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Denon AVR-4311CI

9.2-channel home theater receiver, Internet-ready

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Quite a few receivers have a USB input, but the AVR-4311CI's front- and rear-panel USB connections are special. They feature 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.

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Denon's AVR-4311CI is a true center of entertainment for your home. It has the power and control to deliver an amazingly realistic home theater experience, even in large rooms. The '4311 comes ready to handle 3D video, and decodes the high-res surround sound formats that make Blu-ray movies so riveting. Nine amplified channels give you all kinds of speaker connection choices — surround sound, biamplification of compatible front speakers, or music in two other rooms. Its 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.

Hear your iPod® sing a sweeter tune

Quite a few receivers have a USB input, but the AVR-4311CI's front- and rear-panel USB connections are special. They feature 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.

Outstanding picture quality from every video source

The AVR-4311CI has you covered whether you're spinning up the Blu-ray or winding up the VCR. Seven 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 your TV using a single HDMI 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. And with two HDMI outputs, you can even watch your movie in two places at once with a second TV or projector.

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

The '4311CI offers plenty of digital music options, too. Just run a network cable 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 explore 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 home tuner to receive your favorite satellite radio channels.

Unleash your iTunes® music — free AirPlay® upgrade

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. First you will need a firmware upgrade. Go to Denon's website for instructions on how to activate the upgrade. AirPlay requires a wireless home network and a wired connection between the receiver and network.

Auto room calibration makes every spot a sweet spot

For the most accurate home theater sound possible in your room, Denon equipped this receiver with Audyssey MultEQ® XT32, a sophisticated automatic speaker calibration system. You can measure up to 32 listening positions for sheer sonic perfection. There's even a special mode to tune your subwoofer — what a difference it makes when your sub is correctly dialed in. Watch a video on how Audyssey MultiEQ improves sound in your room.

The '4311CI uses the included microphone to analyze sound 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.

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    Power and Processing:
    • 9-channel amplifier
    • 140 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, and DTS-HD™ High Resolution
    • Pro Logic® IIz expands the soundstage's vertical dimension (requires an additional pair of "height" speakers)
    • Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ® XT32 32-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:
    • Apple AirPlay®-ready with free firmware upgrade from Denon
    • listen to music from iPod®, iPhone®, or other portable music player via the front- or rear-panel USB inputs
    • iPod® video integration (requires optional Denon ASD-11R dock)
    • PC networking for streaming sound and pictures, plus Internet radio (broadband connection required)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • 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
    • detachable power cord
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI switching: 7 in, 2 out
    • HDMI version 1.4a with support for Deep Color, x.v.Color, lip-sync, 1080/24p video, 7.1 uncompressed 24/96 audio, DVD-Audio, SACD, and HDMI-CEC with compatible video sources and TVs
    • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p/24/60 output via HDMI) with Anchor Bay Technologies VRS advanced video processing and scaling
    • HDMI-to-HDMI video conversion with scaling up to 1080p resolution
    • component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical, 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)
    • 7.1-channel analog audio preamp input
    • 9.2-channel analog audio preamp output
    • preamp outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
    • front- and rear-panel USB ports 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
    • Denon Link (4th Edition) for enhanced video performance with compatible Denon Blu-ray players
    • DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified to ensure optimal compatibility with other network-enabled equipment
    • 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
    General Features:
    • 3 Quick Select buttons — save settings for commonly used sources, like video input and volume level
    • intuitive on-screen menu via all monitor outputs
    • learning/multibrand touchscreen electro-luminescent remote
    • basic remote for second or third listening room (requires remote control extender system, not included)
    • Denon's free remote app lets you use your iPod touch®, iPhone® or Android™ device as a Wi-Fi® remote
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 17-3/4""D
    • weight: 38 lbs.
    • warranty: 3 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • Black Surround Sound receiver
    • Audyssey DM-A409 setup microphone with attached 25' cord (has a mono mini-jack connector)
    • RC-1145 Wireless remote control with LCD
    • RC-1148 Secondary wireless remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • 76" AC power cord
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna
    • Owner's manual
    • Warranty information
    • Denon service network information
    • SIRIUS Satellite Radio brochure
    • Napster information

    This denon with 5 B&W speakers sounds good, satisfied

    DaveL, Fayetteville,Ga


    Denon AVR-4311CI Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (14 Reviews)

    Smokin' Hot Denon Receiver!

