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!