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Denon 3802 with mixed 6/8ohm speakers?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Erik J, Nov 13, 2001.

  1. Erik J

    Erik J Extra

    May 23, 2000
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    Hi everyone.
    I'm looking at replacing a four year old 100w/ch Pioneer Elite DD 5.1 receiver with a new Denon 3802 7.1ch setup. I'm wondering if there are going to be any issues driving my mixed NHT speaker setup.
    The fronts are NHT 2.5i towers:
    In-room Response: 29Hz -25KHz +/-3dB
    Sensitivity: 86dB @ 2.83V/M
    Impedance: 6 ohms nom., (3.6 min.)
    The surrounds are NHT Super Two towers:
    In-room Response: 35Hz-25KHz +/-3dB
    Sensitivity: 87dB @ 2.83V/M
    Impedance: 8 ohms nom.,(3.8 min.)
    And my Center/Rear speaks are NHT Super One monitors:
    In-room Response: 57Hz-25KHz +/-3dB
    Sensitivity: 86dB @ 2.83V/M
    Impedance: 8 ohms nom.,(6 min.)
    M&K V-75 Mark II
    I have 6 ohm towers as fronts and the remaining five speakers all run at 8 ohms. They work fine on the Pioneer, but could really use some more power in multi-channel applications. Would the 3802 be a good replacement for the Pioneer? I really want DTS, which the Pioneer lacks, as well as pre-ins for DVD-A/SACD and a number of other modern goodies.
    Bass management:
    Should I run the fronts and surrounds full range? Would the 80Hz crossover be too high if I ran them as small?
  2. Todd Hochard

    Todd Hochard Cinematographer

    Jan 24, 1999
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    I can't speak specifically about the 3802, but I run 6 ohm mains (DCM Time Windows) with my 3300, and the center and surrounds are 8 ohms. I have no problems playing at -5db below reference.
    Set it up with an SPL meter, and you should be all set.
    If you want more juice, you could always add amps. I think the 3802 is a great value as a preamp only. Alternately, look at the 4802.

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