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Great buy for the price!,
This review is from: Denon AVR-1612 5.1 Channel A/V Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I also bought this product at best buy for $300. What an amazing product for the price! Paired with some Klipsch HDT speakers, you can't go wrong if you are looking to do a low budget theater. The audyssey calibration is great. It is by no means comparable to adaptIQ from Bose (I also have a lifestyle system), but again it's 300 bucks compared to 4k so my impressions are amazing. One thing that annoys me is that when you change speaker levels and modify you audyssey setup, it does not save the levels so it reverts to the configure setup after power cycling. That to me is annoying. I realize there is a manual setup but I want the auto setup and I want to be able to tweak it myself after it is setup. I do notice that it also balances tone (in other words if your playing a song with a lot of treble it will automatically balance it out based on your settings/calibration setup or vice versa with bass so you get an optimal listening experience.) Pretty nifty feature for a reasonably priced product. It has native iPod support, but I have not figured out how to simulate the 2-channel input to 5 channels so that i can listen in surround. As for build quality, it is superbly crafted and looks like the engineers really put some thought into it. There are a ton of inputs and it allows you to consolidate 4 hdmi inputs into 1 cable that plugs into your tv. (perk!) Soud reproduction is great. Recommend using either fiber optic, hdmi or coaxial connection to really take advantage of what this receiver has to offer. Overall it's a great product, but if you don't care about auto mic calibration or a direct iPod connection via USB, save some cash and get the one right below this. Just make sure that it meets your speaker requirements (wattage and impedance) and you'll be fine. Denon makes high quality receivers and if you're looking to put together a great theater on a tight budget on a 600W limit, I fully recommend this product.
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Initial post: Dec 18, 2011 12:52:18 AM PST
After you change the channel levels back out of the menu and hold the quick select button that you are using and it will save. So if you are on TV hold the TV quick select button down for a couple seconds and the AVR screen will say "quick select memory".
Posted on Jun 25, 2012 7:58:59 AM PDT
A. Booth says:
I bought a demo 1612 but it came with no user guide. I checked on the Denon web site but the 1612 is no longer listed. Anyone know how to obtain one or even a pdf file of one?
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 12:15:27 PM PDT
I don't know about the manual but this site is even better. http://batpigworld.com/
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 22, 2012 1:55:00 PM PDT
this link lets you download a free manual for 1612. Let me know if it worked.
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