Hello everyone. I am new to this site and to AV receivers. I essentially need some advice and recommendations regarding the above receivers. I have a 50-inch Panasonic TH50PX600U Plasma TV, a Motorola DCH3416 HDDVR from Time Warner Cable, a PS3, and a Wii, all of which I intend on connecting to my system. I have old crappy speakers (but no subwoofer) that I intend to use until I save up to buy a decent set from Definitive Technology.
For many months I was struggling between purchasing either the Denon 2808 or the Yamaha 1800BL, both of which appear to have similar features and were equally priced at $1,199 at my local Best Buy. I chose Best Buy because I already had $500 in Best Buy gift cards that were given to me. Ten days ago I purchase the 2808, mostly because the price had just been reduced to $999, while the Yamaha was $1,149. While I am enjoying the 2808, I am now second-guessing my decision and am wondering whether I should have bought the higher-end Denon 3808 (for $1,599) or the Yamaha. I have 20 days within which to return the 2808 and upgrade to the 3808 for another $600, or switch to the Yamaha.
Is the 3808 worth another $600? Because we use Apple computers at home, I am not very interested in the networking features of the 3808. But the 3808's new GUI, the HDMI to HDMI upconversion capability, and ability to get future firmware upgrades seems valuable. Also, what are the strengths, if any, of the Yamaha over 2808, other than getting another 20 watts per channel?
Whichever receiver I keep or get, I intend on keeping it for many years. Therefore, I want to make a wise decision. Because I only have 20 days to decide, I really appreciate your advice and recommendations as soon as possible. Thanks so much.