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Denon AVR-1612 Receiver

100% Positive Reviews


Pros: Excellent quality and sound!!

Cons: Manual and menu items take some getting used to

I bought this receiver a last year off Amazon, along with the Energy Take Classic 5.1. Together, these two systems pair very well!

The Denon receiver offers HDMI ARC, as well many other features. It is 3D compatible, and 4 HDMI outputs. A GUI overlay makes it simpler to use and is accessed with the remote. The five channels are powered by 75-watts each, and each one has its own discrete circuit, which makes for a higher quality sound output. The subwoofer, like the 5 speaker channels, does not only also have its own discrete circuit, but it's also an active subwoofer, which means it is powered separately from the receiver, which I've been told makes for a better quality bass sound. This is because the receiver is left with more power to send out the speakers. The receiver has the ability to decode all the audio codecs out there, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The Audyssey MultEQ Support includes a microphone that you move around the various parts of your room in order to perfectly calibrate the receiver.

But there's more! If color is something that matters to you (and it should!), the AVR-1612 also includes Deep Color and x.v.Color Support. You are able to configure the volume levels (-6 to +12) of each speaker and subwoofer as well. Of course, the center channel should always be the loudest, and I have it up at 12. These volume levels are separate from the main volume of course. You also have the option to go into the menu and shut off the various speakers. Sometimes to keep the noise down at night, I do just that with the rear surround speakers.

The only real cons are a menu which is apparently so difficult to understand, "cliff note" versions had to be made (http://batpigworld.com/setup.html; this site also helped with the subwoofer: http://www.koledigitalsystems.com/site/epage/126320_911.htm). They should've made it easier to understand. This includes some of the menu items. They could be more clear on what they actually do.

One bit of advice with this system: When choosing the "movie mode" you want, I have noticed that the SECOND one from top is typically the best. For example, when watching a movie on blu-ray that has say, DTS-HD Master Audio, the option for this audio format will always be second from top. SO ALWAYS GO WITH THE SECOND ONE FROM TOP. Once you select it (I don't think it's the default initially) by pushing the movie mode button, the second option from top will become the default. And by "it" I really mean the receiver will always go with the default from the blu-ray, which is USUALLY the best format, though not always. If like you put in a concert blu-ray for example that has DTS-HD MA, but the sound coming through is 2.0 Stereo, you will still have to change it on the blu-ray player to get the DTS-HD MA.

Well I hope you enjoy your AVR 1612! Overall, it's a great product, and I love it!
Denon AVR-1612 Receiver

The Denon AVR-1612 5.1 Home Theater Receiver delivers exceptional performance and convenient features in a home theater centerpiece. Offering the latest inputs, this powerful receiver features advanced processing that brings out the best in your Blu-ray/DVD players, game consoles, and other entertainment devices. The AVR-1612 supports high-resolution audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, for a dynamic surround-sound listening experience. It also supports HDMI 1.4a, allowing you to get the most out of 3D content. Enhanced by direct digital connectivity for iPhone/iPad/iPod via the front panel USB, and including an optional networking dock connectivity option for iPod and iPhone, the AVR-1612 offers an exceptional foundation for your home theater system. Surround Your 3D Video with Powerful, Realistic SoundConnect the AVR-1612 5.1-channel HD-Audio receiver to a TV and Blu-ray disc player supporting 3D video and you'll be able to experience an exciting 3D theater with powerful surround sound. This receiver also has a USB port where you can connect an iPod, iPhone, or USB memory and directly play digital music tracks from those devices in the superior sound quality that Denon has become renowned for. Setup is extremely easy as the AVR-1612's Setup Wizard guides you through the procedures for setting the language, speakers connections and other items on your TV screen. New FeaturesDirect play for iPod® and iPhone® via USB Setup Wizard, providing easy-to-follow set

Feature5.1ch A/V Surround Receiver HDMI 1.4a 4In/1Out 3D Ready Audio Return Channel Discrete Power Amps rated at 75 watts each
Item Height6.4 inches
Item Length15 inches
Item Width17.1 inches
Package Height9.5 inches
Package Length20.5 inches
Package Weight25 pounds
Package Width19 inches
TitleDenon AVR-1612 5.1 Channel A/V Home Theater Receiver
UPCList - UPCListElement883795002028
Item Weight20.2 pounds
CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElementAVR1612BKE3
WarrantyPart:2y, Labor:2y
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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