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Denon AVR-E300

5.1-channel home theater receiver with Apple AirPlay®

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Overview

Our take on the Denon AVR-E300

Denon's AVR-E series receivers deliver home theater and music enjoyment without getting too complicated. You get lots of entertainment possibilities quickly. Denon's built-in assistant makes it easy to get everything set up right the first time. Its five channels of high-quality amplification deliver crisp, clean surround sound. Plus, this Internet-ready receiver puts a virtually limitless supply of digital music on tap.

Putting the fun in functionality

Denon's AVR-E series receivers deliver home theater and music enjoyment without getting too complicated. You get lots of entertainment possibilities quickly. Denon's built-in assistant makes it easy to get everything set up right the first time. Its five channels of high-quality amplification deliver crisp, clean surround sound. Plus, this Internet-ready receiver puts a virtually limitless supply of digital music on tap.

Take a world tour of music

Connect the 'E300 to your broadband network and choose from a wide variety of online streaming services including SiriusXM Internet radio, Pandora® Internet radio, Spotify®, and more. Add to all this the built-in V-tuner for thousands more stations, and you've got plenty of listening options to keep your ears happy for a long, long time.

Set your iPod® music free with AirPlay®

The AVR-E300 includes Apple's AirPlay, technology, which lets you stream music from your iTunes® music 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 else in your home with an Apple device can share their latest musical finds. AirPlay requires a wireless home network and a wired connection between the receiver and network.


High-res audio

Single-cable convenience

The AVR-E300's HDMI inputs let you connect up to five high-definition sources for convenient switching, like a gaming console, Blu-ray player, HD cable box and more.  Then you'll need just one HDMI cable from the receiver to your television.

Let Audyssey fine-tune your system

Free Denon control apps for iPhone and Android

Free downloadable control apps let you use your mobile device as a powerful Wi-Fi remote.

Want your home theater system tailored to your room? Be sure to run the Audyssey speaker calibration software. It's built into the 'E300, so you get sound that's well-balanced for great sound in every seat. Once your system is optimized and ready for action, download Denon's free app for your iPhone®, iPad®, or Android™ device. It's a great way to navigate many of this receiver's features and functions from an easy-to-use touchscreen remote (requires a wireless home network).

I was looking for a simple home theater receiver that was decent quality, simple to use, and not too expensive. This fit the bill perfectly and I am quite happy with it!

Karen, Rochester, NY

What's in the Box:

  • 5.1ch A/V Receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RC-1181)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Audyssey setup microphone (ACM1HB)
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
  • Getting Started booklet (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Warranty Information
  • Safety Instruction Manual
  • Denon Extended Protection Plan
  • Sheet of adhesive labels

Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 5-channel amplifier
    • 75 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
    • Audyssey "Bronze" speaker calibration and system optimization includes:
      • MultEQ® auto setup and room calibration delivers balanced, dynamic sound for as many as six seating positions (microphone included)
      • Dynamic Volume anticipates loud sounds to keep volume levels even
      • Dynamic EQ improves dialogue, bass response, and surround channel levels at lower volumes
    Digital Music Options:
    • built-in Apple AirPlay® for ultra-convenient wireless iTunes® music playback
    • AirPlay streaming requires a home Wi-Fi® network and a wired connection between your receiver and home network
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
    • front-panel USB input gives you a direct digital connection for your iPod®
    • Ethernet port for music and JPEG streaming from a wired PC network
    • optional streaming services include Pandora® Internet radio, Spotify® and SiriusXM Internet radio (registration and subscription may be required)
    • DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified to ensure optimal compatibility with other network-enabled equipment
    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 each channel
    Connections:
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital audio/video switching; 5 in (including 1 front-panel input), 1 out
    • HDMI version 1.4a with support for 4K, 3D video, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, and HDMI-CEC
    • 2 rear-panel composite audio/video inputs
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • digital audio inputs: 1 optical, 1 coaxial
    General Features:
    • built-in setup assistant with easy-to-follow instructions
    • intuitive on-screen menu (via HDMI only)
    • Video Select lets you listen to music (network, USB, or tuner) while watching video from a different source
    • Denon's free remote app lets you use your iPad®, iPod touch®, iPhone®, or Android™ device as a Wi-Fi® remote
    • receiver remote
    • 17-1/8"W x 5-15/16"H x 13-3/8"D
    • weight: 18.1 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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    Features and Specs

