Denon AVR-791 7.1 Channel A/V Home Theater Multi-Source / Multi-Zone Receiver with HDMI 1.4a supporting 1080p and 3D (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 7.1-channel home theater receiver/amplifier with 630 watts of total power (7 x 90W)
- 3D-enabled HDMI pass-through technology (HDMI 1.4a); all sources are up-converted to HDMI
- High-definition audio support--Dolby TruHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and Dolby Pro Logic IIz for front height effects channels
- Audyssey MultEQ dynamic room acoustic correction system with included microphone
- Measures 17-3/32 x 6-47/64 x 15 inches (WxHxD); weighs 22 pounds, 7.8 ounces
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Packed with great features that assures a superb 7.1-channel surround sound experience, the Denon AVR-791 supports Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and it includes the latest HDMI 1.4a technology, which provides for 3D pass-through capabilities to your HDTV (broadcast and Blu-ray). It also features Dolby Pro Logic IIz, a technology that adds a vertical dimension at the front for a more exciting surround sound experience. Additionally, the AVR-791 features Denon's Audyssey MultEQ and AutoSetup capabilities, and it includes a tower type microphone for more accurate measuring.
With four HDMI inputs, the AVR-791 can easily accommodate a wide variety of HD sources, including cable or satellite set-top boxes, an HD game console, Blu-ray Disc player, and even an HD camcorder. The remote features discrete input selector buttons for quick source selection and includes dedicated buttons for iPod control with an optional Denon iPod dock.
- Fully discrete, identical quality and power for all 7 channels (90 W x 7)
- High-definition audio support--Dolby TruHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
- 3D-enabled HDMI pass-through technology (HDMI 1.4a)
- All sources are up-converted to HDMI (4 HDMI in/1 HDMI out)
- Stable power supply for high-quality sound and picture playback
- Audyssey Dynamic Volume for real-time volume adjustment
- Minimum Signal Path for clear audio and video signal
- Compressed Audio Restorer to enhance digital music files
- Stereo mini jack on front panel lets you connect any portable audio player
- Measures 17-3/32 x 6-47/64 x 15 inches (WxHxD); weighs 22 pounds, 7.8 ounces
HDMI 1.4a Includes 3D Blu-ray Compatibility
Equipped with 4 HDMI inputs, the AVR-791 includes the latest HDMI 1.4a specification, which provides 3D pass-through (Broadcast and Blu-ray) capability, as well as providing Audio Return Channel.
Audio Return Channel
With Audio Return Channel (ARC), you can play back the TV audio in surround sound with a single HDMI cable. Until now, if you wanted to enjoy surround sound from a TV, you needed to use an optical digital or coaxial digital cable to bring sound from the TV to the AV receiver. The AVR-1611's ARC feature helps you keep cable connections neat and out of the way as you build your home theater.
High Resolution Surround Sound
For the ultimate surround sound experience, the AVR-791 features the latest high resolution audio decoders, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, formats found on Blu-ray discs. The AVR-791 is also equipped with Dolby Pro Logic IIz, which provides the option of front height effects channels, for a dramatic front soundstage, with Movie, Music and Game modes, breathes new life into your favorite stereo sources.
Quality Discrete Power Amplifier Section
The equal power amp design features 7 discrete power amp circuits, and each channel is rated at 90 watts (8 ohms, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, .08% THD). 2 of the amp channels can be configured for surround back, or front height effects, or they can be assigned for stereo multi-room use.
Easy Setup With Automatic Room Acoustic Correction
Audyssey MultEQ dynamic room acoustic correction system features a microphone (included) to automatically measure the speaker configuration and provide acoustic tailoring for the best surround sound experience. Dynamic Volume helps eliminate jarring volume jumps during commercials, and Dynamic EQ provides a rich tonal balance at any volume level.
Ergonomic Design Promotes Easy Control
With its programmable functions and intuitive button layout, the AVR-791 is designed to maximize ease of use. The front panel is smartly organized, featuring clearly-labeled buttons and onboard controls for volume and source. The AVR-791's remote can sync with other entertainment devices in your home theater, eliminating the need for additional remote controls. It can also be easily programmed with macro functions, giving you more flexibility in controlling your home theater.
Dock Connectivity for iPod and Network Streaming
Network music can be enjoyed via the optional Denon Networked Control Dock.
7-Channel Equal Power
7-Channel Equal Power is a feature used in various Denon amplifiers to connect 7 speakers independently so that separate power amps connected via pre-outs are not required. It allows you to connect the second 'surround back' speaker to complement the surround back speaker for 6.1, straight off the main amplifier without adding a power amplifier to support 7.1 surround formats. Amplifiers with 7-Channel Equal Power have built-in separate internal amplifiers to power each channel independently, thus allowing you to enjoy the same high power output capability per channel, giving a balanced and truly high-impact surround-sound environment.
