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Denon AVR-3311CI

Home theater receiver with 3D-ready HDMI switching, Internet-ready

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For the most accurate home theater sound possible in your room, Denon equipped this receiver with Audyssey MultEQ®, a sophisticated automatic speaker calibration system that helps you get the most accurate home theater sound possible. Watch a video on how Audyssey MultiEQ improves sound in your room.

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Designed to take advantage of the latest advances in audio and video, Denon's AVR-3311CI creates home theater realism beyond anything you've experienced before. It comes ready to handle 3D video, and can decode the high-res surround sound formats that make Blu-ray movies so riveting. Its PC networking capabilities let you pull music from your computer or the Internet. You can plug your iPod® straight into the receiver's front panel or upgrade to Apple AirPlay® for ultra-convenient access to your iTunes® library — no dock needed.

Precision auto setup tailors sound to your room

For the most accurate home theater sound possible in your room, Denon equipped this receiver with Audyssey MultEQ®, a sophisticated automatic speaker calibration system that helps you get the most accurate home theater sound possible. Watch a video on how Audyssey MultiEQ improves sound in your room.

The '3311CI uses the included microphone to analyze sound from up to six different listening positions, then automatically adjusts individual level, equalization, and delay settings for each of your speakers. You'll hear precise, uniform sound across a wide listening area instead of just a single "sweet spot," so everyone in the room can enjoy optimized home theater sound.

Superior picture quality from every video source

If you plan to feed your home theater with several high-def sources, the AVR-3311CI has you covered. Six 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs let you connect your best high-def video components — even a 3D Blu-ray player — and switch easily among them. Analog-to-HDMI conversion sends all of your video sources to an HDMI-capable TV using a single digital cable, which streamlines system setup and preserves maximum picture quality for each source. Powerful onboard video processing automatically upconverts all your video sources all the way up to 1080p. That means your DVD collection and other non-HD sources will look their best on your high-def TV.

Easy access to PC music and the endless variety of Internet radio

The '3311CI offers plenty of digital music options, too. Connect it to a wired PC network to access music files and JPEG photos stored on your computer. View track titles on your TV and select the tunes you want to hear using the receiver's remote. You can also enjoy Internet Radio stations over your broadband connection. A built-in HD Radio™ tuner lets you listen to the free digital over-the-air programming that many AM and FM stations now broadcast. Or, add an optional SIRIUS or XM home tuner to receive your favorite satellite radio channels.

Plug your iPod® straight into the front panel — your favorite tunes will sound clearer

Quite a few receivers have a USB input, but the AVR-3311CI's front-panel USB is special. It has dedicated iPod support — you simply connect your iPod or iPhone using its supplied cable, and press Play on the receiver's remote. More goodness: Instead of sound quality that's limited by the iPod's made-for-earbuds audio circuitry, digital audio is sent straight to the Denon's high-quality DACs, so all your favorite tunes will sound better. Or plug in a USB thumb drive or hard disk drive loaded with your music. Switch on Denon's Compressed Audio Restorer mode to flesh out the sound of your MP3 collection.

Unleash your iTunes® music — upgrade to AirPlay®

Apple's exciting AirPlay technology lets you access your favorite music from your iPhone®, iPad™, iPod touch®, or your iTunes library on your computer using this Denon receiver. You'll be able to control iTunes and see music information, including your album art, track titles, and artist info on your compatible Apple device, or on your TV. First you will need a firmware upgrade for $49.99. Go to and click on the AirPlay banner for instructions on how to purchase and activate the upgrade. Requires a wireless home network. Receiver requires wired connection to the router.

