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Denon AVR-A100 9.2 Channel A/V Receiver Preview  Print E-mail
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Written by Michael Palmer   
Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Denon's new AVR-A100 is a rebranded AVR-4311ci made special for Denon's 100th Anniversary.  Owners get a special gloss finish, 100th Anniversary badging, 100th Anniversary block condensers, gold-plated terminals, premium upgraded speaker binding posts, cast iron feet, a brand history book, a fancier shipping box, and a 5 year warranty (up from 3 years).

Otherwise, in terms of processing, amps, and internals, you're getting all the same great features already available in the AVR-4311ci, which is a broadband network ready, powerful 9.2 channel audio/video receiver that is expandable to 11.2 channels, features 7 HDMI 1.4a inputs, 9 discrete power amp circuits, with each channel is rated at 140 watts (8 ohms, 20Hz to 20 kHz, .05% THD).  The amplifier section also features the ability to easily handle 4 ohm speakers.

The AVR-A100 has 7 HDMI 1.4a inputs (6 rear, 1 front) which provides 3D pass-through for Blu-ray and Broadcast content, and also supports Audio Return Channel. There are also three RGB component inputs (capable of up to 1080i), two S-Video inputs, four RCA composite inputs, two coaxial digital inputs, two optical digital inputs and eight stereo RCA inputs.  iPod/iPhone owners can connect via the USB input or they can also purchase an optional iPod docking station such as the ASD-11R for around a hundred bucks.  The big upgrades here include an extra two channels of amplification, 7.1 channel RCA analog inputs, an all new Pre Amp Mode, Audyssey' advanced MultEQ XT32 room acoustic correction system, and Sub EQ HT.

Handling all the video from the many analog and digital inputs is another top of the line Anchor Bay Technologies VRS processing / scaling chip which will upconvert and deinterlace all signals to a native 1080p (24fps or 60fps) resolution.

In the category of surround sound processing, AVR-A100 features HD Radio and decodes all the modern codecs with ease.  On the Dolby side of the fence, there is TrueHD, Digital Plus, Pro Logic IIz, and IIx.  DTS capabilities include HD Master Audio, ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1, Neo:6, and 96/24.  It also comes with Audyssy's new DSX surround processor, capable of 11.2 channels, which derives front height and front width channels for a dramatically expanded sound stage.

On top of the surround processing, Denon's AVR-A100 includes Audyssey's new MultEQ XT 32 Room Correction with 32 times the resolution quality of the current MultEQ XT system.  In another first, via Sub EQ HT, owners can also simultaneously calibrate multiple subs with a single correction curve to ensure the best integration possible.  There is also Audessy Dynamic Volume, and Dynamic EQ.  The Power Amp Assign function and the all new Pre Amp Mode lets owners specify the precise amplifier and speaker configuration for just about any home theatre set up, with the internal amplifiers either turned off or running all nine channels in one or more zones.

The AVR-A100 is also a Network Ready receiver and will connect to most wired broadband home networks (via the RJ-45 LAN connection).  Not only can users connect directly to internet radio via Pandora or subscription music services such as Rhapsody and Napster, but they can also connect to any DLNA-compatible multi-media home PC to share music and photos.  Photo viewing via photo sharing websites such as Flickr is also available.

The Denon AVR-A100 is the collector's cousin to the AVR-4311ci and a very powerful 9.2 Channel audio/video reciever.  It's understandable that we're not in the THX certification zone just yet, price wise, but for $2,500.00 online and in local retailers, we should really have WiFi capability.

Specifications

Compatible Video Signals: 480i/p, 720p, 1080i/p

Additional Features: RS-232 port, IR Serial Remote in/out, LAN (RJ-45) input, USB input, a special gloss finish, 100th Anniversary badging, 100th Anniversary block condensers, gold-plated terminals, premium upgraded speaker binding posts, cast iron feet, a brand history book, a fancier shipping box, and a 5 year warranty (up from 3 years)

Audio Features: Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Sub EQ HT,  Dynamic Volume, Audyssey DSX surround processing (supports 11.2 channels), HD Radio, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, DTS-HD MA, DTS ES Discrete / Matrix 6.1, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96.24, Wide

Video Features: HDMI 1.4a compliant inputs (7), 3D pass-through, Anchor Bay Technologies VRS processing.

Approximate Size:
17.1" W x 6.7" H x 16.6 " D

Weight:  41 lbs

 






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