Follow Up: Denon’s HDMI 1.3 Receivers

February 6, 2007

DenonBack in November Audio DesignLine unveiled some of the first details surrounding (pun intended) Denon’s forthcoming A/V receivers with HDMI 1.3 support, we now have a few more tentative details about the new ‘08’ series of receivers from Denon. It appears as if the receivers will be rolled out in two waves, the first wave in July will include the AVR-4308ci and AVR-3808ci with the AVR-1508, AVR-1708 and AVR-2808 following in September.

Again these are tentative details but should remain accurate baring any last minute launch snafus. The AVR-4308ci ($2,499) will sport four HDMI 1.3 inputs with two parallel HDMI outputs, support for internal Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio decoding over HDMI, auto lip-sync correction, 8-position Audyssey MultEQ, Ethernet & Wi-Fi capabilities for internet radio and presumably support for Windows Media PlaysForSure functionality. The 4308 will also support second zone component video output and digital to analog conversion for multi-zone applications.

The AVR-3808ci (also tentatively expected in July) will retail for $1,599 and features four HDMI 1.3 inputs, support for internal Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio decoding over HDMI, auto lip-sync correction, 6-position Audyssey MultEQ, Ethernet connectivity and again presumably support for Windows Media PlaysForSure. The 3808ci also supports digital to analog conversion for multi-zone applications. Both the AVR-4308ci and AVR-3808ci are said to have had their on-screen graphical interfaces redesigned as well.

The second wave of receivers in September will include the AVR-1508, AVR-1708 and AVR-2808 (no pricing as yet). The AVR-1508 AVR-1708 will support HDMI 1.3 but ‘switching mode’ only, in a nutshell that means that they will support HDMI audio, ‘Deep Color’ and 1080p pass-through but not internal Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD processing, although you can still achieve lossless audio from Blu-ray and HD DVD output as PCM from the players over HDMI.

The AVR-2808’s HDMI 1.3 path is said to offer the same functionality as the AVR-4308ci and AVR-3808ci, i.e. internal Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD decoding as well as auto lip-sync correction. Good stuff indeed, I can’t wait to get my hands on the AVR-3808ci.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Surround Sound


Comments

  • Keith

    mi 1.3a question

    Will the Denon 4308 include a fixed audio signal in it’s HDmi output? I would like to use one of the HDmi outputs in a second location as an input for a 2807. I understand the 4308 is 1.3a compliant but I am not sure if the audio is forwarded with the video feed. Audio content is not included in the 2807’s HDmi output.

  • Keith

    mi 1.3a question

    Will the Denon 4308 include a fixed audio signal in it’s HDmi output? I would like to use one of the HDmi outputs in a second location as an input for a 2807. I understand the 4308 is 1.3a compliant but I am not sure if the audio is forwarded with the video feed. Audio content is not included in the 2807’s HDmi output.

  • Joe B.

    I just purchased the new Samsung FP-T6374 Plasma, and now I will be purchasing a new A/V receiver with HDMI v 1.3 . I’ve been trying to complete my new Theater/Music listening room for 2 years now, and now it’s time for the “toys”. Can someone, I mean anyone, please send me an e-mail as soon as any of the reputable manufaturers (Denon, Onkyo, Yamaha, etc, )releases one of these new v 1.3 HDMI A/V receivers, that is rated at at least 100 watts per channel.(already now about the Onkyo “605″ at 90 WPC) Preferably Denon. My best friend is a pro A/V Systems installer and tech, and he is able to get me “Dealer” cost pricing on Samsung and Denon, along with quite a few other brands. He doesn’t get involved with too much residential “Stuff”. So it is always up to me to locate whats out there, when I need something that is considered to be a residntial piece of Gear. Hey, I’m not complaining. Just having a hard time lately is all.
    Thanks to anyone who can help! Joe B.
    Email address: Gatsby191@aol.com

  • Joe B.

