Originally Posted by irkuck
Can somebody enlighten me what are the differences between the combination of 2809 + ASD-3W dock, and the 3808 - from the functionalities point of view? It looks to me that major difference of 2809 is lack of network connection but this is more than compensated by the dock, adding even WLAN, plus the docking for iPod of course.
Is there anything extra available in the 3808?
I don't mind about internal electronics differences since I doubt to be able to hear anythng due to them.
The 3808 offers 130 watts per channel against 115 watts for 2809
Better 24-bit/192kHz DAC's used in 3808. PCM-1791A 2 x 8 channels, 113 db S/N versus 24-bit/192kHz DSD-1608 8 channel DAC, 108 db S/N in the 2809.
3808 uses 24 bit/192 khz A/D Burr-Brown PCM-1804 versus 2809 uses 24 bit/192 khz A/D Burr-Brown PCM-1803.
3808 offers HDMI to HDMI scaling, and graphics GUI where you can tinker with settings, where 2809 is analog to HDMI scaling and text/icon GUI.
3808 being a more complex receiver with internet capabilities has had multiple issues
that have been addressed through several firmware updates (via internet), latest have been sync and AV drop out issues. Even though some swear by firmware bug fixes/updates, the fact that they are issued at all points to functionality issues that should have been addressed early on in the life of the receiver.
NOTE: 3808/4308 users are getting a software upgrade
to Dynamic Volume+EQ for extra $100 in October.
The 2809 + ASD-3W dock does not allow firmware updates from internet, firmware updates if needed are done with a PC connected to 2 way RS-232 port.