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    Power and Processing:
    • 125 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD
    • Apple AirPlay®-ready with purchase of firmware upgrade from Denon
    • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio, Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES™, Pro Logic® IIx, Pro Logic® IIz 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
    • Audyssey Dynamic EQ™ for fuller sound at lower listening levels
    • three-room/three-source output with powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd or 3rd room (using powered 2nd or 3rd room stereo output allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
    Digital Music Options:
    • listen to music from iPod®, iPhone®, or other portable music player via the front-panel USB input
    • add optional Denon ASD-11R or ASD-3N iPod docks to view photos and videos
    • PC networking for streaming sound and pictures, plus Internet radio (broadband connection required)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner with multi-casting reception
    • SIRIUS satellite radio capable (requires SIRIUS subscription and optional SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit)
    Audio Performance Features:
    • high-current, low-impedance amplifier design
    • Pure Direct modes switch off all unused circuitry for the cleanest possible sound
    • Compressed Audio Restorer for better sound with compressed music sources
    • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI switching: 6 in, 2 out
    • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p/24/60 output via HDMI) with Anchor Bay Technologies VRS advanced video processing and scaling
    • HDMI version 1.4a with support for 3D Video, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, lip-sync, and HDMI-CEC
    • HDMI-to-HDMI video conversion with scaling up to 1080p resolution
    • component video switching (2 in, 1 out)
    • digital audio inputs: 3 optical (including 1 front-panel), 2 coaxial
    • digital audio outputs: 1 optical
    • 7 audio/video inputs, including:
      • 1 front-panel input with composite and S-video
      • 6 rear-panel inputs with composite and S-video
    • 2 audio-only inputs (including phono)
    • 7.2-channel analog audio preamp output
    • USB port for audio playback from USB flash drives, hard disk drives, and portable MP3 music players
    • Ethernet port for music and JPEG streaming from a wired PC network, and control via a PC
    • RS-232C port for automated control systems
    • 2 sets of main speaker outputs
    • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping front left and right speakers
    • detachable power cord
    General Features:
    • 3 Quick Select buttons — save settings for commonly used sources, like video input and volume level
    • on-screen GUI (Graphic User Interface) superimposed on HDMI output (up to 1080p)
    • learning/multibrand touchscreen electro-luminescent remote
    • basic remote for second or third listening room (requires remote control extender system, not included)
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 16-1/4"D
    • weight: 27 lbs.
    • warranty: 3 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Black A/V Surround Sound Receiver
    • 5.5' AC power cord
    • Audyssey DM-A409 setup microphone with attached 20' cord (has a mono mini-jack connector)
    • RC-1146 Wireless remote control
    • RC-1148 Secondary wireless remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna
    • Owner's Manual (English/ French/ Spanish)
    • Warranty information
    • Denon service network sheet
    • Sirius Satellite Radio brochure
    • Rhapsody information
    • napster 14 day free trial code

    Denon AVR-3311CI Reviews

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    (9 Reviews)

    All Good So Far

    Tom from Rochester NY on 6/12/2011

    I read all reviews I could find before pulling the trigger on this one -- many good reviews, but quite a few not so good for various reasons, mostly networking and surround issues. So far, I've had none of those problems, all has gone smoothly aside from a bit of minor tweaking still to do with Harmony remote for ipod/usb control. I've had many Denon receivers over the years, so I'm not intimidated by their manuals, which rival the Library of Congress lol. Replaced a Denon 2808CI in living room purely as a feature upgrade, decided not to do a bunch of workarounds that would cost as much in the end. System: 5.1 w/Def Tech BP7004s, SM350s, CLR2002 -- Sony W-seriesTV, Sony S370 BR and Sony CD Jukebox -- using Yamaha AVR to power Zone2 patio. Audio: a definite upgrade from the 2808, better separation and clarity, same depth -- a good match for the DefTechs -- DACs are obviously better -- Restorer seems more natural than on 2808. Video: Both BluRay and TV a bit brighter & sharper, though not huge difference. Functions: connected itself to Network in 1 minute and DLNA works flawlessly, USB/IPOD very easy to use, GUI pretty good, headphone output not that great, remote barely adequate but I use Harmony 550 anyway. Unless some unexpected issues arise down the line, this is a very solid receiver for power and features.



    Networking doesnt work

    Sam from Greenbrier,Tn on 3/28/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everythiing works fine but the networking part. My son and I both are Network administrators and know how it should work. His denon works, but mine don't. Real frustrated with this thing. I can't give a good review on something that doesn't work properly.



