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Item # 033AV3312C | MFR # AVR-3312CI
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Rock your home theater
If you want the kind of surround sound that moves you from the impact of hard-hitting effects you can feel in your chest, to the delicate sonic details that seem to come from all sides you'll need a foundation of good, clean power. Denon's AVR-3312CI delivers a whopping 125 watts per channel of amplification for filling even a large room with precise-yet-punchy sound. Cutting-edge surround processing and dual subwoofer outputs are critical for spaces like yours, and Denon provides what you need. And for videophiles whose setup includes both a flat-panel TV and a projector, the '3312CI sports dual HDMI outputs for easy connections.
Get ready for takeoff with Apple AirPlay®
AirPlay lets you stream music from your iTunes® library directly to the receiver, either from a networked computer or right from your iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®. Not only do you get a fast and convenient way to listen to your favorites, but anyone in your home can stream from their player to share their latest find. And thanks to a free app, your Apple® or Android device can double as a Wi-Fi® system remote. Requires a wireless home network. Receiver requires wired connection to the router.
Myriad music sources await
The AVR-3312CI literally offers a world of music choices and more when you connect it to your broadband home network. Thousands of Internet radio stations from all over the globe appear at your fingertips. Whether you prefer your rock from Rome or your classical from Cleveland, it's all here. If you prefer to look closer to home, the AVR-3312CI comes equipped with a built-in HD Radio® tuner. And if that's not enough, explore PANDORA® Internet radio, Napster® and Rhapsody® where millions of songs are at your command (registration or subscription may be required). You can even access favorite photos stored on your networked PC through the '3312CI, or view picture albums on Flickr using your HDTV.
Auto setup makes every spot a sweet spot
For the most accurate home theater sound possible in your room, Denon equipped this receiver with Audyssey MultEQ® XT, a sophisticated automatic speaker calibration system. Watch a video on how Audyssey MultEQ improves sound in your room.
The '3312 uses the included microphone to analyze sound then automatically adjusts individual level, equalization, and delay settings for each of your speakers.
What's in the Box:
- 7.2ch A/V Receiver
- 6' AC power cord
- Wireless remote control (RC-1156)
- 2 "AA" batteries
- Audyssey setup microphone (DM-A409)
- AM loop antenna
- FM wire antenna
- Owner's Manual CD-ROM
- Getting Started (Eng/Fre/Spa)
- Warranty information
- Denon service network sheet
Power and Processing:
- 7-channel amplifier
- 125 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD, with 2 channels driven
- Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES, Pro Logic® IIz, and DTS Neo:6 decoding
- Audyssey DSX® processing for enhanced surround sound height and width effects using additional front speakers
- Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ® XT eight-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
Digital Music Options:
- built-in Apple AirPlay® for ultra-convenient wireless iTunes® music playback
- Ethernet port for music and JPEG streaming from a wired PC network, and control via a PC
- DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified to ensure optimal compatibility with other network-enabled equipment
- built-in HD Radio tuner
- optional streaming services include PANDORA® Internet radio and Rhapsody® (registration and subscription may be required)
- front-panel USB input for direct connection of iPod®
- iPod® video integration (requires optional Denon ASD-11R dock)
- three-room/three-source output
- powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room (using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room), line-level stereo audio output for 3rd room
- only analog sources can be played in the 2nd and 3rd room
Audio Performance Features:
- high-current, low-impedance amp design
- Compressed Audio Restorer for better sound with compressed music sources like MP3 files
- 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
- back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping front left and right speakers
- 1080p-compatible HDMI digital audio/video switching: 7 in, 2 out (including 1 front-panel input)
- HDMI version 1.4a with support for 3D video, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, and HDMI-CEC
- 7 audio/video inputs, including:
- 1 front-panel input with composite video
- 6 rear-panel inputs (including 2 component, 2 S-video, and 4 composite)
- 2 audio-only inputs, including a phono input for direct connection of turntable
- digital audio inputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial
- multi-channel line-level output enables connection of separate amplifier
- dual output for powered subwoofers
- first-time setup wizard for easy operation
- intuitive on-screen menu via HDMI
- Denon's free remote app lets you use your iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone device as a Wi-Fi remote
- multibrand remote
- 17-1/8"W x 6-9/16"H x 16-1/16"D
- weight: 26.8 lbs.