    Augustus from Cashmere, WA on 2/17/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Tremendous quality and performance. The receiver is built like a tank; extremely sturdy. I've owned Sony and Yamaha receivers in the past, and Denon blows them both out of the water. The power and clarity of the AVR-4311CI are incredible. The receiver powers seven speakers and a sub-woofer with ease. I can turn up the volume to the point where the windows are rattling and the volume is almost ear-splitting, and there is still more volume that the receiver can deliver. Awesome! In fact, my neighbor whose house is several feet from mine complained about the concussion from the system even with the windows and doors closed. Powerful to say the least. From classical to rock, the receiver delivers the music with grace and ease. Ballads and arias are beautifully reproduced; orchestral music is breathtaking; and rock music is absolutely awesome. I couldn't be happier with the receiver and have definitely become a Denon devotee. Keep up the good work, Denon, your equipment is spectacular!

    Pros: Quality; clarity; beastly powerful (as a previous reviewer stated); an actual hard copy of the owner's manual included versus having to download one from the Internet; good, straight-forward instructions for set-up; plenty of ports for analog and digital components and ports for a record player (available ports was a big selling point for me); nice looking, sleek receiver.

    Cons: None so far. I purchase the receiver in December 2013, and it has been a great find and a real gem.


    David from Alachua, FL on 11/17/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    As with all high tech products they require some work to get them set up. This Denon is no exception. Once you have completed the setup you cannot get the smile off of your face. The sound is awesome! When you couple this with Crutchfield's awesome customer service and tech support you have got the best of both worlds.

    Pros: Awesome sound. Plenty of ports to all of your electronics. 9.2 that rocks.

    Cons: Takes time to set it up.


    DaveL from Fayetteville,Ga on 9/30/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This denon with 5 B&W speakers sounds good, satisfied

    Pros: Easy to hook up

    Cons: For the price none


    Oliver from Fayetteville, AR on 7/9/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The Denon 4311 replaced an older Denon 2802, which I loved and which received much praise from friends and family for its excellent sound quality. But the 4311 is quantum leaps above the previous receiver. The Audyssey setup is dramatically easier and better than the old manual setup process. The audio is powerful and incredibly nuanced at the same time. Sparkling clear highs, thunderous lows and much more intelligible mid range for movie dialogue. Words can't describe the experience. You have to hear it to believe it. Even streaming audio over the Internet at 128 Kbps sounds excellent. The receiver is paired with an Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray player, Panasonic TC-P55ST60 television and Polk Audio speakers set up in a 7.2 configuration (with dual subwoofers including an MK Sound SB-1250). The state-of-the-art audio and video (2D and 3D) performance is nothing short of amazing. The Denon brand is known for exceptional sound quality and is probably best suited for someone who is somewhat knowledgeable about A / V systems and likes tinkering around a bit to get the best sound quality and personalized options.

    Pros: Sparkling clear sound Powerful, thunderous bass Highly configurable three-zone amplifier channels Beastly powerful amp in a standard-sized enclosure Many settings and options - a tweaker's delight

    Cons: Takes a bit more setup effort than the run-of-the-mill plug-and-play consumer device (but the results are worth it)

    Denon 4311ci

    E Venzen from Brooklyn New York on 7/5/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    All I can say this great 4311ci receiver does everything that I expected. I upgrade from a 3801 denon which is good but need more hdmi connection for my game consoles and bluray player and plus got to have 3D on my new Samsung 75inch smart tv Don't need to go to the movies anymore got everything right here bottom line I love it

    Pros: Simply its an elite denon receiver 4311ci the best

    Cons: None what's so ever

    Great Cable

    CraigH from Graham, TX on 4/11/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    No need to spend more, this cable provides an extremely clear picture and excellent sound.



