CNET Reviews Denon’s 1912
I’m happy see Ethernet appearing on mid-level AVR, mostly for control but also because of the IP features it provides. Hopefully it also means that firmware updates won’t require a trip back to the manufacturer.
It’s unclear from the review whether AirPlay support is an optional (and additional cost) feature with this year’s Denons, so Apple users will need to double check that one – last year it was $50.
The Denon AVR-1912 is the most complete midrange AV receiver we’ve seen in 2011 so far. It’s one of the only two receivers in its class (the other being the Pioneer VSX-1021-K) with built-in support for Apple’s AirPlay, a feature that lets you use any iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad as a wireless music source. While the Pioneer has a nicer interface, the Denon outdoes it with slightly better sound quality, a sixth HDMI input, a two-year warranty, and onboard support for Pandora, Rhapsody, and Napster. The Denon AVR-1912 is our go-to pick if someone asks, “Which AV receiver should I buy?” and that’s why we’ve given it our Editors’ Choice Award