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by Tom Mathew
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Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

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.

The AVR-4306 delivers high-impact home theater with lots of audiophile extras. With 130 high-current watts per channel and advanced surround processing, you'll enjoy rich, enveloping multichannel sound from all of your movies, music, TV shows, and video games. Denon's heavy-duty construction includes an anti-resonant chassis and massive power supply for rock-solid performance at all times. And this sophisticated receiver is packed with cutting-edge technologies that greatly expand your home entertainment horizons.

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For starters, the AVR-4306 includes a new auto setup and room calibration system called "MultEQ XT," developed by Audyssey Laboratories. All you need to do is place the included microphone in each seat in your home theater — up to eight seats total — and the '4306 takes care of the rest, fine-tuning the level, delay setting, and EQ for each speaker in your system. Thanks to MultEQ XT, precise response isn't limited to a single "sweet spot," but is available across a wide listening area, so everyone in the room can enjoy perfect home theater sound.

Advanced digital video switching lets you hook up three high-resolution video components via HDMI connections for the best possible picture quality (HDMI is a digital output available on many HDTV tuners and high-end DVD players). And analog-to-HDMI video conversion allows you to send all of your video sources to an HDMI-capable TV using only a single digital cable. This greatly streamlines video switching and preserves maximum picture quality for every source in your system.

The '4306 also offers digital video upconversion, a feature that goes a step beyond analog-to-HDMI conversion. It can upgrade any non-HD video source to an HDMI digital signal with your choice of 720p or 1080i resolution, to more closely match the capabilities of your HDTV. This gives your DVDs and older video sources an exceptionally crisp, vivid look.

The '4306 also provides seamless integration with your portable digital music player. If you have a docking iPod®, you can plug it in to the '4306's dedicated front-panel iPod terminal and access your entire library of digital music files (separate iPod cable required). An on-screen display mimics the iPod menu, and you can control your iPod's basic functions with the included Denon remote. Plus, there's a front-panel USB port for easy connectivity to other portable digital music players.

The AVR-4306 comes "XM Ready," which makes it especially easy to enjoy XM Satellite Radio in your home, through your best speakers. Once you've added an optional XM Mini-Tuner package and activated your XM subscription, you'll have access to more than 170 XM Satellite Radio channels. Plus, you can view channel, artist, and song information on your TV, and change channels using the included remote control.

You also get three-room/three-source audio/video capability. This lets you enjoy home theater in your main room while a housemate watches a different video source in a second room, and another housemate listens to stereo music in a third room.

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Highlights:

  • 130 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD
  • Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, Pro Logic IIx, and DTS Neo:6 processing
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI switching (3 in, 1 out)
  • selectable 720p/1080i video upconversion for all non-HD sources (upconverted video available through HDMI output only)
  • 480i (interlaced) to 480p (progressive) conversion
  • HDMI version 1.1
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
  • front-panel iPod® terminal (separate Denon iPod cable required)
  • Audessey Laboratories' MultEQ XT eight-point auto setup and room calibration system (microphone included)
  • triple-room/triple-source output (composite video and preamp-level stereo audio output for 2nd room; fixed line-level stereo audio output for 3rd room; powered stereo audio output option for either 2nd room or 3rd room allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
  • learning/multibrand touchscreen electro-luminescent remote
  • sixteen Burr-Brown® 192kHz/24-bit DACs
  • ALPHA 24 Plus upsampling for stereo and multichannel digital sources
  • Denon Link input for digital transfer of stereo or multichannel DVD-Audio and SACD signals from compatible components
  • Pure Direct modes switch off all unused circuitry for the cleanest possible sound
  • HDCD® decoding
  • 7.1-channel input
  • 7.1-channel preamp output
  • component video switching: 3 in, 2 out (100MHz bandwidth)
  • component video conversion (composite to S-video, or composite and S-video to component)
  • digital inputs: 5 optical, 2 coaxial
  • 2 optical digital outputs
  • 3 audio inputs (including phono)
  • 7 audio/video inputs (including 7 S-video)
  • front-panel USB port allows connection of most other MP3 players (requires USB cable, not included)
  • RS-232C and Ethernet ports (for control via PC or automated system)
  • on-screen display (requires TV with audio/video input)
  • DDSC-Digital design isolates each type of digital processing in its own block to preserve the purity of audio and video signals
  • variable low-pass crossover for subwoofer output
  • high-current, low-impedance amp design
  • 90 watts x 7 channels
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI switching
  • component video conversion
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

XM Radio service requires a subscription, and is available only within the lower 48 states — not available in Alaska, Hawaii, or U.S. territories.