    Amplification
    Number Of Channels 5
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 75
    THD in Stereo 0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready Yes
    Bluetooth-compatible No
    Apple AirPlay Built in
    App Remote Control Yes
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    FM Sensitivity 12.8 dBf
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration Audyssey MultEQ
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
    HDR-compatible No
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion No
    Component Video Conversion No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion No
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible No
    Multibrand Remote Control No
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 5-15/16
    Depth (inches) 13-3/8
    Weight (pounds) 18.1
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
    Multi-room Video No
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos N/A
    DTS DTS, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 6
    Audio-only Inputs 1
    Component Video Inputs None
    Component Video Monitor Outputs None
    Optical Digital Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 5
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Outputs 1
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Spring-posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections 1 Front
    Removable Power Cord No

    Product Research

    Audio Features
    Video Features
    Network + Tuner Functions
    iPod/USB Integration
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Features

    Equal Power Amp Design w Discrete Circuitry: The Denon AVR-E300 is equipped with a 5 channel power amplifier rated at 75-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-E300's five 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.

    24-bit/192-kHz DACs: This receiver is equipped with 24-bit/192-kHz DACs for all channels to decode and playback high-resolution recordings with less jitter and  clearer sound.

    32-Bit Processing DSP: The Denon AVR-E300 is equipped with an Analog Devices 32-bit DSP for powerful and highly accurate surround sound reproduction.

    Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Denon AVR-E300 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). Even though the AV receiver will decode 7.1channel surround sound (via HDMI), it will only output 5.1ch surround, because it lacks Surround Back channel speaker outputs.

    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:

    • 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.
    • 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.
    Note: This unit automatically generates a list of all the playable sound modes based on the input audio format and the current speaker setup configuration and displays the list on the screen. Therefore, you can select a correct surround playback mode even if you are not familiar with sound mode selection.

    Direct Listening Mode: The Denon AVR-E300 offers a Direct Listening Mode 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.

    Audyssey Technology: The AVR-E300 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 automatically sets speakers to suit your room's listening environment and the speakers' characteristics.

    • Audyssey MultEQ: Audyssey MultEQ technology helps create an optimal acoustic profile for your home theater. Using the included setup microphone, Audyssey MultEQ 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 6 measurement points and automatically tailors the sound for top audio fidelity. You can set the Audyssey MultEQ 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 (-20dB to +6dB).
      • 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.

    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.

    Audio Enhancements: The Denon AVR-E300 receiver provides various audio enhancements to deliver a high-quality listening experience every time.

    • 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.
    • 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.

    Volume Settings: The AVR-E300 offers the following volume settings.

    • Volume Scale: You can choose to display an Absolute volume scale (0-98) or Relative volume scale (-79.5 to 18dB).
    • Volume Limit: You can set a maximum volume level of 0, -10, or -20 dB to limit the receiver's total volume output.
    • Power On Level: You can define the volume setting that is active when the power is turned on (0, 1-98, -79 to +18dB, or Last)
    • Mute Level: 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).

    Level Adjustments:  The AVR-E300 provides the following level adjustments.

    • 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.
    • Dialogue Level: You can adjust the output level (+/-12dB) to clarify the dialogue output from the center channel.
    • Subwoofer Level: You can set the receiver's subwoofer output level (+/-12dB) independent from the other speaker levels and system's main volume.

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

    • Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-E300 features an optical digital (Toslink) input and a coaxial digital input. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Tuner.
    • Speaker Terminals w/ Color Labels: The receiver has spring-post terminals for all speaker connections. The spring-post terminals can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and banana plugs (single/dual). The receiver will accept speaker impedances of 6 to 16-ohm. The AV receiver comes with color labels to easily identify which channel a speaker cable should be connected to. Since the speaker cables have labels in the same colors as the connectors on the AVR-E300's rear panel, there's no longer any confusion about which terminals they should be connected to.
    • Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.

    Video Features

    HDMI (v1.4): With five HDMI v1.4 inputs (4 rear/1 front), the AVRE-300 allows you to route multiple high-definition devices, such as your Blu-ray player and cable/satellite receiver, 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), reducing cable clutter. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. The receiver's HDMI v.1.4 jacks are compatible with 1080p/24Hz video, 3D video signals, Deep Color & x.v.Color technology; as well as LipSync, ARC, and HDMI control.

