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Denon AVR-1612

Home theater receiver with 3D-ready HDMI switching

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The Denon AVR-1612 delivers the thrilling experience of surround sound from the company with over a century of audio expertise. You'll not only enjoy the master-quality movie soundtracks from the latest Blu-ray movies, but also wraparound sound with DVD concerts, HDTV programming and video games. Plus you'll easily be able to take your portable music to a new level.

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The Denon AVR-1612 delivers the thrilling experience of surround sound from the company with over a century of audio expertise. You'll not only enjoy the master-quality movie soundtracks from the latest Blu-ray movies, but also wraparound sound with DVD concerts, HDTV programming and video games. Plus you'll easily be able to take your portable music to a new level.


3D-ready HDMI audio/video switching

The AVR-1612 is outfitted 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 more. You only need to run a single HDMI cable to your television, eliminating the tangled cable cluster from the back of your new TV.


Add a few thousand songs to the lineup

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Front panel USB port delivers clean digital sound from your iPod® (not included).

The front-panel USB port on the '1612 is a perfect place to plug in your iPod® or iPhone®. This direct-digital connection delivers better sound quality bypassing your player's built-in DAC (digital-to-analog converter) in favor of Denon's superior audio circuitry. Front-panel controls put iPod playback commands just a fingertip away. Plus you get to listen to your favorite music through the best speakers in the house. Thumb drives are also welcome.


Wizard available — hat and wand not included

Denon knows that with all of the different equipment, inputs, outputs and cable types around that connecting it all can seem like a Herculean task. That's why they equipped this receiver with their first-time setup wizard. Simply plug in the receiver and connect it to your TV and you'll get simple, easy-to-understand on-screen instructions that will get you to the fun of having a home theater receiver a whole lot sooner.


Customize the sound with ease

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Audyssey setup mic

The AVR-1612's sophisticated auto-calibration takes 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. Its Dynamic Volume mode keeps your sound clear and steady, eliminating those annoying spikes in volume that accompany so many TV commercials.


From the review Denon AVR-1612 Home Theater Receiver: Great value, great performance

"This is not a hard receiver to set up. The Denon set-up wizard even helps the user decide what cables to use. The '1612 has the flexibility to accommodate all kinds of gear, new or old, to help create a truly solid home theater system. The sound quality was excellent for both movies and music. Image pass-through was clean throughout tests with both HD and standard definition sources. The AVR-1612 proved itself to be an excellent performer."

— Marshall, Crutchfield Home A/V Writer

I gave this one a 4 * rating only because I wish it had just a bit more ooomph than it does. There does not seem quite enough power to support the Sub-woofer...

IM4UH, Dickinson, Texas

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What's in the Box:

  • 5.1ch A/V Receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RC-1157)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Audyssey setup microphone (DM-A409)
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
  • Getting Started (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Warranty information
  • Denon service network sheet

Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 5-channel amplifier
    • 75 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio, Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES™, 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:
    • listen to music from iPod®, iPhone®, or other portable music player via the front-panel USB input
    • iPod® video integration (requires optional Denon ASD-11R dock)
    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
    Connections:
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital audio/video switching (4 in, 1 out)
    • 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 (2 composite, 1 S-video)
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • digital audio inputs: 1 optical, 1 coaxial
    General Features:
    • first-time setup wizard for easy operation
    • intuitive on-screen menu via HDMI
    • multibrand remote
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-5/16"H x 15-1/16"D
    • weight: 20.2 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Features and Specs

    Amplification
    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 No
    Bluetooth-compatible ---
    Apple AirPlay No
    App Remote Control No
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    FM Sensitivity 12.8 dBf
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration Audyssey MultEQ
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
    HDR-compatible No
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion No
    Component Video Conversion No
    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) 6-5/16
    Depth (inches) 15-1/16
    Weight (pounds) 20.2
    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 DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos N/A
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 7
    Audio-only Inputs None
    Component Video Inputs None
    Component Video Monitor Outputs None
    Optical Digital Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 4
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Outputs 1
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port None
    USB Connections 1 Front
    Removable Power Cord No

