Originally Posted by natesht
Even like others i am really torn between Pioneer VSX-919AH-K and the Denon AVR 1910 model
well, the Denon 1910/790 is really more in line with the Pioneer 1019 in terms of features / specs. e.g. both have 4 HDMI inputs, 1080p scaling, etc. and are going to cost $400+.
the people in this thread are discussing the more "entry level" options of Pio 919 vs Denon 1610/590 for the sub-$350 range. Both are excellent units that seem to be clearly at the head of the "entry level" class, and have more similar specs (3 HDMI inputs, full HD audio decoding, analog>digital video conversion but no scaling, just 480i/p deinterlace).
CruelIntentions' post above does a good job of laying out the differences, it's really a matter of which one has the features which appeal to you.
The Pio 919's big advantages are that it is a full 7.1 receiver with Zone 2 capabilities, color OSD, and the dedicated ipod USB port. Plus the MCACC system is built for "tweakers" since it is highly adjustible and can save 6 presets.
The Denon is only a 5.1 unit with no multizone, but it probably has a better amp section and it has a big advantage with the full Audyssey MultEQ suite (with Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume).
There is no real "better" or "worse", just which one has the right "fringe benefits" which appeal to you.