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Denon AVR-1610

Home theater receiver with HDMI switching

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Item # 033AV1610

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HDMI audio/video switching
If you've got an HDTV with only one HDMI input, you'll appreciate this receiver's 1080p-compatible HDMI switching. Connect up to three high-definition sources for convenient switching, like a gaming console, Blu-ray player , and HD cable box. The receiver's 1080p-compatible HDMI connections maintain pristine picture and sound quality for all three. And you only need to run a single HDMI cable between the receiver and TV.

Denon's AVR-1610 delivers impressive bang for the buck by focusing on the most important aspects of home theater and leaving out the bells and whistles. Its clean, high-current amplification delivers room-filling sound with most five-speaker systems. Advanced sound decoding lets you enjoy engaging sonic realism from your favorite movies, TV shows, and video games. This receiver even decodes the high-resolution Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio soundtracks available from many Blu-ray discs and players.

HDMI audio/video switching
If you've got an HDTV with only one HDMI input, you'll appreciate this receiver's 1080p-compatible HDMI switching. Connect up to three high-definition sources for convenient switching, like a gaming console, Blu-ray player , and HD cable box. The receiver's 1080p-compatible HDMI connections maintain pristine picture and sound quality for all three. And you only need to run a single HDMI cable between the receiver and TV.

Easy and precise surround sound setup
The AVR-1610 includes 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. You'll enjoy 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.

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Product Highlights:

  • 75 watts x 5 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)
  • iPod® integration (requires optional Denon ASD-11R or ASD-3N)
  • Compressed Audio Restorer for better sound with compressed music sources like MP3 files
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume mode to keep listening levels steady
  • high-current, low-impedance amp design
  • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
  • multibrand remote
  • 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 14-1/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital audio/video switching (3 in, 1 out)
  • analog-to-HDMI video conversion (480i to 480p only)
  • HDMI version 1.3a with support for 1080p, Deep Color, and x.v.Color
  • component video switching (2 in, 1 out)
  • digital audio inputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial
  • 4 audio/video inputs, including:
    • 1 front-panel input with composite video
    • 3 rear-panel inputs (all include composite, 1 includes S-video)
  • 3 audio-only inputs
  • 2 sets of main speaker outputs

What's in the Box:

  • Black AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
  • Audyssey DM-A409 setup microphone with attached 20' cord (has a mono mini-jack connector)
  • RC-1120 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM analog loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Owner's Manual (Eng/Fre)
  • Getting Started Connections (Eng/Fre)
  • Warranty information
  • Denon service network sheet

Denon AVR-1610 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

A very good unit

Dane from Charlotte, NC on 10/22/2009

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I bought this Denon to replace a Panasonic that only lasted about 4 years. My old unit didn't have HDMI or the internal feature of converting one input type to whatever output you needed . This unit is very easy to connect to whatever inputs you need to use (component, composite, etc) and it allows that to be converted to full HDMI output for the TV. Really a mandatory feature once you've had it. I suppose most new A/V Receivers have that capability now. The remote was easy to program for all my components. Although I wasn't able to program my newish Sat/DVR receiver into it. (but that's better than any other remote I have or have had). I was a little disappointed with the on screen menu. It lacks color an is not as intuitive as it should be. Had to read directions to make much sense of it. This is the only reason I did not give it 5 stars. The sound and the video both seem to be better than my old unit even thought the Denon has less power. Sound & video are more vivid. I only had a 5 channel system before and really didn't want or have space for the 7 channel system so this worked out great. Still, if I wanted to upgrade, this unit will decode the extra 2 channels if I had an amp and speakers to support the 7 channel system. It's always nice to have extra capabilities. Over all I'd say this is a very good addition to my system. It was cheaper than my old unit , and the ease of interconnections far outweighs any minor faults it may have.



Amazing Bang for your Buck!

