The Denon 1613, is one of Denon’s latest 5.1 receiver offerings. This integrated network receiver is able to decode all the major HD audio formats as well as offer access to numerous internet radio stations. At 75 watts per channel it has enough power to run most speakers and although it doesn’t offer 4K pass through or upscaling, it does offer 3D pass through.

Denon 1613 a Closer Look

Denon 1613 Discrete Circuitry

The Denon AVR 1613 features discretely powered circuits for each of its channels. Why is this so important? Well, with most receivers, the estimated power output i.e. watts per channel, isn’t completely accurate. Most manufacturers estimate their watts per channel based on 1 or 2 channels being driven simultaneously. However, if you drive all channels at once, then the watts per channel actually decreases (sometimes dramatically). With the Denon 1613, each channel has it’s own discrete circuit thus, in theory, you should see less of a drop in power when you drive all five channels simultaneously. This is a nice feature that more receiver manufacturers should adopt. Keep in mind even with the discrete circuitry you’ll still see a drop in wattage, but it shouldn’t be as sharp.

Denon 1613 Rear

Connectivity

The Denon AVR 1613 has an adequate amount of inputs. It features 5 HDMI inputs and 1 output, 1 front USB input, 1 optical, 1 coaxial, 2 analog audio inputs, 2 composite video inputs and 1 output, 1 subwoofer LFE output and 1 ethernet port. For most users the 1613 offers plenty of connectivity options.  However, anyone with a lot of older equipment may find themselves running out of connection options.

 

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Denon AVR 1613 Features

The 1613 has advanced networking capability which allows you to access a vast array of internet radio stations such as Pandora and SiriusXM. The Denon 1613 is DLNA 1.5 compliant and is compatible with PCs running Microsoft Windows 7. The 1613 is also Airplay compatible, but keep in mind the Denon 1613 does not have built-in WiFi.

 

Like many receivers currently on the market today, the Denon 1613 utilizes Audyssey for it’s speaker calibration software. What is surprising though, is that it uses Audyssey MultEQ. Usually you’ll find the MultEQ flavor of Audyssey calibration on receivers costing twice as much as the Denon AVR 1613 so I applaud Denon for doing this. With the MultEQ you can setup the included microphone at 8 different locations in your home theater room. The 1613 then sends test tones through your speakers. Based on the results, the Denon then adjusts your speakers based on their capabilities and your room’s acoustics. Occasionally, the MultEQ will approximate the speaker distances incorrectly, but for the most part it’s fairly accurate and it does help your system sound more balanced.

 

The 1613 has a well styled graphical interface that’s simple and easy to navigate for most users. It also  provides 3D pass through via HDMI, but does not offer 1080p upscaling. (bummer). The front of the Denon AVR 1613 has a USB and HDMI  port which are great for connecting an iPod, iPad, Android or any other mobile device directly to the unit.

 

Customer Satisfaction with the Denon 1613

The Denon 1613 is a best selling a/v receiver. Most customers have been very satisfied with the 1613 however, there have been a few issues that have popped up in several reviews:

 

Denon AVR 1613 Negatives:

It’s difficult to find a lot of really negative reviews for the 1613 however, some purchasers may be expecting too much from the 1613.  The Denon AVR 1613 is an entry level receiver and expectations should be tempered by this knowledge. Some purchasers have felt that the sound quality wasn’t up to par especially when paired with high-end speakers. However, if you have high-end speakers you really should get a high end receiver like the Onkyo TX NR1010 or the Denon AVR 4311. Both of these receivers are made to drive high-end speakers with ease.

 

Denon AVR 1613 Positives:

The positives far out weight the negatives as long as you have reasonable expectations. More the 75% of the customers who bought the 1613 gave it 4 or 5 stars. Most have felt that the user interface, while simple, was easy to use. Most people were very pleased with the sound quality. At 75 watts per channel, it can drive high-end speakers, but it won’t do so with much efficiency and power. The Denon 1613 will have no problem driving a mid priced speaker like the Polk TSIs in a small to medium size room. The AirPlay functionality was also highly praised by most who purchased the 1613 as was the Audyssey MultEQ calibration.

 

Conclusion

The Denon 1613 is a good introductory receiver. It has good, but not great connectivity options. It also has lots of features such as internet connectivity, internet radio, Audyssey MultEQ and 3D pass through via HDMI. More than 75% of purchasers at Amazon have given it 4 or 5 stars and would recommend this receiver to a friend.  Some have complained that the Denon 1613 doesn’t have as many features as some of the higher end receivers, but keep in mind like the Onkyo 414 this is designed to be an entry level receiver.  If you couple it’s numerous features with it’s affordable price, it’s hard not to recommend this receiver to someone who’s building their first home theater.

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Manufacturers Contact Information

Onkyo (800) 229-1687 onkyousa.com  Denon (201) 762-6665 usa.denon.com  Yamaha (800) 4-YAMAHA usa.yamaha.com



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