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Power your whole-house audio system with the Denon POA-3012CI. This versatile 12-channel amp offers an array of configuration and control options that allow you to tailor it to suit your specific multi-room setup. You can enjoy warm stereo sound in as many as six rooms. Or, for systems with fewer rooms, you can "bridge" or combine amplifier channels to give your speakers even more wattage — a great option for power-hungry outdoor speakers or in-wall subwoofers. The latest digital amplifier technology ensures plenty of clean power and reliable, cool-running operation.

Enjoy music throughout your house

The '3012CI can distribute music from one audio source, like a CD changer or satellite radio tuner, to multiple rooms in your home. Or you can connect up to six separate sources, one for each listening room. Individual front-panel level controls let you easily set a maximum volume for each set of speakers in your system. (We still recommend installing a volume control along with your speakers in each listening zone for convenient level adjustments.)

Custom-tailored advice — before and after you buy

Installing this amplifier usually requires you to run speaker cable in your walls, unless your home is already pre-wired. Our Audio/Video Designers can help you map out the details. Plus, our tech support specialists can help you through your installation step-by-step.

Advanced connectivity and control features

A rear-panel Ethernet port lets you set up and configure the POA-3012CI with your laptop or desktop PC via the web, using Microsoft® Internet Explorer — no need to install any special software. An RS-232C serial port allows you to operate the amplifier using a whole-house control system from Crestron, AMX, or other manufacturers. Independent trigger inputs and audio signal-sensing circuitry give you flexible power on/off operation.

Product Highlights:

  • 30 watts RMS x 12 channels into 8 ohms
  • 50 watts RMS x 12 channel into 4 ohms
  • 100 watts x 6 channels into 8 ohms
  • adjacent channels are bridgeable to 100 watts RMS into 8 ohms
  • web-enabled setup and operation via Ethernet port (RJ-45)
  • 6 stereo RCA audio inputs, one for each zone
  • turn-on modes: voltage trigger, manual, auto audio signal sensing, Ethernet or RS-232C input
  • master trigger input/output
  • 6 independent turn-on circuits for multi-zone applications
  • independent level controls for each channel
  • switchable low cut filter (12dB/octave at 80 Hz)
  • binding post speaker terminals
  • detachable AC power cord
  • weight: 41.9 pounds
  • 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 16-3/16"D
  • warranty: 3 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Denon POA-3012CI Reviews

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What's in the box?

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  • 12 Channel multi-zone power amplifier
  • 6.5" AC cord
  • Owner's Manual
  • Limited Warranty information
  • Denon Service Network information

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Overview: For whole-house audio distribution, the Denon POA-3012CI provides you with a host of configuration and control options, including the ability to provide multiple mono, stereo and bridged (high power) outputs to drive speakers anywhere in your home. Each of the unit's 12 power amplifier channels features the latest digital amplifier technology for superb sound along with cooler running and reliability. Each channel is rated at 30 watts (8 ohms), with assured reliability 4 ohms drive capability. For more output, channel pairs can be bridged, providing 100 watts output (8 ohms), ideal for driving in-wall subwoofers. Designed for easy setup and installation, the POA-3012CI features front panel controls for configuration, level setting, and other adjustment options, along with a front panel lock control that prevents inadvertent usage. The unit's rear panel's Ethernet IP port features web-enabled setup and configuration, and an RS-232C serial port provides additional control options.



Custom Integration: The POA-3012CI 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.

High Quality Digital Amplifiers: The Denon POA-3012CI is equipped with high quality digital amplifiers for a 12 channel independent module design. The POA-3012CI offers 30 watts x 12 channel in 8 ohms and 100 Watts x 6 channels in 8 ohms bridged. The amplifier can accommodate speakers 4 to 16 ohm in Normal mode and 8 to 16 ohm in Bridged mode.

Six Zone: The Denon POA-3012CI allows you to play the same audio source or a different audio source in up to six rooms of your home in Normal stereo mode. In Bridged mode, only one channel is output for each of the six zones or two channels in only three zones.

Independent Volume Control: Each zone's volume can be controlled independently from the POA-3012CI's front-panel controls.

Low Cut Filter: This feature cuts the low frequency component of each channel.

Home Network Function: The POA-3012CI is equipped with an Ethernet port which lets you control the POA-3012CI from your PC using Microsoft Internet Explorer. The POA-3012CI does not come with an Ethernet cable and requires a CAT-5 cable with an RJ-45 connector for connection. When connecting the POA-3012CI to your home network, you will need a router with a built-In DHCP sever and 100 BASE-TX switch. Once connected to your network, you can use Microsoft Internet Explorer to operate the POA-3012CI from your PC. Your computer must meet the following requirements to connect to the POA-3012CI:

  • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Vista
  • Internet Browser: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or later
  • Connection: LAN port

Dimmer Mode: The POA-3012CI has an adjustable display brightness (Bright, Dim, Dark or Off).


Bus Input/Output: The POA-3012CI features stereo gold-plated RCA connectors to input an audio signal to all channels of the amplifier. The unit also features stereo gold-plated RCA connector to output the audio signal from the POA-3012CI to another amplifier.

Audio Inputs: The POA-3012CI features a single gold-plated RCA-type for each of the amplifier's 12 channels so you can have an independent audio signal in each zone.

Speaker Outputs: The multi-channel amplifier features a pair of gold-plated binding posts for each of the amplifier's 12 channels. 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.

Six Trigger Inputs: The POA-3012CI has six 3.5mm mini-jack inputs to receive a 12-Volt DC "turn-on" from a connected unit with a 12-Volt DC output. When the equipment connected by this terminal is powered on/off, the power of this amplifier is changed from on/standby.

Master Trigger Input/Output: The power of an external device equipped with a trigger input jack can be turned on and off in association with operations on the POA-3012CI.

RS322C Port: The POA-3012C includes a single 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.

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