"Reliability Problems"on by yeecn
Pros - Good sound (at least an order of magnitude more 'audiophile' than whatever speakers you are using)
- loads of features (most of which you don't want to care about).
- Decent power output (good enough for a party in a basketball court).
Cons - Menu too complicated
- Serious reliability problem
- Power consumption (class A design - it is HOT)
Summary The unit begin to fail in less than 2 years of owning it. The amplifier still performs, basic functioning is still there, but many features are failing. 1/2 of the remote control buttons won't work. Some features won't work even using control buttons on the unit itself.
Pros easy on the eye, good sound quality with movies and music, loads of features and it stays in control with music when its turned up at part level. its bullit proof will last a long time.
Cons difficult to set up correctly, needs good speakers to bring out its very best. this amp looses one star because off how difficult it is to set up, other than that for me its the best all rounder for build quality features sound and looks.
Summary once you have set this av amp up correctly you will be rewarded with a very good amp, movies sound excellent and as for music well its all down to what speakers you use, a safe speaker for all kinds of music would be B&W i tried loads of speakers and these hit the spot with movies and music for me, if you decide to buy this amp you will soon realise it was money well spent, and at the end of the day thats all that counts
"Unreliable"on by jimhagen58
Pros Clear sound, adequate HDMI
Cons This amp quit working within 48 hours of being installed.
Warranty has no "Out-Of-Box" exchanges, and parts must be shipped in (I have been 2 weeks and the parts have not even arrived for an attempted repair at the AUTHORISED repair facility)
Summary Buyer Beware.
I saw no reliability problems discussed in any review, and was not warned of a less than adequate repair structure (even in metropolitain areas). All Parts are shipped from I Don't Know Where.......more than 2 weeks in my case.
The Authorised repair facility has at least 6 other 1909 units in the same condition as mine.
What earthly good is a review touting great sound reproduction if the unit breaks, and takes forever to be repaired?
Pros Audyssey MultiEQ is better than competing Dynamic EQ technologies (including Yamaha) - will make your speakers sound incredible
Dynamic Volume Leveling is a must-have feature (no more blaring commercials)
Cons Can be time-consuming setup for someone with limit experience setting up the latest A/V Receivers
On-Screen Menu is bare-bones (but does the job)
No volume level indication on the video display
Summary I've owned about 8 A/V receivers over the past 23 years. I'm a Pro-sumer (essentially a consumer that knows what they are doing but doesn't setup Home Theaters for a living.) I'm also a research fanatic and over analyze every purchase - and am not afraid to return anything I find unsatisfactory. Most of my receivers have all been Yamaha's although I've owned Onkyo, Harmon Kardon, Kenwood, and Sony also. The main reason I bought this receiver was for the Audyssey Dynamic EQ and the Dynamic Volume leveling. All the competent reviews of this product point out this is the strength of this receiver. In fact, I've found these features to work so well, so much better than my Yamaha 1400, that they make up for any small drawbacks of this receiver compared to others in it's class like the highly touted Onkyo. The on-screen menu is bare bones and it won't be easy to setup for the less knowledgeable or experienced A/V user, but if you slug through it and set everything up correctly you will be handsomely rewarded when your speakers sound better than they ever had before. Good job on the sound processing programming Denon! There may be more user-friendly receivers with similar features, inputs, etc., but I'm confident you will find no receiver for the same price or less that has better sound processing than this one as far as the Dynamic EQ and Volume leveling. The video processing is excellent also. And the reliability is also excellent, which may not be the case for some of the nearest competitors like Onkyo. This receiver is a dream product for an A/V Enthusiast/Pro-sumer on a budget.
Pros Awesome companion with the ipod dock, plenty of video inputs, sexy design.
well respected brand, best sound at its price range
Cons weird remote, i have to flip open the back part of the remote to access the ipod main menu every time. I believe there is a way to change that but I'm sure its 1 step too many to deal with. Also, I wished there was an extra optical cable in the front
Summary I have it hooked up to a pair of B&W 685 speakers with audioquest cables, ps3, xbox elite, ipod touch, and sony 32 xbr 1080p tv. So far, I've really enjoyed the sound produced by the speakers from movies and gaming, but especially for music. I guess since i'm only playing audio through 2 speakers and a sub occasionally, my setup was less of a fuss than others because I kept things simple with just the basic connections. I dare not venture into the audyssey setup, and other programming just yet as I'm satisfied with the default settings for stereo use and it does look to be a headache if you want to mess with the other features.
I would certainly recommend getting the ipod dock with the receiver as the sound from your ipod is wonderfully produced.
I'm Pleased with the bluray, hd-dvd, and standard dvd playback, and I like the nighttime feature.