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#222848 - 09/28/08 05:01 PM epic 80 receiver
majik Offline

Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 289
Hi, I spent about 45 minutes searching for the answrer to this question but to no avail.

I'm about to pull the trigger on the epic 80 500 (before the price increase), but I need a receiver. It obviously needs to be 4 ohm stable. Anyone out there have this set of speakers? If so what receiver do you have?

some other questions:

how is it for music? I listen to bassy music for the most part (house, reggae, r&b), but I like all music genres.

Oh yeah, I'm spending over 3000$ for the speakers so I don't mind spending a bit on the receiver. My budget would be $1500 maybe? I could do more if I had to, but would definitely do LESS if I could (without sacrificing too much on quality).

I like onkyo receivers (I have a 605 that will be used for my daughter's 5.1 set up as soon as I get my axioms and receiver), but I'm not closed to other ideas.

Help a guy out, would ya?
- Majik

Epic 80 system
Ep 800
Denon 3808
Optoma HD20
extra QS8s (to come soon)

#222849 - 09/28/08 05:08 PM Re: epic 80 receiver [Re: majik]
Wid Offline

Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6789
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
You will love that system with all of your music. There is a pretty fair following of Denon owners with the M80s. Also look at the Sherewood Newcastles offered here at Axiom.

Edited by wid (09/28/08 05:10 PM)

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#222850 - 09/28/08 06:08 PM Re: epic 80 receiver [Re: Wid]
majik Offline

Registered: 09/28/08
Posts: 289
Thanks for the reply. I've been considering a Denon...

What models of Denon should I be looking at? And where can I go to find posts by owners about this system? Will one work better than others?

Anyone out there that can shed some light on this? thanks!
- Majik

Epic 80 system
Ep 800
Denon 3808
Optoma HD20
extra QS8s (to come soon)

#222853 - 09/28/08 06:50 PM Re: epic 80 receiver [Re: majik]
HomeDad Offline

Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
All the mid range Denon's will drive the M80's with no problem, probably the most poular model is the 3808, you can find it all over now for $1000.00 or less.
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#222854 - 09/28/08 06:51 PM Re: epic 80 receiver [Re: majik]
Joe_in_SC Offline

Registered: 02/16/04
Posts: 309
Loc: Charleston, SC
Denon 3808 can be had for around $1100. It's probably the most popular model here. Search the forums for lots of discussion about it.
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#222867 - 09/28/08 08:10 PM Re: epic 80 receiver [Re: Joe_in_SC]
terzaghi Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4870
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
yup, denon 3808 works amazingly well with my epic 80/500.

I got it from for $1098 shipped about a year ago (had to call to get the price). Not sure if they ship to Canada or not so hoepfully one of our friends north of the border can help you out.


#222880 - 09/28/08 09:08 PM Re: epic 80 receiver [Re: terzaghi]
myrison Offline

Registered: 02/03/08
Posts: 1898
Loc: Denver, CO
+1 on the Denon 3808, mainly for these reasons:

1) better than average GUI that works over all video formats
2) network streaming of audio from networked PCs
3) network connectivity for in-home firmware updates
4) most problem-free HDMI implementation I'd seen in a receiver at the time of purchase (8 months ago)
5) everyone here recommended it to me too. \:\)


1) manual is very confusing and not terribly helpful
2) remote control is also not great - a good universal remote would help considerably

Other thoughts... it's been reported here time and again that even most receivers that say they aren't 4-ohm stable end up being just fine with the M80s. Choose your receiver based on the features you like... if there are others you're considering, definitely let this group know and there is probably a first-hand answer as to how well that receiver works with the M80s.

Epic 80-800: HG Cherry

#222885 - 09/28/08 10:41 PM Re: epic 80 receiver [Re: majik]
JohnK Offline
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Registered: 05/11/02
Posts: 10623
Maj, welcome. Yes, receivers don't know what the impedance of the speakers that they're connected to is. They just have to output adequate voltage and current for the sound level at a particular instant. Most receivers can do this at most sound levels used in the home, regardless of what the rated impedance of the speakers is. Onkyo receivers that you're familiar with would be one of the suitable choices.

Enjoy the music, not the equipment.

#222905 - 09/29/08 07:32 AM Re: epic 80 receiver [Re: JohnK]
DaveG Offline

Registered: 11/26/07
Posts: 868
Loc: WI
majik: welcome to the forums. The Denon 3808 is likely the most popular reciever mentioned on these forums. However many other reciever are also capable of driving a 4 ohm load, so also at other features you want in a reciever.

#222974 - 09/29/08 04:32 PM Re: epic 80 receiver [Re: DaveG]
dsbad Offline

Registered: 09/03/08
Posts: 31
Loc: Chicago, IL
A plug for the Denon 3808.

I was using an upconverting sony dvd player for my 1080i sony bravia 46 inch TV. After setting up the denon 3808 and running the cable TV and dvd signals thru the denon 3808 , there is a definite 10-15% difference in the video images for the better.

So I am very happy. Ofcourse the audio output is great too.

Plus you cant beat the $1100 price from

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