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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


    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
    • 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

    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

    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

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    Denon AVR-1612 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (55 Reviews)

    Solid performer

    Anthony from CA on 8/1/2013

    This is my first receiver and after using it for a few months I feel it is a solid performer that should suffice for anyone's basic 5.1 setup. Setting up the receiver was absolutely simple with audyssey. My sound system composes of a 3.1 setup and during movies I feel the dialogue is too low but my center channel could be the culprit here. My front main channels however sound fantastic. I listen to a variety of genres of music and the stereo sound production with this receiver leaves a little to be desired. The soundstage is decent and the instrument seperation is great. Vocals however don't possess that engaging sparkle to them. This could be an issue with the highs. Some songs, especially ones from low bit rate sources, do sound tinny and have a veiled quality to them. Overall, I am satisfied for the amount I purchased this receiver for however after a few months I am already suffering from upgraditis.

    Pros: Solid built receiver(just be sure to provide it some good ventilation room). Setup is absolutely simple with the on-screen menu and Audyssey. The controller is staightfoward and easy to use. Surround sound production is good.

    Cons: Stereo sound production leaves a little to be desired. My receiver has recently been having issues with continuous static coming out of the speakers only after a few months of use.

    Great Receiver!

    Gapervision from Georgetown, CO on 1/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Does everything I want, and them some! Easy to set up and calibrate. Plenty of power and great sound options. Automatically switches HDMI inputs when components are turned on, and passes through audio to TV when receiver is shut off. Automatically mutes audio to TV when using surround speakers so no more fiddling with multiple remotes. Works well with powered sub-woofer remote on/off. Only problem I've had is receiving a message saying speaker phase is incorrect when setting up, even though I double checked my wiring. Otherwise I would have given 5 stars.

    Pros: Easy set-up. Multi-function remote controls all my components. Passes HDMI when powered off. Automatically detects and switches inputs when components are turned on. Works well with powered sub-woofer remote on/off.

    Cons: False speaker phase warning when calibrating.

    Denon AVR-1612

    IM4UH from Dickinson, Texas on 9/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    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...

    Pros: Easy set up, loved the microphone speaking gauging system, worked great and easy to figure out. On screen set-up was easy......even a caveman could have figured it out!

    Cons: Would have liked more lower range, bass, sub power

    Went pop! Lucky Crutchfield has good customer service though.

    AshBash from Austin TX on 9/13/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was excited to receive this amp, my first 'proper' AVR (previously I used either stereo, or a Yamaha sound projector beam forming sound-bar). I turned it on and went straight to the Audessy setup and ran calibration. There was pop like a delta-Dirac impulse and then the light on the 'on' button went from green to flashing red. After that, power cycling just gave flashing red. Yes I checked the speaker outputs weren't shorted - they weren't. Reading the manual said 'contact Denon service dept immediately if the light flashes red fast'. Since I had just received this and set it up, I couldn't be bothered with that, and returned it to Crutchfield for a refund. In summary, this thing never worked and I have never heard it do anything other than go 'pop'. Obviously Denon has poor quality control as this amp had clearly never been tested. The good thing I can say though is that Crutchfield customer service is excellent and they happily sent me an RMA and refunded my credit card. I used the refund to buy a Denon AVR1912 (on another site) that was certified Denon B-stock, refurbished and tested with a warranty. The good thing about buying manufacturer certified B-stock is that it actually has been tested and known to work, unlike their new products apparently which clearly are not tested (maybe only a few samples tested?). I am very happy with my AVR1912 bought elsewhere, I have no idea what the AVR1612 is like because it never worked and never produced a sound.

    Pros: Looks nice, cheap, Crutchfield has great customer service

    Cons: Didn't work, heavy and large for a paper-weight

    Denon AVR-1612

    mikev4155 from Virginia Beach on 9/10/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The DENON 1612 is an excellent receiver for a 5.1 system. The remote is excellent. The sound coupled to the Speakercraft Aim2 is awesome to say the least. When I played scene 32 on the matrix when the bullets are whizzing past Neo I can feel the rounds passing across the living room with sound that is EPIC!!! This receiver is discontinued, but I trust that DENON will come out with a better predecessor.

    Pros: stunning 5.1 processing. Standby mode so you may use your TV speakers without the 5.1 setup.

    Cons: None thus far

    Excellent product and GREAT service from Crutchfield

    Vishal from Old Bridge, NJ on 9/10/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Denon AVR 1612 is a solid receiver in its price range. We ordered this and unfortunately got a "lemon" first time around (1 of the HDMI ports wasn't working) but Crutchfield tech support on the phone were great and were able to identify the problem and shipped us a replacement immediately. Got a new one in less than a week, hooked it up and worked perfectly from the go. This is a great receiver from Denon for just little over $200 dollars - lots of clear sound, enough features and HDMI slots for someone who is looking for a entry to mid level receiver. Great product from Denon and excellent service from Crutchfield. This was our first time buying from Crutchfield and I don't think we will looking anywhere else for our electronic gear going forward.