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Features and Specs
General
Number Of Channels N/A
Stereo RMS Power (watts) ---
THD in Stereo ---
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) ---
FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
HD Radio Tuner No
On-Screen Display
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
HDMI Standby Pass-through ---
Composite Video Conversion ---
S-Video Conversion ---
Component Video Conversion ---
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion ---
Internet-ready ---
Apple AirPlay ---
App Remote Control No
Bluetooth-compatible ---
USB port for iPod/iPhone No
DLNA Certified ---
MHL-compatible ---
Multibrand Remote Control ---
Learning Remote Yes
LCD Remote No
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 6-3/4
Depth (inches) 17-1/2
Weight (pounds) ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Multi-room Audio--Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
Multi-room Video No
Multi-room HDMI Output No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
DTS Yes
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input 1
Audio-Video Inputs 7
Audio-only Inputs 3
S-Video Inputs ---
S-Video Outputs ---
S-Video Monitor Outputs ---
Component Video Inputs 3
Component Video Monitor Outputs 2
Optical Digital Inputs 5
Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
Optical Digital Outputs 2
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
HDMI Inputs 3
HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
Subwoofer Outputs 1
Multi-Channel Analog Input No
Multi-channel Preamp Output Yes
Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
Main Speaker Terminals Posts
Ethernet Port ---
USB Connections None
Removable Power Cord ---
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  • Black AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
  • DM-S205 setup microphone with attached 19.75' cord (has a minijack mono connector)
  • RC-1024 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 6' AC power cord
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Operating Instructions
  • Instructions for adding XM Satellite Connect & Play antenna
  • Warranty sheet
  • Denon Service Network sheet
  • "Correction" sheet

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Features
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Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

Home Network Function: The AVR-4306 is equipped with an Ethernet port that lets you build various types of network environments. You can use these network environments to take advantage of 3 new home audio network functions:

  • Audio Media Client from Music Server: The AVR-4306's Audio Media Client function lets you stream audio over the network from the Music Server. This network connection uses 2 standard technologies: The Designed to DLNA (DLNA: Digital Living Network Alliance) Guidelines, and Windows® Media Connect. Supported audio formats are MP3, WAV (LPCM), and WMA.
  • Internet Radio: Internet Radio is a system that lets you hear radio broadcasts from stations on the Internet. A wide variety of stations, both large and small and some which are operated by individuals, can be found on the Internet. Until now, radio stations could only be heard if you were within listening range of their radio waves, but with Internet Radio, you can listen to broadcasts from all over the world. The list of stations that the AVR-4306 uses comes from the vTuner radio station database that has been customized for Denon.
  • A/V Receiver Network Setup (Web control): This function lets you set up and control the A/V receiver over a network using Internet Explorer on a PC. The AVR-4306's Ethernet port also supports serial controls that use Crestron and others.

iPod Connection Terminals: The AVR-4306 provides 2 terminals for connecting an iPod: one is located behind the trap door on the front panel and the other is on the back panel. With the separately-sold connection cable AK-P100, you can connect and play an iPod that has Apple Computer's Dock connector.

Note: Supports 3rd-generation and later iPods equipped with a Dock connector.

USB Terminal: A USB terminal that lets you connect a USB-compatible portable music player is located behind the trap door on the front panel. You can connect the player to this terminal and play the MP3 or WMA (Windows Media) files directly through your AVR-4306 system.

DDSC-Digital (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit): The Denon AVR-4306 is equipped with the latest technology in surround audio performance, DDSC-Digital, featuring Analog Devices Hammerhead SHARC 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.

Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The surround modes include:

  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Dolby Pro Logic
  • Dolby Pro Logic II
    • Cinema
    • Music
    • Game
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx
    • Cinema
    • Music
    • Game (2-channel sources only)
  • DTS Digital Surround
  • DTS-ES Extended Surround
    • DTS-ES Discrete 6.1
    • DTS-ES Matrix 6.1
    • DTS Neo:6 Surround
      • Neo:6 Cinema
      • Neo:6 Music
  • DTS 96/24
  • Combined Surround Modes: The receiver features several combined modes using existing Dolby and Digital Theater Systems (DTS) surround modes:
    • Dolby Digital+Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Cinema and Music)
    • DTS+Neo:6
    • DTS+Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Cinema and Music)
  • Denon Original Surround Modes (DSP)
    • Wide Screen
    • Super Stadium
    • Rock Arena
    • Jazz Club
    • Classic Concert
    • Mono Movie
    • Video game
    • Matrix
    • Virtual
    • 7CH Stereo

Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:

  • Effect: turns the effect signals with multi-surround mode speaker effects on and off in the Wide Screen mode. When turned off, the surround back channel signals are equivalent to the surround channels.
  • Level: sets the strength of the effect signals in the Wide Screen mode. It can be set in 15 steps, from 1 to 15. Set to a low level if the positioning or phase of the surround signals sounds unnatural.
  • SB Ch Out: indicates whether or not you are using surround back speaker(s)
  • Room Size: sets the size of the sound field among five settings: Small, Med.S (medium-small), Medium, Med.L (medium-large) and Large
  • Effect Level: sets the strength of the surround effect, the level can be set in 15 steps from 1 to 15
  • Delay Time: in the matrix mode only, the delay time can be set within the range of 0 to 300 ms
  • SW ATT: reduces the subwoofer level when using the 7.1 Channel analog input
  • SW On/Off: sub output is controlled directly

Dialogue Normalization: The dialogue normalization function is activated automatically when playing Dolby Digital program sources. Dialogue normalization is a basic function of Dolby Digital, which automatically normalizes the dialog level (standard level) of the signals that are recorded at different levels for different program sources, such as DVD, DTV and other future formats that will use Dolby Digital.

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 Pro Logic (including PL II and PL IIx), Dolby Digital, DTS Surround, DTS Neo:6, and Wide Screen modes.

D.COMP (Dynamic Range Compression): 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, the Dynamic Range Compression allows you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack (but with reduced dynamic range). This only works when playing program sources recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS. You can select one of the four settings: "OFF", "LOW", "MID" (middle), or "HI" (high).

Personal Memory Plus: The receiver has a personal memorize function that automatically memorizes the surround modes and input modes selected for the different input sources. When the input source is switched, the modes set for that source last time it was used are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone control settings, and playback level balance for the different output channels are memorized for each surround mode.

Two-channel Music Modes: There are three 2-channel playback modes exclusively for music:

  • Pure Direct: plays back music with an extremely high level of sound quality. All the video-related circuits are turned off so that music signals are reproduced with high quality. When an analog mode is selected, the digital processing circuits are also turned off to achieve the highest purity.
  • Direct: audio signals bypass the tone control circuits, and are transmitted directly, resulting in good quality sound
  • Stereo: allows you to adjust the tone to achieve the desired sound

HDCD Decoding: The AVR-4306 automatically detects and decodes the digital bitstream from a CD that has been encoded through the special High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) process. HDCD discs use 20-bit encoding and other proprietary processing to provide the ultimate in CD listening.

Video Conversion: The AVR-4306 is equipped with a flexible video switching system that converts video signals in an effort to only require one video connection from receiver to TV. Unlike most other conversion circuits, this receiver will convert analog signals from composite video, S-Video, and component video to HDMI.

  • Composite Video: can be converted to S-Video, component video, or HDMI
  • S-Video: can be converted to composite video, component video, or HDMI
  • Component Video: can be converted to composite video, S-Video, or HDMI (480i signals only when down converting)

Denon Link: This receiver features the Denon Link (3rd edition), an RJ-45 jack on the back panel, which allows a one-cable connection to a compatible Denon DVD player equipped with a Denon Link connector. This digital connection allows the input of uncompressed Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio digital signals with jitter-less data transfer and ultra-low noise.

24-Bit, 192 kHz D/A Converters: The AVR-4306 uses highly accurate Burr Brown PCM-1791 Digital-to-Analog converters, two for each channel, for a total of 16. The 192kHz sampling and 24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allows you to play high-resolution recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range of those recordings.

AL24 Processing Plus: Denon has further developed its propriety AL24 Processing to support the 192 kHz sampling frequency of DVD-Audio. AL24 Processing Plus thoroughly suppresses quantization noise associated with D/A conversion of LPCM signals to reproduce the low-level signals with optimum clarity that will bring out all the nuances of the music. AL24 Processing Plus is applied to not only the front left and right channels, but also the surround left and right, center and subwoofer channels.

Auto Setup: The receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and Room Equalization function, to achieve the most ideal sound field for your room. The AVR-4306's Audyssey MultiEQ XT function is designed to optimize the sound quality at each listening position in the room. The included DM-S205 microphone is used to measure test tones at each listening position. This measured data is then analyzed using a program to improve acoustic characteristics in the listening area. For best results at least six positions should be measured, including a main position. The main position is given more weight in the calculations. The Audyssey function adjusts the following measurements automatically: Speaker Configuration, Distance, Channel Level, Crossover Frequency, and Room EQ.

