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Setting up a Denon home theatre receiver

We walk through this Denon receiver's setup wizard

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J.R., Crutchfield sales advisor, shows us how the Denon setup wizard makes setting up a home theater receiver fast and easy. Shoip our current lineup of Denon home theater receivers.

Setting up a home theater receiver using the Denon setup wizard | Video Transcript

Hey. We're in the Crutchfield Lab today. We've got a Denon receiver set up and I wanted to take you through the setup wizard that you'll find on the '12 series Denon receivers. It really makes setting them up something anybody can do.

When you first plug in the Denon receiver and connect it to your TV with an HDMI cable, this will come up on the screen. And it's called the setup wizard. And just like on your computer — you've seen setup wizards there — this is pretty similar and it sort of guides you through setting up your speakers, your connections, your audio/video sources, your TV, and all the stuff you need to do to get a home A/V receiver working.

The first thing it'll suggest you do is go with a language. You can choose English or Spanish. Next it'll take you through your speaker connection setup, and it'll even have a little graphic here showing you a typical home theater setup. This one is a 5.1 setup because this is the AVR-1612. Models above this will have seven channels so you'll see even more speakers on the screen there. But it tells you about how to hook up your speakers and about where you should place them.

Speaker calibration

So once you have all the speakers connected, the setup wizard will take you through speaker calibration. To set up your speakers and calibrate them you're going to grab the microphone that comes with it, mount it on a tripod kind of like we have here, and set it in your various seating positions. So you're going to put this tripod right on your recliner and get this microphone right at about ear level. Once you've got the microphone in place, you'll get the calibration wizard going. It'll play sounds through all the speakers and it'll measure the distances of the speakers and the sounds bouncing off the various surfaces in your room so it can get a sort of an acoustic picture of what your room looks like and make sure it sounds like a theater.

Source setup

So once you've got your speakers all set up and connected and calibrated, it'll take you through source setup where you plug in your Blu-ray player and your DVD player and your television and all of the different sources you're going to use, and it'll guide you through the best connections you can make with each of those sources so you can't really mess that up. And lastly, it'll help you get your remote set up just in case you want your Denon remote to control other sources like your Blu-ray player and your TV and your cable box. It certainly is nice just having one remote.

So when you're done with the setup wizard, you'll know because it says "Congratulations!" and you've completed the job. If you ever need to get back into the setup wizard it's pretty easy. It's just part of the regular menu and it does come up automatically when you first plug it in — so it's very easy to do the setup.

So if you'd like to talk with one of our advisors about the Denon receivers or the setup wizard or anything else, just give us a call.

  • Rolland ONeill from Woodstock Georgia

    Posted on 1/2/2022

    How do I hook up an external stereo power amp to my home theater AVR-X3700H to power my front left/right main speakers only, freeing up more power for rest of 9 channel speakers?

  • Lynda from Eagle

    Posted on 6/18/2020

    So I can change from Direct TV to Blu Ray Player by clicking on the two buttons (CBL/SAT or Blu-Ray, however I have Netflix on my TV and when I access Netflix, no sound comes thru. What am I missing?

  • Charles S Morris from Waterford

    Posted on 5/24/2020


  • Doug Stern from Winnipeg

    Posted on 3/17/2018

    Nobody told me how to hook the DVD machine to the home theater. They always make assumptions that we are tec people. Um, we're not. Who is going to tell me where to hook up the RCA cables?

  • Jack McLean from Castle Rock

    Posted on 8/15/2017

    Recently purchased a Denon AVR X2300W from you and need assistance connecting a Samsung sound bar to it. The sound bar has ARC capability, but something's not connected correctly. Any assistance is appreciated.

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    Dave Bar from Crutchfield

    Posted on 1/12/2016

    Jessica, There are many possibilities to explain why your sound isn't working, but if I had to guess, I would suggest that since it was playing before the new cable box got hooked up that either one of your connections has been made incorrectly, or that you need to go into the cable box's menu to make certain it is outputting audio through the proper cable (most likely either optical digital or HDMI) to your TV.

    If you bought any of your gear from Crutchfield, you can call Tech Support for free help troubleshooting your system. If you purchased your equipment elsewhere, you can still get expert Crutchfield Tech Support - 90 days-worth for only $30. Check out our tech support page for details.

  • Jessica Bushman from syracuse

    Posted on 1/10/2016

    Anyone have suggestions on how to set up the receiver through the a TV to get sound from a cable box? We had our last cable box set up through our TV rather than a direct cable from the cable box to the receiver. Our audio is no longer coming through with our new one.

  • kurt white from everett

    Posted on 10/25/2015

    I have an AVR-X7200WA, but once I setup the speakers the configuration reverts back to the front 2 speakers when I change inputs?

  • Kim Kirkman from Dacula

    Posted on 10/10/2015

    I need a Denon expert! I think I may have gotten it on Wi-Fi with an extra router I have, printed out some manual pages, no microphone on hand. bought from a friend's yardsale, another friend helped connect most of the "in ceiling" speakers that were already present with house sale, but need more speaker wire...a bit over my head! think I'll invite my software engineer friend over once again for dinner to get more help...thanks for your videos!

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