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Denon AVR-1312 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £250
inc VAT

A fantastic entry-level AV amplifier – not brimming with features or power, but it gets the essentials right


The socket count around the back is reasonable, considering the low price. Four HDMI inputs should be enough for most people, with room for a Blu-ray player, set-top box, games console and digital camera. Support for HDMI 1.4 means you’ll be able to send 3D signals to a compatible TV. Two composite video inputs and a single output are useful for older devices, as is the S-Video port, which is intended for use with the optional iPod dock.

Denon AVR-1312 rear
Plenty of connectors – Click on this image to enlarge it

Audio connectivity is also comprehensive for a budget amplifier; five pairs of binding post terminals and a subwoofer line out let you connect a 5.1 speaker system, and there are additional line outs for rear speakers, delivering 7.1 surround with the help of a pair of powered speakers. Three analogue audio inputs cater for older devices, but digital inputs are limited to one coaxial and one optical connection. AM and FM aerial inputs feed the built-in radio. There’s no USB or Ethernet, though, so you’ll have to make other arrangements to play media from storage devices.

After wiring up our reference speakers, we were impressed with the AVR-1312’s sound quality. As we would expect, all the major digital audio formats are supported, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, so Blu-ray discs’ highest quality soundtrack will always be accessible.

Choosing an AV amplifier for less than £300 usually involves balancing compromises, but the ABR-1312’s connections and sound quality are both up to scratch. With USB sockets and network streaming facilities often built into the latest Blu-ray players and TVs, their omission here needn’t be a deterrent. Our only real reservation is that the 75W-per-channel amplifier may be insufficient for big rooms and powerful speaker sets. However, for people with modest requirements, it’s an excellent choice.

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AwardBudget Buy


HDMI inputs4
HDMI outputs1
Component inputs0
Component outputs0
Output resolutions480i, 480p, PAL (576i), 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets0
SCART socket type0
S-Video input0
S-video output0
Composite inputs3
Composite outputs1
Stereo phono inputs4
Stereo phono outputs0
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF inputs1
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Multi-channel inputno
Headphone output1/4in
Speaker configurationN/A
Main unit end speaker connection typebinding posts
Speaker end speaker connection typeN/A
Other connectionsFM antenna, AM antenna, Adapter Port, subwoofer line out
Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking supportnone


Surround sound formatsDolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Surround Pro Logic IIx, DTS Decoder 2, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Low Bit Rate, DTS ES, Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby TrueHD
Region freeN/A
Supported playback disc formatsN/A
Audio format supportN/A
Video playback formatsN/A
Image viewing formatsN/A


Speaker configurationN/A
RMS power output375W
RMS power centre75W
RMS power front150W
RMS power surround150W
RMS power subwooferN/A
Wall mountableno
Centre speaker cable lengthN/A
Front speaker cable lengthN/A
Surround speaker cable lengthN/A


Extrasremote control, FM antenna
Subwoofer dimensionsN/A
Centre speaker dimensionsN/A
Front speaker dimensionsN/A
Surround speaker dimensionsN/A
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on162W

Buying Information

WarrantyTwo years RTB