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    Audio Features
    Video Features
    USB/iPod Functions
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Features

    Equal Power Amp Design: The Denon AVR-1612 is equipped with a 5 channel power amplifier rated at 75-watts (into 8-ohms, at 20-20kHz, with 0.08% THD, driving 2 channels) that reproduces high-fidelity sound in surround mode with equal quality and power for all channels, true to the original sound. The power amplifier circuit adopts a discrete-circuit configuration that achieves high-quality surround sound reproduction. To faithfully reproduce the original surround sound, each of the Denon AVR-1612's five channels are equipped with its own high-current power amp of equal power. Since these power amps also use discrete circuits configured with parts strictly selected for their contribution to high sound quality, rather than with low-cost integrated circuits (ICs), the surround sound playback is of impeccably high quality.

    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.

    Independent Power Supplies: The Denon AVR-1612 employs independent stable power supplies for high-quality sound and picture playback.

    24-bit/192-kHz DACs: This receiver is equipped with AKM Semiconductor 24-bit/192-kHz (AK4358VQ) DACs to decode and playback high-resolution recordings with less jitter and  clearer sound.

    32-Bit Processing DSP: The Denon AVR1612 is equipped with a HammerHead SHARC 32-bit DSP (ADSP21487) for powerful and highly accurate surround sound reproduction.

    High-Definition Audio Support: Fully compatible with current HD audio formats, the Denon AVR-1612 A/V Receiver provides powerful, theater-quality surround sound. The Denon AVR-1612 features support for Blu-ray high-resolution audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio for a dynamic surround-sound listening experience. These formats play back sound with exceptional fidelity, providing a more realistic listening experience.

    Surround Formats: 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:

    Listening Modes Description
    Direct In this mode the audio signal is played in its original form, without any surround or tone processing.
    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.
    Dolby Pro Logic Modes Dolby Pro Logic Dolby Pro Logic is a matrix decoding technology developed by Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Pro Logic processes any high-quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into four playback channels of surround sound - Front Left, Front Right, Center, Mono-Surrounds.
    Dolby Pro Logic II

    Dolby Pro Logic II is a matrix decoding technology developed by Dolby Laboratories. Regular music such as that on CDs is encoded into 5 channels to achieve an excellent surround effect. The surround channel signals are converted into stereo and full band signals (with a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz or greater) to create a "three-dimensional" sound image offering a rich sense of presence for all stereo. sources

    Dolby Pro Logic IIx

    Dolby Pro Logic IIx is a further improved version of the Dolby Pro Logic II matrix decoding technology. Audio signals recorded in 2 channels are decoded to achieve a natural sound with up to 7.1 channels. There are three modes: "Music" suited for playing music, "Cinema" suited for playing movies, and "Game" which is optimized for playing games.

    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, 5.1-channel and 7.1-channel content, Dolby Pro Logic IIz provides enhanced spaciousness, depth and dimension to movies, concert video and video game playback while maintaining the full integrity of the source mix.

    Dolby Digital Modes Dolby Digital Dolby Digital is the multi-channel digital signal format developed by Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Digital consists of up to 5.1 channels - front left, front right, center, surround left, surround right, and an additional channel exclusively reserved for additional deep bass sound effects. Dolby Digitals main channels can all contain full range sound information, from the lowest bass, up to the highest frequencies - 22 kHz. The signals within each channel are distinct from the others, allowing pinpoint sound imaging and tremendous dynamic range from the most powerful sound effects to the quietest, softest sounds, free from noise and distortion.
    Dolby Digital EX

    Dolby Digital EX is a 6.1-channel surround format proposed by Dolby Laboratories that allows users to enjoy in their homes the "DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND EX" audio format jointly developed by Dolby Laboratories and Lucas Films. The 6.1 channels of sound, including surround back channels, provide improved.

