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Denon AVR-2310 AV Receiver review




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Denon AVR-2310 AV Receiver
  • Denon AVR-2310 AV Receiver
  • Denon AVR-2310 AV Receiver
  • Denon AVR-2310 AV Receiver
  • Denon AVR-2310 AV Receiver
  • AVR-2310CI A/V Receiver (Dolby TrueHD, DTS HD, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS-ES Matrix, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital PlusFM, AM)


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We Brits are a peculiar bunch. Obsessed by the weather, guzzling down fish and chips like there's no tomorrow and fanatical about a game where 22 men lump a ball around a big patch of grass - idiosyncrasies that sound strange to outsiders but make us the great nation we are.

Just like our tastes in home cinema in fact. We have very specific ideas about how we like our movies to sound, and that's something Denon has recognised with its latest range of AV receivers, two of which have been tuned specifically for UK ears.

The AVR-2310 is the most advanced of three new sub-£1,000 models launched by Denon this year, alongside the entry-level, 550W AVR-1610 (£349) and the step-up 840W AVR-1910 (£479). Both the AVR-2310 and the AVR-1910 are 'UK Tuned', which means that Denon's Japanese engineers have conducted extensive listening sessions with Denon UK's audio gurus and tweaked the sound until everyone in the room is happy. It's hard to say exactly what the 'UK sound' is, but it lies somewhere between the upfront brashness favoured by Germans and the softer, detailed sound that delights Japanese eardrums.

What UK buyers also love is a lengthy list of cutting-edge features to play with, and the AVR-2310 goes far and beyond the call of duty, offering a range of goodies that'll make any self-respecting home cinema fan feel like a kid in a sweet shop on pocket money day.

More on those later, but first let's talk aesthetics. Denon sent us the Black version but it's also available in Premium Silver if that floats your boat, and in both cases the company has crafted an undeniably attractive unit that doesn't rely on lights 'n' logos to underline its cutting-edge credentials - this earns aesthetic brownie points with a classy, understated look that Denon always does so well.

The vibration-resistant casing - bolstered by a rigid bottom chassis set on cast-iron feet - is reassuringly sturdy and the unit is surprisingly compact, slotting into the space normally occupied by my beloved AVR-3802 with loads of room around the edges.

Every aspect of the front panel is tasteful and user-friendly, the standout feature being a huge display window that presents the key info in large letters. A row of buttons is almost invisibly integrated along the bottom edge of the display panel, while all the other keys (governing menu control, surround modes and more) are tidily arranged along the bottom. You'll also find satisfyingly big dials for volume and source selection, plus S-video, composite, stereo audio and optical digital audio inputs.


August 11, 2009, 2:34 am

Have used this amp have fully agree with the review, its truly a top product and Denon continue to improve with every release. Can't wait to see what the top end id goinf to look like

Pete 7

August 11, 2009, 3:33 am

Bought this amp a few weeks ago, after auditioning the Onkyo 607 and Denon AVR1910 with it. It was a clear winner, in my opinion (And my wife was so impressed, she agreed the extra £300 was worth it!! High praise indeed!!), and I totally agree with the details/description mentioned in this review! My wife and I are still totally astounded at the sound quality and detail this receiver produces, whether its with music or movies.


August 21, 2009, 4:47 pm

Does anyone know, if this special "UK tuning" for the AVR-1910 and 2310 models applies only for the UK market or all European countries?

Lawrence McGovern

August 24, 2009, 8:12 am

I'm having a major issue with this amp, and it appears I'm not the only one (check av and what hi-fi forums), with regards to Sky HD not being able to connect to the amp because of a HDCP non compliance. Have had to revert to connecting the HDMI direct to the TV, but this kinda kills the idea of HDMI switching! not impressed!

Have emailed Denon UK over this issue, I await with baited breath!


September 25, 2009, 5:58 pm

Lawrence, have you tried using HDMI 1 or 2 for your Sky HD box? That has solved the issue for some people.

See this thread regarding reporting the issue to Denon: http://www.avforums.com/for...


December 29, 2009, 1:12 am

Lovely machine....peppy and "fast" unlike older Denons which erred on the side of lushness. Not "bright" but certainly not "laidback" either! One problem: the "Pure Direct" mode does NOT redirect the subwoofer signals to the main (front, large) speakers even when you configure the machine to do so, where no subwoofer is present. You have to go to "Standard" mode while watching movies to hear that .1 channel and thus lose-out on some refinement. What a bummer!


December 30, 2009, 1:37 pm

What would you guys recommend the Onkyo TX-SR707 about £500 or this Denon AVR-2310 at about £600 or the Yamaha RV-V1065 at approx £550? I know the onkyo and the denon has the new dolby formats at it seams that the yamaha dosent. But in this review the Denon costs £740 and I can get it for about £600. I think I prefer the onkyo or the Denon. I hope some can help me upgrade from an 13 year old Sony reciever.... Thanks :-))


February 20, 2010, 3:48 am

Just a note regarding Denon UK tuning policy.

I wrote to Denon directly regarding this and never got a reply.

I have been (reliably) informed however that the "UK Tuning" applies to all European models in fact. I am British, I have UK ears, I bought mine in Sweden where I use it and I think it is god damned awesome!!!

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