Drew from Michigan on 9/9/2009

Well, I finally decided to upgrade my great-sounding but HDMI-less Marantz receiver to something that would play nice with my PS3 and Wii and upconverting Oppo player. I wanted this, but I did not have a fortune to spend. I checked out the 'budget' receivers from Yamaha, Onkyo, Pioneer, and even refurbished Marantz. I did weeks of research; comparing spec sheets repeatedly, always price shopping, comparing each one's auto speaker setup, and build quality(I was spoiled by the Marantz). Also, I ideally wanted to run just one cable to my projector(it looks ungodly with wires running across the room). What made me choose the Denon? Easy. I only have a 5.1 setup (no need for two extra amps), the Audyssey MultEQ is superior to what the other brands (except Pioneer) can offer at this price, the receiver is heavier and feels less 'flimsy' than the others (the Onkyo was also fine), decodes all of the latest HDMI audio codecs, and I only have one HDMI cable running to my projector! And all for a great price! In the budget receiver world, I do not think this has any peers right now. You won't regret purchasing one!




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Features and Specs

Number Of Channels 5
Stereo RMS Power (watts) 75
THD in Stereo 0.08 %
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
General Features
Internet-ready ---
Bluetooth No
Apple AirPlay ---
App Remote Control No
USB port for iPod/iPhone No
FM Sensitivity 12.8 dBf
HD Radio Tuner No
On-Screen Display
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
HDR-compatible No
HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
Composite Video Conversion From Composite to HDMI
Component Video Conversion From Component Video to HDMI
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion No
DLNA Certified
MHL-compatible ---
Multibrand Remote Control Yes
Learning Remote No
LCD Remote
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 6-3/4
Depth (inches) 14-1/4
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
Dolby Atmos N/A
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input No
Audio-Video Inputs 5
Audio-only Inputs 1
Component Video Inputs 2
Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
Optical Digital Outputs None
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
HDMI Inputs 3
HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
Subwoofer Outputs 1
Multi-Channel Analog Input No
Multi-channel Preamp Output No
Main Speaker Output Pairs 2
Main Speaker Terminals Posts
Ethernet Port None
USB Connections None
Removable Power Cord ---

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Audio Features
Video Features
Remote Control
Optional Accessory Devices

Audio Features

5-Channel Equal Power Amplifier: The Denon AVR-1610 features a 5-channel equal power, discrete amplifier. Each channel is rated at 75 watts RMS. The receiver is also equipped with Surround Back/Front Height preamp outputs for adding surround back or front height speakers to your system, using a separate power amplifier, so you can enjoy 7.1ch surround or Pro Logic IIz surround. In addition, the AVR-1610 features a set of "B" speakers, wired in parallel to the receiver's "A" speakers, for listening to the same audio source in another room.

Robust Power Supply: To produce a clear, stable power circuit that prevents unwanted noise from affecting the sound, the Denon AVR-1610 has a dedicated CPU transformer that is separate from the audio and video circuitry. The AVR-1610 features a powerful rectifier circuit with 10,000 μF block capacitors and a bridge diode of 8A capacity to supply stable current with negligible noise.

Digital Signal Processing (DSP): The Denon AVR-1610 is equipped with a high-resolution 32-bit floating point Digital Signal Processor (DSP). 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.

Minimum Signal Path Design: The "simple & straight" design concept has been thoroughly implemented in the signal paths to contribute to immaculately clean audio and video playback. Signal paths are as short as possible to keep signal degradation in the audio and video circuitry to an absolute minimum.

Direct Mechanical Ground Construction: Vibration-resistant construction has been used to thoroughly 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 MultiEQ function, to achieve the most ideal sound field for your room. The AVR-1610's Audyssey MultiEQ 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. This measured data is then analyzed using a program to improve acoustic characteristics in the listening area. For best results at least 6 positions should be measured, including a main position. The main position is given more weight in the calculations. The Audyssey EQ offers the following settings.

  • MultiEQ: The MultiEQ function offers the following adjustments:
    • 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 clearly heard. 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), or Midnight (high).

