Denon AVR-1611 7.1 Reciever

The Denon AVR-1611 is a mid level receiver in Denon's most recent series.  I've reviewed the Top end of this series the AVR-4311CI 9.2 receiver as well the lower end which begins with the Denon AVR-391 if you're interested.  Just check the menu under receivers.

This mid-priced model offers you good overall performance and 7.1 surround sound.

The Denon AVR-1611 has more than enough connectivity for an entry level home theater enthusiast.  The AVR-1611 has connection options on both the front and rear panel. On the front panel, there is the headphones jack, the dedicated setup mic jack and Auxiliary connectors.

At the back, it sports a rather simple socket layout. Four HDMI ports, 5 analog audio inputs, 3 composite video in, 1 component video in, 1 digital optical and 1 digital coaxial audio inputs are also included.


Also, if you have an iPhone or iPod, use the optional control dock from Denon. REMOTE CONTROL jacks are available too should you need to connect an infrared receiver, so that you can tuck the receiver unit out of sight.

This AVR-1611 uses the latest HDMI 1.4a standard, so you can enjoy the Full 3D Pass Through and the Audio Return Channel Support features. It decodes both Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio signals, plus handle mutlichannel PCM over HDMI. Dolby Pro Logic IIz and dts Neo:6 surround digital matrix decoding technologies are also assimilated to ensure that you fully enjoy your home cinema experience.  These decoding capabilities also ensure you get the full audio out of any HD / Blu-ray releases you're watching.

 Audyssey technology is also capitalized upon, with the amalgamation of Dynamic VolumeMultEQ and , such that the problem of large variations in volume level is solved. By analyzing the audio characteristics of your speaker system and listening environment, the system will automatically tailor the sound for better audio fidelity too.

There is the Personal Memory Plus function too, which allows the receiver unit to store surround modes, level settings for all the speakers, and delay time. You can then activate these custom settings at the push of a button.

Denon utilizes the GLO-KEY technology as well in its remote controls. With glow-in-the-dark keys, you can easily find your way around the remote without worrying about hitting the wrong button.

Specifications / Features:

  • 7.1-channel home theater receiver/amplifier with 525 watts of total power (7 x 75W)
  • 3D-enabled HDMI pass-through technology (HDMI 1.4a); all sources are up-converted to HDMI
  • High-definition audio support--Dolby TruHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz for front height effects channels
  • Remote control handset with Glo-Key buttons; features built-in codes for hundred of other AV components
  • Measures 17-3/32 x 6-47/64 x 15 inches (WxHxD); weighs 22 pounds, 7.8 ounces
In summary,

In summary, the AVR 1611 is a solid option in this price range.  However, the next model up, the AVR 1911 for about $50 more would be more preferable in my opinion.  The Denon AVR-1911 has USB connectivity, higher wattage and more advanced upconversion technology (Look in the menu under receivers if you're interested).  Denon is and will remain to be a reputible developer of hi-fi audio equipment and the quality of hardware and sound that they engineer has always been top grade.  So again, this is an ideal product for consumers who are budget limited home theater enthusiasts.  The only lacking features in both of these models my opinion are more HDMI ports (if you need them) and network capability.  If you don't need or want it and aren't planning on connecting more than 5 digital devices? Who cares.