Denon 3802 vs Onkyo 898 ?

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  1. Arthur S

    Arthur S Cinematographer

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    Both models are on their way out and good deals are available without asking. The Onkyo 898 is several hundred dollars more than the Denon 3802, but has a few more features, including THX.

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    Artie
     
  2. itai

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    the 898 might have a slight edge on the 3802, though the power ratings are the same, at a declared 110x7.
    you get thx-ex decoding, and maybe higher hz on the component i/o.
    1 - whats the price differences between these fellas?
    2 - can you a/b them?
     
  3. Brad Newton

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    But.........doesn't the 898 have some "problems" like audio drop outs & ticking noises from the speakers? I was set to purchase the 898 but have held off due to these problems, but again I am a newcomer to the home theater field & am trying to learn as much as I can before making any type of purchases.
     
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    I have the 898 and haven't had any problems with skipping. Includes ~100 movies tried including Jurassic Park 3, which I think has had problems. I've watched Pearl Harbor over Digital Cable in 5.1 with no dropouts either.
     
  5. Robb Roy

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    I've played TXH-EX material on a 3802 with no problem. I recall reading (on this forum?) about why the 3802 can't/couldn't advertise that fact.

    There have also been complaints about 3802s. Ideally you can a/b them. I've owned Denon and Onkyo receivers and loved them both.
     
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    Could you please tell me what problems you are refering to regarding the 3802?
     
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    Most of what I've read is imagined or a product of a less than stellar manual and remote. I've never had anything that resembles a problem with mine. Do a search on this forum for "3802" and "problem" and you will see various discussions (most with a happy ending due to kind manual translations from members of this forum).
    The most thorough discussion on this I saw (without reading all the posts in detail) is here:
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...=3802+problems
     
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    Don't forget the HK 520!
     
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    Tom_Mack Stunt Coordinator

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    THX and other features are great and all, but I think your preference of sound is more important:

    Onkyo = bright
    Denon = warm

    Actually I in my testing of the Integra 7.1 (Onkyo 797) and the Denon 3802, I thought that the Integra was too bright and the Denon was a little too dull. If I had to go with one, I would go with the Denon.
     

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