About the Denon AVR-1611
Versatility is key to long-term satisfaction when it comes to home theater receivers. The Denon AVR-1611 promises years of resourceful service. Its clean, high-current power can easily drive most seven-speaker systems to room-filling sound levels. Or, if you have a 5.1 system, you can use the receiver's back surround speaker outputs to power a second pair of stereo speakers in another room or out on your deck. Advanced sound decoding brings engaging sonic realism to your favorite movies, TV shows, and video games.
3D-ready HDMI audio/video switching
The AVR-1611 is good to go with the latest HDMI capabilities, to handle 3D video, Blu-ray movies, and more. Connect up to four high-definition sources for convenient switching, like a gaming console, Blu-ray player, HD cable box, and your HD video camera. Switching capability means that you only need to run a single HDMI cable to your television, eliminating the cable cluster from the back of your new TV.
Auto system setup customizes the sound for your room
The AVR-1611 has sophisticated auto-calibration to take the guesswork out of setting up your surround sound system. Using the supplied microphone, it analyzes sound from up to six different listening positions in your home theater, then automatically adjusts volume level, equalization, and delay settings for each speaker. The result is much more spacious, accurate sound across a wide listening area. Dynamic Volume mode keeps your sound clear and steady, eliminating those annoying spikes in volume that accompany so many TV commercials.
Power and Processing:
- 75 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
- Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES, Pro Logic® IIz, and DTS Neo:6 decoding
- Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ® six-point auto setup and room calibration system (microphone included)
- Audyssey Dynamic Volume mode to keep listening levels steady
Digital Music Options:
Audio Performance Features:
- high-current, low-impedance amp design
- Compressed Audio Restorer for better sound with compressed music sources like MP3 files
- 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
- 1080p-compatible HDMI digital audio/video switching (4 in, 1 out)
- analog-to-HDMI video conversion (480i to 480p only)
- HDMI version 1.4a with support for 3D video, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, and HDMI-CEC
- 4 audio/video inputs, including:
- 1 front-panel input with composite video
- 3 rear-panel inputs (1 component video, 1 composite, 1 composite/S-video)
- 3 audio-only inputs
- no phono input to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
- digital audio inputs: 1 optical, 1 coaxial
- back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping front left and right speakers
- multibrand remote
- 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 15-1/4"D
- weight: 20 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # AVR-1611
What's in the box:
- Black A/V Surround Sound Receiver
- Audyssey DM-A409 setup microphone with attached 20' cord (has a mono mini-jack connector)
- RC-1146 Wireless remote control
- 2 "AA" batteries
- AM loop antenna
- FM wire antenna
- Owner's Manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
- Warranty information
- Denon service network sheet
Denon AVR-1611 reviews
the reason i rated the 1611 a four star,was the volume,control, i found it to be hard to adjust, the sony that i had before the 1611 was easier to adjust, otherwise the sound of the 1611 is fuller
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This unit is awsome. I replaced an older Denon amp and this one blows it away. The speaker set-up system is a god send! Easy hook-up, i guess the only draw back is it won't control the tv volume with the amp off.
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I have the previous version of this product (1610) and my criticisms apply to this model as well. The problem I have is that you must use an analog connection for zone 2 - no HDMI, Coax, or optical inputs work. This piece of information is buried in the manual - I bought mine and installed before I found out. By then, there's no way I'm going to pack it up, etc. So rather than using the digital output from my AirPort Express, you have to use the analog (which sounds terrible). So I now have a $1,000 DAC feeding this receiver for zone 2... not exactly the best use of my audio gear. Another problem I have is that the digital mode for HDMI all of the sudden started to not work with the standard digital mode - I now have to use one of the bypass or "5 channel simulated" modes. Plus it does not remember your setting when you change sources, so there's a lot of opening the back of the remote and switching that setting. Otherwise, it works.
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Love the unit!