Room EQ: The Room EQ function offers three correction curves:

  • Audyssey: adjusts the frequency response of all speakers to correct the effects of room acoustics
  • Front: adjusts the characteristics of each speaker to match the front speakers
  • Flat: frequency response of all speakers are flat

Subwoofer Crossover Frequency: You can adjust the cutoff frequency of the subwoofer output from 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 110Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz or 250Hz.

Audio Delay: The audio signal can be delayed, from 0-200ms, to match the video signal.

Muting Level Adjustment: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit from -40dB or -20dB from the present volume level.

XM Ready: With the optional XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Dock, you can enjoy the variety and sound quality of XM Satellite radio. XM offers over 150 channels of music, news, sports, and talk radio and even has weather and traffic information in several major markets. The channel number, channel name, artist name, and song title are listed on the AVR-4306's display and on the connected TV monitor. XM stations are stored as presets and recalled in the same way AM and FM stations are. A subscription to XM Satellite Radio is required.

Amplifier Assign: There are seven amplifier channels built into the receiver. These channels are typically used for 7.1 channel surround in the main room, but the amplifier assign function gives you the option of configuring the system differently if you prefer (see the descriptions of bi-amp, dual surround, and multi-zone).

Bi-Amp: Four of the seven amplifier channels can be used to bi-amp the front speakers, leaving three to power other channels.

Dual Surround Speaker Mode: The AVR-4306 provides the ability to connect two different sets of surround speakers, and place them in the appropriate locations in your home theater room, so that you can enjoy both movie soundtracks and music listening, with optimum results and no compromise. If you play one pair of surround speakers at a time (Surround A or B), the minimum impedance of the connected speakers is 6 ohms. If you play both pairs of speakers simultaneously (Surround A + B), the minimum impedance of the connected speakers is 8 ohms.

Multi Zone/Multi Source Operation: This unit provides a Multi-Zone Output function and a Select function that let you output different sources to multiple zones. Multi-room Zone 2 can have a pre-amp output along with a composite video feed. You can make the Zone 2 Pre-amp output variable or set to -40dB or 0dB. Multi-room Zone 3 can have an independently selected audio source output with a fixed pre-amp output. The receiver's Power Amplifier Assign function lets you assign the 2 Surround Back amplifier channels to instead drive a pair of speakers in Multi-room Zone 2 or 3 with 130 watts per channel. When the amplifier channels are assigned to Zone 2 or 3, the receiver can still provide 5 discrete amplifier channels to drive all speakers in a 5.1-channel surround configuration.

Last Function Memory: This unit is equipped with a last function memory, which stores the input and output setting conditions as they were immediately before the power was switched off.

Back-Up Memory: The unit is also equipped with a back-up memory. This function provides approximately one week of memory storage when the main unit's power switch is off and the power cord is disconnected.

On-Screen Display (OSD): An OSD can be displayed on your television for easy system setup. The OSD is sent through all monitor outputs (composite video, S-video, component video, and HDMI).

Remote Control

RC-1024 Remote Control: The AVR-4306 comes with a unique EL backlight touch panel remote control that can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable Denon components. In addition, the remote is pre-programmed with control signals for other brands of products, including CD players, CD recorders, Cassette decks, DVD players, DVD recorders, satellite tuners, cable boxes, VCRs, and TVs. The RC-1024 is also a learning remote. The remote features a large touch panel with Electro-Luminescent backlit touch buttons.

System Call: The remote control is equipped with "System Call" functions, allowing a series of remote control signals to be transmitted by pressing a single button. Up to 32 sequential signals can be stored in each of the 3 System Call buttons.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

XM: This proprietary terminal allows you to connect and optional XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Dock.

HDMI Inputs/Output: This unit has 3 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. The HDMI jacks support HDCP copyright protection.

Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-4306 features 5 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 Inputs 3 and 4 also have corresponding Optical Digital outputs for use with a CD, MD or other digital recording device.

7.1 Multi-Channel Input: The AVR-4306 is equipped with a 7.1-channel input to accommodate present and future multi-channel formats.

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.

RS-232C Port: The AVR-4306 includes an RS-232C port for connection to external whole-house control systems, from companies such as AMX, Crestron, and others, and provides a software/firmware upgrade pathway.

Ethernet: Ethernet port that lets you build various types of network environments.

