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Denon AVR-1609 7.1-Channel Multi-Zone Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Identical quality and power for all 7 channels, 75W x 7ch
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ
  • HDMI (ver1.3a supporting Deep Color (30/36-bit), "x.v.Color"
  • 1080p video pass through
  • Sirius Satellite Radio ready

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Product Specifications

Brand NameDenon
Output Wattage75
Special Features7.1-Channel, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, 1080p video pass through, Sirius Satellite Radio ready

Technical Details

  • 7.1-Channel
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume
  • 1080p video pass through
  • Sirius Satellite Radio ready

Product Description

Product Description

Affordability and versatility are the hallmarks of the AVR-1609, which features a powerful 7 channel amplifier section to drive a 7.1 multi-channel speaker system, along with the latest extended surround decoders, including Dolby Digital Surround EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS ES. Equipped with the latest HDMI v1.3a digital video signal pass-through technology, the AVR-1609 provides 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output, allowing a single HDMI cable run to your HDTV display. The advanced Audyssey MultEQ in-room acoustic measurement and optimization system automatically analyzes the listening room’s acoustics at up to six different measurement locations, and develops an appropriate acoustic correction algorithm that provides smooth, natural tonal balance throughout the listening space. To eliminate irritating volume jumps between TV shows and commercials, the AVR-1609 is one of the first to offer Audyssey’s Dynamic Volume automatic volume leveling system, and Audyssey Dynamic EQ ensures rich bass and smooth tonal balance, even at low volume levels. Expansion options abound, with media network connectivity (via optional ASD-3N/3W), along with iPod compatibility (via optional ASD-1R/3N/3W), and the AVR-1609 features Denon’s exclusive Compressed Audio Restorer that automatically improves the fidelity of your favorite portable audio tracks.

From the Manufacturer

From the Manufacturer

The Denon AVR-1609 7.1-Channel Multi-Zone Home Theater Receiver - Affordability and Versatility for a Reasonable Price

Affordability and versatility are the hallmarks of the AVR-1609, which features a powerful 7 channel amplifier section to drive a 7.1 multi-channel speaker system, along with the latest extended surround decoders, including Dolby Digital Surround EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS ES. Equipped with the latest HDMI v1.3a digital video signal pass-through technology,



Includes 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output
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the AVR-1609 provides 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output, allowing a single HDMI cable run to your HDTV display. The advanced Audyssey MultEQ in-room acoustic measurement and optimization system automatically analyzes the listening room’s acoustics at up to six different measurement locations, and develops an appropriate acoustic correction algorithm that provides smooth, natural tonal balance throughout the listening space.

Top Technology for a Price You Can Afford

The Denon AVR-1609 is equipped with the latest high resolution surround sound format decoding capabilities, including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD Master Audio - the latest high resolution audio formats found on many Blu-ray high definition discs. The powerful seven

Audessy Equalized ensures a smooth sound
channel amplifier section can be configured for 7.1 channel surround sound, as well as being able to drive a 5.1 channel system in the main room along with powered stereo speaker outputs for second zone audio. The video section features extensive video source switching and up-conversion capability, and is equipped with three latest specification v1.3a HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, with up to 1080p resolution.

True Quality Audio Processing

The built-in Audyssey MultEQ acoustic correction technology and optimization system custom-tailors the sound for optimum tonal balance throughout the listening space. To eliminate irritating swings in volume between TV shows and commercials, the AVR-1609 is one of the first to offer Audyssey Dynamic Volume automatic volume-leveling system, as well as Audyssey Dynamic EQ to ensure rich bass and smooth tonal balance, even at low volume levels. With the Denon AVR-1609 you get loads of connectivity for system building, including HDTV-compatible component video switching. A front-panel audio/video input allows quick and easy connection of camcorders and game systems. Analogue video to HDMI scaling to 1080p, 1080p video pass through Multi-Zone 2 source/2 Zone capability.

Options to Expand

Expansion options abound, with media network connectivity (via optional ASD-3N/3W), along with iPod compatibility (via optional ASD-11R/3N/3W), and the AVR-1609 features Denon’s exclusive Compressed Audio Restorer that automatically improves the fidelity of your favorite portable audio tracks.


Technical Specifications

  • Power Output: 75 watts/channel
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx – with Cinema, Music, Game Modes: Included
  • Dolby Digital Surround EX Decoding: Included
  • dts ES Discrete 6.1 Decoding: Included
  • dts ES Matrix 6.1 Decoding: Included
  • dts Neo:6 Stereo-to-Surround Cinema and Music Modes: Included
  • dts 96/24 5.1 for DVD-Video Processing: Included
  • Pure Direct/Direct/Stereo Modes on Digital/Analog inputs: Included
  • Wide Screen 7.1 Mode: Yes
  • Assignable Digital Inputs: 4
  • Digital Inputs: Coaxial: 2
  • Digital Inputs: Optical: 2
  • Digital Outputs: Optical: 0
  • Analog Audio Inputs, Incl. Tuner: 8
  • Analog Record Outputs: 2
  • Composite Video Inputs: 4
  • Composite Video Outputs: 2
  • S-Video Inputs: 3
  • S-Video Outputs: 2
  • Weight: 24.9 lbs
  • Width: 17.1 inches
  • Height: 6.7 inches
  • Depth: 14.9 inches