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 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 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 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 content, 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 Digital (Plus) + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema/Music, Dolby Digital (Plus) + Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Dolby True HD + Ex, Dolby TrueHD + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema/Music, Dolby TrueHD + Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS (HD) + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema/Music, DTS (HD) + Dolby Pro Logic IIz, or DTS (HD) + Neo:6.
  • Denon Original Surround (DSP) Modes: The desired surround mode according to the program source and viewing situation can be selected from among 7 Denon original surround modes.
    • 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
    • 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
    • Virtual: this mode is for enjoying surround effects using only the front speakers or headphones
    • 5CH/7CH Stereo: this mode is for enjoying stereo sound from all speakers

Note: This receiver does not feature Surround Back and Front Height speaker outputs; instead it features Surround Back/Front Height preamp outputs. To listen to 7.1ch, you must connect an external power amplifier to the receiver's Surround Back preamp outputs to drive your surround back speakers. To listen to Pro Logic IIz, you must connect an external power amplifier to the receiver' Front Height preamp outputs to drive your front height speakers.

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: 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 formats other than DTS.
  • LFE: This setting adjusts the low-frequency effects level (LFE). You can adjust the LFE 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 and PL IIx 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 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 and PL IIx 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 and PL IIx modes.
  • Delay Time: This feature adjusts the delay time 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 the Denon Original Surround Modes.
  • Room Size: This feature allows you to set the size of your acoustic environment when using the Denon Original Surround Modes; select Small, Medium small, Medium, Medium large, or Large.
  • 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.

Source Level: This function adjusts the playback level of the currently select 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.

Direct Playback: In this mode, this audio signal bypass the tone adjustment circuitry for higher quality sound.

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-1610 features 2 optical digital (Toslink) inputs and 1 coaxial digital input. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Tuner.

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.

Surround Back Pre-Outputs: The receiver is equipped with Surround Back preamp outputs for adding surround back speakers to your system, using a separate power amplifier, so you can enjoy 7.1ch surround.

AM/FM Tuner: The Denon AVR-1610 features a built-in AM/FM tuner which allows you to preset up to 8 AM/FM stations and 7 different banks (A-G), giving you a total of 56 AM/FM presets.

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

Sleep Timer: This function allows you to automatically set the power to standby after a predetermined amount of time has passed. You can se the sleep timer to 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Video Features

HDMI ver. 1.3a: This unit has 3 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI monitor output, version 1.3a. The receiver's HDMI circuitry allows the receiver to output an HDMI audio signal from its speaker outputs, headphone out, and HDMI out so you don't have to run and additional analog or digital cable. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. The HDMI jacks support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with 30 and 36 bit Deep Color and xvYCC color space technology (currently no pre-recorded software supports Deep Color or xvYCC).

Analog-to-HDMI Up-Conversion: Analog video input signals (composite, S-video, component) are converted to digital video signal and transmitted to the HDMI output port. HDMI digital video signal can only be output through the receiver's HDMI monitor output.

Component Video Outputs: The receiver features 2 component video inputs and 1 component video monitor output.

Video Select Function: You can switch the video input source on the receiver while listening to a different audio signal.

On-Screen Menu: The Denon receiver features an on-screen menu using either its HDMI, component video, composite video or S-video monitor output.

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.

Dimmer: The receiver features 4 display brightness settings; Bright, Dim, Dark and Off.

Remote Control

Remote Control (RC-1120): The remote control can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable Denon components. It is pre-programmed with control codes for other brand products; including DVD players, Blu-ray Disc players, VCRs, TVs, cable boxes, satellite receivers, and CD players.

Quick Select: The front panel and main remote both have three Quick Select buttons. Each button can be programmed with a specific input source, surround mode, volume, and MultEQ, Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic volume settings for easy recall.

HDMI Control: The Denon AVR-1610 can control select external audio/video components connected via HDMI which supports HDMI control. When you make an HDMI connection with a TV or player compatible with the AVR-1610's HDMI control function, you can perform the operations from the AVR-1610's remote control - Power off, Switching of audio output devices, Switching of audio input devices, Volume adjustment, and Playback functions.

Optional Accessory Devices

iPod Compatibility: Using an optional ASD-11R iPod dock, or an ASD-51N or ASD-51W iPod/Network adapter dock, you can integrate your iPod with the AVR-1610. Song titles appear on the receiver's display panel and the iPod can be controlled using the buttons on the main unit and the remote control.

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