    Good buy

    Anonymous from Atl, Ga on 11/22/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far has been great - still early on but compared to the marantz 7007 this has been more reliable with better sound



    Awesome receiver

    bearcat from Starkville, MS on 10/26/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver is a dream. Not only does it have power to drive my 5.1 Paradigm Signature speakers, but the customization and calibration is awesome. This replaces an AVR-3805, but wanted 3D pass-through and HDMI connections for the new TV. It is nice to reconfigure connections and rename source inputs. Currently have a Denon DBP1611UD, DirecTV HD receiver, PS3, PS2, Wii, and AppleTV connected and source input labeled appropriately. This even makes it easier for my wife to set the receiver to the correct input. However, this makes the provided remotes useless, or let's say confusing, but most Harmony remotes will allow the flexibility to rename the source setups - I use the 670 which I got originally to control the setup with the 3805. The provided Audyssey microphone did an excellent job calibrating the 5.1 system. The networking feature does makes it easy to control and setup. I use AirPlay all the time. Setup and powering my additional zone in the kitchen was an easier and cleaner setup than the 3805. The 9.2 capability and flexibility allows two assignable amp zones, so I can add an additional pair of speakers outside and still upgrade to a 7.1 system.

    Pros: Setup GUI, networking, Audyssey calibration, source customization, AirPlay, looks and sounds good.

    Cons: Some settings do require reading the manual, which is difficult to find information within. Very little prompts or local help is provided in the on-screen Setup GUI or the Web controller as a guide.

    Simply awesome

    taureantiger from SanJose, CA on 10/20/2012

    I have had the AVR 4311CI for > 6 months replacing a Pioneer Elite SC-27. First thing I liked so much better than in the Pioneer was the Setup GUI which I found a lot more intuitive. I never needed to consult with the manual to get this receiver set up properly and sound great. I have a 7.1 set up with 6-ohm Canton speakers, and it sounds simply awesome. Important to me was the receiver's playback capability of Super Audio CDs (SACD) in its native DSD mode over HDMI, which the Denon does fabulously (I have the universal Oppo BDP-95 connected to it). My Blu-ray movies look fantastic, and the receiver also does a great job upconverting 2-channel and 5.1 materials to 7.1 surround sound, which was another area important to me as I watch NetFlix quite a bit through the Roku-2 player. Also love the fact the Denon comes with HD-Radio (Hybrid-Digital), but wished it had RDS capabilities, but it just doesn't, as most radio stations in the U.S. utilize RDS but not HD-Radio that much. HD-Radio stations sound fantastic, and depending on radio stations you listen to, title and artist information is displayed on the Denon receiver, and on the TV itself! In summary, I give this receiver 5 stars (out of 5), especially now that you can buy it for this price. It's a bargain for what the AVR 4311Ci brings on the table.

    Pros: Much smaller than Pioneer Elite receivers, yet, better layout. Very informative receiver display and GUI on the TV. Setup is easy (to those who have set up sophisticated AVRs before at least). Fantastic sound. Fantastic video. Can even display volume on the TV when watching TV or DVD/Roku (would not turn that on for Blu-ray, i.e., leave Blu-ray signal pristine); on-the-fly speaker level adjustments without going through the set up menu; AirPlay (upgradable over the Internet); HD-Radio tuner

    Cons: RDS for FM is missing; no regular firmware updates through Denon (only update was AirPlay function; nothing since then; could, for example, add more Internet audio providers, sich as IHeartRadio or Pandora Plus, or get rid of Napster from the menu, as it doesn't exist anymore); Internet radio is a bit buggy. Sometimes it turns itself on in the background while watching video, drawing unnecessary Internet bandwidth).

    Denon AVR-4311CI

    Jdmccray from Burley, I'd on 10/1/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far so great! I got it to replace a 26 Denon Receiver that will go out in my shop. I set it up in about 3 hours including downloading air play, love it! I have not had a chance to perform auto tune yet for surround sound as I still need to install me side speakers. Great remote. We don't use the "simple" remote. All in all well pleased for the short time we have had. I will definitely update the review if we have problems.