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I chose the AVR-1611 as it has most all of the features of the AVR-1911 for fewer $$ The Audessy Multi EQ system is an excellent feature as it corrects for both time and frequencey problems in your listening area. I hooked this receiver up to Energy's 5.1 Take Classic speaker system and movies sound absolutely outstanding. This Denon receiver offers plenty of ways to customize the sound to fit your needs. It even has a manual equalizer mode if you don't like what the Denon settings are from the auto calibration. Output is good and it has flexibility for A/B speakers or powered Zone two for a deck or another room. Pretty happy with it overall and would buy it again.
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I bought this receiver about a week ago and I haven't had any problem with it whatsoever. The sound is clear and powerful and the standby passthrough feature it has is a nice feature when you don't want to crank the volume and just want to watch something quietly. If you are in this price range this is the best receiver you can get hands down.
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More details on the Denon AVR-1611
Features & specs
7-Channel Amplifier: The Denon AVR-1611 features a 7-channel, equal power, discrete amplifier. Each channel is rated at 75 watts RMS. The seven amplifier channels built into the receiver are typically used for 7.1 channel surround in the main room, but there are various amplifier configurations to accommodate your home theater setup:
- Normal: The AVR-1611 is designed to be used as a 7.1ch surround sound receiver with front left/right, center-channel, surround left/right, and surround back left/right channels along with a preamp subwoofer output.
- Zone2: The surround back channel amplifier can also be assigned to power stereo speakers in Zone2.
- Bi-Amp: You can configure the amplifier for front bi-amp operation to achieve a higher-quality 2-channel sound by connecting the receiver's front and surround back channels to your main front speakers (if compatible).
- Front B: A second set of front speakers can be powered by the surround back amplifier.
- Front Height: To enjoy Dolby Pro Logic IIz you can reassign the power amp from the two surround back channels to the two front height channels for better front effects.
Minimum Signal Path Design: The simple & straight design concept has been thoroughly implemented in the signal paths to contribute to clean audio and video playback. Signal paths are as short as possible to keep signal degradation in the audio and video circuitry to a minimum.
Direct Mechanical Ground Construction: Vibration-resistant construction has been used to suppress the adverse influences of vibration on sound quality. The power transformers, a source of vibration, have been securely mounted on the high rigid bottom chassis. Direct mounting of cast-iron feet to the radiator in near proximity to each other serves to suppress mutual vibration with the power transformers and other sources of vibration.
Audyssey: This receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and Room Equalization function to achieve the most ideal sound field for your room. The AVR-1611's Audyssey MultEQ function is designed to optimize the sound quality at each listening position in the room. The included DM-A409 microphone is used to measure test tones at each listening position (up to six positions including the main position). This measured data is then analyzed using a program to improve acoustic characteristics in the listening area; the main position is given more weight in the calculations. Audyssey EQ offers the following options:
The MultEQ function has the following
- Audyssey: optimizes the crossover point, output level, delay time, and equalization of all speakers based on speaker frequency response, speaker location, and room acoustics
- Audyssey Byp. L/R: optimizes all speakers except front left and right
- Audyssey Flat: optimize frequency response of all speakers to flat
- Manual: adjusts the tonal quality for each speaker individually using the manual equalizer settings; adjust from -20 to +6 dB at 63 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, 4 kHz, 8 kHz, and 16 kHz
- Off: turns equalizer off
- 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.
- Dynamic Volume: 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.
Note: You can also setup your speaker system manually using the receiver. You can adjust speaker configuration (large/small/none), bass setting (LFE/LFE+Main), low-pass crossover (80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz), speaker distance (0-60'), channel level (-12 to +12dB), and high-pass crossover frequency (40/60/80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz)
Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The unit can be set to store the most recently selected surround mode for each input, so it is automatically activated each time the particular input is chosen. The surround modes include:
- Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
- Dolby Digital EX: Dolby Digital EX is a 6.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
- Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus was developed as an extension of Dolby Digital; the coding technology supports 7.1 discrete channels and has a higher bit rate.
- Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit.
- DTS Digital Surround: DTS Digital Surround is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround sound format used for both commercial/theatrical and consumer grade applications.
- DTS-HD High Resolution: 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 48 or 96 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.
- DTS-ES Extended Surround: DTS-ES features
two 6.1 multi-channel formats:
- DTS-ES Discrete 6.1: DTS-ES Discrete 6.1-channel is a 6.1-channel discrete digital audio format adding a surround back channel to the DTS digital surround sound.
- DTS-ES Matrix 6.1: DTS-ES Matrix 6.1-channel is a discrete 5.1 channel digital audio format inserting a surround back channel to the DTS surround sound through matrix encoding.
- DTS Express: DTS Express is an audio format supporting low bit rates (maximum 5.1-channels, 24 to 256 kbps)
- 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 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 Music.
- Dolby Pro Logic: Center and mono surround information is matrixed into two stereo channels. When reproduced, audio is decoded and output in 4 channel surround sound.
- 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 Cinema, Music, or Game formats. You can also choose Dolby Pro Logic (the earlier 4-channel mode).
- 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, or Game.
- 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, 5.1ch, and 7.1ch sources, Dolby Pro Logic IIz provides enhances spaciousness, depth, and dimension to movies, concert video, and videogame playback while maintaining full integrity of the source mix.
- Combined Surround Modes: The receiver features several combined modes using existing Dolby and DTS surround modes: Dolby TrueHD + Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS (HD) + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema, PCM multi-channel + Dolby Digital EX, etc.
- Denon Original Surround (DSP) Modes: The
desired surround mode according to the program source and viewing
situation can be selected from among the Denon original surround
- Rock Arena: for enjoying the atmosphere of a live concert in an arena
- Jazz Club: for enjoying the atmosphere of a live concert in a jazz club
- Mono Movie: for playing monaural movie sources with surround sound
- Video Game: suited for achieving surround sound with video games
- Matrix: add a spacious feel to stereo music sources
- Virtual: enjoy surround effects using only the front speakers or headphones
- Multi Channel Stereo: enjoy stereo sound from all speakers
- 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.
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:
- 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.
- 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 TrueHD.
- D.Comp: Like DRC, but used with Dolby Digital and DTS sources.
- LFE: This setting adjusts the low-frequency effects level (LFE); adjust from -10 to 0 dB.
- Center Width: This function assigns the center channel signal to the front left and right channels for wider sound; select from 0 to 7. This function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music and PL IIx Music modes.
- Center Image: This function assigns a center channel signal to the front left and right channels for wider sound; adjust from 0.0 to 1.0. This function only works in the DTS Neo:6 Music mode.
- Panorama: This feature assigns front left and right signals to surround channels for wider sound, you can turn this feature On or Off. This function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music and PL IIx Music modes.
- Dimension: This settings shifts the sound image to the front or rear to adjust playback balance; select from 0 to 6. This function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music and PL IIx Music modes.
- Delay Time: This feature adjusts the delay time (0-300ms) to control the sound stage size. In this menu the delay time is only adjusted for the Matrix mode.
- Effect Level: This function adjusts the effect signal level from 1 to 15 when using specific Denon Original Surround Modes.
- Room Size: This feature allows you to set the size of your desired acoustic environment when using specific Denon Original Surround Modes; select Small, Medium small, Medium, Medium large, or Large.
- AFDM: Detects the source's surround back channel signal and sets the optimum surround mode automatically.
- SB CH Out: This setting selects the playback mode for the surround back channels; there are separate settings for multi-channel and 2-channel sources.
- Height Gain: Adjust the volume of the Front Height channels to Low, Mid, or High.
- Subwoofer: Turn the sub on/off.
Multi-Zone/Multi-Source: Denon's Multi-Zone/Multi-Source function lets you listen to a second source (audio only) in a second location of your home. The AVR-1611's surround back amplifier can be re-assigned to power the Zone2 speakers, leaving 5.1-channel surround available in the main zone. Only analog input sources can be played in Zone2.
