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post #19831 of 20190
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Originally Posted by JKR1963 View Post

Does anyone here know if the main remote from the 4311 will control the 3808?
Greetings, I'm very new to AVR, and just got a Denon 3808CI (trading up from my Costco-special Sony STR-720). It didn't come with a remote, and I don't know the first thing about remotes (always hated 'em, now it's time to make my peace and get with the '90's now that it's 2013).

What remote might be a cost effective but workable remote? I don't have an extensive system, but certainly would like to be able to use its features, especially the Audyssey.
post #19832 of 20190
Get a universal remote that can control the whole system. Harmony remotes are popular for their user friendliness and ease of programming.
post #19833 of 20190
I use the Harmony One remote. As batpig stated, the Harmony remotes are easy to program and all the 3808ci remote codes are in the database.
post #19834 of 20190
COSTCO sells Harmonys

Always hated remotes?
post #19835 of 20190
Set up an eBay search for the factory remote (email notifications). It may be useful to have, even if you use a Harmony.

I really dislike the Denon factory remote myself.
post #19836 of 20190
And to make matters worse, the unit comes with 2 different remotes.
post #19837 of 20190
Only the main remote would be at all useful, IMO.
post #19838 of 20190
I use the secondary remote if at all. It's been years since I've used the main remote.
post #19839 of 20190
wow that is awesome info
post #19840 of 20190
Hey all, I have been a follower of this thread ever since getting my 3808 several years ago and it has always provided great help. I have a question now to ensure that I am getting everything I can out of it. Previously, my entire home was wired with CAT cable and in room surround which I connected my 3808 to and everything worked fine. I have since left that house and recently purchased some Polk Audio RTI A5 Towers and a Polk Center CSi A4. I do not have a sub attached and have been feeling as if I am not getting enough volume out of my system. I am using HDMI for video and Digital Optical for Audio but I have no idea if I am set up correctly but I know I'm not getting enough power to my speakers as the sound is low. Does anyone out there have an idea how my settings could be set to maximize volume without an external amp/sub? I am considering an external sub with built in amp but quite frankly, after looking at some of your posts over the years I am light years from being able to figure out which one. I am a "plug and play" audiophile but I don't know much about the specs necessary to run my system for optimal performance. Thanks for everything in the past and any assistance going forward.
post #19841 of 20190
Some standard questions:

1. Have you run Audyssey?
2. Do you have the Dynamic EQ/Volume feature pack upgrade installed?
3. What volume levels are you running that you think the output is "low"? Maybe you just need to turn it up wink.gif

A couple of side notes...

1. Adding a sub is always a good idea for an ht system... If you provide a budget and room size we can probably come up with some recommendations.
2. Why are you using a separate cable for digital audio? HDMI carries video and audio in one cable.
post #19842 of 20190
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Originally Posted by batpig View Post

Some standard questions:

1. Have you run Audyssey?
2. Do you have the Dynamic EQ/Volume feature pack upgrade installed?
3. What volume levels are you running that you think the output is "low"? Maybe you just need to turn it up wink.gif

A couple of side notes...

1. Adding a sub is always a good idea for an ht system... If you provide a budget and room size we can probably come up with some recommendations.
2. Why are you using a separate cable for digital audio? HDMI carries video and audio in one cable.

I did run Audyssey when I first bought it after DL'ing the Firmware upgrade. My Audyssey settings are:
Dynamic EQ = ON
Dynamic Volume = On
Setting = Midnight

My volume limit is set to 0db (was previously -20 and per a post here I Assigned Amp to Zone 2 and changed to 0 and think I got a little boost)

My room is 15 w x 25 d x 10 h and given that the technology seems to have upgraded quite a bit I don't want to invest too much more than $500 or so on a combo sub/amp (if that's feasible). Thanks for the heads up
post #19843 of 20190
Have you run Audyssey since getting the new speakers?
post #19844 of 20190
Change the "Midnight" to "Day" and the volume will be higher!
post #19845 of 20190
^^One obvious change is to turn Dynamic Volume off, or at least use the Day setting rather than Midnight and see what a difference that makes in the volume and dynamic range. I tried Dynamic Volume for a short while, but I haven't used it in years.

edit: you're a faster typer than me, bwclark.
post #19846 of 20190
that worked! Thanks a bunch
post #19847 of 20190
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Originally Posted by rec head View Post

Have you run Audyssey since getting the new speakers?

This is a HUGE question. You indicated you ran Audyssey when you first got the receiver. Did you rerun when you switched houses/speakers?
post #19848 of 20190
Is it time to say bye to my beloved 3808Ci, in anticipation of 4k set and media player ,"? Would current receiver be able to pass through or switch 4K, using current HDMI candles?
post #19849 of 20190
My candles are only wax so not familiar with the HDMI variety. tongue.gif Current Denon "In Command" models (ie. 2012 XX13 "CI" and new 2013 "X" series) will pass through and upscale 4k.
post #19850 of 20190
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Originally Posted by zoro View Post

Is it time to say bye to my beloved 3808Ci, in anticipation of 4k set and media player ,"? Would current receiver be able to pass through or switch 4K, using current HDMI candles?

