Denon just announced its new line of audio/video receivers with ten state-of-the-art offerings. The lineup features five new affordable, fully featured priced models in the company's popular Retail Home Theater Series line, with expected SRP and availability in parenthesis, including the AVR-991 (SRP: $999, July), AVR-891 (SRP: $799, May), AVR-791 (SRP: $499, May), AVR-591 (SRP: $349, May) and the AVR-391 (SRP: $249, July). These join two new, more advanced 7-channel Models, the AVR-1911 (SRP: $599, June), and AVR-1611 (SRP: $399, June). Also announced are Denon's three new "CI-class" receivers geared toward custom integrators, including the AVR-4311CI (SRP: $1,999, Sept.), AVR-3311CI (SRP: $1,199, June), and AVR-2311CI (SRP: $899, June). The new models will join Denon's AVR-4810CI (SRP: $2,999) and flagship AVR-5308CI (SRP: $5,500) in the company's renowned line of A/V receivers, as well as the company's advanced CI separates including the AVP-A1HDCI (SRP: $7,500) 12 Channel A/V Preamplifier and POA-A1HDCI (SRP: $7,500) Fully Balanced Power Amplifier.
Among the significant enhancements made to all new Denon receivers is the inclusion of HDMI v1.4a Repeater Inputs with 3D (all mandated formats), Audio Return Channel and CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) support. All models, except the AVR-391, feature analog-to-HDMI conversion and HD Audio decoding from Dolby and dts, and many feature advanced multi-zone networking capabilities. Simple one-cable HDMI connections add to simplicity of use, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz decoding on all models provides for the enhanced audio experience of front height channels. The new receivers are also engineered throughout to provide consumers with all the features and capabilities they need to enjoy maximum compatibility with today's home entertainment source components. For example, iPod connectivity is featured in all models throughout the line, with the AVR-1911, AVR-791 and higher models adding iPod Digital Direct via USB, which is also 'Works with iPhone' certified.
All models feature an updated easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) or On-Screen Display that make the steps of system setup, operation and displaying other important information much easier for the end user. Notably, the new models all feature on-screen display (OSD) or GUI overlay via the HDMI connection - eliminating the frustrating necessity of additional cable switching or programming interruptions when making adjustments, such as volume, while watching HD content. Further enhancing ease-of-use, all models feature Source/Quick Select Power On and Quick Select options on the front panel and remote control to give end users one button source, surround mode selection.
In keeping with Denon's commitment to eco-friendly engineering throughout its product line, the standby power of all new receivers is below 0.1 watts, helping eliminate unnecessary power usage.
Read more about Denon's 10 new receivers on Page 2.
New Retail Home Theater Series Models: High-Value, High-Performance
Denon's Retail Home Theater Series line for 2010 provides
discriminating consumers with a host of upgraded features and
capabilities at affordable prices. The line now features three
7-channel models (AVR-791, AVR-891, AVR-991), as well as two 5-channel
models (AVR-591, AVR-391). All five offer many of the same high-quality
features and capabilities that distinguish Denon receivers in the
marketplace, including some of those found in the company's CI models.
Notably, the AVR-991 features Audyssey DSX with Front Height or Width
Channels with Sirius Satellite Radio Ready capability, as well as being
the least expensive Denon AVR with advanced networking that adds an
RJ-45 Ethernet Port for third-party controllers, Mac/PC audio
streaming, Internet Radio, Pandora, Flickr, a Web browser function and
more. All models feature 24-bit/192-kHz Analog Devices DACs, and
Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey MultEQ. All
include analog-to-HDMI video conversion, while AVR-791 and higher
feature 12-bit video processing and scaling from Anchor Bay
Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding in the new Retail Home
Theater Series models allow for stunning delivery of today's most
advanced high-definition audio programming. Model AVR-991 features
Anchor Bay Technologies advanced video deinterlacing and upscaling,
converting SD sources to HD. And thanks to the dedicated Denon iPod
dock accessory control port on all models, users may connect and
control their iPod/iPod Touch or iPhone using one of Denon's available
iPod/iPhone docks, which provides on-screen artist, album and song
Related Reviews and Content
Learn more about Denon receivers by reading our articles, including the Denon AVR-789 review by Ken Taraszka, the Denon AVR-5308 HDCI also reviewed by Ken Taraszka. Also, visit our Denon brand page and our All Things AV Receiver section for more information.
AVR-1911 and AVR-1611: Multi-Zone Functionality, HD Radio and More
Denon's AVR-1911 AVR-1611 7-channel receivers represent the leading
edge of today's revolution in home entertainment system building. Both
offer full two-zone A/V distribution capabilities, allowing users to
enjoy a movie in full surround sound in the living room while listening
to music distributed to a den or bedroom.* The AVR-1911 adds the
advanced capability of a built-in HD Radio tuner, as well as iPod
Direct Connectivity via USB and the most advanced Anchor Bay
Technologies video deinterlacing and upscaling chipset for converting
SD sources to HD.