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Tuesday, 27 April 2010
ImageThere are seven new Denon receivers heading to retails stores in the next few months. They're all part of what Denon calls the Retail Home Theater Series, which consists of more economical versions of their CI units.  In addition to the seven new receivers heading to retail locations this summer, Denon has announced a trio of new CI-class receivers aimed at custom installers as well.  

All of the new CI-class receivers offer a variety of control options.  They're compatible with ATX, Crestron, Universal Remote Control and RTI products, and they've received Control4 certification.  Additionally, Denon will be working with Crestron to create a custom module to allow for simple home theater system programming.

The AVR-2311CI is set to release in June at a price of $899.  It's a capable receiver, but it lacks the Ethernet connectivity of the AVR-3311CI and 4411CI.  Both of the higher-end receivers – selling at $1,199 and $1,999 respectively – offer access to a variety of streaming video and audio sources.  They're also IP controllable, which means they can be accessed remotely with ease.

Both the 3311CI and 4411CI sport three-zone, three –source capability, while the 2211CI handles two of each.   The two higher end models also offer Audyssey MultiEQ Pro Calibration giving users and installers the ability to tune the audio to suit any room.

The 4411CI is at the high-end of the new releases, and it's the only one not being released in June.  The 9.2 channel receiver has got seven HDMI inputs, two parallel HDMI outputs, and Anchor Bay VRS processing.  On the downside, you'll have to wait until September to get your hands on it.

In regards to the Retail Home Theater Series, the AVR-391 comes out this July and is the cheapest of the series.  At $249, it's the only Denon receiver coming out that doesn't offer analog to HDMI upscaling or HD audio decoding.  Every other receiver features DTS and Dolby decoding, which includes Dolby Pro Logic IIz.

All of Denon's new Retail Home Theater Series receivers are 3D capable and include HDMI 1.4a repeater inputs with 3D, audio return channel and CEC support.  Each model sports an updated on-screen GUI and features like Quick Select that make a one button power-on possible.

The AVR-991 is at the top of the line for Denon's retail series.  It's got Audyssey DSX for front height and width channels built in, along with the Dynamic  EQ and MultiEQ included in the rest of the line.  It's also got Anchor Bay deinterlacing and upscaling.  It will be available in July for $999.

Two receivers, the AVR-1911 and AVR-1611, stand out as unique.  Though they're not at the high-end price wise – they'll sell for $599 and $399 respectively when they come out in June – they've got one high-end feature.  Both receivers have two-zone distribution capabilities. 

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