Also posting to subscribe...I also just bought a Denon 3808CI off ebay (hopefully not the same one as the poster above
I'm replacing my beloved Lexicon MC-1. I'll be using the 3808 as a preamp on the fronts and center. I'll power my surrounds with the 3808 and take my 2 channel Yamaha amp out of the equation for a while to hear how it sounds.
I came down to 3 choices in my search. The other 2 were the Harman Kardon AVR 3600 and the Onkyo TX-NR709. I didn't see anything that alarmed me about the H/K, but the lack of some connections was going to be inconvenient to me. The 709 just had too many reports of HDMI issues for me to be comfortable. So I hope I made the right choice with the Denon.
My system is:
Sony Wega 30" KV-30HS420 HD CRT
Proceed HPA3 250W Triple Mono
As you can see, my system is a mix-match from several technological (and economic) eras. The multiple input types on the Denon 3808 should be ideal for my setup and take the adapters and external switches out my system too. I am hoping Audyssey will even out the front to rear color mismatch between the Aerials and the Klipsch a bit more. I currently run the Klipsch at a lower level than recommended with the highs rolled off a bit to minimize the mismatch. But it could be better - until I can afford to replace my surrounds.