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Replacing old Denon 3805 receiver worth it

I currently use the AVR-3805 as a pre amp connected to a Adcom 5 channel Amp. It has been a great receiver and this set up works well, particularly for movies. That said I would like some modern day functionality and am considering a change. A Marantz SR6008 can be had for $699 (originally $1200) and would use as pre amp. I only want to do this if the sonic improvements are worth it, especially for music. I know I could get a true pre amp from Outlaw or Emotiva for around the same price but I like what the Marantz offers.

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I currently use the AVR-3805 as a pre amp connected to a Adcom 5 channel Amp. It has been a great receiver and this set up works well, particularly for movies. That said I would like some modern day functionality and am considering a change. A Marantz SR6008 can be had for $699 (originally $1200) and would use as pre amp. I only want to do this if the sonic improvements are worth it, especially for music. I know I could get a true pre amp from Outlaw or Emotiva for around the same price but I like what the Marantz offers.

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I think you would get even better performance with a NAD T748, which is available for $600.

It has 4 HDMI inputs and 8-channel preouts.

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I think you would get even better performance with a NAD T748, which is available for $600.

It has 4 HDMI inputs and 8-channel preouts.[/QUOTE]


Interesting and worth considering but need two HDMI outs. A big point in making the switch



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Yes, Audyssey MultEQ XT on the SR6008 would most likely provide a noticeable improvement in your listening experience. However, when considering a refurbished unit, the factory warranty is only 1 year and replacing an HDMI board will set you back $400-$500 out of warranty, so also consider adding a 3-5 year extended warranty from a reliable 3rd party source that will stand behind their warranty (eg. SquareTrade).

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You touched on the next conundrum. I currently use a DVDO green upscaler/switcher for all video. Not sure best way to mate the two if I get the 6008. I want on screen from both so I can either route all sources to DVDO and then out that to 6008 and then to TV or do opposite. I guess the good news is I have video switching options outside the 6008

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Ps.....purchased the DVDO from AVS so thank you for that. Got a great deal and service was top notch!


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You can set the i/pScaling setting on the AVR to OFF and just let the DVDO Edge handle that. Experiment to see which configuration works best for you.

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You can set the i/pScaling setting on the AVR to OFF and just let the DVDO Edge handle that. Experiment to see which configuration works best for you.

Is it redundant keeping the Edge in the mix? I like some of the picture adjustments I can make but not certain how much improvement it makes on my Panasonic Plasma


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Your DVDO edge will have far more enhancements than a receiver will have. Since you already have an outboard amp I would stop looking at receivers and look at buying a great used preamp for your budget. Like a Marantz AV7005. Route the audio thru the preamp and the video thru the DVDO to your display.
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Re-visiting thread. I can get a used Marantz AV7005 pre pro that came out in 2010 or the SR7007 receiver that came out in 2012 new in box. Both for $750. Leaning towards 7007. Which way would you go?


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Depends on the features you want. Compare each to determine which is better suited for your needs.

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I'd recommend going with the receiver unless you are always an external amp guy. Reasoning being if the amp goes then you don't have to run out and get a new amp right away. Just my 2 cents.
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Thanks Wes....I tend to agree. I like the flexibility of being able to use as a receiver if/when necessary.
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