Denon AVR - 3801 any good? First time buyer :-)

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by DannyS, Jul 28, 2001.

  1. DannyS

    DannyS Second Unit

    Jul 9, 2001
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    I'm looking for my first Amp. Can the Denon AVR 3801 produce Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES ? Or am I simply confusing things. I have seen this called a receiver and an amp. Just what the hell is it and what can it do for someone who just has a dvd player? I'd appreciate some advice. :)
  2. Steve_D

    Steve_D Second Unit

    Nov 28, 1999
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    It's an A/V receiver. That means it has amps, a pre-amp, processing, video switching.
    Hook your DVD up to it through the digital audio connection. Hook 5 speakers and a subwoofer up to it. Viola, instant home theater. It will decode DTS, Dolby Digital, Dolby pro-logic, PCM, and flavors of each.
    Yes, its a very recommended receiver. You might want to buy the newly released Denon 3802 if you want Dolby Pro-Logic 2 and a little more power.
  3. Graham Perks

    Graham Perks Second Unit

    Jul 8, 1998
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    You will also need to hook up a TV with some video leads :)
    An amplifier amplifies sound and the output is connected to the speakers.
    A "preamp" is able to switch between sources, e.g. you choose what will be playing, a DVD player, VCR, CD player. When it knows what you are listening to/watching, it will process or pass through the signal from the chosen device (e.g decode Dolby Digital). The signal is sent to the amplifier to be sent to the speakers.
    A receiver is a preamp and an amplifier all in one unit.
    The switching applies to video and audio. You plug all your many inputs into the receiver - DVD player, CD, VCR, satellite, whatever. The receiver will switch between them, so there is only ONE set of outputs. The outputs you hook up to your TV and speakers.
    The Denon 3801 should be an excellent choice.
  4. Richard Travale

    Richard Travale Producer

    Feb 27, 2001
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    The Island, Canada
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    Rich Travale
    quote: A receiver is a preamp and an amplifier all in one unit.[/quote]
    Actually this would be an integrated amp. A receiver also includes a tuner built in.

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