Inputs and Outputs
Overview: The Denon AVP-A1HDCI AV
Surround Sound and Video Processor sets the standard for both audio and
video processing ability. Built with uncompromising attention to detail, the
AVP-A1HDCI is equipped with an
astonishing six individual power transformers to ensure the ultimate audio and
video fidelity, eliminating interference between the various audio and video
processing sections. Featuring unparalleled audio connectivity, the
AVP-A1HDCI is equipped with 12 high
definition video inputs (6 HDMI/6 component) and an additional 16 standard
definition inputs, with deinterlacing, upscaling and conversion to HDMI outputs
via the Silicon Optix HQV Realta reference video processor. In addition, the
Denon AV Surround Control Center features state-of-the-art next-generation
digital media connectivity with built-in Ethernet and Wi-Fi (802.11b/g) that
lets you access music and photo files as well as Internet radio stations. An
optional adapter lets you stream your favorite songs and videos from your iPod.
Note: The Denon AVP-A1HDCI is a preamplifier and requires and
separate power amplifier such as the Denon POA-A1HDCI surround power
Preamplifier Construction: The AVP-A1HDCI utilizes the following
uncompromising construction techniques for the ultimate A/V experience:
- Full separated Audio, Video, Pre-Amp and Power Supplies allow for a
cleaner and clear signal path
- Left and Right channel separated construction.
- Aluminum diecast insulators
- Direct Mechanical Ground to minimize mechanical vibration from
transformer and radiators
- All new circuit layouts that shorten audio and video signal paths for
best picture and sound
- Aluminum front and side panel
- XLR and RCA 9.3 ch preout
High Current And Separated Power Supply: The AVP-A1HDCI features seven
individual transformers to supply power to each discrete circuit. Its two
toroidal transformers are only for audio with separated coil winding for pure
audio playback. The unit's separate power supply also improves signal-to-noise
DDSC HD-Digital (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit): The
Denon AVP-A1HDCI is equipped with the latest technology in surround audio
performance. 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. DDSC HD-Digital (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit) features triple
Analog Device Hammerhead SHARC 32-bit floating point DSP processors, Burr-Brown
audio DACs in double differential mode (4 per audio channels) on all 12 output
channels, and a master clock design for more accurate processing and less jitter
24-Bit, 192 kHz D/A Converters: The AVP-A1HDCI uses highly
accurate Burr Brown PCM-1791 Digital-to-Analog converters, for each channel,
on all 12 output channels. 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.
Advanced AL24 Multi-Channel Processing: Denon's Advanced
AL24 Multi-Channel Processing technology dramatically improves information
volume in the time axis region using high-speed signal detection and processing
technology. In addition to expanding to expanding original 16-bit data to 24
bits, Advanced AL24 Processing uses data interpolation along the time axis or
upconverted 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. Advance AL24
Processing is conducted for all channels and modes other than the DSD Direct
Custom Integration: The AVP-A1HDCI carries the "CI" stamp,
which is Denon's certification to custom installers that the preamplifier has
advanced connectivity and control features often required for custom home
integration and theater applications using premium control systems. These
features include RS232C jacks for use with whole house control systems, remote
in/out IR command control, and assignable +12-volt triggers.
Full 10-Bit Processing Video Circuit With Up-Conversion: The
AVP-A1HDCI features discrete construction and circuitry for the highest quality
video processing. The preamplifier utilizes a Realta sxT2 HQV 10-bit processor for i/p
and video scaling. The AVP-A1HDCI's flexible video switching system converts
video signals in an effort to only require one video connection from preamplifier to
TV. The video switching system features Multi-Cadence Detection for accurate i/p
conversion when standard interlaced video is viewed on progressive scan
displays. The Realta sxT2 HQV 10-bit processor converts standard interlaced
signals into progressive scan signals in order to eliminate the stair-casing
effect that conventional up-converters can introduce to diagonal edges. In
addition, this unit's Full 10-bit video processor can pass a 1080p/24fps signal
through its HDMI input/output and supports Deep Color up to 36-bit and xvYCC
broader color spacing via HDMI. Unlike most other video conversion circuits,
this preamplifier will also convert analog signals from composite video, S-Video,
and component video to HDMI up to 1080p:
- 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)
- HDMI: HDMI input signals must be output as HDMI
Noise Shaped Video (NSV): 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 accurate signal
representations, 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
and 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 can achieve ultimate precision with 12-bit/216-MHz fidelity in both
digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital domains.