Denon's 7-Channel Stereo mode enables top quality normal two channel stereo output from the surround speakers to provide a unique 7 channel stereo option. This mode can be fully utilized from any high quality stereo source via CD, tape, FM-radio or video recorder for dynamic 7-channel output. The 7-channel stereo is available if you have a surround back right speaker connected as well as the surround back left speaker used in 6.1, otherwise you can still experience multi-channel stereo output using a 5-channel-stereo or 6-channel-stereo configuration.
What's in the Box
Denon receiver/amplifier; remote control with batteries; Audyssey microphone; AM/FM antennas; operating instructions
Top Customer Reviews
-The Onkyo is the most powerful in terms of real world performance, followed by the Denon and finally the Pioneer. All three perform at par for normal listening volumes, but the Onkyo can handle very high volumes the best, while the Pioneer runs out of breath
-The Denon has Audyssey Multi-Eq, which automatically calibrates the receiver for use in your room (a mic is provided). The Onkyo has a similar but less versatile Audyssey 2EQ. Pioneer has its own system called MCACC which also works well, but Audyssey may be slightly better.
-All three can upconvert analog sources via HDMI - hence you'll only need one HDMI cable to connect to the TV. The 1.4 spec supports an audio return channel, so the TV's sound can be output to the receiver without extra cables. The Pioneer and Denon use the excellent Anchor Bay chipset, while the Onkyo uses the slightly inferior Faroudja DCDi chipset for video processing.
-The Pioneer and the Denon have a front USB input where you can connect your iPod directly. You can browse playlists etc using the receiver's remote via the onscreen display. Since this is a digital connection, the sound quality is excellent - while the iPod can be connected to the Onkyo via an analog cable, it does not sound as good and cannot be navigated using the remote.Read more ›
* Audyssey Dynamic Volume for automatically turning the volume down for commercials and up for quiet scenes so that you don't have to keep your finger on the remote when trying to keep the TV commercial volume below a certain level. This is a key selling point in my opinion! You can configure it to 4 settings depending on how dynamic you want it. Just like the Starbucks style of sizing, instead of small, medium and large, you have Off, Day, Evening and Night in the menu. Day compensates the volume the least, and the Night compensates the volume the most. The Evening setting seems fine to me.
* When you first configure it, it configures the sound levels specific to your room configuration for up to 6 listening points with an included microphone. It detects the frequency cross over for your speakers and speaker specific volume levels for optimal listening. It can also detect miswired speakers.
* 4 HDMI input ports and 1 HDMI output port.
* iPod USB connection. You can use the remote to control the song selection.
* Delete unused inputs for easily skipping over unused inputs.
* Analog video conversion to HDMI. This is good for playing the Wii or other older cable inputs without switching TV inputs.
* It doesn't have an excess abundance of inputs. So it's a little easier to wire up.
* You can rename the inputs to make it easier for everyone in the family to remember.
* You can configure which inputs are used for each video/sound combination. This is probably why there are fewer inputs. For simple configurations, the defaults will be good enough.
* If you don't like the default brightness on the display, you can turn it down in the menu.Read more ›
The Audyssey auto setup works remarkably well and gets all the audio settings "close enough". I was able to get it to sound a little better with a little fine tuning, but most people should be happy with the auto setup (I am using the Definitive Technologies ProCinema 600 speakers, which are a great match for this amp).
My biggest complaint is with the on-screen menus and the remote control. The on-screen menus are horrible, with standard definition black/white text that looks incredibly ugly in 1080P. The menu navigation in general seems like it was bodged together without much thought. The remote control has the opposite problem - it is so over-engineered and it has so many buttons and shift functions that it is impossible to figure out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Had plenty of power before it toasted itself, only reason I gave it 2 stars.
The menu and setup is terrible. Read more
I thought this would be a nice upgrade. I wanted HDMI interfaces so i could get the best picture quality and sound from my Bluray player. Read morePublished on February 22, 2013 by Mike
If you're looking for a receiver that is unreasonably complicated, this is the unit for you. I wanted to use this receiver to run 2 sets of speakers, not a surround sound system. Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by Rich in BCS
While the audio quality on this unit is pretty good I give it low marks for the local controls that they designed into it. Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by mustangsally
Just starting using the unit but it works very well. Great sound, lots of options, nice unit. So far I'm very pleased.Published on November 25, 2011 by Brian J. Van Nevel
I'm no tech geek and don't spend all day on AVS forum reading up on crap that I won't understand or care to know. Read morePublished on October 5, 2011 by average joe
details on this amp is very close to correct. how ever the power out put is not 90 watts as it says. i do own this amp so i know what im saying. Read morePublished on August 24, 2011 by Jason
A little complex to set up, but you just do that once, and the manual is very clear on how to do it (includes sections for basic, advanced and way advanced user). Read morePublished on June 12, 2011 by S. Chrysostom
When the receiver worked, it was great, unfortunately that didn't last long. It started having multiple problems at about the 6 month point. Read morePublished on June 9, 2011 by Marsha