7-Channel Amplifier: The Denon AVR-1911 features a 7-channel,
equal power, discrete amplifier. Each channel is rated at 90 watts RMS. The seven
amplifier channels built into the receiver are typically used for 7.1 channel
surround in the main room, but there are various amplifier configurations to
accommodate your home theater setup:
- Normal: The AVR-1911 is designed to be used as a 7.1ch
surround sound receiver with front left/right, center-channel, surround
left/right, and surround back left/right channels along with a preamp
- Zone2: The surround back channel
amplifier can also be assigned to power stereo speakers in Zone2.
- Bi-Amp: You can configure the amplifier for front
bi-amp operation to achieve a higher-quality 2-channel sound by connecting
the receiver's front and surround back channels to your main front speakers
- Front B: A second set of front speakers can be powered
by the surround back amplifier.
- Front Height: To enjoy Dolby Pro Logic IIz you can reassign the
power amp from the two surround back channels to the two front height
channels for better front effects.
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.
Audyssey: This receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and
Room Equalization function to achieve the most ideal sound field for your room.
The AVR-1911's Audyssey MultEQ function is designed to optimize the sound
quality at each listening position in the room. The included DM-A409 microphone
is used to measure test tones at each listening position (up to six positions
including the main position). This measured data is then analyzed using a program
to improve acoustic characteristics in the listening area; the main position is
given more weight in the calculations. Audyssey EQ offers the following options:
The MultEQ function has the following
- Audyssey: optimizes the crossover point, output
level, delay time, and equalization of all speakers based on speaker
frequency response, speaker location, and room acoustics
- Audyssey Byp. L/R: optimizes all speakers except
front left and right
- Audyssey Flat: optimize frequency response of all
speakers to flat
- Manual: adjusts the tonal quality for each speaker
individually using the manual equalizer settings; adjust from -20 to +6
dB at 63 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, 4 kHz, 8 kHz, and 16
- Off: turns equalizer off
- Dynamic EQ: Audio engineers mix music and movie
soundtracks at reference levels much louder than typical home listening
levels. At lower volumes the human ear perceives sound differently; voices
change, bass dissipates, and the surround effect becomes less enveloping.
Dynamic EQ adjusts the frequency response curve based on volume to maintain
consistent bass output, octave-to-octave balance, and surround impact,
resulting in rich sound at any volume. You can set the Dynamic EQ to 0, 5,
10, or 15 dB.
- Dynamic Volume: Dynamic Volume addresses the issue of
commercials that are too loud and movie soundtracks with vast differences
between soft and loud passages; the results are more intelligible dialogue,
loud passages maintain impact, and soft whispers are 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.
Note: You can also setup your speaker system manually
using the receiver. You can adjust speaker configuration (large/small/none),
bass setting (LFE/LFE+Main), low-pass crossover
(80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz), speaker distance (0-60'), channel level
(-12 to +12dB), and high-pass crossover frequency
Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of
surround modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software.
The unit can be set to store the most recently selected surround mode for each
input, so it is automatically activated each time the particular input is chosen.
The surround modes include:
- Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital is a 5.1
multi-channel digital surround format.
- Dolby Digital EX: Dolby Digital EX is
a 6.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
- Dolby Digital Plus:
Dolby Digital Plus was developed as
an extension of Dolby Digital; the coding technology supports 7.1 discrete
channels and has a higher bit rate.
- Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a lossless coding
technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound
for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the
original source bit-for-bit.
- DTS Digital Surround: DTS Digital
Surround is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround sound
format used for both commercial/theatrical and consumer
- DTS-HD High Resolution: DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is
an improved version of the conventional DTS, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24 signal
formats that is compatible with sampling frequencies of 48 or 96 kHz and up
to 7.1-channels of discrete digital sound. High data bit rate performance
provides high quality sound.
- DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless
audio format compatible with up to 96 kHz and up to 7.1-channels. The
lossless audio coding technology faithfully reproduces the sound of the
- DTS-ES Extended Surround: DTS-ES features
two 6.1 multi-channel formats:
- DTS-ES Discrete 6.1: DTS-ES
Discrete 6.1-channel is a 6.1-channel discrete
digital audio format adding a surround back channel
to the DTS digital surround sound.
- DTS-ES Matrix 6.1: DTS-ES
Matrix 6.1-channel is a discrete 5.1 channel digital
audio format inserting a surround back channel to
the DTS surround sound through matrix encoding.
- DTS Express: DTS
Express is an audio format supporting low bit rates (maximum 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 of DVD-video.
- DTS Neo:6 Surround: DTS
Neo:6 is a matrix decoding technology for achieving 6.1-channel surround
playback with 2-channel sources. You can choose from two DTS Neo: 6 Surround
formats - Neo: 6 Cinema and Neo: 6 Music.
