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Home theater receiver with HDMI switching

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by Dave Bar
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Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

Denon's AVR-1609 packs the clean, high-current power you need to drive up to seven speakers with authority. You'll experience convincing surround sound realism for your favorite DVDs, TV shows, and video games. And you can add an optional SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit or iPod® dock for even more entertainment choices.

1080p-compatible HDMI switching
If you've got an HDTV with only one HDMI input, you'll appreciate this receiver's 1080p-compatible HDMI video switching. Hook up your high-def sources, such as an HD satellite receiver and a Blu-ray Disc™ player via HDMI, and switch between them while maintaining pristine picture quality for both. And you only need to run a single HDMI cable between the receiver and TV.

Easy and precise surround sound setup
The '1609 includes sophisticated auto-calibration to take the guesswork out of setting up your surround sound system. Using the supplied microphone, it analyzes sound from up to six different listening positions in your home theater, then automatically adjusts level, equalization, and delay settings for each speaker. You'll enjoy spacious, accurate sound across a wide listening area. Dynamic Volume mode keeps your sound clear and steady, eliminating those annoying spikes in volume that accompany commercials between TV shows.

Versatility and convenience
Other key features include dual-room/dual-source audio capability that lets you enjoy home theater in your main room while a housemate enjoys stereo music in a second room. You also get plenty of connections for system-building, including HD-compatible component video switching. A front-panel audio/video input allows quick and easy connection of a camcorder or game system. Plus, the handy remote can control most brands of TVs, DVD players, and other components.

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Highlights:

  • 75 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES™, Pro Logic® IIx, and DTS Neo:6 decoding
  • Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ® six-point auto setup and room calibration system (microphone included)
  • SIRIUS satellite radio capable (requires SIRIUS subscription and optional SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit)
  • iPod® integration (requires optional Denon ASD-11R, ASD-3N, or ASD-3W)
  • Compressed Audio Restorer for better sound with compressed music sources like MP3 files
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume mode to keep listening levels steady
  • dual-room/dual-source audio (powered stereo audio output for 2nd room; using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
  • high-current, low-impedance amp design
  • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
  • multibrand remote
  • 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 16-1/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Connections:
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (2 in, 1 out) — pass-through only (a separate cable connection is required for audio)
  • HDMI version 1.3a with support for 1080p and Deep Color
  • component video switching (2 in, 1 out)
  • digital audio inputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial
  • 4 audio/video inputs, including:
    • 1 front-panel input with composite video
    • 3 rear-panel inputs with composite and S-video
  • 3 audio-only inputs
  • 7.1-channel analog audio preamp input
  • 2 sets of main speaker outputs

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Features and Specs
General
Number Of Channels
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7
Stereo RMS Power (watts)
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75
THD in Stereo
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0.08 %
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)
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20-20k Hz
FM Sensitivity
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11.2 dBf
HD Radio Tuner
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No
On-Screen Display
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No
Auto Speaker Calibration
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HDMI Standby Pass-through
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Composite Video Conversion
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No
S-Video Conversion
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No
Component Video Conversion
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No
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion
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N/A
Internet-ready
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Apple AirPlay
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App Remote Control
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No
Bluetooth-compatible
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USB port for iPod/iPhone
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No
DLNA Certified
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No
MHL-compatible
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Multibrand Remote Control
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Yes
Learning Remote
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No
LCD Remote
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No
Width (inches)
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17-1/8
Height (inches)
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6-3/4
Depth (inches)
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14-15/16
Weight (pounds)
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Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Multi-room Audio--Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output
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No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output
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No
Multi-room Video
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No
Multi-room HDMI Output
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No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital
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Yes
DTS
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Yes
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input
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No
Audio-Video Inputs
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4
Audio-only Inputs
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3
S-Video Inputs
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3
S-Video Outputs
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1
S-Video Monitor Outputs
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1
Component Video Inputs
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2
Component Video Monitor Outputs
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1
Optical Digital Inputs
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2
Coaxial Digital Inputs
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2
Optical Digital Outputs
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None
Coaxial Digital Outputs
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None
HDMI Inputs
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2
HDMI Monitor Outputs
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1
Subwoofer Outputs
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1
Multi-Channel Analog Input
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Yes
Multi-channel Preamp Output
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No
Main Speaker Output Pairs
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2
Main Speaker Terminals
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Ethernet Port
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None
USB Connections
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Removable Power Cord
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What's in the box?