    Excellent choice for the money

    Scott from Chicago IL on 9/6/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to set up for surround our stereo. Very clear sound with plenty of power. I'm very pleased.

    Pros: Easy set up and easy to use. Excellent tuner. Lots of power. Very clear sound.

    Cons: Some difficulty getting the other components to work with the remote.

    Denon AVR1612

    Anonymous from Buffalo Grove Illinois on 9/5/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Ok but remote buttons very small to use. Confusing directions. Had to call you guys. Now I have another problem with my tv that won't turn on. Have to call again. Thinking about returning it.

    Pros: Sounds good after I returned the speakers you said would sound good.

    Cons: Had to return speakers you said would sound good. Hard to use confusing instructions.

    Great receiver, except pass through did not quite work

    skhuanoh from Troy, MI on 9/5/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The receiver looks great, performs as advertised, and sets up easily. I'd have rated the receiver 5 stars except the pass through does not work as expected. I have a blu-ray player and a cable box hooked up to the receiver via HDMI cables, and the receiver's output is then hooked up to a 55" Samsung Smart TV via the ARC HDMI connector. With the receiver on stand-by (off), the signal from the cable box is passed through to the TV when the TV is first turned on. But then 10-20 seconds later, the receiver comes on by itself, and the TV displays a message saying it's not getting any signal. I had to manually set the input source to the receiver to cable box, then turn the receiver back to stand-by. Because the process is so cumbersome, I called up Crutchfield tech support but the solution (turn on HDMI control and disable TV AnyNet) they offered have been no help. Apparently, the Samsung TV's AnyNet is sending a signal to the receiver to turn it on. I now have the cable box and blu-ray connected to the TV and will connect the TV audio output to the receiver via the digital audio cable. Hopefully, that will give me the surround sound.


    Cons: pass through does not work as expected

    Denon AVR-1612

    Anonymous from Bethesda, md on 9/4/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Stopped working after 3 weeks. I had to return it. Also, like many receivers, the set up instructions were not easily followed.



    My BOSE with Denon

    Rontala from Franklin Park,NJ on 9/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i am Enjoying my BOSE with DENON 1612 with surrounding system and even more better then my previous Receiver.



    Great product at a great price

    Shane from New Bern, NC on 8/25/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The quality of this product and ease of use is great. It's hooked up with a 5.1 polk audio surround that sounds great. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because the hook up was not easy and had to call crutchfield. Of course I got great service and got it all hooked up with their help, but was annoying getting there. The crutchfield advisors are awesome!! As is this receiver!!



    Denon AVR-1612

    Python_Boa from Smyrna TN. on 8/24/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've owned Denon products for over 20 years and I have yet to be disapointed.They say this is a low budget unit but I say this Jewel is on the High-End of home audio.You did a great job on this Denon. Thanks!

    Pros: It's a Denon

    Cons: N/A

    Remarkable Receiver at Remarkable Price

    SteveG from Milwaukee, WI on 8/21/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just finished installing this with a set of Energy Classic Take 5.1 speakers/sub, and I'm very impressed. Great sound, window rattling bass, tremendous switching among blu-ray, direcTV and Roku. East to set up (although I encountered the same problem another reviewer did re adding components via HDMI -- thought AVR was defective, but a phone call solved problem -- nice work, Denon support), and the Audyssey EQ makes the speaker setup simplicity itself. Crutchfield's price and fast shipping is, as usual, a huge bonus on top of a great receiver at a truly reasonable price.

    Pros: Price, features (including 3D facility), ease of setup, Audyssey calibration, very helpful Denon support, completely sufficient number of HDMI inputs, ability to take banana plugs, fully sufficient power for smaller living room, great sound, and the always helpful Crutchfield color-coded component/speaker cable/wire labels.

    Cons: Only one: no written owner's manual. This CD-ROM stuff is a major pain. Running from a PC in the den to the AVR in the living room is no way to set up a system. And I'm not about to print out a 75 page manual when I only need a few pages for a problem. Denon: change this fast!

