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Denon AVR-1909

Home theater receiver with HDMI switching and video upconversion

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Denon's future-ready AVR-1909 comes equipped with the high-current power and advanced digital processing you need for thrilling home theater sound. It boasts 90 watts per channel of acclaimed Denon amplification, plus decoding for the latest high-resolution surround sound formats, including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio. You also get convenient HDMI digital video switching and upconversion.

Denon's future-ready AVR-1909 comes equipped with the high-current power and advanced digital processing you need for thrilling home theater sound. It boasts 90 watts per channel of acclaimed Denon amplification, plus decoding for the latest high-resolution surround sound formats, including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio. You also get convenient HDMI digital video switching and upconversion.

Superior picture quality from every video source
The '1909 features 1080p HDMI switching for three high-def video sources. Analog-to-HDMI conversion lets you send all your video sources to an HDMI-capable TV using a single digital cable, simplifying hookup and maximizing picture quality for each source. Plus, when you use the receiver's HDMI output, it can upconvert your non-HD video sources to resolutions as high as 1080p, for a better match with your HDTV's high-res display.

Precision auto setup tailors sound to your room
Denon includes sophisticated MultEQ® auto-calibration to take the guesswork out of setting up your surround sound system. Using the supplied microphone, MultEQ 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, highly accurate sound across a wide listening area. Dynamic Volume mode keeps the sound clear and steady, eliminating those annoying spikes in volume that accompany commercials between TV shows.

Multi-room audio and other conveniences
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. A front-panel audio/video input lets you quickly and easily hook up a camcorder or game system. The handy remote with glow-in-the-dark buttons can control most brands of TVs, DVD players, and other components. Denon even includes a second remote that, when used in conjunction with an optional remote control extender system, gives you control of your system from your second listening room.

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Product Highlights:

  • 90 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio, 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)
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
  • Neural Surround decoder for XM's HD Surround channels
  • SIRIUS satellite radio capable (requires SIRIUS subscription and optional SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit)
  • iPod® integration (requires optional Denon ASD-11R orASD-3N)
  • 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 and line-level 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
  • Stereo/Direct modes with Pure Analog Path switch off all unused circuitry for the cleanest possible sound
  • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
  • on-screen display for easier system setup and operation
  • multibrand remote
  • basic remote for 2nd listening room (requires remote control extender system, not included)
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-13/16"H x 16-1/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (3 in, 1 out)
  • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p) with Faroudja DCDi™ video processing and scaling
  • HDMI version 1.3a with support for Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, 7.1 uncompressed 24/96 audio, DVD-Audio, SACD, and HDMI-CEC
  • component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
  • component video conversion (composite to S-video, or composite and S-video to component)
  • digital audio inputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial
  • digital audio outputs: 1 optical
  • 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
  • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping front left and right speakers

I LOVE this AV Receiver. Excellent sound quality and ultimate control. Simply amazing for the as AVR under $1000.00. And Crutchfield's customer service is bar none. Great to do business with.

Dale, Alton, IL

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405241 from Shawnee, Oklahoma on 2/3/2009

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I've had this receiver for only a few weeks but, I still believe it is 5 stars. I have not even begun to learn all there is to know about this computerized Receiver. I'm totally impressed. For the money it is an excellent buy. This is my second Denon Receiver (AVR 1602). I remember sitting in front of my first computer not knowing what to do first. But, very excited to have one. Buy this reciever you won't be dissapointed. Thanks Crutchfield for a great product and fast shipping, I am a returning customer and I wil be back.



Denon 1909

Mark from Rolla, Missouri on 2/3/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I would have given it a 5, but it is somewhat difficult to set up. The menu functions that you have to navigate to set it up did not seem very intuitive to me. I only set it up for two channel stereo, so I would assume that it would be even more difficult to manage a 7.1 setup. Otherwise, I am very pleased with the receiver. Great sound and solidly built.



