Originally Posted by Franin
sad really as it is a such a unique product gets to become obsolete.If anyone has come from a 3805 or even a 4306 if they can find one especially with a 1080p pass through you can't go wrong as this particular recever can do just about everything.
Obsolete. No. Mine's fine. But you really do need a MkII else things get pretty mucked up wrt the pre-1080p limitations of the non-MkII and any 1080p components you might attach to it.
Someday I will probably go for a different setup with all the latest and greatest, but I have zero need for such a thing now. I am quite happy with my MkII... and realize (due to DenonLink vs analog being a comparable deal) that a decoder built into the receiver would likely sound even better, but really I don't feel like I'm missing all that much. I quite frequently am blown away by how well this beast operates and sounds. And even now 2+ (?) years later, still plenty of tweeking I could be doing, but never have quite gotten around to (e.g., getting the 4 different disc players sound level matched; perhaps getting the sub a bit more in sync with the other speakers); too busy enjoying it.
And bottom line is I don't want to be spending any more cash on hardware (with possible exception of blu-ray with built-in DTS-HD MA decoder) for a long time. (The 5805 was one of those things that was too good to pass up even though I'd attempted to impose a moratorium on buying anything until hi-def discs and hdtv were more ironed out. At least with the exception of feeling the need to upgrade to the MkII, no particular regrets).