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Denon AVR-2313CI Receiver

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Posted

Pros: Easy setup, nice GUI, great Denon sound

Cons: Tough to justify the price difference over a 2113ci, still waiting on the official Android remote control app.

I've been an A/V enthusiast for many years, but May 2012 was the first time in my life that I've had the means to buy anything nice. I did some research and found that AVS seemed to be the best community of experts and enthusiasts to help me make my decision. So, I joined, started reading, and started asking questions.

I had two main motivations:

1. I wanted an HDMI receiver.

All of my source devices can do HDMI, and my TV does HDMI, but I was still using a receiver that only had component video. After my Blu-Ray player failed, I bought a new one that had HDMI only, no component, which necessitated an HDMI receiver. So began the search for a replacement.

2. I wanted to set up a second audio zone on my new deck.

Outdoor music is awesome. Need I say more?

In addition to those criteria, I also wanted a receiver that could do AirPlay and DLNA. I've been a Denon fan since I was a kid (thanks Dad!), so I easily narrowed my options down to the 1912, 2112, and 2312. I considered the 3312 as well, but determined that it was beyond my budget and didn't offer much that I wanted for the extra cost. Then I learned of the Zone 2 + AirPlay issues with the xx12 receivers and began to second-guess myself. This was in May 2012, and I quickly learned that the xx13 models were imminent. Hoping that these models would resolve the Zone 2 + AirPlay issue, I closed my wallet and waited.

The wait was worth it: now I had three new options: the 1913, 2113, and 2313. I again briefly considered the 3313 but opted out based on price. Next, I excluded the 1913 based on the lack of MultEQ XT. Bonus: the 2113 and 2313 have the better warranty and a few other minor advantages.

The 2113 and 2313 are VERY similar receivers, and the price difference is substantial -- almost 50% more for the 2313 when I bought mine. The 2313 has a few more legacy inputs, but I'll probably never use them. It has a discrete power cable, which is nice but certainly not worth $250-300. The amplifiers are about 10% more powerful, but again not worth it by itself. Finally, it has a 12v trigger output -- a seemingly tiny difference, but I like to dream of the future, and home integration has huge appeal to me. I don't know what, if anything, I would ever plug in, but not having that ability was a pretty big deal to me. Combined with the other small differences, I decided to bite the bullet and buy the 2313ci. That said, I think that I would have been perfectly happy for many years with a 2113, and I assume that the majority of my review applies to that model as well. I assume that if I had waited several months, the street price of the 2313ci would have fallen significantly based on how similar it is to the 2113, but I was not willing to wait.

Now, on to the AVR itself:

The Denon 2313ci connected easily. Like I do with any new device, the first thing I did was explore the setup menu. I quickly found a firmware update and installed it before running Audyssey, which caught that I had wired one of my surrounds out of phase. Nice!

Things I love about the 2313ci:
* Easy setup
* GUI is nice, especially that it overlays on any content
* Plenty powerful for a not-over-the-top living room A/V setup
* Lots of extra inputs and outputs so I can be confident it will serve my needs for many years
* It's black and doesn't have any bright lights on the front, so it disappears like any HT component should. (I'm coming from a silver Onkyo)
* Remote web- or phone-based control
* Large community of smart, friendly people familiar with it and its cousins, so it's easy to get help if I need it

Issues:
* MultEQ XT only let me sample 6 positions instead of the advertised 8. This is affecting more than just me, and apparently if I go back and run it again without using the Auto Setup Wizard, it'll let me do eight. Some people are working with Denon to resolve this issue, but I struggled to find a sixth position, so I'm content with what I have already.
* I would love to have paid $150-200 less for it
* The official Android remote control app has not yet been released (as of July 6, 2012). There is a decent third-party app by Andreas Pillath called AVR-Remote which gets the job done in most cases, but it lacks the polish of the iOS app.

In the long run, all of my cons will wash out. Denon will surely release a firmware update to fix the MultEQ XT issue, the street price will come down, and the official Android app will get released eventually. All that will leave is an excellent 2-zone receiver.

Posted

Pros: setup, easy to operate, sound

Cons: costs a little more

Switched to Denon after my expensive Onky* AVR died twice in two years. The Denon is easier to operate and figure out over the other brand and the sound is great. Zone 2 works great and is easy to turn on and off. I have zone 2 going to a set of speakers in the kitchen through Rocketfish wireless units using the Denon preamp output. I found Denon to cost a little more than other brands but I found an open box deal that knocked $300 off retail price and it was from an authorized retailer, though I could not find any evidence that it was ever opened or used! Not sure how long the new Denon will last but this one has a 3-yr warranty and overall I am very pleased with it, highly recommend.

Posted

Pros: Great Sound, Network Connectivety, Price, Functions

Cons: Set up was easy with the mic but had to tweak to get it right and find the correct codec, Video pass through does not seem as good as equivalant yamah

Best Buy honored the internet price at Buy.com of 645.00. This promotion last until 11/17/2012. I am very pleased with my purchase. This replaced a early 2000 model Yamaha (No HDMI didn't recognize the new sound codecs). I believe this is pretty future proof at least for a while. I was even able to run my 6.1 speaker configuration. My old Yamaha speakers were the high quality ones they made at the time and now they seem like new again. The sound is very clean although the video pass through in the store did not seem as good as the equivalent Yamaha. It looks good enough for me on my 55" LCD 240HZ Samsung. I don't care for the 3-D stuff (don't want to be cross eyed) so I can't really comment about that. Halo 4 is incredible with it. The surround sound is like real as is the picture quality. There are things coming out on the side back speakers that will freak you out like there is someone else in the room if your alone. Cable (ATT U-Verse) sound is great, my old Yamaha could not process the new codecs. The network capability opened up a whole new world to me. This will make an older TV into an internet media device. My TV has internet capability but you don't need it with this receiver. I use the android app that I found had the best reviews (not the Denon app) and it works great. It gives you all the options for sound, modes etc., at your literal finger tips. I am going to add a NAS media storage (Western Digital 2TB) to my network so I can back up media and display it on my TV through my AVR. I think total house automation is next. I researched AVRs for two months prior to purchasing this. I decided on this receiver and was going to get it if I had to pay the full $889.00. I did my research, read the small print and price guarantees and found out I didn't have to go very far to purchase it at a very good price. My advice is get it you won't be disappointed.