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  • Black AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
  • Audyssey DM-A409 setup microphone with attached 20' cord (has a mono mini-jack connector)
  • RC-1098 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM analog loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Owner's Manual (English/French)
  • Getting Started guide
  • Warranty information
  • Denon service network sheet

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Features
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Features

7-Channel Equal Power Amplifier: The Denon AVR-1609 features a 7-channel equal power, discrete amplifier. Each channel is rated at 75 watts RMS. The amp can power a 7.1-channel surround system in the main room; or it can power a 5.1-channel system in the main room, and the surround back channels can be reassigned to power Zone 2 speakers at the same time.

Digital Signal Processing (DSP): The Denon AVR-1609 is equipped with a high-resolution 32-bit floating point Digital Signal Processor (DSP). All elements of the Surround Processor are optimized to the highest standards by the use of selected high performance and discrete components, particularly the A/D and D/A converters and the sophisticated DSP surround decoder.

Audyssey: This receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and Room Equalization function, to achieve the most ideal sound field for your room. The AVR-1609's Audyssey MultiEQ function is designed to optimize the sound quality at each listening position in the room. The included DM-A409 microphone is used to measure test tones at each listening position. This measured data is then analyzed using a program to improve acoustic characteristics in the listening area. For best results at least 6 positions should be measured, including a main position. The main position is given more weight in the calculations.

  • Audyssey Settings:
    • MultEQ: The Room EQ function offers the following adjustments:
    • Audyssey: optimizes the crossover point, output level, delay time, and equalization of all speakers based on speaker frequency response, speaker location, and room acoustics
    • Audyssey Byp. L/R: optimizes all speakers except front left and right
    • Audyssey Flat: optimize frequency response of all speakers to flat
    • Off: turns equalizer off
  • Dynamic EQ: Audio engineers mix music and movie soundtracks at reference levels much louder than typical home listening levels. At lower volumes the human ear perceives sound differently; voices change, bass dissipates, and the surround effect becomes less enveloping. Dynamic EQ adjusts the frequency response curve based on volume to maintain consistent bass output, octave-to-octave balance, and surround impact, resulting in rich sound at any volume.
  • Dynamic Volume: Dynamic Volume addresses the issue of commercials that are too loud and movie soundtracks with vast differences between soft and loud passages; the results are more intelligible dialogue, loud passages maintain impact, and soft whispers are clearly heard. When the volume level changes, Dynamic EQ also adjusts the frequency response to maintain sound quality.

Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The surround modes include:

  • Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
  • Dolby Digital EX: Dolby Digital EX is a 6.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
  • DTS Digital Surround: DTS Digital Surround is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround sound format used for both commercial/theatrical and consumer grade applications.
  • DTS-ES Extended Surround: DTS-ES features two 6.1 multi-channel formats.
    • DTS-ES Discrete 6.1: DTS-ES Discrete 6.1-channel is a 6.1-channel discrete digital audio format adding a surround back channel to the DTS digital surround sound.
    • DTS-ES Matrix 6.1: DTS-ES Matrix 6.1-channel is a discrete 5.1 channel digital audio format inserting a surround back channel to the DTS surround sound through matrix encoding.
  • DTS 96/24: DTS 96/24 is a digital audio format enabling high sound quality playback in 5.1-channels with a sampling frequency of 96 kHz and 24 bit quantization of DVD-video.
  • Dolby Pro Logic II: Dolby Pro Logic II technology processes any high quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into five playback channels of full-bandwidth surround sound. A matrix surround decoding technology, Dolby Pro Logic II detects the directional cues that occur naturally in stereo content and uses these elements to create a five-channel surround sound playback experience. You can choose from Cinema, Music, or Game formats. You can also choose Dolby Pro Logic (the earlier 4-channel mode).
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Pro Logic IIx expands any existing stereo- or 5.1-channel audio for a 6.1- or 7.1- channel playback, creating a seamless, natural surround soundfield that immerses you in the entertainment experience. You can choose from the following Dolby Pro Logic IIx formats - Cinema, Music, or Game.
  • DTS Neo:6 Surround: DTS Neo:6 is a matrix decoding technology for achieving 6.1-channel surround playback with 2-channel sources. You can choose from two DTS Neo: 6 Surround formats - Neo: 6 Cinema and Neo: 6 Music.
  • Combined Surround Modes: The receiver features several combined modes using existing Dolby and DTS surround modes:
  • Dolby Digital + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema
  • Dolby Digital + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music
  • DTS + Neo:6
  • DTS + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema
  • DTS + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music
  • Denon Original Surround (DSP) Modes:
    • Rock Arena: this mode is for enjoying the atmosphere of a live concert in an arena
    • Jazz Club: this mode is for enjoying the atmosphere of a live concert in a jazz club
    • Mono Movie: this mode is for playing monaural movie sources with surround sound
    • Video Game: this mode is suited for achieving surround sound with video games
    • Matrix: this mode lets you add a sense of expansion to stereo music sources
    • Virtual: this mode is for enjoying surround effects using only the front speakers or headphones
    • 5CH/7CH Stereo: this mode is for enjoying stereo sound from all speakers

