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7.1-channel home theater receiver with Apple AirPlay®
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Item # 033AVRE400 | MFR # AVR-E400
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Our take on the Denon AVR-E400 by Crutchfield's Marshall Chase
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. The receiver's seven channels of high-quality amplification deliver crisp, clean surround sound. You can even use two of those channels to listen to music on a pair of speakers in the kitchen or out on the deck. Plus, this Internet-ready receiver puts a virtually limitless supply of digital music on tap.
The world is your playlist
Connect the 'E400 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.
Apple AirPlay® for iTunes® music
The AVR-E400 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.
Free downloadable control apps let you use your mobile device as a powerful Wi-Fi remote.
Future-ready, single-cable convenience
The AVR-E400's HDMI inputs let you connect up to six 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. And with upconversion to 4K video resolution, you'll be ready for the next generation of TVs.
Let Audyssey fine-tune your system
Want your home theater system tailored to your room? Be sure to run the Audyssey speaker calibration software. It's built into the 'E400, 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).
What's in the Box:
- 7.1ch A/V Receiver
- Wireless remote control (RC-1183)
- 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
Power and Processing:
- 7-channel amplifier
- 90 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
- 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)
- plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
- DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified to ensure optimal compatibility with other network-enabled equipment
- dual-room/dual-source output
- powered stereo audio output for 2nd room (using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
- no line-level output for 2nd room
- only analog audio sources can be played in the 2nd room
Audio Performance Features:
- high-current, low-impedance amp design
- Compressed Audio Restorer for better sound with compressed music sources like MP3 files
- 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for each channel
- 1080p-compatible HDMI digital audio/video switching; 6 in (including 1 front-panel input), 1 out
- analog-to-HDMI video conversion to 1080p
- HDMI-to-HDMI video conversion to 4K Ultra HD
- analog audio/video inputs, include:
- 3 rear-panel inputs (1 component, 2 composite video)
- no phono input to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
- digital audio inputs: 1 optical, 1 coaxial
- preamp output for a powered subwoofer
- built-in setup assistant with easy-to-follow instructions
- 4K pass-through
- This receiver is not HDCP 2.2-compliant and will not support copy-protected 4K video content.
- 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 6-3/8"H x 13-3/8"D
- weight: 20.7 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
Equal Power Amp Design w Discrete Circuitry: The Denon AVR-E400 is equipped with a 7 channel power amplifier rated at 90-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-E400's seven channels are equipped with its own high-current power amp of equal power. Since these power amps also use discrete circuits configured with parts strictly selected for their contribution to high sound quality, rather than with low-cost integrated circuits (ICs), the surround sound playback is of impeccably high quality.
Amplifier Assignment: The AVR-E400's seven discrete amplifier channels can be configured to accommodate your type of home theater setup.
- Surround Back: The AV receiver's amplifier channels can be configured as Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right, and Surround Back Left/Right for Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx 7.1ch playback.
- Front Height: The receiver's amplifier channels can also be configured as Front Left/Right, Front Height Left/Right, Center, and Surround Left/Right for Dolby Pro Logic IIz 7.1ch playback.
- Zone2: In addition, the AVR-E400's amplifier channels can be configured as Front Left/Right, Center, Surround Left/Right, and Zone 2 for Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic II 5.1ch playback in the main zone and 2ch PCM playback in the second zone.
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-E400 is equipped with an Analog Devices 32-bit DSP for powerful and highly accurate surround sound reproduction.
Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Denon AVR-E400 AV receiver supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) decoding formats.
- Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital, Dolby, Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD
- DTS: DTS, DTS-ES, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS Express, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo: 6
- Dolby Pro Logic: Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Pro Logic IIz
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:
- 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 Modes: The Denon AVR-E400 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-E400 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
- 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 (0-400 ms) to control the sound stage size.
- Height Gain: Adjust the volume (Low/Mid/High) of the Front Height channels in Dolby Pro Logic IIz.
Audio Enhancements: The Denon AVR-E400 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-E400 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-E400 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-E400 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-E400'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.
HDMI (v1.4): With six HDMI v1.4 inputs (5 rear/1 front), the AVRE-400 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 and 4K 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-E400 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-E400, 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-E400 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.
