Denon AVR-1911 is the best-sounding midrange receiver we've tested

CNET reviews the Denon AVR-1911, finding that it costs more than competitors and has fewer features, but its outstanding sound quality bests competing 7.1-channel AV receivers.

Denon AVR-1911
Denon AVR-1911 Sarah Tew/CNET

For some home theater enthusiasts, AV receivers have lost their way. What used to be a relatively simple device with a focus on sound quality is now the complicated hub of your home theater, handling audio, video, and sometimes even online streaming services.

Among such multifaceted receivers, however, the Denon AVR-1911 is something of a throwback. Its connectivity is modern, but sparse, with four HDMI 1.4 inputs where others offer six. There's also only a single-component video input and two digital audio inputs. The Denon has an onscreen display, but it uses blocky, white text, compared with the more-graphical interfaces offered on the Sony STR-DN1010 , Pioneer VSX-1020-K , and Yamaha RX-V667 .

If all we cared about were specs, we'd be ready to write off the AVR-1911, but it gets arguably the most important aspect right: outstanding sound quality. The Denon AVR-1911 is a full notch above other receivers we've tested this year, making it our go-to choice for audiophiles on a midrange budget.

Yes, it costs more than competitors and it lacks tons of inputs and outputs, but the Denon AVR-1911 is the way to go if superior sonics are your priority.

Read the full review of the Denon AVR-1911.

 

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