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Chris Albert's Avatar Chris Albert 03:13 PM 11-25-2011
Hi,

Looking for a little advice from those in the know.

Currently have a Denon 3805 using analog 5.1 out a HTPC. Want to upgrade to a HDMI capable receiver for the better audio.

The 805 is THX Ultra2 and goes for around $350 on eBay
The 809 $650 and is THX Select2, both have Multi EQ XT.

At the moment not interested in 3D at the moment.

I also wonder why one is Ultra2 and the other Select2 when they have very similar specs?

Any advice appreciated.

Davecraze's Avatar Davecraze 03:25 PM 11-25-2011
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Hi,

Looking for a little advice from those in the know.

Currently have a Denon 3805 using analog 5.1 out a HTPC. Want to upgrade to a HDMI capable receiver for the better audio.

The 805 is THX Ultra2 and goes for around $350 on eBay
The 809 $650 and is THX Select2, both have Multi EQ XT.

At the moment not interested in 3D at the moment.

I also wonder why one is Ultra2 and the other Select2 when they have very similar specs?

Any advice appreciated.

The 805 could hit its rated watts per channel with all 7 channels driven, not just 2 channels like the 809. It has a more powerful amp section.

Question for you is whether the new features of the 809 (dsx, much better video processor, pass 3d, more hdmi inputs) are more useful to you than the 805's more robust amps.
Chris Albert's Avatar Chris Albert 03:30 PM 11-25-2011
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The 805 could hit its rated watts per channel with all 7 channels driven, not just 2 channels like the 809. It has a more powerful amp section.

Question for you is whether the new features of the 809 (dsx, much better video processor, pass 3d, more hdmi inputs) are more useful to you than the 805's more robust amps.

Thanks Dave...more interested in the sound...will run my HTPC in to the amp and out to a JVC RS2 projector so there should be no video processing at all, that's about it.

Wondering is DSX decent or just a gimmick?
Tulpa's Avatar Tulpa 03:33 PM 11-25-2011
DSX is Audyssey's processing mode that allows for two extra channels outside of the front left and right. Not really a gimmick for those who want it. Just like ProLogicIIz isn't for those who want height channels.

If you're content with the standard 7.1 format (fronts, surrounds, rear surrounds), the 805 is probably fine.
Davecraze's Avatar Davecraze 03:34 PM 11-25-2011
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Thanks Dave...more interested in the sound...will run my HTPC in to the amp and out to a JVC RS2 projector so there should be no video processing at all, that's about it.

Wondering is DSX decent or just a gimmick?


I have heard dsx wides plus heights and I am definitely doing both in my new media room. For movies, the front sound stage was very expansive and blended well into the side surrounds.

How big is your room and what speakers are you using?
Davecraze's Avatar Davecraze 03:37 PM 11-25-2011
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DSX is Audyssey's processing mode that allows for two extra channels outside of the front left and right. Not really a gimmick for those who want it. Just like ProLogicIIz isn't for those who want height channels.

If you're content with the standard 7.1 format (fronts, surrounds, rear surrounds), the 805 is probably fine.

Agreed but DSX has heights also, not just wides. can only do one or the other the 809 though - probably what you meant.

The 805 is a great receiver - I had two of them.
Chris Albert's Avatar Chris Albert 03:39 PM 11-25-2011
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I have heard dsx wides plus heights and I am definitely doing both in my new media room. For movies, the front sound stage was very expansive and blended well into the side surrounds.

How big is your room and what speakers are you using?

I have Quad 22L mains and center with 12L's as the surrounds, Quad L sub I'm just doing 5.1

Don't have a dedicated theater, I live in a loft style carriage house, one big room upstairs 34' x 37' with the screen in the middle of the room between two pilars. Have a 126" 2.35:1 screen. To much info

I could add the height channels to the front, no idea what speakers I'd use though to go with the Quads.
Tulpa's Avatar Tulpa 03:42 PM 11-25-2011
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Agreed but DSX has heights also, not just wides. can only do one or the other the 809 though - probably what you meant.

Yeah, the Onkyo can only do one or the other, that's why I said just two extra channels and didn't specify which.
Chris Albert's Avatar Chris Albert 04:02 PM 11-25-2011
The both have Audyssey MultEQ XT...Audyessey have had the same system for a while then? Surprised it's not updated.

I wonder how it'll handle my odd shaped room
Tulpa's Avatar Tulpa 04:10 PM 11-25-2011
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The both have Audyssey MultEQ XT...Audyessey have had the same system for a while then? Surprised it's not updated.

Updated to what? There's not a whole heck of a lot to improve upon.
Chris Albert's Avatar Chris Albert 04:24 PM 11-25-2011
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Updated to what? There's not a whole heck of a lot to improve upon.

I've never had an receiver with serious room EQ capability so happy to hear its a great system.
Chris Albert's Avatar Chris Albert 09:38 PM 11-25-2011
Thanks for the advice guys, grabbed an SR-805 for $330 on eBay. Was missing the Audyssey mic but Onkyo actually sell them from thei site for $13.

Cheers.
Tulpa's Avatar Tulpa 09:42 PM 11-25-2011
The 805 has a bit of an iconic status among receivers. It was one of the last Onkyos that sported "Made in Japan." Since then they've moved manufacturing to Malaysia.
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