    Denon 1612 is a winner

    Justin from Beaufort SC on 8/21/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I needed a decent reciever that wasnt too expensive but also gave me what i was looking for. And for the price,this is an excellent item, Was a little nervous after reading some people had problems with its set up, but let me tell you,,it was a doddle . Even without a woofer connected the audio is superb.. This was my first purchase from Crutchfield,and most definitely wont be the last. Shipping was very fast ,ordered it on saturday was at my door on the wednesday Next on the list will be a new woofer,,

    Pros: crisp,clean audio,easy to set up,nice variety of settings and options

    Cons: No matter how hard i try i just cant get it to make a cuppa tea :) ...apart form that NO cons to report

    Wonderful Receiver and Crutchfield Service

    Denon-1612-Owner :) from Sacremanto CA on 8/17/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was pretty hesitant to buy from Crutchfield as I never purchased anything from them but I thought I can take chance. Voila ! It turned out a great experience. Crutchfield has an excellent customer service, return policy and assurance for lifetime tech support. Thanks Crutchfield and team ! I received Denon 1612 receiver on time and without any problem it is running fine. I wanted to give 5 star rating but Crutchfield does not support price match policy and due to that I had to bear $50 loss :(. I wish in future, they will entertain price match. :)

    Pros: This 5.1 channel receiver generates the best natural sound, excellent video quality, remote has glowing buttons which is good in dark room, good number of HDMI Inputs and Matt finish looks makes it more sexy.

    Cons: Does not provide network features, I wish It would have one front HDMI port but that is not a deal breaker for me.

    BIG BANG for the Buck

    Charles from Wilmington, NC on 8/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Big Things do come at affordable prices especially in the DENON AVR-1612. I paired this baby with a Samsung UN46EH6000FXZA. LED Television and my existing BOSE 10.1 speakers for a incredible new sound. If you are looking for a straight forward, low frills box that gives you all you need , then this should be your pick.

    Pros: Simple straight forward button display and connection panel with just enough wattage to create pizazz.. The usb plugin makes for a nice way to bring up your mp3's on your TV screen.

    Cons: The ipod plugin and control panel creates issues with other mp3 players, however there are work a rounds that fix this issue. It would be nice to have it more generic rather than device specific..

    Demon 1612

    Hog power from pinole,ca on 8/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    well, I had a xenon 1743 it quit working after 6 I've purchased a 1612. It's only been a week.....but so far I think it's a great receiver...the experience with crutchfield has been extremely professional and very informative.along with the low price! I will definatly do business with them again....five stars from me! That's really saying something..I am very hard to please...



    Denon AVR-1612

    Anonymous from north platte, ne on 8/13/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    pretty good for a low budget receiver



    Denon AVR-1612

    Anonymous from Indio Ca. on 8/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent receiver, excellent price, and awesome customer service! Thanks Crutchfield!

    Pros: Very good receiver for an excellent price. Very good sound settings and plenty of HDMI ports. Easy to use, works great with IPOD and IPAD! Can not go wrong with Crutchfield and Denon. Thanks

    Cons: None as of yet

    Incredible yet reasonably priced

    CJ from La Crosse, WI on 8/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This will be more of a first impression review. After only spending a day with this receiver I thought I'd write about my thoughts. For the price, it's an amazing value. My set up is the Denon AVR-1612 through a pair of Energy C-200's, running in stereo mode. I live in an apartment so I plan to build out as time goes on. The sound is great, very clean, has lots of power and very flexible options for connectivity. I did run into one issue where 3 of the four HDMI inputs did not work. I thought I had a defective unit, but a simple call to customer service fixed the issue. The issue, apparently happened because I did not power down the unit before connecting additional HDMI components. Must be a rare occurrence because HDMI is supposed to be hot-swappable. I was instructed to reset the 1612 and everything worked flawlessly after that. Thank you tech support! Setting up the speakers was easy, although the manual can be daunting. (There are a lot of settings.) The Audyssey set up was easy. I placed the mic on my tripod and placed it in various seating positions around my room. The result was a noticeable difference and sound improvement in those areas. From there only fine tuning was needed.

    Pros: Great price and value. Ample features and great sound.

    Cons: Poor instruction manual. It would also be nice if the remote had a backlight, but at the price, I can't fault Denon.

    Denon AVR-1612

    ekeninijo from North Canton, OH on 8/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent product. Easy setup. Sound effects are of top quality.

    Pros: Low cost, high quality

    Cons: None

    Denon AVR 1612

    Gordon from Carlsbad, Ca on 8/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent reciever in all respects, especially for the price. 102 page manual can be intimidating, but if you follow set up instructions to the letter and don't try to figure out WHY, the result will be good. After that, you can delve into the manual and find out why it's 102 pages long. The reason is that it has so many user controlled functions to customize the reciever to your own tastes that it NEEDS 102 pages. But be forewarned, it is at times confusing.

    Pros: Everything but user manual.

    Cons: User manual showing a bunch of stuff that you really don't need to know.