    • 3D Pass-Through: With the advent of 3D media, it is important to own a receiver that recognizes 3D video signals. The AVR-E300 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-E300, you will have a 3D home theater where you can enjoy high-definition sound and video on a level you've never experienced before.
    • Deep/x.v.Color Support: The AVR-E300 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.
    • LipSync: If needed, the audio signal can be manually delayed to match the video signal; adjust from 0-200ms.
    • 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.

    HDMI Standby Pass-Through: When enabling the HDMI Standby Pass-Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "On" or in "Standby" both audio/video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your television, via the receiver's HDMI monitor output. You can select between three HDMI through function modes.

    • HDMI Input: Selects the HDMI Input (1-4) for which the HDMI Standby Pass-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.
    • Off: The HDMI Standby Pass-Through function is disabled.

    Composite Video Inputs/Output: The receiver features two composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output. You must connect the receiver to your TV via composite video to view incoming video from the receiver's composite inputs. There are no component video inputs/outputs.

    Video Select Function: While listening to Network/Tuner/USB content, you can switch the receiver's video input so you can display video while listening to an audio source.

    Network + Tuner Functions

    Network Connection: The Denon AVR-E300 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-E300 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 network connection (DLNA 1.5 certified). The AVR-E300 also supports AirPlay that lets you stream your music library from an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iTunes.

    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.

    DLNA 1.5 Certified: The AVR-E300 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7/8 compliant for audio and photo networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music and still-images (JPEG) 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-E300's remote control to browse music & photo files on your hard drive. 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 or on-screen menu. In addition the unit will display Album Art on a connected television. The Denon AVR-E300 supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its wired network connection.

    Compatible Audio 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
    WAV 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz 16-bit .wav
    MPEG-4 AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-320 kbps .aac/.m4a/.mp4
    FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/20/24-bit .flac
    ALAC 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz N/A .m4a

    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.11/12).

    Online Services: The Denon AVR-E300 lets you access Internet Radio, as well as other online music and photo services from your broadband Internet connection. Currently the AVR-E300 supports Internet Radio from vTuner, Pandora, Spotify, and SiriusXM; as well as the Flickr online photo sharing site (as of 3/19/2013). The Denon receiver offers on-screen menu display and control over these web services.

    Online Services Description
    vTuner 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. Internet Radio stations in MP3 (32-320kbps) and WMA (48-192kbps) format are supported. You can browse content by Genre, Location, Language, and Favorites. 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.

    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. You can also thumbs-up/thumbs-down and bookmark tracks. In Pandora, you can search for the track name or artist name using "keyword" searches. When the search is complete, tracks that have a similar rhythm or sound are streamed.
    Spotify Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists. A Spotify Premium subscription is required.
    SiriusXM SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more.
    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 Flickr account to download, upload, and view photographs.

    Favorites: You can add up to 100 items as "Favorites" from vTuner, Pandora, SiriusXM, Flickr, and your media server for easier, quicker access.

    AM/FM Tuner: The Denon AV receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with 56 station auto-preset memory tuning. You can also set your presets manually. You can create an 8-character name for each preset station. You can even directly enter a station number using the receiver's on-screen menu and remote control.

    Software Updates: Using the receiver's network/internet connection, you can check for and update the latest firmware from the online Denon server. Visit Denon's Support Site for more details. The tested Denon AVR-E300 contained firmware version 9400-4654-5100 (as of 3/19/2013).

    iPod/USB Integration

    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-E300, over your home network connection. By downloading Apple's free "Remote" application onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad 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 (via HDMI).

    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, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.3 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The Denon AV receiver is fitted with a front-panel USB (type-A) port and HDMI port for playback of audio and video files from select iPod, iPhone, or iPad devices.