    Dolby Digital Plus

    Dolby Digital Plus is an improved Dolby Digital signal format that is compatible with up to 7.1 channels of discrete digital sound and also improves sound quality thanks to extra data bit rate performance. It is upwardly compatible with conventional Dolby Digital, so it offers greater flexibility in response to the source signal and the conditions of the playback equipment.

    Dolby  TrueHD

    Dolby TrueHD is a high definition audio technology developed by Dolby Laboratories, using lossless coding technology to faithfully reproduce the sound of the studio master. This format provides the facility to support up to 8 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 192kHz/24bit resolution. Dolby TrueHD is adopted for applications that put very high importance on sound quality.

    DTS Modes DTS

    DTS Digital Surround is the standard digital surround format of DTS, Inc., compatible with a sampling frequency of 44.1 or 48 kHz and up to 5.1 channels of digital discrete surround sound.

    DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 is a 6.1-channel discrete digital audio format adding a surround back (SB) channel to the DTS digital surround sound. Decoding of conventional 5.1-channel audio signals is also possible according to the decoder.
    DTS-ES Matrix 6.1

    DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 is a 6.1-channel discrete digital audio format inserting a surround back (SB) channel to the DTS digital surround sound through matrix encoding. Decoding of conventional 5.1-channel audio signals is also possible according to the decoder.

    DTS-HD High Resolution Audio

    DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is an improved version of the conventional DTS, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24 signals formats, 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. This format is fully compatible with conventional products, including conventional DTS digital surround 5.1-channel data.

    DTS-HD Master Audio

    DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless audio format created by Digital Theater System (DTS). This format provides the facility to support up to 8 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 192kHz/24bit resolution. It is fully compatible with conventional products, including conventional DTS digital surround 5.1-channel data.

    DTS Express

    DTS Express is an audio format supporting low bit rates (max. 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 on DVD-Video.

    DTS Neo: 6

    DTS NEO:6 is a matrix decoding technology for achieving 6.1-channel surround playback with 2-channel sources. It includes "DTS NEO:6 Cinema" suited for playing movies and "DTS NEO:6 Music" suited for playing music.

    Denon Original Listening Modes Multichannel Stereo

    This mode is for enjoying stereo sound from all speakers. The same sound as that from the front speakers (L/R) is played back at the same level from the surround speakers (L/R) and surround back speakers (L/R).

    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. When playing sources recorded in monaural in the "MONO MOVIE" mode, the sound will be off balance with a single channel (left or right), so input to both channels.

    Video Game This mode is suited for achieving surround sound with video games.
    Matrix This mode lets you add a spacious feel to stereo music sources.
    Virtual

    This mode is for enjoying surround effects using only the front speakers or headphones.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical or coaxial). Even though the AV receiver will decode 7.1channel surround sound (via HDMI), it will only output 5.1ch surround, because it lacks Surround Back channel speaker outputs (unless you connect an addition Surround Back amplifier to the receiver's SB/FH Pre-Outs). Pro Logic IIz requires additional Front-Height speakers connected to a separate amplifier using the receiver's Surround Back/Front-Height preamp outputs.

    Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:

    • Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements you can adjust:
      • Panorama: Broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels, panorama can be turned on/off in the menu.
      • Dimension: Allows you to move the sound field forward or backward.
      • Center Width: Allows you to adjust the width of the center channel.
    • Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 5 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).
    • Denon Original Surround Mode Settings: While listening in one of the Denon Original Surround Modes, there are three further enhancements you can adjust:
      • 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.
      • Effect Level: This function adjusts the effect signal level from 1 to 15 when using specific Denon Original Surround Modes.
      • Delay Time: This feature adjusts the delay time (0-300ms) to control the sound stage size
    • Height Gain: Adjust the volume (Low/Mid/High) of the Front Height channels in Dolby Pro Logic IIz. 

