Are you unsure if you want to pump a ton of cash into a receiver and are trying to justify it? Well here's a receiver that has more features than anything I have ever seen on the market. Ever. If you have read anything here before you'll know I'm a firm believer in future-proofing home theater investments and I'll tell you right now confidently, despite its price. It is well worth it as you could buy this recevier and guaranteed you will never need another.
AVR-4311 is 140wpc true power. The Denon AVR 4311 is also has two more amplifiers so you can now run simultaneous front height and back channels to take advantage of PLIIz decoding. Unlike many manufacturers these days packing in more features and amplifier channels, Denon obviously didn't compromise quality here as evident by the new AVR-4311CI weight increase of 4lbs to accommodate a bigger power supply. Denon utilizes discrete amplification for all channels as you can see in the dual rows of heatsinks flanked by a large E-core transformer at the center.
The inclusion of two additional internal amplifier channels AVR-4311CI's makes this receiver a true 9.2 channel system. This gives the user more flexibility to use the additional height/width channels now available for in the advanced processing of the latest DSPs or just more flexibility when powering more zones of audio. Denon also claims the AVR-4311CI is expandable to 11.2 channels to handle any future formats wanting to add speakers to the ceiling or if you want to blast Weird Al in the bathroom at intermission.
Of course the Denon AVR-4311CI will have all the latest audio processing for Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby ProLogic IIz, and Audyssey DSX. Such processing is available at price points much below the the $2000 asking price of the AVR-4310CI. The receiver is networkable with access to Internet radio, Pandora, and Flickr as well as DLNA certification for streaming content from local computers. The AVR-4311CI features dual parallel HDMI outputs and a host of HDMI inputs (six on the back, one on the front) that have all been upgraded to the HDMI 1.4a spec. As you'd expect at this price point, there are a slew of inputs and outputs including three component video, a host of digital audio (both coaxial and optical), IR ins and outs, 12volt control, RS232, and support for up to three zones of audio.
- The fully discrete 9-channel power amplifier delivers 140 watts per channel (1260-watts total).
- Enhance network capability: Internet Radio and network audio/photo streaming via Ethernet.
- HDMI 1.4a Repeater Inputs (7) and Outputs (2) support 1080p/24, 3D (All formats) Audio Return Channel
- Decodes Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital Surround EX
- Audyssey DSX surround processing (supports 11.2 ch.)
- Discrete Mono Amp construction has 4-ohm speaker drive capability
Denon has again included top-of-the-line video upconversion ability via Anchor Bay Technologies VRS processing to HD quality (up to 1080p/24/60). They've also included a built-in HD Radio, DENON Link 4th (a single cable solution for those with other Denon components), featuring HDMI Clock Control – when using the HDMI interface for A/V output for Blu-ray playback in combination with Denon Link, Clock Jitter Control gives the Master Clock and Jitter reduction to be handled by the connected Denon A/V Receiver/Processor.
The AVR-4311 is iPod/iPhone ‘Works with iPhone’ certified which means it will access your content from your iPod/iPhone via a USB cable rather than a separate dock. For integrators, they can access the receiver's menu's over the Internet (reducing the number of costly home visits) and in a first-of-its-kind move for the company, Denon is now creating (and publishing on its dedicated CI Portal) its own complete Crestron remote control modules. In addition, the new AVR-4311CI has Control4 Certification for smooth integration with all Control4 IP-based home automation and entertainment systems. It is also officially "Compatible with Windows 7," ensuring full compatibility with the updated ‘Play To’ functionality of the new Microsoft operating system.
The Denon AVR-4311CI is the first receiver to include Audyssey's MultEQ XT 32 Room Correction, with 32 times the resolution quality of the current MultEQ XT system. With the addition of Audyssey’s new Sub EQ HT, the AVR-4311CI will provide users with the highest level of audio playback quality even in the most demanding of listening environments. This should greatly increase the receivers ability not only to provide a quality listening experience, but to integrate more seamlessly subwoofer(s) into the system. The AVR-4311CI is the first Denon Audyssey enabled system that will provide the user the option to simultaneously calibrate all subs with a single correction curve to ensure the best integration possible.
This AVR-4311 also has a Pre Amp Mode. This is essentially in the event you want to add another Amplifier at some point. The external amplifiers can be disconnected from the power supply section, thereby allowing all other operating components to receive the purest power and also eliminating any chance of “noise” from the amplifier section infiltrating and potentially degrading the audio/video paths. Denon has allowed the Pre Amp Mode optional setting in which selected amplifier channels may also be configured for multi-zone use, while the main zone amplifiers are shut down. This gives users flexibility setting up their system in a variety of ways without compromising fidelity or features.
For the price the Denon AVR-4311 gives more than its money worth in features and Pure Power. It sort of creates its own category because you can't aquire all these features at this price point elsewhere.