- Dolby Pro Logic: Center and mono surround information is matrixed
into two stereo channels. When reproduced, audio is decoded and output in 4
channel surround sound.
- Dolby Pro Logic II: Dolby Pro Logic II technology processes any high
quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into five playback
channels of full-bandwidth surround sound. A matrix surround decoding
technology, Dolby Pro Logic II detects the directional cues that occur
naturally in stereo content and uses these elements to create a five-channel
surround sound playback experience. You can choose from Cinema, Music, or Game
formats. You can also choose Dolby Pro
Logic (the earlier 4-channel mode).
- Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Pro Logic IIx expands any existing
stereo- or 5.1-channel audio for a 6.1- or 7.1- channel playback, creating a
seamless, natural surround soundfield that immerses you in the entertainment
experience. You can choose from the following Dolby Pro Logic IIx formats -
Cinema, Music, or Game.
- Dolby Pro Logic IIz: Dolby Pro Logic IIz introduces a
new dimension to home entertainment through the addition of a pair of front
height channels. Compatible with stereo, 5.1ch, and 7.1ch sources, Dolby Pro
Logic IIz provides enhances spaciousness, depth, and dimension to movies,
concert video, and videogame playback while maintaining full integrity of
the source mix.
- Combined Surround Modes: The receiver features
several combined modes using existing Dolby and DTS surround modes:
Dolby TrueHD + Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS (HD) + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema,
PCM multi-channel + Dolby Digital EX, etc.
- Denon Original Surround (DSP) Modes: The
desired surround mode according to the program source and viewing
situation can be selected from among the Denon original surround
- Rock Arena: for enjoying the
atmosphere of a live concert in an arena
- Jazz Club: for enjoying the atmosphere of
a live concert in a jazz club
- Mono Movie: for playing monaural movie
sources with surround sound
- Video Game: suited for achieving surround
sound with video games
- Matrix: add a spacious feel to
stereo music sources
- Virtual: enjoy surround effects
using only the front speakers or headphones
- Multi Channel Stereo: enjoy stereo sound from
- 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.
- Direct: In this mode the audio signal is played in its
original form, without any surround or tone processing.
- Pure Direct: Like in Direct Mode, the audio signal is
played in its original form, without any surround or tone processing. The
display and analog video circuitry are also turned off to minimize the
possibility of any noise being added to the signal.
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround
- CINEMA EQ (Cinema Equalizer):
The Cinema EQ function gently decreases the level of the extreme high
frequencies, compensating for overly-bright sounding motion picture soundtracks.
Select this function if the sound from the front speakers is too bright. This
function only works in the Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic (including PL II, PL IIx,
PL IIz), and DTS Neo:6 modes.
- Dynamic Range Compression (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 TrueHD.
- D.Comp: Like DRC, but used with Dolby
Digital and DTS sources.
- LFE: This setting adjusts
the low-frequency effects level (LFE); adjust from -10 to 0
- Center Width: This function assigns the center channel signal to
the front left and right channels for wider sound; select from 0 to 7. This
function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music and PL IIx Music modes.
- Center Image: This function assigns a center channel signal
to the front left and right channels for wider sound; adjust from 0.0 to
1.0. This function only works in the DTS Neo:6 Music mode.
- Panorama: This feature assigns front
left and right signals to surround channels for wider sound,
you can turn this feature On or Off. This function only works
in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music and PL IIx Music modes.
- Dimension: This settings
shifts the sound image to the front or rear to adjust
playback balance; select from 0 to 6. This function only works in the Dolby
Pro Logic II Music and PL IIx Music modes.
- Delay Time: This feature adjusts the
delay time (0-300ms) to control the sound stage size. In
this menu the delay time is only adjusted for the Matrix
- Effect Level: This
function adjusts the effect signal level from 1 to 15 when using specific Denon
Original Surround Modes.
- Room Size: This feature
allows you to set the size of your desired acoustic environment when using
Original Surround Modes; select Small,
Medium small, Medium, Medium large, or Large.
- AFDM: Detects the source's surround back channel signal and
sets the optimum surround mode automatically.
- SB CH Out: This setting selects the playback mode for
the surround back channels; there are separate settings for multi-channel
and 2-channel sources.
- Height Gain: Adjust the volume of the
Front Height channels to Low, Mid, or High.
- Subwoofer: Turn the sub on/off.
Multi-Zone/Multi-Source: Denon's Multi-Zone/Multi-Source
function lets you select a different audio source for listening in a second
location of your home. The AVR-1911 features a Main Zone (audio and video)
and Zone2 (audio only). The Main Zone offers 7.1-channel playback of your
audio/video gear in your main entertainment room. Zone2 allows stereo audio
playback of another source connected to the receiver in another room of your
home via left/right RCA audio or speaker level outputs. Only analog input
sources can be played in Zone2.