Good receiver, but with video problems

John from Magnolia, TX on 2/2/2009

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The Denon AVR-1909 is a nice receiver, but with video limitations. The major problem is lack of video zoom. Several of my sources are SD, but sometimes they contain 9x16 letterboxed images. The AVR-1909 can convert these inputs to 1080p (for HDMI output), but it does not have the zoom capability. My HDTV cannot zoom on HDMI input. So with the Denon handling the video, the HDTV shows little images with black bands all around. The HDTV user manual warns that images with black bands should be avoided most of the viewing time. And the HDTV images look much better when they fill the screen. Another video problem with the receiver is that, when an input SD video is converted to 1080p, the result looks 'blotchy' on the HDTV; in contrast, when the same source is directly input to the HDTV, the results look much better. Yet another problem is the User Manual. It is complicated, confusing, hard to understand, and not well written or organized. Related settings and controls are discussed on separate pages with no references from one to another. Further, there is no index and no glossary. Abbreviations such as "HDP", "LFE", "DTS", "DTU", and "AFDM" are used but their definitions are hard or impossible to find. On the other hand, the audio side of the AVR-1909 is very good. I would give a rating of 5 to the audio side, 3 to the video side, and 3 or less to the manual. It should be noted that the Crutchfield service has been outstanding.



Great for Home Theater, Less for Music

Bill from Seattle, WA on 1/27/2009

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I agree with Michael from Pennsylvania on the quality attributes and with others regarding video performance. The video upscaling on my satellite transmissions was immediately improved and not as notceable on standard DVD playback. Faroudja Dcdi is impressive. Blu-Ray is still in the future for me. I appreciate keeping to the basics on receivers and remotes-- so my opinion started out favorably during set-up. The Audessey MultEq six point set-up is a valuable feature. The instruction manual is less intuitive than the on-screen menu and much of the fine tuning requires advanced knowledge well beyond the manual. For example, it is interesting that very basic soundstage options are presented, but only active under 2-channel (ie DolbyPLIIx Cinema ratings) and not DOLBY DIGITAL. When this source is "activated", you can then broaden the soundstage to "Music". It would be nice if this feature was available for multi-channel settings as well. The manual could well use an illustration to show what is active and available under what condition. They did this with the Audessey tree for Equalization and Volume control. The tables at the back do little to clarify these issues and the result requires trial and error. For my purpose, the home theater and television features are why I selected this model. My music system is set up in another room strictly for music with about 5 times the investment. For home theater, this is an excellent receiver by today's standards.



Denon AVR-1909

Todd from Carroll, Iowa on 1/21/2009

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Excellent Sound!!!!! Blu-Ray has never sounded so good..... Quality construction........ Easy to install and operate......If you just read the instructions--- As an individual who isn't very adept at installing electronics, I decided to download the operating manual as I waited for the unit to arrive. Received the unit and had it running within 2hours without any difficulty whatsoever... Purchase this unit, and you definitely won't be dissappointed..... Crutchfield Customer Service/Shipping...A+++++



Unless You Love Fooling Around with Electronics - Stay Away!

DR from Philadelphia, PA on 1/19/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I returned this receiver for the Onkyo TXSR706 and wrote a review singing its praises. The only reason I gave this Denon 2 stars was because after finally getting it to work, the sound quality was quite good and the Audyssey speaker configuration was flawless. But, I'll take the Onkyo any day over this for the simple reason of set up and menu frustration. I'm fairly savvy when it comes to A/V equipment but after 1.5 days of wrestling with this thing I threw in the towel and Crutchfield was more than happy to return it and send me a replacement. I doubt the people that work for Denon even know how to set up and navigate this thing. The OSD is finicky and I'd have to go back to TV mode just to see the menus on my screen to change something for a completely different input. There is no OSD for volume which I realize is minor, but I think Denon could provide this. It wouldn't accept standard video inputs (yellow) from my son's video games. It just wouldn't display them no matter what I did. My reason for getting a receiver like this was to simplify for anyone wanting to use the system by simply pressing the input they wanted and enjoying tv, games, DVD etc. but I realized this would never happen. Fortunately the Onkyo does specifically that and I couldn't be happier with it and with Crutchfield for their support. The proof is in the pudding when you put a piece of equipment through it's paces and it just doesn't hold up.



Be Forewarned!

