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Denon AVR-1508

Home theater receiver with HDMI switching

Item # 033AV1508

Enjoy convincing surround sound for your favorite DVDs, TV shows, CDs and video games with the Denon AVR-1508.

Enjoy convincing surround sound for your favorite DVDs, TV shows, CDs and video games with the Denon AVR-1508.

Discontinued item

Item # 033AV1508

About the Denon AVR-1508

Enjoy convincing surround sound for your favorite DVDs, TV shows, CDs and video games with the Denon AVR-1508. Its clean, high-current 75-watt-per-channel amplifier drives up to seven home theater speakers with power and authority. And you can add an optional iPod dock or XM Satellite Radio mini tuner for more entertainment options.

Enjoy convincing surround sound for your favorite DVDs, TV shows, CDs and video games with the Denon AVR-1508. Its clean, high-current 75-watt-per-channel amplifier drives up to seven home theater speakers with power and authority. And you can add an optional iPod dock or XM Satellite Radio mini tuner for more entertainment options.

1080p-compatible HDMI switching
If you've got an HDTV with only one HDMI input, you'll appreciate this receiver's 1080p-compatible HDMI switching. Hook up your HD satellite receiver and a high-def disc player via HDMI and switch between them, while maintaining pristine picture quality for both.

Versatility and convenience
This receiver's dual-room/dual-source audio capability 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 HDTV-compatible component video switching. A front-panel audio/video input allows quick and easy connection of camcorders and game systems. The handy remote with glow-in-the-dark buttons can control most brands of TVs, DVD players, and other components.


Product 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
  • iPod® integration (requires optional ASD-11R)
  • Compressed Audio Restorer for better sound from your MP3s
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
  • Neural Surround decoder for XM's HD Surround channels
  • dual-room/dual-source audio output
  • high-current amplifier design
  • 56 AM/FM/XM presets
  • aluminum front panel
  • multibrand remote
  • 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 15-3/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • 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
  • component video switching: 3 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
  • no phono input
  • 7.1-channel analog audio preamp input
  • 2 pairs of main speaker outputs
  • MFR # AVR-1508

What's in the box:

  • Black AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
  • RC-1075 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM analog loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Owner's Manual (English/French)
  • Getting Started booklet (English/French)
  • Limited Warranty sheet (English/French)
  • Denon Service Network sheet
  • XM channel guide

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Features & specs

Number Of Channels 7
Stereo RMS Power (watts) 75
THD in Stereo 0.08 %
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
General Features
Bluetooth No
Apple AirPlay ---
Alexa-compatible No
Google Assistant-compatible No
Chromecast built-in No
DTS Play-Fi No
App Remote Control No
On-Screen Display No
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
Multi-room Audio/Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
Multi-room HDMI Output No
Total Number of Zones 2
Playback from Digital Audio Inputs No
Playback from Streaming Sources No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos N/A
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization ---
DTS:X ---
DTS Virtual:X ---
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input No
Audio-Video Inputs 4
Audio-only Inputs 3
Component Video Inputs 3
Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
Optical Digital Outputs None
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
Number of HDMI Inputs 2
HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
Subwoofer Outputs 1
Discrete Subwoofer Outputs No
Multi-Channel Analog Input Yes
Multi-channel Preamp Output No
Main Speaker Output Pairs Posts
Main Speaker Terminals Posts
Ethernet Port ---
USB Connections None
Removable Power Cord ---
Supports Wireless Rear Speakers No
HDMI Features
HDMI Version 1.3a
VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) No
ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) No
4K/120Hz-Capable Inputs No
Audio Return Channel No
Video Upscaling No
HDR (High Dynamic Range) Support
HDR10 No
HDR10+ No
Dolby Vision No
Other Specs
FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
Multibrand Remote Control ---
Learning Remote No
Width (inches) 17.125
Height (inches) 6.75
Depth (inches) 15.375
Weight (pounds) ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Inputs and Outputs Notes


7-Channel Equal Power Amplifier: The Denon AVR-1508 features a 7-channel equal power, discrete amplifier. The amplifier is rated at 75 watts x 7-channels RMS.