    Pros: Remote, good sound, I like the on screen menu.

    Cons: Big and heavy.

    Nothing short of inspiring

    MajJaz42 from Murfreesboro, TN on 9/27/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I recently upgraded from an aging Denon 3802 (aging, but still going strong enough to "retire" to a second room in the house for occasional use) to the 4311, and the difference is remarkable. Setup was very straight-forward overall, the on-screen setup menu took a little time to work out but once you get the hang of it navigating through the options is easy; and make no mistake, there are lots of options! I could see how, if this were a person's first foray into the world of home theater configurations, those options might be a little overwhelming. But there are visual cues to help you along the way (the graphical representation of a room with speaker deployment actually saved me some headache when I noticed I'd not set the system up correctly to recognize all of the speakers in the room), it's takes some time to finish the setup process but the end result is definitely worth it. The Audyssey auto-config for speaker balancing worked like a charm; where once I had to break out the ol' digital sound meter and do all of the fine tuning manually, the 4311 did a remarkably good job at doing this for me (I tweaked the sub setting up slightly to give the lows a bit more oomph, otherwise it was perfect). The remote, all considering, is relatively easy to use. The sound quality blew me away though; I'm hearing details in movies that I'd never noticed before, and the effect is stunning! VERY happy with the receiver!

    Pros: Fantastic sound quality, lots of device input options, dual-sub support, bi-amping support, accurate automatic channel balancing feature to provide a balanced audio experience in the entire room (rather than just for the infamous room "sweet spot")

    Cons: Menus can be a little confusing at first, included setup manual could be a little better, beginners will likely need to either get help or plan on spending extra time figuring out the setup of the gear

    Tough set up

    Wardlaw from Columbia on 6/8/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Sounds great and easy to set up tv and speakers. The airplay upgrade is not so easy. I also had a tough time running Ethernet from cable modem to the receiver because they were on different floors. I also had to upgrade my broadband to keep 3-D from buffering when watching on line 3-D. I would buy it again and now that it's all done I am very pleased.

    Pros: Sounds great. Plays everything

    Cons: Difficult set up.

    Functionality lost since 4308

    PaulH from Bentonville AR on 10/10/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I owned a Denon AVR-4308ci which got damaged by lightening. I purchased the Denon 4311ci as a replacement. Although the 4311 has a bit more power even though 4311 and 4308 are both rated at 140W, the 4311 LOST zone assignment functionality that the 4308 had. With the 4308, I could run 3 powered zones simultaneously with different sources. The 4311 will only allow 2 powered zones at the same time. You have to buy aseparate amplifier to power a 3rd zone. So, don't think that the 4311 will simply replace your 4308. On the up side, the 4311 has a more intuitive remote control than the 4308 did and the aux remotes that came with the 4308 will also run the 4311. The 4311 also supports 2 subwoofers which is nice.<br> <b>[Editor's Note: Our Product Research team looked into this and the receiver does have 3 powered Zones. The Main Zone, Zone 2, & Zone 3. You must assign the Surround back channels for Zone 2 and the Front Wide channels for Zone 3 in the receiver's menu. The Main Zone will then be limited to 5.1ch.]</b>



    Awesome AVR Denon Receiver 4311

    rraallpphh13 from Fort lauderdale, Fl on 3/22/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome receiver, remote control has been updated and is the best Denon remote control in my opinion. Just incredible. Receiver is awesome with Pandora, High Definition Radio just to name a few features. The clarity, sound, power is what you expect when you pay a premium price. Just a solid receiver sure to last till the next major electronic gadget comes out into the market. As for the 3D, yes it's ready and capable. But in my case, 3D isn't for me. I just get dizzy looking 3D. But this is just me. I also have a Denon AVR4310, and it's difficult to hear the difference, but I believe the 4311 is a bit clearer, maybe a bit to high, but sounds awesome regardless. Blu-Ray movies sounds just out of this world on my 4311. Hope this helps! Ralph Fort Lauderdale