Stephen from Rochester, NY on 12/26/2008

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This is a fine sounding receiver which delivers sound as advertised. However, navigating the menu items is extremely frustrating with no help whatsoever from the owner's manual. The manual will identify certain buttons/actions but will not endeavor to describe the functionality of such items. For example, I have a 5.1 surround system with speakers connected to the B position which go to my deck. If I want to turn on the B speakers, I must navigate deep into the menu and find "Front Speakers", then turn off the A speaker, turn on the B speakers, and if I want a balance correction (my hot tub is located closer to one speaker than the other), I need to go to a separate menu and adjust the decibel level of each speaker. Then to reset to my prior settings I have to navigate the menu system in reverse. The speaker button on the front of the amp does not toggle between the A and B speakers as logic would dictate. Also, try going to the Parameters menu, drop down and it will show you 1/6. Click on the 1/6 and it takes you back to the main menu??? Again, the owners manual does not elaborate. In several instances, the manual will advise as to what will happen if you select different items, but in reality what shows up on the display is completely different, leaving you wondering where you are. I'm frustrated enough that I'm sending the unit back and exchanging for the Onkyo TXSR 806. I've pre-read the owner's manual and it is much more intuitive to follow.



Good for movies - disappointing music

Michael from Pennsylvania on 12/23/2008

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I purchased the Denon 1909 to replace an older Marantz. First of all, I found the build lacking as the front feels like plastic and the back of the receiver would bend (no kidding) while I was making connections. But that seems to be common across all brands under $1,000 and once you've connected the receiver, it matters little. First of all, the HDMI switching and video upscaling is absolutely great on this receiver. The Audyssey setup is very friendly and the Dynamic EQ does exactly what it's supposed to do. The sound in movies is really vibrant and I thought my kevlar drivers on my speakers would break from the stress! While I understand that many people like this thundering, pin-sharp sound (which has been referred to as Onkyo-esque), I personally prefer that scenes from regular TV shows like CSI or Fringe to NOT sound like the opening scene from Saving Private Ryan. For me, the most disappointing feature of the 1909 was music playback. Even in Pure Direct mode, my wife and I found the Denon uninvolving - timing was off, soundstage was minimal and Michael Buble and Diana Krall didn't sound the same as on the old Marantz. The only area where the 1909 exceled was an abundance of bass. If you like to listen to music on your AV receiver or even prefer to watch movies with a more natural or "real" sound, I would recommend auditioning another receiver. Alternatively, you can add a stereo receiver and just use the Denon for movies.



Lets your AV equipment give you what they were made to give you!

anthony from Visalia, CA on 12/2/2008

I had originally purchased the Denon AVR-1709, but after finding out what the 1909 offers over the 1709, I had to make the exchange. There are 3 features that were worth the cost to me. 1. HDMI Repeating - You won't have to use a separate digital audio cable (coaxial or optical digital) to hear the audio from your digital sources through your speakers. Plus, HDMI cables support the new Loss-less audio formats. 2. Video Up-scaling - I immediately noticed a difference in the picture being sent from my satellite receiver. The 1909 automatically upscales all video, from all sources to 1080p! I don't know of any satellite or cable that transmits higher than 1080i. What makes the video so amazing is the Faroudja DCDi Video Processor, (not available in the 1709). The difference is definitely noticeable & worth it. 3. Loss-less Audio Processing - Obviously you can still here audio from your Blu-Ray movies, but not loss-less audio formats. I was doubtful how much of a difference I would actually notice, but after hearing these formats, (not processed on the 1709 and other less expensive receivers), the difference is purely amazing! If you pay attention to the quality of your audio and video, then don't hesitate to purchase this receiver. If you've spent money on quality AV products like LCD TVs & Blu-Ray players, don't do yourself a disservice by getting a receiver that limits their capabilities.




Ed from Myrtle Beach, SC on 11/13/2008

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This product meets all the expectations that I had for an under $1,000 receiver. Crutchfield personnel professionally discussed my buying options and presented a recommendation that met my requirements exactly. The order was handled quickly and professionally. The Receiver arrived in perfect condition and certainly met my specifications. The quality of the product and the sound is exceptional. I highly recommend this product to someone looking for a Receiver.



Best Bang for the Bucks

Dale from Alton, IL on 10/25/2008

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I LOVE this AV Receiver. Excellent sound quality and ultimate control. Simply amazing for the as AVR under $1000.00. And Crutchfield's customer service is bar none. Great to do business with.



