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Denon AVR-1612 5.1 Channel AV Home Theater Receiver

3.8 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
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  • 5.1ch AV Surround Receiver,Power Requirements: 120 V AC 60 Hz
  • HDMI 1.4a 4In/1Out 3D Ready
  • Audio Return Channel
  • Discrete Power Amps rated at 75 watts each
  • Power Requirements: 120 V AC 60 Hz
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Technical Details

  • Direct play
  • Adjustable Muting Level
  • Compressed Audio Restorer

Product Description

Product Description


From the Manufacturer

The Denon AVR-1612 5.1 Home Theater Receiver delivers exceptional performance and convenient features in a home theater centerpiece. Offering the latest inputs, this powerful receiver features advanced processing that brings out the best in your Blu-ray/DVD players, game consoles, and other entertainment devices. The AVR-1612 supports high-resolution audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, for a dynamic surround-sound listening experience. It also supports HDMI v1.4a, allowing you to get the most out of 3D content. Enhanced by direct digital connectivity for iPhone/iPad/iPod via the front panel USB, and including an optional networking dock connectivity option for iPod and iPhone, the AVR-1612 offers an exceptional foundation for your home theater system.

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AVR-1612 5.1
Home Theater Receiver
At a Glance:
  • Equal power amp design with five discrete 75-watt* channels

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

  • Four HDMI inputs for added connectivity

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

  • Backed by a two-year warranty
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Quick Selection buttons let you select video and music sources effortlessly. View larger.
Premium Audio Technologies for Superb Surround Sound
Fully compatible with current HD audio formats, the Denon AVR-1612 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver provides powerful, theater-quality surround sound. It ensures maximum audio performance with multiple technologies:

  • Equal Power Amp Design: Each of the AVR-1612's five 75-watt* channels is powered by its own discrete circuit. This allows the receiver to reproduce original sound more faithfully than conventional models, which use integrated circuits.
  • High-Definition Audio Support: The AVR-1612 features support for Blu-ray high-definition audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. These formats play back sound with exceptional fidelity, providing a more realistic listening experience.
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIz: Providing two additional height channels, this feature adds a vertical dimension to the soundstage, providing more immersive surround sound (with an optional, external amplifier).
  • Audyssey MultEQ Support: Audyssey technology helps create an optimal acoustic profile for your home theater. Using a microphone, Audyssey MultEQ measures sound levels and adjusts speaker configuration accordingly, making setup fast and easy.
Full HD Support
With four HDMI inputs, the AVR-1612 allows you to route multiple high-definition devices--like game consoles and Blu-ray players--to your TV. It also allows you to connect all of your devices to your TV with a single HDMI cable, reducing cable clutter.

Vivid 3D Visuals with HDMI v1.4a
The AVR-1612 comes equipped with HDMI v1.4a, allowing you to make the most of several premium video features:

  • 3D Pass-Through: With the advent of 3D media, it is important to own a receiver that recognizes 3D video signals. The AVR-1612 is able to pass through 3D signals from your Blu-ray player, ensuring that the 3D effect doesn't get lost in translation. It also recognizes signals from 3D television broadcasts.
  • Audio Return Channel:HDMI v1.4a also features Audio Return Channel functionality, which allows for audio content from your display to be played back through the AVR-1612 via the single HDMI cable that goes from the receiver to the display. This eliminates the need for separate audio and video cables running from your TV to the receiver.
  • Deep Color and x.v.Color Support: The AVR-1612 also supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
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iPod Connectivity
With a built-in USB port, the AVR-1612 supports digital music playback from an iPod, iPhone, iPad, or USB drive. The receiver can also be used with the Denon Networked Control Dock (sold separately) for network streaming or docking your iPod/iPhone. A compressed audio restorer guarantees that standard MP3 playback is crisp and clear.

GUI Overlay and Remote Control for Simple Operation
With its programmable functions and intuitive button layout, the AVR-1612 is designed for ease of use. The front panel is smartly organized, featuring clearly labeled buttons and onboard controls for volume and source. In addition, its on-screen display provides quick information about your system's settings.

The AVR-1612's simple remote control is easy to use, giving you more flexibility in controlling your home theater.

Product and Warranty Information
The receiver measures 6-3/8 by 17-1/8 by 15-3/64 inches (H x W x D), and weighs 20-1/2 pounds.

The Denon AVR-1612 5.1 Channel A/V Home Theater Receiver is backed by a two-year warranty.

What's in the Box
AVR-1612 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver, remote control, AA batteries, setup microphone, AM loop antenna, FM indoor antenna, and owner's manual.

