Summary: I've had this for a couple of years now. I've been using Denon decks and receivers for YEARS and I honestly don't see the point of using any other brand. They are simply the best. Well....Besides Bose Wave (big or small, doesn't matter, they are both the best - you wouldn't believe the way they sound. The acoustics don't even seem possible. It's like, where IS that bass coming from???) but that's a different animal, lol. Anyway....
Summary: The denon AVR-1609 is a great A/V reciever. Some people do not like the fact that the audio HDMI portion is just a pass-thru but I like it because I only use fiber optic for my audio(the 1609 has 2). You can up-grage to a different model but it is not cost effective when you can buy a toslink cable for $4. All in all this is a great product.
Summary: After purchasing this item, I read the reviews. I can tell you that after reading them I tried to cancel this item through Amazon on-line before it shipped. I was truly dissappointed that I could not cancel through Amazon but only through the shipper "Crutchfield". After speaking with "Crutchfield", I must admit they have great technical assistance.
Summary: Was just looking for a basic receiver to replace an old one that died. It was just for some speakers I have outside & in a formal dining area. I've already got 2 pretty nice Denon's for the 2 home theater areas in my house, and love them. Couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this one on sale for just over $200 with free delivery. Delivery was quicker than promised and it came in perfect condition. Crutchfield was excellent.
Summary: I would like to challenge anyone in finding a better AVR in this price category. I purchased the Denon AVR-1609 two days ago for under two hundred and am absolutely amazed that they can sell such a nice product for so little and make a profit. I hooked this up with a 6.1 speaker setup... small speakers, nothing special, and the sound is fantastic.
Summary: After many hours spent reviewing current recievers I settled on the denon avr-1609. My purchase was driven by the price and many good reviews. I have not been disappointed. as others have said the set-up is a little confusing, but the printed literature is good. The double sided remote is different , but very easy to adapt to. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good combination surround system. ---------- Harry F.
Summary: EASY OPERATION, MANUAL SETUP, HELPFUL QUICK GUIDE AND THIS RECEIVER HAS 9 INPUTS AND MULTI-ZONE CAPABILITIES.6-8OHMS PER SPEAKER,AND HDMI INPUTS AND OUTPUTS,COM PONET INPUT AND OUTPUT,ALTHOUGH THE MANUAL QUOTES THIS AS ONLY 75 WATTS PER CHAN NEL,(IT SEEMS LIKE ALOT MORE BECAUSE OF THE "AUDESSEY" ON BOARD PROSSESSOR AND MULTI-ROOM SET-UP FOR THE EQ AND SOUNDFIELDS).TO BE "MORE" INDEPTH,I WORK ON CARS FOR A LIVIVNG AND THIS IS A "FERRARI" TYPE OF RECEIVER COMPARED TO ANY...