    Very nice receiver

    Chris from Baltimore, MD on 3/27/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent sound quality. Tons of connectivity options. Very happy with the receiver so far. If I had to pick negatives; the remote should be lighted (at this price range) and it should be easier to quickly get to bass and treble contol for quick adjustments.



    No surround sound

    Mike from Baltimore, MD on 2/4/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed new receiver, ran the auto set up and had no surround sound. Checked connections, speakers and wires then reset unit. Tried manual set up then auto set up again, still no surround sound. New receiver is on the way. I'll keep you posted...



    Denon AVR-3311CI Rocks!

    Jeff from Oak View, CA on 1/25/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I looked at many receivers and choose the Denon AVR-3311C1 over the Onkyo TX-NR1008 for the incredibly low .05% THD, (2) 1.4 HDMI outputs, built-in HD Radio, back panel layout and advice from the Crutchfield sales staff. Connecting all the cables was made easier with the logical grouping of the speaker outputs and multiple inputs. I took the time to label all the cables, so changes will be easy in the future. The best surprise was the ability to use my i-phone over my home network to control the source and volume for any zone from anywhere within range of my WiFi network, This eliminates the need to run remote IR sensors and cable system back to the receiver from remote zones. Internet radio is GREAT, with artist and song displayed on the i-phone as well. System Specs; Infinity Beta Series Speakers, Blue Ray Player, Samsung Series 7000 40" 3D LED TV, Samsung 3D BR Player, Sony CDP-335 Multi Disc Player, Sling Box Pro-HD, Direct HDTV, all connected to the Internet and my home network.



    No surround sound

    Wayne from Wisconsin on 11/23/2010

    Set unit up per directions and tried the auto calibration. No output was sent to the surround speakers. Switched leads to the back surround terminals and still had no output. Sending back for new unit. You'd think at this price the company would test the unit before sending it out.



    Packed with features for the price

    John from Frederick, MD on 7/18/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you are looking for a lot of bang for the buck, then look no further. I bought this receiver for my master bedroom and to share audio and video with the adjoining master bathroom. The two HDMI's out at this price point was unheard of a year ago, or even 6 months ago. And this receiver has almost all of the features of receivers costing 2 or 3 times the price. Yes the amp section is a little anemic in comparison and the remote controls are kind of cheap (I would have preferred 1 nice remote versus 2 cheaper remotes), but it still sounds great and passed audio and video with little coloration or distortion. I'm glad they saved in manufacturing and lowered the price by dropping a lot of old composite, s-video and component hookups (which I have not used in the past ten years anyways) in favor of more HDMI connections. What I got was a stream-lined receiver with modern features and connections that I will actually use. I am very pleased with this purchase and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a new receiver in this price range.



    Fully Loaded

    rdp from Richmond, KY on 7/11/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This AV Receiver had everything I was looking for: Good power, HDMI focused, network connected, bi-amp configurable, and internet capable. The audessey sound configuration is outstanding. It pin-pointed the sound field for my room and customized the sound perfectly. It does not have THX certification but otherwise is fully loaded.



    Good Receiver

    chris from Seattle,Washington on 7/10/2010

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I upgraded from the Denon 2309. I was pleasantly surprised on how well the GUI worked compared to what Denon had before (which was nada). It still is not the most user friendly receiver (you need to be one of those people who don't mind reading thru the manual which is not the clearest of instructions written). They are making improvements slowly it seems in this area. I think the overall sound is better (I have a 5.1 system, have not used DSX yet) then the 2309. Hard to say if the upgrade in video is better then the 2309. I picked this over the 4310 because this had pretty much had all of the same features, yet was cheaper and had 3D capability/HDMI1.4. I was considering 4311, but did not want to wait and did not think I needed all of those extra features. So far, haven't seen any problems with this receiver (my 2309 had some sort of intermittent monitor blanking out issue with my comcast DVR). The front HDMI port is nice for hooking up camcorders. The front USB port is a nice touch, but does not support zune players. Odd, they support apple products, is compatible with windows 7, but can't work with zune. DIsappointing on this drawback. HD radio is a nice touch though, much clearer then regular radio. Seems to be the same size as the 2309 and seems to turn off completely and not go into "stand by" mode like the 2309. Overall, happy with my purchase. Had it for only 2 weeks, but will probably keep me content for awhile.