Choose a Denon A/V Receiver that is Right for You Home Theater System

Denon offers several models of A/V receiver systems, from the entry-level AVR-1609 to the advanced AVR-2809CI model. Each A/V receiver has different qualities so you can choose the one that is right for your home and the sound you want. Here's a quick breakdown of the Denon A/V receiver systems.
  • The AVR-1609 features a powerful 7.1 channel amplifier section to drive a 7.1 multi-channel speaker system, along with the latest extended surround decoders, including Dolby Digital Surround EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS ES. Equipped with the latest HDMI v1.3a digital video signal pass-through technology, the AVR-1609 provides 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output, allowing a single HDMI cable run to your HDTV display. The advanced Audyssey MultEQ in-room acoustic measurement and optimization system automatically analyzes the listening room’s acoustics at up to six different measurement locations, and develops an appropriate acoustic correction algorithm that provides smooth, natural tonal balance throughout the listening space.
  • The AVR-1709 features a powerful 7.1 channel amplifier section that can be easily configured for a 7.1 channel surround sound loudspeaker system, or to drive a 5.1 channel surround sound system in the main room, while at the same time able to drive a pair of stereo speakers in another room. Featuring tremendous video signal handling flexibility, the AVR-1709 features three latest specification v1.3a HDMI digital video inputs and one HDMI output that handles HD signals up to the highest 1080p resolution. As well, the AVR-1709 features on-board video up-conversion, along with three HD component video inputs for additional video signal handling flexibility. For optimum surround sound quality, the Audyssey MultEQ in-room acoustic measurement and optimization system measures the loudspeaker’s overall response (at up to six different measurement points) and tailors the audio signal for the smoothest, most natural-sounding tonal balance throughout the listening space.
  • The AVR-1909 is equipped with the latest high resolution surround sound format decoding capabilities, including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD Master Audio. The powerful seven channel amplifier section can be configured for 7.1 channel surround sound. The video section is equipped with three latest specification v1.3a HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, with up to 1080p resolution. In addition, the AVR-1909 features Faroudja DCDi video processing and up-conversion, breathing new life into standard definition sources. Setup is a snap, thanks to the icon-based on screen display. To eliminate irritating swings in volume between TV shows and commercials, the AVR-1909 is one of the first to offer Audyssey Dynamic Volume automatic volume-leveling system, as well as Audyssey Dynamic EQ to ensure rich bass and smooth tonal balance, even at low volume levels.
  • The AVR2309CI is a 7.1 A/V receiver with video upscaling to 1080p of analog sources using a Faroudja DCDi chipset, decodes high-definition audio sources (Dolby TrueHD, dts HD-MA), and features 4 x HDMI 1.3a inputs with Deep Color support. A notable upgrade to the previous-generation is the addition of Audyssey's Dynamic Volume processing along with the already present Dynamic EQ option. Dynamic Volume is a feature that levels the volume to a more-or-less constant level to avoid sudden changes in volume. This feature works together with the Dynamic EQ that dynamically adjusts the EQ settings to optimize the dynamic range.
  • The AVR2809CI has been fortified with the latest A/V upgrades positioning itself to become one of the most popular audio video receivers in the industry, continuing on in its predecessor's footsteps. The AVR-2809CI has HDMI v1.3a which brings with it the new surround formats for HD decoding allowing for ultimate surround performance for the best in home theater experience. Updated Audyssey audio processing has been added to provide improved auto calibration results for smooth sound reproduction. The well acclaimed Faroudja FLi2310 has been employed to allow for video scaling to 1080p resolution. Serial IR ports along with the RS-232C system control port provides ease of integration for complex home audio installations with 3rd party controllers.

  • Product Details

    • Shipping Weight: 29.2 pounds
    • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
    • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
    • ASIN: B001BKLC50
    • Item model number: AVR1609
    • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,631 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
    • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
    • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 18, 2005

    Customer Questions & Answers

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    54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Mark Tacchi on October 19, 2008
    If you plan on using HDMI with this receiver, you should note that this receiver doesn't pass the HDMI audio through to the external speakers. I have a Sony 46" Bravia, a Tivo HD XL, and a Playstation 3 that I connected to the Denon with HDMI. I had to hook up an optical audio cable between the PS3 and the Denon, and RCA cables for the Tivo. When I found out that I can't get 7.1 with the Tivo set up (because of the RCA analog cables), I returned the unit and bought the SONY STR-DG820. It's about the same price and does the HMDI audio and video correctly. Also, it's an easier to use unit.

