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
- 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
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
Direct Mechanical Ground Construction:
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
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
- 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 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
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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
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.
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-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.
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
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
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
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.
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 numbers607SCH1 or220SCH2P, 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
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 optionalASD-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
|Audio||Video Out||Remote ||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist
Text||Track Info |
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may
change functionality results. If you download a newer software
version, you may need to reset the 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
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
- Media Player: The server function lets
you stream audio and still image files stored on your PC to
- 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 radiodenon.com 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.
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.
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
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.