Denon AVR-4306 A/V Receivers

Denon AVR-4306 A/V Receivers 

DESCRIPTION

  • 7 Channel x 130 Watts
  • IEEE-1394 Digital Audio Input/Output
  • Video Conversion to HDMI
  • RJ-45 Ethernet Port
  • PC Setup and Control Capability

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 24, 2014]
Ian
Audio Enthusiast

These amplifiers currently cost about to £200 on ebay. For this price it is a hell of a piece of kit! I bought one about 2 years ago for use in a newly converted room used for watching occasional movies but mainly listening to music. I have a 5.1 set up. Two front Jbl studio 580 speakers, a Wharfdale 101c centre and Gale Monitor Golds mk2s at the back. The sub is a Tannoy SFX. Quite a weird set up I agree! The denon amp powers them really well. This amp can fire 130w of power into each channel. If, like me, you don't intend to use the 7.1 capability, you can use the spare channels to bi-amp you front speakers. The clarity of sound using a digital coax in sounds incredible. It also supports 24bit 96hz signals, I tried out some HD audio tracks and this amp really does them justice. The internal DAC is really impressive, 2 other dacs I tried made no improvement to the sound (Anne T1 and CA Dac magic). Also you can hook this up to your network via ethernet and modify all the amp settings from a web browser, this makes it really easy to configure if you know what you're doing. It has preamp outs too should you need them. 3 HDMI ports is a bit tight by todays standards but ok for my needs.
You can also get an Android app to remote control the unit if it's networked.

Overall, if you're on a budget, and you don't need the latest Dolby HD movie audio formats (it supports DD and DTS) or Airplay and other features that new amps offer, you will be hard pressed to get this kind of audio power or quality for £200. Check out other audio reviews on the web. I went out and bought another for my living room!

The only thing I would replace it with would be a Yamaha Z9, but they ain't ever gonna be 200 quid lol!

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Apr 11, 2013]
Benjamin
Audio Enthusiast

Thanks ya all for the various reviews.I have been a music lover since my teens.Base on this idea i v personally befriended many vintage audio shop owners just to have a feel of good music!Well, since i'm from Ghana and limited to audiophile brands,i have over the years heard most of the Japanese 'cheap' stack hifi i'v always wondered how music would sound on a gud gear.one day while having a gud ride in town ma cousin who is in the audio hobby said he's found this bad boy AVR 4306 for 103 bucks i quickly reviewed it on my phone and head straight to the seller's because it's very rare gettin' such gear in a vintage shop in Ghana.!i bought it right away without lookin' back cause the guy could change his mind any time soon.LOL.In fact he has no idea of the set.I took the gamble with a wide smile & lifted this bad boy home.well,the set up was not too difficult cause i own Yamaha DSP A3090.Once i hooked this bad boy to Polk SDA 1C,i knew the sound quality BLEW the Yammy away!sound quality is cystal clear and this bad boy doesnt break a sweat driven these huge Polkies.IMHO,this receiver has body,hug sound stage,and more power to spare.I will keep it for a long time until i lay ma hand on my research personal favourite,krell kav 500i which ll be impossible to get in Ghana.God willing i ll hunt for it when i someday turn up in the USA but until then,im very very happy with ma AVR! Dont look back if u find one in a mind condtion because it can put a big smile on ur face & shake the foundation of ur annoying neighbor

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 17, 2006]
Eric Williamson
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Sound quality! Lots of bass, plenty of power to drive low impedance speakers, auto setup, room eq.

Weakness:

Poorly executed remote.

Unit arrived in perfect condition. Set-up process was easier than most; I was ready to go in about twenty minutes. This was my first time using the autosetup feature, but it got every thing right. Sound quality is excellent, with prodigious bass and lots of detail. Power is abundant, the receiver sounds like its just loafing along, easily driving my large Mirage speakers. It is because of the sound qualityand excellent 5.1 steering, that I'm giving this receiver five stars, because the remote is lousy. I haven't used the hdmi inputs; I prefer to keep that signal pure, and I bought the receiver for its sound quality. A definite upgrade over my 3802, and this unit can be found at good prices on the web.

Similar Products Used:

Denon 2807, 3802.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 10, 2006]
jrasp
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Good all around. I am impressed with the power and how it drives my Klipsch KG's. They sound unbelievable even at very high levels. I can't say that with my previous unit. I'm giving 4stars. Probably could find a better value if you looked hard enough, but my past experience with Denon's is they're workhorses and you don't have problems with them.