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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 125
    THD in Stereo 0.05 %
    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 Yes
    Bluetooth No
    Apple AirPlay Firmware update required
    App Remote Control No
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    FM Sensitivity 14.8 dBf
    HD Radio Tuner Y
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI, Component
    Auto Speaker Calibration Audyssey MultEQ
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
    HDR-compatible No
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    4K Video Upscaling No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion up to 1080p
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible ---
    Multibrand Remote Control Yes
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 6-3/4
    Depth (inches) 16-5/16
    Weight (pounds) 26.9
    Parts Warranty 3 Years
    Labor Warranty 3 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Multi-room Video Yes
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos N/A
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input 1
    Audio-Video Inputs 6
    Audio-only Inputs 3
    Component Video Inputs 2
    Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
    Optical Digital Outputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 6
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 2
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output Yes
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections 1
    Removable Power Cord IEC 2-prong

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    Audio Features

    7-Channel Amplifier: The Denon AVR-3311CI features a 7-channel, equal power, discrete amplifier. Each channel is rated at 125 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:

    • 7.1ch Surround: The AVR-3311CI 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 subwoofer output.
    • Front Height: To enjoy Dolby Pro Logic IIz or Audyssey DSX , you can reassign the power amp from the two surround back channels to the two front high channels for better front effects.
    • Front Wide: To enjoy Audyssey DSX you can reassign the power amp from the two surround back channels to the two front wide channels for better front effects.
    • Front B: A second set of front speakers can be powered by the surround back amplifier.
    • Bi-Amp: You can also 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.
    • Multi-Zone/Multi-Source: The surround back channel amplifier can also be assigned to power stereo speakers in Zone2 or Zone3; or the left channel can power a mono speaker in Zone2 and the right channel can power a mono speaker in Zone3.
    • 2-Channel: A second set of stereo front speakers can be powered.

    Minimum Signal Path Design: The simple & straight design concept has been thoroughly implemented in the signal paths to contribute to immaculately clean audio and video playback. Signal paths are as short as possible to keep signal degradation in the audio and video circuitry to an absolute 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.

    AL24 Processing Plus: Denon's AL24 Processing Plus technology improves information volume in the time axis region using high-speed signal detection and processing technology. In addition to expanding original 16-bit data to 24 bits, AL24 Processing Plus uses data interpolation along the time axis (or up-converted sampling) to achieve natural interpolation without losing the original data. A digital filter is used to further expand adaptability and perform optimum filtering calculations for ringing-free pulse response, pulsive music data and attack sounds. The result is reproduction of such spatial information as the delicate nuances in your music, the positions of the performers, and the breadth, height, and depth of the concert hall.

    DDSC HD-Digital (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit): The Denon AVR-3311CI is equipped with the latest technology in surround audio performance, DDSC HD-Digital, featuring a high-speed 32-bit floating point 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.

    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-3311's Audyssey MultEQ XT 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 eight positions including the main position, a minimum of six positions is recommended). 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:

    • MultEQ XT: The MultEQ XT function offers the following adjustments:
      • 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 kHz
      • 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 clearly heard. 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 (40/60/80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz)

    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 grade applications.
    • 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 studio master.
    • 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.
    • Audyssey Dynamic Surround Expansion (DSX): Audyssey DSX adds front effect speakers to improve spatial sound reproduction. Starting with a 5.1 channel system, DSX adds front Wide and/or front Height channels for better sound staging (although both wide and height speakers can be added, only one pair is used at a time). DSX also applies Surround Envelopment Processing to enhance the blend between the front and surround channels.
    • 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 content, 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 7 Denon original surround modes:
      • 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 all speakers
    • 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 mode parameters:

    • 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 dB.
    • 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 mode.
    • 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 specific Denon 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.
    • Speaker: Select which speakers are active when using Denon Original Surround Modes; Surround Back, Front Wide, Front Height, or Off (none of the above).
    • Subwoofer: Turn the sub on/off.

