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Denon AVR-1713 - Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

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

Denon AVR-1713

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.

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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.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Design 8
  • Features 8
  • Performance 8
  • Sound Quality 9
  • Value 8

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....

RAMBOTITO

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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