    • Audio Playback: The AVR-E300 supports digital music playback from an iPod, iPhone, or iPad using its front-panel USB (type-A) port. Simply plug your compatible Apple device into the receiver's front-panel USB port, using the cable that came with your iPod/iPhone/iPad. Stored music and music apps from your connected Apple device can be played through the AV receiver, bypassing the iPod/iPhone D/A converter for better sound quality. The iPod/iPhone/iPad can be controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to use the Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen. You can search for stored music on your iPod/iPhone/iPad by Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Podcast, Genre, Composer, or Audiobook. Song/artist information and Album Art from stored music and music apps on your iPod/iPhone will display on your connected TV via HDMI (song/artist text will also display on receiver's front-panel display).
    • Video Playback: You can also view video from stored movies and movie apps from select iPods, iPhone, and iPads by connecting your Apple device to the AV receiver's front-panel USB and HDMI input. Use the Apple Lightning-to-Digital AV Adapter (472LT2HDMI sold separately), the Apple Lightning-to-USB cable that came with your device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your iPod touch (5th gen), iPhone 5, iPad 4, or iPad mini to the AV receiver. Use the Apple Dock-to-Digital AV Adapter (47230PHDMI, sold separately), the Apple Dock-to-USB cable that came with your device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately) to connect your iPod touch (4th gen), iPhone 4/4S, or iPad (1/2/3). Using the HDMI input, video from your iPod/iPhone/iPad can only be navigated from your Apple device's clickwheel or touchscreen. Using the optional iPod/iPhone video dock (ASD-11R, sold separately), you can output video from your older Apple devices such as iPod video (5th gen), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd gen), and iPhone 2G/3G/3GS). This add-on dock only features an S-video output, so your TV must be equipped with an S-video input (the receiver has no S-video input).

    Note: Your Apple iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (max. 1A). This unit will not charge the iPad.

    Apple Device Compatibility Chart: The Denon AVR-E300 is "made for iPod/iPhone" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/24/2013).

    Apple Device Generation Tested Version Connector Type Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
    USB AirPlay Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
    iPad 1 5.1.1 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y N
    2 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y N
    3 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y N
    4 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y N
    mini 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    3GS 5.1.1 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4S 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5C 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5S 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 5.1.1 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 6.1.2 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 7.0 Y Y Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    6th 1.2 PC Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    7th 1.02 PC Y N Y N Y Y N Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y O Y Y N Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y N N Y Y Y
    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the 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.

    USB Port: A USB memory device can be connected to the USB (type-A) port located on the front-panel, allowing you to play various music files and JPEG still-image files through the receiver. The USB memory device must be mass storage class (msc) or media transfer protocol (mtp) compliant, and be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. The unit can recognize up to 500 folders/5,000 files. In addition to music and still-image playback, the A/V receiver supports basic playback control, song/artist information display, and charging (5V/1A) of your connected USB mass storage class device. The Denon AVR-E300 supports the following audio formats, sampling frequencies, and bit rates via its USB (type-A) connection.

    Compatible Audio 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
    WAV 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz 16-bit .wav
    MPEG-4 AAC 32/44.1/48 kHz 16-320 kbps .aac/.m4a/.mp4
    FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz 16/20/24-bit .flac
    ALAC 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz N/A .m4a

    Note: USB memory device will not work via a Hub.

    Convenience Features

    On-Screen GUI w/ Setup Assistant (via HDMI): The AV receiver's on-screen display (GUI) provides information about your system's settings (with video overlay). The on-screen graphical display combines large, clear text and icons, so you can easily make all necessary adjustments and settings during setup, to quickly and easily optimize the AVR-E300 for your particular speaker setup and source equipment. The exclusive Denon Setup Assistant easily walks you through the whole process. When you control the sound volume, the volume level is displayed on-screen, and when you switch the input source, the name of the input source is also displayed on-screen. The on-screen menu can only be output to your TV via HDMI. If you connect the receiver to your television via only composite video, you will need to use the A/V receiver's front-panel display for menu and source adjustments.

    Front-Panel Display Dimmer: The receiver features 4 display settings for the front-panel LCD window; Bright, Dim, Dark, and Off.

    Quick Select: The receiver's front-panel has four Quick Select buttons. Each button can be programmed with a specific input source, surround mode, and volume setting for easy recall.

    Source Rename/Hide: You can change the display name (up to 8 characters) of a selected input source. If an input isn't being used, you can hide it from the display so you don't have to scroll past it when you change sources.

    Text Search: You can search Internet Radio, USB, and DLNA content using keyword searches from the AV receiver's on-screen menu and remote control.

    Slide Shows/Picture View: You can play back still image (JPEG) files stored on a USB memory device or media server and pictures on Flickr website as a slide show. The display time can also be set. You can also play back music and a favorite picture at the same time via USB, Internet Radio, or Media Server.

    Personal Memory Plus: For each input, the receiver automatically memorizes the settings for input mode, surround mode, HDMI output mode, 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.

    Timers: The receiver features a programmable Sleep Timer and Auto Standby function.

