The rest of the connections are generous. The unit acts as a switcher for two component video sources, and provides three S-video and composite inputs. For analogue audio sources, there are six stereo audio inputs, a set of 5.1-channel analogue inputs and a subwoofer pre-out, while the digital input selection comprises two coaxial and two optical ports. There’s also a port for a Denon iPod dock.
Setting up the receiver is a piece of cake. You don’t need to worry about setting channel levels, listening distances, speaker size or crossover frequency thanks to the inclusion of Audyssey MultEQ, which sets all of these parameters automatically using a microphone and series of test sounds. With six different stages to sit through, it’s a tedious, drawn out process, but it does garner impressive results.
Manual adjustments, are made using the front display panel as there’s no onscreen display, but once you’ve got used to the abbreviations and slightly awkward structure it’s fairly straightforward to assign inputs or tweak the levels if you’re not happy with MultEQ’s results. There’s a vast array of sound parameters and DSP modes to play with (too many to list here), which gives you extremely detailed control over how your system sounds.
What also boosts the AVR-1509’s user-friendliness is Denon’s canny decision to split the remote into two sections – on the front are all the key controls, such as volume and source selection, but flip it over and a flap on the back conceals an assortment of lesser used buttons, though the Video Select key found here should have been placed on the front. The remote can be used to control other components, such as DVD/Blu-ray players, recorders and TV receivers.