Originally Posted by smitty
What is the difference, if any, between the 1800 and the 3800 that should impact the sound of the two units? I thought I read somewhere that there was a difference in the DAC's, but the specs on the Yamaha website seem to show they are the same.
I mean i couldn't really tell either by reading the information - however too me I heard the 1800 only for 3 hours on a semi broken in system with a cheap sony cd player and it sounded good
I currently have (purchased ) the 3800 and to my ears it sounds incredible - very high end - audiophile like sound (am I allowed to say that here)
I think the 3800 (albeit with a cambridge 840c) sounds extraordinary - to me it sounds just as good if not better as the two channel integrateds (Nadm3 and the creek destiny) - (they both retail in the $2500 range) - that I have had extensive time with.
Although it can control my speakers superbly and can sound sheer brute like- it also sounds very delicate when needed. I also have been listening to music in the biamp mode (obviously with biwireable speakers)
hope this helps a little