    • 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.
    • Auto Standby: The unit enters standby mode automatically when no commands are sent to the unit for the set time (30 or 60 minutes). Before it enters the standby mode, "Auto Standby" is displayed on the front-panel display of this unit and the on-screen menu.

    Remote Control

    Wireless Remote Control: The AVR-E300 comes with an IR wireless remote control that can operate this receiver only. The remote control features Glow keys so it can easily be used in the dark.

    HDMI Control: The Denon AVR-E300 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-E300's HDMI control function, you can perform the operations from the AVR-E300's remote control; Power off, Switching of audio output devices, Switching of audio input devices, Volume adjustment, and Playback functions.

    Denon Remote App: The Denon Remote App lets you control the Denon Network A/V receiver using your Apple iOS or Android device. Simply download the free Denon Remote App from the iTunes App Store for the iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (iOS 4.3+), or download the free Denon Remote App from Google Play for your compatible Android device (1.5+). The AV receiver will need to be connected to the same network as your Apple iOS or Android device. This free Remote App lets you control the Denon A/V receiver's basic functions (power, volume, input, surround modes) from your Apple iOS or Android device. You can even navigate the A/V receiver's network and Internet content from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. For added convenience, there are eight customizable home screen short cut buttons that allow you to tailor the look and function of the Denon Remote App to suit your needs.

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    14 questions already asked