4K Pass-Through + Video Upconversion: The Denon AV receiver's video processor supports pass-through of 1080p/24Hz and 4K Ultra HD video. This sophisticated video processor also provides upconversion from standard definition (480i/480p) and high definition (720p/1080i1080p) sources to 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160 pixels), which lets you connect all your analog (composite/component) or digital (HDMI) video sources to the AVR-E400 and then connect to your HDTV with just a single HDMI cable.
Note: The AV receiver's HDMI 2.0 jacks do not support the latest HDCP 2.2 copyright protection for 4K ultra-HD content, so it will not support 4K content from satellite/cable providers, online video services, and Blu-ray disc which are copyright protected with HDCP 2.2.
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.
Analog Video Inputs: The receiver features two composite video inputs and one component video input. These analog video inputs are output to your television via the receiver's HDMI monitor output. The receiver does not offer composite video or component video outputs.
Picture Mode: The receiver provides Picture Mode to adjust the picture quality for your viewing content and environment. You can select from Standard, Movie, Vivid, Streaming, Custom, or Off. The Custom mode lets you manually adjust Contrast, Brightness, Saturation, Hue, Noise Reduction, and Enhancer (sharpness).
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 Connection: The Denon AVR-E400 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-E400 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-E400 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-E400 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-E400'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-E400 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|
|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|
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-E400 lets you access Internet Radio, as well as other online music and photo services from your broadband Internet connection. Currently the AVR-E400 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.
|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.|
|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.
Web Control: You can control this A/V receiver from a web control screen on your Windows PC's web browser. The AVR-E400 and your PC must be connected to the same home network.
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-E400 contained firmware version 7400 -4654-1343 (as of 3/19/2013).
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-E400, 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-E400 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 Apple device with Lightning-connector 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.
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-E400 is "made for iPod/iPhone" and supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of 9/24/2014).
|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|
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.
iPod/iPhone Video Dock (optional): Using an optional iPod/iPhone video dock (ASD-11R, sold separately), you can view your iPod/iPhone's video and photos through your connected TV. The dock features an S-video output, if you television is equipped with an S-video input (the receiver has no S-video input/output). You will continue to use your iPod/iPhone to navigate your stored music.
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-E400 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|
|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|
Note: USB memory device will not work via a Hub.
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-E400 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.
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.
Multi-Source/Multi-Zone: The Denon AVR-E400 offers Zone 2 and All Zone Stereo functionality for playback of audio in two separate rooms of your home.
- Zone 2: Denon's Zone 2 function lets you select a different
audio source for listening in a second location of your home (powered output
only, there is no line-level Zone2 output). The AVR-E400 features a Main Zone
(audio/video) and Zone2 (audio only). The Main Zone offers 7.1-channel playback
of your audio/video gear in your main entertainment room. Zone 2 allows stereo
audio playback of another source connected to the receiver in another room of
your home via speaker level outputs. When using the AVR-E400 to power speakers
in a second room of your home, the main zone is restricted to 5.1-channels.
- Compatible Zone Sources: Only tuner, analog, USB/iPod, and Network/AirPlay sources can be played in Zone 2. You cannot select different AM/FM radio stations or different Network content for different zones.
- Incompatible Zone Sources: It is not possible to play the digital audio signals from the HDMI, Coaxial, or Optical terminals in Zone 2. Video cannot be sent to Zone 2.
- All Zone Stereo Function: The All Zone Stereo function allows you to enjoy the AV receiver's Main Zone audio source in Zone 2 simultaneously (regardless of input audio signal types; analog or digital). During the All Zone Stereo, 2ch playback is automatically selected for all zones and each zone will play at the same volume level. This is useful when you want to enjoy the same music at the same time in multiple rooms during a get together or party.
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.
Wireless Remote Control: The AVR-E400 comes with an IR wireless remote control that can operate this receiver only. The remote provides direct access source buttons and direct access to three of your favorite Tuner, Internet Radio, or On-line music stations.The remote control features Glow keys so it can easily be used in the dark.