HDCD Decoding: The AVP-A1HDCI 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
THX Ultra2 Certification: This unit has been built and
tested to conform to the high standards of sound and build quality set by the
THX Ultra2 Certification program. THX is the unique collaboration between
Lucasfilm Ltd. and audio equipment manufacturers. THX Ultra2 certification
provides a rigorous set of performance standards, along with proprietary
surround sound post-processing technologies, designed to enhance the surround
sound playback experience in the home theater. When the THX Ultra2 mode is on,
the following THX post-processing is added:
- Re-Equalization: The tonal balance of a film soundtrack
tends to be excessively bright and harsh when played back over audio equipment
in the home because film soundtracks are designed to be played back in large
movie theaters using very different professional equipment. Re-Equalization
restores the correct tonal balance for watching a movie soundtrack in a typical
- Timbre Matching: The human ear changes our perception
of a sound depending on the direction from which the sound is coming. In a
movie theater, there is an array of surround speakers so that the surround
information is all around you. In a home theater only two or four surround
speakers are used. The Timbre Matching feature filters the information going
to the surround speakers so that they more closely match the tonal
characteristics of the sound coming from the front speakers. This ensures
seamless panning between the front and surround speakers.
- Adaptive Decorrelation: In a movie theater, a large
number of surround speakers help create an enveloping surround sound
experience, while in a home theater there are usually only two or four
surround speakers. This can make the surround speakers sound like headphones
that lack spaciousness. The surround sounds will also collapse into the
closest speaker as you move away from the middle seating position. Adaptive
Decorrelation slightly changes one surround channel's time and phase
relationship with respect to the others. This expands the listening position
and creates the same spacious surround experience as in a movie theater.
- ASA (Advanced Speaker Array): ASA is a proprietary THX
technology which processes the sound fed to the two side and two back
surround speakers to provide the optimal surround sound experience.
- BGC (Boundary Gain Compensation): The BGC feature
provides overall improved bass balance of your home theater system by
compensating for room and wall boundaries.
Surround Formats: This preamplifier incorporates a wide variety
of surround formats to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video
software. The supported surround formats include:
- Home THX Cinema: Home THX Cinema accurately translates
the sound from the movie theater environment into the your home by
correcting the tonal and spatial errors that occur. When the Home THX Cinema
mode is selected on the AVP-A1HDCI, THX post-processing is automatically
added after the Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital or DTS decoder.
- THX Ultra2 Cinema Mode: The AVP-A1HDCI is equipped with
THX Ultra2 Cinema mode that plays 5.1 channel movies using up to 12 speakers
(9.3). The THX processing blends the surround and surround back speakers
providing the optimal mix of ambient and directional surround sounds. DTS-ES
and Dolby Digital EX 6.1 channel soundtracks are automatically detected and
- THX Surround EX: With the AVP-A1HDCI Dolby Digital EX
soundtracks further undergo Home THX Cinema processing to achieve a THX
Surround EX system. This mode gives you more detailed imaging behind you,
allowing for 360-degree surround sound effects.
- THX Music Mode: THX Music mode can be used for playing
5.1 multi-channel music sources. In this mode THX processing is applied to
the surround channels to provide a wide and stable rear soundstage.
- THX Games Mode: Two channel stereo and multi channel,
analog and digital signals are compatible with THX Games Mode. ASA is used
to accurately place all game audio information, providing a full 360°
playback environment. THX Games Mode is unique as it gives you a smooth
transition of audio in all points of the surround field.
