Summary: This is the second Denon I've bought. This was for another room. Sound quality can be a subjective thing but to my ears this is an excellent unit. I do like the room tuning feature with a microphone on a long wire you configure the unit to suit the listening environment. I never realized the benefits a dedicated AVR unit can bring to the media experience until I bought one, or in this case, two.
Summary: When my old Sony AVR died (thank you EU for ROHS, now our landfills only contain the finest lead-free if not well aged equipment), it was an opportunity to simplify the setup. I also have an HD TV, a TiVo, VCR and DVD players and a Roku internet streaming player, with a rat's nest of audio cables to the AVR and video cables going to multiple TV HDMI inputs or composite video inputs on the AVR.
Summary: Received the unit and it was delivered on Saturday although it was ordered with two day free shipping. It was packaged in two boxes. The outer box was packed with shock absorbant packing around the inner box. The inner box was in perfect shape and the unit was encapsulated in stiff, thick styrofoam material. It was installed today and the performance so far is just great. We had an HD TV but the prior receiver was not HD so we could not view the picture in HD.
Summary: I purchased this after trying the onkyo 509 model. while specs and price are almost the same this beats the onkyo in every area that matters except number of inputs but i dont need 15 different video inputs. the 4 hdmi on the denon is plenty. the hdmi signal on the denon is actually passed through with audio when its in standby. so when its off you can watch tv and have sound through your tv speakers without having to turn on the receiver.
Summary: This unit was bought to replace an old Sony AV Receiver that did not have HDMI capability. It was an excellent choice. I used the Infinity speakers I already had and the installation was quite easy. Being able to replace all the previous cables with three HDMI cables was great. While the Sony receiver that was replaced had 5.1 surround, I was never able to get the real surround that the Audyssey MultEQ dynamic room acoustic correction system with included microphone...
Summary: Product was shipped 2 day arrived on time and after opening the most time was connecting the new speaker wires to the receiver. After all was all 5 speakers were hooked up and power was turned on the the setup was fast. I used the odyssey speaker set up and set the mic on a tripod in the center of the listening position. It detected all the speakers and the distance to the mic automatically. I am not by any means and sound techie.