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Denon AVR-2106

7-channel home theater receiver, XM Ready

4 Reviews

Item # 033AV2106B

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The AVR-2106 delivers a gripping, high-impact home theater experience every time you turn it on. Armed with plenty of advanced surround processing options and 100 watts per channel of Denon's acclaimed high-current amplification, this receiver will drive up to seven speakers with power and precision. It's also loaded with features that expand your entertainment options — including XM Radio and dual-room/dual-source capability — plus others designed to optimize the sound of your system.

The AVR-2106 delivers a gripping, high-impact home theater experience every time you turn it on. Armed with plenty of advanced surround processing options and 100 watts per channel of Denon's acclaimed high-current amplification, this receiver will drive up to seven speakers with power and precision. It's also loaded with features that expand your entertainment options — including XM Radio and dual-room/dual-source capability — plus others designed to optimize the sound of your system.

XM Satellite Radio fans will love the fact that this receiver is XM Ready. Add an optional XM Mini-Tuner package and you get access to more than 170 XM Satellite Radio channels. You can even change channels using the '2106's remote.

Denon's Auto Setup and Room EQ Adjust takes the hassle out of speaker configuration. Just plug in the included microphone and place it in your favorite listening seat. The '2106 then uses a series of test tones to balance speaker levels and fine-tune the delay and EQ settings for each speaker. The result is optimized system performance for your specific speakers and room.

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For the best possible sound, eight advanced digital-to-analog converters handle your digital sources with extreme precision. And you can turn on Pure Direct mode to shut down all unused circuitry — this provides the cleanest possible stereo sound from any audio component in your system.

Component video conversion greatly simplifies hookup to your TV and lets you preserve maximum video quality for all sources. The multibrand remote with glow-in-the-dark keys provides easy control of your entire system. You'll even be able to enjoy surround sound in your main room while housemates listen to music in another room, thanks to the '2106's dual-room/dual-source capability. It can even power a pair of stereo speakers in your second listening room.

Product Highlights:

  • 100 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 amplification
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
  • Auto Setup and Room EQ Adjust
  • dual-room/dual-source output (powered and fixed line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room; using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
  • 192kHz/24-bit Analog Devices DACs
  • Pure Direct mode
  • multibrand remote with glow-in-the-dark keys
  • 5.1-channel input
  • 7.1-channel preamp output
  • component video conversion
  • component video switching: 3 in, 1 out (100MHz bandwidth)
  • digital inputs: 4 optical (including one front-panel), 2 coaxial
  • optical digital output
  • 3 audio (including phono) and 5 audio/video (including 5 S-video) inputs
  • on-screen display (requires TV with A/V input)
  • 56 AM/FM presets
  • 2 sets of main speaker outputs
  • 17-1/16"W x 6-5/8"H x 17-5/16"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
  • 5.833' Power cord
  • RC-1015 wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • DM-S205 Omnidirectional microphone (with 19.875' cable and mono mini-jack connector)
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Operating Instructions (English/French)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Denon Service Network sheet
  • XM Connect and Play brochure

Denon AVR-2106 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)


Kyle from Winchester, VA on 7/4/2006

I was running my polk system through a denon 1604, and i always felt something was missing. The 2106 not only gave me the needed extra power, it completely changed my system with the auto setup feature. The setup options for this receiver are amazing, and allow me to customize my system. Some reviews i have read about the 2106 talk about the difficulty of the settings, but it really is a good system and it is beneficial to take the time to figure it out. This reciever completely blows any other 100 watt 7 channel receiver away, and it is worth the money.



Pretty good reciever

Jay from Salem, OR on 1/8/2006

I got this reciever to replace an older Pioneer because I really wanted component video switching for my HDTV and such. The power is impressive compared to my last reciever but the controls are difficult to navigate at first, and the User's manual is one of the worst manuals I have ever had the misfortune to lay eyes on. It took me the better part of 2 hours just to figure out why I couldn't get the reciever to decode a DTS signal (had to change the setting on my dvd player) but it isn't remotely as intuitive to use as the Pioneer it replaced. The Pioneer remote is vastly superior as well- layout is better. Having different buttons to change which function the remote will operate is better than 2 rediculously tiny switches on the remote for the Denon. All this said, the auto setup is slick- the reciever transfers HD signal perfectly and it is a solid unit. Currently am running Studio 40s(Paradigm) and ancient Pioneer 12"sub, and a Bose VC-30 center/surround setup.<BR>This reciever is used primarily for Home theatre or for providing background tunes at parties or while I read. Good reciever overall- manual stinks though.