- DTS Digital Surround: DTS Digital Surround is a 5.1
multi-channel digital surround sound format used for both commercial/theatrical
and consumer grade
- DTS-ES Extended Surround: DTS-ES features two 6.1
multi-channel formats: DTS-ES Discrete 6.1(6.1-channel discrete digital audio
format adding a surround back channel to the DTS digital surround sound) and
DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 (discrete 6.1 channel digital audio format inserting a
surround back channel to the DTS surround sound through matrix encoding)
- DTS Neo:6 Surround: DTS Neo:6 is a matrix decoding
technology for achieving 6.1-channel surround playback with 2-channel sources.
You can choose from two DTS Neo: 6 Surround formats - Neo: 6 Cinema and Neo: 6
- DTS 96/24: 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 of DVD-video.
- DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is
an improved version of the conventional DTS, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24 signal formats
that is 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.
- DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless audio
format compatible with up to 96 kHz and up to 7.1-channels. The lossless audio
coding technology faithfully reproduces the sound of the studio master.
- Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround
- Dolby Digital EX: Dolby Digital EX is a 6.1 multi-channel
digital surround format.
- Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus is an improved Dolby
Digital surround format that is compatible with up to 7.1-channels of discrete
digital sound and also improves sound quality due to extra data bit rate
- Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a high definition audio
technology, using lossless coding technology to faithfully reproduce the sound
of the studio maters.
- Dolby Pro Logic II: Dolby Pro Logic II technology processes any
high quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into five playback
channels of full-bandwidth surround sound. A matrix surround decoding
technology, Dolby Pro Logic II detects the directional cues that occur naturally
in stereo content and uses these elements to create a five-channel surround
sound playback experience. You can choose from the following Dolby Pro Logic II
formats - Cinema, Music, or Game.
- Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Pro Logic IIx expands any existing stereo-
or 5.1-channel audio for a 6.1- or 7.1- channel playback, creating a seamless,
natural surround soundfield that immerses you in the entertainment experience.
You can choose from the following Dolby Pro Logic IIx formats - Cinema, Music,
- Dolby Headphone: This is a three-dimensional sound technology
developed jointly by Dolby Laboratories and lake Technology Ltd. of Australia of
achieving surround sound using regular headphones.
- Neural Surround: Neural Surround has been adopted by XM
Satellite Radio for digital radio broadcasts of XM HD Surround recordings and
live events in surround sound. Neural Surround employs psychoacoustic frequency
domain processing which allows delivery of a more detailed sound stage with
superior channel separation and localization of audio elements.
- Combined Surround Modes: The preamplifier features several combined modes
using existing Dolby, Digital Theater Systems (DTS), and THX surround modes:
ES DSCRT6.1 + THX, ES MTRX6.1 + THX, PLIIX Cinema + THX, Dolby PL +
THX, NEO6 + THX, Multi CH 7.1 + THX, Multi CH 5.1 + THX, DTS + PLIIx Cinema, DTS
+ PLIIx Music, DTS + NEO:6, Dolby Digital + PLIIx Cinema, Dolby Digital + PLIIx
Music, Multi In + PLII x Cinema, Multi In + PLIIx Music, Direct + PLIIx Cinema,
and Direct + PLIIx Music
Denon Original Surround Modes (DSP): In addition to the
supported surround formats, the AVP-A1HDCI features the following Denon
Original DSP modes:
- Wide Screen: this mode is for enjoying the atmosphere
of viewing a movie on a large screen
- Super Stadium: this mode is suited for viewing sports
- 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
- Classic Concert: this mode is for appreciating
classical concert programs
- Mono Movie: this mode is for playing monaural movie
sources with surround sound
- Video game: this mode is suited for achieving surround
sound with video games
- Matrix: this mode lets you add a sense of expansion to
stereo music sources
- 7CH Stereo: this mode is for enjoying stereo sound from
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
- 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
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround
- 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).
- LFE: This setting adjusts the low-frequency effects
level (LFE). You can adjust the LFE from -10 to 0 dB.
- Center Image: This function assigns a center
channel signal to the front left and right channels for wider sound. You
can adjust the center image range from 0.0 to 0.3 to 1.0.
- Panorama: This feature assigns front left and right
signals to surround channels for wider sound. You can turn this feature
On or Off.
