Denon's IN-Command AVRs Tops '11 Lineup

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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.

Denon's 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 (usa.denon.com/upgrades) 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.


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