Summary: I have had this receiver for about 2 years. I only had it on when I was watching a blu ray movie or certain shows. I did not leave it on all the time. I enjoyed the microphone speaker calibration and features that it offers for the price. I sometimes found the bass to be a bit loud at lower volumes with the audacity settings which compensate for sound at lower volumes. It also could have a lot more power.
Summary: I have had mine for over a year and it works perfect. Inputs are assignable so we run DVD, SAT, WII and X-Box through it. Made my old speakers sound much better. Set up is a bit difficult but the final results are worth it. Limited bells and whistles though.
Summary: OLD SCHOOL ON SCREEN DISPLAY A PAIN TO SET UP A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY SPEND A LITTLE MORE CASH AND GET THE AVR 1712 Still a pain to set up but much better OSD I only put up with this setup issue because Denon has the best sounding AVR's out there
Summary: one of the best sounding receivers i have ever had the chance of buying. my home theater is the best i think some one is knocking at the door when its just the movie my wife and kids are watching in the living room lol. i love it so much its the best 299.99 i have ever spent.
Summary: I bought a AVR-1611 a year ago and use it with Energy Take Five Classic speakers, a Samsung 3D BluRay player and a very good Panasonic 42" 1080P Plasma TV. What an awesome system. My wife and I go upstairs once a week for our in-house "night at the movies" to watch and listen to this system - we can actually hear the cars coming thru the walls and the gun casings rolling across the floors)!
Summary: Be sure to expect a healthy discount. This is NOT a current model at all. You may be able to get a significantly better receiver at a better price with a current model. Check the Denon web page for current models. Buyer Beware !!!
Summary: There is definitely a learning curve to this piece of equipment and a big step up from my basic RCA unit I had used for so long. Plenty (4) of HDMI inputs. The Audyssey set up was a nice feature and, despite my best efforts to make setup difficult, got things up and going. Great price for a unit with all the features this one has.
Summary: As a nontechnical person set up was fairly difficult, but the technicians worked with me on the phone to solve all of the problems. The receiver has a full rich sound compared to my 15 year old NAD (thin, lacked punch). i paid $268 shipped as a discontinued model. This was well worth it. I understand the 1612, the successor to the 1611, comes with an ipad dock. If I had known this beforehand, I may have opted for the 1512. With the 1611, the optional dock is about $100.