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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 9
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 140
    THD in Stereo 0.05 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 4 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 4 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 4 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready Yes
    Bluetooth No
    Apple AirPlay Firmware update required
    App Remote Control Yes
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    FM Sensitivity 14.8 dBf
    HD Radio Tuner Built-in
    On-Screen Display Thru All monitor outs
    Auto Speaker Calibration Audyssey MultEQ XT
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
    HDR-compatible No
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    4K Video Upscaling No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion Yes
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible No
    Multibrand Remote Control Yes
    Learning Remote Yes
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 6-3/4
    Depth (inches) 17-3/4
    Weight (pounds) 38.14
    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 3
    Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
    Optical Digital Outputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 7
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 2
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input Yes
    Multi-channel Preamp Output Yes
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections 1 Front, 1 Rear
    Removable Power Cord IEC 2-prong

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    Audio Features

    9-Channel Amplifier: The Denon AVR-4311CI features nine discrete amplifier channels, supplying 140 watts RMS per channel (measured 20 Hz-20 kHz into 8Ω at 0.05% THD). The nine amplifier channels can be used in several different configurations to accommodate your home theater setup:

    • Normal: 7.2 or 9.2 channel output; the surround back, front height, and front wide speakers are switched automatically based on the surround mode or input signal
    • Zone2: 7.2 channel surround plus stereo speakers are powered in Zone2; the terminals used for the Zone2 speakers are assigned in the menu; front height, front wide, or surround back
    • Zone2/3: 5.1 channel surround plus stereo speakers are powered in Zone2 and Zone3; Zone2 speakers are connected to the surround back terminals and Zone3 speakers are connected to the front wide terminals
    • Zone2/3-Mono: 7.1 channel surround plus single mono speakers are powered in Zone2 and Zone3; the terminals used for the Zone2/3 speakers are assigned in the menu; front height, front wide, or surround back
    • Bi-Amp: 7.1 channel surround and four amplifier channels are assigned to power the front left and right speakers (they must have bi-amp terminals); the terminals used to bi-amp the front speakers are assigned in the menu; front height, front wide, or surround back
    • 2 CH: different speakers (other than the main surround system) are powered when the Direct or Stereo mode is used; the terminals used for the extra speakers is assigned in the menu; front height, front wide, or surround back
    • 2 CH Bi-Amp: different speakers (other than the main surround system) are bi-amped when the Direct or Stereo mode is used; the front height and front wide terminals are used for the extra speakers
    • Front B: a second pair of front speakers can be powered simultaneously with the A front speakers (A, B, or A+B); the terminals used for the B speakers are assigned in the menu; front height, front wide, or surround back
    • 11 CH: 11.2 channels in the main room, nine powered by the internal amplifiers; the speakers powered by the external amp assigned in the menu; front or front height
    • Pre Amp: all the speakers in the main room are powered by external amplifiers; speakers in Zone2 and Zone3 can be powered by the internal amplifiers in this setting

    D/A Converters: The AVR-4311CI uses Analog Devices AKM Semiconductor AK4358B 192 kHz/24-bit digital to analog converters. The 192 kHz sampling and 24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allows you to play high-resolution recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range.

    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 or upconverted 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. AL24 Processing Plus is conducted for all channels and modes other than the DSD Direct mode.

    DDSC HD (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit): The Denon AVR-4311CI is equipped with DDSC HD-Digital, featuring dual 32-bit floating point DSP processors. All elements of the surround processor are optimized by the use of selected high performance and discrete components, particularly the A/D and D/A converters and the sophisticated DSP surround decoder.

    Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Denon AVR-4311CI AV receiver supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) decoding formats.

    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). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.