Weakness:

I didn't think there were any, but I was listening to the new 5.1 versions of Talking Heads "Speaking in Tongues" at a high level, and the amp momentarily stopped during "Swamp"... I think with low impedence speakers running at very loud levels for more than 20 minutes triggered a protector... Probably not a bad thing, but I was reliving my college days and rockin' out. The amp had more sense than I.

I don't have a problem with the remote either. I have seen worse. Like the one that came with my Toshiba HD DVD... Now, that's crap. Metal, but crap.

Having the unit set up for only a couple weeks and I am still waiting for the HDMI "big" problem... The unit waited for 4 weeks in a box, unopened while I patiently waited for sub-contractors to finish the room. I really began to worry as I came across reviews here and Crutchfield that were tepid. Was this the unit I auditioned so carefully that was well above competitors at this price point? I was worried. Until I set it up.

I'm sorry, but this was one of the easier pieces of electronics I've set up in the last 12 mos. Is the online display chunky? Yeah, but I don't expect it will be used often, except in tweaking the unit. It was easy to navigate and effective.

The Auto Audio Setup is nice. I don't know if I agree with its prognosis, but then, maybe I've been conditioned to my less than flat sounding Klipsch...

The Video mapping is a piece of cake. Sweet. So nice to only have one cable going to the monitor...

Oh, geez, I almost forgot the sound. The reason I bought this. Very nice. Very controllable. Have I heard better? Yes, but not at this price point. I know there are better, but there is a slippery slope to this audio game---and I think I am standing on the edge. I think higher than $2k, and you have to think separates. It just starts making sense... Lower than $2k, buy integrated. Just my opinion.

So this is a very nice unit that will keep me quite satisfied for some time. Handles movies well, handles music well. Has some features I can grow into if I choose.

Customer Service

Haven't needed it yet

Similar Products Used:

Auditioned Pioneer Elite stuff, Yamaha stuff, Sony stuff. Have owned JVC, Vector Research, Denon. Standard fare.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 26, 2006]
franin30
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

The 4306 well by reading what it has I guess the Ethernet port ant the radio which then I wouldn't say It's a proper Home Theatre Amp. The A11 has no radio which is dedicated for Home Theatre Enthusiasts

Weakness:

The Back looks like all the Cheap rubbish amps that come from china EG Marantz, Pioneer, The Japanese budgeted on this one.

Unfortunatley the 4306 has HDMI problems thats why I purchased the Avc -A11XV the model under the flagship and that does not have any HDMI issues. Take a look at the A11 and you will see why it's a better built machine than the 4306. the 4306 looks like all the basic amps around especially the back (looks like the crappy Yamaha with those red speaker inputs definetley a china idea (Cheap)

Similar Products Used:

I've had them all from Marantz,Pioneer,Yamaha and Onkyo and The Denon A11 kills them all but I say The Onkyo which was my last amp was the only one I had repect for.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 15, 2006]
mille162
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Excellent audio, what you've come to expect from Denon. USB input, IP addressable (internet radio) and IPOD controls are all nice as well

Weakness:

Video switching (see above comment) and the remote is a joke. I miss the one from my 3300, it was logically laid out and easy to use. This new one seems to have a delay in pressing the buttons and the screen changing and I can never tell what I'm doing with it. I've replaced with a Logitech Harmony universal. Also wish they'd have used the speaker terminals from the 4806 for the $ their charging for this.

Replaced my AVR3300, bought specifically for the video switching capabilities. The auto set-up of the speakers is a nice feature (mic is included unlike the 3805 models with same feature) and saved some time. The "on screen menu" sucks, it blacks out the video signal underneath like previous models and just doesn't seem like a logical layout. It seems every TV I look at has a pretty easy to navigate/adjust menu but Denon has yet to pay attention to what else is out there...I feel like I'm navigating a menu from 1990. A MAJOR problem seems to be the HDMI output (HDCP issues). Motorola HDDVR's signal is somehow having issues being passed through the receiver and there's no picture going through. Multiple technicians from the shop and Comcast have looked at it and all agree, Denon has a HDCP issue! Buyers looking to consolidate their cabling and simplify their video watching test out your HDMI signals before purchasing!

Similar Products Used:

Denon AVR3300, Denon AVR3805

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
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