Treat yourself to powerful, pristine, totally engrossing home theater with the Denon AVR-3805. This receiver delivers 120 high-current watts to as many as seven home theater speakers, enveloping you in involving, lifelike sound. In addition to Dolby® Digital EX and DTS-ES® surround decoding, this receiver's brainy 32-bit SHARC processor offers Dolby Pro Logic IIx, which can turn any stereo or surround source into compelling 7.1-channel surround!

Denon has packed this receiver with an astonishing array of audiophile features, but they've also gone out of their way to make your home theater setup as easy as possible. The '3805's Auto Setup and Room EQ Adjust feature takes the hassle out of speaker configuration. Just plug in Denon's DMS-305 microphone (not included) and place it in your favorite listening seat. The '3805 then uses a series of test tones to balance speaker levels and fine-tune the delay and EQ settings for each speaker. The result is optimized system performance for your specific home theater room!

Once you've got your home theater ready to go, you'll be astounded by the sound of your movies and music. The '3805 boasts sixteen Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DACs — that's two DACs per channel, even for 7.1 audio! This guarantees phenomenal precision from all your digital sources. This is also the first receiver apart from Denon's flagship AVR-5803A model to offer a Denon Link input. With compatible components (like Denon's DVD-5900), you'll be able to send both DVD-Audio signals to this receiver digitally, for musical reproduction of incredible presence and purity.

Another high-end bonus is Denon's ALPHA 24 Processing Plus, which uses sophisticated upsampling to produce analog smoothness from stereo digital audio sources. For the cleanest possible sound for your stereo music, Pure Direct mode shuts off the power to the video circuitry and the front-panel display. With analog sources, Pure Direct mode also shuts off all digital circuitry.

Advanced video conversion lets you send a wide variety of video sources to your main TV via a single S-video or component video connection. You also get triple-room/triple-source output so you can thrill to 7.1 surround in your main room while two housemates each enjoy different sources in separate rooms (receivers, powered speakers, or shelf systems required in 2nd and 3rd rooms). Or, if you step to 5.1 home theater in main room, the '3805 can power stereo speakers in either your 2nd or your 3rd room.

The '3805 also offers an ultra-cool learning/multibrand touchscreen remote that gives you easy control of your whole system. Its twin electro-luminescent displays are easy to read in the dark, and offer customized control screens for each of your components (click on the "More Photos" tab above for an up-close look at this sleek remote).

The AVR-3805's heavy-duty construction includes an anti-resonant chassis, a massive power supply, and large capacitors. Denon's DDSC-Digital configuration treats your audio to a series of single-function circuit blocks. With D/A conversion, A/D conversion, surround decoding, and other DSP each handled by its own dedicated block, every function is optimized, and so is your sound! Scrupulous isolation of each block also ensures ultra-rigorous standards of signal purity. Denon has really pulled out all the stops with this receiver — the end result is phenomenally powerful, precise home theater and music performance every time you turn it on!

Product Highlights:

  • 120 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD
  • Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, Pro Logic IIx, DTS Neo:6, and Widescreen 7.1 processing
  • Denon Link input for digital transfer of stereo or multichannel DVD-Audio and SACD signals from compatible components
  • sixteen 192kHz/24-bit DACs
  • ALPHA 24 Processing Plus
  • Pure Direct mode
  • HDCD® decoding
  • learning/multibrand touchscreen electro-luminescent remote with macros
  • triple-room/triple-source output (composite video and preamp-level stereo audio output for 2nd room; fixed line-level stereo audio output for 3rd room; powered stereo audio output option for either 2nd room or 3rd room allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
  • component video conversion (composite to S-video, or composite and S-video to component)
  • 7.1-channel input
  • 7.1-channel preamp output
  • component video switching: 3 in, 1 out (100MHz bandwidth)
  • digital inputs: 5 optical, 2 coaxial
  • 2 optical digital outputs
  • 3 audio (including phono) and 7 A/V (including 7 S-video) inputs
  • on-screen display (requires TV with A/V input)
  • variable low-pass crossover
  • high-current, low-impedance amp design
  • 56 AM/FM presets
  • 17-1/16"W x 6-3/4"H x 17"D
  • warranty: 2 years
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  • Black AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RC-969)
  • 4 "AAA" batteries
  • 6-1/2' AC cord
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Operating Instructions
  • List of Preset codes
  • Warranty sheet
  • Denon Service Network sheet
  • News about Denon Link sheet

