Among the other goodies is fourth-generation Denon Link technology, which reduces audio jitter when both the HDMI and Denon Link socket are connected to a Denon Blu-ray deck, much like Pioneer’s PQLS technology. But the new Denon Clock Jitter Reducer also sharpens up the digital sound quality through any of the digital inputs.
There’s also a plethora of Denon’s own audio tech to consider, including the DDSC-HD Circuit, AL24 Plus and Audio Restorer, plus loads of DSP modes and 1080p upscaling courtesy of Anchor Bay’s video processor (which brings with it a range of noise reduction and picture enhancements).
Like most Denon receivers, the AVR-4310 is a dapper piece of kit, boasting a classy design that doesn’t so much jump out at you as sidle up discreetly and say hello. Despite not being particularly jazzy or radical, its understated looks are still a delight, as is its meticulous build quality. The bodywork is also a lot more compact than you may expect from such a well-equipped and powerful piece of kit, testament to the clever internal design (which has also seen Denon’s AV elves give the output stages a complete makeover).
The unit’s front panel is nice and tidy, thanks to a flap that hides most of the buttons and auxiliary inputs, which include HDMI, USB, S-video, analogue stereo and another optical digital input. The display panel is wide and easy to read, although the little logos surrounding the main text can only be deciphered up close.
But if you’ve connected the 4310 to your TV via HDMI then you’re presented with by far the best user interface of any AV receiver. Displayed in full colour and peppered with attractive icons, this GUI puts most Blu-ray players to shame. It’s slick, responsive and simply structured, which makes the 4310’s deluge of setup options and sound modes a lot more manageable than you expect, which is great if you’re a newcomer to this home cinema lark.
Rendering setup even more of a doddle is Audyssey’s MultEQ XT, which automatically checks the acoustic properties of your room (using a setup mic that plugs into the front panel) and tweaks the audio parameters to find the best balance. As part of this process, the Denon launches a subwoofer level matching mode that lets you find the recommended bass level (75dB), which is an unusual but welcome addition.
Afterwards, Audyssey’s Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume ensure audible sound levels no matter what you’re listening to or how quietly you’re listening to it. But experienced users who would rather tweak the levels manually can bypass all this and use the detailed adjustments in the setup menu.