    Great receiver; terrific value

    ch from Chapel Hill, NC on 8/6/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the Denon AVR-1612 as a replacement for a higher powered (and priced) Onkyo that died after just a few years. I am driving Polk Audio bookshelf and center channel speakers with a powered Polk subwoofer in a 5.1 config. In my experience, the Denon was extremely simple to setup and provides ample power with a clean crisp delivery. The surround channels were weak with our old receiver but are strikingly clear and strong with the Denon. My kids say that the sound finally resembles what they hear in a movie theater - a great recommendation! The remote is a little quirky with small TV and source buttons at the bottom but it is OK once you get used to it. Also, the remote was easy to configure for my TV and other devices. Overall, this is an excellent entry level receiver at a fantastic price. I highly recommend the Denon receiver for use with moderate speakers in a home theater system. BTW - I did not mind having the manual on CD because it is searchable.something that is impossible with printed material. Also, setup is easy and access to speaker calibration, etc. is simple using the remote.



    Denon AVR-1612

    KJ from Albuquerque, NM on 8/5/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this amp when my trusty Sony finally died. I selected it because I know the Denon name well. It was more amp than I needed for this application but price was right so, based on name and price, I went for it. It is an excellent amp, clean-sounding, feature-rich and fairly intuitive in both installation (it's an amp, how hard can it be) and operation (and with all the features, it could have been an nightmare). I did the quick start rather than read the entire CD-based manual and found it simple and direct. I'm now enjoying the Olympic games in surround sound it it's amazing.

    Pros: Crisp, clean sound, intuitive operation, feature rich.

    Cons: I haven't found any.

    Great product at a great price!

    Cuulblu from North Carolina on 8/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A very nice product at a great price! I couldn't find a better price for this receiver anywhere online. I placed this in my den, which is 13' x 18' with an adjoining kitchen and large openings into the living room and dining room. Even with so much open space it has plenty of volume and fills my den nicely. I am using this with a 10", 200 watt rms sub made by Theater Solutions and an old set of Kenwood surround speakers. It sounds great even though, because of my room layout, I couldn't achieve optimal speaker placement. The rear speakers are too close to the listening position and the couch is a little off center left to right. For anyone on a budget I highly recommend this receiver.

    Pros: Dependable brand, HDMI connections for many devices, programmable remote, various listening modes you can choose from.

    Cons: Set up was a little difficult. Initially I couldn't get into the setup menu. If you power down the unit then press and hold the fast forward & rewind buttons while powering up it should get you into the setup menu. If that fails unplug the unit for a few minutes, then plug it in and try the previous procedure again. Once into the menu it walks you through basic set up. I connected this to an older tape deck, CD player and the rca outputs from a Roku. It could use a few more rca inputs.

    Great AV receiver for the price

    Jay S from DC on 7/24/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fabulous AV receiver for the price. Using it with a 5.1 speaker setup (Energy RC Micro 5.1) in a large living room along with a 40-inch LCD flat screen, Apple TV and a Roku LT. Easy set up. Largely intuitive remote (except for setting FM stations on the tuner). What's not to like?

    Pros: Ample inputs/outputs, easy set-up, largely intuitive remote. In conjunction with the Energy RC Micro 5.1 speaker system fills the room with sound.

    Cons: Signal strength of the FM tuner for my purposes is only so-so, but that may be largely due to the fact that the only station in which I am really interested (DC's WAMU FM, the local NPR station) probably has a rather weak signal, despite being <2 miles from my address.

    Amazing receiver!

    JR from Pittsburgh, PA on 7/23/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've bought another brand of receiver for years. This was my very first Denon. From unbox to use, this receiver was very easy to set up. The Audyssey auto-calibration delivered a much better initial setting that required just very minor tweaks. The back surrounds are well staged and have come to life compared to the outgoing unit. I rarely have to take the volume above -30. The capability to direct low frequency from main speakers + LFR is a nice bonus for anyone using a smaller satellite/"lifestyle" speaker configuration. For a 5.1 receiver, you honestly can't do any better than this unit! I opted for the 1612 versus the new XX13 models due to this being a perfect fit with respect to number of HDMI inputs and power output per channel. Can't say enough good things about this receiver! Get it while you can! Kudos to Crutchfield again for fast shipment and the extras they include (labels)!

    Pros: Fantastic sound quality, plenty of power, low distortion, variety of inputs, solid remote control.

    Cons: None that come to mind.

    Great product, difficult manual

    Bob C. from Longmeadow, MA on 7/18/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver sounds really good, performs its functions well, has a simple and user friendly remote control, and has all the features I wanted in an AV receiver. So what's not to like? The owner's manual, that's what. First, when I saw 102 pages, my blood pressure peaked. Then I got sick of running between the computer and the TV, so I printed the entire manual (Denon owes me $.37179 for copy paper). Then the fun began. I read various instructions a dozen times, and still couldn't figure them out. I called Crutchfield 3 times, got good help , but was still frustrated because I couldn't figure out certain functions. We spent well over an hour on the phone with Comcast, who didn't even have to help us, but the gentleman we talked to was gracious enough to work with us. Anyway, after all that time, the problem was solved by an instruction on page 68!! Well, it turns out the same instruction was on page 8 of the Getting Started manual, but would someone tell me if they can understand page 8? I certainly couldn't. I do now, but this is many hours later. I might add that I have an electronics background. I sold electronics in the 70's. Of course, in computer years, that's several millennia ago, so I'm basically a cave man. As the commercial says, I want electronics that are so simple that even a cave man can figure them out. Of course, that's not going to happen. Anyway, end of rant. I really, really like the Denon, and would definitely buy one again.

