Pros + Sound quality is very good
+ There are 5 HDMI inputs
+ Audessey setup was great
+ Manual is very detailed and comprehensive
+ Plays FLAC files for stunning, high resolution music
Cons - No SACD support
- NO pre-amp outputs
Summary Sound quality is very good. Even air play songs from my iPhone sound very good. Compared to my last Denon AVR-635, my speakers had a more open sound and better sound stage or presence. FWIW, I'm running 12 year old Paradigm Titan bookshelf speakers along with the Paradigm's center channel from that era which I believe is CC-170. The surrounds are Paradigm ADP-170's and finally the sub is a 12" Polk PSW-505.
Hooking up the HDMI and speaker wires is pretty easy and standard. I did have a little trouble feeding 12 ga speaker wire onto the posts and behind the nut. Is if you're running 12 ga wire you'd be we'll advised to some banana plugs. Smaller ga wire was no trouble. I used the Audessy set up with the microphone and I wasn't thrilled. Make sure you go back and change your front speaker size to small or you'll be wondering why your sub won't fire in anything but 5.1 feeds.
Nice thing is that I was able to change the subwoofer level for each sound setting and device I use. So I have a little more sub with stereo or matrix setting but a little less when watching movies. Anyway, after a bit of a learning curve and adjusting the sound settings, I find the sound for all devices to be very good. I'm a guy who cares more about music reproduction than home theater sound, but it does that very well too.
In order to get the most out of this unit, you really need to have it on your home network. Otherwise, you'll have no Air play ability or Internet radio. Streaming pandora from my iPhone as I write this...it's nice. Very nice to be able to Turin the receiver from any room in my home and play whatever I want. Even pulls up lots of local, national, global radio stations that stream over the Internet. The receiver has no wifi so you have to use cat5 cable to hook up to your network. I solved this using a netgear power line adapter (model XAVB1004). Super easy! I recommend checking it out if you need a wired network connection.
It's nice to be able to hook up your iPhone to the front USB port to play music. You can even use the Denon remote to browse your music from the sofa but the interface leaves a lot to be desired. Much better if you're networked. That way you feed your wifi and the router feeds the receiver. Just use your phone like you normally would.
Wanted to make sure I mentioned that the on screen display (on the tv) does make it pretty easy to navigate through the various receiver settings. Now that I'm more familiar with the unit, I can quickly jump into the settings menu and make a quick change if I feel it's necessary. Much better than squinting at the AVR display.
Would have given it 5 stars if I didn't have to go back and adjust all my settings after using the Audessy setup. Otherwise, I'm very happy and would recommend. Kinda afraid to update my firmware though since its working so nicely right now.
Note: I suggest you have to check for low price of this receiver at: www.avreceiverreviewsbuy.com/buy-denon-avr-1913
I hope this review is helpful.
Pros The sound is great and the feature list/flexibility (I have mine set to bi-amp) is fantastic.
Cons "Mode Not Supported" error
Static and flashing image
Summary All the time I get a "Mode Not Supported" error from my Samsung TV, never was a problem before the Denon. It also has trouble with many of my HDMI devices. I can't pinpoint a source (sometimes switching from an analog input to HDMI, other times from cold power up) but it will behave as if it is re-initiating an HDMI hand shake over and over. It will show no picture for several seconds, flash static, show the picture, then repeat.
Pros It sounds AWESOME!
Easy on-screen set-up
Easy auto-sound calibration system that sounds unbelievable
Lots of inputs
A very nice and easy to use remote.
Love the air play for my Itunes
The Denon remote app is a nice feature, too.
Can be set up for 5.1
Cons It is not Wi Fi and it only has one sub input.. Both did not affect me.
Summary I had a Denon AVR-87 for 12 years before my purchase. It was a great receiver, so I decided to stick with Denon. After a lot of research, I decided to go with the AVR-1913. I have not been disapointed. Now being on the market for over a year and being discounted in most stores, you get a lot of bang for your bucks. I loved how easy it was to set-up(on the TV screen) and I have enjoyed the perfectly balanced surround sound with crisp highs and deep clear lows. This was made possible by the sound auto-calibration feature. Also, I don't have the speakers to set up for 7.1 at this time. It was very easy for me to set this receiver up for 5.1. I have also taken notice of the video up-conversion. It looks amazing. If you need WiFi, then that would be an issue with this receiver and it only has one subwoofer input. Other than those 2 things, don't worry about this receiver. Go out and buy it... You won't regret it!! Did I mention that it sounds AMAZING?Love the online network (hard-wired) features like Pandora and internet radio.
Updated on Mar 31, 2013
Pros Nice unit, I just wish it worked!
Cons The sound quality & volume vary. When you fast forward the volume can change without any input. When music comes on the volume goes down & sounds muffled. I've called Denon many time & no help. I think it's a conflict with Directv.
Summary I really wish Denon Tech Support but after six calls they could not help fix this but they are absolutely no help. My retailer said it sounded like a compression problem. I even swapped out the unit. Yesterday they exchanged it for a Yamaha which works Great!I really wish Denon Tech Support could help but after six calls they could not fix this. They were absolutely no help. My retailer said it sounded like a compression problem. I even swapped out the unit. Yesterday they exchanged it for a Yamaha which works Great!
Updated on Dec 24, 2012
Pros Unparalleled sound quality
Easy to use and effective Audyssey speaker configuration
Highly customizable audio options - right down to individual speaker crossover frequencies
Great looking GUI
Simple and effective remote control
Cons No built in Wi-fi or Blutooth, but assuming you don't need to use your smartphone to operate the receiver all the time, not a big deal.
Summary Initially I bought the Sony STR-DN1030 on CNET's suggestion, but was left a little underwhelmed with the sound. Not that it was BAD, but it didn't really beat my old Denon 5.1 system, and I realized that after messing around with blutooth and wifi for a bit, 99 percent of the time I'd NEVER use them. So I went with my gut and exchanged it for the Denon 1913. What a difference, again the Sony didn't have BAD sound, it's just that the 1913 sounds SO GOOD it blows everything else away. My living room has NEVER sounded so good, with rich lows and crisp high's for movies, games, and music ( By the way, the networking is superb for the Denon, and the GUI feels current and easy to use ) -
If you need the extra Gizmo's fine, go with the Sony or the Onkyo with a cheep dongle, but if what you really want is performance for your media - BUY THIS RECEIVER!