Note: Zone2 features either
a preamp-output or speaker terminal output so you can use
this amp or a separate amp to power speakers in another
room. When using the AVR-1911 to power speakers in a
second room of your home, the main zone is restricted to
5.1-channels. When using the receiver's preamp output
terminals for the second room you need an additional
amplifier to power those speakers and the main zone
of the receiver remains 7.1-channel.
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.
Restorer: This function restores compressed audio signals to
pre-compression form, correcting the sense of bass and treble volume to obtain a
richer sounding playback; select 64, 96, or HQ based on the compression setting
of the source material.
Auto Lip Sync (Audio Delay):
This feature automatically compensates for the timing shift between the audio
and video of the receiver. If needed, the audio signal can be manually delayed
to match the video signal; adjust from 0-200ms.
Volume Setting:You can set a
maximum volume level of 0, -10, or -20 dB to limit the receiver's total volume
output. You can also specify a turn-on volume, from -80 to +18dB or Last
(whatever the volume setting when the receiver was turned off).
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-1911 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 and USB/Ipod.
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.
Binding Post Speaker Terminals: All of the receiver's speaker
terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a
plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are positioned
too far apart to be used with dual banana plugs.
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.
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.
HDMI ver. 1.4a: This unit has four HDMI version 1.4a inputs and
one HDMI version 1.4a output. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input
sources. They support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with 3D signals,
ARC (Audio Return Channel), Deep Color, xvYCC technology, Auto Lipsync, and HDMI
Audio Return Channel (ARC): If the connected TV has HDMI
version 1.4 and supports ARC, the audio signal can be transferred from the TV
(when its internal tuner is used) to the AVR-1911 through the HDMI cable, so
a second cable isn't needed.
3D: The AVR-1911 will pass the 3D signal when connected
to a 3D source (3D Blu-ray player, 3D cable box, etc) and a 3D TV.
Video Converter and Scaler: The AVR-1911 is equipped
with a flexible video switching system that converts incoming analog video signals so
only one video connection is required from the receiver to the TV. The 480i/480p
(SD-quality) video signals of DVD programs and other materials input through
receiver are scaled to 1080p signals, and output through the unit's HDMI monitor
port to your HDTV. The scaler can be turned off if
you prefer. The scaler can also be applied to just analog input signals, or analog
Component Video Input: The component video input (single) is
assignable to any of the sources (other than Tuner, USB/iPod, and CD).
On-Screen Display (OSD): An OSD menu can be displayed on your
television for easy system setup. The OSD is sent through the receiver's HDMI and
composite video monitor outputs.
Video Select Function: You can switch the video input source
on the receiver while listening to a different audio signal.
Dimmer: The receiver features 4
display settings; Bright, Dim, Dark and Off.
HD Radio Tuner: The AVR-1911 features a built-in HD
AM/FM tuner. HD radio stations offer higher sound quality than conventional
FM/AM broadcasts. HD FM stations offer approximately CD quality sound while HD AM sounds
like analog FM stereo. It is also possible to receive data services and
select broadcasts from among up to eight multicast programs. In addition, the
AVR-1911 receives standard analog AM/FM broadcasts. You can store up to 56
radio stations presets (8 stations each in 7 separate banks). You can name each
preset with an 8 character ID.
USB Terminal: A USB memory device can be connected to the
USB type-A terminal located on the front panel, allowing
you to play music files through the receiver. Compatible formats
include MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps), and AAC (16-320kbps).
iPod Compatibility: Using a USB to iPod Dock cable plugged into
the front panel USB port, music can be played directly from an iPod, bypassing the
iPod's D/A converter. The iPod is controlled by the receiver's remote; text and
elapsed time appear on the AVR-1911's display and on the connected video monitor.
Video and still photos (as well as music) can be played from an iPod using an optionalASD-11RK iPod dock. Using the dock cable to connect directly, iPod
compatibility is as follows (as of July 2010):
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 device and your iPod/iPhone to
regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert
to the older software version or wait until an newer software update
Remote Control (RC-1146): The AVR-1911 comes with a 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
three Quick Select buttons. Each button can be programmed with a specific input
source and volume setting for easy recall.
HDMI Control: The Denon AVR-1911 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-1911's HDMI
control function, you can perform the operations from the AVR-1911's remote
control - Power off, Switching of audio output devices, Switching of audio input
devices, Volume adjustment, and Playback functions.
Remote Jacks: There is a mini-jack
input and a mini-jack output for use with optional IR repeater systems.