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#182196 - 11/06/07 03:21 PM Anyone using the Denon 3808CI and M80’s yet?
michael_d Offline

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3987
Loc: Up yonder

Here I go again…..

I believe I’ve narrowed down my choice for the next audio processor to the 3808CI. Before I buy one, I’d like to know how well it plays with the M80’s. And none of that half watt talk Mojo!! \:\)

This receiver sounds too good to be true. I just spent the better part of the AM scanning user posts at AVS and there are very few, if any issues being reported. The few that have been reported have been addressed with a recent firmware update too.

Other receivers I have been looking at are:
Onkyo 905
Integra 8.8
Yamaha 3800

It would appear the 905 and 8.8 have a more robust power supplies, but they’re crippled with numerous issues that I don’t care to deal with.

The 3808 is lacking THX Ultra (or any THX cert for that matter).

The 3808 has what appears to be a pretty slick GUI that overlays onto HD video. No others have this.

The 3800 lacks Audysey, and I’m an Audysey junky. I wasn’t too impressed with Yamaha’s room EQ.

The 8.8 and 905 incorporate the Reon chip, but that’s a non issue for me. I’ll keep my external Video Processor in the chain.

#182201 - 11/06/07 03:36 PM Re: Anyone using the Denon 3808CI and M80’s yet? [Re: michael_d]
Hutzal Offline

Registered: 07/26/06
Posts: 2102
Loc: Hollywood. (Canadian @ <3)
I thought you had the A1400-8 on layaway?
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#182203 - 11/06/07 04:02 PM Re: Anyone using the Denon 3808CI and M80&#8217;s yet? [Re: Hutzal]
Mojo Offline

Registered: 01/21/07
Posts: 3296
The half watt is a limitation imposed upon me by the rest of the family. When they're away, the room gets quite a bit hotter than that \:\) .

#182205 - 11/06/07 04:45 PM Re: Anyone using the Denon 3808CI and M80&#8217;s yet? [Re: Mojo]
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8343
Loc: Tacoma
Mike, clearly the folks at Denon are unaware of your interest. Given your track record, I wouldn't consider selling you any of my products if I were in their shoes. Seriously, what's the upside for them?

OTOH, if Denon were to enlist your help as a product tester, and you provided a passing grade, they could be relatively certain that the unit would not spontaneously combust for other users.

I'll look forward to your review/story posted here, if I don't see it on the CBS evening news first.
bibere usque ad hilaritatem

#182213 - 11/06/07 07:07 PM Re: Anyone using the Denon 3808CI and M80&#8217;s yet? [Re: tomtuttle]
michael_d Offline

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3987
Loc: Up yonder
No Rob, I came to my senses the last day of the pre-order sale and decided against spending three grand on a 1400 watt amp for my huge, 12 X 16 room.

Good to know you give that volume knob a twist Tex. We all need to stress the auditory senses from time to time.

OK Tom.. Enough out of you buddy. Go to your room and take a time out.

……if I do buy one, or any other processor, I’ll do another ‘mini’ review with pictures and smoke.

My stupid Marantz that Marantz sent me to replace the defective one has a problem that requires it to be... in their words “evaluated” for possible repair (doubtful) or replacement….again. If they replace it, they have to replace it with the model (8002) because they don’t have any 8001’s in stock. So here I go again, buy another receiver to tide me over while this one gets ‘evaluated’. This time I’m keeping whatever I buy to tide me over and peddling whatever Marantz sends back to me.

#182214 - 11/06/07 07:09 PM Re: Anyone using the Denon 3808CI and M80&#8217;s yet? [Re: tomtuttle]
HomeDad Offline

Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
Mike, being a Denon fan that would be my choice since that's the unit that has everything you want, I've owned 3 Denon receivers and never had a single problem with any of them, My old 3805 drove the 80's without breaking a sweat.
Besides us Denon owners on the board need a guy with your technical expertise to get one. \:\)
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.

#182215 - 11/06/07 07:29 PM Re: Anyone using the Denon 3808CI and M80&#8217;s yet? [Re: HomeDad]
Wid Offline

Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6723
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.
Seeing how the only thing you haven't blown up so far has been the Rotel that should be telling you something

"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." Sigmund Freud

#182216 - 11/06/07 07:31 PM Re: Anyone using the Denon 3808CI and M80&#8217;s [Re: Wid]
Ken.C Offline
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Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 17843
Loc: NoVA
Yeah, I'm going with Wid. ;\) Let's see... you've blown up an H/K, a Denon (right?), a Marantz, a Yamaha (or is that one ok?)... that leaves Rotel, Outlaw, NAD, Parasound, and some other esoteric brands.

Or you could try Sony, maybe. ;\)

EDIT: Yes, I know they've blown up on you, not you've blown them up. Funnier my way. \:D

Edited by kcarlile (11/06/07 07:31 PM)
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#182217 - 11/06/07 07:35 PM Re: Anyone using the Denon 3808CI and M80&#8217;s yet? [Re: HomeDad]
RickF Offline

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
The 3808 is the receiver that I've also been keeping an eye on, probably not seriously 'till after winter though. Looking forward to your reviews and thoughts whenever you take delivery of your 3808 here in a couple of weeks Mike.
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#182218 - 11/06/07 07:41 PM Re: Anyone using the Denon 3808CI and M80&#8217;s [Re: Ken.C]
jakewash Offline
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Registered: 12/26/03
Posts: 10400
Loc: Calgary, Alberta
My little 1804 drives the M80s extrememly well and I have even had that 3ohm load VPM194 hooked up toit and had it cranked up pretty good, no smoke and no clipping. I couldn't imagine a better power supply than the ones Denon is using.

You may want to hold out for the yet to be released Sherwood Newcastle R872 or R972, as they appear to be going with the Reon as well; and Axiom sells S/N so you know they will work with the M80s. Everything else about the S/N's I have found looks to be similar if not taken from (or vice versa) Denon.

You said the 3808 lacks Audyssey yet I see it listed on the product sheet.

Edited by jakewash (11/06/07 08:02 PM)
Edit Reason: added info


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