There are plenty of wireless streaming options out there these days, but looking at the latest wave of offerings from Yamaha and Denon, it seems that Apple’s AirPlay protocol is the one that looms largest in the minds of major manufacturers. Both ranges of receivers offer an impressive degree of functionality and connectivity at reasonable price points — wherever you look (and whatever your favored brand), now’s really not a bad time to be in the market for a new AVR.
The Denon AVR-1913 has a good set of features, with six HDMI inputs, built-in AirPlay, an iOS/Android app, DLNA compatibility, and built-in streaming audio services like Pandora, Sirius, and Internet radio. The included remote is best-in-class and the user interface is easy to navigate. And like last year’s model, the AVR-1913 has excellent sound quality.
The Denon AVR-1913 is relatively expensive, especially since it lacks a standout feature to distinguish itself from competitors. It doesn’t have built-in Wi-Fi or an affordable Wi-Fi dongle. Denon’s step-down AVR-1713 will be a better buy for most people, who don’t need 7.1 channels or analog video upconversion.
The Denon AVR-1913 has a solid set of features and excellent sound quality, but competing AV receivers offer better value.