- warranty: 3 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
High-Quality Construction: The Denon AVR-3312CI offers a minimum signal path design and direct mechanical ground construction, with independent power supplies for high-quality, audiophile-type sound.
- Minimum Signal Path Design: The simple & straight design concept has been thoroughly implemented in the signal paths to contribute to clean audio and video playback. Signal paths are as short as possible to keep signal degradation in the audio and video circuitry to a minimum.
- Direct Mechanical Ground Construction: Vibration-resistant construction has been used to suppress the adverse influences of vibration on sound quality. The power transformers, a source of vibration, have been securely mounted on the high rigid bottom chassis. Direct mounting of cast-iron feet to the radiator in near proximity to each other serves to suppress mutual vibration with the power transformers and other sources of vibration.
- Independent Power Supplies: The Denon AVR-3312CI employs independent stable power supplies for high-quality sound and picture playback.
- Vibration-Resistant Construction: The vibration-resistant construction thoroughly suppresses the adverse influences of vibration on sound quality, ensuring maximum audio performance.
Equal Power Amp Design: The Denon AVR-3312CI is equipped with a 7 channel power amplifier rated at 125-watts (into 8-ohms, at 20-20kHz, with 0.08% THD, driving 2 channels) that reproduces high-fidelity sound in surround mode with equal quality and power for all channels, true to the original sound. The power amplifier circuit adopts a discrete-circuit configuration that achieves high-quality surround sound reproduction. To faithfully reproduce the original surround sound, each of the Denon AVR-3312CI's seven channels are equipped with its own high-current power amp of equal power. Since these power amps also use discrete circuits configured with parts strictly selected for their contribution to high sound quality, rather than with low-cost integrated circuits (ICs), the surround sound playback is of impeccably high quality.
Amplifier Assignment: The AVR-3312CI supports up to 7.2 channels (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, and Dual SW) for surround playback defined by the Blu-ray disc format. The seven amplifier channels built into the receiver are typically used for 7.1 channel surround in the main room, but there are various amplifier configurations to accommodate your home theater setup:
- Normal: The AVR-3312CI is designed to be used as a 7.2ch surround sound receiver with front left/right, center-channel, surround left/right, and surround back left/right channels along with dual preamp subwoofer outputs.
- Bi-Amp: You can configure the amplifier for front bi-amp operation to achieve a higher-quality 2-channel sound by connecting the receiver's front and surround back channels to your main front speakers (if compatible). Receiver will be limited to 5.2ch surround.
- Front B: A second set of front speakers can be powered by the surround back amplifier. Receiver will be limited to 5.2ch surround.
- Front Height: To enjoy Dolby Pro Logic IIz you can reassign the power amp from the two surround back channels to the two front height channels for better front effects.
- 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.
- Multi-Zone: The surround back channel amplifier can 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 Zone 3.
Note: If you hookup Surround Back, Front Height, and Front Wide speakers, the receiver will automatically switch between the speakers in accordance with the surround mode. These speakers will not all play at the same time.
Dual Subwoofer Outputs: An additional subwoofer output proves especially useful in large room settings where one subwoofer may not provide adequate low-frequency output.
Dual 24-bit/192-kHz DACs: This receiver is equipped with dual-differential AKM Semiconductor 24-bit/192-kHz (AK5358B) DACs per channel to decode and playback high-resolution recordings with less jitter and clearer sound.
Clock Jitter Reducer: The Denon AVR-3312CI employs a Clock Jitter Reducer to virtually eliminate jitter and produce a sound that is closer to the original soundtrack.
AL24 Plus Processing Technology: 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.
Denon's proprietary Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit-HD: The Denon AVR-3312CI is equipped with the latest technology in surround audio performance, DDSC HD, 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.
High-Definition Audio Support: Fully compatible with current HD audio formats, the Denon AVR-3312CI A/V Receiver provides powerful, theater-quality surround sound. The Denon AVR-3312CI features support for Blu-ray high-resolution audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio for a dynamic surround-sound listening experience. These formats play back sound with exceptional fidelity, providing a more realistic listening experience.