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Inputs And Outputs Notes

Features

DDSC-Digital (Dynamic Discrete Surround Circuit): The Denon AVR-3805 is equipped with the latest technology in surround audio performance, DDSC-Digital, featuring Analog Devices Hammerhead SHARC 32-bit floating point DSP processor. All elements of the Surround Processor are optimized to the highest standards by the use of selected high performance and discrete components, particularly the A/D and D/A converters and the sophisticated DSP surround decoder.

Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Dolby Pro Logic IIx furthers the matrix decoding of Dolby Pro Logic II to decode audio signals recorded on two channels into up to 7.1 playback channels, including the surround back channel. Dolby Pro Logic IIx also allows 5.1-channel sources to be played in up to 7.1 channels. The mode can be selected according to the source. There are 3 Dolby Pro Logic IIx modes: Music, Cinema and Game. (The Game mode is for 2-channel sources only.)

Surround Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of surround modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The surround modes include:

  • Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Dolby Digital
  • Dolby Pro Logic II
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx
    • Music
    • Cinema
    • Game (2-channel sources only)
  • DTS Digital Surround
  • DTS-ES Extended Surround
    • DTS-ES Discrete 6.1
    • DTS-ES Matrix 6.1
    • DTS Neo:6 Surround
      • Neo:6 Cinema
      • Neo:6 Music
  • DTS 96/24
  • Denon Original Surround Modes (DSP)
    • Wide Screen
    • Super Stadium
    • Rock Arena
    • Jazz Club
    • Classic Concert
    • Mono Movie
    • Video game
    • Matrix
    • 5CH/7CH Stereo

Personal Memory Plus: The receiver has a personal memorize function that automatically memorizes the surround modes and input modes selected for the different input sources. When the input source is switched, the modes set for that source last time it was used are automatically recalled. The surround parameters, tone control settings, and playback level balance for the different output channels are memorized for each surround mode.

Two-channel Music Modes: There are three 2-channel playback modes exclusively for music:

  • Pure Direct: plays back music with an extremely high level of sound quality. All the video-related circuits are turned off so that music signals are reproduced with high quality. When an analog mode is selected, the digital processing circuits are also turned off to achieve the highest purity.
  • Direct: audio signals bypass the tone control circuits, and are transmitted directly, resulting in good quality sound.
  • Stereo: allows you to adjust the tone to achieve the desired sound while watching video images.

HDCD Decoding: The AVR-3805 automatically detects and decodes the digital bitstream from a CD that has been encoded through the special High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) process. HDCD discs use 20-bit encoding and other proprietary processing to provide the ultimate in CD listening.

Denon Link: This receiver features the Denon Link (3rd edition), an RJ-45 jack on the back panel, which allows a one-cable connection to a compatible Denon DVD player equipped with a Denon Link connector. This digital connection allows the input of uncompressed Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio digital signals with jitter-less data transfer and ultra-low noise.

24-Bit, 192 kHz D/A Converters: The AVR-3805 uses highly accurate Burr Brown PCM-1791 Digital-to-Analog converters, two for each channel, for a total of 16. The 192kHz sampling and 24-bit word length capabilities of the DACs allows you to play high-resolution recordings and hear the increased clarity, detail and dynamic range of those recordings.

AL24 Processing Plus: Denon has further developed its propriety AL24 Processing to support the 192 kHz sampling frequency of DVD-Audio. AL24 Processing Plus thoroughly suppresses quantization noise associated with D/A conversion of LPCM signals to reproduce the low-level signals with optimum clarity that will bring out all the nuances of the music. AL24 Processing Plus is applied to not only the front left and right channels, but also the surround left and right, center and subwoofer channels.

