Denon AVR-2310 AV Receiver - Denon AVR-2310

By Danny Phillips



  • Recommended by TR
Denon AVR-2310 AV Receiver


Our Score:


The exhaustive range of audio adjustments could take days to get your head round, but thankfully Audyssey's MultEQ auto setup removes the hassle. It takes all the necessary room readings for you (using the supplied mic) in up to six listening positions and then sets the appropriate levels. The results are fine, though a little manual tweaking was required afterwards to bring the sound up to scratch, particularly the bass level.

Denon has struck gold with the remote, which cleverly puts all the frequently-used controls on one side, then buries the lesser-used keys under a flap on the back. It's big, but the intuitive layout and clear labelling keep confusion at bay.

Not only is it easy to use, but the AVR-2310 is also a masterful performer. We sat through Transformers on Blu-ray for what must have been the hundredth time, but such is the Denon's level of insight and energy that it felt like a fresh, new experience.

The Denon sets out its stall right from the movie's opening credits, lending warmth and presence to Optimus Prime's treacly voiceover. Cut to Blackout's attack on the Army base and the soundstage explodes into life, with the Denon orchestrating the carnage beautifully - rapid, biting machine gun fire rattles from the fronts and surrounds, the robot clatters around without a hint of hardness to the high frequencies, while surround steering is smooth, fast and precise. It's an invigorating listen that had me on the edge of my seat despite knowing exactly what was going to happen next.

Bass output is absolutely monstrous when needed, but remains tight and punchy. Pounding footsteps and explosions carry enough heft to shake the floor but sound nimble and sprightly, propelling the action along without bludgeoning you into submission.

Detail levels are exceptional, not only during the big action scenes but also during the movie's (few) quiet moments - background ambience and effects, like gentle robotic bleeps and the score's subtle percussion, are teased out and presented with sparkling clarity. Human dialogue is also smooth and well-rounded.

Switching to music material, the AVR-2310 demonstrates the same level of expertise. Its presentation of What The World Needs Now Is Love by Japanese jazz group Atagiin is so open and natural that the band could be in the room with you. Crisp percussion dances alongside the deep and agile double bass with perfect timing. And it goes for the jugular with Nirvana's Nevermind on CD, giving a fiery performance and conveying Kurt Cobain's voice in all its cracked, raspy beauty.


As you can probably tell, we absolutely love this receiver. And with good reason - it's packed with features, easy to use and delivers a sensational performance with movies and music, all of which makes that seemingly high price tag suddenly look pretty reasonable. And the scary thing is, the AVR-2310 isn't even the best Denon has to offer this year - its new mid-range and high-end models are just around the corner, the quality of which will be beyond belief if this is anything to go by.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • Performance 10
  • Value 8
  • Features 9
  • Design 9


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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