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Denon Expands AirPlay, Networking In AVRs

4/25/2012 03:33:24 PM Eastern
Mahwah, N.J. - Denon is bringing down the cost of AirPlay and networking in it's A/V receiver (AVR) lineup to a suggested $399 from $549 with the launch of four new core series models.

The core series consists of the 7.1-channel AVR-1913 at a suggested $579 and three 5.1-channel models. They are the $449 AVR-1713, $399 AVR-1613 and $249 AVR-1513.

All of the receivers feature short signal-path circuit design to optimize audio and video playback.

Besides AVRs, Denon also announced an AVR-based HTiB bundled with Boston Acoustics 5.1 speaker system, pricing it at a suggested $599 like its predecessor.

The AVR lineup starts with the $249 5x110-watt AVR-1513, which features Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master decoding, 192kHz/24-bit DACs, four 3D-capable HDMI 1.4a inputs (one on the front panel), one 3D HDMI 1.4a output, HDMI standby passthough, front-panel 3.5mm aux input, and a graphical user interface with overlay on an HDMI source.

At $399, the 5x120-watt AVR-1613 adds AirPlay, DLNA 1.5 networking, Windows 7 compatibility, vTuner Internet radio, Pandora, SiriusXM Internet Radio, photo streaming from a networked PC and from the Flickr website, FLAC HD playback, and support for Denon's Remote app for Android and iOS. The app lets users control the AVR's main controls from Apple and Android handheld devices.

Also at $399, Denon adds a front-panel USB port that charges iPods and iPhones and captures their music content in digital PCM form. Other features starting at $399 include HDMI audio return channel, Compressed Audio Restorer, auto lip sync, and onscreen Setup Assistant, an instructional feature that includes a speaker connection guide, speaker calibration, source setup and simple network configuration. Audyssey's Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ and MultEQ technology also starts at $399, and the AVR gets five HDMI inputs, one on the front.

At $449, the 5x120-watt AVR-1713 adds a sixth HDMI input and second-zone audio via an add-on amplifier.

At $579, the AVR-1913 adds 7x125-watt amplification, Dolby Pro Logic IIz front-height channels, 1080p up-scaling, the Spotify music service (via a summertime firmware upgrade), and second-zone audio using the AVR's two surround-back channels.

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