Auto Setup/Room EQ: The receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and Room Equalization function, to achieve the most ideal sound field for your room. With the optional DM-S305 microphone (item # 033DMS305) placed at the listening position, the 32-point DSP automatically and accurately analyzes, adjusts and sets the speaker configurations of your system. The receiver also analyzes and adjusts the frequency response of the speakers to the room with an 8-band parametric equalizer. You can also manually adjust the 8-band equalizer from -6dB to +6dB in 0.5dB steps at 63Hz, 125Hz, 250Hz, 500Hz, 1kHz, 2kHz, 4kHz and 8kHz.

Subwoofer Crossover Frequency: You can adjust the cutoff frequency of the subwoofer output from 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz or 250Hz.

Muting Level Adjustment: You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit from -40dB or -20dB from the present volume level.

Dual Surround Speaker Mode: The AVR-3805 provides the ability to connect two different sets of surround speakers, and place them in the appropriate locations in your home theater room, so that you can enjoy both movie soundtracks and music listening, with optimum results and no compromise. If you play one pair of surround speakers at a time (Surround A or B), the minimum impedance of the connected speakers is 6 ohms. If you play both pairs of speakers simultaneously (Surround A + B), the minimum impedance of the connected speakers is 8 ohms.

Multi Zone/Multi Source Operation: This unit provides a Multi-Zone Output function and a Select function that let you output different sources to multiple zones. Multi-room Zone 2 can have a pre-amp output along with a composite video feed. You can make the Zone 2 Pre-amp output variable or set to -40dB or 0dB. Multi-room Zone 3 can have an independently selected audio source output with a fixed pre-amp output. The receiver's Power Amplifier Assign function lets you assign the 2 Surround Back amplifier channels to instead drive a pair of speakers in Multi-room Zone 2 or 3 with 120 watts per channel. When the amplifier channels are assigned to Zone 2 or 3, the receiver can still provide 5 discrete amplifier channels to drive all speakers in a 5.1-channel surround configuration.

Video Up Conversion: The receiver's video transcoding technology converts composite and S-Video signals to component video signals and output to the monitor. This allows you to enjoy the highest picture quality from all video gear connected to the receiver. In addition, composite video signals are up converted to S-Video and S-Video signals are down converted to composite for connecting convenience.

HD Video Switching: The unit has three assignable component video inputs and a high-performance relay that is used to switch the signals. The switcher has an extended bandwidth range of up to 100 MHz, making it compatible with progressive DVD (480p) and HDTV formats (720p and 1080i).

Remote Control

RC-969 Remote Control: The AVR-3805 comes with a unique EL backlight touch panel remote control which can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable Denon components. In addition, the remote is pre-programmed with control signals for other brands of products, including cable boxes, CD players, TVs, Cassette decks, Laserdisc, DBS, VCRs, CD recorders, Minidiscs, DVD players and DVD recorders. The RC-969 is also a learning remote. The remote features two large touch panels with Electro-Luminescent backlit touch zones, and automatically activates the backlighting when the remote is picked up, displaying only the keys required by the device. Only the Power, Channel select, Volume Control, Cursor ring and Enter functions are assigned to traditional push buttons.

System Call: The remote control is equipped with "System Call" functions, allowing a series of remote control signals to be transmitted by pressing a single button. Up to 12 sequential signals can be stored in each of the 6 System Call buttons.

Inputs And Outputs Notes

Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR-3805 features 5 optical digital (Toslink) inputs and 2 coaxial digital inputs. Each input can be assigned to any of the different input sources except Phono and Tuner. Optical Digital Inputs 3 and 4 also have corresponding Optical Digital outputs for use with a CD, MD or other digital recording device.

7.1 Multi-Channel Input: The AVR-3805 is equipped with a 7.1-channel input to accommodate present and future multi-channel formats.