HDMI Control: The Denon AVR-E400 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-E400's HDMI control function, you can perform the operations from the AVR-E400'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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15 questions already asked
I have Apple TV, Samsung Blu-ray player, Dish network and a PS3. No issues, works great. Output goes to my HD Projector. Get a nice logitech remote to manage all these. [ VIJAYAKUMAR Jan 09, 2015 ]
No problems whats so ever. I have an Apple TV, Blu Ray, Chromecast stick, Roku stick, Xfinity Cable, and DirecTv hooked up to all the HDMI inputs. I've even used the front aux one in the past. All work perfectly. [ GERALD Jan 09, 2015 ]
I've used DirecTV, Chromecast and Blu-Ray with no problems. It should handle any normal HDMI input device. [ ROSS Jan 09, 2015 ]
mine is set up with Amazon fire TV (or Roku) plugged into the Media player HDMI input; the Blu-ray player plugged into the Blu-Ray HDMI input; and the output from the Tivo Roamio plugged into the DVD HDMI input. Coax from my outdoor HD antenna feeds into the Tivo Coax input. so pretty straight forward--enjoy being cable free if you can-cut the cord! [ Barry Jan 09, 2015 ]
Joe, how did you hookup the Acoustamass to the Denon? [ John Dec 09, 2014 ]
Yes; you can set it up to do that [ BRIAN Nov 30, 2014 ]
I feel certain this would be no problem , but I would talk to the experts at Crutchfield! They are very helpful!!! [ JAY Nov 26, 2014 ]
Yes, just hook up the ones you use, it will detect speakers that are connected when you run the Audysey set up with the mic. You can also run a separate zone 2 for outdoor speakers or another room sourced differently using two of the 7.1 outputs. [ RONALD G Nov 26, 2014 ]
Yes you can. Thats what I'm running: 2 Klipsch RF-11s w/ a subwoofer & a center speaker. [ RICHARD Nov 26, 2014 ]
You can do any configuration you want [ IGOR Nov 26, 2014 ]
Clem, i have my receiver hooked up to a Bose Acoustamass 16 system which consists of everything you mentioned above plus 3 rear speakers. The receiver has the capability to operate ip to 6 speakers and 1 subwoofer. So to answer your question yes would be the answer. Thanks [ JOE Nov 26, 2014 ]
Use the Audyssey Setup; it will detect the speakers you have connected and guide you through the setup and balancing of the sound. [ MICHAEL J Nov 26, 2014 ]
4 answers The depth of the unit is listed as 13-3/8". Does the depth measurement include the volume knob of the front and the speaker connectors protruding from the back of the unit? I ask because I would like to put the unit in a cabinet with a door and need the total depth. [ Jonathan Nov 21, 2014 ]
actual depth from end of speaker connection to knob is 12 3/4 inches. But to account for room in the back for HDMI connections and other RCA jack connections you need at least 14 3/4 inches [ Barry Nov 22, 2014 ]
By eyeball/tape measure method; I would agree to the 13-3/8 knob to end of outer most connector post to be correct. As SANDIP stated you'll want to account for HDMI and other connectors that will increase the depth. The wire posts themselves are just under 1". 90 degree (adjustable) HDMI connectors exist. The one I have cuts the protruding portion of the HDMI connector to about 3/4". Jerry [ GERALD Nov 22, 2014 ]
I measured mine and it was just under 13" front to back including the volume knob and the speaker twist connectors. [ STEVEN Nov 22, 2014 ]
Yes it does. But if you have large speaker or HDMI cables, you'll need extra room for them. All my cables and volume knob seem to be under 15". Probably could go a little less of you squeeze them. FYI: a rough estimate of the knobs on the back to the volume in front for me was 13". [ SANDIP Nov 22, 2014 ]
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/. [ Krissy Oct 21, 2014 ] Staff
yes. although you have to configure it that way from the settings - i use the iphone/ipad for changing the settings. [ VIMARSH Sep 26, 2014 ]
never used this feature [ Barry Sep 26, 2014 ]
Yes it will. I did this before I started streaming music from my network [ JARED Sep 26, 2014 ]
Yup! That is what pre-amp means. The signal is not amplified yet. [ MICHAEL D Aug 02, 2014 ]
Yes you can connect an amplifier to the preamp outputs. [ THEOPHILUS Jul 31, 2014 ]
I am not sure [ Michael Jul 31, 2014 ]
Joe, the AVR-E400 will only work as a line of site, but all is not lost. You can purchase a remote extender to eliminate that problem. One unit could control your entire AV system. There are a lot of them on the market. I've seen them at very reasonable prices. Best of luck Joe. [ Rey Jun 15, 2014 ]
Sorry Joe I returned the AVR-E400 because I have also an AVR-X4000 and there was interference between remotes regards [ OTTO H Jun 12, 2014 ]
