio/Video Zone (Zone 2), and Audio Only Zone (Zone 3). The source can be the same for all zones, or you can enjoy 3 different sources in those zones if you prefer. You can rename each Zone with a 10 character title.
Compatible Zone Sources: Zone 2 & 3 will playback tuner, analog, digital (PCM only), network, and USB sources. Zone 2 & 3 can only playback PCM (2-channel) audio input from the receiver's digital (optical/coaxial) terminals. Zone 2 will only output video from the receiver's composite- and S-Video inputs. You must currently be listening to a USB device or Network audio source in the Main Zone to initially select USB or Network as a source in Zone 2. Then you can switch the Main Zone to any source you desire. You cannot select different AM/FM radio stations or different Network content for different zones.
Note: To hear Airplay in Zone 2/3, the Main Zone must also be playing Airplay. You can have other sources playing in Zone 2/3 when the main zone is using Airplay.
Incompatible Zone Sources: HDMI cannot be output to Zone 2 or 3. Component video cannot be output to Zone 2. Zone 3 does not output any video sources.
Simple Controls: With its intuitive button layout, the AVR-3312CI is designed for ease of use. The front panel is smartly organized, featuring clearly labeled buttons and onboard controls for volume and source. The AVR-3312CI includes one-touch Quick Selection buttons that let you instantly select frequently-used video/music sources and surround modes. Icon displays on the buttons make it easy to recognize the buttons' functions.
On-Screen GUI (Graphic User Interface): The AV receiver's on-screen display (GUI) provides quick information about your system's settings (with video overlay). You can easily make settings for your home theater system while viewing menus on the TV screen. Simple settings are enabled with the setting menus displayed on the TV screen. When you control the sound volume, the volume level is displayed on the screen, and when you switch the input source, the name of the input source is displayed These menu displays can be output to your TV via HDMI.
Note: The on-screen display's text can be set to English or Spanish.
Setup Wizard: The receiver's on-screen Setup Wizards provides easy-to-follow setup instructions.
Rename: You can change the display name (up to 8 characters) of a selected input source.
Source Delete: If an input isn't being used, you can delete it from the display so you don't have to scroll past it when you change sources.
Screen Saver: The Screen Saver function is activated during menu display, USB, iPod, or Tuner screen display - if no operation is performed for an approximately 5-minute continuous period.
Dimmer: The receiver features 4 display settings; Bright, Dim, Dark and Off.
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.
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.
Protection Circuit: This is a function to prevent damage to components within the power supply when an abnormality such as an overload, excess voltage, or over-heating occurs. In this unit, the power indicator blinks and the unit enters standby mode when an abnormality occurs.
Multibrand Remote Control: The AVR-3312CI comes with an IR wireless 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 four Quick Select buttons. Each button can be programmed with a specific input source, surround mode, and volume setting for easy recall.
HDMI Control: The Denon AVR-3312CI 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-3312CI's HDMI control function, you can perform the operations from the AVR-3312CI's remote control - Power off, Switching of audio output devices, Switching of audio input devices, Volume adjustment, and Playback functions.
Custom Integration: The AVR-3312CI 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 and remote in/out IR command control.
iPhone App Control (Denon Remote App): The Denon Remote App lets you control the Denon Network A/V receiver using your iPhone or iPod Touch (requires iOS 4.2 or later). Four separate screen modes provide access to everything from audio tuning to the networking and switching capabilities of the Denon receiver. For instance, one iPhone App screen lets you control your Denon receiver's basic functions, including power on/off, volume, input selection, surround sound modes, etc. Other screens let you delve deeper into the many features and capabilities of your Denon A/V receiver; from choosing multi-zone networking to content-streaming to tuner commands, radio station pre-sets, balancing the audio soundfield for specific room parameters, and more.
Note: Download the "Denon Remote App" from the iTunes App Store for FREE. The AV receiver needs to be connected to a LAN and the iPhone/iPod touch needs to be connected to the same network by Wi-Fi (wireless LAN).
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During a training session at Crutchfield, Denon shows us how to use Apple AirPlay on Denon networkable receivers.