Surround Formats: 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:
|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.|
|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.|
|Dolby Pro Logic Modes||Dolby Pro Logic||Dolby Pro Logic is a matrix decoding technology developed by Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Pro Logic processes any high-quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into four playback channels of surround sound - Front Left, Front Right, Center, Mono-Surrounds.|
|Dolby Pro Logic II||
Dolby Pro Logic II is a matrix decoding technology developed by Dolby Laboratories. Regular music such as that on CDs is encoded into 5 channels to achieve an excellent surround effect. The surround channel signals are converted into stereo and full band signals (with a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz or greater) to create a "three-dimensional" sound image offering a rich sense of presence for all stereo. sources
|Dolby Pro Logic IIx||
Dolby Pro Logic IIx is a further improved version of the Dolby Pro Logic II matrix decoding technology. Audio signals recorded in 2 channels are decoded to achieve a natural sound with up to 7.1 channels. There are three modes: "Music" suited for playing music, "Cinema" suited for playing movies, and "Game" which is optimized for playing games.
|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, 5.1-channel and 7.1-channel content, Dolby Pro Logic IIz provides enhanced spaciousness, depth and dimension to movies, concert video and video game playback while maintaining the full integrity of the source mix.
|Dolby Digital Modes||Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital is the multi-channel digital signal format developed by Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Digital consists of up to 5.1 channels - front left, front right, center, surround left, surround right, and an additional channel exclusively reserved for additional deep bass sound effects. Dolby Digitals main channels can all contain full range sound information, from the lowest bass, up to the highest frequencies - 22 kHz. The signals within each channel are distinct from the others, allowing pinpoint sound imaging and tremendous dynamic range from the most powerful sound effects to the quietest, softest sounds, free from noise and distortion.|
|Dolby Digital EX||
Dolby Digital EX is a 6.1-channel surround format proposed by Dolby Laboratories that allows users to enjoy in their homes the "DOLBY DIGITAL SURROUND EX" audio format jointly developed by Dolby Laboratories and Lucas Films. The 6.1 channels of sound, including surround back channels, provide improved.
|Dolby Digital Plus||
Dolby Digital Plus is an improved Dolby Digital signal format that is compatible with up to 7.1 channels of discrete digital sound and also improves sound quality thanks to extra data bit rate performance. It is upwardly compatible with conventional Dolby Digital, so it offers greater flexibility in response to the source signal and the conditions of the playback equipment.
Dolby TrueHD is a high definition audio technology developed by Dolby Laboratories, using lossless coding technology to faithfully reproduce the sound of the studio master. This format provides the facility to support up to 8 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 192kHz/24bit resolution. Dolby TrueHD is adopted for applications that put very high importance on sound quality.
DTS Digital Surround is the standard digital surround format of DTS, Inc., compatible with a sampling frequency of 44.1 or 48 kHz and up to 5.1 channels of digital discrete surround sound.
|DTS-ES Discrete 6.1||DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 is a 6.1-channel discrete digital audio format adding a surround back (SB) channel to the DTS digital surround sound. Decoding of conventional 5.1-channel audio signals is also possible according to the decoder.|
|DTS-ES Matrix 6.1||
DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 is a 6.1-channel discrete digital audio format inserting a surround back (SB) channel to the DTS digital surround sound through matrix encoding. Decoding of conventional 5.1-channel audio signals is also possible according to the decoder.
|DTS-HD High Resolution Audio||
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is an improved version of the conventional DTS, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24 signals formats, compatible with sampling frequencies of 96 or 48 kHz and up to 7.1 channels of discrete digital sound. High data bit rate performance provides high quality sound. This format is fully compatible with conventional products, including conventional DTS digital surround 5.1-channel data.
|DTS-HD Master Audio||
DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless audio format created by Digital Theater System (DTS). This format provides the facility to support up to 8 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 192kHz/24bit resolution. It is fully compatible with conventional products, including conventional DTS digital surround 5.1-channel data.
DTS Express is an audio format supporting low bit rates (max. 5.1 channels, 24 to 256 kbps).
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 on DVD-Video.
|DTS Neo: 6||
DTS NEO:6 is a matrix decoding technology for achieving 6.1-channel surround playback with 2-channel sources. It includes "DTS NEO:6 Cinema" suited for playing movies and "DTS NEO:6 Music" suited for playing music.
|Denon Original Listening Modes||Multichannel Stereo||
This mode is for enjoying stereo sound from all speakers. The same sound as that from the front speakers (L/R) is played back at the same level from the surround speakers (L/R) and surround back speakers (L/R).
|Rock Arena||This mode is for enjoying the atmosphere of a live concert in an arena.|
|Jazz Club||This mode is for enjoying the atmosphere of a live concert in a jazz club.|
This mode is for playing monaural movie sources with surround sound. When playing sources recorded in monaural in the "MONO MOVIE" mode, the sound will be off balance with a single channel (left or right), so input to both channels.
|Video Game||This mode is suited for achieving surround sound with video games.|
|Matrix||This mode lets you add a spacious feel to stereo music sources.|
This mode is for enjoying surround effects using only the front speakers or headphones.