Excellent sub-$1,000 AVR

Adam from LI, NY on 9/20/2008

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I have to say, I'm impressed. Some may claim that "Dynamic EQ" overexagerates the surround channels. It does in fact push them a little more, but I can honestly say that movie sound effects come through much better with Dynamic EQ, when playing your AVR at lower than "reference" volume. The "Dynamic Volume" helps with 2-channel commercials, which come on twice as loud as the 5.1 show you're watching. It has "day", "evening" and "midnight" modes. I thought "midnight" would keep the volume more balanced. It is still louder on some of the loudest commercials, but it definitely helps. If you're watching a movie late at night, it equalizes the highs and lows to keep a more consistent volume. 90-watts on this AVR gave no perceived lack of power. The audio was not in anyway forced sounding. I truly feel that Denon's AVRs manage to convey a clarity that you just don't quite hear in many competing AVRs. For the video processing: It actually allows you to select the aspect ratio for each individual input source, "Full" or "Normal". This provides SD in its native 4:3, when upscaling to a higher resolution. Unfortunately, it only upscales (and upconverts to HDMI) analog video sources. It passes through any digital HDMI source, no matter what the resolution. When viewing an HDMI video source, it does not provide OSD for volume and surround mode info, like some of the higher priced AVRs do. Overall, a very solid product at a great price.




mackay from Milwaukee, WI on 9/12/2008

I bought a Denon AVR-1909 a couple weeks ago. I love it. My wife was skeptical about the value of a home theater. After I set up a new Panasonic 46" plasma with the 1909, she's converted (and even asked why we got such a small TV). Sound is great. Upconverting is great. And some of the advanced features are even better than great. The speakers that were already installed in the ceiling when we moved in sounded a bit flat when I first hooked it up. Doing calibration with the 1909 made them sound just right. It comes with a mic for calibrating, and calibration takes about 15 minutes for a 5.1 setup. The Audysey Dynamic Equalization lowers the volume level of commercials, and increases the volume level of soft passages. You set the volume to a level you can deal with--and it stays at that volume. For everything! No more rush for the remote when commercials come on. It's great. I believe this is the cheapest Denon receiver to offer the dynamical volume equalization, and Denon is the only brand to offer it right now. For me, nothing else even compared. Finally, the 1909 has three HDMI inputs. I'm not using them all yet, but I soon will. Highly recommended.




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Features and Specs

Number Of Channels 7
Stereo RMS Power (watts) 90
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
Internet-ready ---
Bluetooth No
Apple AirPlay ---
App Remote Control No
USB port for iPod/iPhone No
FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
HD Radio Tuner No
On-Screen Display
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
HDR-compatible No
HDMI Standby Pass-through ---
Composite Video Conversion ---
Component Video Conversion ---
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion ---
DLNA Certified
MHL-compatible ---
Multibrand Remote Control ---
Learning Remote No
LCD Remote
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 6-3/4
Depth (inches) 15-1/8
Weight (pounds) ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Multi-room Audio--Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
Multi-room Video No
Multi-room HDMI Output No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos N/A
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 1
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
HDMI Inputs 3
HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
Subwoofer Outputs 1
Multi-Channel Analog Input Yes
Multi-channel Preamp Output No
Main Speaker Output Pairs 2
Main Speaker Terminals Posts
Ethernet Port None
USB Connections None
Removable Power Cord ---

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7-Channel Equal Power Amplifier: The Denon AVR-1909 features a 7-channel equal power, discrete amplifier. Each channel is rated at 90 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 and the surround back channels can be reassigned to power Zone 2 speakers at the same time.

Digital Signal Processing (DSP): The Denon AVR-1909 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-1909'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
    • Manual: adjusts the tonal quality for each speaker individually using the manual equalizer settings; adjust from -20 to +6 dB at 63 Hz, 125 Hz, 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 khz, 4 kHz, 8 kHz, and 16 kHz
    • 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.

Video Up-Conversion Powered With DCDi By Faroudja: The AVR-1909 is equipped with a flexible video switching system that converts video signals in an effort to only require one video connection from the receiver to your TV. The video switching system features a Directional Correlation De-interlacing (DCDi) special video processor developed by Faroudja that involves advanced algorithms to remove the jagged edges that appear when standard interlaced video is viewed on progressive scan displays. DCDi converts standard interlaced signals into progressive scan signals in order to eliminate the stair-casing effect that conventional up-converters can introduce to diagonal edges. Unlike most other conversion circuits, this receiver will convert analog signals from composite video, S-Video, and component video to HDMI up to 1080p.

  • Composite Video: can be converted to S-Video, component video, or HDMI
  • S-Video: can be converted to composite video, component video, or HDMI
  • Component Video: can be converted to composite video, S-Video, or HDMI (480i signals only when down converting/1080p input cannot be converted)

Note: Video signals input as HDMI must be output via HDMI.

