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 .