Surround Parameters: You can adjust the following surround mode parameters:

  • CINEMA EQ (Cinema Equalizer): The Cinema EQ function gently decreases the level of the extreme high frequencies, compensating for overly-bright sounding motion picture soundtracks. Select this function if the sound from the front speakers is too bright. This function only works in the Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic (including PL II and PL IIx), and DTS Neo:6 modes.
  • Dynamic Range Compression: Motion picture soundtracks have tremendous dynamic range (the contrast between very soft and very loud sounds). For listening late at night, or whenever the maximum sound level is lower than usual, Compressing the dynamic range allows you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack with reduced dynamic range. DRC works when playing program sources recorded in formats other than DTS.
  • LFE: This setting adjusts the low-frequency effects level (LFE). You can adjust the LFE from -10 to 0 dB.
  • Center Width: This function assigns the center channel signal to the front left and right channels for wider sound; select from 0 to 7. This function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic II and PL IIx modes.
  • Center Image: This function assigns a center channel signal to the front left and right channels for wider sound; adjust from 0.0 to 1.0. This function only works in the DTS Neo:6 mode.
  • Panorama: This feature assigns front left and right signals to surround channels for wider sound, you can turn this feature On or Off. This function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic II and PL IIx modes.
  • Dimension: This settings shifts the sound image to the front or rear to adjust playback balance; select from 0 to 6. This function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic II and PL IIx modes.
  • Delay Time: This feature adjusts the delay time to control the sound stage size. In this menu the delay time is only adjusted for the Matrix mode.
  • Effect Level: This function adjusts the effect signal level from 1 to 15 when using the Denon Original Surround Modes.
  • Room Size: This feature allows you to set the size of your acoustic environment when using the Denon Original Surround Modes; select Small, Medium small, Medium, Medium large, or Large.
  • SB CH Out: This setting selects the playback mode for the surround back channels; there are separate settings for multi-channel and 2-channel sources.

Tone Settings: You can independently adjust the system's overall Bass and Treble settings from -6 to +6 dB.

Restorer: This function restores compressed audio signals to pre-compression form, correcting the sense of bass and treble volume to obtain a richer sounding playback; select 64, 96, or HQ based on the compression setting of the source material.

Night Mode: This mode is optimized for late night listening. You can select the degree of compression; Low, Middle, High, or Off. Night Mode is not available when Dynamic EQ or Dynamic Volume is turned on.

Audio Delay: If needed, the audio signal can be delayed to match the video signal; adjust from 0-200ms.

Quick Select: The front panel and main remote (RC-1098) both have three Quick Select buttons. Each button can be programmed with a specific input source, surround mode, volume, and MultEQ, Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic volume settings for easy recall.

Personal Memory Plus: For each input, the receiver automatically memorizes the settings for input mode, surround mode, HDMI output mode, MultEQ, Dynamic EQ, Dynamic Volume, audio delay, etc. When the input source is switched, the settings last used for that source are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone control settings, and playback levels for the different output channels are memorized for each surround mode.

Subwoofer Control: You can set the crossover frequency of the subwoofer to 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 110Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz or 250Hz. The subwoofer output is set to LFE (plays the LFE channel plus any information below the crossover point from any channel set to small) or LFE+Main (plays the LFE channel plus any information below the crossover point from all channels).

Dual Zone/Dual Source Operation: Denon's Dual-Zone/Dual-Source function lets you select a different source for listening in a different location of your home. The Zone 2 audio output has independent source selection and is output as a speaker-level signal (based on the amplifier assign setting).

Amplifier Assign: There are seven amplifier channels built into the receiver. These channels are typically used for 7.1 channel surround in the main room, but the amplifier assign function gives you the option of powering a 5.1-channel system in the main room and stereo speakers in Zone 2.

iPod Compatibility: Using an optional ASD-11R iPod dock, or an ASD-51N or ASD-51W iPod/Network adapter dock, you can integrate your iPod with the AVR-1609. Song titles appear on the receiver's display panel and the iPod can be controlled using the buttons on the main unit and the remote control.

Note: The ASD-11R is compatible with 3rd generation and later iPods with a dock connecter.

Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: The AVR-1609 can be connected to the optional SiriusConnect home tuner kit (item number 607SCH1-sold separately), allowing you to receive Sirius Satellite Radio through the receiver. The display shows channel name, number, category, artist, or song title. Sirius channels are stored as presets and recalled in the same way AM and FM stations are. A subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio is required.

Volume Setting: You can set a maximum volume level of 0, -10, or -20 dB to limit the receiver's total volume output. You can also specify a turn-on volume, from -80 to +18dB or Last (whatever the volume setting when the receiver was turned off).

Muting Level Adjustment: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit; 40dB or 20dB below current volume, or full mute (sound turned off entirely).

Back-Up Memory: The unit is equipped with a back-up memory that provides approximately one week of memory storage when the main unit's power switch is off and the power cord is disconnected.

Dimmer: The receiver features 4 display brightness settings; Bright, Dim, Dark and Off.

Remote Control

Remote Control (RC-1098): The remote control can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable Denon components. It is pre-programmed with control codes for other brand products; including DVD players, Blu-ray Disc players, VCRs, TVs, cable boxes, satellite receivers, and CD players.

Input and Output Notes

Rear Panel Connections:

  • HDMI: This unit has 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI monitor output, version 1.3a. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. The HDMI jacks support HDCP copyright protection and are compatible with 30 and 36 bit Deep Color and xvYCC color space technology (currently no pre-recorded software supports Deep Color or xvYCC). Note: The AVR-1609 cannot read the audio signal from the HDMI input; separate audio cables must be connected.
  • Component Video: The receiver features 2 component video inputs and 1 component video monitor output.
  • Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-1609 features 2 optical digital (Toslink) inputs and 2 coaxial digital inputs. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Tuner.
  • 7.1 Multi-Channel Input: The AVR-1609 is equipped with an analog 7.1-channel RCA input to accommodate present and future multi-channel formats.
  • Speaker Terminals: All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are positioned too far apart to be used with dual banana plugs.
  • Sirius: This proprietary terminal allows you to connect an optional SiriusConnect home tuner kit.
  • iPod Connection Terminal: You can connect and play an iPod that has Apple's Dock connector using the optional Denon ASD-11R iPod dock (item number 033ASD11RK) or iPod network dock (item numbers 033ASD51N and 033ASD51W).

Room-to-Room Remote Jacks: The receiver has a mini-jack input for use with an optional Denon RC-616, 617, or 618 IR re-transmitter. The adjacent room-to-room output is for future use.

Front Panel Connections:

  • Headphone Jack: standard 1/4" stereo headphone jack; the speakers in the main zone are muted when headphones are plugged in
  • A/V Inputs: Composite-video and a pair of stereo RCA inputs
  • Setup Mic: 3.5mm input for connection of supplied setup microphone
 
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3 out of 5

Nice, but troublesome

Written By Dave, Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, December 15, 2009
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PROS: When properly set up and calibrated, the AVR-1609 does an amazing job with movies. Coming off a 10-year-old Sony, I was really impressed by the depth and crispness of the sound on my small 5.1 setup straight off the auto-calibration.

CONS: Dialing in the sound is difficult, mostly because the menus are split up over different buttons and knobs. Also, despite having various "night mode" and compression settings, I inevitably had to run to my sub every night for an apartment-friendly low end.

2-ch music is not very impressive. The only real options I could find were over-auto-EQ'd or flat and lifeless. I never did get the stereo configuration to a happy place, without again having to manually adjust the sub when switching over from a video source.


After a couple weeks of use, my AVR-1609 went completely fritz, and has since been exchanged (thanks Crutchfield!) for a new Sony DH-800 to replace it. Knowing that lemons happen I decided to review the 1609 based on the couple weeks I spent with it. I miss the sound it delivered from my Blu-Rays, but I'm more than happy to return to Sony.

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5 out of 5

Excellent Receiver

Written By Kristian, Fairfield, OH on Monday, December 07, 2009
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Easy set up and play. Had an issue getting the sub woofer to work, but support got it working for me in no time.. Great product at a great price.
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2 out of 5

HDMI mistake

Written By Anonymous, Harrisburg, PA on Monday, November 30, 2009
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I can't talk about the performance of this unit or the perceived difficulties with the manual that others speak of. This is because shortly after removing the unit from the box I realized that it is perplexingly anachronistic with it's HDMI connections that do not carry audio. I bought a DENON Blu-ray player with this unit that only has a single HDMI output connection; with no other connections to carry audio it was clearly incompatible with the receiver. I re-read the Crutchfield product listing and my only gripe is that this critically important detail should be much more prominently highlighted (in bold underlined 22 pt font at the very top of the product description?) They make mention of the deficiency but don't draw enough attention to it IMHO. Frankly, this is really a Denon issue and I expected better from them considering their reputation.

