Originally Posted by Mark S.
1) Can the Denon pass through a 1080p signal unmolested?
2) Does the Denon have assignable HDMI inputs for the video scaling? (for example, I want my blu-ray player set to "through" but I want my dvd player and HD cable box scaled to 1080p).
Yes, video processing is set by input.
3) How is the 890 different from something like the older 3808? To me they look pretty darn similar on paper.
The 890 is a newer but "lower end" model, the 3808 is older but higher up the Denon totem pole.
The 890 has some newer "bells and whistles" like a superior video processing chip, 5 HDMI inputs...
But the 3808CI has almost twice the msrp, it weighs almost 15lbs more, it's got a better amp section, higher end preamp processing (two DSP chips instead of one, MultEQ XT instead of regular MultEQ, etc), and higher end features like networking. The downside is that you have to pay $100 to get the "upgrade feature pack" to access Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume, and the video processing is only decent -- it does fine with digital SD signals but is useless for any HD video processing...
Just depends on what type of guy you are: would you rather have something brand new with the most up-to-date features, or would you rather have something slightly older but with better overall build quality?