1080p HDMI Pass-Through: The AVR-1508 features two rear-panel HDMI version 1.3a inputs that support 1080p video signals and will pass the high definition video signal to your HDTV via its HDMI version 1.3a 1080p monitor output.

Note: The audio signal input to the HDMI input connectors cannot be played on the AVR-1508. You must input the audio signal from your external source through the digital audio input connector or analog audio input connector.

24-Bit, 192 kHz D/A Converters: The AVR-1508 uses highly accurate Analog Devices 24-bit, 192 kHz Digital-to-Analog converters on all 8 channels. The 192kHz sampling rate and 24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allow you to play high-resolution recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range of those recordings.

Digital Signal Processing (DSP): The Denon AVR-1508 is equipped with a new high-resolution Analog Devices Hammerhead 32-bit floating DSP processor. 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.

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.
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 the following Dolby Pro Logic II formats - Cinema, Music, or Game.
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 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 6.1 channel digital audio format inserting a surround back channel to the DTS surround sound through matrix encoding.

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
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.
Combined Surround Modes:
The receiver features several combined modes using existing Dolby and Digital Theater Systems (DTS) surround modes:

Dolby Digital+Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Cinema and Music)
DTS+Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Cinema and Music)

Neural Surround: Neural Surround has been adopted by XM Satellite Radio for digital radio broadcasts of XM HD Surround recordings and live events in surround sound. Neural Surround employs psychoacoustic frequency domain processing which allows delivery of a more detailed sound stage with superior channel separation and localization of audio elements.
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
this mode lets you add a sense of expansion to stereo music sources
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

Two-channel Music Modes: There are two 2-channel playback modes exclusively for music:

Direct: audio signals bypass the tone control circuits, and are transmitted directly, resulting in good quality sound
allows you to adjust the tone to achieve the desired sound

Personal Memory Plus: The receiver has a personal memorization function that automatically memorizes the surround modes and input modes selected for the different input sources. When the input source is switched, the modes set for that source last time it was used are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone control settings, and playback level balance for the different output channels are memorized for each surround mode.

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 Pro Logic (including PL II and PL IIx), Dolby Digital, DTS Surround, DTS Neo:6, and Wide Screen modes.
D.COMP (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, the Dynamic Range Compression allows you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack (but with reduced dynamic range). This only works when playing program sources recorded in Dolby Digital or DTS. You can select one of the four settings: "OFF", "LOW", "MID" (middle), or "HI" (high).
This setting adjusts the low-frequency effects level (LFE). You can adjust the LFE from -10 to 0 dB.
Center Image:
This function assigns a center channel signal to the front left and right channels for wider sound. You can adjust the center image range from 0.0 to 0.3 to 1.0.
This feature assigns front left and right signals to surround channels for wider sound. You can turn this feature On or Off.
This settings shifts the sound image from the center to the front or rear to adjust playback balance. You can select from 0 to 3 to 6.
Center Width:
This function assigns a center channel signal to the front left and right channels for wider sound. You can select from 0 to 3 to 7.
Delay Time:
This feature adjusts the delay time to control the sound stage size. You can select either 0 to 30ms to 300ms.
Effect Level:
This function adjusts the effect signal level from 1 to 10 to 15.
Room Size:
This feature determines the size of your acoustic environment. You can select from Small, Medium small, Medium, Medium large, or Large.
This feature auto-selects the surround mode by the connected source's content.
SB CH Out (for multi-channel sources):
This setting selects the playback mode for the surround back channels of the receiver. You can choose from Non Matrix, Matrix, PLIIx Cinema, PLIIx Music, ES Matrix, ES Discrete or Off.
SB CH Out (for 2-channel sources):
You can select either On or Off for the surround back channels when listening to a 2-channel source.

Tone Settings: You can independently adjust the system's overall Bass and Treble settings from -14 to +14 dB.

Night Mode: This mode is optimized for late night listening. You can select from the following Night Modes - Low, Middle, High or Off.

Restorer: This function restores compressed audio signal to how they were before compression and corrects the sense of volume of the bass to obtain richer playback sound. You can select from one of the following modes - Mode 1, Mode 2, Mode 3 or Off.

Speaker Setup: The receiver allows you to adjust the following speaker parameters.