*75 watts per channel (20Hz-20kHz, 8 ohms, .08% THD), 120 watts per channel (1kHz, 6 ohms)

Product Information

Product Dimensions 15 x 17.1 x 6.4 inches
Item Weight 20.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 25 pounds
Manufacturer Denon
Item model number AVR1612
Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
3.8 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #86 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Receivers & Amplifiers > Receivers
#137 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > AV Receivers & Amplifiers
#612 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Stereo System Components
Date first available at March 28, 2011

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By Mark J. Sherbine on February 28, 2012
Verified Purchase
I recently purchased an AVR-1612 receiver to better accommodate HDMI-based signals for my 5.1 home theater set up. This is my third Denon receiver (woof - I must be getting old!). I've been well pleased with all of them and probably would still be using the older ones except for the forced, technical obsolescence we consumers have to deal with.

So far, I am similarly pleased with this new unit. The HDMI pass-through is crystal clear. It's nice to finally have an on-screen display when changing receiver settings. I am also very pleased with the newer, higher-definition audio settings for blu-ray disks. One of the first things I listened to with the new unit was Steve Wilson's "Grace for Drowning" on blu-ray. In a word -- sublime.

The audessy set up worked reasonably well, but I found myself making some tweaks afterword (hey - what fun would it be without tweaking?).

I was initially worried about whether 75 watts/channel would be enough power in my great room, but it's fine. With reasonably efficient speakers and a powered subwoofer, it'll play loud enough to send your significant other scurrying from the room.

At a price point of $300, it's hard to imagine a better value in an A/V receiver.
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I also bought this product at best buy for $300. What an amazing product for the price! Paired with some Klipsch HDT speakers, you can't go wrong if you are looking to do a low budget theater. The audyssey calibration is great. It is by no means comparable to adaptIQ from Bose (I also have a lifestyle system), but again it's 300 bucks compared to 4k so my impressions are amazing. One thing that annoys me is that when you change speaker levels and modify you audyssey setup, it does not save the levels so it reverts to the configure setup after power cycling. That to me is annoying. I realize there is a manual setup but I want the auto setup and I want to be able to tweak it myself after it is setup. I do notice that it also balances tone (in other words if your playing a song with a lot of treble it will automatically balance it out based on your settings/calibration setup or vice versa with bass so you get an optimal listening experience.) Pretty nifty feature for a reasonably priced product. It has native iPod support, but I have not figured out how to simulate the 2-channel input to 5 channels so that i can listen in surround. As for build quality, it is superbly crafted and looks like the engineers really put some thought into it. There are a ton of inputs and it allows you to consolidate 4 hdmi inputs into 1 cable that plugs into your tv. (perk!) Soud reproduction is great. Recommend using either fiber optic, hdmi or coaxial connection to really take advantage of what this receiver has to offer. Overall it's a great product, but if you don't care about auto mic calibration or a direct iPod connection via USB, save some cash and get the one right below this. Just make sure that it meets your speaker requirements (wattage and impedance) and you'll be fine. Denon makes high quality receivers and if you're looking to put together a great theater on a tight budget on a 600W limit, I fully recommend this product.
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My first impressions of the AVR 1612 are good. I think it's one of the best 5.1 Tuners for the price.
I've got mine hooked up to the Energy Take Classic 5.1 Surround setup, and it sounds great after using the Audyssey MultEQ auto setup to balance the speakers out.
I gave it 4 stars because I had a problem with the video dropping out on the first unit I bought. It worked 99% of the time, but I returned it anyway for fear that the problem would worsen over time. The new unit seems to be working fine and I also purchased a 2 year warranty just in case.
I'll update this review once I have time to test out the other features.
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I recently purchased this and was amazed at the capability of this as well as the ease of using it. The auto calibration for the sound in the room works great. I was pleased to know that the remote also functions as a remote for other devices, which elminated me from having to buy a logitech remote. The remote however doesn't have the full functionality of the other device remotes, but does about 90% of what you would need it for.

I got this for just over $300 at BB, while it was on sale. I looked at many other receivers and even two individuals working there had this receiver. That tells me that they believe it is a great product. This item for the price will not disssapoint and has everything a person should need. If you need more functions and feature and capability with clarity, then you need to spend more. You are not going to get anything better in this price range.
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I loved mine while it worked and was very careful with it. After 18 months of use, she just didn't turn on one morning. For an amplifier, this is unacceptable. I will select another brand - my previous Pioneer lasted 16 years.
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For Christmas I received the BD versions of LOTR & Star Wars. I wasn't about to insult these movies with the speakers from my HDTV.

My Onkyo Home Theater Receiver shorted out after a juice spill in the TV room several months prior. I had this receiver for several years and was very happy with it. Either technology has changed during this period of time or there is a significant difference with this Denon receiver. My rear Bose speakers never sounded so vibrant. I feel that I really have a surround sound system now. With the Onkyo device, it sounded more like a quadraphonic sound system.

My satellite system is not HD (we use it very little with all of the content available over the internet) and it did not recognize the tv signal via coaxial cable. I have not played with this any further to try and work it out.

I have several thousand digital video files on our HTPC and we stream a lot of content over the internet. The Denon is a beautiful addition to my HTPC configuration. I have had zero problems or issues with my Denon.

In fact, I've carved "LOTR & Denon = TRULUV" in a tree in the backyard
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