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#225477 - 10/15/08 06:07 AM Is this a good Av?
Graeme L Offline
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Registered: 10/04/08
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Loc: Perth Western Australia
Hi,

Sorry for all the questions but I want to make sure I do things right the first time.

I am thinking of buying a Denon AVR 4308, does anyone have any exp with this amp?

I can get a good deal, normally $5,000 au I can get it for $4,000

I want to replace my Yamaha 661

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#225485 - 10/15/08 07:55 AM Re: Is this a good Av? [Re: Graeme L]
terzaghi Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4842
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
yes, but it has only 10wpc and a few features more than the 3808 which can be found for a lot cheaper. I didn't think it was worth the price difference.
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#225492 - 10/15/08 08:33 AM Re: Is this a good Av? [Re: terzaghi]
myrison Offline
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Registered: 02/03/08
Posts: 1898
Loc: Austin, TX
Graeme - to expand on David's note, the main reasons I've heard cited to pick up the 4308 versus the 3808 is the wireless internet and/or HD radio capabilities (or the 10 watts per channel, which is so minor that it's unlikely ever to make a significant audible difference for you)

If these few additional features are important for you, then it would be a good purchase for you over the 3808. If not, even if the "deal" on the 4308 is better than the normal price you can get on the 3808, you might be paying extra money for feature upgrades that you won't get any benefit from. If the deal you've found makes the 4308 cheaper than the prices you can get on the 3808 where you live, then by all means, I'd snatch it up in a heartbeat. \:\)

I believe you'll be very happy with your choice either way.

Jason
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#225495 - 10/15/08 08:53 AM Re: Is this a good Av? [Re: myrison]
terzaghi Offline
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keep in mind that you can buy a wireless access point for 70-80usd (like a linksys wireless gaming adapter), and plug it into the back of the 3808... this essentially converts the ethernet plug on the back of the 3808 into a wireless connection.
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#225500 - 10/15/08 09:06 AM Re: Is this a good Av? [Re: terzaghi]
Graeme L Offline
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Registered: 10/04/08
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Loc: Perth Western Australia
Thank you for the advice, the extra features you pointed out are not worth it to me.

So the 3808 is a decent AV? Is there anything new due out that you know of? I am just trying to "future proof" myself as much as possible. I got caught short with the Yammy and don't want to end up on the same road.

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#225511 - 10/15/08 10:01 AM Re: Is this a good Av? [Re: Graeme L]
myrison Offline
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Registered: 02/03/08
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Loc: Austin, TX
I have to admit I'm not completely current on what is in the funnel but not yet released. The nice thing about the 3808 compared to other comparably priced receivers is that it allows firmware updates through the built-in ethernet connection. This in itself provides some future-proofing, as they've already released a couple of firmware updates as well as feature additions since I purchased the 3808 a year ago.

Nothing will completely safeguard you against future changes, but I think the 3808 still looks like a fairly safe bet.

Others here can probably comment more specifically about what is in the receiver pipeline but not yet released.

Jason
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#225532 - 10/15/08 01:21 PM Re: Is this a good Av? [Re: myrison]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8268
Loc: Tacoma
Alright, Jason, once and for-all, is it the Funnel or the Pipeline?

\:\)

Graeme, my assessment of the current consumer landscape is the same as David and Jason. The 3808 is a very full-featured unit.
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#225534 - 10/15/08 01:23 PM Re: Is this a good Av? [Re: tomtuttle]
myrison Offline
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First comes the funnel, which leads into the pipeline. I know nothing about either.
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#225555 - 10/15/08 03:29 PM Re: Is this a good Av? [Re: myrison]
Graeme L Offline
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Registered: 10/04/08
Posts: 186
Loc: Perth Western Australia
Thanks I will look into the 3808

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#225579 - 10/15/08 09:35 PM Re: Is this a good Av? [Re: Graeme L]
JohnK Offline
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Graeme, it's unclear in what respect that you were "caught short" with the 661, which is a pretty competent unit and allows you to use all the necessary audio formats. The price of the 4308, even in $AU, made me wince(of course my wince threshold is fairly low when it comes to money), and I wonder what the main advancements that you're looking for are.
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