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Denon AVR-4310CI PLIIz Networking A/V Receiver Review

by January 03, 2010
Denon AVR-4310CI Receiver

Denon AVR-4310CI Receiver

  • Product Name: AVR-4310CI
  • Manufacturer: Denon
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: January 03, 2010 00:00
  • MSRP: $ 1999
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  • 130 watts per channel x 7 channels

  • Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Digital Surround EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIz decoding

  • DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS ES 6.1 Discrete, DTS ES 6.1 Matrix, DTS Neo:6 decoding

  • Anchor Bay ABT-2010 advanced analog and digital video 1080p/24fps/60fps upconversion and deinterlacing with multi-cadence detection

  • Audyssey Dynamic Surround Expansion for a more enveloping soundstage with front width or height channels – World’s First with DSX

  • Audyssey MultEQ XT, Dynamic Volume, Dynamic EQ

  • THX Ultra2 Certified
  • HD Radio AM/FM tuner

  • XM and Sirius satellite radio ready

  • Six HDMI inputs, dual HDMI video outputs

  • Dimensions: 17.1" H x 6.7" H x 16.3" D
  • Weight: 34.8lbs

Pros

  • Onboard input specific video processing
  • Tons of power
  • All the latest decoding technologies

Cons

  • No input specific calibration options - only global
  • Remote only partially backlit
  • Wasted Surround B outputs could be put to better use
  • No multi-sub support
  • Streaming control delay

 

Denon AVR-4310CI Introduction

AVR4310CI_inboxIt is sometimes hard to convince someone the importance of receiver. When we say the receiver is the heart of your system, it really is an understatement. It doesn't just pump the blood of your home theater experience - the video and audio, but now can do much of the processing, routing, and control that you needed other devices for in the past. The receiver has become not only the heart but also the brain of you system. Skimping on your receiver will inevitably lead to greater expenditures of time, money, and frustration down the road. A great receiver is like a well maintained yard - it makes everything look and feel better. An underpowered or underfeatured receiver is like an overgrown yard with a dead patch that won't grow back - no matter how many coats of paint you put on the home or what shutters you add, it still looks like trash.

The Denon AVR-4310CI is just a few models down from the top-of-the-line offerings from the electronics giant. Let's not mince words - it's pricy. At $2k, you're looking at a serious outlay of money. But the question you should be asking yourself is - do I need all these features now or in the future. Read carefully because if the answer is "yes," you might find yourself adding a new line item to your Christmas list.

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Recent Forum Posts:

khoffman posts on January 30, 2011 15:31
The only thing new here is the receiver. The devices that are inputs are a directv dvr and an oppo bd 83. They have been working fine with my old 3802. I will check the other stuff. Presently have an issue with home network. Hope to fix that when I get home this evening.
highfigh posts on January 30, 2011 13:40
khoffman, post: 787761
I'm the buddy from the greenline post. What's happening is if I switch inputs (I'm only using two, one for a dvr and one for a dvd) the screen goes blank. Both sound and video are gone. The TV says “no input”. If I cycle the power the input that I just switched to comes on. If I switch back to the other input the same thing happens. I have to cycle the power for the video and sound to come back.

You don't need to reset the processor if you connect to the receiver in your browser (assuming you have it connected to your network although, if you're only using two inputs, it shouldn't take too long to reconfigure.

If you're using HDMI, bypass the receiver and find out if they work flawlessly all the time (a day should do, as a time period. If you're using baluns because the distance to the TV is farther than HDMI cables will go, check the output resolution for the DVD player- is it BD or DVD?

Did you check the output resolution settings for the DVD and DVR?

Make sure you set the Input and Decode to AUTO, in Input Setup. Also, in ‘Input Setup’, click on Video when you're using the DVD and the DVR and make sure it's not set to ‘Source’. You need to do this in each, separately, because it's source-dependent.

The most important thing to remember- don't look at or consider all of the possible configuration areas at one time- think as if you have mental blinders and just ignore anything you're not dealing with at the moment. IMO, a lot of the manual could be left out and posted online in a separate section so it doesn't seem so intimidating. I don't care if it's a seasoned pro or a first-timer, nobody wants to read a 125 page manual from cover to cover.
AVRat posts on January 30, 2011 12:58
First thing I'd do is reset the microprocessor, pg 111. You'll have to redo all the settings afterward though. You may also try reseating all the HDMI connections first.
khoffman posts on January 30, 2011 12:25
switching problems

I'm the buddy from the greenline post. What's happening is if I switch inputs (I'm only using two, one for a dvr and one for a dvd) the screen goes blank. Both sound and video are gone. The TV says “no input”. If I cycle the power the input that I just switched to comes on. If I switch back to the other input the same thing happens. I have to cycle the power for the video and sound to come back.
highfigh posts on January 30, 2011 10:33
thegreenline, post: 787675
My buddy is having problems on a new 4310. Whenever he switches input the TV goes blank then says no signal. His TV is a vizo, not sure of the model.

Any help on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks Ron

Sounds like the input assignment wasn't done. Out of the box, it isn't set for any kind of input. If he presses the Menu button, does he see that?
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