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.
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.
Restorer: This function restores compressed audio signals to pre-compression form, correcting the sense of bass and treble volume to obtain a richer sounding playback; select 64, 96, or HQ based on the compression setting of the source material.
Auto Lip Sync (Audio Delay): This feature automatically compensates for the timing shift between the audio and video of the receiver. If needed, the audio signal can be manually delayed to match the video signal; adjust from 0-200ms.
Volume Setting: You can set a maximum volume level of 0, -10, or -20 dB to limit the receiver's total volume output. You can also specify a turn-on volume, from -80 to +18dB or Last (whatever the volume setting when the receiver was turned off).
Muting Level Adjustment: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit; -40dB or -20dB below current volume, or full mute (sound turned off entirely).
Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-1611 features an optical digital (Toslink) input and a coaxial digital input. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Tuner.
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.
Binding Post Speaker Terminals: All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are positioned too far apart to be used with dual banana plugs.
Personal Memory Plus: For each input, the receiver automatically memorizes the settings for input mode, surround mode, HDMI output mode, MultEQ, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, audio delay, etc. When the input source is switched, the settings last used for that source are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone control settings, and playback levels for the different output channels are memorized for each surround mode.
Sleep Timer: This function allows you to automatically set the power to standby after a predetermined amount of time has passed; set the sleep timer up to 120 minutes in 10 minute increments.
HDMI ver. 1.4a: This unit has four HDMI version 1.4a inputs and one HDMI version 1.4a output. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. They support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with 3D signals, ARC (Audio Return Channel), Deep Color, xvYCC technology, Auto Lipsync, and HDMI control.
Audio Return Channel (ARC): If the connected TV has HDMI version 1.4 and supports ARC, the audio signal can be transferred from the TV (when its internal tuner is used) to the AVR-1611 through the HDMI cable, so a second cable isn't needed.
3D: The AVR-1611 will pass the 3D signal when connected to a 3D source (3D Blu-ray player, 3D cable box, etc) and a 3D TV.
Video Converter: The AVR-1611 is equipped with a flexible video switching system that converts incoming analog video signals so only one video connection is required from the receiver to the TV. All analog signals are output through the unit's HDMI monitor port to your HDTV. The S-video input is also converted to composite video. The resolution of the input signals is not scaled.
Component Video Input: The component video input (single) is assignable to any of the sources (other than Tuner).
On-Screen Display (OSD): An OSD menu can be displayed on your television for easy system setup. The OSD is sent through the receiver's HDMI and composite video monitor outputs.
Video Select Function: You can switch the video input source on the receiver while listening to a different audio signal.
Dimmer: The receiver features 4 display settings; Bright, Dim, Dark and Off.
iPod Compatibility: Using an optional iPod dock (ASD-11R, ASD-3N, ASD-51N, or ASD-51W), you can integrate your iPod with the AVR-1611. Song titles and elapsed time appear on the receiver's display panel, song titles, artist name, album title, and elapsed time appear on the connected TV monitor. The iPod is controlled using the receiver's remote control or buttons on the main unit. Video and still photos can also be displayed on the TV monitor.
Remote Control (RC-1146): The AVR-1611 comes with a remote control that can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable components. It is pre-programmed with control signals for other brand products; including DVD players, Blu-ray Disc players, VCRs, TVs, cable boxes, satellite receivers, and CD players. The remote control features Glow keys so it can easily be used in the dark.
Quick Select: The front panel and main remote both have three Quick Select buttons. Each button can be programmed with a specific input source and volume setting for easy recall.
HDMI Control: The Denon AVR-1611 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-1611's HDMI control function, you can perform the operations from the AVR-1611's remote control - Power off, Switching of audio output devices, Switching of audio input devices, Volume adjustment, and Playback functions.
Remote Jacks: There is a mini-jack input and a mini-jack output for use with optional IR repeater systems.