    Pros: Excellent performance, user friendly remote, clearly laid out rear panel, ample power, high quality sound.

    Cons: The Owner's Manual. GM should write an owner's manual for the Cadillac, that is as complex as the one for the Denon. See how the Japanese like trying to figure out how to drive an American car from something that inscrutable .

    Awesome bang for the buck

    David from Colorado on 7/18/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Paired this receiver with the Polk Audio Blackstone TL 1600 Surround Speakers to go with my new 55" flat-screen TV. Sounds great in my living room.

    Pros: Easy set-up with the on-screen wizard and Audyssey system. Worked flawlessly with my Harmony Remote, just a few clicks and a quick re-sync of the remote and up and running.

    Cons: None so far.

    Easy Set Up

    JoeM from Rhode Island on 7/17/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price you can't beat this receiver. The auto-set up feature is super convenient for a relative audio-newbie like me. The overall set up and configuration is easy, my only bump in the road was trying to set up the remote to work with my cable box (Cox), which I eventually got working. But I set up the remote to work with our Sony Blue-Ray player without a hitch. Bottom line - if you don't need/want the Apple Air-Play feature and can live with one less HDMI input this model is a steal @ $200 cheaper than the Denon AVR-1613

    Pros: Easy set up, nice speaker auto-setup feature

    Cons: only one - setting up the remote to work with your other components can be a bit tricky to set up, but it does work once you figure out the method.

    All I do

    Soulnoir from Missouri on 7/10/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It was frustrating migrating from an older analog system to digital. Once I made a de is ion to move, this has been wonderful. It appears to do all I need. The setup with other components has been easy. I still miss not being able control bass or higher sound mixture with sliders. A different level of control.

    Pros: Setup ease, works flawless with my AppleTV to remotely play iTunes library.

    Cons: Old school controls versus "modes"

    Denon 1612

    Ed from Naples FL on 7/9/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Using a Bose AM 10 system with my new AVR and it sounds great! Had some difficulty with the setup because of the written directions which are not user friendly. The manual is 102 pages long!

    Pros: Easy to connect everything. Once I understood what the remote would do I found it much better than the Sony remote I was previously using.

    Cons: Wish the AVR had more sound field settings. Previous Sony AVR had 6 settings.

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    manuel 310 from torrance CA on 6/30/2012

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    love it easy to use clear sound it brings sounds in that I never new were there and the price cant be beat

    Pros: the mike brings every thing right to you easy set up nice remote all in all a great buy !

    Cons: to tite a space for speaker wires and had to buy a sub with a amp to get the 5.0 sound


    loganplow from Rowayton, Ct on 6/25/2012

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    Happy with this product so far. Paired with my bookshelf B&W speakers the sound is remarkable. Can't see the need for a sub woofer, center or rear speakers. Was going to buy a Yamaha at a comparable price but the Crutchfield advisor, Jackson, pointed out there was no pass through on the Yamaha. The pass through allows passive watching/listening of the TV without the receiver outputting sound ie. sound through TV speakers. Also I have had good luck with Denon and an integrated amp still in use I bought in 1983. The receiver was simple to set up thanks to a few minutes with Crutchfields legendary tech support

    Pros: Attractive, great sound, power, TV pass through, 4 HDMI outs, 1 HDMI in, Smooth remote and intuitive user interface

    Cons: The box is heavy and seems big. Maybe they are all that way. The size could be a positive construction quality factor.

    Very Pleased

    Esher from Woodstock, VA on 6/20/2012

    Bought this product from another electronics retailer. Extremely happy. Fairly easy setup for someone not so tech savvy like myself. A little problem getting the remote to control my devices but mainly because I was trying to use the buttons on the top of the remote instead of on the bottom which confused me. Thanks Crutchfield for walking me through.

    Pros: Great sound. Easier to use than my previous Onkyo. Easy to wire and set up.

    Cons: remote a little hard to use at first to set up other functions and does not operate everything from other units but does pretty good.

    Surround sound receiver

    AngusL from Bismarck, ND on 6/15/2012

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    My first surround sound system. Nice to be able to use a remote volume control - infinitely variable level gives much finer level adjustment than the old analog controls. This replaced my old Denon PMA-300V amp and it seems to have a bit more headroom. Easy to set up and sounds good - what more could one ask for.

