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#50871 - 06/28/04 01:00 PM sound quality between denon avr-3803 and avr-3805?
audiofan Offline
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Registered: 03/19/04
Posts: 203
Hi,
I was wondering how much difference in sound quality between them? how about the feature? thanks.

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#50872 - 06/28/04 04:35 PM Re: sound quality between denon avr-3803 and avr-3805?
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Registered: 04/02/03
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Loc: Leesburg, Virginia
There is zero difference in sound quality. Here is a list of things you get with the 3805 that the 3803 doesn't have or do:

  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx
  • Additional 10 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, <.05%THD)
  • Auto Setup & Parametric Room EQ
  • Extended Bass Management Crossover Points (150/200/250Hz)
  • DENON Link 3rd Edition (Super Audio CD & DVD-Audio) compatible digital input
  • True 3 Source, 3 Zone functionality with discrete power, Source Select and volume control for each zone
  • ALPHA 24 Processing Plus (AL24+) on all channels (not just the front speakers)
  • EL backlighting pre-programmed/learning remote
  • Two (2) assignable +12V triggers

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#50873 - 06/28/04 08:10 PM Re: sound quality between denon avr-3803 and avr-3
Ray3 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/04
Posts: 2816
Loc: Rochester, NY
No difference in sound quality. The 3805 has additional (PLIIx), but not better. If you can score a 3803 for $600-$700, go for it. You won't be disappointed. The only reason for the 3850 price premium is to have the latest/best.

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#50874 - 06/28/04 09:14 PM Re: sound quality between denon avr-3803 and avr-3805?
JohnK Offline
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AF, as Peter and Ray have pointed out there's no reason for there to be any difference in their basic sound quality since each is audibly transparent. Where there can be a difference is in applying the automatic equalization which the 3805 has and which can(only partially)correct for listening room problems.
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#50875 - 06/28/04 10:00 PM Re: sound quality between denon avr-3803 and avr-3805?
BigWill Offline
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Registered: 05/01/03
Posts: 1951
Loc: Corona, Calif. USA!!!
What's up, John? Are you abandoning your auto-EQ position?
You have been such a proponent of that feature I thought you might have invented it.

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#50876 - 06/29/04 12:51 PM Re: sound quality between denon avr-3803 and avr-3805?
audiofan Offline
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Registered: 03/19/04
Posts: 203
Thank you all. I'll check it out on audiogon or something. Probably, Rotel is my next concern if my budget is not tight

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