Speaker Terminals: All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are positioned too far apart to be used with dual banana plugs.

RS-232C Port: The AVR-3805 includes an RS-232C port for connection to external whole-house control systems, from companies such as AMX, Crestron, and others, and provides a software/firmware upgrade pathway.

Room-to-Room Remote Jacks: The receiver has a mini-jack input for use with an optional Denon RC-616 IR re-transmitter. The adjacent room-to-room output is for future use.

12V Trigger Outputs: The AVR-3805 has a 2 mini-jack outputs to send a 12-Volt DC "turn-on" signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger, such as a power amplifier. These trigger outputs can be assigned to the Main Zone, Zone 2 or Zone 3.

Front Panel Inputs: This unit features stereo audio, composite video and S-Video, and an optical digital input on the front panel for conveniently connecting a game console or camcorder. These inputs are covered by a fold-down panel.

Headphone Jack: The receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel, positioned behind the fold-down panel.

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Amazing!!

Written By Rick, Kansas City on Wednesday, March 01, 2006

I bought this AVR from Crutchfield when it first came out (along with the DVD-5900). Paid full price and I'm amazed how much of a bargain it is now! As far as the unit goes, you just can't find a better bang-for-your-buck box on the market. Period. The remote does offer some challenge, but it can be mastered with a little perseverance. The versatility of the 3805 is almost boundless. As others have said before me, the audio quality (for both home theater and music listening) is astounding for a unit in this price range. Look no further. Buy one today!

Impressive and resonably priced receiver

Written By Jason, Dayton, OH on Tuesday, February 07, 2006

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I had for months looked and did my research on which receiver to purchase for my home theater. Now, I don't have the worlds greatest speakers, but my Acoustic Energy speaker system has never sounded better since I purchased the Denon 3805 from Crutchfield. I received fantastic customer service and the item arrived quickly and was packaged well. I'm very happy and would recommend this receiver for someone who does not want to purchase another for awhile. Good luck.

Denon AVR-3805

Written By Craig, Roy, Utah on Thursday, February 02, 2006

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After doing much on-line research and reading countless reviews about many home theater receivers in the $1K price range, the Denon got me. One of the main selling points to me was where it's made, Japan. I looked at some nice Marantz (made in China), Yamaha (Malaysia). Once I settled on this model, the digital make-up of the unit and it's capabilities along with it's looks and the Denon name sold me. I was kind of comprehensive sending $900 over the internet, but I've been dealing with Crutchfield since the late 80's so I knew they would take care of business. The Denon arrived when they said it would and after opening the box..wow, a nice looking piece. Hooking it up took some time as there are many options available along with getting the proper room equalization dialed in. This Denon sounds like no other..an awesome brain for my 7.1 Polk surround system. Buy the Denon from Crutchfield.

Everyone was right

Written By nate, Boston, Mass on Tuesday, January 31, 2006

I was searching for a new receiver when I logged onto the Crutchfield website. The last receiver I bought, I only paid $200 for it. You really get what you pay for. I saw that the Denon 3805 was very popular and getting five star ratings. I ordered it, hooked it up, my surround sound speakers came alive for the first time. So I wanna say thanks everyone for the excellent right on target reviews. The remote does have a slow learning curve but you're not gonna learn everything about it all at once. As the days go on it becomes easier and easier. Finally, thanks Crutchfield for the excellent service. I got my receiver in 2 days. very fast. If you're looking for a nice high-powered receiver, get the Denon 3805 because everyone was right.

Outstanding!

Written By alirt1, Akron, Ohio on Thursday, January 19, 2006

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Outstanding receiver. As good as I had heard it was. While the remote has a slow learning curve it is well worth the time spent learning it.

Denon AVR-3805

Written By jon, Southeast Minnesota on Thursday, January 12, 2006

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Near perfect in every way. Perfect receiver for those
who know and love music. Reproduction of the original
recording is flawless. I am very pleased with this
receiver, without question, the best I have ever owned.

