Pros: Ez setup and Audyssey
Denon AVR-3808CI Receiver
Rated #1 in Component Receivers
The 3808CI has plenty of power. Audyssey sounds great. I purchased the upgrade package when it came available. I owned this for 3 yrs. before upgrading to a Denon A100 and gave the 3808 to my son. Still in use today.
Pros: top quality audio/video, well-built, 3 zones, 140-Watts
Cons: somewhat awkward/convoluted GUI, remote could have been simpler
I have owned this AVR for over 3 years, bought it refurbished for $999 (while the MSRP was about $1500 at the time.) Can't find a single negative thing to say about the quality of the sound and video this unit produces. When I bought it I had an older DVD player that I wasn't very pleased with in terms of the quality of the video output on my 50" Panasonic plasma monitor. I was literally blown away the moment I first played a DVD after connecting that older player to the 3808CI! It almost matched the output quality from my HD sources. In fact, many times when my son was watching DVDs I couldn't immediately tell whether it was a DVD or an HDTV cable movie. I am also very picky about my audio, and this 140-Watt receiver satisfies the audiophile in me by producing very clean, accurate, rich and powerful sound, giving a great workout to my PSB Synchrony speakers and sub. The set up was easy with Audyssey, although I had to tweak the settings a bit to my taste afterwards. The GUI is a bit awkward and counter-intuitive, which is my only complaint. This unit is now discontinueued in favor of receivers with more modern features such as AppleAirplay, HDRadio, etc. However, if you don't care for those (and you could easily add a $100 AppleTV to your setup with all the money you save) and 4 HDMI inputs/1 output are enough for your needs, you can't go wrong with a refurbished Denon 3808CI! You could this high-end powerhouse for a fraction of what you'd pay for the newer less powerful models!
Pros: Plenty of power and features
Cons: Setup and management can be complicated
A great, full featured receiver. Excellent sound quality.
Denon AVR-3808CI Receiver
|Feature||130 Watts Per Channel x 7 Channels, All Channels Rated at 0.05 THD 4 DVI/HDMI Video Inputs/1 Output, 3 Component Video Inputs/1 Output 5 Optical Digital Inputs/2 Outputs, 2 Coaxial Inputs, 11 Analog audio Inputs, Incl. Tuner XM-Satellite Radio Capability, 8-Channel External Analog Input 7 S-Video Inputs/3 Outputs, 3 Composite Outputs, Digital to Analog REC Output|
|Package Height||12.6 inches|
|Package Length||21.6 inches|
|Package Weight||47.2 pounds|
|Package Width||20.6 inches|
|ProductGroup||Receiver or Amplifier|
|Title||Denon AVR-3808CI 7.1-Channel Multizone Home Theater Receiver with Networking|
|UPCList - UPCListElement||070052544913 081757507646 705105565705|
|Item Weight||42.28 pounds|
|CatalogNumberList - CatalogNumberListElement||DNAVR3808CI AVR-3808CI|
|Warranty||One Year Parts and One Year Labor|