Denon AVR-1911

The Denon AVR-1911 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.  The model right below the AVR-1911 is the 1611 which is nearly the same reciever with a couple less features.  Just check the menu under receivers.

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

The Denon AVR-1911 has more than enough connectivity for an entry level home theater enthusiast.  The AVR-1911 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.It also has iPod and iPhone connectivity as well as a USB port that the AVR-1611 lacks.

It has four HDMI ports, three composite video ports and one component video port. It can be connected to five HD devices.  It has two of audio inputs.  It has a USB port and an IR input and output port. It has the iPod connectivity with the USB port.it also has built in HD radio. It has the second zone functionality using the RCA line level and the powered speaker level outputs.

This AVR-1911 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.  The video upconversion to 1080p is another included necessity.

 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:
  • The AVR-1911's 90 watt x 7 channel amplifier section can be configured for 7.1 systems or a 5.1 system with powered second zone
  • Decodes Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital Surround EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS ES 6.1 Discrete, DTS ES 6.1 Matrix, DTS Neo:6
  • HDMI 1.4a Repeater Inputs (4) and Output (1) support 1080p/24, 3D (All formats), 7.1 Uncompressed Audio, DVD-Audio, Deep Color, Auto-Lip Sync, CEC, and Audio Return Channel
  • Anchor Bay VRS advanced analog and digital video upconversion and deinterlacing with 1080p 24Hz/60Hz pass-through
  • Audyssey MultEQ automatic room acoustic measuring and correction system, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ audio processing
In summary, the AVR 1911 is a solid option in this price range.  In fact, for $50 up from the lower model, if you're considering the the Denon AVR-1611? Don't.  The Denon AVR-1911 would be my recommended option.  Denon is and will remain to be a reputable 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 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.