Excellent - Inputs / Outputs and more Inputs

Written By Ken, Ohio on Tuesday, October 25, 2005

I usually buy a new receiver every two years - but this is the best by far. Even though the remote takes time to get used to - it's still has a "cool" factor to it.

As far as the unit - the inputs and outputs set it apart from anything else in this price range. Unless you want to spend $4000+, this is the unit for you. Read the other reviews above - aside from the remote, everyone loves this receiver.

AWESOME!

Written By wes, SO CAL on Monday, October 10, 2005

This receiver is the best one I have ever owned!!
The instruction manual doesnt really go into allot of detail, but nothing a little tech support cant help you out with. This unit works and sounds great!!! The remote is awesome.

Great AVR

Written By Joe, Seattle, WA on Wednesday, September 21, 2005

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GREAT GREAT GREAT.
Amazing audio quality. Cool remote. Video conversion to component. TONS of inputs. 7.1 sound with plenty of power to drive all channels. Get yourself some good speakers to go with this. Don't forget to buy the auto setup mike. It'd be nice if they included it.

Really the only negative thing I can think of about this reciever is that the new version (3806) is due out this October. The only real improvement there is the addition of HDMI switching though, so not a big deal for me since everything I own is currently using component.

Denon AVR-3805

Written By Jack, NM on Monday, August 15, 2005

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I have been a fan of Denon products for many years. This receiver is by far the best one I have owned so far. I have only 1 complaint. Why no microphone?! What's the deal?! But other than that this receiver has more features than I'll probably ever use and audio performance is as good as receivers costing much more. The remote is really cool! And the IR sensor on the receiver is very good. I can control it from across the room behind a chair and coffee table. Can't even see it and control it perfectly! Lastly let me mention the power! It drives my dual 10inch woofer floor standing speakers hard. The pictures on my walls shake so much they'll probably fall off one day. The difference from my 85watt Denon is incredible! Pass up the 100watt Denon and spend a little more. Get this 120watt, 50 pounder! Highly recommended!!

Denon 3805

Written By RonMan, Trophy Club, TX on Friday, August 05, 2005

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Excellent receiver, but the remote is not great. 5 stars anyway.

The auto equalization and auto levels features are good, but not perfect. Since I have a 10-band RTA I was able to compare. The 3805 is within ~10% on all settings. Not bad.

It found out-of-phase speakers easily, but the error message does not make it clear which of two speakers is out of phase (comparing to the other speakers would yield an answer since it is not possible to determine which of any two are out of phase). The microphone is a $65 add-on. This is a pretty big rip-off.

The auto sub level is a bit low for medium level listening. This is as much personal taste as anything, but the ear does not hear bass well at lower levels (remember the loudness controls of years gone by?)

Good receiver. I would buy again

Denon Customer For Life!!

Written By Joshua, St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Denon has won me over. This is absolutly the best piece of AV equipment I have owned. The features and connectivity options are more than most will need. I also purchased the Denon mic for auto set up. This worked fantastic. Sounds like a professional came in with db meters. I read multiple reviews on several products before choosing this product and I am not dissappointed. I will never buy another brand of receiver again, although I am sure this one will give me many years of enjoyment. I highly recommend this reciever to anyone who enjoys listening to music as well as watching movies! DVD Audio sounds great!

Denon AVR-3805

Written By Lionel, Round Rock TX on Tuesday, July 12, 2005

I did a fair amount of research before buying this receiver, and the 3805 does not disappoint. First and foremost, the sound quality is pristine on any source I play through it. Even casual listeners have commented on how good it sounds. Secondly, this receiver is extremely versatile... love the ability to assign digital coax and optical jacks and the component upconversion. In my setup, I use the 3805 to drive a 5.1 setup in the living room. I then have a speaker selector hooked up to Zone 2 which drives 3 (and later 4) sets of speakers in other rooms. This receiver powers all 4 zones effortlessly... fills the house with sound without even breaking a sweat. If you are thinking of buying another receiver at a slightly lower price point, I'd recommend that you save a bit longer to get the Denon 3805--you won't be disappointed! Best audio purchase I ever made, period.

