Summary: THIS IS MY SECOND DENON RECEIVER. IT IS AN ABSOLUTELY AWESOME SOUNDING AND FEATURED UNIT. IT DOES NOT OVERHEAT, OR HAVE HDMI CONNECT PROBS REPORTED ON COMPETING UNITS. HOWEVER, THE SETUP IS A ROYAL P.I.T.A. MANUAL NOT CLEAR ENOUGH TO HELP, NOT VERY INTUITIVE. PREVIOUS DENON EXPERIENCE HELPED ME BUMBLE THROUGH IT, WORTH THE TRIP BECAUSE THIS UNIT PAIRED WITH INFINITY SPEAKERS IS AWESOME IN SURROUND FOR MOVIES AND ON STEREO FOR FM OR CDs.
Summary: The setup on this beast is complicated and I consider myself very competent when it comes to electronics. I still can't get anything but fm radio to the 2nd zone. I have everything setup running through this receiver and it sounds fantastic powering my klipsch 5.1 speakers. I still highly recommend this or a Onkyo - onkyo is way easier to configure.
Summary: The Good: The Denon 1909 is priced as a entry-level AVR, even though it has many of the qualities and features of receivers that are significantly more expensive. The HD processing and 480/720i up-converting are excellent, as is the audio. Using Audyssey technology, the 1909 enables the owner to configure the surround sound to match the room, which is a significant advantage over many other receivers in this price range.
Summary: Pros: 1. Listening at low volumes (like at midnight) while trying not to wake a child up is MUCH better with the included Audyssey Dynamic Volume! Great feature! Because of this, I like and use this much more than my older and more expensive (but higher end series 3803 receiver) that didn't have these features. 2. Audyssey system is general seems to work well. 3.
Summary: Great receiver with easy setup. I bought this receiver because of the Audyssey sound leveling feature. This feature levels the sound so that those TV advertisements don't blast you out of the room. You no longer have to grab the remote to turn down the volume when an advertisement comes on, particularly on HD channels. It really works! The setup is easy. Use the included microphone to measure the room and let the Audyssey system set the EQ.
Summary: This thing has plenty of power for most rooms if your speakers are up to the task. Don't hook up a tiny 5.1 speaker set and expect much. I bought the Fluance 5 speaker set and added a sub. These speakers are amazing for the price. I set the volume at 0db and it will run you out of the room. Normal listening volume is about -20db. Plenty of headroom. More inputs than a person would ever use except for HDMI.
Summary: The Denon AVR-1909 is a nice A/V receiver, but with significant limitations on the video side. There are lots of connectors on the back, but it can handle only four video sources connected to the back (and only three HDMI). An additional video source (composite only) can be connected to the front of the unit.
Denon AVR-1909: Great receiver but poor instructions
3 November 2008
Summary: I was finally ready to upgrade to an HDMI receiver with the latest HD audio options so I could take full advantage of my LG BH200, Samsung LCD, Cox Cable HD DVR and Polk speakers. Previous receiver was an Onkyo TX-SR504 and I really liked it, so my first look was at Onkyo receivers. However, after reading the AVS Forum and Amazon reviews, the heating issues of the newer Onkyos concerned me.
Great product - difficult to set up, due to poor Owner's Manual
5 September 2008
Summary: After sending back a Yamaha 663 because it would not pass thru my cable DVR, I decided to try the Denon AVR-1909. It is pricey compared to the Onkyo 606 (heat problems) and the Yamaha 663. However, after two days of pouring over the cryptic owners manual and figuring out the 2-sided remote, it is working perfectly. The sound is fantastic. The speaker auto-set up using the Audyssey mike is great, then you can just tweak the settings for your own taste.