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Video: Denon AVR-1612 and AVR-1912 home theater receivers

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JR, a Crutchfield advisor, shows us the Denon AVR-1612 and AVR-1912 home theater receivers and points out their special features.

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Denon AVR-1612 and AVR-1912 home theater receivers

J.R.: Hey. We're in the Crutchfield lab today with some Denon receivers. And I kind of wanted to show them to you because we've been showing them to all of our advisors — just getting a really good feel for the amazing value of these Denon receivers, in particular the AVR-1912 and the AVR-1612.

So this is the Denon AVR-1912. It's a seven channel receiver which, like we are in here, you can use to hook up a 7.1 channel home theater system. In here we're listening to the Polk RM87 system today. But you don't have to do a seven channel home theater system. You could do a 5.1 system and put two speakers somewhere else, say outside or in the kitchen or in a bedroom. And we'll call that zone two so that you can have music playing outside while someone's watching and listening to home theater in the main room. It's a really nice feature that the 1912 has.

Another thing you might want to try is connecting it to the Internet. It's got an Ethernet port on the back so you can get it connected to the Internet and stream music from Pandora and thousands of internet radio stations and just tons of music sources and they can just pipe right through the Denon 1912. And if you've got it connected to the Internet, there's other things you can do. Say you have iTunes. There'll be an AirPlay button on your iTunes on your computer or on your iPhone or iPod or iPad and you can just hit that button and it'll send the song right into the Denon. The Denon has AirPlay built in so that song will just start playing for you. It's like magic. You can also download the Denon control app so if you do have a portable Apple device like an iPad or an iPhone you can use it to control your receiver. Just imagine sitting outside sending a song using AirPlay from your iPhone into the Denon receiver and then controlling it with volume and everything from the control app on your iPhone. Yeah, you can do all of that. It's pretty cool.

So we also have the Denon AVR-1612 here connected to the Energy Micro speaker system. And I just want to point out it's also an excellent value. And let's say you already have an Internet connection through your Apple TV or your Blu-ray player or your TV. You don't need networking built into the receiver. And maybe you're not doing two zones of sound and maybe you're only doing a five channel home theater system. Well, that's fine. That's exactly what you need — the AVR-1612. It's got all the stuff the 1912 has minus the 7.1 and the networking and it's a pretty great value.

So if you've got questions on these Denon receivers or of course anything else, just give us a call.

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