Denon has revealed its 2012 “AV-Art” range of AVR-series home cinema receivers. At the affordable end, the Denon AVR-1513 and AVR-1713 sell for £299 and £399, while the more feature-rich AVR-2113 and AVR-2313 cost £549 and £799. Read on for the differences between these series siblings.
Starting down at the bottom, the Denon AVR-1513 is a basic entry-level receiver without the connectivity bells and whistles you’ll find on some more expensive models – Spotify, AirPlay and so on. It’s a 5-channel receiver with 110W per channel. Its rear offers three HDMI inputs – with 3D support – and there is another on the front panel. Other than the now-standard GUI interface and support for codecs like dts-HD, it’s a stripped-back affair, but one that should suit home cinema beginners.
One step up, the Denon AVR-1713 maintains a similar design, but increases power to 120W per channel, adds another rear HDMI and bungs-in some more advanced features. The most important are networking capabilities and Audyssey auto setup. Plugged into a router, the AVR-1713 will provide DLNA streaming and AirPlay, along with built-in support for Flickr, vTuner and last.fm. Wi-Fi does not come built-in, though.
Audyssey multEQ XT sets up your surround speakers automatically, using a microphone that comes bundled with the receiver. Auto setup features like this are often left out of entry-level receivers. The last benefit over the AVR-1513 is the front USB, letting you plug in an iPhone or iPod directly.
Entering at the mid-range, the Denon AVR-2113 offers seven channels with 125W each. HDMI inputs have been upped to six – five on the rear and one on the front – and Dynamic EQ has been added to the Audyssey MultEQ XT setup. The most important benefits the AVR-2113 offers over the AVR-1713 are in upscaling – it scales content up to 4K resolution, and offers 4K HDMI switching.
The £800 Denon AVR-2313 introduces support for two subwoofers, dual simultaneous HDMI outputs, DSD and more Audyssey features. Audyssey DSX tweaks sound output to try and increase soundstage and Audyssey Pro offers more comprehensive calibration than the XT type seen in the range’s other models.
The 2012 range of Denon receivers will be available to buy soon.