    Pros: Good power, sound, easy set-up, no fan so no fan noise - time will tell if this is a good thing.

    Cons: No switched power outlets, you really need to use the remote to do more than turn it on, no dedicated audio inputs - doesn't seem to be a problem though. You need a monitor plugged in to do the setup - would have liked it better if all was displayed on the receivers display.

    Denon AVR-1612

    JohnD from Potomac, MD on 6/10/2012

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    I purchased ths unit to run a system in my basement which is mostly used by my two youngsters. I already have a Denon AVR-991 in my family room which is incredible so Denon was my only choice for the basement. The AVR-1612 is an inexpensive unit that has all of the necessary bells and whistles one needs in an AVR. I was very happy to see the Audyssey and the automatic speaker calibration features included. But most of all, the price is such that I won't have a coronary if the kids inadvertently break it.....which is a 100% chance in my house. Enjoy.

    Pros: Nice must-have features in an in-expensive AVR. Good unit.

    Cons: None. Exactly what I expected.

    Denon AVR-1612

    Paul A from Nags Head NC on 6/7/2012

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    Great receiver for the money. Would definitely recommend this if you're looking to set up an entry level home entertainment system. Paired this up with a Polk center speaker and a couple of very old speakers from an old stereo. It's in a very large room (20 x 20) with lots of soft surfaces and still get really good performance. You could spend a lot more but why??? This plus the Crutchfield support, what could be better?



    Denon AVR-1612:

    Mike W from Huntsville, AL on 6/7/2012

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    installed in lake house for outside speakers. Have 2 on screened in porch and four around fireplace in courtyard. Front iPod connection makes it easy for guests to bring their music. Put another downstairs for surround sound in the game room. Easy for any age to use.

    Pros: Great value


    Excellent receiver, but no signal pass-through on standby

    Wayne from Colorado Springs, CO on 6/6/2012

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    Very happy with sound, really liked auto setup but had some false feedback on some speakers "out of phase". Owners manual said not to worry if you're sure the cables are attached with correct polarity, but it took me some time to find this out. Overall very pleased with sound quality. Only issue is I read that this would pass-through a cable signal on standby, so I routed my HDMI from Cable box to Receiver to TV, but the receiver MUST be on to get the signal to the TV. Sometimes I'd just like to watch to the news without turning on the receiver, but now I'd have to change the wiring flow to do that. Sent email to Crutchfield customer service last week but have yet to hear back. Packaging & delivery was awesome, even received some free peel-and-stick cable labels, which were very handy.

    Pros: Set-up, sound and quality of receiver is really great for the money. Seems to be well made. FM sound reception is very good, and this is in a basement.

    Cons: No signal pass-through on standby. Limited non-HDMI accomodations, but I only needed one component video in and that was provided with an interesting adapter plug. User manual recommends pretty good air clearances, so make sure your ventilation set-up is good. Did not like having to read the owners manual on my PC, but that's a cost cutting measure everyone is doing these days.

    Daughter loves it...

    Illustratedman from Wisconsin on 5/31/2012

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    I purchased this for my daughter who lives in another city. With all of her HDMI gadgets she needed to upgrade from her Denon 2803. I set it up for her plugging in a Panasonic Blu-ray player, PS3, Apple TV 3, WDTV Live and output to a Samsung HDTV plasma. She plugs her iPod into the USB/iPod input on the front. She also uses a old Dual turntable and since the 1612 does not provide a phono input I purchased a small and inexpensive pre-amp unit and plugged into the DOCK input. Sounds pretty good. The Samsung HDTV outputs its 5.1 sound via optical cable to the TV optical input on the Denon. Everything worked flawlessly.

    Pros: Four HDMI inputs, Audyssey sound quality and iPod connectivity.

    Cons: Lack of phono inputs, only one each optical and coaxial inputs.


    joev from Houston, TX on 5/31/2012

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    This receiver is a great value. I have the Denon AVR2312CI, but I needed something that I knew would work and sound good to give my parents. I hooked it up to some DefTech Pro Series 600, and everything sounds great! The power is adequate for compact speakers in a small to medium size room. It's easy to setup as well, especially with the Audyssey audio feature. The unit has a great on screen menu, ARC (one of the things I was specifically looking for), and assignable inputs. The only thing I wish the unit had was upconversion/conversion of component and composite inputs to HDMI (My parents have some older equipment).

    Pros: Price, Features, Sound Quality, Ease of Setup

    Cons: No component/composite to HDMI conversion

    Denon AVR-1612

    Anonymous from Longmont, CO on 5/22/2012

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    Fantastic especially for the price. Great for HDMI switching and limited for non-HDMI switching. If you want to switch non-HDMI video/audio make sure it has the connections you need. Great uncluttered rear panel especially if using HDMI. Audyssey EQ is fantastic.