I called Crutchfield and they were super cool. They agreed that I could not use the two in tandem and gave me time to decide which piece I wanted to return or to swap out with no pressure or pitch. In the end I chose to upgrade to the Denon AVR 1610 receiver, and am very satisfied with my choice.
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2 out of 5

No Audio through HDMI

Written By Anonymous, Dallas, TX on Monday, November 16, 2009
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Not the most intuitive receiver I've ever owned. Can't send audio through the HDMI input/output and can't send all video input types through an HDMI output either. Manual was basic and not very informative. Had to buy a lot of cables that I don't need for other receivers (S-Video, composite, digital audio) in my home.
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5 out of 5

Great Receiver

Written By Anonymous, Olympia, WA. on Monday, November 09, 2009
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Great receiver in general then ad the excellent price. Sounds great - is completely programable including HDMI ports. You need the book to figure this out - then read slowing and everything (no short cuts) or this unti will drive you crazy I'm going to get another one for another room - its that good.
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3 out of 5

Nice but not for me..

Written By Mark, Wellsboro PA. on Saturday, October 31, 2009
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This is a very nice system but maybe a bit more than I need. The system has a very complex manual and set up for surround sound which I am not using at the moment. It has caused me to call Cruthfield for help two times both of which they where great. I am now testing it as we think my 20 year old speakers may be the issue. It is very sensitive i suppose. If I have a third strike I will be looking at Yamaha for a system more simple like me.
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2 out of 5

Just okay, nothing more

Written By Pete, Port Charlotte, FL on Thursday, October 29, 2009
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This receiver sports some nice features and once set up, sounds pretty decent. The real downside of the item however, is that the HDMI ports don't carry audio, just video. I had to buy two optical audio cable for the sound. Bear in mind that if it wasn't for tech experts at Crutchfield, this item would have found its way to the local landfill. I'm no genius, but I know my way around stereo equipment quite well. Trying to wade through the instructions was a huge challenge. It took me 10 attempts before the receiver "found" all my speakers ... and my room is certainly not very large. The manual is very cumbersome. To get aquainted with all the sub menus you wind up flipping through the "flipping" manual over and over again. If I had it to do all over again, I would have made a different choice. But, again, thank you tech guys, for all your help and patience!
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4 out of 5

Denon AVR-1609

Written By Ronald, Gloversville, NY on Thursday, October 29, 2009
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I would give this receiver 5 Stars if it wasn't for the complicated and all but useless manual.
Auto setup for surround sound was quick and easy with the included microphone and
Audyssey EQ system. I would recommend this receiver to anyone who wants superior
sound and performance at a budget price.
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5 out of 5

Denon AVR-1609

Written By Dan, Columbus, OH on Friday, October 23, 2009
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Great receiver for the money! Definitely run the Audyssey Mic, it makes a huge difference in the sound! I would recommend this one for a great starter receiver and it is a great price.
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1 out of 5

Complicated to operate

Written By David, Dallas on Friday, October 23, 2009
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Complex instructions for setup. After 5 months with this unit I'm giving it to the Salvation Army and buy a Sony.
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5 out of 5

Great Receiver!

Written By Nick, Superior, WI on Saturday, October 17, 2009
 
This receiver is an outstanding deal at this price! The Audissey MultyiEQ is easy to use and it really helped me to painlessly fine tune my speaker levels without any extra equipment or hassles. This receiver offers many soundfields (DTS, Neo, PLII, etc) to choose from, so your theater will sound great from any source (2-channel TV, music, and especially the 7.1 DTS) I also like that you can easily go from 7.1 to a 5.1 plus Zone 2 with dual tuners and controls. This is a really great feature and you won't find it on many, if any, other receivers under $400.
The only big downfall of this receiver is it's inability to decipher audio info from HDMI inputs. This may be a deal breaker for some, but I am content using supplemental optical and digital coaxial inputs for my Hi-Def sources.
I originally bought this receiver for my patio/sauna but I fell in love with the Audissey feature for my home theater, so I will be buying another one, too! You could spend a lot more cash and end up with a lot fewer features, so this receiver is a steal at this price. Thanks Team Crutchfield!
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2 out of 5

Denon AVR-1609

Written By Dave, Birmingham, AL on Sunday, October 11, 2009
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To make this short and sweet, the audio section is great. But the software engineers who developed the control software and the technical writers responsible for the manual should be fired! I sent this one back and got a Marantz SR-6003.