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical or coaxial).
Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:
- Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in the
Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements you can
- Panorama: Broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels, panorama can be turned on/off in the menu.
- Dimension: Allows you to move the sound field forward or backward.
- Center Width: Allows you to adjust the width of the center channel.
- Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 5 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).
- Denon Original Surround Mode Settings: While listening in one of
the Denon Original Surround Modes, there are three further enhancements you can
- 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.
- Effect Level: This function adjusts the effect signal level from 1 to 15 when using specific Denon Original Surround Modes.
- Delay Time: This feature adjusts the delay time (0-300ms) to control the sound stage size
- Height Gain: Adjust the volume (Low/Mid/High) of the Front Height channels in Dolby Pro Logic IIz.
- Audyssey DSX Settings: While listening in the Audyssey DSX audio
format, there are two further enhancements you can
- Stage Height: adjust sound stage height (+/-10) when using front height speakers
- Stage Width: adjust sound stage width (+/-10) when using front wide speakers
Audyssey MultEQ XT: Audyssey MultEQ XT technology helps create an optimal acoustic profile for your home theater. Using the included setup microphone, Audyssey MultEQ XT measures sound levels and adjusts speaker configuration accordingly, making setup fast and easy. This room acoustic measuring and correction system analyzes (via the included microphone) the audio characteristics of your speaker system and your listening environment at up to 8 measurement points and automatically tailors the sound for top audio fidelity. You can set the Audyssey MultEQ XT to one of the following modes.
- 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 Bypass L/R: Optimizes all speakers except front left and right.
- Audyssey Flat: Optimizes 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.
Note: You can also setup your speaker system manually using the receiver. You can select speaker configuration and size (large/small/none), as well as subwoofer (yes/no). Set subwoofer and LFE signal range playback (LFE/LFE+Main), as well as low-pass crossover frequency (80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz). Set distance (0-60') from listening position to speakers. Set the volume (+/-12dB) of the test tone to be the same when it is output from each speaker. And set the high-pass crossover frequency (40/60/80/90/100/110/120/150/200/250Hz) for each speaker.
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.
Audyssey Dynamic Volume: Audyssey Dynamic Volume solves the problem of large variations in volume level between television programs, commercials, and between the soft and loud passages of movies. Dynamic Volume addresses the issue of commercials that are too loud and movie soundtracks with vast differences between soft and loud passages; the results are more intelligible dialogue, loud passages maintain impact, and soft whispers are heard clearly. When the volume level changes, Dynamic EQ also adjusts the frequency response to maintain sound quality. You can set the Dynamic Volume to Day (low), Evening (middle), Midnight (high), or off.
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.
Restorer: Compressed audio formats such as MP3, WMA (Windows Media Audio), and MPEG-4 AAC reduce the amount of data by eliminating signal components that are hard for the human ear to hear. The Restorer function generates the signals eliminated upon compression, restoring the sound to conditions near those of the original sound before compression. It also corrects the sense of volume of the bass to obtain richer sound with compressed audio signals. You can choose from 4 settings:
- Mode 1 (Restorer 64): Optimized mode for compressed sources with very weak highs.
- Mode 2 (Restorer 96): Apply suitable bass & treble boost for all compressed sources.
- Mode 3 (Restored HQ): Optimized mode for compressed sources with normal highs.
- Off: Does not use Restored function.
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 Digital or DTS.
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.
Bi-Amping Front Speakers: The Surround-Back speaker terminals can be reassigned and used along with the Front terminals to bi-amp the front speakers, providing improved bass and treble performance. When bi-amping the front speakers the receiver is limited to a 5.2ch speaker system in the main room.
Source Level: This function adjusts the playback level of the currently selected input source's audio input. Use this feature if there are differences in the input volume levels between different sources. You can correct the playback level of the audio input from -12 to +12dB.
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-3312CI features two optical digital (Toslink) inputs and two coaxial digital inputs. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Tuner.
Phono Input: The Denon AVR-3312CI is fitted with a Phono input (MM), so you can connect your turntable and listen to your vinyl records with high-quality sound.
Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post terminals for all speaker outputs (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Front Wide L/R, and Front Height L/R). The binding posts can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana plugs. The terminals are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs. The collar surrounding the binding post terminals prevent the use of spade connectors.
Note: The receiver will accept speaker impedances of 6 to 16-ohm.
Multi-Channel Pre-Out: The A/V receiver features 7.2-channel pre-amp outputs (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, and Dual Subs). for connection to external power amplifiers.
Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.
HDMI (v1.4) with Dual Outputs: With seven HDMI ver.1.4 inputs (6 rear/1 front), the AVR-3312CI allows you to route multiple high-definition devices--like game consoles and Blu-ray players--to your TV. It also allows you to connect all of your devices to your TV with a single HDMI cable (via its HDMI monitor output x 2), reducing cable clutter. The two HDMI outputs are parallel so the same video signal is output through both and can be used simultaneously. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. They support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with 3D signals, ARC, Deep Color, xvYCC technology, Auto LipSync, and HDMI control.
Analog Video Inputs: The receiver features 5 composite video inputs (4 rear/1 front) and one composite video monitor output. There is also two component video inputs and one component video output (60MHz). In addition, there are two S-video inputs (DVR/Dock-Connector). The composite and S-video inputs can be output via composite, component, or HDMI. The component video input can be output via composite, component, or HDMI.
12-Bit i/P Converter and Scaler: The AVR-3312CI 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 12-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: In addition to being output via the composite video monitor output, composite video signals can be converted to component video (480i only) or HDMI (up to 1080p).
- S-Video: S-Video signals can be converted to composite video (480i), component video (480i), or HDMI (up to 1080p). There is no S-Video monitor output.
- Component Video: In addition to being output via the component video monitor output, component video signals can be converted to composite video (480i only) or HDMI (up to 1080p). Only 480i component video signal can be converted to composite video.
- HDMI: Video signals input as HDMI must be output via HDMI (up to 1080p).
NSV (Noise Shaped Video): The NSV precision video feature works in the digital domain to reduce noise in the video signal frequency band in order to enhance video signal linearity, provide the most accurate signal representation, and enhance the picture quality. Noise shaping techniques can be combined with dynamic element matching techniques in order to reduce the matching requirements of DAC elements by converting the analog mismatch into out of band noise. This approach of dynamic element matching and noise shaping has been shown to allow the use of sigma delta modulation at video data rates. NSV is the only product on the market that can achieve ultimate precision with 12-bit fidelity in both digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital domains.
3D Pass-Through: With the advent of 3D media, it is important to own a receiver that recognizes 3D video signals. The AVR-3312CI is able to pass through 3D signals from your Blu-ray player, ensuring that the 3D effect doesn't get lost in translation. It also recognizes signals from 3D television broadcasts. By connecting a 3D-compliant Blu-ray disc player and 3D-compliant TV to the AVR-3312CI, you will have a 3D home theater where you can enjoy high-definition sound and video on a level you've never experienced before.
HDMI Standby-Through: When enabling the HDMI Standby-Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "on" or in "standby" both audio and video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your television, via the receiver HDMI monitor output. You can select between 2 HDMI Through functions modes.
- HDMI Input: Selects the HDMI Input (1-7) for which the HDMI Standby-Through function is enabled.
- Last: The HDMI Standby-Through function is activated on the input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to the "standby" mode.
ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
Deep Color & x.v.Color Support: The AVR-3312CI also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture
Auto LipSync: 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.
Video Select Function: You can switch the video input source on the receiver while listening to a different audio signal.
Video Mode: You can select between 3 video processing settings.
- Auto: Processes video automatically based on the HDMI content information.
- Game: Always processes video appropriate for gaming content.
- Movie: Processes video normally.
Picture Adjust: You can adjust the picture quality for each video source; Contrast (+/-6), Brightness (0-12), Chroma Level (+/-6), Hue (+/-6), DNR (Low/Middle/High/Off), Enhancer (0-12).
Front Panel AV Input: The front panel's Video Aux input features analog stereo RCA and composite video input, as well as an HDMI input.
Built-in HD Radio Tuner: In addition to receiving standard analog AM and FM broadcasts, the AVR-3312CI features a built-in HD Radio tuner. HD Radio stations offer higher sound quality than conventional FM/AM broadcasts; typically FM HD Radio stations are CD quality while AM HD Radio sound similar to analog FM stereo. It is also possible to receive data services and select broadcasts from among up to eight multicast programs.