    Good receiver, great value, amazing service

    TJ from Salt Lake City, UT on 5/21/2012

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    I bought this to replace my 5.1 Yamaha receiver. Although the Yamaha sounded good and was easy to use, it didn't have any auto calibration/room correction feature. Audyssey was the main reason for my purchase and it works as well as I expected. Setup was easy, except some problem I had with setting up Audio Return Channel in the beginning. I never had any problem getting ARC to work with my old Yamaha but I didn't understand why no sound coming out of the new Denon, even after the HDMI control function was turned on. I checked the user's manual and it seemed like turning on the HDMI control function was the only thing I had to do. It still didn't work and I thought the receiver was defective. After hours of trying, I found out that you have to add an input for TV and select it as either optical or coax for the HDMI ARC to work. The list of audio connections for TV has only optical and coax, HDMI ARC is not listed but you have to select one of these two to get sound via HDMI, very odd indeed. The manual never mentions this. Denon should have done a better job. I would have given this receiver 4 stars for it overall quality but with the price I paid for, it deserves 5 for great value. This is my first purchase from Crutchfield and my experience with the transaction was perfect. Great service!

    Pros: Good sound, easy setup, Audyssey auto calibration works great

    Cons: ARC channel setup can be confusing and the user's manual doesn't have enough detail for this

    Does the Job

    ChrisR from Schererville, IN on 5/15/2012

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    Produces great sound, decent amount of hook ups. Annoying set up process onscreen. Denon needs to provide a paper manual.

    Pros: Great sound. Great price. iPod Hook Up

    Cons: No internet No component cable inputs. Inconvenient if you have a Wii. Could use another HDMI input.

    Solid Zone 2 Receiver

    Dave from Jamestown, ND on 5/11/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I'm using the 1612 as the Zone 2 amp and it works great for that purpose. I can't comment on any of the other features because I won't be using them. I'm giving it four stars because the range on the remote isn't that great.


    Cons: Remote is weak

    Initial Build Quality

    LorenzoF from San Jose, CA on 5/8/2012

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    First, Crutchfield technical and customer service are great. Really helpful, friendly and responsive. But this is about the Denon AVR-1612. This is the 4th Denon I have purchased. My first lasted 20 years (actually, it was still working when I retired it). My other 2 are 9 and 5 years old respectively and I they work great so I'm more than willing to give Denon a fair shake. However, I am very disappointed in this particular product. This receiver was broken out of the box in 3 different ways. Most significantly, it had a power cord connection issue that was tricky to diagnose. Get it all set up, speakers connected, and test it, works. Rotate it into place, everything goes dark. Won't switch on with remote or front switch. Move it out, on again. Discovered if I wiggled the power cord, the receiver would toggle on and off. Second flaw was an HDMI input. It was loose, and unless I was very careful seating the cable, it would drop off. 3rd, and honestly I'm less confident of this problem, was the center speaker out. Seemed to work intermittently, but it could be a result of the 2nd problem. I was swapping out an older, slightly higher end Denon that did not have HDMI connections and do note that the chassis on the new one is less sturdy, it feels like the things that should be heavy (the amps) are lighter, and all around it is a cheaper feel. For the purpose I'm using it, I like the price point so Crutchfield is shipping me a new one without a hassle

    Pros: Crutchfield service, expected features on receiver when I get one that works. On screen setup seemed very easy to use.

    Cons: Very poorly built. At this price, maybe I should expect that. Not, however, from this brand.

    Nice 5.1 system

    Roushguy from Florida on 5/8/2012

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    Very nice sounding amp. Prior to this I had owned the more powerful 7.1 90 watt 9208 Denon which died after 5 years. I never really installed the unit where it had enough airflow. My bad!. I also never needed the 7.1 features so I decided to purchase a lower price 5.1 system and I am very happy I did. The auto setup is very nice and with only 75 watts/channel it can rock the room (20'x18') with bass and clear highs. I am using a Polk Sub and four Bose satellites with the system.

    Pros: Nice sound, low price, four HDMI ports, fool proof setup

    Cons: None

    Great Sound, Features & Easy Setup

    Rick S from Pittsburgh, PA on 5/7/2012

    The Denon AVR-1612 is a spectacular receiver. I've had it for a couple weeks and I'm just thrilled with it. I consider myself a poor man's audiophile because I am very particular about the sound and gear I use (but I can't afford the high end stuff). I had been using a 10-year old Sony STR-DE835 receiver. That one was state-of-the-art, with digital inputs and total manual control, and I had it sounding incredible. Every time I moved, I would spend hours completely recalibrating the receiver, adjusting the speaker distances, volumes, and EQ to get it exactly how I liked. But, it was time to retire the Sony and grab a new work horse. My speaker setup is, front: Bose 201's; center: Bose VCS-10; surround: Bose Acoustimass double cubes through bass module. When I turned on the Denon for the first time, I plugged in the microphone and started the auto calibration really not expecting much. I figured I'd have to go in and manually tweak the bass, mids, treble and speaker volumes when it was done. To my surprise, the Denon auto setup nailed it. I had to adjust the volumes of the rears down a bit, but that's it. The EQ was right on the money. My home theater has never sounded better. I like that I can plug my iPod directly into the Denon and control it with the remote. Plus, their compressed audio restorer is surprisingly good, giving MP3 music a clear and robust sound. It also has true HDMI pass through capability as I see no difference in the video quality on or off. I am impressed.