- Dimension: This settings shifts the sound image
from the center to the front or rear to adjust playback balance. You can
select from 0 to 3 to 6.
- Center Width: This function assigns a center
channel signal to the front left and right channels for wider sound. You
can select from 0 to 3 to 7.
- Delay Time: This feature adjusts the delay time to
control the sound stage size. You can select either 0 to 30ms to 300ms.
- Effect: This settings switches the effect signal
for multi-surround speakers either On or Off.
- Effect Level: This function adjusts the effect
signal level from 1 to 10 to 15.
- Room Size: This feature determines the size of your
acoustic environment. You can select from Small, Medium small, Medium,
Medium large, or Large.
- AFDM: This feature auto-selects the surround mode
by the connected source's content.
- SB CH Out (for multi-channel sources): This setting
selects the playback mode for the surround back channels of the
preamplifier. You can choose from Non Matrix, Matrix, PLIIx Cinema, PLIIx
Music, ES Matrix, ES Discrete or Off.
- SB CH Out (for 2-channel sources): You can select
either On or Off for the surround back channels when listening to a
- Subwoofer: This feature selects whether or not to
output subwoofer signals when the preamplifier is in the Direct or Stereo
Tone Settings: You can independently adjust the system's
overall Bass and Treble settings from -6 to +6 dB or you can set each channel's
Bass and Treble setting separately. These settings can be set for the main
zones, as well as zones 2, 3 and 4.
Night Mode: This mode is optimized for late night listening.
You can select from the following Night Modes - Low, Middle, High or Off.
Restorer: This function restores compressed audio signal to
how they were before compression and corrects the sense of volume of the bass to
obtain richer playback sound. You can select from one of the following modes -
Mode 1, Mode 2, Mode 3 or Off.
Dialogue Normalization: Dialogue Normalization is a feature
of Dolby Digital which is used to keep the programs at the same average
listening level so the user does not have to change the volume control between
Dolby Digital programs.
Auto Lip Sync: Auto Lip Sync automatically compensates for
timing shifts between audio and video output.
Audio Delay: The audio signal can be delayed, from 0-200ms,
to match the video signal.
Volume Setting: You can set a maximum volume level of 0,
-10, or -20 dB to limit the preamplifier's total volume output. You can also
indicate a Turn-On Volume setting from -80 to +18dB or Last (whatever volume you
used last before turning the unit Off).
Muting Level Adjustment: You can set the amount of
attenuation for the audio muting circuit from -40dB or -20dB from the present
Personal Memory Plus: The preamplifier 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.
Auto Setup: The preamplifier is equipped with an Auto Setup and
Room Equalization function, to achieve the most ideal sound field for your room.
The AVP-A1HDCI Audyssey MultiEQ XT function is designed to optimize the sound
quality at each listening position in the room. The included DM-A505Z 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 8 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. The preamplifier also features a Pro Auto Setup which allows
a professional installer to measure up to 32 positions using software and
equipment exclusively purchased from Denon.
- Room EQ: The Room EQ function offers the following
- Audyssey: adjusts the frequency response of all
speakers to correct the effects of room acoustics
- Audyssey Byp. L/R: optimizes frequency response of
speakers except front speakers to match room acoustics
- Flat: frequency response of all speakers are flat
- Manual EQ: This feature adjusts the tonal quality for
each speaker using the preamplifier's built-in graphic equalizer. You can select
-20 to +6 dB for the following frequencies for each speaker - 63Hz, 125Hz,
250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2khz, 4kHz, 8kHz, and 16kHz.
- Off: Turns off EQ
Subwoofer Control: The preamplifier features three subwoofer
preamp outputs. You can choose to connect one, two or three powered subwoofers.
You can adjust the cutoff frequency of the subwoofer output from 40Hz, 60Hz,
80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 110Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz or 250Hz. You can also select the
subwoofer output level between 0, 5, 10 or 15 dB. In addition, the preamplifier
features a THX Ultra2 Subwoofer mode when connecting a powered subwoofer
compatible with THX Ultra2 standards or a subwoofer that can be properly played
at low range.
