The Denon AVR-2112CI is designed for perfection. This receiver is built with media-hungry fans in mind. It features 3D compatibility, advanced Networking, Multi-Zones and Internet Networking capabilities. It is also Apple friendly. The Denon AVR-2112CI is first of the IN-Command Series. This series includes Dolby Pro Logic IIz, Audyssey DSX, Dynamic EQ, MultEQ XT and lots of user flexibility.
Design and Connectivity
Most receivers have a standard look. This makes blending with other equipment easy. The Denon AVR-2112CI sports a clean, minimalistic look. It has a matt, black finish with display panel in between ‘Source Select’ and ‘Volume’ knob. The GUI display has an eye-pleasing light grey that matches the dark grey buttons.
The front panel design is similar to the rest of current Denon models. The Power Button sits subtly on the left and you will find the headphone jack just below it as well. You will also find Quick Select and Preset Channel buttons closer to the middle.
The Auxiliary Inputs and the Setup Mic is further right. There are also quick access buttons just below display panel. The iPod USB port is located towards the right of the panel.
At the back of the Denon AVR-2112CI, you will find a host of inputs. There are 6 HDMI input and 1 Output. The 3D pass-through will minimize degradation. You will also find your regular composite ins and outputs. There are also 8 Analog Audio Input. Connecting to your PC to play your media is easy with the Ethernet input.
More importantly, for a mid-priced product, the AVR-2112CI is solidly built and Denon does not cut corners in the design process.
This model features the new Apple AirPlay music-streaming feature. Your music in your iPod or iPhone will now have a more powerful ‘docking station’. The Wi-Fi capability will allow music to be transferred from Apple device to your speakers directly. There is no need to go through iTunes. The Denon IOS has an application that will allow you to access basic functions like volume control and track selection. Music can be played directly from your iPod or iPhone through your USB.
DLNA compatible products are getting more ubiquitous and Denon is inclined to build the AVR-2112CI with this compatibility. With DLNA, you will be able to connect to your home entertainment network. You will also be able to play audio files or look at still images that are stored on a DLNA compatible product.
The AVR-2112CI is Windows 7 certified. This will be very helpful for audio and picture streaming. You can also use this platform to get access to the internet. This receiver can support a number of digital apps such as Pandora, Flickr, Napster and Rhapsody.
Below is the back panel layout. Click on image to enlarge for a clearer view.
The Denon AVR-2112CI is a 7.1 channel receiver. It provides 90 watts per channel into 8 ohms. Its own discrete circuit individually powers each channel. Discrete circuits are generally said to be more expensive, but these circuits minimize sound degradation. This will ensure sound reproduction that is as close to the original as possible.
The AVR-2112CI is the higher-end model in the class of 6 HDMI receivers. It is a step up from the AVR-1912. It adds MultEQ, more web control functions and full GUI on your web browser. This model features a GUI overlay. It also supports upconversion of component video signals to HDMI.
The CI features allows you to have more flexibility for control and integration. You do not have to sacrifice the 7.1 channels when you add multi-zone speakers. You also have the option of hard wiring the IR jack (room to room) for your remote control. There is also the RS-232 port for serial control systems or remote access.
This receiver is built with a very powerful transformer. Power transformers are a source of vibration. The AVR-2112CI has a strong and vibration absorbent bottom chassis to suppress the effects of vibration on sound quality.
There is ample support for your blu-ray needs. The Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master audio formats will ensure realistic sound playback. The Dolby Pro Logic IIz will provide 2 additional height options for a better sound stage.
If you may not be the best at setting up audio equipment, Denon features the Audyssey MultEQ XT. This nifty system will calibrate or correct your acoustics to get the best 3D sound effect possible. What you need is the set-up mic that is included to measure and adjust your speaker configuration.
Sometimes when you are watching a movie, the video and audio is out of sync. Auto Lipsync will help to smooth out these issues. It works to compensate for the time difference to put the action and voice (or sound) in perfect timing.
This receiver provides support for high-definition music files with the FLAC HD decoding system. It also has an audio restorer to help generate compressed music to its original source. Compressed audio formats are like WMA, MP3 and AAC.
Pre-amp outputs are available for multiple zones. The Denon AVR-2112CI can be great for house parties. Their proprietary Party Mode Plus will let you have simultaneous playback in up to 5 rooms. To have this work, you will need to be connected to Denon-compatible party mode products. Gamers will be happy to know that there is a Video Game Mode to enhance playing pleasure.
The remote control that comes with this model is sufficient to perform different basic functions. It also has a number of pre-programmed devices loaded for your convenience. However it is not a learning remote.
Monsters vs Aliens 3D in blu-ray was a pleasure to watch. Video performance on the Denon AVR-2112CI was immaculate. The high picture quality and details were superb. Contrasts were very high it made every strand of hair or fur or even blade of grass stands out clearly. Textures each alien character against the colorful background was sharp.
Colors were so true it pops right out of the screen. The blacks and whites were at almost perfect levels. Depth and separation were plenty, maximizing the 3D effects. There were very little pixel noise, picture degradation or judder.
If you are an avid sports fan, the AVR-2112CI will be to render the best sporting atmosphere in your room. Fast moving picture will be free of judder. Sharpness and contract will not be compromised. Audio quality will be at its best. Sounds and voices will be vibrant full of depth. You will be able to feel like you are truly in the sporting arena.
To get a better idea of the Denon AVR-2112CI’s audio capabilities, we used Layla by Derek and the Dominos played back using the Oppo BDP-93. With this remastered SACD, Layla improved on what was already an excellent album by enhancing the quality of it. Vocals were perfectly lucid while Clapton’s incredible blues guitar playing could be heard distinctly apart in separate speakers from Allman. The piano, organs and Gordon’s drumming also stood out. Vocals from “Tell the Truth”, which was previously blurry were now sharp and crisp sounding. The title track “Layla” was a perfect representation of the qualities of the album with Clapton’s searing Stratocaster hitting every single high note and vocals, further complemented by the intensity of the backup vocals. The overall experience was exceptional.
The Denon AVR-2112CI is by far the best featured set in its class and at its price point. Its networking features and high quality processors are a major plus and are its major selling point. This is a set for folks who want to do lots in their home entertainment center. It is a workhorse that will run the extra mile for you.