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Denon AVR-1707

XM Ready home theater receiver

Item # 033AV1707

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The AVR-1707 combines solid Denon construction, plenty of convenience features, and all the processing you need for thrilling surround sound — whether you're enjoying movies, TV, music, or video games. Thanks to 75 watts x 7 channels of Denon's acclaimed high-current amplification, you'll always be treated to clear, dynamic sound. The versatile '1707 also provides great extras like dual-room/dual-source output, XM Satellite Radio capability, iPod® integration, and an auto calibration feature that makes accurate home theater setup quick and easy.

The AVR-1707 combines solid Denon construction, plenty of convenience features, and all the processing you need for thrilling surround sound — whether you're enjoying movies, TV, music, or video games. Thanks to 75 watts x 7 channels of Denon's acclaimed high-current amplification, you'll always be treated to clear, dynamic sound. The versatile '1707 also provides great extras like dual-room/dual-source output, XM Satellite Radio capability, iPod® integration, and an auto calibration feature that makes accurate home theater setup quick and easy.

Advanced entertainment options
The '1707 not only delivers outstanding sonic performance, it also helps you keep in touch with the latest digital music sources. Just add an optional XM Mini-Tuner package and an XM subscription to enjoy access to more than 170 digital channels of music, news, talk, and sports. It's even compatible with XM's new HD Surround channels, which deliver music in multichannel sound.

iPod integration
Pick up an optional Denon ASD-1R control dock, and you can integrate your iPod into your home theater system. Listen to your digital music files through your best speakers and view your song titles, playlists, photos, and video on your TV. The dock even charges your iPod as it plays, and lets you control your player using the receiver's remote.

Accurate and easy speaker setup
Properly calibrated speakers are key to maximizing your home theater experience. The AVR-1707's convenient Auto Setup function automatically fine-tunes your system's performance for optimal sound with your specific speakers and room. Just plug in the included microphone and place it in your favorite listening seat — the '1707 takes care of the rest, adjusting the level and delay settings for each of your home theater system speakers.

Component video conversion
Along with easy speaker setup, the AVR-1707 can simplify your system's video connections. Component video conversion lets you send all video to your TV through a single component video connection — streamlining TV hookup and switching between video sources. That means you can switch from your cable box to your DVD player with the press of a single button on the receiver's remote — no more fumbling through input menus on your TV.

Versatility and convenience
Dual-room/dual-source capability lets you enjoy home theater in your main room while a housemate enjoys music in another room — the '1707 can even power stereo speakers in your second room. You also get a multibrand remote with glow-in-the-dark buttons for easy control of every component in your system, even in low lighting.

Product Highlights:

  • 75 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES®, Pro Logic® IIx, DTS Neo:6, and DTS 96/24 processing
  • high-current, low-impedance amplifier design
  • Auto Setup Calibration function (microphone included)
  • iPod integration (requires optional Denon ASD-1R control dock)
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
  • Neural Surround decoder for XM's HD Surround channels
  • 192kHz/24-bit Analog Devices DACs
  • dual-room/dual-source output (speaker-level stereo audio output for 2nd room; this mode allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
  • component video conversion
  • component video switching: 3 in, 1 out (100MHz bandwidth)
  • digital inputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial
  • 7.1-channel analog audio preamp input
  • 3 audio, 4 audio/video (including 1 front-panel and 3 S-video) inputs
  • no phono input
  • multibrand remote with glow-in-the-dark keys
  • 56 AM/FM presets
  • 2 sets of main speaker outputs
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-13/16"H x 17-1/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Black 7.1-channel AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
  • RC-1048 wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 1 DM-S205 Omnidirectional microphone with 20' cable and mono mini-jack connector
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Operating Instructions (English/French)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Denon Service Network sheet
  • XM Satellite radio information