HD Radio Technology: HD Radio technology brings digital radio to conventional analog AM and FM radio stations, with improved sound quality, better reception, and new data services. HD Radio technology provides CD-quality sound for FM stations, and FM-quality sound for AM stations. In addition, FM HD Radio station can transmit multiple programs on the same frequency by using multicast channels. Text data display includes station name, song title, artist name, etc.
Note: HD Radio is the system for digital AM and FM broadcasting in the U.S. More than 2,000 radio stations are broadcasting their primary signals in digital HD Radio technology, as a free service. Go to HDRadio.com to check for HD Radio stations in your area.
Station Text: AM/FM digital stations can offer text and data such as artist names and song titles.
Multicasting: Many HD Radio stations also offer more than one channel of programming. This service is called multicasting.
Station Presets: You can store up to 56 radio stations presets (8 stations each in 7 separate banks) and name each preset with an 8 character ID.
Direct Frequency Tuning: You can enter the receiving frequency directly to tune in a station, using the supplied IR remote control.
Network Connection: The Denon AVR-3312CI is equipped with an Ethernet (RJ-45) port that lets you connect the receiver to your home network (LAN) and your broadband internet provider. When connected to your home network, the AVR-3312CI lets you listen to Internet radio and a host of other online music sources from your broadband internet provider, as well as play audio files & display still images from your computer via its Ethernet (RJ-45) port. The AVR-3312CI also supports AirPlay that lets you stream your music library from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iTunes. In addition, the Denon A/V receiver is DLNA 1.5 certified for Windows 7 audio & photo streaming.
Note: This unit's RJ-45 Ethernet port supports 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX and requires an Ethernet (LAN) category 5 or higher cable, Router, Modem, and Internet connection.
Internet Radio: The Denon AVR-3312CI lets you access Internet Radio stations from around the world. Internet Radio stations in MP3 and WMA format are supported. You can choose from thousands of Internet Radio stations and sort them by genre and region. You can store up to 56 Internet Radio stations as presets. The unit will automatically save up to 20 of the most recently played stations. The unit will also display Album Art. You can listen to your favorite music through the following Internet Radio services - Napster, Pandora, Rhapsody, and vTuner.
- Napster: The monthly music subscription service Napster is accessible. You can search for particular tracks (by artist, album, or song) on Napster and register your favorite tracks to the "My Napster Library".
- Pandora: Once the network audio player is registered with your Pandora account, you can listen to the automated music recommendation and Internet Radio service. You can create up to 100 personalized radio stations. You can sort tracks within these radio stations. You can skip up to 6 tracks that are being played back within 1 hour.
- Rhapsody: A subscription-based online music service from Real Networks that gives users unlimited access to a vast library of major and independent label music. Within a single interface, Rhapsody provides access to streaming music, Internet radio and extensive music information and recommendations. A subscription is required.
- vTuner: The AVR-3312CI supports the online vTuner service which offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Genre, Location, Language, and Favorites.
Flicker: The AVR-3312CI's network connection supports Flickr. Flickr is an online photograph sharing service that started in 2004. You can use this unit to view photographs on a connected TV that have been made public by Flickr users. You will need to setup an Flicker account to download, upload, and view photographs.
DLNA Certified: The AVR-3312CI is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7 compliant for audio and photo networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music and still-images stored on your Windows PC. You can use your PC to play high-bit rate music content through the A/V receiver and view still-images on your connected TV, or use the AVR-3312CI's remote control to browse music & photo files on your hard drive.
Media Player: The Denon AVR-3312CI lets you play music & still-image (JPEG) files stored on your computer via a network connection. MP3, WMA, AAC , WAV, and FLAC audio files stored on your computer can be played through the AVR-3312CI via its wired network connection. You can control playback of your streamed audio files from the A/V receiver's remote control. The receiver also supports ID3-Tag (ver.2) and META tag information - so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed the unit's front-panel display. In addition the unit will display Album Art on a connected television. The Denon AVR-3312CI supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its wired network connection.
