Denon AVR-1910

Denon AVR-1910
Rating
Overall:

An immaculate all-round performance - for the money it's a sensational machine and extremely difficult to beat

Price
Price: $1399
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Specs
Channels/power(w) 7x90 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 Yes LW No 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 No Multiroom 2 Zone Network capable Yes HDMI Audio in 4 Coaxial digital in 2 Optical digital in 2 FireWire in 0 USB Audio in 0 Analogue audio in 6 Phono in No Multichannel analogue in 8ch Ethernet audio 1 HDMI Video in 4 Component in 5 S-Video in 0 Composite in 4 USB Video 0 Ethernet video 1 HDMI Audio out 1 Coaxial digital out 0 Optical digital out 0 Analogue audio out 2 Preouts 2 HDMI Video out 1 Component out 1 S-Video out 0 Composite out 1 Dimensions (hwd, cm) 17x43x38 Weight (kg) 11

This amplifier's sturdy, understated appearance is typical Denon. It has a vibration-resistant construction, designed to help reduce the effect of outside interference on sound quality.

The 1910 also features shorter signal paths than previous models, and Denon goes to great lengths to highlight the new high-current power supply, claimed to promote a much cleaner sound.

The 1910 covers all the key feature bases, with HD audio decoding, four HDMI inputs, multichannel inputs, and automated speaker set-up.

And, while analogue video upconversion and upscaling are features found in the majority of amps available, the Denon also features HDMI-to-HDMI upscaling.

Don't go on an Audyssey
This model uses Audyssey MultEQ to help set up your speakers, which allows the readings to be taken from up to six different seating positions.

We found, however, that the 1910 performed best with the Audyssey system turned off. We'd suggest you perform a manual set-up, or allow Audyssey to measure your speaker distances and levels and then turn the EQ off once the set-up procedure is complete.

We'd also recommend enabling the amp's Direct Audio mode for optimum sound quality.

Superb at surround sound
Denon amps at this price point have traditionally been very competitive, but this is on another level.

You can't pick any holes in its approach to surround sound. The amp manages to create tension not only through the subtle, quieter moments of House Of Flying Daggers, but also in the larger-scale action sequences.

As people gather to watch the echo game, the Denon gives a fantastic spread of sound.

Then, when Mei's shawl collides with the drums, the amp hits you with immensely powerful and detailed bass. When she finishes and the drummers take over, they are rhythmical and entertaining.

This is a frighteningly good all-rounder, with movies and music. It loves being driven loud but still gives you fantastic insight at lower volumes.

For
Hugely entertaining sound; tight, punchy bass; unbelievable amount of detail

Against
Nothing at this price

Source: Copyright © 2010 What HiFi?

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