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Features and Specs

Number Of Channels N/A
Stereo RMS Power (watts) ---
THD in Stereo ---
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) ---
Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
General Features
Internet-ready ---
Bluetooth No
Apple AirPlay ---
App Remote Control No
USB port for iPod/iPhone No
FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
HD Radio Tuner No
On-Screen Display No
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
HDR-compatible No
HDMI Standby Pass-through ---
Composite Video Conversion ---
Component Video Conversion ---
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion ---
DLNA Certified
MHL-compatible ---
Multibrand Remote Control ---
Learning Remote No
LCD Remote
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 5-13/16
Depth (inches) 17-1/16
Weight (pounds) ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Multi-room Audio--Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
Multi-room Video No
Multi-room HDMI Output No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos N/A
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input No
Audio-Video Inputs 4
Audio-only Inputs 3
Component Video Inputs 3
Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
Optical Digital Outputs None
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Monitor Outputs None
Subwoofer Outputs 1
Multi-Channel Analog Input No
Multi-channel Preamp Output No
Main Speaker Output Pairs 2
Main Speaker Terminals Posts
Ethernet Port ---
USB Connections None
Removable Power Cord ---

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Input and Output Notes


Digital Signal Processing (DSP):The Denon AVR-1707 is equipped with a new high-resolution Analog Devices Hammerhead 32-bit floating DSP processor. All elements of the Surround Processor are optimized to the highest standards by the use of selected high performance and discrete components, particularly the A/D and D/A converters and the sophisticated DSP surround decoder.

Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The surround modes include:

  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Dolby Pro Logic II
    • Music
    • Cinema
    • Game
    • Dolby Pro Logic
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx
    • Music
    • Cinema
    • Game
  • DTS Digital Surround
  • DTS-ES Extended Surround
    • DTS-ES Discrete 6.1
    • DTS-ES Matrix 6.1
  • DTS Neo:6 Surround
    • Neo:6 Cinema
    • Neo:6 Music
  • DTS 96/24
  • Neural Surround
  • Denon Original Surround Modes (DSP)
    • Rock Arena
    • Jazz Club
    • Mono Movie
    • Video game
    • Matrix
    • 5CH/7CH Stereo

Neural Surround: Neural Surround has been adopted by XM Satellite Radio for digital radio broadcasts of XM HD Surround recordings and live events in surround sound. Neural Surround employs psychoacoustic frequency domain processing which allows delivery of a more detailed sound stage with superior channel separation and localization of audio elements.

iPod Compatibility: Using the optional Denon ASD-1R iPod dock (033ASD1RBK or 033ASD1RWT), you can connect your iPod to the AVR-1707. Folder and file names appear on the receiver's display panel. The iPod can be controlled using the buttons on the main unit and the remote control.

XM Satellite Ready: You can listen to XM Satellite Radio by connecting the XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Kit to the AVR-1707's proprietary plug. A 50' extension cable is available if the Home Kit's 25' cable is not long enough. XM Satellite Radio offers over 150 commercial-free channels of music, news, sports, comedy, talk, and entertainment to choose from--all in digital quality. During XM playback, you can display the channel number and name, category, artist name, and song title on the front panel. Note: A subscription is required in order to receive XM Satellite Radio.

Personal Memory Plus: The receiver has a personal memorization function that automatically memorizes the surround modes and input modes selected for the different input sources. When the input source is switched, the modes set for that source last time it was used are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone control settings, and playback level balance for the different output channels are memorized for each surround mode.

Audio Delay Setting: When watching a DVD or other video source, the picture on the monitor may seem delayed with respect to the sound, in this case the audio delay can be adjusted to synchronize with the video.

Auto Setup: The receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and Room Equalization function, to achieve the most ideal sound field for your room. With the supplied DM-S205 microphone placed at the listening position, the receiver automatically and accurately analyzes, adjusts and sets the speaker configurations of your system. It will set the following parameters:

  • The speaker connection and bass reproduction (checks polarity)
  • The delay time from each speaker corresponding to the listening position
  • Sets the volume level for each speaker

Channel Level Select: From the remote, you can easily change the levels of the individual channels during playback of any source. There is a channel input button on the remote that you need to press multiple times to source through the individual channels. You then use the left and right arrow keys to control the volume level.