Preamplifier Assign: There are 9.3ch preamplifier channels
built into the AVP-A1HDCI. The preamplifier features nine different preamplifier
assignment configurations. You can choose from the following - 9.1ch, 9.2ch,
9.3ch, 7.1ch, 7.2ch, 7.3ch, 5.1ch, 5.2ch, or 5.3ch.
Dual Surround Speaker Mode: The AVP-A1HDCI provides the
ability to connect two different sets of surround speakers to the Denon
POA-A1HDCI amplifier, 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 4 ohms. If you play both pairs of
speakers simultaneously (Surround A + B), the minimum impedance of the connected
speakers is 8 ohms. In addition, the preamplifier also features discrete surround
back left/right channels.
Multi Zone/Multi Source Operation: 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 AVP-A1HDCI
features a Main Zone (Zone 1), two Audio/Video Zones (Zone 2 and 3), and a
Digital Audio Only Zone (Zone 4). The Main Zone 1 contains 9.3-channel playback
of your audio/video gear in your main entertainment room. The Audio/Video Zone 2
allows stereo or digital audio and video playback of another AV source connected
to the preamplifier and power amplifier in another room of your home via
left/right RCA audio output connections or optical digital output connection and composite
video, S-video or component video connectors. Zone 2 will pass S-Video and
composite video inputs through its composite video output. The S-video and
component video output of Zone 2 will only output video that is input using the
same type of connection. Audio/Video Zone 3 also allows stereo audio and video
playback of another AV source connected to the preamplifier in another room of
your home via left/right RCA audio output connections and a
composite video connector. Zone 3's composite video output will support video
input via S-video or composite video. The Digital Audio Only Zone 4 allows you
to play a digital audio source connected to the preamplifier in a fourth room of
your home via an optical output connection.
AM/FM Tuner With RDS: The preamplifier features an AM/FM
tuner which allows you to preset up to 56 radio stations (8 stations each in 7
separate banks). You can delete any unused tuner banks. The unit also supports
RDS (Radio Data System). RDS is an FM broadcasting service which allows a
station to send additional information along with the regular radio program
signal. The following three types of RDS information can be received by this
preamplifier's FM tuner - Program Type (identifies the type of RDS program), Traffic
Program (identifies programs that carry traffic announcements), Radio Text
(allows RDS stations to send text messages that appear on the display of the
HD Radio: The AVP-A1HDCI features a separate, 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.
XM Satellite Ready: The optional XM Direct 2 Home Tuner
(220XHD2H1, sold separately) lets you enjoy XM Satellite Radio through the
XM-ready receiver. Simply connect the XM direct 2 Home Tuner to the XM jack on
back of the receiver, place and aim the included antenna for optimum reception,
and you are ready to start enjoying commercial-free music, plus live sports,
new, talk, and exclusive entertainment. The channel number, channel name, artist
name, and song title are listed on the AVR-4310CI'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.
Note: In addition to the XM Direct 2 Home Tuner and the
XM-ready receiver, you will need a subscription to XM Satellite Radio to
receive XM programming.
USB Terminals: USB terminals that let you connect a
USB-compatible portable music player are located behind the fold-down door on
the front panel and on the preamplifier's rear panel. You can connect your player or
PC to these terminals and play the MP3 or WMA (Windows Media) files directly
through your AVP-A1HDCIsystem. When an MP3 music file includes album art data,
the album art can be displayed on your connected TV while playing the file. You
can also play JPEG still picture files in a slideshow fashion that are stored on
a USB memory device. The AVP-A1HDCIis compatible with mass storage class and
MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) USB memory devices in FAT16 or FAT32 format.
Note: You cannot use the front USB port and rear
USB port at the same time. You must select which port you want to
use - Front or Rear.
iPod Compatibility: Using the optional Denon ASD-1R iPod
dock (033ASD1RBK or 033ASD1RWT), you can connect your iPod to the AVP-A1HDCI
Folder and file names appear on the preamplifier's display panel. The iPod can be
controlled using the buttons on the main unit and the remote control. In
addition, you can view photo and video data stored on an iPod on a TV or
monitor. The AVP-A1HDCI also supports Denon's optional iPod/Network adapter
docks (ASD-3N/ASD-3W, sold separately) through its iPod terminal.
