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Denon AVR-1713 - Features and Operation

By Danny Phillips



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Denon AVR-1713 Features

The Denon AVR-1713’s network functionality (AirPlay, internet radio, DLNA streaming) is one of the things that sets it apart from the cheaper Denon AVR-1513. The appearance of AirPlay on the spec sheet is a real boon. The ability to stream songs from the likes of the iPhone 5, iPad 3 or iTunes on a PC or Mac is hugely convenient and like most things Apple invents it’s very easy to use.

We tried it out and it works a treat – when you start playing a song it switches to AirPlay automatically and displays the name of the song on the front panel. Volume can be controlled from the device or the slider on the iTunes interface, as well as track skipping and other key commands.

The network connection also puts thousands of internet radio stations at your disposal through the vTuner portal, and thanks to its DLNA certification allows you to stream music from servers on your home network, with support for FLAC HD, MP3, WMA, AAC and WAV files. And with a firmware update, it’ll also stream Apple Lossless (ALAC) via DLNA and AirPlay, as well as supporting Gapless Playback, which is great when listening to live albums. You can also stream photos in JPEG format and create a slideshow with music in the background.

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Additionally the Denon AVR-1713 provides access to Last.fm and Flickr, and with the Denon Remote App installed on your Apple or Android device such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 you can control every aspect of the Denon AVR-1713’s operating system, from basics like volume, input and surround mode to more complex stuff like web radio browsing and network streaming. It’s far more comprehensive than last year’s equivalent app.

The front USB makes a handy alternative to the network connection. You can plug in storage devices or USB hard-disks and play the same file types as above, or hook up your iPod/iPhone and play music directly using an onscreen GUI or the front panel. It’ll even charge your iPad, even though it’s not ‘Made for iPad’, plus it can now be used to upload firmware updates – useful for when you’re not hooked up to the network.

But let’s not forget that the Denon AVR-1713 is designed for home cinema first and foremost, and on that score the spec looks good. Denon’s quoted power output is 120W per channel (into 6ohms) with decoding for all the audio formats that matter (primarily Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio).

You also get a wide range of Denon’s DSP modes, Cinema Equalizer (which optimises high frequencies for home cinema) and Virtual Surround. The Compressed Audio Restorer feature aims to enhance the quality of digital music formats. There’s no on board video processing though, which rules out upscaling and conversion of analogue signals for the HDMI output.

Denon AVR-1713 Operation

It’s clear that Denon has made a concerted effort to make its 2012 receivers as easy to use as possible. Firstly there’s an onscreen Setup Assistant that kicks in when you first fire it up, which sets the language and helps configure the speakers, set up inputs and connect to the network.

Along the way it also launches the Audyssey MultEQ XT auto calibration system, which uses the supplied microphone and test tones to set the size and number of speakers, the crossovers, distances, levels and polarities. Then it carries out room correction to avoid any acoustical problems, which it performs in up to eight listening positions so that the sound is optimised no matter where you sit. It takes a long time to complete though, so set aside lots of time to complete it.

Then there’s the onscreen menus, which are incredibly basic in a ZX Spectrum sort of way, but that’s possibly by design. The simple white text and blocky graphics on a black background make everything clear and easy to find, though it does feels a touch anachronistic in 2012.

Still, there’s a vast amount to play with. The main menu is broken down into Audio, Video, Inputs, Speakers, Network and General. The Speakers menu is where you can set the distances, levels and crossovers manually if you don’t trust the auto calibration system, while Audio contains the surround parameters, audio delay, volume and Audyssey settings. Despite the beginner-friendly approach, more experienced users will be more than happy with the level of control afforded by this setup menu.

The Network screen is a little more sophisticated, using colour icons against a black background, including Favourites, Internet Radio, Media Server, Last.fm and Flickr. The internet radio and Media Server menus use straightforward lists that leave little room for confusion, although it’s quite a hassle looking for specific tracks if you have a large library.

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Denon has simplified the remote too, stripping back the button count from previous remotes. The direction pad and volume keys are placed centrally under the thumb for intuitive navigation, with banks of input selection buttons at the top. Having tested plenty of receivers remotes with more buttons than Cadbury’s, this is a refreshing change – it’s the sort of remote that beginners can use without getting all confused.

But if you prefer a more modern way of controlling the Denon AVR-1713, then Denon has also created a terrific app for Apple iOS and Android devices. It’s a vast improvement on last year’s version, offering several new features, such as fast scrolling of internet radio stations and DLNA servers with album art, Blu-ray player control (when hooked up via HDMI), a multi-zone control interface and a customisable home screen.

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.


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?


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


April 28, 2013, 8:51 am

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


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


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!


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/pro...

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

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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