Nope. You'll need to get a repeater set up. Pretty cheap (under $50) and it will probably be able to run four or five other things with a universal remote [ ROSS Jun 12, 2014 ]
You could control it via iphone/ipad. Other sites answers have said it works we'll with Logitech and Harmony RF's. [ SANDIP Jun 12, 2014 ]
Yes, This receiver will work with RF remote. I have used the Harmony remote and it works fine, but I would suggest you to download the Denon remote app on your smart phone and you can control this device from your phone as long as the both devices are with in the same network. I love this fact about this receiver as I always use the phone app than the RF remote all the time. Hope this helps. [ SRIPAVAN Jun 12, 2014 ]
I believe only 110v. There maybe another product in the Denon line that would support 220V [ GERALD Jun 09, 2014 ]
No, This is designed to work on 120v only. [ JAMES O Jun 08, 2014 ]
I know it dose 110. [ JOE Jun 08, 2014 ]
No. The voltage input is 110 Vac. [ RONALD G Jun 08, 2014 ]
No just 110v lnput power [ JAMES Jun 08, 2014 ]
No it is 110v only. [ GARY Jun 08, 2014 ]
2 answers I bought this system and am very pleased so far. The question that I have is related to the Multi-room Audio. I've only been able to play the tuner on Zone 2, which are my patio speakers. When i swich the source to CBL/SAT, Blu Ray, etc., no sound from Zone 2. Am i doing something wrong or does the below description that I pasted from the product overview state that? dual-room/dual-source output powered stereo audio output for 2nd room (using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room) no line-level output for 2nd room only analog audio sources can be played in the 2nd room [ Riley Apr 08, 2014 ]
I purchased this Denon receiver and I am able to play music from multiple sources to my Zone 2. So far I have operated the receiver using denon remote app from iphone and it is very easy to control Zone 1 & Zone 2 and assign required sources. [ SRIPAVAN Jun 12, 2014 ]
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/. [ Krissy Apr 10, 2014 ] Staff
I have 6.1 speakers plus outdoor speakers (b channel). How do i configure the two rear channel outputs for just one rear speaker? How do i power my outdoor speakers since this unit doesn't have a b channel? [ Nicholas Jul 20, 2014 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: Many of our home theater receivers do have phono inputs but remember they're not just inputs; they have preamps behind them so they can pick up the very weak signal from an acoustic turntable and amplify it to a point where the main amp can pick it up. Here's a complete listing of all our home theater receivers that include that phono input: http://www.crutchfield.com/g_10420/Home-Theater-Receivers.html#?nvpair=AG_Inputs_and_Outputs%7CYCPhono_Input&avf=N I hope this helps. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Apr 02, 2014 ] Staff
is anyone know to adjust volume my surround sound volume is to low compare for front speaker and center. I connect this receiver with accoustimas 10.Thank You George [ george Apr 18, 2014 ]
Well Spencer, I use mine to to add extra dimension to the sound in my home theater. I added two more speakers in the front high on the wall. You can also use them on the sides between the front and rear speakers. Another use for the extra outputs would be to feed them to another room with a seperate input for background music. This is an inexpensive way to add music to another room without having to buy additional equipment. The Denon AVR-E400 is so easy to program for any of the above configerations. The sound quality is fantastic. I hope this will help you. Ron M. [ Rey Feb 24, 2014 ]
Hello Spencer, I have yet to use the 7.1 feature but plan to in the future. I decided on this model over the E300 due to the higher power rating. Theoretically the E400 will not have to work as hard as the E300 at the same volume. I have this unit in a slightly enclosed area and all units of this type (regardless of brand) tend to run a little warm. So 'theoretically' the E400 will give me a bit of safety factor over the E300. Also expandability; I have some older equipment that are pre HDMI and the E400 will allow me to connect and use the HDMI feature is I decide to go that way. My family enjoys this Denon unit but to be honest I doubt they'd notice the difference between the two. I have not owned the E300 so I cannot comment on that but the E400 is a nice unit for the market it is in and I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again. I hope this helps, Jerry [ GERALD Feb 24, 2014 ]