Note: The ASD-1R and ASD-3N/ASD-3W is compatible
with 3rd generation and later iPods with a dock connecter.
Home Network Function: The AVP-A1HDCI is equipped with an
Ethernet port and WiFi (WLAN) antenna that lets you build various types of
network environments either hardwire or wireless (802.11 b/g). You can use these
network environments to take advantage of 4 home audio network functions:
- Music Server: The AVP-A1HDCI's Music Server function
lets you stream audio and still image files (MP3/WMA/WAV/MPEG-4 AAC/FLAC/JPEG)
stored on your PC to the preamplifier. This network connection uses 2 standard
technologies: Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service or Windows Media
DRM10. To access iTunes library and playlists you need to install
TwonkyMedia software to your PC. Twonky Vision is a software program needed
to manage your iTunes database and can be downloaded from
www.twonkyvision.com for a one
time fee of $29.99. The AVP-A1HDCI also supports MP3 ID3-Tag (ver.2) and WMA
META tags. The AVP-A1HDCI only supports files that are not copyright
- 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 AVP-A1HDCI uses comes from the vTuner radio station
database that has been customized for Denon.
- Rhapsody: Rhapsody is a paid music broadcast service of
RealNetworks which offers a massive music catalog. Rhapsody currently offers
a 30-day free trial and memberships start at just $12.99 month.
- A/V preamplifier Network Setup (Web control): This function
lets you set up and control the A/V preamplifier over a network using Internet
Explorer on a PC. The AVP-A1HDCI's Ethernet port also supports serial
controls that use Crestron and others.
Note: A computer with the following
specifications is required to use the Music Server feature:
Operating Systems include Windows XP Service Pack2 or Windows Vista,
Installed Software includes .Net Framework 1.1 and Windows Media
Connect (Windows XP)/Windows Media Player ver. 11/DLNA-compatible
server software, Internet Browser needs to be Microsoft Internet
Explorer 5.01 or later, a LAN port is needed along with 300 MB or
more free disk space.
Denon Link: This preamplifier 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.
HDMI Control: When connecting the AVP-A1HDCI to a television
or player compatible with the HDMI control function, the following operations
are possible - Turn power On/Off with television, Switch sound output, Adjust
volume and Switch input source.
Picture Adjustments: The preamplifier allows you to make the
following picture adjustments to incoming video through the unit's component,
composite or S-video inputs - Contrast, Brightness, Chroma Level (Saturation)
and Hue. You can also make the following picture adjustments to all incoming
video inputs including HDMI - DNR (reduces the overall level of noise on the
picture), Enhancer (enhances picture) and Sharpness.
Note: When the input signal is 1080p the Picture
Adjust feature will be ineffective.
Source Delete: You can delete inputs you are not using from
the preamplifier's display and on-screen menu to make accessing your connected
sources quicker and easier.
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.
Panel Lock Mode: The buttons on the main unit can be locked
if not using them
Remote Lock Mode: This setting can be made so that the
remote control unit cannot operate the AVP-A1HDCI.
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 all monitor outputs (composite video, S-video, component
video, and HDMI).
Dimmer: The preamplifier features 4 display brightness settings
- Bright, Dim, Dark or Off.
Learning Main Remote Control (RC-1067): The preamplifier's main
remote control (RC-1067) features a back-lit LCD touch panel as well as hard-key
buttons for operation of the AVP-A1HDCI. If your other audio/video devices are
of a brand other than Denon or if they cannot be operated with the preset memory
function, the other device's remote control signals can be transferred and
stored in the AVP-A1HDCI's main remote control (RC-1067). 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.
