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Denon’s IN-Command AVRs Tops ’11 Lineup

Weehawken, N.J. – Denon’s new advanced A/V receivers (AVR), called IN-Command, top a series of product introductions made during a press event here today that feature improvements and firmwear upgrades in its 2011 product line.
In addition to the IN-Command receiver
lineup, Denon is providing consumers and custom integration professionals with
the features and capabilities they need to take maximum advantage of all
today’s home entertainment possibilities, ranging from important firmware
updates and upgrades to an affordable new “home theater in a box” surround
sound system and more, the company said.

Phil Cohn, senior VP of sales,
D&M Holdings North America, said “We are committed to
providing more consumers with the products and features they need to enjoy all
their home entertainment content, no matter what source it comes from, with all
the power and impact made possible by the very latest, most advanced technologies.”

The IN-Command Series models
AVR-2112CI (SRP: $599.99), AVR-2312CI (SRP: $799.99) and AVR-3312CI (SRP:
$999.99), all feature AirPlay music streaming, which lets users stream iTunes
music libraries whether from Mac or PC , as well as music stored on their Apple
mobile devices, to select Denon components through their Wi-Fi enabled networks
from iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices.

The units also allow users to
stream both the free Pandora and Flickr services, as well as stream audio and
photos directly from their PCs, choose from over 12,000 Internet radio stations
and connect to the subscription-based Rhapsody and Napster music services,
Denon said. Users can also stream and listen to music stored on a Windows PC,
Mac and media server products or NAS devices supporting the DLNA standard.

In Denon’s core line of A/V
receivers there are four new models: AVR-1312 (SRP: $249.99), AVR-1612(SRP: $349.99)and AVR-1912 (SRP: $529.99), scheduled for April availability, as
well as the AVR-1712 (SRP: $399.99), scheduled for June availability.

All four new models have features
and capabilities previously found mainly in the company’s higher-priced
receivers, such as multiple HDMI inputs (1.4a repeater function with 1080p and
3D pass-through capability), Dolby Pro Logic IIz featuring Front Height Effects
Channels (in models AVR-1612, AVR-1912 and AVR-1712), as well as Dolby TrueHD/
DTS-HD Master audio support for decoding the multi-channel recordings featured
on Blu-ray and HD-DVD discs.

The AVR-1912 is Denon’s
lowest-priced networking-capable receiver to date, and features the built-in
AirPlay music streaming feature as well, the company said.

four new receivers all feature the company’s new onscreen “Setup Wizard,” a
instructional feature that includes language select, a speaker
connection guide, speaker calibration, suggested Dynamic Volume/EQ settings,
and source setup with a simple connection guide and more. Adding to their simplicity and ease-of-use, the system
features an updated graphical user interface that make the steps of system
setup, operation and displaying other important information much easier for the
end user

Denon has also unveiled its DHT-1312BA
home theater system, which combines Denon’s new high-performance AVR-1312 A/V
receiver with a Boston Acoustics MCS 95 5.1-channel surround sound loudspeaker
system. It is scheduled for availability in May 2011 for a suggested retail
price of $599.99.

And Denon recently announced that
owners of its flagship AVR-5308CI A/V Receiver and AVP-A1HDCI A/V
home theater/multimedia preamplifier
will be able to receive a major hardware and firmware upgrade that will provide
full 3D pass-through capability, as well as Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Audyssey DSX
and Dolby PLIIz.  The upgrade is
scheduled for October. For more details on the upgrade, interested Denon owners
should visit the company’s website ( and sign up to receive
informational email updates.

Separately on Monday D&M
Holdings, the parent company of Denon, Boston Acoustics and Marantz America, launched
a reseller authorization online portal which, in part, prohibits third-party
sales and transhipping, as well as acknowledging a new unilateral advertised
pricing policy for its brands. For more details, click here.