    Multi-Zone/Multi-Source: Denon's Multi-Zone/Multi-Source function lets you select different audio/video sources for listening and viewing in different locations of your home. The AVR-3311CI features a Main Zone (audio and video), Audio/Video Zone (Zone 2), and Audio Only Zone (Zone 3). The Main Zone 1 offers 7.1-channel playback of your audio/video gear in your main entertainment room. The Audio/Video Zone 2 allows stereo audio and video playback of another A/V source connected to the receiver in another room of your home via left/right RCA audio or speaker terminal output connections and composite video. Audio Only Zone 3 allows you to play a stereo audio source connected to the receiver in a 3rd room of your house via left/right RCA audio or speaker terminal output connections.

    Note: Zone 2 and Zone 3 feature 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-3311CI to power speakers in a second room of your home, the main zone is restricted to 5.1-channel. Also, when using the AVR-3311CI to power speakers in a second and third room of your home the second and third zone are restricted to mono operation and the main zone is limited to 5.1 channels. When using the receiver's preamp output terminals for the second and third room you need an additional amplifier in each room 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 select 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. Separate tone controls are available for Zone2 and Zone3 outputs.

    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).

    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-3311CI features 2 optical digital (Toslink) inputs and 2 coaxial digital inputs. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Phono and Tuner. Optical Digital Input 2 also has a corresponding Optical Digital output for use with a CD, MD or other digital recording device.

    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.

    7.2 Multi-Channel Pre-Out: The receiver features a 7.2-channel (two subwoofer outputs) preamp output for connection to an external power amplifier.

    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.

    Video Features

    HDMI ver. 1.4a: This unit has 6 HDMI version 1.4a inputs and 2 HDMI version 1.4a outputs (choose which is active in the menu or using the Monitor Select button on the remote). 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 control.

    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-3311CI through the HDMI cable, so a second cable isn't needed. The ARC function is supported by HDMI Monitor Output 1.

    3D: The AVR-3311CI will pass the 3D signal when connected to a 3D source (3D Blu-ray player, 3D cable box, etc) and a 3D ready TV.

    High-Bit i/P Converter and Scaler: The AVR-3311CI is equipped with a flexible video switching system that converts incoming video signals so only one video connection is required from the receiver to the TV. The high-bit i/p converter and scaler (up to 1080p) provides multi-cadence detection for SD and HD video signals. This means 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 converter and scaler can be turned off independently if you prefer.

    • Composite Video: converted to component video and HDMI
    • S-Video: converted to composite video, component video, and HDMI
    • Component Video: converted to HDMI

    Note: Video signals input as HDMI must be output via HDMI.

    Component Video Inputs/Outputs: The receiver features 2 component video inputs and 1 component video output. The component video inputs are assignable to different sources.

    On-Screen Display (OSD) With GUI Menus: An OSD with GUI menus can be displayed on your television for easy system setup. The OSD and GUI menus are sent through the receiver's HDMI and component video monitor outputs.

    Picture Adjustments: The receiver allows you to make the following picture adjustments to incoming video - Contrast, Brightness, Chroma Level, Hue, DNR (Digital Noise Reduction), and Enhancer (Sharpness).

    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.

    Tuner Functions

    HD Radio Tuner: The AVR-3311CI features a built-in HD AM/FM tuner. HD radio stations offer higher sound quality than conventional FM/AM broadcasts. HD FM stations sound as great as CD quality while HD AM sounds a rich as 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-3311CI 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.

    Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: The AVR-3311CI can be connected to the optional SiriusConnect home tuner kit (item numbers 607SCH1 or 220SCH2P, sold separately), allowing you to receive Sirius Satellite Radio through the receiver. The display shows channel name, number, category, artist, or song title. Sirius channels are stored as presets and recalled in the same way AM and FM stations are. A subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio is required.

    USB/PC/Network Functions

    USB Terminal: A USB memory device can be connected to the USB type-A terminal located behind the trap door on the front panel, allowing you to play music and still photos through the receiver. Compatible formats include MP3 (32-320kbps), WMA (48-192kbps), WAV, AAC (16-320kbps), FLAC, and JPEG. When a music file includes album art data, the album art can be displayed on your connected TV while playing the file. JPEG still picture files can be played as a slideshow.