Best Denon Receiver for the money!

Written By GLPatnode, Pleasant Prairie, WI on Saturday, July 02, 2005

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This Denon has everything you would want in a quality A/V receiver. The sound is fantastic, the layout of controls excellent and the remote is fun to use.
With more than enough power and excellent surround processing, you wonder why you ever thought of paying more. Buy this one and you won't regret it.

Very nice receiver.

Written By Bjorn, Tampa, FL on Saturday, June 18, 2005

This is a very nice receiver. It is very flexible, and is relatively easy to set up. The remote leaves much to be desired, but I'm not using it (I have a Philips ProntoPro). The sound quality is first rate, and the Direct and Pure Direct modes shut off most or all of the unused circuits to minimize and sort of interference. The receiver has all the current surround modes, and all work well. The features I like the best are the assignable optical and coaxial digital inputs and the assignable component video inputs. If your cable box has only coax or your DVD has only optical it's not a problem. Assign each input the jack it needs. Also, the receiver converts all video sources to component, so you need only one connection to your TV.

I highly recommend this receiver.

Apples and Oranges

Written By Tim, Midwest on Saturday, March 05, 2005

Hello, this is a basic overall review of the DENON AVR-3805. First off, when shopping around for a "home theater" system, You get what you pay for. BAR NONE. If you buy a 100 Dollar "RICE EAVER" don't complain or say man, why do people like home theater so much cus it's nothing to be excited about. Properly purchased and backed audio equipment can be the most joyous experience one could ever hope to aspire to. Matching a 5000 Dollar DENON or ONKYO monster to your 1980's speakers that you have laying around is NOT COOL. I remember the first time I went to an audio salon at the ripe age of 15 and saw an incredible demonstration for a DENON CD DECK... the associate proceeded to eject the tray, and literally slap the deck up and down on the shelf, see how sturdy this is? Granted, it was an eye opening experience. The absolute worst thing any person can do is to make a non informed purchase. Can't afford the "WHOLE THING" right now? Get it piece by piece... Get your Brains and brawn, then get your beauty ( golden ears ) down the road... Better to wait than go with an all in one system that you WILL regret. I have read these reviews and understand the SONY AND NIKON comparisons... there simply isn't one. Unless you have a million dollars to dump on your system ( Yes... it is possible ), you have to be honest with yourself, your budget, and your means. Doing that you cannot go wrong and who knows, you might become public buddy #1 with your new DENON system.

Denon 3805

Written By Thomas, Alexandria, KY on Wednesday, February 23, 2005

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I did a fair amount of research in both picking this receiver as well as the merchant. You can buy this unit cheaper elsewhere but you have to worry about the quality of service you get since Denon does not honor the warranty if you bought it from an unauthorized dealer. The main weakness to this unit is the remote - it can be a pain - but then once its programmed it seems to work ok - although once in a while I've had to reseat the battery because its locked up. I purchased the extended warranty from Crutchfield figuring that if the remote dies it will be covered for the full 5 years. The Receiver has tons of features and is extremely flexible when it comes to setting it up. One common complaint is the lack of subwoofer control. To get good response from your subwoofer you want to make sure you set the sub up to support Front and LFE channels otherwise you will think the sub isnt working very well. I purchased the microphone and have used it to ball park my adjustments - this is not totally necessary but I found it makes the adjustment process much easier - something you might want to consider. Overall this is a great receiver and it is delivers as advertised. I highly recommend it.

A Beautiful Thing

Written By Adam, Grand Rapids, MI on Saturday, February 19, 2005

Features: I can't say enough about the features of this receiver. 5.1 inputs, Denon Link, HDCD, DTS ES, DD EX, DPL II just to name a few. Would have been nice to see HDMI inputs and outputs however. I mean I couldn't see spending an extra 4 grand and moving up to the 5805 just for HDMI.