|Compatible Formats||Sampling Frequencies||Bit rate||Extension|
|WMA (Windows Media Audio)||32/44.1/48 kHz||48-192 kbps||.wma|
|MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3)||32/44.1/48 kHz||32-320 kbps||.mp3|
|MPEG-4 AAC||32/44.1/48 kHz||16-320 kbps||.aac/.m4a/.mp4|
|FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)||32/44.1/48/96 kHz||16/20/24-bit||.flac|
Note: Your computer must meet the following system requirements - Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service or Windows Media DRM10. Album Art is only displayed when using Windows Media Player (ver.11)
Party Mode Function: The same network audio (Internet radio, Media Player, or iPod/iPhone) can be played on multiple Denon products equipped with the Party Mode function and connected to the same home network. The party mode consists of one organizer and up to four attendees. When one unit starts the party mode as the organizer, up to four devices on which the party mode function is activated automatically participate in the party as attendees.
Software Updates: Using the receiver's network/internet connection, you can check for and update the latest firmware from the online Denon server.
USB Port: A USB memory device can be connected to the USB (type-A) port located on the front-panel, allowing you to play music files through the receiver and display still-image (JPEG) files on a connected TV. The USB memory device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. The receiver The unit can recognize up to 2,000 folders, and 6,000 files. The receiver also supports ID3-/WMA-tags and Album Art. The Denon AVR-3312CI supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its USB port.
|Compatible Formats||Sampling Frequencies||Bit rate||Extension|
|WMA (Windows Media Audio)||32/44.1/48 kHz||48-192 kbps||.wma|
|MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3)||32/44.1/48 kHz||32-320 kbps||.mp3|
|MPEG-4 AAC||32/44.1/48 kHz||16-320 kbps||.aac/.m4a/.mp4|
|FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec)||32/44.1/48/96 kHz||16/20/24-bit||.flac|
Note: USB memory device will not work via a Hub.
iPod/iPhone Direct: With its built-in USB (type-A) port, the AVR-3312CI supports digital music playback from an iPod or iPhone. Using a USB-to-iPod Dock cable plugged into the front-panel USB port, music can be played directly from your iPod/iPhone, bypassing the iPod/iPhone's D/A converter. The iPod/iPhone can be controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to use the iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. Song/artist information and elapsed playing time appear on the AVR-3312CI's display and on the connected video monitor. Your iPod/iPhone's battery will also be charged while connected to the receiver. The AVR-3312CI is "made for iPod/iPhone compatible" and supports the following iPod/iPhone models and functions via its front-panel USB port (as of October 2011):
|iPod/iPhone Model||Generation||Tested Version||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|Audio||Video||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 receiver and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
iPod/iPhone Video Dock (optional): Using an optional iPod/iPhone video dock (ASD-11R, sold separately), you can view your iPod/iPhone's video and photo through the AVR-3312CI (S-video) on your connected TV (composite video). The iPod/iPhone is controlled using the receiver's remote control or buttons on the main unit.
AirPlay Compatible: AirPlay lets you stream your favorite songs directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes library on your PC or Mac to the Denon AVR-3312CI, over your home network connection. Using the Apple Remote App (FREE download) on your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad and your wireless home network, you don't even need to be in the same room as the components or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. You will even see the iTunes music information, including your track titles and artist info via the Denon receiver's on-screen menu.
Note: To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen), iPhone (3GS/4/4S), and iPad must have iOS 4.2 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.
Three Zone/Three-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-3312CI features a Main Zone (audio/video), Audio/Video Zone (Zone 2), and Audio Only Zone (Zone 3). The source can be the same for all zones, or you can enjoy 3 different sources in those zones if you prefer. You can rename each Zone with a 10 character title.
- Main Zone: The Main Zone 1 offers 7.2-channel playback of all your audio/video gear in your main entertainment room.
- Audio/Video Zone 2: The Audio/Video Zone 2 allows stereo audio and video playback of another analog 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. Zone 2 features either a preamp-output or speaker terminal output so you can use this amp or a separate amp to power speakers in another room. When using the AVR-33121CI to power speakers in a second room of your home, the main zone is restricted to 5.2-channel. When using the receiver's preamp output terminals for the second room you need an additional amplifier in that room to power those speakers; the main Zone of the receiver remains 7.2-channel
- Audio Only Zone 3: Audio Only Zone 3 allows you to play a third analog stereo audio source connected to the receiver in a third room of your house via left/right RCA audio or speaker terminal output connections. Zone 3 features either a preamp-output or speaker terminal output so you can use this amp or a separate amp to power speakers in another room. When using the AVR-3312CI 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 5.2 channels. When using the receiver's preamp output terminals for the 3rd Zone, you need an additional amplifier in that room to power those speakers; the main Zone of the receiver remains 7.2-channel.
