Summary: Sounds great...but have not had time to read the manual and set up the system with the mic. Commercials sound level is not consistent with shows/games, so I need to learn how to fix that too. Center channel on sports broadcasts seems to be too quiet too.....probably some way to fix that too.
Summary: This is an awesome receiver. I have a mix of 4 and 8 ohm speakers. I did a lot of research before I bought the Denon because most manufacturers tell you their product can't handle the low ohms. Not Denon, they said their receiver would handle it, and it did. I tried the auto setup using the mic. It did not do the job for me. Once I set it up using manual set up it sounded the great.
Summary: I did a lot of research before settling on the 2309. I listened to several systems and the sound quality was well worth jumping up to this level. It is also the only one in this price range that had 4 HDMI inputs. I would definately suggest getting a side by side comparison before purchasing this system. Doing that made me confident in my purchase of the 2309.
Summary: After weeks of research for the HDTV, I spent another several weeks reviewing receivers. The Samsung was a great choice for a TV and the Denon receiver seems like the best of the bunch - given that there is no clear choice in receivers like I feel there is in HDTVs. It really amounted to picking the one with the best features and the fewest weaknesses, and the Denon came out on top.
Summary: Bought this receiver at J&R. [...] Replaced Onkyo 703 that didn't have 1080p HDMI pass-through and ran very hot (wanted to take advantage of Dolby True HD and DTS Master Audio via HDMI, plus 4 HDMI inputs). The Audyssey speaker calibration system is outstanding. If done correctly, produces exceptionally clean, balanced sound. Very good power and runs relatively cool.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Clean Sound, Clean Video, Good Power, Great Speaker Calibration
Cons: Difficult To Set Up, Poor Manual, Poor Remote