Cinema EQ: The Cinema EQ function gently decreases the level of the extreme high frequencies, compensating for the overly bright sounding motion picture soundtracks. You can select this function when the front speakers sound too bright. This function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital, DTS Surround, DTS Neo:6, and Neural Surround modes.

D.Comp (Dynamic Range Compression): For movies that have a tremendous dynamic range (soft passages compared the loud passages), this mode allows you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack, but reducing the dynamic range. There are 3 D.Comp levels, plus off. This feature only works in Dolby Digital or DTS mode.

Two-channel Music Modes: There are two 2-channel playback modes exclusively for music:

  • Direct: audio signals bypass the tone control circuits, and are transmitted directly, resulting in good quality sound
  • Stereo: allows you to adjust the tone to achieve the desired sound

24-Bit, 192 kHz D/A Converters: The AVR-1707 uses highly accurate Analog Devices 24-bit, 192 kHz Digital-to-Analog converters on all 8 channels. The 192kHz sampling rate and 24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allow you to play high-resolution recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range of those recordings.

Subwoofer Settings: When Yes is set for the subwoofer in the speaker setup, you can choose the following settings for the subwoofer channel:

  • Subwoofer Mode: You can select one of two modes:
    • LFE Normal: the subwoofer plays the LFE channel signals (during playback of Dolby Digital and DTS signals) and the low frequency signal range of any channels set to Small in the speaker setup, low frequencies for channels set to Large are played from those channels only
    • LFE + Main: the subwoofer simultaneously plays the LFE channel signals and the low frequency signal range of the other speakers as well
  • Crossover Frequency: You can adjust the cutoff frequency of the subwoofer output from 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 110Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz or 250Hz.

Dual Source/Dual Zone Capability:The AVR-1707 allows you to enjoy one source in your main listening room, while another source plays in a remote room. Zone 2 uses the two Surround Back speaker outputs for power in the second room. When you are using this feature, the main room is configured for 5.1-channel surround. When the Power Amp Assign function is active, the level of the Zone 2 speaker can be controlled with the Zone 2 volume buttons on the remote.

Video Up Conversion: The receiver's video transcoding technology converts composite and S-Video signals to component video signals to output to the monitor. This allows you to enjoy the highest picture quality from all video gear connected to the receiver. In addition, composite video signals are up converted to S-Video and S-Video signals are down converted to composite for connecting convenience.

HD Video Switching: The unit has three assignable component video inputs and a high-performance relay that is used to switch the signals. The switcher has an extended bandwidth range of up to 100 MHz, making it compatible with progressive DVD (480p) and HDTV formats (720p and 1080i).

Remote Control

RC-1048 Remote Control: The AVR-1707 comes with a remote control that can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable Denon components. In addition, the remote is pre-programmed with control signals for other brand products; including DVD players, VCRs, TVs, cable boxes, satellite receivers, CD players, CD recorders, MiniDisc players/recorders, and cassette decks.

Input and Output Notes

Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-1707 features 2 optical digital (Toslink) inputs and 2 coaxial digital inputs. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Tuner.

7.1 Multi-Channel External Input: The AVR-1707 is equipped with a 7.1-channel input to accommodate present and future multi-channel formats. These inputs are rated from 10Hz to 100kHz for high resolution audio sources such as SACD, DVD-Audio, HD-DVD, or Blu-ray.

Speaker Terminals: All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs.

Room-to-Room Remote Jacks: The receiver has a mini-jack input for use with an optional Denon RC-616 IR re-transmitter. The adjacent room-to-room output is for future use.

Front Panel (V.Aux) Inputs: This unit features stereo audio and composite video inputs on the front panel for conveniently connecting a game console or camcorder.

Headphone Jack: The receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel for private listening. When headphones are plugged in, the receiver's speaker and preamp outputs are automatically turned off.

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