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:
this mode the audio signal is played in its original form, without
any surround or tone processing. |
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 Logicis 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 LogicII 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 LogicIIx
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
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 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
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
|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
|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
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio|
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is an improvedversion of the
conventional DTS, DTS-ES andDTS 96/24 signals formats,
sampling frequencies of 96 or 48 kHz and up to7.1 channels of discrete
digital sound. High databit rate performance
provides high quality sound.This format is fully
compatible with conventionalproducts, 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
DTS Express is an audio format supporting low bit
rates (max. 5.1 channels, 24 to 256 kbps).
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
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.|
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
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround
- Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in the
Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements you can
- 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
- Center Width: Allows you to adjust the width of the
- 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
- 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
- Effect Level: This function adjusts the effect
signal level from 1 to 15 when using specific Denon Original Surround
- 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
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
- Mode 3 (Restored HQ): Optimized mode for compressed sources with
- 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).
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
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
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
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
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
- 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
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 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 |
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
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.
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
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
Wireless Remote Control: The AVR-1612 comes with an IR
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.