How both products could come from the same company amazes me. The Marantz gets two thumbs up, not the Denon.
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4 out of 5

manual is useless

Written By Rob, Rochester, NY on Monday, October 05, 2009
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Only had it for 3 days, so durability is yet to be determined. I bought the Scractch / Dent model, but there's not a scratch or dent to be found. I bought it to replace a failed dolby pro logic receiver and the sound quality rocks! 5.1 makes a huge difference! the auto setup using the microphone was extremely accurate in measuring the distance to the speakers. I've set up many home theaters and this one was not the most difficult, but the manual is USELESS!!!! the only problem I'm having is it doesn't seem to be retaining the settings between sources, need to fool with it more. could use more hdmi inputs and hdmi audio support, but for the Scratch & dent price, what do you expect?
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4 out of 5

Denon For Life

Written By Packard K, Ankeny, IA on Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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I recently purchased this Denon because lightning got my old JVC. While the JVC had more digital video and audio inputs/outputs and offered pre-outs for 7.1 surround requiring an additional amp, the Denon has 7.1 channels built-in. Like many others have said, and I will reiterate, RUN THE AUDYSSEY MultiEQ auto calibration. I don't care how audio/video savy you are, the difference in sound quality is mind blowing! My speakers are nothing fancy. I have good speakers for everything except the center channel which is Definitive Technology and the powered sub. The front two speakers are performance series with 12" woofers and are at least 14 years old. I've never heard them sound so good. I thought I needed to upgrade them (which I probably do), but I'm extremely impressed with the sound quality I get out of my inexpensive speakers with this Denon 1609. For the money, there's no better 7.1 a/v receiver out there.
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4 out of 5

Good Receiver

Written By Jeremy, Stephens City, VA on Tuesday, September 22, 2009
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Receiver pumps out great sound and has a ton of great features. My only complaint is the receiver's inability to use audio trasmitted on the HDMI ports. I had to hook up my DVD & Cable to Optical ports in order to get sound. Not a big deal but an extra expense none-the-less. The sound from this receiver is wonderful though and worth the investment!
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4 out of 5

Denon AVR-1609

Written By Scott, Myrtle Beach, SC on Friday, September 18, 2009
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Nice receiver!!! Excellent quality of craftmanship and sound. My only complaint is the ease of setup, instruction manual and only EQ settings are presettings. This unit has no separate Bass and Treble settings?????? Not sure why this simple feature isn't included. After figuring out the setup I am impressed with the sound quality!! Impressive for the money and I'm totally satisfied!!!1
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5 out of 5

Thank You Crutchfield & Denon

Written By Anonymous, Upstate NY on Thursday, September 17, 2009
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First off, thank you Crutchfield. Your service is second to none. I ordered the Denon AVR-1609 Monday afternoon and received it Wednesday afternoon along with my Polk Audio Sub. I was originally going to buy the AVR-1610 but decided I would rather get the 1609 & a sub along with the piece of mind that Crutchfield offers. Setup was great, took a liitle while, I have a log home with exposed beams so I wanted to run wiring in an inconspicuous way, but after the physical task the Audyssey handled the rest. I though I might have to tweak it afterward, but it was perfect. At the prcie Crutchfield offers the 1609 @ you really can't beat it. Thanks again, I'll definitely be back soon. ;-) Chaz
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5 out of 5

Denon did a great job with this one...

Written By Andrew, Grand Rapids, MI on Tuesday, September 08, 2009
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Awesome receiver for the money. I was not expecting this type of quality and amazing sound from a receiver at this price. I have this receiver matched up with a set of Polk RM85 and PSW111 speakers.

I love the true multi zone feature which works perfect for my application. The kids can watch a movie in the family room in 5.1 surround, and I can listen to the radio outside through my deck speakers. Fully independent tuners and volume controls, how perfect is that!

Also like the auto set up feature. I am pretty tech savvy and usually think the more complicated the better. I let this receiver run through the auto set up sequence and I was very surprised. I didn't have to tweak it a bit. The sound settings and levels came out perfect.

You will not find a better receiver for the money, or even more money. This is not a high watt, home theater receiver with all the bells and wistles. It is what it is and it does a perfect job at it.
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3 out of 5

50 / 50

Written By ron, Ft.Lauderdale on Tuesday, September 08, 2009
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I'm happy with the sound quality but unhappy with the set up , instructions not very helpful. auto volume control does not work. the remote is too confusing, but the price was great ... so it gets a 50/50 rate
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2 out of 5

Hard Setup

Written By Andrew, Sacramento, CA on Tuesday, September 01, 2009
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Once you get the speakers plugged in and all the inputs assigned, the sound it puts out is great. But the setup is way too difficult! I have had several Sony receivers in the past but I thought I'd try something new. Bad choice! The setup on similar Sony receivers is so easy to manage, almost without the instruction booklet. But this one, even with the instructions, is very time consuming.