Awsome A / V Receiver

mark from Glenoden, PA on 11/16/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I did extensive research before buying an A/V receiver. When all is said and done, there is just no other centerpiece for your home theater. It has every connection you could ever want....optical, digital, coaxial. The amps put out clean, crisp sound. It has an onscreen display for easy set up and mic for auto speaker set-up. Too many features to list. Great user manual. I teamed this up with an Infinity TSS-450 speaker system plus two more Atlantic BiPolar speakers for the rear surround and I can light up the room and feel like I am in the middle of the action. You won't be sorry, this is good bang for your buck.



Solid Receiver

Matt from Thousand Oaks, CA on 10/27/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I paired this receiver with the Monitor 50's (front), CS1 (center), Monitor 30's (rear), and the PSW12, and I'm impressed. This receiver puts out clean crisp sound, is easy to setup (nice onscreen display), and simply looks great. It also has all the connections I could want, in particular 3 optical in jacks at the rear. I find the remote is adequate with nice feeling buttons in a relatively intuitive layout.<BR><BR>Bottom line: if you are looking for a ~100W/channel receiver you will be very happy with your purchase if you get this receiver.




Hands-on research

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 ---
Alexa-compatible No
Google Home-compatible No
Chromecast built-in No
DTS Play-Fi No
App Remote Control No
USB port for iPod/iPhone No
FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
HD Radio Tuner No
On-Screen Display
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
HDR-compatible No
HDMI Standby Pass-through ---
4K Video Upscaling No
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion ---
DLNA Certified
MHL-compatible ---
Multibrand Remote Control ---
Learning Remote No
LCD Remote
Width (inches) 17-1/16
Height (inches) 6-5/8
Depth (inches) 17-5/16
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 HDMI Output No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos N/A
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input 1
Audio-Video Inputs 5
Audio-only Inputs 3
Component Video Inputs 3
Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
Optical Digital Inputs 4
Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
Optical Digital Outputs 1
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
HDMI Inputs None
HDMI Monitor Outputs None
Subwoofer Outputs 1
Discrete Subwoofer Outputs No
Multi-Channel Analog Input No
Multi-channel Preamp Output Yes
Main Speaker Output Pairs 2
Main Speaker Terminals Posts
Ethernet Port ---
USB Connections None
Removable Power Cord ---

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Inputs and Outputs Notes


Digital Signal Processing (DSP): The Denon AVR-2106 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.

XM Satellite Radio Ready: With the XM CNP1000 XM Satellite Radio/Antenna (#220CNP1000, sold separately), you can listen to XM satellite on the Denon AVR-2106. You will have over 150 commercial-free channels of music, news, sports, comedy, talk, and entertainment to choose from - all in digital quality. The plug on the back of the receiver is a proprietary plug, so the only antenna that will work with this unit is the CNP1000. You also have to subscribe for XM service by going to, or calling 1-800-967-2346. Note: There is a 50' extension available for the CNP1000, which is item number 220CNPEX50, priced at $24.99.

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 Surround EX
  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Pro Logic II
    • Music
    • Cinema
    • Game
    • Dolby Pro Logic
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx
    • Music
    • Cinema
    • Game (2-channel sources only)
  • 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
  • Denon Original Surround Modes (DSP)
    • Rock Arena
    • Jazz Club
    • Mono Movie
    • Video game
    • Matrix
    • 5CH/7CH Stereo

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/Room EQ: The receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and Room Equalization function, to achieve the most ideal sound field for your room. With the DM-S205 microphone (supplied) placed at the listening position, the 32-point DSP automatically and accurately analyzes, adjusts and sets the speaker configurations, delay time, and volume level of your system. The receiver also analyzes and adjusts the frequency response of the speakers to the room with an 8-band parametric equalizer. You can also manually adjust the 8-band equalizer from -6dB to +6dB in 0.5dB steps at 63Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 4kHz and 8kHz.