Surround Modes:This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes, including the new high resolution audio formats, to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The surround modes include:

  • Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus was developed as an extension to Dolby Digital. The audio coding technology supports 7.1 channel surround sound.
  • Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit.
  • DTS-HD High Resolution: DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is an improved version of the conventional DTS, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24 signal formats that is compatible with sampling frequencies of 48 or 96 kHz and up to 7.1-channels of discrete digital sound. High data bit rate performance provides high quality sound.
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless audio format compatible with up to 96 kHz and up to 7.1-channels. The lossless audio coding technology faithfully reproduces the sound of the studio master.
  • 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 TrueHD + Dolby Digital EX
    • Dolby TrueHD + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema
    • Dolby TrueHD + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music
    • DTS-HD + Neo:6
    • DTS-HD + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Cinema
    • DTS-HD + Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music
    • 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
  • 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
    • 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 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, the Dynamic Range Compression allows you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack with reduced dynamic range. DRC works when playing program sources recorded in Dolby Digital, DTS, of Dolby TrueHD.
  • 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 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.
  • AFDM: Auto Flag Detect Mode auto-selects the surround mode by the connected source's content.
  • 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.

PCM Input: In addition to accepting bitstream audio, which is then decoded by the AVR-1909, the HDMI inputs will accept 2-channel or multi-channel linear PCM signals, up to 8 channels, with a bit rate of 32-192 kHz, and with a word length of 16, 20, or 24 bits.

Pure Direct: For the most accurate music reproduction all the display (OSD and front panel), surround, and tone circuits can be turned off.

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-1099) 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 can be output as a line-level or speaker-level signal, depending on the amplifier assign setting. A second remote control is included for use in Zone 2.

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 configuring the system differently if you prefer (limiting the main room to 5.1-channel operation):

  • Bi-Amp Connections: Some loudspeakers are equipped with two sets of input terminals for bi-amplification. The receiver's Power Amp Assign mode allows you to power two bi-amp capable speakers with two amplifier channels each. The bi-amp channels can be assigned to either the front A or front B speakers.
  • Dual Zone/Dual Source Operation: Two amplifier channels can be assigned to power the Zone 2 speakers.

iPod Compatibility: Using an optional ASD-11R iPod dock, or an ASD-3N or ASD-3W iPod/Network adapter dock, you can integrate your iPod with the AVR-1909. 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.

XM Ready: With the optional XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Dock (package item number 700XMTUNPK), you can enjoy the variety and sound quality of XM Satellite radio. XM offers over 150 channels of music, news, sports, and talk radio and even has weather and traffic information in several major markets. The channel number, channel name, artist name, and song title are listed on the AVR-1909's display and on a connected TV monitor. XM stations are stored as presets and recalled in the same way AM and FM stations are. A subscription to XM Satellite Radio is required.

Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: The AVR-1909 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 -70 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).

Source Delete: You can delete inputs you are not using from the receiver's display and on-screen menu to make accessing your connected sources quicker and easier.

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.

On-Screen Display (OSD): The OSD menu can be displayed on your television for easy system setup. The OSD menu is sent through all monitor outputs (composite video, S-video, component video, and HDMI). A screen saver engages if a static menu is left on screen for more that 3 minutes.

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

Remote Controls

Main Remote Control (RC-1099): The AVR-1909 comes with a main remote control that can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable Denon components. It is pre-programmed with control signals for other brand products; including DVD players, Blu-ray Disc players, VCRs, TVs, cable boxes, satellite receivers, and CD players.

Sub/Zone 2 Remote Control (RC-1107): The receiver's sub remote is designed to control the Zone 2 functions. You can use it from the other room with an optional IR repeater kit.

Input and Output Notes

Rear Panel Connections:

  • HDMI: This unit has 3 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).
  • Component Video: The receiver features 3 component video inputs and 1 component video monitor output. The component video inputs are assignable to different sources. (Note: If a 1080p signal is input via component video, it is neither converted nor scaled; it is only output as 1080p component video)
  • Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-1909 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. Optical digital input 2 also has a corresponding optical digital output for use with a CD, MD, or other digital recording device.
  • 7.1 Multi-Channel Input: The AVR-1909 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.
  • XM: This proprietary terminal allows you to connect and optional XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Dock.
  • 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 033ASD3N and 033ASD3W).
  • 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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