    I hope that this helps one of you avoid the frustration and confusion that I went through.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roy A. Midyett on June 13, 2009
    I chose this Denon receiver for 2 reasons: It had features I was looking for; and I always wanted a Denon. I am giving it 4 stars for the same reason many did: a difficult owner's manual; although after finally figuring everything (almost) out, and re-reading, it makes a lot more sense.
    The AVR 1609 has 3 features I really wanted: One, simple A/B switching between speaker pairs. Not too many receivers have this feature; I have 2 speakers in one room, 2 in another. Second, I wanted some sort of lip-synch correction. After getting a plasma TV, I've had the problem of sound not synching with picture sometimes. Thirdly, it has a "sound-leveling" feature, so louds aren't so loud, and soft parts are louder.
    But the main thing is always the sound. This receiver, even without the MultEQ engaged, it is at least as good as my previous Yamaha receiver. With the MultEQ engaged, the sound is noticeably better, with only 2 speakers; with 5 or 7, it is likely to be much better.
    I had trouble getting my head around the features of this receiver, but here is my summary: 1. MultEQ: this is an equalizing/adjusting feature that customizes the sound for your room and listening position using the supplied microphone. The set-up is very easy, and takes only a few minutes. Once this is done, you can engage it or not. 2. Dynamic EQ:this is usable once you do the MultEQ setup; it supposedly adjusts the balance at any volume level. I haven't evaluated this. 3. Dynamic Volume: also only usable with MultEQ, it quiets loud sounds and boosts quiet sounds so you can hear everything without waking someone up in the next room. This does seem to work ok. Even if you don't do the whole MultEQ set-up, there is a separate Night button on the remote that does pretty much the same thing as the Dynamic Volume.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael Thompson on January 3, 2009
    I have been using this receiver for a few weeks. I love the sound, which is far better than my previous Onkyo when used with my BA speakers for music (I don't use the 7.1). However, my big complaint is that the interface is a train wreck. If I had 3 or fewer inputs (including radio) the 'Quick' 1-3 buttons might be OK once configured -- though I'd prefer a UI that allowed me to label them for my wife's sake if not my own -- but as is it's a pain. I have other minor issues, like the double-sided remote (two sides that don't work with my Bravia!), the lack of an analog passthrough, and a horrible manual, but usability is the big one.

    I am planning on exchaging this, probably for the Sony 820 or 920.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2009
    I would like to challenge anyone in finding a better AVR in this price category. I purchased the Denon AVR-1609 two days ago for under two hundred and am absolutely amazed that they can sell such a nice product for so little and make a profit. I hooked this up with a 6.1 speaker setup... small speakers, nothing special, and the sound is fantastic. It took me a bit of time to setup because it defaults to 5.1 and 7.1 speaker arrangement and I had to scour the manual to figure out how to add one speaker in the back and nobody likes to read manuals... The manual is actually very well written despite what other reviewers have said and has everthing you would ever need to know about using the auto setup feature as well as fine tuning and making adjustments afterward to suit your listening style and other interesting programming features in a very simple and easy to understand layout. Regarding other reviewers comments... If you call yourself an audiophile then Denon makes plenty other AVRs to suit your needs at 10x the price... This reciever is for people who enjoy fine sound WITHOUT breaking the bank and the resutltant screaming wife. The comments about the HDMI inputs/outputs not passing audio is plain silly and nothing more than a convienience issue, there four are digital audio inputs for your components to be routed separately... I would rather Denon cuts out bonus features and convieniences such as these rather than sacrifice sound quality and choose cheaper amplifiers, etc... If you want features of a high end AVR then spend a few hundred extra and get it. Also, I actually like the doube sided remote... they hide some infrequenty used type buttons in a closable compartment on the back of the remote. Its nice for setup and configuration adjustments. The remote alone is worth a couple hundred bucks... Go ahead and buy this thing, you'll be getting a lot more for your money than you ever expected and wonderful sound from a respected manufacturer!
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By zWooDa on June 30, 2009
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    Our 10 yr. old JVC receiver was just plain tired. After researching the AVR-1609, I knew I'd need to run extra audio with the HDMI hook-ups. Nothing I read warned me about another minor annoyance:(quoting from the AVR-1609 manual)"Because video signals are output from the AVR-1690's monitor output terminal in the same format as the video input signals, THE MONITOR OUTPUT TERMINAL SHOULD BE OF THE SAME TYPE AS THE TERMINAL USED FOR INPUT."

    In other words, if you run HDMI to your tv, the Component inputs on the receiver won't work. Ended up running the component cables from my Wii to the tv & running the audio to the receiver (used cd audio). Not a huge deal, but slightly disappointing.

    On the up-side, the sound quality is AMAZING (especially in such a low-cost unit) & more than makes up for the switching issue! The auto calibration process is a bit time consuming, but well worth the effort. I initially set everything up manually, then realized some features are only active if the auto set-up is used. The sound quality achieved with the auto calibration was far superior to the settings I programed!

    Video pass-thru using HDMI seems flawless, no noticeable loss in HD.

    All & all, a whole lot of bang for very little $$$.
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