Denon AVR-1713 Performance
The Denon AVR-1713’s performance is superb, doing everything that’s asked of it with gusto. It’s certainly powerful, filling our test room when playing Super 8’s train crash scene, but there’s a finesse to its performance that puts it a cut above most entry-level amps
It doesn’t quite take the breath away, lacking the absolute transparency and poise we’ve come to expect from every Denon product, but it's a true entertainer. The sound is composed yet exciting, and gleefully rowdy when required. It’s also rich in detail but not clinically so. Faint background noises are audible, while orchestral scores are as smooth as silk.
Effect steering is fast and confident, moving sound between speakers with terrific fluidity, plus the vast scale and width of the soundstage brings a sense of spectacle to blockbuster action scenes. There’s plenty of bass presence too – every bang and crash has satisfying heft. When the alien first tries to escape from the crashed carriage, the thump is immediate and forceful.
Then when it blows the door off, it flies through the air – steered from front to rear with admirable smoothness – before embedding itself in the ground with an almighty clang. The Denon handles it all without any signs of strain, even at loud volumes.
This, combined with effortless crispness and attack in the mid to high frequencies, makes for a thrilling listen. The only minor criticism is that after Audyssey’s calibration we found it little difficult to hear dialogue during the build up to the train crash, and had to boost the centre level a little.
The Denon AVR-1713 is as assured with music as it is with movies. We streamed Back To Black by Amy Winehouse via AirPlay (in stereo mode) and the sound is smooth and detailed, with tight, rhythmic bass notes and full-bodied drums.
Denon AVR-1713 Verdict
The Denon AVR-1713 is another impressive AV receiver from the audio giant, mixing an attractive feature set with powerful, polished performance at a decent price. There’s a generous array of network features, which includes internet radio, DLNA streaming, AirPlay and an improved remote app, plus the new design tweaks are a success.
What’s more, Denon’s efforts to make the AVR-1713 simple to use have paid off. The user interface has been purposefully stripped down to the basics, the remote is surprisingly light on buttons and Audyssey MultEQ XT demystifies the sound calibration process. This makes life easy for home cinema newcomers at whom this receiver is clearly aimed.
It’s all topped off by a stellar performance, which demonstrates Denon’s ability to play movies with chest-slamming power without compromising on detail or composure. The only things in the ‘Cons’ column are the sparse connections and a nagging sense that this isn’t Denon operating at full capacity, but it’s an impressive machine nonetheless.