    I am not completly sure, as i had not the chance to verify all features. If it does, it is to be done into the diferent menus. It does not have an easilly available switch for this. [ JOSE  Jan 31, 2014 ]
    Darin- sorry, there is no A/B switch. [ MERRICK  Jan 30, 2014 ]
    No it does not. I thought it did but does have that capacity [ JACK P  Jan 29, 2014 ]
    I used to do the same thing. I can no longer play music while watching games. I haven't tried to find a solution to this because I guess I don't care as much as I once did. [ DENNIS J  Jan 21, 2014 ]
    Yes, you can watch TV with another sound source playing. I send music from my iPad or Mac wirelessly to the Denon, and sometimes choose another video source other than the Denon setup screen. You need to hit the Option button on your remote and choose what source you want for video. Just tried it with the Tuner and same applies. Hope this helps... [ ROBERT  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    yes it will [ JOHN N  Jan 20, 2014 ]
    I am only guessing, but this doesn't sound like it should be any problem. The Receiver has a ""blue ray" HDMI input. [ Martin  Jan 12, 2014 ]
    As long as it is a high speed hdmi cable you should be fine. I do not have any issues with mine [ MICHAEL S  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    I have the X2000 hooked up to my Samsung 8000 series TV and Samsung Blu-Ray player. The picture quality is just as good using the pass-through, even 3D. But I would make sure you get decent HDMI cables that support the latest standard. [ JAMES  Dec 31, 2013 ]
    Gwenael, I'm using a blueray connected thru the receiver but I only have standard dvds.I have noticed no difference in picture quality.I've been very pleased with the sound quality.Pandora sounds amazing coming straight thru the receiver and bypassing my Roku.Streaming itunes from my laptop and ipod usb connections are both working and sounding great also.As far as your blueray picture quality goes, if your tv has more than one hdmi input you could option to run the blueray video straight to the tv and audio through the receiver.Hope this helps,good luck, Jim [ JAMES  Dec 30, 2013 ]
    You could have the blue ray input off or re-assigned to another input (either audio or video). This is in your set up menu. It's in the input assign section, under the video settings menu. [ BRIAN  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    Scott, You should be able to connect your sony blu-ray via Hdmi on the back of the receiver labeled for blu-ray Hdmi . As you go through the set up menu it should recognize the blu ray. It may take a minute to connect to the screen but it will show up on the tv. When you play the blu- ray make sure you have the input on the TV set to blu-ray and the remote set on blu-ray for the sound. [ JONATHAN B  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    I have a Sony Blu-Ray and I have had no issues using the hdmi ports on the rear of the unit. [ NORMAN  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    Hi Scott, I'll be doing the same thing very soon. If the AVR-E300 is anything like my older Denon receiver, the audio inputs have to be assigned to an input source - like Blu-ray/DVD, DC, TV, or AUX. This is done in a series of configuration screens that have to be responded to in the setup process. The screen might be your TV or it might be on the front panel of the receiver. Time to break out the pdf manual and follow the instructions... Best of luck, Ed [ EDWARD F  Dec 29, 2013 ]
    If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff  Dec 29, 2013 ]  Staff
    I don't believe you could do this since the hdmi is audio as well as video. The question is really if the headphone jack audio will override the hdmi audio output and I doubt it. Not much help I know, sorry. [ MICHAEL S  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    Sorry, but this receiver only handles one input at a time. So you can only see and hear one selection at a time. Receiver is really good, does what I need it to do and you can't beat the price. Hope this helps. [ MICHAEL  Dec 19, 2013 ]
    No, I don't think it allows separate video & audio outputs. [ JEFFREY  Dec 17, 2013 ]
    Yes... [ JOHN F  Dec 16, 2013 ]
    Yes, it is possible to run both simultaneously. There is not a 3.5 mm input, but you could connect your iphone to the USB port on the front. The receiver also supports airplay which means you could wirelessly play audio from your iphone. Pretty much you start the audio, from your iphone (either from the usb port or airplay), and then you select a different video source. [ STEVEN J  Dec 14, 2013 ]
    I have not tried Bluetooth, I use the airplay feature on this receiver works great!!! [ MICHAEL  Dec 19, 2013 ]
    Bob,I've not added bluetooth to my receiver... But, check out bluetooth adapters......I believe all they do is connect via rca cables... perhaps optical? I like the receiver alot. I have an e300 and an x1000 networked in my house. I can control them both with my android phones and ipad... very cool.-Rob [ SHERI  Dec 12, 2013 ]
    not sure, I will check my manual [ WILLIAM A  Dec 10, 2013 ]
    Dear Bob, My apologies, but I can't tell. We are in boxes expecting to move to the home we build in 3 months. The Denon is in a box as well. As a side comment, I found the Crutchfield Team extremely helpful, even when it came to equipment purchased elsewhere. Sorry! Best, Peter [ PIOTR  Dec 10, 2013 ]
    This receiver should work fine with the HD 300 speaker system. However, I would recommend checking with an Advisor, by phone or chat, before you place your order. They'll be able to ensure that you get the best receiver for your system. [ Jeff  Dec 04, 2013 ]  Staff
    The receiver will accept speaker impedances of 6 to 16-ohm. [ Jeff  Dec 03, 2013 ]  Staff
    Probably. It will depend slightly on the connections available from your CD player, and what else will be in your system. A quick call or chat with an Advisor will help confirm if you will be able to connect all your gear to this receiver. [ Jeff  Dec 02, 2013 ]  Staff
    If you purchased the unit from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can help walk you through the settings on this unit and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available in the My Orders section of My Account. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff  Dec 02, 2013 ]  Staff
    The AirPlay on the Denon will not do video like an Apple TV. It will not allow "mirroring" either. I use it a lot and it will only display the album artwork and some operational information (play, stop, time remaining, etc.). Also getting my iPhone and this receiver to sync is tough. I seem to have to restart my receiver and iPhone until the stars align just right for them to recognize each other. It is frustrating. Does anyone else have this issue? Btw it sees my Apple TV upstairs all the time! [ MICHAEL S  Jan 02, 2014 ]
    Hi Rich, to the best of my knowledge, Airplay is only for audio. It will show the album art work on the TV screen but its Denon's presentation that is displayed (just like if you were streaming music through the web). You've got me wondering if it will work though and I think I'll give it a try. If I can get back to this "answer" box again I'll let you know what I find out [ Ken  Dec 03, 2013 ]
    It passes audio from my iPad but not the video. I use Apple TV to play video content. [ ROBERT  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    As far as I've been able to determine, the answer is NO. Only audio replay seems to work. [ ROBERT  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    sorry, not familar w/AppleTV but video and audio are switch thru unit thru HDMI cables...hope this is helpful [ JOHN N  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    Yes. I have Apple tv as well. I can select the denon directly from iTunes and it will play the movie that I have saved as part of my iTunes library. [ KENNETH B  Dec 02, 2013 ]
    In general it sounds like your current speakers should work with this receiver. However, I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor before making your purchase. They can help you check on the specs of your current speakers to make sure they will work. [ Jeff  Dec 02, 2013 ]  Staff
    For recommendations please reach out to an Advisor by phone or chat. They'll be able to look at what will work with your gear, and find you a system in your budget. [ Jeff  Nov 29, 2013 ]  Staff
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