Summary: After buying this unit at BB a few years ago I have finally gotten around to installing it in my new home. The 1508 will not even complete the power up. All it will do is give a flashing red light. Both BB and Denon will do nothing about it and after Googling the receiver all of the reviews are crummy at best. Stay away from Denon products and save yourself the headache.
Summary: Great AVR glad I bought it! This AVR works for both movies, tv, and music.... I've got it hooked up to a set of Klipsch Quartets and its really good for such a low priced model. I was surprised at how easy it drove the speakers even at high volume with out putting on the protection mode. I will be adding a Klipsch center speaker and that will be all unitl I move when I will use the tuner and XM radio feature to run my garage set up....
Summary: So if you're in the market for a used 1508, I'm pretty much saying, keep looking. Get a 2807 if you are committed to a Denon of this 2007-era design. While it was working, as the other reviewers have mentioned, I found that the manual is an overly complex non-intuitive exercise in frustration. It's very difficult to get the unit to match an audio input source with a video input source... the manual is of little help.
Summary: I bought this as an inexpensive centerpiece for a basement AV system. Input, outputs and sound are fine. I almost wish I had paid more for a better designed unit. The manual is terrible. And there are so many "features" I will never use getting in the way of the simple ones I would like to find (for instance how do you get to the bass and treble controls!!!). Also, if you don't wear glasses then get some. The front panel controls are very small.
Summary: I was replacing a Marantz SR7500 with this receiver! Audio quality is good. It seems to be driving a old Martin logan speakers (which are usually picky - needs good high power current amplifiers at 6 or 4 ohms to drive them). Denon 1508 is still not up to it and falls a little short. But I am not hearing any other extra noises/sounds/hisses from the amplifier. Cons: 1.
Summary: I purchased this at BestBuy because I was told that it would play HD Radio. It does not. This receiver has particularly good zone-control for the speakers, so powering multiple rooms' worth of speakers is what it can do very well. I liked the way you can turn on and turn off sets of speakers through various settings, as well as tune the output of the individual channels with a tone generator to get the best sound mix.
Excerpt: I can't fault the Denon brand for home theatre systems. There are a lot of cheap 5.1 systems nowadays that are very tempting, but if you want a true hair-raising experience, it's nice to go for something with substance - an amplifier like this one. We've used ours to replace our ageing hi-fi alongside a Denon DVD player and a Bush turntable. The sound is so fantastic that we have never gone back to using the TV's inbuilt speakers.
Pros: Lots of inputs . HDMI support . Good controls . Auto - switching for Dolby 5 . 1
Cons: Menus are sometimes fiddly . No menu on TV, only on small screen .
Excerpt: Un user friendly very hard to setup beware!!! I've had lots of amps in the past and had no trouble whatso ever working out the ins and outs but this one is computer controlled so its a pain in the butt to get it to work with a full system which I have 2 DVD players,A PC input (you have to use AUX for PC) so you'd think it would not have a problem but I have had read the manual at least 6 times and checked the back god knows how many times.
Summary: Пользуюсь аппаратом уже два года. Звук классный. Очень много возможностей. Из недостатков: бедная инструкция по эксплуатации. Могут возникнуть проблемы по подключению различной аппаратуры, и по использованию сервисных кнопок на пульте. А так аппарат - вполне.