You can have your tv playing surroun sound in your main listening space and have different music playing in another space, say a patio or porch. [ ALEXANDER Feb 23, 2014 ]
I believe the main difference is a couple of extra channels for surround sound. 5.1 surround (5 speaker channels) vs 7.1 surround (7 speaker channels). There maybe a few other extras like more wattage but I'm not sure. I have the 5.1 and it has way more power than I will ever use. [ GERALD Feb 23, 2014 ]
5 answers Does the AirPlay feature work on both zones? Can you choose which zone the AirPlay audio will play on? For instance if the primary output is my cable tv, and the Zone B is outdoor patio speakers, can I Airplay just to the Zone B outside without affecting the primary output? [ JasonP Jan 25, 2014 ]
Sorry for the slow reply, I hope that this is not too late to help your decision. I was able to utilize Airplay in zone 2 independent of the main zone, but it was not as straight forward as using other Network inputs in zone 2. You are not able to use HDMI inputs in zone 2 unless the same input is being utilized by zone 1. Now, turning on zone 2 inputs is very straight forward using the app including iPod/usb. To turn on airplay in zone 2, I had to first start it in zone 1 & 2, and then change the zone 1 input to TV. When I did I was able to continue the airplay function in zone 2. The airplay signal pauses and interrupts between my phone and router, so I need to add an outdoor range extender for my network. The many other network inputs work flawlessly on the patio zone 2. [ JASON A Feb 05, 2014 ]
Fist off your system should be set up So everything play out of your receiver. Zone A should be your home theater system. Zone B will be your outside speakers. I am not sure if you can run them both at the same time. But yes airplay should work on either zone. [ BOBBY Jan 26, 2014 ]
No clue, I don't even know what airplay is. [ ROBERT S Jan 26, 2014 ]
I haven't tried it yet [ HEATHER Jan 26, 2014 ]
Let's start my answer by saying I am no expert on Apple products and find their interfaces to be non-standard and non-intuitive. That said, I can play from iTunes to the AVR-E400 (that is what I see in iTunes) to whatever zones (1, 2, 2 without 1 or 1 without 2) that are set for Media Player when I click AVR-E400 on top of the iTunes screens. As a test, I then turned Zone 1 to Blu Ray and put on a DVD and it started playing in Zone 1 only. However, I could not easily get zone 1 to join back to what iTunes was streaming until I went back to the iTunes screen and hit AVR-E400 again. Not sure if that bit of clumsiness is Apple's or Denon's. And, I often watch a DVD while there is music playing in Zone 2 and that is not a problem with this system. I hope this answer helps. [ MICHAEL J Jan 26, 2014 ]
No you can not bi-amp using the system set up. The 400's speaker ser up menu only allows you to¦ Turn off, turn on one or turn on both surround speakers. This is what I read in the online manual at Denon's web site. [ Glenn Jan 24, 2015 ]
Can you elaborate what you mean by, "bi-amp"? [ TIMOTHY Jan 04, 2014 ]
I'm not sure what you mean by Bi-amp, but we did set up my 7.1 Surround last night and it works properly. You have to go in and manually set it up. The default is 5.1. The only problem I'm experiencing is an overload into the Sub causing a popping sound when higher noises happen in a movie with gunshots or waves crashing. We did some adjusting and may have fixed it. I might have to call them on that issue if it continues [ KENNY Jan 01, 2014 ]
I'm afraid that I am not knowledgeable enough to answer your question. Sorry, Steven [ STEVEN Dec 31, 2013 ]
i did not get that far - had to return 2 units - audio output problems - sorry [ salvatore Dec 31, 2013 ]
All I can tell you is that Denon receiver is hooked up to my Bose Acoustimass 16 and sounds awesome. I have 3 speakers in the front and 3 speakers in the rear. Also have subwoofer for a grand total of 7 speakers. I recommend this on a high scale. Hope this helps. [ JOE Dec 31, 2013 ]
Surround Back [ TIMOTHY Jan 04, 2014 ]
The binding posts on the rear panel should be labeled "Zone B" [ EDWARD F Dec 29, 2013 ]
For a powered zone 2, you would use the Surround Back channels as the 2nd zone. [ Jeff Dec 28, 2013 ] Staff
buy a cheap access point and forget cables, you can also connect more systems in that ap including an a pc o an ios device for airplay [ alejas Apr 14, 2014 ]
This receiver is not compatible with a wireless connection. However, a quick call or chat with an Advisor should help determine your options. If you have not purchased this receiver, there may be another that is better suited for your needs. If you do already own this receiver, then a solution like internet over powerline may be viable. [ Jeff Dec 02, 2013 ] Staff