Denon AVR-3310

Denon AVR-3310

The 3310 is very accomplished but it just lacks the wow factor needed to justify a full five-star rating

Price: $2999
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Channels/power(w) 7x120 Pro-Logic II Yes Pro-Logic IIx Yes Dolby Digital EX Yes DTS Neo:6 Yes DTS-ES Yes DTS 96/24 Yes Dolby Digital Plus Yes DTS HD Yes Dolby TrueHD Yes DTS Master Audio Yes THX No Tuner Presets 56 DAB No FM Yes MW No LW Yes SW No Internet Yes Auto set-up Yes Room EQ Yes Video upconversion Yes Video scaling 1080p HDMI 1.3a Yes HD audio via HDMI Yes Learning remote Yes Multiroom 3 Zone Network capable Yes HDMI Audio in 5 Coaxial digital in 3 Optical digital in 3 FireWire in 0 USB Audio in 1 Analogue audio in 10 Phono in mm Multichannel analogue in 8ch Ethernet audio 1 HDMI Video in 5 Component in 3 S-Video in 7 Composite in 7 USB Video 1 Ethernet video 0 HDMI Audio out 1 Coaxial digital out 0 Optical digital out 0 Analogue audio out 2 Preouts 3 HDMI Video out 1 Component out 1 S-Video out 3 Composite out 2 Dimensions (hwd, cm) 17x43x41 Weight (kg) 12.9

The seven-channel 120W AVR-3310 has been tuned and tweaked for maximum performance. It has completely revised power amplifier construction, and built-in jitter reduction technology, that Denon claims helps reduce distortion and any timing errors in the digital inputs.

Invest in a 3310 and you get Denon's traditional robustness, in a pleasing-to-look-at, understated package.

At this price, virtually all your input and output needs are catered for. There are five HDMI inputs, multichannel analogue inputs, and outputs for second and third zones.

Plus there's HDMI-to-HDMI upscaling and picture processing and you can make picture adjustments to both analogue and digital video sources, including contrast settings, chroma levels and noise reduction.

It can network too

The 3310 also packs in networking functionality, so you can connect to a network and stream internet radio stations, display photos stored on a home PC and even stream music from online, subscription-based digital music services.

The playful, frisky character of Denon's AVR-1910 is evident in the 3310 too. This amp can be forthcoming yet restrained when the soundtrack requires.

Surround effects are steered confidently between channels - when Maximus struts his stuff in Gladiator, you feel as though you're fighting next to him, surrounded by the baying masses.

Huge dollops of bass
The Denon wades in with a huge helping of bass weight, although it isn't most agile or defined we've come across at this price. There's also a slight thickness that robs voices of clarity. These characteristics carry through with music, too.

We were expecting this amp to continue Denon's rich vein of form. To a large extent it does - but without really setting the bar high enough to trouble the current class leaders.

Nice to use; delivers a powerful, purposeful sound; creates an expansive spread of surround effects

Low frequencies could be tighter; traces of thickness in dialogue

Source: Copyright © 2010 What HiFi?

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