Originally Posted by gate1975mlm
What would you guys say the "Denon 1610" is comparable to performance wise?
Yamaha,Pioneer and Onkyo models?
Well in theory it runs up against the Onkyo 507 for price. But from a features and solid design standpoint I'd say the Denon is closer to the 607. It has pre-outs for 7.1 or PLIIx height speakers so it is closer to the 607, it also does analog to digital cross conversion (but not upconversion), which is also a bit more like the 607 (the 507 does not do any A/D conversion).
It also features the full Audyssey MultiEQ room correction suite, whereas the others feature the much lower tech 2EQ or other proprietary tech that doesn't do a much work and/or doesn't measure from as many points in the room.
Same goes for similar ~$350 models from Yamaha and Pioneer, the Denon generally has them beat in one or two features.
However I would bet the Pioneer 919 is the closest competitor quality wise.
The only caveat to this is that Denon chose to focus on the main room and go with 7.1/PLIIx pre-outs rather than offer a 2nd zone pre-out, so if you want a 2nd zone of audio you need to step up a model to the 1910.
Guru Batpig can probably provide an even better answer than that though.