    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 and text, album art, and elapsed time are displayed on the connected video monitor. Similarly, music can be played from a USB flash drive (see below). Video and still photos (as well as music) can be played from an iPod using an optional ASD-11RK iPod dock. Using the dock cable to connect directly, iPod compatibility is as follows (as of June 2010):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N N N N N N N
    4th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    mini 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    video 5th Y S-Video Y Y Y Y Y
     classic 80GB Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y S-Video Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y S-Video Y Y Y Y Y
    5th Y S-Video Y Y Y Y Y
    6th Y N Y Y Y Y Y
     touch 1st Y S-Video Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd Y S-Video Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd Y S-Video Y Y Y Y Y
    4th Y S-Video Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G Y S-Video Y Y Y Y Y
    3G Y S-Video Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS Y S-Video Y Y Y Y Y
    4 Y S-Video 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 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 is available.

    Home Network Function: The AVR-3311CI is equipped with an Ethernet port that lets connect the receiver to your home network (LAN) and to your broadband internet modem via your LAN. Once connected you can take advantage of these network functions:

    • Media Player: The server function lets you stream audio and still image files stored on your PC to the receiver.
    • Internet Radio: Internet radio refers to radio broadcasts distributed over the internet. Stations from around the world can be received and up to 56 preset. The AVR-3311CI supports MP3 and WMA Internet radio content and allows you to search for Internet radio stations by genre or region in alphabetical order. The list of stations that the AVR-3311CI uses comes from the vTuner radio station database that has been customized for Denon. You can register your favorite stations at using a computer.
    • Flickr: Flickr is an on-line photo sharing service; you can create an account, upload your photos, and access them using the AVR-3311CI. You can also view photos made public by other users.
    • Napster: The monthly music subscription service Napster is accessible with the AVR-3311CI.
    • Pandora: Once the receiver is registered with your Pandora account, you can listen to the automated music recommendation and Internet radio service through the AVR-3311CI.
    • Rhapsody: Rhapsody is another paid music broadcast service accessible through the receiver.
    • Web control: This function lets you set up and control the A/V receiver over a network using Internet Explorer on a PC.
    • Network Party Mode: The same network audio (Internet radio, Media Server, or iPod Direct) can be played on multiple Denon products (up to 5) equipped with the Party Mode function and connected in a network.

    Remote Control

    Main Remote Control (RC-1146): The AVR-3311CI comes with a main 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, surround mode, volume, and MultEQ, Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic volume settings for easy recall.

    Sub Remote Control (RC-1148): The receiver's sub remote control unit is equipped with frequently used buttons, so it can be used for simple remote control unit operations. The sub remote can also be used for multi-zone, so you can use it to control the AVR-3311CI from other rooms via an optional IR repeater kit. The following operations can be performed using this remote:

    • Switching the input source
    • Adjusting the volume
    • SIRIUS, HD Radio and iPod operations
    • NET/USB direct play
    • Menu operations
    • Zone2/Zone3 operations

    Note: It is not possible to operate devices other than the AVR-3311CI.

    HDMI Control: The Denon AVR-3311CI 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-3311CI's HDMI control function, you can perform the operations from the AVR-3311CI's remote control - Power off, Switching of audio output devices, Switching of audio input devices, Volume adjustment, and Playback functions.

    Custom Integration: The AVR-3311CI carries the CI stamp, which is Denon's certification to custom installers that the receiver has advanced connectivity and control features often required for custom home integration and theater applications using premium control systems. These features include a RS232C jack for use with whole house control systems, remote in/out IR command control, and assignable +12-volt triggers:

    • RS-232C Port: The AVR-3311CI includes an RS-232C port for connection to external whole-house control systems, from companies such as AMX, Crestron, etc.
    • Remote Jacks: The receiver has a mini-jack input and output jacks for use with an optional IR repeater system.
    • 12V Trigger Outputs: The AVR-3311CI has 2 mini-jack outputs to send a 12-Volt DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger, such as an amplifier.

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