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Denon Unveils Networked-AVR Trio

5/16/2012 10:46:53 AM Eastern
Mahwah, N.J. - Denon unveiled its next generation of IN-Command A/V receivers (AVRs), all featuring networking capabilities and, for the first time, 4K by 2K passthrough and up-scaling.
Denon’s $1,199-suggested IN-Command AVR-3313CI features DLNA 1.5 networking AirPlay, 4K by 2K up-scaling and three HDMI outputs.
Like their three predecessors, the three new seven-channel models feature networking, Apple AirPlay, Internet radio and custom-installation features. To these features, the new models add a new streamlined front-panel design, larger character displays, and redesigned GUI interfaces with improved graphics.

The new models are the $649-suggested AVR-2113CI, $899 AVR-2313CI, and $1,199 AVR-3313CI. The $649 model ships in May, and other two ship in June. They replace three models launched last year at suggested retails of $599, $799 and $999. A fourth higher-priced model is due later in the year.

The IN-Command introductions follow last month's unveiling of Denon's lower-priced AVRs, which brought networking and Apple AirPlay down to a starting suggested retail of $399 from the previous line's $529.

 In the new IN-Command models, carryover features include DLNA 1.5 networking to stream music and photos from a networked PC, AirPlay, Windows 7 certification, 24-bit/192-kHz DACs, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction, and iPod/iPhone-certified USB input, which captures music from Apple mobile devices in digital PCM form. Also like before, the three models can be controlled from a Denon iOS and Android app, but some new app features are accessible only through these models, including seamless scrolling of Internet radio and networked-PC content.

In one change, the series offers a different lineup of Internet content sources. This year's models feature Internet radio, Pandora, SiriusXM Internet Radio, and Flickr, whereas the previous models offered Internet radio, Pandora, the now-defunct Napster, Rhapsody and Flickr.

The units also add GUI overlay on a 4K display.

The trio starts with the $649 7.1-channel AVR-2113CI, which passes through and up-scales HD video to 4K by 2K resolution, Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio decoding, Dolby Pro Logic IIz post-processing to deliver front-height channels, FLAC HD music playback, proprietary compressed-audio restorer, two-source/two-zone audio operation, powered zone-two audio, six HDMI 1.4a inputs (one on the front panel), one HDMI 1.4a output with audio return channel, standby HDMI passthrough, and ability to integrate with the home-control systems of Control4, AMX, Crestron, RTI, URC and Savant.

At $899, the AVR-2313CI adds 7.2-channel capability, higher power output, Audyssey DSX post-processing technology to deliver front-height or image-widening left-right speakers, two simultaneous HDMI outputs and compatibility with Audyssey Pro installer package for correcting room acoustics.

The $1,199 AVR-3313CI adds metal front panel, flip-down door, higher output, HD Radio, three-source/three-zone capability, second-zone video, seven HDMI inputs, and three HDMI outputs. The three HDMI outputs consist of two parallel outputs and one discrete output to connect up to three HD displays. The outputs send two different HDMI feeds to two displays at the same time directly from the receiver, eliminating the need for an external HDMI switcher, the company said.

The AVR-3313CI also adds proprietary Denon Link HD connection for improved sound quality from a new compatible Denon Blu-ray player, Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit to improve music reproduction, 7.2-channel preamp outputs and seven HDMI 1.4a inputs (one on the front panel).

The recently released AVRs in the brand's core series are the $249-suggested 5.1-channel AVR-1513 with HDMI 1.4a inputs and output, the $399 5.1-channel AVR-1613 with networking and AirPlay, the $449 5.1-channel AVR-1713 with networking and AirPlay, and the $5,79 7.1-channel AVR-1913, which adds two-zone capability. In the previous core lineup, networking and AirPlay started at a suggested $529 at launch.
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