Speaker Size: select either Large or Small for the Front and Surround speakers; select either Large, Small or None for the Center Channel speaker; select Large, Small, or None when using either two, one or no Surround Back speakers; select Yes or No for the Subwoofer
Speaker Distance:
sets distance from listening position to speakers; you can select from a variable range of 0 to 60 feet in 1 foot increments for each speaker
Test Tone:
adjusts channel level to obtain equal volume from all speakers;  you can select from -12 to +12 dB
Subwoofer Mode:
select one of two modes -

LFE Normal: the subwoofer plays the LFE channel signals (during playback of Dolby Digital and DTS signals) and the low frequency signal range of any channels set to Small in the speaker setup, low frequencies for channels set to Large are played from those channels only
LFE + Main:
the subwoofer simultaneously plays the LFE channel signals and the low frequency signal range of the other speakers as well

Crossover Frequency: adjusts the cutoff frequency of the subwoofer output from 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 110Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz or 250Hz

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 indicate a Turn-On Volume setting from -80 to +18dB or Last (whatever volume you used last before turning the unit Off).

Muting Level Adjustment: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit from -40dB or -20dB from the present volume level.

Channel Level: You can adjust the input channel level of the receiver either according to the playback source connected or to suit your taste.

AM/FM Tuner: The receiver features an AM/FM tuner which allows you to preset up to 56 radio stations (8 stations each in 7 separate banks). You can delete any unused tuner banks.

XM Satellite Ready: You can listen to XM Satellite Radio by connecting the XM Connect & Play antenna/tuner to the AVR-1508's proprietary plug. XM Satellite Radio offers over 150 commercial-free channels of music, news, sports, comedy, talk, and entertainment to choose from--all in digital quality. During XM playback, you can display the channel number and name, category, artist name, and song title on the front panel. Note: A subscription is required in order to receive XM Satellite Radio.

iPod Compatibility: Using the optional Denon ASD-1R iPod dock (033ASD1RBK or 033ASD1RWT), you can connect your iPod to the AVR-1508. Folder and file names appear on the receiver's display panel. The iPod can be controlled using the buttons on the main unit and the remote control.

Multi-Zone/Source Capability: The AVR-1508 allows you to listen to music in a second room while you enjoy an audio/video source in your main room. Zone 2 uses the two Surround Back speaker outputs for power in the second room. When you are using this feature, the main room is configured for 5.1-channel surround (not 7.1-channel). The volume of the Zone 2 speakers is controlled from the supplied remote in Zone 2 mode.

Last Function Memory: This unit is equipped with a last function memory, which stores the input and output setting conditions as they were immediately before the power was switched off.

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

Remote Controls

RC-1075 Remote Control: The AVR-1508 comes with a remote control that can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable Denon components. In addition, the remote is pre-programmed with control signals for other brand products; including DVD players, VCRs, TVs, cable boxes, satellite receivers, CD players, CD recorders, MiniDisc players/recorders, and cassette decks.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI Inputs/Output: This unit has 2 HDMI version 1.3a inputs and 1 HDMI version 1.3a output. 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  technology.

Note: The audio signal input to the HDMI input connectors cannot be played on the AVR-1508. You must input the audio signal from your external source through the digital audio input connector or analog audio input connector.

Component Video Inputs/Outputs: The receiver features 3 component video inputs and 1 component video output.

Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-1508 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 External Input: The AVR-1508 is equipped with a 7.1-channel input to accommodate present and future multi-channel formats. These inputs are rated from 10Hz to 100kHz for high resolution audio sources such as SACD, DVD-Audio, HD-DVD, or Blu-ray.

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.

XM: This proprietary terminal allows you to connect and optional XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Dock.

iPod Connection Terminal:  You can connect and play an iPod that has Apple's Dock connector using the optional Denon ASD-1R iPod dock (033ASD1RBK, 033ASD1RWT) or iPod network dock (033ASD3N, 033ASD3W).

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

Front Panel (V.Aux) Inputs: This unit features stereo audio and composite video inputs on the front panel for conveniently connecting a game console or camcorder.

Headphone Jack: The receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel for private listening. When headphones are plugged in, the receiver's speaker and preamp outputs are automatically turned off.

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