    Pros: Excellent 5.1 surround sound; Easy setup; Convenient (and accurate) microphone auto-calibration; iPod connectivity and control; Quick Select memorizes settings; Affordable

    Cons: Remote control is limited; User manual is confusing

    Denon AVR 1612

    Gerard Carisio from Chula Vista, Ca on 5/4/2012

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    I love the price, it does everything as advertized!



    Nice for the price...........

    Glen L. from Piqua, Ohio on 4/26/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am 61 years old and have been somewhat of an audiophile for 45 years. I go back to the days of marantz and Harmon-Cardon and a few other great companies. This is my SECOND Denon. My first I just retired after 15 years of great service. The 1612 is a nice entry level machine for someone who wants a lot of features but is on a budget. I bought mine from Crutchfield with free shipping. It was very easy to set up and the CD that came with the 1612 was helpful as well. I would recommend this unit to anyone who has never sat audio equipment up for the first time. This was so easy a kid could do it. If you are not happy with the way it sounds after the small michraphone finds the speakers you can simply do them manually and make them as loud or quiet as you like.. The on screen menus are great and lead you through each step.

    Pros: Great for a first timer, Very good price, and sounds are very rich.

    Cons: None as of this time. I have had this unit for only a few months.

    3D Pass-Through Snow-job

    Geotype from Corpus Christi, TX on 11/29/2011

    I bought my Denon 1612 AVR receiver from another internet seller. I unpacked it and prepared to install it as the final part of my new awesome Media Room--Theatre Seating...60" 3D TV...3D BluRay player...Denon 1612 AVR...Kliptch speaker system. I sat down to enjoy my first 3D BluRay (Hubble - it's great BTW), and...snow. All over the screen. I fiddled with the HDMI cables at the input and outputs, and saw a lot of changes to the screen as I just touched the HDMI cords. Bad cords, right?! I headed out and bought ultra-high-rated HDMI cables (a 6' and a 10'), to replace the two I had (got royally screwed at the local Yellow and Blue Ripoff Joint), installed them, and sat down to FINALLY enjoy "Hubble! Whaaat???? Snow all over the screen!!! I'm a pretty techy guy, so you gotta trust me that I checked my system out completely, and determined that it was the 3D signal that was getting chomped up by the Denon 1612's HDMI 3D signal pass-through system. I call Denon and got LOUSY tech support. So I promptly removed it from the system, ordered a new Yamaha AVR from Crutchfield, got it FAST (thanks Crutch!), inserted it in the blank hole that was originally supposed to hold the Denon 1612, and WOW did I have a rockin' system! I love it! What about the Denon 1612? Luckily, I had my old surround system speakers, so I took them, plus the Denon 1612, and set up a surround system downstairs in our family room (55" NON-3D TV) and have great sound there...Sorry Denon...

    Pros: Great sound.

    Cons: Pass-Through HDMI in 3D Mode -- couldn't handle the amount of data coming through, lost bits, snow all over the picture.

    Great receiver for low price

    Jason R from Kadena AB, Okinawa on 8/25/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is my first receiver that came with a speaker sound setup mic. It was really easy to set this up too! Movies and music now sound so much better. The compressed music "restorer" works great too as I've plugged my ipod into the front usb connection several times to listen to tunes. It's a bummer that a full printed manual isn't included, only a printed startup guide. The full manual is included on a cd-rom disc. That seems to be a sign of the times though. I'm still figuring out all the functions and how to get the GUI to show on the tv when I want it to as the receiver display is pretty small. Overall, great price, sounds great, and does everything I want it to do. Crutchfield shipped this fast as well, it only took seven days to receive it via priority mail and I'm on Okinawa at an APO address!




    Zuya from NYC on 6/27/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Crutchfield is great, thats why I bought it from them. Been having trouble with Denon and HDMI connections to new TV's. First one did not work at all (rest of receiver worked, just not the HDMI connections). Second one worked fine. 2nd Denon I've had trouble with. When in doubt, buy from Crutchfield, at least this way you know they stand behind anything they sell.




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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 No
    Bluetooth No
    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.

    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
    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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