Room-to-Room Remote Jacks: The receiver has a mini-jack input for use with an optional Denon RC-616, 617, or 618 IR re-transmitter. The adjacent room-to-room output is for future use.

12V Trigger Outputs: The AVR-4306 has 2 mini-jack outputs to send a 12-Volt DC "turn-on" signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger, such as a power amplifier. These trigger outputs can be assigned to the Main Zone, Zone 2 or Zone 3.

Headphone Jack: The receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel, positioned behind the fold-down panel.

iPod Connection Terminals: One terminal is located behind the trap door on the front panel and the other is on the back panel. With the separately-sold connection cable AK-P100, you can connect and play an iPod that has Apple Computer's Dock connector.

Note: Supports 3rd-generation and later iPods equipped with a Dock connector.

USB Terminal: A USB terminal that lets you connect a USB-compatible portable music player is located behind the trap door on the front panel.

 
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4 out of 5

Denon AVR-4306

Written By Lou, Dothan, Al. on Wednesday, May 16, 2012
 
I purchased my 4306 when I had my house built and surround sound installed. It worked flawlessly for the 3 years I owned the house. We moved & I took it with us. I had an older Very High End Stereo system about 15 years ago and my speaker cables cost more than the Denon. Denon was $2000 at the time and my speaker wires were $900 each. Left, Center, Right. I had Spade connectors on the speaker wires and the Denon WILL NOT take High End heavy duty spade connectors. So I'm having to get the ends changed that go to the back of the Denon. Other than that it is a very good unit. I am having a problem changing the specs I had from my old house going from small speakers to now my older High End Large Legacy speakers. I cannot change anything in the Menu :-( I need to find a Product handbook online because I misplaced mine.
Pros:
Good Quality for the money
Cons:
Very poor speaker terminals in back of the Denon
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5 out of 5

The BEST!!!

Written By Steve, Michigan on Wednesday, May 23, 2007
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If you want to get something really great that has sound that will blow you away then get the avr-4306.
I upgraded from the avr-2807 because I had an oppurtunity to not because I wasn't happy with it, I didn't think anything could sound better until I connected the 4306. UNBELIEVEABLE!!!!!!. It takes a little time to set up and configure but the end result will knock your socks off. This is a GREAT piece of equipment.
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5 out of 5

A feature-packed receiver!

Written By Bob, Sonora, CA on Sunday, May 06, 2007
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I purchased the Denon AVR-4306 receiver from Crutchfield due to its tremendous features and expandability. I temporarily set up the new receiver with the lame surround sound speakers from my old system. (I plan on purchasing new Polk Audio RTi series speakers in the near future.) In addition to listening to CDs and DVDs, I've already used and enjoyed the iPod and USB connectivity to listen to MP3 music and audio books - fantastic input flexibility! Once I move the system to another room I'm going to connect the receiver to the Internet for streaming music. My Samsung LCD HDTV is connected to the new receiver via HDMI, and the picture and sound are wonderful. On-screen menus are clear and easy to navigate. In fact, the receiver's front panel screen is so informative, I often leave the HDTV off when choosing and listening to music sources. I highly recommend this receiver as the hub for a top-notch, home theater system.
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4 out of 5

Denon AVR-4306

Written By Norman, Seattle on Sunday, April 01, 2007
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This receiver is very well built and has a very impressive array of tech features.
I do wish that a company that can produce such a fine product as this could also produce an equally impressive manual to go with it.
Denon falls short by a wide margin in my opinion.
Much of the features and ability of this receiver go unexplained and forces research elsewhere.
Great receiver but your on your own figuring it out.
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5 out of 5

Very Nice Receiver

Written By Jason, Nashville on Friday, September 01, 2006
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I have had this receiver for a couple of weeks now and find new things to like about it everyday. The functionality is fantastic. This thing can do just about anything. I can use the playstation and listen to a cd from the dvd player at the same time. I love the IPod functionality though it sucks the cable cost so much. I don't have a basis for comparison with regards to sound quality but combined with my set of B&W flat panel speakers, I can't imagine better quality sound for this price range. And the set of features with regards to how the sound is produced is amazing. The remote is not bad. They could have done better but it is very usable. Denon could have put better speaker connectors on the back but they work just fine. All in all I am very happy with this receiver. Crutchfield was very fast with their processing and it was packed very well.
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5 out of 5

EXELLENT ...