Sub/Multi-Zone Remote Control (RC-1070): The preamplifier'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 (RC-1070) can also be
used for multi-zone, so you can use it to control the AVP-A1HDCI from other
rooms via an optional IR repeater kit. The following operations can be performed
using this remote:
Inputs and Outputs
Rear Panel Connections: The following connections are found
on the rear panel of the preamplifier:
- HDMI Inputs/Outputs: This unit has 6 HDMI version 1.3a
inputs and 2 HDMI version 1.3a outputs. The HDMI inputs are assignable to
different input sources. The 2 HDMI outputs are parallel so the same video
signal is output through both. The HDMI jacks support HDCP copyright
protection and are compatible with 30 and 36 bit Deep Color and xvYCC
technology. The preamplifier's HDMI outputs are compatible with the following
audio formats: 2-channel linear PCM, Multi-channel linear PCM, Dolby
Digital, DTS, DSD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and DTS-HD.
- Component Video Inputs/Outputs: The preamplifier
features 6 component video inputs and 3 component video outputs. The
component video inputs are assignable to different sources. One of the three
component video outputs is used for Zone 2 while the other two component
video outputs are wired in parallel and used for monitor outputs (the same
video signal is broadcast through all two). One set of the component video
inputs and outputs use BNC-type connectors instead of RCA.
- Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVP-A1HDCI features 4
optical digital (Toslink) inputs, 4 coaxial digital inputs and 2 BNC
digital inputs. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input
sources except Phono and Tuner. Optical Digital Inputs 2, 3 and 4 also have
corresponding Optical Digital outputs for use with a CD, MD or other digital
recording device. One of these optical outputs can also be used for Zone 4.
There is also a dedicated optical output for Zone 2.
- XLR Audio Connectors: In addition to the unit's RCA analog inputs, the
preamplifier features one set of XLR audio inputs labeled CD.
- 7.1 Multi-Channel Input: The AVP-A1HDCI is equipped
with a 7.1-channel input to accommodate present and future multi-channel
- 9.3 Multi-Channel Pre-Out: The preamplifier features a
9.3-channel pre-out for connection to an external power amplifier such as
the Denon POA-A1HDCI. The unit features a set of 9.3ch RCA pre-out terminals
and a set of 9.3ch XLR pre-out terminals.
- XM: This proprietary terminal allows you to connect and
optional XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Dock.
- iPod Connection Terminal: You can connect and play an
iPod that has Apple's Dock connector using the optional Denon ASD-1R iPod
dock (033ASD1RBK, 033ASD1RWT) or iPod network dock (033ASD3N, 033ASD3W).
- USB Port: A USB terminal that lets you connect a
USB-compatible portable music player.
- RS-232C Ports: The AVP-A1HDCI includes dual RS-232C
ports for connection to external whole-house control systems, from companies
such as AMX, Crestron, and others, and provides a software/firmware upgrade
- Ethernet: Ethernet port that lets you build various
types of network environments.
- WLAN Antenna: WLAN Antenna input for use with supplied
WLAN antenna for wireless connection to your PC.
- Denon Link: Proprietary input that allows muti-channel
playback of Denon DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD players that are also
equipped with a Denon Link connection.
- Control Link: The unit features a proprietary port for connecting
the preamplifier to the Denon POA-A1HDCI surround power amplifier. The
control link cable is included with the POA-A1HDCI amplifier. The AVP-A1HDCI
can be connected to and control up to 2 POA-A1HDCI amplifiers.
- Room-to-Room Remote Jacks: The preamplifier 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 AVP-A1HDCI has 4 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, Zone 3 or Zone 4.
- HD Radio: In addition to standard AM/FM connections,
the preamplifier features a 75-ohm threaded coaxial HD FM connector and a dual
spring clip HD AM connector.
Front Panel Connections: The following connections are found
on the front panel of the preamplifier behind the unit's fold-down door.
A/V Inputs: The preamplifier features a
front panel S-video, a Composite-video, a pair of Left/Right RCA-audio, and
one Optical digital input on the front panel behind the unit's fold-down
USB Port: A USB terminal that lets you
connect a USB-compatible portable music player is located behind the trap
door on the front panel.
Headphone Jack: The preamplifier has a
standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel, positioned behind the