I already bypass my 3808 for video since it cannot handle 3D. I don't see 4K becoming mainstream anytime soon. But if/when I get a 4K set, I will consider upgrading my receiver then.
post #19851 of 20190
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

I already bypass my 3808 for video since it cannot handle 3D. I don't see 4K becoming mainstream anytime soon. But if/when I get a 4K set, I will consider upgrading my receiver then.

+1

I agree. 4K displays are extremely expensive at the moment, and there aren't many available yet. It will also be years yet before there is a lot of content available in native 4K resolution (as opposed to up-scaled 1080p).

The 3808CI is still a very capable receiver. As Aaron has pointed out, there are workarounds if you're into 3-D. If not there's even less reason to upgrade. I don't have a 3D TV, and don't plan to upgrade my display for a while yet. For me, the only compelling reason to replace my 3808CI would be to upgrade from Audyssey MultEQ XT to XT32.

For now, I'm content to wait, either until I find a good deal on a used 4311CI, or until XT32 trickles down to a less expensive receiver.
post #19852 of 20190
Thanks for your thoughts guys
post #19853 of 20190
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Originally Posted by tboe77 View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

I already bypass my 3808 for video since it cannot handle 3D. I don't see 4K becoming mainstream anytime soon. But if/when I get a 4K set, I will consider upgrading my receiver then.

+1

I agree. 4K displays are extremely expensive at the moment, and there aren't many available yet. It will also be years yet before there is a lot of content available in native 4K resolution (as opposed to up-scaled 1080p).

The 3808CI is still a very capable receiver. As Aaron has pointed out, there are workarounds if you're into 3-D. If not there's even less reason to upgrade. I don't have a 3D TV, and don't plan to upgrade my display for a while yet. For me, the only compelling reason to replace my 3808CI would be to upgrade from Audyssey MultEQ XT to XT32.

For now, I'm content to wait, either until I find a good deal on a used 4311CI, or until XT32 trickles down to a less expensive receiver.

At what price point shall we pull trigger for 4311CI? And it does have 9 amp x 140 WPC and sweet XT32 too;) Sweet!
post #19854 of 20190
Concerning brand new 4311CI's-since they are few and far between-posted prices may not come down-it is now a "seller's market". I guess you would have to personally call each reseller and ask if the posted price is their "best" price?
post #19855 of 20190
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Originally Posted by zoro View Post

At what price point shall we pull trigger for 4311CI? And it does have 9 amp x 140 WPC and sweet XT32 too;) Sweet!

Check your PM! wink.gif
post #19856 of 20190
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Originally Posted by tboe77 View Post

+1

I agree. 4K displays are extremely expensive at the moment, and there aren't many available yet. It will also be years yet before there is a lot of content available in native 4K resolution (as opposed to up-scaled 1080p).

The 3808CI is still a very capable receiver. As Aaron has pointed out, there are workarounds if you're into 3-D. If not there's even less reason to upgrade. I don't have a 3D TV, and don't plan to upgrade my display for a while yet. For me, the only compelling reason to replace my 3808CI would be to upgrade from Audyssey MultEQ XT to XT32.

For now, I'm content to wait, either until I find a good deal on a used 4311CI, or until XT32 trickles down to a less expensive receiver.


You have a PM! wink.gif
post #19857 of 20190
Been having some issues with my 3808 lately, and was hoping this thread could help. The signal seems to cut in and out. Not sure what is causing it, but it occurs on both the DVD/HDP input and the TV CBL input. I have assigned the HDP input to HDMI one and use that for my PS3 for games and blu-ray and the TV CBL assigned to HDMI 2 for the fios STB. I have an Xbox 360 on the 3rd HDMI and AppleTV on the 4th. I don't use either one too often. I don't have anything else connected. When I am using the PS3 and it cuts out it will switch inputs to the DVD input, so it just goes blank until I switch it back. When I am watching TV it will just keep cutting out for a second then come back on. It's been doing this for around a week and has been increasing in frequency lately. Money is tight right now, so I am hoping I can avoid replacing it. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thank you,

Pete
post #19858 of 20190
First step- rule out HDMI cables and connections going bad.
post #19859 of 20190
Guys, my apologies if this was discussed years ago in this thread -- I did a quick thread search and didn't see anything.

Can the Denon 3808 stream 96/24 or 192/24 files from computer over the network (either FLAC, WAV, or AIFF)?

Currently I don't have a router in the room with my 3808, or I'd test it myself. If the verdict is that yes, it can stream hi res audio over the LAN, then I'll definitely rectify that deficiency in my home setup. If not, i guess I'll have to purchase a music streaming device, which would be a lot more (especially for one that is 192/24 capable).

Thanks up front!
Edit: I just loaded the Linn hi res test tracks (FLAC and ALAC), as well as decompressed versions of the same (WAV and AIFF) onto a USB thumb drive and stuck it in my 3808. The receiver was able to see all of the files on the drive, but when I tried playing each in turn I got a "File type not supported" error message. I think it's therefore safe to assume that the 3808 can't stream hi res files from a music server, either. Oh well. If I'm wrong, please let me know.
Edited by Thunder240 - 5/12/13 at 9:15am
post #19860 of 20190
If I upgrade to 4k TV and watching regular bluray up scaled, am I in for a new receiver? How about with true 4k media server by Sony ?
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