Posted

Pros: What it can do

Cons: Figuring out how to get it to do it.

I had the AVR-1802 for many years and was very satisfied with its ability to produce the heart of my HT system. This posting is perhaps out of place since it voices my experience with using this receiver more than evaluating its overall performance and features.

My AVR-1802 required using 6 channel discrete inputs via the "Ext In" to obtain pure audio, since it has no HDMI ports. It was VERY capable in handling the audio of my Oppo BDP-83 and the results were impressively sweet. However, the older 1802's lack of connectivity, coupled with its curiously hit and miss encoding of DirecTv's renditions of Dolby Digital 5.1 compression eventually forced my hand to buy a suitable upgrade to prevent further frustrations in my pursuit of audio euphoria in my living room

The 2312CI seemed the logical selection, priced at just under $600 and seemingly having the right bells and whistles to be considered a step up. I have owned it less than a week, but after spending days in calibration attempts, reading reference materials, and fearful tweaking, I think it is very close to reaching its potential. However, it bothers me that I am all-the-while attempting to match or better the previous AVR unit, instead of blowing away its memory.

The Audyessy calibration sounded like a great benefit - and perhaps it is - but I am not sure if it performs its magic to provide more accurate results (closer to reference) or just the faster path, considering the maze of adjustments required to get there manually.

I have calibrated, read, re-read, and studied the references provided on and linked to this forum, as well as the other sources from Denon, etc. (and of course, all instructions). I obeyed the advisories and theories concerning the "small" speaker configuration and LFE bass management. Perhaps my disadvantage remains to be the fact that it's all still a bit unfamiliar for me and I find it difficult to find where to make adjustments to the point of forgetting what i wanted to achieve by the time I get there. The other issue I have going against me is the definition of some settings vs their intended use.

For example, when listening to my "Hotel California" DVD-Audio disc for system evaluation, I opened the AVR "Music" menu to assure proper audio track/type. Of the choices, the "Multi-channel" seemed closest to what I expected to be correct, out of all the choices listed. But selecting it delivered some harsh, hollow, bad sounding result that hurt even the memory of what it formerly sounded like. However, selecting the AVR menu's "BD Direct" choice resulted in producing what seemed close to my desired expectation. So I wondered if the "Music Menu" isn't full of those synthesisized pre-sets that people who don't care about reference or audio quality at all select - I don't know.

The "BD Direct" probably just plays the raw PCM into the AVR's decoder - which does a splendid job when properly configured. But I haven't found where Denon's user guide explains the little (but VERY important) operational details like that. It is there - I am sure. But I just haven't been able to ascertain it yet. Maybe it's in one of those grid tables with little dots in columns, to be understood by the engineers who designed it.

It just seems easier to pick some filtered, pre-set audio mode then it is to get to the pristine or decoded-only pure sweet audio. That's all I really want! Hopefully, I will "get it" sooner or later. I drank the Denon Kool Aid years ago..... it just needs to take affect.
Denon AVR-2313CI Receiver
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With its vast array of inputs and network functions, the Denon AVR-2313CI 7.2-Channel Integrated Network A/V Receiver puts you in command. As the mid-level model of the IN-Command Series, this receiver sets a new standard in 3D, Blu-ray, game console, and other entertainment device integration with six DHMI inputs and dual HDMI outputs. It features seven discrete 105-watt channels of equal power, dual subwoofer outputs, and multiple high-resolution audio formats for superior surround sound audio performance. It also includes advanced video circuitry that upscales high-definition (HD) signal to 4K (3840 x 2160 pixel) signal. Enhanced by digital network audio/photo streaming capabilities, including support for AirPlay, mp3/WMA/WAV and FLAC HD audio, and Windows 7 compatibility, the AVR-2312CI is a solid foundation for your networked home entertainment system.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandDenon
EAN0883795002257
FeatureFully discrete power amplifiers for all 7 channels (105 W x 7 ch, 8ohm 20-20kHz 0.05%). Delivers the legendary sound quality you?ve come to expect from Denon. 3D pass-through technology Enjoy 3D video entertainment with dynamic surround sound. 4K video support (4K video upscaling, video passthrough and GUI overlay) Front Panel USB Input Direct digital play for iPod, iPhone and USB drives. AUDYSSEY MultEQ XT Award-Winning technology helps create an optimal acoustic profile for your home theater.
Item Height6.5 inches
Item Length14.9 inches
Item Width17.1 inches
LabelDenon
ManufacturerDenon
MPNAVR-2313CI
Package Height16 inches
Package Length21 inches
Package Weight21 pounds
Package Width16 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumberAVR-2313CI
ProductGroupReceiver or Amplifier
ProductTypeNameRECEIVER_OR_AMPLIFIER
PublisherDenon
StudioDenon
TitleDenon AVR-2313CI Networking Home Theater Receiver with AirPlay and Powered Zone 2
UPC883795002257
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Item Weight24 pounds
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ModelAVR-2313CI
ColorBlack
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