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Denon AVR-3312CI AV Receiver Review

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Denon AVR 3312CI AV Receiver

Denon AVR 3312CI AV Receiver

Summary

  • Product Name: AVR-3312CI
  • Manufacturer: Denon
  • Review Date: July 18, 2011 01:35
  • MSRP: $1099.99
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
  • Buy Now
  • Equal amp power design with seven discrete channels, each rated at 125 watts*, and dual subwoofer outputs

  • HDMI v1.4a supports all 3D formats and Audio Return Channel

  • Ethernet, USB, Phono, and seven HDMI inputs for added connectivity

  • Supports AirPlay for wireless music streaming from iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or iTunes

  • Audyssey MultEQ XT, GUI overlay, and remote control make setup and operation easy

  • Enhanced network capability includes Pandora, Flickr, Napster, and Rhapsody online support

  • Backed by a three-year warranty

Executive Overview

AV receivers are getting more and more powerful, and their feature sets are getting more and more expansive. For some, the critical price/performance breakpoint comes at around $5-$600. At that price you start to get advanced features like video upconversion to HDMI and amplifiers that can be re-routed to a second Zone. So what does Denon have to offer above and beyond that with its AVR 3312CI receiver, that's priced at twice that. I mean what do you really get for $1,100?

Denon AVR-3312CI AV Receiver YouTube Video Review

The truth is - there's so much we can't really cover it all in this video. It'd be kinda boring and I gotta get dinner at some point. So let's start with power. While most 7.1 or 7.2 receivers around the $600 price point deliver 90 watts per channel, the AVR 3312CI puts out 125watts, rated 20-to-20, and at just .05% THD. And it puts out that power across all channels equally. Think that's easy to come by? Video processing and a few more connectors don't weigh all that much, and yet the 3312CI is a full 4-1/2 pounds heavier than the 1912. It's all in the amps. The new 3312CI also adds a second HDMI output, so it can play a movie on both a projector and a flat panel TV in another room - at the same time. It also has some pretty advanced features like digital-to-analogue conversion for analogue outputs and pre-amp outputs for multiple zones. It can even send 3 different sources to 3 different zones. There's also a composite video output for Zone 2.

On the back there are 11 speaker connections, which means that no matter how you configure your primary room and additional Zones, it is unlikely that you'll need to swap around speaker cables to get the sound where you want it. And the GUI lets you really SEE what you're setting up, so it's super-easy to configure for multiple speakers and multiple zones. 

 AVR 3312CI rear

The 3312CI is, as the model number indicates, part of Denon's Custom Install series - and that means it has installer-friendly features like RS-232 control and the ability to connect to the Internet for updates and even remote configuration. This receiver is also part of the company's new IN-COMMAND series, which really speaks to its ability to network with your existing media content and playback anything from an Apple device, USB drive, or any DLNA source.

What else... oh, it can use the advanced Audyssey Pro installer package, which measures up to 32 different positions for a custom room EQ solution as well as DSX which lets you use height channels for up to 11 speakers... you know, if you happen to live in a concert hall... or you're insane. For Internet services, the 3312CI supports Pandora and Flickr, Rhapsody and Napster in addition to Internet radio.

audyssey speaker setup

We like the Denon remote. The remote's cool. It gives you direct access over each source, and it doesn't use a funky screen or any confusing switches. You just select the Zone you want to control (Main, 2 or 3) and hit the source. You've got easy access to menu controls and there are even dedicated buttons for Internet radio - which is a HUGE upgrade over prior remotes. Gone is the dedicated Zone 2 remote, but I'm not sure we'll really miss it. The Quick Select buttons on the remote now reflect types of sources, rather than the former numbered source names only and they have icons instead of numbers which is kinda cool. The defaults are DVD, Cable/Sat, Gaming, and iPod. Those are the four biggies, so I think they nailed it.

3312CI remote control

We listened to this receiver with a ton of source content. Movies sounded expansive and full - the sound quality on this receiver is well above par. Hey, there are some products priced even higher in the line that really pour a lot of money into the amplifier section, but in terms of value, the AVR 3312CI is going to be really hard to beat. Music came across as very live, particularly in the area of midrange - which was detailed. Male and female vocals sounded realistic and details like breaths and sibilance poked through the mix perfectly. At highs were very airy, with cymbal decays that didn't compress or sound shrill. This is a solid amplifier that is going to work well for all but the most demanding listeners. Add to that the almost ridiculous laundry list of features and you have a product that is easily worth the price of admission.

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About the author:

Andrew Gash was the online personality for Audioholics' video reviews back in 2010. He's an accomplished video editor and scriptwriter and enjoys masochistic events such as entering 48 hour film festivals each year, for which his last several attempts have placed in various nominations and awards.

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Recent Forum Posts:

surveyor posts on May 22, 2018 04:53
I did a reset to default to my Denon AVR-3312ci remote. It fixed it. The reset as follows:
Resetting the remote control unit
Settings for the remote control unit are returned to the default values.
1 Press and hold ZONE/DEVICE Z
for at least 3 seconds.
The zone mode indicator flashes twice.
2 Press 9, 8 and 1, in that order.
J indicator flashes four times.
All the settings are restored to their
defaults.
surveyor posts on January 22, 2018 01:28
I have to use my Denon AVR-4520ci remote to perform the set up Audessy calibration on my Denon AVR-3312ci. The remote for the AVR-3312ci works fine otherwise! I will be dipped!
Darkwing_duck posts on November 15, 2013 09:16
Sorry to bump an old thread but something caught my eye…..

"AVR 3312CI puts out 125watts, rated 20-to-20, and at just .05% THD. And it puts out that power across all channels equally."

I just don't understand how this was even written in an audioholics review….125 watts across ALL channels equally? I don't think any $1000 receiver is capable of that
surveyor posts on November 11, 2012 09:05
Denon AVR-3312ci

I have a Denon AVR-3312ci in my computer room now and I really like it!
tvstaff posts on August 20, 2012 18:55
Defective Denon 3312CI HDMI Board

My Denon 3312CI has a defective HDMI board and Denon seems to have these HDMI boards on back-order.

I've read that Denon has sent customers refurb 3312CI and 3313CI units that are filled with problems.

I'm wondering if anyone else here has had the defective HDMI board problems in 3312CI or 3313CI with Denon Receivers and if your issue was ever solved.

Thank you
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