Denon AVR-1713 review

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Denon AVR-1713
  • Denon AVR-1713
  • Denon AVR-1713
  • Denon AVR-1713
  • Denon AVR-1713
  • Denon AVR-1713
  • Denon AVR-1713
  • Denon AVR-1713

Summary

Our Score:

8

User Score:

Pros

  • Assured sound quality
  • Tasteful, uncluttered design
  • Surprisingly simple to use

Cons

  • Limited connections
  • Audyssey settings required adjustment
  • Media Server searching a tad cumbersome

Key Features

  • 5 x 120W power output
  • AirPlay support
  • vTuner internet radio, Flickr & Last.fm
  • Denon Remote App for iOS & Android
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT
  • Manufacturer: Denon
  • Review Price: £399.99

Introduction

Audio big gun Denon is looking to hit rivals where it hurts in 2012 with a range of feature-packed but performance-driven amps. One of these is the 5.1-channel Denon AVR-1713, which sits one step up from the entry level AVR-1513 and is the cheapest model in the range to feature network functionality (AirPlay, internet radio and DLNA). Competition is fierce in the midrange market, with the Yamaha RX-V473 and Onkyo TX-NR515 already dazzling us with impressive features and performance, so let’s find out what Denon can bring to the table.

Denon AVR-1713

Denon AVR-1713 Design

Cosmetically, the Denon AVR-1713 has received a subtle but effective refresh. The 2012 front panel is cleaner and less busy than last year’s range, with a lower button count and improved finish. All the buttons and front connections are clustered together in the centre below the wide display panel, which has also been improved – it spells out format names and other words in a less cryptic way. The buttons (which control source and radio presets, status and dimmer) are discreetly lined up along the bottom edge of the LED panel so you hardly notice them.

In the space below are a headphone jack, HDMI input, USB port and input for the auto setup microphone. These are flanked by large dials for input selection and volume. In terms of styling, it might not make your jaw drop (few AV receivers do) but its elegant, understated black finish and compact dimensions allow it to slip into your system with minimal fuss.

Denon AVR-1713

Denon AVR-1713 Connectivity

On the rear panel, the Denon AVR-1713 hosts a modest array of sockets, but one that’s commensurate with the price. There are four more HDMI inputs that support 3D passthrough, ARC and CEC, which covers the standard trio of Blu-ray deck, games console and TV receiver, leaving one for future expansion.

The lack of multichannel inputs, pre-outs or zone 2 outputs might make old-school audiophiles and multi-roomers look elsewhere, but you do get two sets of analogue stereo inputs and two digital audio inputs (one coaxial, one optical). Two composite video inputs and one output, a subwoofer pre-out, FM antenna input and Ethernet complete the line-up. This network connection is crucial to many of the Denon AVR-1713’s key features.

Greg Wurst

December 21, 2012, 8:09 pm

Your review suffers from a major flaw, you rate the power at 120x5 yet Denon's website rates the receiver at 80x5. While I almost ordered this receiver I am glad I looked further into it. 80x5 will not fit my power needs.

http://usa.denon.com/us/produc...

John G Moore

December 24, 2012, 2:40 pm

Will this AV receiver also stream 1080p mkv/mp4 video with AC3/DTS sound from a PC DNLA Media Server over ethernet, or is it just limited to streaming audio?

Jackson

December 27, 2012, 12:30 am

They are reviewing the WRONG model. They review and picture the 1613 yet label it the 1713....and STILL have the specs WRONG for BOTH models. Reader beware. FAIL

Guest

April 28, 2013, 8:51 am

LOl the back of this unit is what it is....

EVILCOUPLE

June 27, 2013, 12:19 pm

A deceit will not favor your products

Kulas Radhakrishnan

July 10, 2013, 8:06 am

I recently purchased the Denon AVR-1713 and I am not able to connect through airplay
I have my ipad running in iOS 6.1.3 but I don't find the airplay icon in it. I have followed all the procedure mentioned in the cnet to check the airplay icon. (by double clicking the home button and swiping on the left side) I can able to see (brightness, skip back, play.pause, skip next, volume and the itunes icon. in place of airplay icon

can anybody help me find what is the problem. mail ae @ misc.kulas@gmail.com

Thanks
KR

Pushing Forward

September 18, 2013, 5:59 pm

80 watts @ 8 ohms per channel is more than enough to satisfy most people. Yet, if your objective is to let everyone in your entire house and surrounding neighbors hear every single sound and word from the movie, then yes it's not enough....

120 watts @ 6 ohms per channel is also correct. Take a look at your speakers and see what they're rated at.

By the way, nice picture you goof!

Visiblemode

October 1, 2013, 9:21 pm

He's not wrong. I have that model. Have noticed the disparity with the US Denon site and what's written on the box...but not what's written on the UK Denon site. I live in Canada. Maybe we got a different config or maybe there is a difference in how it must be labeled in each country, such as standards regarding factoring in impedence etc. All I can tell you is I guarantee my box states 120 watts per channel.

Anton Tcholakov

October 25, 2013, 1:23 pm

It is difficult to describe just how bad the network features are. AirPlay support is particularly awful. It is just an endless loop of trying to switch things off and back on in different order until they magically work. And sooner or later you choose to change a song and everything goes inexplicably wrong again. Don't buy this with the intention of relying on it for these features. I have ended up buying an Apple TV set-top box to get similar features working well.

I'm running the latest receiver firmware and latest versions of iOS on my iPhone/iPad and OS X on my MacBook. I have used this receiver on two different internet connections (current one is 30Mbps fibre optic connection from Virgin Media).

Ron Ramos

November 2, 2013, 4:37 pm

this is the same 1713 I bought. But why do reviews from other sources (e.g. CNET) have a 1713 with different features (e.g. 6 HDMI inputs, zones) ??

Ron Ramos

November 2, 2013, 4:48 pm

Found the answer late. There are apparent different versions of the 1713.
The same model from Denon USA and Denon AU have different rears...

Denon AU: http://usa.denon.com/US/produc...

Denon USA: http://usa.denon.com/US/produc...

Senthil Kumar

December 13, 2013, 8:25 am

I brought I713. while updating this AVR with internet which makes interrupted and showing "UPDATE RETRY>>>>". this problem hasn't able to solve and there is no restore factory default settings option in its menu.

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