I plugged in an HDMI cable from a Blu-ray player expecting the video AND audio to output to the TV, only to find after an hour of no sound coming out that this receiver cannot output HDMI without separate audio outputs! Let's just say I haven't had a good first experience with Denon and wouldn't purchase again.
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1 out of 5

Good!when it works?

Written By levar, baltimore,maryland on Tuesday, August 25, 2009
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1,This is my second AVR-1609.
2,This cheap thing shut down with volume at low levels
3,I hate the manual and and the set up required to do simple task.
4,A low budget denon with poor quality.
5,The first unit would shut down from the start,replaced it with the second unit and its now doing the same thing after 10 months.
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4 out of 5

Denon AVR-1609

Written By Anonymous, RR of SJ on Friday, August 14, 2009
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Great quality receiver at a bargain price...Denon sound and Crutchfield great service and fast shipping A++++++++
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4 out of 5

complicated receiver, but well worth the price!

Written By Tom, Fairfield, Ct. on Sunday, August 09, 2009
 
I love the FM Tuner, it pulls in more stations than I knew existed. Also love the Mute button, I listen to a lot of TV thru the set, and it has 3 levles of it (Mute). It is the only receiver I could find that had that feature. The owners's manual leaves something to be desired. Thanks to the tech. support at Crutchfield! They should have written the manual. If I had purchased it from a local store I would not have received that kind of support. It also had all the connections, and then some, that I wanted. I had also purchased a Poke 10" subwoofer and center speaker. Sys. sounds great, just enough base for me. Does not sound unnatural. If it weren't for the manual it would have have gotten 5 stars.
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5 out of 5

awsom

Written By pat, kelso washinton on Friday, July 17, 2009
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i bought two (2) sony recievers and wasn't happy, not enough power, till i bought the denon, this thing has the power, now i'm gonna have to buy better speakers. Cructhfield, i've bought alot of stuff from you, so i need a break on new speakers, Polks
Patrick
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2 out of 5

A PAIN IN THE NECK TO SET IT UP

Written By Monse, P. R. on Monday, July 13, 2009
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Definitely got good sound but it's a pain in the neck to set it up. The manual is not very clear, got probably more functions that you may ask for. Were is the balance? Won't recommend it or buy it again.
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4 out of 5

great, but not so good

Written By Mike, Grand Junction, Colorado on Thursday, July 09, 2009
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It's a great sounding receiverand looks great. I had read reviews before I bought it, and everyone said the same thing. When I opened the manual, I thought it was in 12 languages it was so big, english and french. Super, super hard to understand the directions, unless you do auto setup, so then I have this huge remote, two sided, that I can use off,on,and volume control. The biggest reason I bought this was price. I had bought it here in town, and then decided to check Crutchfield. They were 140.00 dollars cheaper, so I took the one back here in town and ordered the one from Crutchfield. I love thes guys, support has been awesome, can't say enough!
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4 out of 5

Denon quality at a bargain price

Written By Timothy, Nashville TN on Monday, June 01, 2009
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This is classic Denon quality at an unbeatable price. I have owned many Denon products over the years, my mainstay cd player is a 1990 Denon 1520! This reciever can be a little tricky at first setup but not that difficult and well worth it. This is a quality a/v component. The 75 watts is more than ample for most, the bass is full and powerful, the mid range and highs are smooth and without audible hiss or crossover, center channel voices are natural and smooth. There are enough adjustments and fine tuning for both audio and video that it will satisfy most. An excellent product from a legend, at a great price. I am still trying to find the catch!!
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5 out of 5

Everything you could hope for in a home receiver

Written By James, Brooklyn, N.Y. on Monday, May 18, 2009
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I was simply blown away by the sound quality of this amplifier/receiver. I
have never owned a product by Denon before, but I know other people
who have recommended them to me. I had this unit set up in about ten
minutes flat. I found the front panel controls, remote, and especially the
back panel inputs surprisingly easy to understand. I only have the reciver
hooked to two Sony bookshelf speakers right now, gut I hope to soon have
a full surround sound system complete with 7.1 channels. Even through the
two speakers the sound quality is clear, defined, and has tremendous
warmth and vitality. I listened to some of my older CD's on it and I feel like I
never really heard these songs before. I owned a Kenwood receiver
before this and the receiver was so complicated that one time I accidentally
hit a switch on the remote and I couldn't get the music back on for three
days. I highly recommende the Denon AVR-1609.
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4 out of 5

Good bang for the buck

Written By Eric, Greensboro, NC on Wednesday, May 06, 2009
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I have been very satisfied with this receiver. It was not the easiest to get set up. It took me a few minutes to realize there was 2 power buttons, one for standby and the other is a physical on of button. The set up on the receiver was not intuitive, it required reading the manual.