    Denon Original Listening Modes: Denon's Original Listening Modes, combined with Dolby Digital/DTS/Dolby Pro Logic processing, produce more realistic, powerful sound effects for your movie and music sound tracks based on the type of content and your home theater setup. You can choose from the following:

    • Classical Concert: This mode recreates the space of a large concert hall where you are surrounded with reflected sound in a large space.
    • Rock Arena: For rock and popular music sources, this mode surrounds you with reflected sound of the kind you would hear at a live concert.
    • Jazz Club: This mode recreates the atmosphere of a live house where the ceiling is low and you are enveloped with rich doses of reflected sound.
    • Matrix: With this mode, you can add rich reflected sound to 2-channel stereo music sources where reflected sound is normally not audible.
    • Wide Screen: This mode is for enjoying the atmosphere of viewing a movie on a large screen.
    • Super Stadium: This mode reproduces the atmosphere of a stadium when you enjoy program sources such as baseball, football, or other sports.
    • Video Game: This mode is suited for achieving surround sound with video games..
    • Mono Movie: This mode is used when you listen to recorded monaural sound sources such as AM radio broadcasts or news programs from the center speaker.
    • Virtual: Enjoy surround effects using only the front speakers or set of headphones.
    • Multichannel Stereo: Left and right stereo channels are distributed to all the speakers so that stereo sound can be heard from all directions at any listening position.

    Direct Listening Modes: The Denon AVR-4311CI offers two Direct Listening Modes which bypass the receiver's tone & DSP processing for higher sound quality performance. Direct Mode provides playback of 2ch or Multichannel audio in its original form, without any surround or tone processing. Pure Direct Mode goes a step further by turning off the receiver's display and analog video circuitry to minimize the possibility of any noised being added to the audio signal.

    Audyssey Technology: The AVR-4311CI features a full package of Audyssey audio technologies for optimal sound quality. Audyssey Dynamic Volume offers real-time volume adjustment, while Audyssey DynamicEQ improves your system's surround effects during low volume levels. Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automatically sets speakers and subs to suit your room's listening environment and the speakers' characteristics. The AV receiver even offers Audyssey DSX which adds front speaker effects.

    • Audyssey MultEQ XT32: Audyssey MultEQ XT32 technology helps create an optimal acoustic profile for your home theater. Using the included setup microphone, Audyssey MultEQ XT32 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 (63 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, 4 kHz, 8 kHz, and 16 kHz); from -20 to +6 dB .
      • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    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 adjust:
      • 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 adjust:
      • 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 adjust:
      • Stage Height: adjust sound stage height (+/-10) when using front height speakers
      • Stage Width: adjust sound stage width (+/-10) when using front wide speakers

    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: 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 Off, 64, 96, or HQ based on the compression setting of the source material.

    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.

    Denon Link (4th gen): This receiver features the Denon Link (4th generation), an RJ-45 jack on the back panel, which allows a compatible Denon Blu-ray player to share the receiver's master clock that operates the D/A converter, resulting in playback with negligible jitter.

    Tone Settings: You can independently adjust the system's overall Bass and Treble settings from -6 to +6 dB. Bass and Treble are also independently adjustable (+/-10 dB) for Zone2 and Zone3.

    Volume Settings: The AVR-4311CI offers the following volume settings.

    • Volume Control: You can set a maximum volume level of 0, -10, or -20 dB to limit the receiver's maximum 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).
    • Source Level: This function adjusts the relative playback volume of an audio input, useful when 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.

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Denon AV receiver offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-4311CI 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.
    • 7.1 Multi-Channel Input: The AVR-4311CI is equipped with a 7.1-channel input to accommodate present and future multi-channel formats.
    • 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.
    • Multi-Channel Pre-Out: The receiver features 11.2-channel pre-amp outputs (standard 7.1 plus a second subwoofer and front height and front wide channels) for connection to external power amplifiers.

    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. You can set the sleep timer from 10 to 120 minutes in 10 minute increments.

    Video Features

    Noise Shaped Video (NSV): 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 accurate signal representations, and enhance the picture quality. Noise shaping techniques are combined with dynamic element matching techniques in order to reduce the matching requirements of DAC elements by converting the analog mismatch into and 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 can achieve ultimate precision with 12-bit fidelity in both digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital domains.

    HDMI ver. 1.4a: This unit has 7 HDMI version 1.4a inputs and 2 HDMI version 1.4a outputs. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. The 2 HDMI outputs are parallel so the same video signal is output through both and both can be used simultaneously. The HDMI jacks support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with 30 and 36 bit Deep Color, xvYCC technology, 3D, and ARC.