Written By MR-Digital, central islip N.Y on Sunday, August 27, 2006
 
Exellent build quality...
130x7 ,powerful and loaded whith features ...
i have own yamaha,and onkyo and sony es
and by far this is the best receiver i own...
music sound realistic clear and powerful and the chanel separation is exellent; andthe same goes for movies and tv programs; exellent job by Denon ... and thanks to Crutchfield for there courtious assistance ... iam very please whith my DENON AVR4306
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4 out of 5

Outstanding sound; great A/V switching

Written By Daniel, Nashville, TN on Sunday, February 26, 2006
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Pros:
Excellent build quality, fantastic sound quality, especially when mated with a Denon-Link compatible DVD/SACD player (I bought a 3910 to go along with the 4306). I can finally route all my audio and video components through one device and then send it to my TV via HDMI. The auto-setup worked well; adjusted for my speaker placement (limited because of my living room) better than I had done initially with a SPL meter - not to mention a lot faster!
Did I mention fantastic sound quality?! John Coltrane is alive and well in my living room...

Cons:
I would agree with the other opinions about the remote: it stinks. I'm definitely looking for a universal remote (Pronto, Harmony, etc.) that will work better than this one. The user interface is nothing fancy, but it really doesn't need to be; it does the job and that's all it has to do. Also, I knew the speaker posts weren't that great, but it really disappointed me to see just how poor they really were. Really! Denon should have put some high quality posts on this thing (everything else is high quality). I took great care connecting my speaker cable; plus, the spacing doesn't work for dual-banana plugs, so I had to remove all mine and connect bare wire. It made things very cramped.
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4 out of 5

Great feature set but a bit crude on the iPod/net streaming/UI.

Written By James, Boston, MA on Tuesday, February 14, 2006
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Overall, I'm very pleased with this receiver, especially with all the interconnection options and especially the analog to 1080i HDMI upconverting. It feels like I definitely made the right choice.

I'm also pleased with the ability to stream music from my iPod or my computer, but I'm a little dissapointed with the on-screen UI. While functional, it looks like something out of the Pong era, and is quite slow. I have 800 artists on my iPod and it is basically impossible to scroll down to the bottom of the list because it takes too long. You can work around this by creating creative playlists that have smaller numbers of items in them. (e.g. "Artists A-D")
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4 out of 5

Evaluation of specific features

Written By Steve, Santa Monica, CA on Monday, January 30, 2006
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I purchased this unit to replace a Denon 2801. Comments on specific features follow:
Auto EQ setup and result - Tedious to setup, but superb result, even for our family room with less than ideal 5.1 speaker locations.
Remote - The weakest point. Its counter intuitive, programming it for various components is time consuming and doesnt always work. Component selection produces the same command screen for several different types of components that is often inappropriate.
Up Conversion to DVI / HDMI - Worked beautifully for my components, some of which are a bit dated. I loved eliminating a lot of cable clutter.
Scaling - Only fair. Unit scales VCR to a 16:9 for the HDTV monitor, but the picture is grainy and some images appear "fat".
Feature Set & Ability To Customize - Far more comprehensive than many folks will need, but there appear to be capabilities for the most sophisticated A/V expert. During setup, however, I found myself wishing for more "auto" settings.
Manual - 146 pages. A reflection, I suppose, of the complexity and capabilities of this unit. The manuals organization could be better - lots of jumping around is required. Be prepared to do your homework before you set this receiver up.
Sound and build quality - Excellent on both counts. Its hard to imagine that someone couldnt find settings to meet their audio or video tastes. The unit feels very solid with a robust array of inputs and outputs.
Internet and Ipod functionality - Havent tried either yet, but am struck by the peculiar need to order a special (and expensive) Ipod cable which is hard to find.
Setup & On Screen Displays - Comprehensive but primitive - crude, blocky print.
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5 out of 5

Awesome!!!!!

Written By Vincent, ny,ny on Monday, January 02, 2006
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I bought this from Crutchfield about a month ago, and I have to say what a great reciever. The auto setup helps give everyone watching the movie the best possible home theater experience. I am still learning how to tweak the reciever. I just wish I could find the cable so I can hook up the ipod!!!!
Overall, very plased with this reciever!!!!
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4 out of 5

Denon AVR-4306

Written By Milton, Winston Salem, NC on Monday, December 05, 2005
 
Excellent receiver with outstanding features. My home theater system was professionally installed, and the installers were very impressed with the Denon AVR-4306.
The network and XM radio connections were easy to establish and work very well.
The reason I did not award the receiver 5 stars is that no iPod cable is provided and the iPod connection is currently nonfunctional. So far I have been unable to locate an appropriate cable or to find out when one may become available.
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