The full fledged home theater is always driven by a central mainframe known as the AV receiver, something that pretty much dictates the sound and video quality. The features it sports is responsible for your overall home theater experience. Denon, one of the pioneers in this market, has sent us a solid mid level model of their AV receiver line up: the AVR 3310, meant for serious home theater enthusiasts. But at this level of fidelity too we have choices, and good and bad products, thus if you are one of them enthusiasts looking for a good upgrade for 2010, continue reading...
Design and Features
Clad in a chrome chassis, the Denon looks quite decent with no elements of flashiness, just a good typical yet functional AV receiver design with a volume knob on the right and an input selection knob on the left. The alphanumeric LED screen takes up the whole center portion, with a flip tray below, concealing more buttons and controls behind. The power push button is positioned on the left bottom corner. It's quite sturdy in build.
The connection offered are plenty, with 5 HDMI inputs and one out(with AV repeater functionality), a full suite of analogue and digital audio inputs, USB input and also a Ethernet port of network connectivity. Thus one can stream content from a PC, and also access a list of 7500 internet radio stations. Feature wise we have a strong list, which includes The Audyssey MultEQ room acoustic measurement and correction system, which analyzes your listening room’s response (included mic) and automatically optimizes various parameters for the best possible sound quality. Then we have Audyssey Dynamic Volume which ensures no annoying jumps between TV program and commercials, and the Dynamic EQ function for "smooth and rich" sound at any volume level. Also we have Anchor Bay's ABT-2010 advanced video deinterlacing and upconversion circuit under the hood.
Zone 2 and 3 options are available thus one can use a separate set of speakers in another room with this receiver. The power supplied for each channel of this 7.1 amp is 120 watts RMS @ 6 ohms. This receiver can decode all the modern home theater audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital and DTS-HD Master Audio, also it supports the latest version of Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic "z".