Summary: This is my first receiver with all channels in one component (in other words, AV receiver) that I've bought, so I don't have anything to compare it with other than my other stand-alone stereo and mono receivers and amplifiers, but I will do the best I can to give a reasonably helpful review. I got this for our bedroom system after looking for the best reviewed and most economical AV receivers on Amazon. Luckily I found it for a total of $190 shipped, in good condition.
Summary: I purchased this receiver to use in a full sized home theater room. I already had a Denon 889 so I thought my experience with that would aid me in setting up the 1610. Well, the setup was the same but this receiver has great difficulty with HTCP through HDMI and from time to time it just won't handshake. Also, on occassion the sound would completely drop out.
Configuration Headache : User Interface not intuitive
17 November 2009
Summary: 1. Read the data sheet and manual carefully, the "on-screen menus" only work via the HDMI interface or a composite connection to the TV. No menus on component video connection. This cost me dearly during configuration, 5 frustrating hours. On the second complete read of the manual, I caught the reference to a component connection. The front panel configuration user interface is poorly thought out and can be very frustrating to operate. 2.