denon 3803 v. outlaw separates

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  1. SteveJSR

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    I am setting up an HT system using Paradigm reference speakers. I am trying to decide between the denon 3803 and the outlaw pre/pro 950 and the 7100 amp. My question: is it worth the extra $ to invest in the separates over the 3803? Will there be an appreciable improvement in sound? anyone out there with similar sort of considerations? or experience with these brands? I would like to hear from you. Thanks.p.s. the paradigms are studio 40's; also interested in processing abilities and overall build quality.
     
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    I'd like to think the Outlaw would be better but I have doubts as to how much.Also feature wise the Denon is superior,I have the 3803 out to an amp and its pretty good but....It can always be better for more money.I have found the Denon to be feature rich but for music,I dunno.It's better than most avr's,you name em',I've prolly had em'(sub 1k).I think for HT the Denons outstanding,for music go seperates,maybe used,just my opinion.
     
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    Which reference speakers? As you go higher up, they want more and more power. I think the processing would be on a similar level but the power of the Outlaw will definitely exceed the Denon.
     
  4. Lee Distad

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    Maybe consider going with the 3803 today, and investing in outboard power amps later. That way, you get the best of both worlds.
     
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    With the 3803, you don't need 7 outboard amp channels. Get a 3-5 channel amp and let the receiver handle the remaining speakers. Like the 3803 with a used Denon poa8300 120x3 (3 monoblocks in one chassis, retail 1500).
     

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