Originally Posted by mbart0656
Meeply, what do you think of the Denon 2809ci? I was looking at it for an upgrade. The price was better than the 3809ci and it seemed to have the same features if it was a single room installation. Thanks.
I personally like the 2809ci very much. The sound is clear and solid with plenty of power to spare, 4 HDMI ports and decodes all the latest bitstream formats so I have the option if I need it. Also runs cool so no Onkyo like issues. Cons: Both models have a pretty confusing and disappointing remote control and menu system (have a harmony so no issue there for me once I set it up) and the 2809 it is not good at all at video upconversion. What sold me was the Dyn EQ and Dyn Vol which was a new feature last year (thus I don't use any DRC from sources) and I think the lower model (2309) might not have had the dynamic volume.
The 3809 I'm sure is very solid but for my price point, I don't remember it having anything I needed to merit the upgrade. I it might have had some video upgrading over HDMI possibly that I really wasn't interested in since I wanted pure video source to my TV and I think there was better multi room support that I didn't need. I do know that the 380x and higher is considered above consumer level by Denon and thus, you can get firmware updates directly from their website where as the lower models, I believe you have to get them from tech support. I haven't had a firmware issue so it has never bothered me. I'm not sure what else Denon thinks the 3xxx lines get that the 2xxx lines didn't.
I got mine when they were just released so there was a pretty large price gap between the two. If that has closed considerable, I might have rethought the 3809 but I don't regret what I have now. The Blu-ray player has really just shown me more of what that reciever can do with the right sound feeds, both bitstreamed and PCM. If I remember correctly, the 2809 has some multi room features also but limited. There is a zone 2 (non HDMI) for video and audio and a zone 3 for audio only but I think you need to steal 2 sound channels from 7.1 to use it. Thus, 5.1 in main room, 2.0 in second and third rooms. I also just use it for a single room. I'd reall yhave to go back and check the manuals to compare again to see since I don't use them.
As far as the Audessy dyn EQ and vol features, my room now is not optimal at all so I have had a hard time calibrating it correctly but I am not planning on staying here much longer and plan to choose a better room for home theater. I'm hoping I will get more out of the dynamic vol with a more nomalized setup. Right now, the gear is in a huge rregular shapped basement with tile floors and the heating and AC units directly behind it so... I've never really been able to comment on how well those features work yet.
Basically, I let the sources (Blu-ray, HD DirecTV) and the TV (Sony) handle all the video and the Denon handle all the audio options and that's working great for me. I don't think either model would be a bad choice so it really depends on price difference and if there was a feature on the 38 that I don't recall that you might want.