Inputs And Outputs Notes
DDSC-Digital (Dynamic Discrete
Surround Circuit): The Denon
AVR-3806 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
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
- Dolby Digital Surround EX
- Dolby Pro Logic
- Dolby Pro Logic II
- Dolby Pro Logic IIx
- 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
- DTS 96/24
- Combined Surround Modes:
The receiver features several
combined modes using existing Dolby and Digital Theater Systems (DTS)
- Dolby Digital+Dolby Pro
Logic IIx (Cinema and Music)
- DTS+Dolby Pro Logic IIx
(Cinema and Music)
- Denon Original Surround Modes
- Wide Screen
- Super Stadium
- Rock Arena
- Jazz Club
- Classic Concert
- Mono Movie
- Video game
- 7CH Stereo
You can adjust the following surround
Turns the effect signals with multi-surround mode speaker effects on and off
in the Wide Screen mode. When turned off, the surround back channel signals
are equivalent to the surround channels
Level: Sets the strength
of the effect signals in the Wide Screen mode. It can be set in 15 steps,
from 1 to 15. Set to a low level if the positioning or phase of the surround
signals sounds unnatural.
SB Ch Out:
Indicates whether or not you are using surround back speaker(s)
Room Size: Sets the size
of the sound field among five settings: Small, Med.S (medium-small), Medium,
Med.L (medium-large) and Large
Effect Level: Sets the
strength of the surround effect, the level can be set in 15 steps from 1 to
Delay Time: In the matrix
mode only, the delay time can be set within the range of 0 to 300 ms
SW ATT: Reduces the
subwoofer level when using the 7.1 Channel analog input
SW On/Off: Sub output is
Dialogue Normalization: The
dialogue normalization function is activated automatically when playing Dolby
Digital program sources. Dialogue normalization is a basic function of Dolby
Digital, which automatically normalizes the dialog level (standard level) of the
signals that are recorded at different levels for different program sources,
such as DVD, DTV and other future formats that will use Dolby Digital.
CINEMA EQ (Cinema Equalizer):
The Cinema EQ function gently decreases the level of the extreme high
frequencies, compensating for overly-bright sounding motion picture soundtracks.
Select this function if the sound from the front speakers is too bright. This
function only works in the Dolby Pro Logic (including PL II and PL IIx), Dolby
Digital, DTS Surround, DTS Neo:6, and Wide Screen modes.
D.COMP (Dynamic Range Compression):
Motion picture soundtracks have tremendous dynamic range (the contrast between
very soft and very loud sounds). For listening late at night, or whenever the
maximum sound level is lower than usual, the Dynamic Range Compression allows
you to hear all of the sounds in the soundtrack (but with reduced dynamic
range). This only works when playing program sources recorded in Dolby Digital
or DTS. You can select one of the four settings: "OFF", "LOW", "MID" (middle),
or "HI" (high).
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.
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.
bypass the tone control circuits, and are transmitted directly, resulting in
good quality sound.
allows you to adjust the tone to achieve the desired sound.
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.
Conversion: The AVR-3806 is equipped with a
flexible video switching system that converts video signals in an effort to only
require one video connection from receiver to TV. Unlike most other conversion
circuits, this receiver will convert analog signals from composite video,
S-Video, and component video to HDMI.
- Composite Video: can be
converted to S-Video, component video, or HDMI
- S-Video: can be converted
to composite video, component video, or HDMI
- Component Video: can be
converted to composite video, S-Video, or HDMI (480i signals only when down
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
24-Bit, 192 kHz D/A
The AVR-3806 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
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
The receiver is equipped with an Auto Setup and Room Equalization function, to
achieve the most ideal sound field for your room.
The AVR-3806's Audyssey MultEQ XT
function is designed to optimize the sound quality at each listening position in
the room. The included DM-S205 microphone is used to measure test tones at each
listening position. This measured data is then analyzed using a program to
improve acoustic characteristics in the listening area. For best results at
least six positions should be measured, including a main position. The main
position is given more weight in the calculations. The Audyssey function adjusts
the following measurements automatically: Speaker Configuration, Distance,
Channel Level, Crossover Frequency, and Room EQ.
The Room EQ function offers three correction curves:
- Audyssey: adjusts the
frequency response of all speakers to correct the effects of room acoustics
- Front: adjusts the
characteristics of each speaker to match the front speakers
- Flat: frequency response
of all speakers are flat
can adjust the cutoff frequency of the subwoofer output from 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz,
90Hz, 100Hz, 110Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz, 200Hz or 250Hz.
The audio signal can be delayed, from 0-200ms, to match the video signal.
You can set the amount of attenuation for the audio muting circuit from -40dB or
-20dB from the present volume level.
XM Ready: With the optional XM
Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Dock, you can enjoy the variety and sound quality of XM Satellite radio. XM offers over 150 channels
of music, news, sports, and talk radio and even has weather and traffic
information in several major markets. The channel number, channel name, artist
name, and song title are listed on the AVR-3806's display and on the connected
TV monitor. XM stations are stored as presets and recalled in the same way AM
and FM stations are. A subscription to XM Satellite Radio is required.
Amplifier Assign: There are
seven amplifier channels built into the receiver. These channels are typically
used for 7.1 channel surround in the main room, but the amplifier assign
function gives you the option of configuring the system differently if you
prefer (see the descriptions of bi-amp, dual surround, and multi-zone).
Bi-Amp: Four of the seven
amplifier channels can be used to bi-amp the front speakers, leaving three to
power other channels.
Dual Surround Speaker Mode:
The AVR-3806 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 and an S-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.
Last Function Memory:
This unit is equipped with a last function memory, which stores the input and
output setting conditions as they were immediately before the power was switched
The unit is also equipped with a back-up memory. This function provides
approximately one week of memory storage when the main unit's power switch is
off and the power cord is disconnected.
On-Screen Display (OSD): An OSD can be
displayed on your television for easy system setup. The OSD is sent through all
monitor outputs (composite video, S-video, component video, and HDMI).
AVR-3806 comes with a unique EL backlight touch panel remote control that 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 CD players, CD recorders, Cassette decks, DVD players,
DVD recorders, satellite tuners, cable boxes, VCRs, and TVs. The RC-1024 is also
a learning remote. The remote features a large touch panel with
Electro-Luminescent backlit touch buttons.
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 32 sequential signals can be stored in each of
the 3 System Call buttons.
Inputs And Outputs
XM: This proprietary terminal
allows you to connect an optional XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Dock.
HDMI Inputs/Output: This unit
has 2 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different
input sources. The HDMI jacks support HDCP copyright protection.
AVR-3806 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.
Multi-Channel Input: The
AVR-3806 is equipped with a 7.1-channel input to accommodate present and future
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
The AVR-3806 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, 617, or 618 IR
re-transmitter. The adjacent room-to-room output is for future use.
12V Trigger Outputs:
The AVR-3806 has 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.
The receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel, positioned
behind the fold-down panel.