Summary: I've had three other devices from Denon but this exceeds all expectations. I bought in 2009 and never had any problems. 5.1 sound perfect, potent and highly crystalline. The adjustments give a bit of work, but when you learn to operate the device, it is just fantastic.
Summary: Wow!! This receiver is amazing. We are so glad we spent the extra money to buy this one. Fantastic sound, takes care of the variable sound issue when commercials come on. Would definitely use this vendor again, product was shipped quickly and was exactly as described.
Summary: I've been an audio engineer most of my life. Spent 43 years at ABC-TV. Got 2 Emmys for my work. I worked everything from uontold numbeer of Wide World of Sports to 12 Academy Awards. I say this because I hope you will understand when I say...."This DENON Surround Sound VR-2809CI IS FABULOUS!" I know whereof I speak. One tip....The setup is quite tricky. If you are new to this sort of Receiver/Amplifier, you would be wise to have it professionally installed.
Summary: I researched many A/V receivers and finally settled for this one based on Denon's reputation. I picked this particular model as I wanted to have two independent zones. In Zone 1, I have my family room (TV + surround system). In Zone 2, I have stereo speakers to all the bedrooms. My kids can watch a cartoon in the family room, and I can listen to music in the other rooms. I would highly recommend this product.
Summary: I purchased this as an upgrade to my existing AVR-1706. I needed direct HDMI cabling for Blu-ray Disc and some additional watts (heh-heh). The setup was slightly odd with the ASCII style menuing system, but after a bit of poking around, it all makes sense now. All of the assignable inputs make cabling a breeze. It is used for HDTV, Blu-ray and Wii and is connected to a 67" Samsung LED DLP. The Audessy setup was great and I love the multi-point listening position steps.
Former Michigander in Northern California "Mike", Amazon
9 March 2009
Summary: I'm really happy with my AVR-2809CI. The receiver produces remarkable sound; I can hear various instruments precisely. I configured my room using Audyssey EX, and the sound staging is fantastic. Inputs can be configured to your needs (e.g. HDMI input #2 can be used for any AV input from any component that provides an HDMI out). First-time setup can be confusing, but after you figure it out, it's pretty easy.
Summary: Pros: wonderful, superior sound; set it and forget it operation; number of inputs and outputs is fantastic Cons: doesn't properly switch to my Motorola (Comcast) cable box - ended up using another HDMI input direct to the television (Samsung) - possible reason: cable box = DVI -> HDMI adapter; doesn't pass through the programming screen on the VCR (JVC) so I can't set the clock - haven't figured this one out yet and is not near the top of the list at the moment.