    I just purchased the new Samsung FP-T6374 Plasma, and now I will be purchasing a new A/V receiver with HDMI v 1.3 . I’ve been trying to complete my new Theater/Music listening room for 2 years now, and now it’s time for the “toys”. Can someone, I mean anyone, please send me an e-mail as soon as any of the reputable manufaturers (Denon, Onkyo, Yamaha, etc, )releases one of these new v 1.3 HDMI A/V receivers, that is rated at at least 100 watts per channel.(already now about the Onkyo “605″ at 90 WPC) Preferably Denon. My best friend is a pro A/V Systems installer and tech, and he is able to get me “Dealer” cost pricing on Samsung and Denon, along with quite a few other brands. He doesn’t get involved with too much residential “Stuff”. So it is always up to me to locate whats out there, when I need something that is considered to be a residntial piece of Gear. Hey, I’m not complaining. Just having a hard time lately is all.
    Thanks to anyone who can help! Joe B.
    Email address: Gatsby191@aol.com

  • Lee

    Hi Eric,
    It’s a Faroudja chip (I think it’s the 2310). The 4308 will deinterlace and scale. I’m not certain about the 3808 but I suspect that it will just deinterlace.

  • Lee

    Hi Eric,
    It’s a Faroudja chip (I think it’s the 2310). The 4308 will deinterlace and scale. I’m not certain about the 3808 but I suspect that it will just deinterlace.

  • Tom

    Does anyone know if Denon plans to replace the S-301 model with a newer version?
    Thanks in advance,
    Tom

  • Tom

    Does anyone know if Denon plans to replace the S-301 model with a newer version?
    Thanks in advance,
    Tom

  • B.Greenway

    Hi John, without naming names the source is someone-in-the-know. It shouldn’t be too long before Denon makes an official announcement. No URL, it was a first-hand conversation.

  • B.Greenway

    Hi John, without naming names the source is someone-in-the-know. It shouldn’t be too long before Denon makes an official announcement. No URL, it was a first-hand conversation.

  • John H.

    What’s your source for your info? Do you have a URL?

  • John H.

    What’s your source for your info? Do you have a URL?

  • Proudy

    Would anyone know if HDMI 1.3 will be upgraded to the AVC A1 amp this year?

  • Proudy

    Would anyone know if HDMI 1.3 will be upgraded to the AVC A1 amp this year?

  • B.Greenway

    Hi Ed, I’m not familiar with that specific function but its not something I would have sought out either, I’ll take a look and update here if I find anything. The ‘Night’ mode might have a similar effect, I believe it compresses the peak loudness a bit.

  • B.Greenway

    Hi Ed, I’m not familiar with that specific function but its not something I would have sought out either, I’ll take a look and update here if I find anything. The ‘Night’ mode might have a similar effect, I believe it compresses the peak loudness a bit.

  • ed

    does denon have any av’s that have some kind of circuitry to even out the audio volumn when a tv show goes from program to comercial (it gets real loud) then back to program (gets low again)?

  • ed

    does denon have any av’s that have some kind of circuitry to even out the audio volumn when a tv show goes from program to comercial (it gets real loud) then back to program (gets low again)?

  • Eric Hyman

    What chips will be used for scaling and deinterlacing in these models?

  • Eric Hyman

    What chips will be used for scaling and deinterlacing in these models?

  • olof
  • olof
  • B.Greenway

    Puddy, I’m pretty sure that’s a yes to HD master, if I find out different I’ll reply again.

  • B.Greenway

    Puddy, I’m pretty sure that’s a yes to HD master, if I find out different I’ll reply again.

  • B.Greenway

    Hifi, Denon generally reserves that for the upper tier so it could go either way, if I had to guess I’d say THX for the AVR-4308ci and above.

  • B.Greenway

    Hifi, Denon generally reserves that for the upper tier so it could go either way, if I had to guess I’d say THX for the AVR-4308ci and above.

  • hifi

    Do you know if the AVR-3808ci will be THX certified in any way?

  • hifi

    Do you know if the AVR-3808ci will be THX certified in any way?

  • puddy77

    Will the AVR-4308ci and AVR-3808ci decode DTS-HD Master Audio (the lossless one)? Or just DTS-HD (the lossy one)?

  • puddy77

    Will the AVR-4308ci and AVR-3808ci decode DTS-HD Master Audio (the lossless one)? Or just DTS-HD (the lossy one)?