Summary: When it's working, it sounds phenomenal. The setup for the features are so difficult to find or set correctly. You need a gosh-darn PhD or have to have a job at NASA to get anything on it set up right. Way too complicated. Reminds me of Windows 8.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...