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Denon A/V Receivers outed: 5.1 and 7.1 surround, optional internet access

Denon A/V Receivers outed: 5.1 and 7.1 surround, optional internet access

As well as Denon's pair of new "universal" Blu-ray players, the company also has a double-handful of A/V receivers to announce too.  The Denon AVR-991, AVR-891, AVR-791, AVR-591 and the AVR-391 are all "home theater" models and will begin to show up on shelves from May 2010, while there are two new 7.1-channel premium models, the AVR-1911 and AVR-1611, and three "CI-class" receivers for custom integrators, the AVR-4311CI, AVR-3311CI and AVR-2311CI.  All get HDMI v1.4a Repeater Inputs with 3D (supporting all mandated formats), an Audio Return Channel and CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) support, while some pack multi-room audio and HD audio from Dolby and DTS.

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Pioneer VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K & VSX-1120-K 7.1 receivers get iPhone remote support

Pioneer VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K & VSX-1120-K 7.1 receivers get iPhone remote support

Pioneer certainly seem to love iPod touch/iPhone integration; their latest batch of A/V receivers are the third generation of models to include support for the touchscreen devices.  The Pioneer VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K and VSX-1120-K each offer 7.1-channels of surround sound and can - via a USB hook-up - play back content from an attached Apple PMP; new to these models, however, is compatibility with the Pioneer's iControlAV App, that turns an iPhone or iPod touch into a touchscreen remote.  They also boast support for Bluetooth A2DP stereo audio streaming, to funnel music from any A2DP-compliant device.

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