Performance: It's been a long time since I've heard this kind of detail in my music. Not since owning my last Denon receiver (AVR-2000) that is. I've owned a different brand receiver in between and I'll never go other than Denon again. I like to stick with what works and what I trust. Sound quality on movie soundtracks sound better than I thought possible in my living room.

overview: All in all this is the best receiver I've ever owned. I haven't owned many in my day but none the less my best sounding ever.

Denon AVR 3805

Written By brent, New Hampshire on Friday, February 11, 2005

Overall, this is an outstanding receiver and worth every penny of the price. Sound quality is far better than other receivers that I have owned or auditioned (sony, yamaha, pioneer), especially with recpect to detail. You will hear elements of (ESPECIALLY SACD, HDCD, and DVD-audio recordings) that you have previously not noticed if you are upgrading from a lesser unit. Power is extremely clean even at relatively high volume. With that said, however, I find that it seems a bit underpowered (although this may be a function of using it with my power-greedy polk rti-150 fronts). One of the great features of this unit (although not recomended officially by Denon) is that you can assign the surr-back amplifier channels to bi-amp compatible speakers (functionally creating 240 wpc (front speakers) in a 5.1/stereo setup). You can even set the relative amplification level for the high and low frequency separately in this mode (details available at various websites). I have found that this setup has largely resolved my power issue.

I have read many complaints of complexity of use of the receiver and the remote. I have found both to be relatively easy to use and set up. This opinion may be biased from a technofile perspective, however. Plan on replacing the remote batteries every few months.

Soundfields (especially widescreen and DPL IIx)/processing are superb. Build quality is excellent. The only close competition is the Harman-Kardon AVR-7300 (worth a look if youre in the market-a bit more power and Faroudja video processing). My only complaint--no DVI/HDMI switching (like most receivers in this price range). In sum, an excellent receiver, great value!

Top notch equipment

Written By David, Parma OH. on Friday, February 11, 2005

This is the first piece of Denon equipment I have ever purchased.
All I can say is WOW !!!

Denon AVR-3805

Written By Mark, San Antonio on Sunday, February 06, 2005

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Tried to order the 3805 from another online merchant, knowing better, but ended up they were drop shipping when they said it was in stock... same old story. So ended up getting it from Crutchfield... known quantity, nice people, no tax, free speakers that I didn't need..

OK, for the receiver. I had read the manual online from cover to cover, but the setup still ended up being quite confuzing to me. It is still hard for me to tell what kind of source (pcm, analog, dts, dolby) that the receiver is processing, not as easy to switch as on a previous sony. After some messing I have figured all this out, and since it is automatic, not a real issue. The setup mike is on my short list of wants. Denon is like to Sony as Nikon is to Canon, if that makes any sense...

I set the receiver up for 3 zone use, well, actually 4 zones. Main room 5.1, den is stereo plus video, and bedroom is audio (but video follows zone 2 in the bedroom), a 4th zone is in the garage that is audio only, which comes from the 2 channel amp hooked to zone 2 output. I am using a hardwired IR repeater system and a Universal Remote MX-700 for control. This setup was a lot harder than the receiver by the way. I tried just hooking up the IR input on the back of the Denon directly to an emitter port on the IR, but for some reason I keep getting some electronic feedback on this and it messes up the whole IR system, so I ended up running an emitter in front of the Denon, not the clean look I was going for.

My surround speakers and center suck, so it is hard to say about that part, but in 2 channel stereo I am running a pair of Thiel CS 2.2 speakers, probably in the range of 4 or 5 ohm.

Denon AVR-3805

Written By clai, Sunnyvale, CA on Friday, February 04, 2005

I am impress with the futuristic look of the remote, but not exactly a fan of it, I feel lost at it at first try. Maybe I need to be train a bit on how the flow is.

Sounds wise was amazing with the Alpha 24 processor turn on, can hear ever little detail that wasn't possible with another of my English Receiver.

It is clean, it is precise, it is very detail, except it is not that musical warmth for music, but hey it is just perfect for a Receiver.

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