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Good looks, average sound

india Updated: Nov 15, 2010 19:36 IST
Siddharth Basrur
Siddharth Basrur
Hindustan Times
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Denon calls the DHT-1311XP ‘A Home Theater in a Box’. It has two-way front and centre speakers along with two full-range surround speakers and a 100 W subwoofer. Together, this home theatre system delivers 650 watts of sound and has loads of features including 3D support, HDMI connectivity and an iPod dock connector. Each channel has its own power amp for improved clarity.

Build
The receiver looks and feels solid, but there are certain things about it that seem iffy. For instance, the aux input is covered with a flimsy piece of plastic that just pops out when you press into it. The receiver looks nice, with just the right amount of buttons on it, including the HDMI input select, surround mode select dimmer and source select. There also is a 3.5 mm auxiliary input for your iPod or other portable media player and a headphones jack. Connecting the speakers to the system is a bother as the inputs are really flimsy. The back panel has a ton of inputs, such as HDMI in/ outs, composite, component and AM/ FM radio.

The remote for the DHT-1311 XP seems to have been designed by someone obsessive-compulsive about symmetry! There are separate buttons to switch the power on and off! The remote does have some good features, though, such as an audio delay button in case of latency in sound.

Performance
We connected the player to a 3D Blu-ray player, and the picture reproduction was very nice. However, we can’t say the same thing for the audio quality.

At medium levels, music sounds pretty good. Sadly, any louder and you’ll cringe. The normal stereo mode is recommended as it lets the sound get distributed only to the left and right channels. Other modes include multi-channel stereo, PL II cinema and DTS Neo: 6 cinema.

The sound quality while watching movies is passable. However, this Denon scores high for the quality of dialogue reproduction. However, while watching ‘The Last Samurai’ on Blu-ray, during the war sequences the sound of the swords hitting each other was way too sharp. As a result, the volume had to be turned down. In my opinion, movie audio sounds best in the PL II mode on this system.

Verdict
Though you can watch movies and listen to music on this home theatre system, don’t expect spectacular sound while watching action scenes, playing games, listening to heavy metal or stomping your feet to electro grooves. This is Denon’s entry-level home theatre system and comes with a price tag of Rs 39,000. We believe Denon could’ve definitely done better than this.