Originally Posted by ted08721
Mooney which Sony ES did you have. I'm still on the fence if I should upgrade to the 3806, presently I have Sony DA4 ES. Right now I do not have need for HDMI, so only reason I would have to upgrade at this moment would be if SQ improvement was enough to justify the expense to upgrade.
I have a Sony STR DA30-ES. It was serving me fine for DD and DTS 5.1. I upgraded due to four reasons (in order of importance):
1. Multichannel analog audio input for SACD and DVD-Audio
2. Audio delay (which is a nice thing to have when you have HDTV with lots of video scaling and image processing going on)
3. Room equalization, since I have a home theater room which looks like it was designed by Picasso (cathedral ceilings, open on both sides).
4. HDMI switching
I am VERY HAPPY to have #1. Among the few discs that I have to date, for example, I am able to hear stuff I never heard for 30+ years on Dark Side of the Moon, not even on the MFSL Gold CD (although it's quite likely that they mixed in a few new tracks since then). Roxy Music's Avalon is astounding. Another great DVD-Audio is Porcupine Tree's Deadwing, but it's an acquired taste (that I had acquired years ago).
Audio delay works as advertised. It's a minor convenience.
The jury is still out on room EQ, since the 3806 barfed on my 4-ohm center channel speaker. Also, Audyssey does NOT work on analog inputs (which Denon's PR stuff conveniently fails to mention).
HDMI switching is a disappointment, since the so-called HDMI "standard" is not standard enough to allow HDMI switching. Basically, the 3806 refuses to switch signals from my Motorola 6412 DVR (not the best piece of hardware on the planet, but then a standard is a standard, right?)
Finally, if you are looking for a good price on the 3806 from an authorized dealer, PM me.