Inevitably the AVR-1312 lacks the superstar line-up of features found on the AVR-1912. As the lack of an Ethernet port reveals, there’s no network functionality – that means no DLNA media streaming, internet radio or access to music services. There isn’t even a USB port for playback from local memory devices.
There are, however, a few attractive features, including support for all types of 3D signal, HD audio decoding (Dolby True HD, DTS HD Master Audio) and a few sound modes. The Compressed Audio Restorer is designed to enhance the quality of digital music formats like MP3 and WMA, while you’ll find multichannel stereo, Virtual Surround, Pro Logic IIx and DTS Neo:6 for expanding stereo sources.
The AVR-1312 does not offer video upscaling through the HDMI port, but it’s so common among Blu-ray players and TVs that you probably won’t miss it. The HDMI sockets handle video types up to 1080/24p, as well as SACD (DSD) signals, all types of Dolby and DTS bitstreams, Deep Colour and xvYCC.
The receiver musters a claimed 75W per channel at 8ohm, a respectable amount of welly. As for the speakers, the satellites and centre feature a single 8cm full-range driver inside a closed box. It’s a tad disappointing that they’re not a two-way design with separate midrange driver and tweeter, but with a quoted frequency range of 150Hz – 20kHz they seem versatile enough.
The subwoofer features a built-in 100W amplifier and a 20cm cone woofer. Thankfully it’s an active (powered) model, which usually offer superior performance to passive subs. On the back of the unit is a volume dial, line input and power switch, but no crossover frequency control to help you integrate it with the satellites – that’s found in the onscreen setup menu, which we’ll come to in a moment.