    Audyssey MultEQ: Audyssey MultEQ technology helps create an optimal acoustic profile for your home theater. Using the included setup microphone, Audyssey MultEQ measures sound levels and adjusts speaker configuration accordingly, making setup fast and easy. This room acoustic measuring and correction system analyzes (via the included microphone) the audio characteristics of your speaker system and your listening environment at up to 6 measurement points and automatically tailors the sound for top audio fidelity. You can set the Audyssey MultEQ to one of the following modes.

    • 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 Bypass L/R: Optimizes all speakers except front left and right.
    • Audyssey Flat: Optimizes 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.

    Note: You can also setup your speaker system manually using the receiver. You can select speaker configuration and size (large/small/none), as well as subwoofer (yes/no). Set subwoofer and LFE signal range playback (LFE/LFE+Main), as well as low-pass crossover frequency (80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz). Set distance (0-60') from listening position to speakers. Set the volume (+/-12dB) of the test tone to be the same when it is output from each speaker. And set the high-pass crossover frequency (40/60/80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz) for each speaker.

    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.

    Audyssey Dynamic Volume: Audyssey Dynamic Volume solves the problem of large variations in volume level between television programs, commercials, and between the soft and loud passages of movies. 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.

    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.

    Restorer: Compressed audio formats such as MP3, WMA (Windows Media Audio), and MPEG-4 AAC reduce the amount of data by eliminating signal components that are hard for the human ear to hear. The Restorer function generates the signals eliminated upon compression, restoring the sound to conditions near those of the original sound before compression. It also corrects the sense of volume of the bass to obtain richer sound with compressed audio signals. You can choose from 4 settings:

    • Mode 1 (Restorer 64): Optimized mode for compressed sources with very weak highs.
    • Mode 2 (Restorer 96): Apply suitable bass & treble boost for all compressed sources.
    • Mode 3 (Restored HQ): Optimized mode for compressed sources with normal highs.
    • Off: Does not use Restored function.

    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 Digital or DTS.

    Night Mode: The Night Mode optimizes sound for late night listening. This function can be set to Low, Mid, High, or Off.

    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.

    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-1612 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.

    Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post terminals for all speaker outputs (Front L/R, Center, and Surround L/R). The binding posts can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana plugs. The terminals are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs. The collar surrounding the binding post terminals prevent the use of spade connectors.

    Note: The receiver will accept speaker impedances of 6 to 16-ohm.

    Surround Back/Front Height Pre-Out: The AV receiver is equipped with a pair of Surround Back/Front-Height Pre-Outs, so you can connect a secondary amplifier to power a pair Surround Back (DD+, TrueHD, DTS-HD) or Front-Height (DPL IIz) speakers for 7.1ch surround.

    Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Denon AV receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with 56 station auto-preset memory tuning. You can also set your presets manually. You can even label these presets. In addition, you can even directly tune in a frequency using the receiver's remote control.

    Video Features

    HDMI (v1.4): With four HDMI (v1.4) inputs, the AVR-1612 allows you to route multiple high-definition devices--like game consoles and Blu-ray players--to your TV. It also allows you to connect all of your devices to your TV with a single HDMI cable (via its HDMI monitor output), reducing cable clutter. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. They support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with 3D signals, ARC, Deep Color, xvYCC technology, Auto LipSync, and HDMI control.

    3D Pass-Through: With the advent of 3D media, it is important to own a receiver that recognizes 3D video signals. The AVR-1612 is able to pass through 3D signals from your Blu-ray player, ensuring that the 3D effect doesn't get lost in translation. It also recognizes signals from 3D television broadcasts. By connecting a 3D-compliant Blu-ray disc player and 3D-compliant TV to the AVR-1612, you will have a 3D home theater where you can enjoy high-definition sound and video on a level you've never experienced before.

    HDMI Standby-Through: When enabling the HDMI Standby-Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "on" or in "standby" both audio and video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your television, via the receiver HDMI monitor output. You can select between 2 HDMI Through functions modes.