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 Digital, DTS Surround, and DTS Neo:6 modes.

D.Comp (Dynamic Range Compression): For movies that 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. This feature only works in Dolby Digital or DTS mode.

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

  • Pure Direct: power to the video circuitry and the front panel display is turned off, and during analog input, power to the digital circuitry is also automatically turned off.
  • 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 while watching video images.

24-Bit, 192 kHz D/A Converters: The AVR-2106 uses highly accurate Analog Devices 24-bit, 192 kHz Digital-to-Analog converters on all 8 channels. The 192kHz sampling and 24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allows you to play high-resolution recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range of those recordings.

Bi-Amp Connections: Certain loudspeakers are equipped with two sets of input terminals for bi-amplification. The receiver's Power Amp Assign mode allows you to power bi-amp capable speakers with two amplifier channels.

Subwoofer Settings: When "Large" is set for the front speakers, and "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: subwoofer plays the LFE channel signals (during playback of Dolby Digital and DTS signals) and the low frequency signal range of the channels set to "Small" in the speaker setup. Low frequencies for channels set to "Large" are played from those channels only.
    • LFE + Main: subwoofer simultaneously plays the low frequency signal range of the channels set to "Large" and the LFE channel signals. In this playback mode, the low frequency range expands more uniformly through the room.
  • Crossover Frequency: You can adjust the cutoff frequency of the subwoofer output from 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz or 250Hz.

Manual EQ Setting: Allows you to adjust the tone of the each speaker in the system, except the subwoofer, while listening to music.

Dual Source/Dual Zone Capability: The AVR-2106 allows you to enjoy one source in your main listening room, while another source plays in a remote room. Depending on how you configure the receiver, using the dual zone capability of this receiver will require an amplifier and speakers, a set of powered speakers, or simply a set of non-powered speakers located in a remote location. If the receiver is set up for 7.1 surround operation, the Zone 2 RCA outputs act as fixed-level line outputs, and there are no Zone 2 amplified (speaker-level) outputs; in this configuration, the RCA line outputs must be connected to an amplifier or powered speakers equipped with a volume control. If the main room is configured for 5.1-channel surround, the Power Amp Assign function allows you to use the two Surround Back speaker outputs to power speakers in your remote listening room. When the Power Amp Assign function is active, the level of the Zone 2 speaker and preamp outputs 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).

Rename Input Function: Allows you to input the names or brands of each individual sources so that they appear both on the display and on-screen.

Source Input Level Controls: Allows you to adjust the playback level of each input so that all sources are at the same level. This function will eliminate the need for adjusting the main volume each time the input source is switched.

Recording One Source While Watching Another: Using Zone 2/Rec Select button on this receiver, you can record a second while you are watching or listening to another source. This only works with analog signals; Digital audio signals will not be passed analog.

Remote Control

RC-1015 Remote Control: The AVR-2106 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 brands of products, including DVD players, DVD recorder, VCRs, TVs, cable boxes, DBS, CD players, CD recorders, MiniDisc players/recorders, cassette decks, and Laserdisc players.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-2106 features 4 optical digital (Toslink) inputs and 2 coaxial digital inputs. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Tuner, Phono, and V.Aux (front panel). There is also one Optical Digital output for use with a CD, MD or other digital recording device.

5.1 Multi-Channel External Input: The AVR-2106 is equipped with a 5.1-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 or DVD-Audio.

7.1 Multi-Channel Output: The AVR-2106 has 7.1-channel pre-amp outputs which can be used to add heftier amps to the system.

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.

RS-232C Port: The AVR-2106 includes an RS-232C port for connection to external whole-house control systems, from companies such as AMX, Crestron, and others, and provides a software/firmware upgrade pathway.

Two Trigger Outputs: Can be used to control other devices with compatible trigger inputs, such as motorized screens, motorized screen masking, motorized drapes, and other trigger-controlled devices.

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, composite video and S-Video, and an optical digital input 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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