Denon AVR-2310 AV Receiver - Denon AVR-2310

By Danny Phillips



  • Recommended by TR
Denon AVR-2310 AV Receiver


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On the back is a mind-blowing array of sockets that should keep you going for years to come. The highlight of course is the inclusion of five HDMI v1.3 inputs for hi-def gear, plus an output to pass the signals to your display. Like many of its rivals, the AVR-2310 features built-in upscaling circuitry that allows you to feed in an SD signal and get 720p, 1080i or 1080p out the other end.

Your audio sources are in good hands too, with two optical and two coaxial digital inputs (and one optical output), six sets of analogue inputs (and two outputs), 7.1-channel external inputs and analogue pre-outs. Add to that a shedload of other video inputs/outputs, an optional iPod dock connection and custom install ports and this receiver is just about ready for anything.

The Denon's surround back speaker terminals can be used for their nominated purpose, or you can reassign them in the setup menu for Front Height channels, speakers in a second zone or to bi-amp a front pair.

As mentioned, the AVR-2310 offers the sort of extensive feature list that you'd hope for at this price. It blasts out 135W from all seven channels and decodes the entire gamut of Dolby and DTS formats on Blu-ray and DVD, including hi-res Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio tracks.

Denon has also joined Onkyo in offering Dolby Pro Logic IIz processing, which cleverly lets you add an element of height to the 5.1 soundstage - if you're prepared to install a pair of speakers above your TV that is. It extracts non-directional audio information contained in any soundtrack and sends it to two 'front height' channels, giving the impression that certain effects and ambience are emerging above you. It's an interesting idea and the results can be impressive, but we're not 100 per cent convinced many home cinema fans will invest the time and effort for such marginal benefits. Much more useful is Pro Logic IIz's ability to boost stereo sources up to 5.1 and 7.1 channels.

You'll find a wealth of other audio features, including seven Denon surround modes and the Restorer feature, which aims to improve compressed audio playback by replacing the data lost during compression. It's also equipped with Audyssey's MultEQ, which attempts to maintain the optimum sound quality at all times. Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume lend able support, respectively enhancing low-level dynamics and smoothing over sudden changes in volume.

Some hands-on time with the AVR-2310's operating system reveals it to be slick and easy to use, thanks mainly to the onscreen menus displayed via the HDMI output. The vast functionality on board makes this GUI a real godsend, and despite its unflashy appearance the clear, intelligent layout makes it a joy to navigate. You can tweak settings on the front display panel, but it feels laborious by comparison.


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:


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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