    3D: The AVR-4311CI will pass the 3D signal when connected to a 3D source (3D Blu-ray player, 3D cable box, etc) and a 3D ready TV.

    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.

    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.

    Video Converter and Scaler: The AVR-4311CI is equipped with a flexible video switching system that converts video signals in an effort to require only one video connection from receiver to TV. The 480i/480p (SD-quality), 720p, and 1080i video signals input as component, composite, or S-video are converted to HDMI and scaled as high as 1080p resolution (output resolution set in the menu). Composite and S-video signals are also converted to component video, and S-video and component (480i only) are converted to composite video.

    Note: Video signals input as HDMI must be output via HDMI, but can be scaled if they're not already 1080p.

    Component Video Inputs/Outputs: The receiver features 3 component video inputs and 1 component video output. The component video inputs are assignable to different sources.

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

    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 all monitor outputs (composite video, component video, and HDMI).

    Dimmer: The receiver features four display brightness settings; Bright, Dim, Dark and Off.

    Network & Tuner Functions

    Home Network Function: The AVR-4311CI is equipped with an Ethernet port that lets you 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 to the receiver from your PC or DLNA certified media server or media controller.
    • 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-4311CI supports MP3 and WMA Internet radio content and allows you to search for Internet radio stations by genre or location. The list of stations that the AVR-4311CI 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-4311CI. You can also view photos made public by other users.
    • 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-4311CI.
    • 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 the network using a browser window.
    • 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 to the same network.

    HD Radio Tuner: In addition to receiving standard analog AM and FM broadcasts, the AVR-4311CI 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. 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.

    Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: The AVR-4311CI can be connected to the optional SiriusConnect home tuner kit (item numbers 607SCH1 or 220SCH2P, sold separately), allowing you to receive Sirius Satellite Radio. 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/iPod Integration

    USB Terminal: A mass storage class or MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) conforming USB memory device can be connected to the front or rear panel USB port. WMA (48-192 kbps), MP3 (32-320kbps), WAV, AAC (16-320kbps), FLAC, and JPEG files are compatible. When a music file includes album art data, the album art can be displayed on your connected TV while playing the file. You can also play JPEG still picture files in a slideshow.

    Note: You cannot use the front USB port and rear USB port at the same time; you must select which port you want to use.

    iPod Compatibility: The AVR-4311CI is Made for iPod and iPhone compliant; using a USB to iPod Dock cable plugged into the front panel or rear panel USB port music can be played directly from an iPod/iPhone, 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. Video and still photos (as well as music) can be played from an iPod using an optional ASD-11RK iPod dock. Using the USB/Dock cable to connect directly, iPod compatibility is as follows (as of 9/27/2012):

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
    4th N/A N N N N N N N N
    mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N N
    2nd N/A N N N N N N N N
    video 5th 1.3 Y O Y N Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    7th 1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 6.0 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4 6.0 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 6.0 Y O Y Y Y Y Y Y
    5 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    2 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    3 6.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

    Remote Control

    Learning Remote Control: The receiver's main remote control (RC-1145) features back-lit buttons and an LCD display. If your other audio/video devices are of a brand other than Denon and they cannot be operated with the preset memory function, the other device's remote control signals can be learned by the RC-1145. The remote control is equipped with three Quick Select (macro) buttons, allowing a series of remote control signals to be transmitted by pressing a single button. Up to 18 sequential signals can be stored in each of the Quick Select buttons.

    Sub/Multi-Zone Remote Control: The receiver's sub remote control (RC-1148) unit is equipped with frequently used buttons, so it can be used for simple remote control unit operations. The sub remote will also control the Zone2 and Zone3 functions, so you can use it from other rooms via an optional IR repeater kit.

    HDMI Control: The Denon AVR-4311CI can control select external HDMI control compatible audio/video components when connected via HDMI. Several operations can be performed from the AVR-4311CI's remote control - Power off, Switching of audio output devices, Switching of audio input devices, and Volume adjustment.

    Custom Integration: The AVR-4311CI 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-4311CI 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-4311CI has 2 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.

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