    • HDMI Input: Selects the HDMI Input (1, 2, 3, or 4) for which the HDMI Standby-Through function is enabled.
    • Last: The HDMI Standby-Through function is activated on the input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to the "standby" mode.

    ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.

    Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The AVR-1612 also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture

    Auto LipSync: 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.

    Analog Video Inputs: The receiver features 3 composite video inputs (2 rear/1 front) and one composite video monitor output. There is also a single S-video input. You must connect the receiver to your TV via composite video to view incoming video from the receiver's composite or S-video inputs.

    Note: There are no component video inputs or outputs.

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

    Front Panel AV Input: The front panel's Video Aux input features analog stereo RCA and composite video input.

    USB/iPod Functions

    USB Port: A USB memory device can be connected to the USB (type-A) port located on the front-panel, allowing you to play music files through the receiver. The USB memory device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. Compatible audio formats include MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps), and AAC (16-320kbps). The unit can recognize up to 2,000 folders, and 6,000 files.

    Note: USB memory device will not work via a Hub.

    iPod/iPhone Direct: With its built-in USB (type-A) port, the AVR-1612 supports digital music playback from an iPod or iPhone. Using a USB-to-iPod Dock cable plugged into the front-panel USB port, music can be played directly from your iPod/iPhone, bypassing the iPod/iPhone's D/A converter. The iPod/iPhone can be controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to use the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. Song/artist information and elapsed playing time appear on the AVR-1612's display and on the connected video monitor. Your iPod/iPhone's battery will also be charged while connected to the receiver. The AVR-1612 is "made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following iPod/iPhone models and functions via its front-panel USB port (as of Oct. 2011):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th N/A N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2 5.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the receiver and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    iPod/iPhone Video Dock (optional): Using an optional iPod/iPhone video dock (ASD-11R, sold separately), you can view your iPod/iPhone's video and photo through the AVR-1612 (S-video) on your connected TV (composite video). The iPod/iPhone is controlled using the receiver's remote control or buttons on the main unit.

    Convenience Features

    Simple Controls: With its intuitive button layout, the AVR-1612 is designed for ease of use. The front panel is smartly organized, featuring clearly labeled buttons and onboard controls for volume and source. The AVR-1612 includes one-touch Quick Selection buttons that let you instantly select frequently-used video/music sources and surround modes. Icon displays on the buttons make it easy to recognize the buttons' functions.

    On-Screen GUI (Graphic User Interface): The AV receiver's on-screen display (GUI) provides quick information about your system's settings (with video overlay). You can easily make settings for your home theater system while viewing menus on the TV screen.  Simple settings are enabled with the setting menus displayed on the TV screen. When you control the sound volume, the volume level is displayed on the screen, and when you switch the input source, the name of the input source is displayed These menu displays can be output to your TV via HDMI.

    Note: The on-screen display's text can be set to English or Spanish.

    Setup Wizard: The receiver's on-screen Setup Wizards provides easy-to-follow setup instructions.

    Rename: You can change the display name (up to 8 characters) of a selected input source.

    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.

    Screen Saver: The Screen Saver function is activated during menu display, USB, iPod, or Tuner screen display - if no operation is performed for an approximately 5-minute continuous period.

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

    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.

    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.

    Protection Circuit: This is a function to prevent damage to components within the power supply when an abnormality such as an overload, excess voltage, or over-heating occurs. In this unit, the power indicator blinks and the unit enters standby mode when an abnormality occurs.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The AVR-1612 comes with an IR wireless 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 four Quick Select buttons. Each button can be programmed with a specific input source, surround mode, and volume setting for easy recall.

    HDMI Control: The Denon AVR-1612 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-1612's HDMI control function, you can perform the operations from the AVR-1612's remote control - Power off, Switching of audio output devices, Switching of audio input devices, Volume adjustment, and Playback functions.

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