Compatible Zone Sources: Zone 2 & 3 will playback tuner, analog, digital (PCM only), network, and USB sources. Zone 2 & 3 can only playback PCM (2-channel) audio input from the receiver's digital (optical/coaxial) terminals. Zone 2 will only output video from the receiver's composite- and S-Video inputs. You must currently be listening to a USB device or Network audio source in the Main Zone to initially select USB or Network as a source in Zone 2. Then you can switch the Main Zone to any source you desire. You cannot select different AM/FM radio stations or different Network content for different zones.
Note: To hear Airplay in Zone 2/3, the Main Zone must also be playing Airplay. You can have other sources playing in Zone 2/3 when the main zone is using Airplay.
Incompatible Zone Sources: HDMI cannot be output to Zone 2 or 3. Component video cannot be output to Zone 2. Zone 3 does not output any video sources.
Simple Controls: With its intuitive button layout, the AVR-3312CI is designed for ease of use. The front panel is smartly organized, featuring clearly labeled buttons and onboard controls for volume and source. The AVR-3312CI includes one-touch Quick Selection buttons that let you instantly select frequently-used video/music sources and surround modes. Icon displays on the buttons make it easy to recognize the buttons' functions.
On-Screen GUI (Graphic User Interface): The AV receiver's on-screen display (GUI) provides quick information about your system's settings (with video overlay). You can easily make settings for your home theater system while viewing menus on the TV screen. Simple settings are enabled with the setting menus displayed on the TV screen. When you control the sound volume, the volume level is displayed on the screen, and when you switch the input source, the name of the input source is displayed These menu displays can be output to your TV via HDMI.
Note: The on-screen display's text can be set to English or Spanish.
Setup Wizard: The receiver's on-screen Setup Wizards provides easy-to-follow setup instructions.
Rename: You can change the display name (up to 8 characters) of a selected input source.
Source Delete: If an input isn't being used, you can delete it from the display so you don't have to scroll past it when you change sources.
Screen Saver: The Screen Saver function is activated during menu display, USB, iPod, or Tuner screen display - if no operation is performed for an approximately 5-minute continuous period.
Dimmer: The receiver features 4 display settings; Bright, Dim, Dark and Off.
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.
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.
Protection Circuit: This is a function to prevent damage to components within the power supply when an abnormality such as an overload, excess voltage, or over-heating occurs. In this unit, the power indicator blinks and the unit enters standby mode when an abnormality occurs.
Multibrand Remote Control: The AVR-3312CI comes with an IR wireless 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 four Quick Select buttons. Each button can be programmed with a specific input source, surround mode, and volume setting for easy recall.
HDMI Control: The Denon AVR-3312CI 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-3312CI's HDMI control function, you can perform the operations from the AVR-3312CI's remote control - Power off, Switching of audio output devices, Switching of audio input devices, Volume adjustment, and Playback functions.
Custom Integration: The AVR-3312CI 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 and remote in/out IR command control.
- RS-232C Port: The AVR-3312CI includes an RS-232C port for connection to external whole-house control systems, from companies such as AMX and Crestron.
- Remote Jacks: The receiver has a mini-jack input and output for use with other compatible Denon components or an external IR repeater.
- 12V Trigger Outputs: The AVR-3312CI has two mini-jack outputs to send a 12-Volt DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger, such as a power amplifier. The conditions under which each trigger output activates is programmable.
iPhone App Control (Denon Remote App): The Denon Remote App lets you control the Denon Network A/V receiver using your iPhone or iPod Touch (requires iOS 4.2 or later). Four separate screen modes provide access to everything from audio tuning to the networking and switching capabilities of the Denon receiver. For instance, one iPhone App screen lets you control your Denon receiver's basic functions, including power on/off, volume, input selection, surround sound modes, etc. Other screens let you delve deeper into the many features and capabilities of your Denon A/V receiver; from choosing multi-zone networking to content-streaming to tuner commands, radio station pre-sets, balancing the audio soundfield for specific room parameters, and more.
Note: Download the "Denon Remote App" from the iTunes App Store for FREE. The AV receiver needs to be connected to a LAN and the iPhone/iPod touch needs to be connected to the same network by Wi-Fi (wireless LAN).
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