The receiver has a great sound output with plenty of power for smaller speakers. The basic functions are easy to learn, I still have not sorted out the 150 buttons on the remote.

Overall it is a great receiver for the money, just more complicated than it should be. I would purchase this again and recommend it to an electronically savvy friend.
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4 out of 5

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Written By Doug, Kansas City on Saturday, April 25, 2009
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The Good:
 Very good audio quality for the price
 Zone 2 audio quality very good - even on cheap patio speakers
 Power features - You can use standby or can turn power completely off
 Most features are available from receiver as well as the remote (except zone 2 volume)
 Free shipping

The Bad
 Complicated Manual
 Complicated features and menus
 Too much BLING - where's Bass, Mid, and Treble?
 Some features not available in zone 2 - such as EQ, volume leveling, etc...
 Required to use auto setup for several features to work
 Zone 2 volume is only adjustable from the remote - not from the receiver

The Ugly:
 Remote control has buttons on both sides - what's up with that? Also funky 'slide' type buttons for multi brand and zone 2 use.

The Rating:
 Overall, I would give the receiver 5 stars for audio quality, minus 2 stars for the over complicated manual and features, then add 1 star for getting it at a discount (plus free shipping). That's a net of 4 stars at this point.
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4 out of 5

Denon AVR-1609

Written By Garrett, Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, April 23, 2009
 
The Denon AVR-1609 is an extremely capable receiver. It outputs very clean, crisp sound and can get loud enough to make being in the same room as the speakers painful. It maintains consistent frequency response at all volume levels that I've observed.

The manual is clear, which is a very good thing when you consider that the interface can be a bit confusing at first. If you're coming from a older receiver/amp with no "menu" interface, I could see where it might be daunting. However, spending an hour reading the manual and playing with the settings is more than enough to familiarize yourself with the operation of the unit.

The unit doesn't heat up much, it was merely warm to the touch (on the top) after ten hours of continuous use at high volume last weekend.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with my purchase. The performance of the unit is spot-on, I can't knock it in any way. My rating of 4 stars instead of 5 is primarily because of the initial learning curve (having some sort of reference for your position in the menu tree on-screen would go a long way towards fixing this) and the lack of illumination on many of the buttons, though this is an understandable omission on a home theater receiver (you shouldn't be distracted by your receiver while watching movies in the dark).
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2 out of 5

Denon AVR-1609

Written By Fred, Connecticut on Friday, February 13, 2009
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Thus far I hate it. It's so complicated I don't believe I'll ever have it set up properly. Why does it need a two-sided remote? Why so many actions just to turn it on/off? And my (old) VCR won't play with it. I wish I hadn't ripped out my old Onkyo theater in a box - -it was simple and everything worked.
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5 out of 5

Great Unit in Price Bracket

Written By Christopher, Medina, OH on Monday, February 09, 2009
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I replaced my old Onkyo with this unit. Obviously, with this new unit I am hearing a difference, but I am blown away by how good the sound is and how easy it was to set up for the price. The set-up was aided by easy directions and logical sequencing. After a 30 minute or so basic set-up, it was ready to go for most applications. Immediately, the clarity and definition of sounds stands out. It becomes an even better unit when you realize that you did not empty your wallet to acquire it. For the majority of uses, this unit has more than enough capability. If you are looking for a high-end unit with a maze of HD gear and gaming equipment, you will want to move up a notch. But, for the 90% of us who use their system for music and a basic surround-sound set-up, you can't go wrong.
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4 out of 5

Excelente

Written By Javier, Vega Alta, Puerto Rico on Sunday, February 08, 2009
 
This receiver fulfils all the demands that, to my knowledge, are the best for the space where I will be using it. On the other hand, the price was the highest for products with this product's features.

Thank you for all the technical support and advice offered the Crutchfield associates.

Cordially,

Javier & Evelyn
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5 out of 5

Tool & Die maker

Written By Alan, N. Little Rock, AR on Friday, November 14, 2008
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With the help of Denon I made the right choice on my AVR receiver. The Dynamic volume is the best feature to keep the sound at one level. I am happy that I bought my Denon receiver from Crutchfield. Hay don't let a unauthorized dealer sell to you. They may make the deal they are giving you look good but take it from someone that knows. It is worth it to buy from a authoized dealer.
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