FOR GENERAL FAQ AND DENON SETUP HELP, PLEASE VISIT:
Denon AVR 1610 product page:
Denon AVR 590 product page:
AVR 1610 ($379) / AVR 590 ($349) Feature Summary:
- 5.1 channels (75W x 5) of built-in amplification
- Pre-outs to expand to 7.1; add a two-channel amp to power "rear" or "height" channels with PLIIx/z (respectively)
- full HD audio support including Dolby TrueHD + DTS-MA decoding
- 3 HDMI 1.3a inputs, 2 component video inputs (60 MHz bandwidth)
- 2 optical / 1 coaxial digital audio inputs
- Seven fully assignable video source "names" (TV, CBL/SAT, DVD, HDP, DVR, VCR, V-AUX)
- Full Audyssey suite (MultEQ + Dynamic EQ + Dynamic Volume) with adjustable reference level for Dynamic EQ
- Will convert analog video to HDMI output (and deinterlace 480i > 480p if your TV needs it) but no scaling
- OSD will show over HDMI, but will not overlay unless you are using an S-video / composite source
- 1610 adds "B" front speakers (590 only has "A" front speakers)
- New one-sided remote!!
"Trickle down" functionality/features that weren't on 589/1609 models:
- Source Delete / Rename
- Full OSD which will show up over HDMI (but no overlay)
- Video conversion up to HDMI (this is on automatically with no ability to adjust settings; 480i analog will be deinterlaced to 480p automatically if your TV doesn't accept 480i, but there is no scaling)
- Component video bandwidth up to 60MHz (will not degrade 720p/1080i signals)
OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. What is the difference between the three-digit models (e.g. AVR 590) and the four-digit models (e.g. AVR 1610)?
A: Essentially, NOTHING. Denon puts out two parallel receiver lineups, with four-digit and three-digit model numbers. The four-digit models are generally sold by high end stereo shops and custom installers, and the three-digit models are the "consumer" version sold in retail outlets like Circuit City and Fry's.
However, there is ZERO difference in terms of power, specs, sound quality, build quality, etc. between the two lines. Denon has been doing this for years, it is exactly analagous to the Yamaha HTR and RX-V parallel receiver lines.
There will usually be one or two minor differences to differentiate the three-digit and four-digit models. There is typically a slight cosmetic difference between the two lines, and different remotes.
In the specific case of the 1610 vs. 590, the only differences (besides the cosmetics) is that the 1610 has A/B speaker switching, whereas the 590 only has "A" front speakers
In all other respects, the 1610 and 590 are IDENTICAL.
For more info, please see the Denon Model Numbers page at batpigworld:
Q. What do I gain from stepping up to the 1910/790, as opposed to just buying the lower-priced AVR 1610/590 model?
A: The 1610 (aka 590) is a very full-featured entry level model that will be sufficient for most people. It has 3 HDMI inputs, full HD audio decoding, analog > digital video conversion (so you can run one HDMI cable to your TV for all sources), and the full "Audyssey suite" of MultEQ + Dynamic EQ + Dynamic Volume. The 1910 / 790 is very similar and built on the same platform / chassis. They have similar amp sections, identical processing and DAC's, etc.
The following are the "step up" features you gain from going to 1910 (aka 790):
1. The 1910 is a full 7.1 receiver. The 1610/590 is a 5.1 receiver (5 amps built in) but can be expanded to 7.1 using the "Rear/Height" pre-outs to add an external amplifier. You have your choice of 7.1 expansion methods, either PLIIx (standard 7.1 with 2 "rear" channels) or PLIIz (5.1 + 2 "height" channels).
2. The 1910 has a 4th HDMI input, and adds an extra coaxial digital audio input
3. The 1910 is spec'd for more power, 90W x 7
4. The 1910 has full video scaling, of both analog and digital video, up to 1080p, and these video settings are adjustable by input. The 1610 has no scaling, and no adjustable settings; it simply automatically converts analog video to digital. Everything else goes out at the same resolution it came in (unless your TV doesn't accept 480i over HDMI, in which case the signal is deinterlaced 480i>480p)
5. The 1910 has 2-zone/2-source capability (no multizone on 1610), and the 1910 (not 790, see above) has a "room to room" remote control jack for wired control from Zone 2.
6. The 1910 has extra inputs: a Sirius input jack, a "CD" analog input, and 7.1 multichannel analog inputs
7. The 1910 has two switched power outlets on the back