Denon AVR-3802 vs. Sony STR-DA4ES

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  1. Antonio_D

    Antonio_D Agent

    Sep 25, 2002
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    hi all,how are you?
    I'm hesitating between 2 receivers,which are: the
    DENON 3802 and the Sony STR-DA4ES.
    I think by giving you will be able to tell me which one of these 2 receivers would be more appropriate with my equipements.
    So here's my future Home Theater:

    -DENON 3802 or the SONY STR-DA4ES Receiver
    -6 Speakers -- Monitor 5 by Paradigm
    -CC370(center channel) by Paradigm
    -PS-1200 Sub-Woofer by Paradigm


    -TOSHIBA 65HDX82 TV 16:9(WideScreen)
    -Sony VCR SLV-N77
    -SONY DVP-NS415 DVD Player

    So tell me which would have more impact in movies,more power and more imaging.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Dalton

    Dalton Screenwriter

    Aug 19, 2001
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    Both are great receivers for the $$$. The DA4ES has alot of the newest features that the 3802 doesn't have. IMHO, i would lean in the direction of the Sony. Is there any way you try them both at home and keep the one you like best?
    Good luck with your receiver search!
  3. Richard Harvey

    Richard Harvey Stunt Coordinator

    Jun 22, 1999
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    I personally find the Denon to be an outstanding receiver. I'm not saying the DA4ES is not also a good candidate, but instead of debating I'd suggest putting them to the test. My Denon has a wonderfully warm soundstage, and absolutely rock solid clean power. Find a local retailer who carries both and take your favorite DVD and CD with you to give them a head-to-head comparison.

  4. Wayne McRae

    Wayne McRae Stunt Coordinator

    Dec 28, 2000
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    Dalton, what features does the Sony have that the Denon does not?
  5. Kevin Deacon

    Kevin Deacon Second Unit

    Dec 18, 2001
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    The Denon has reconfigurable amps that will power a second zone. Sony 4es won't.
  6. Juan_R

    Juan_R Supporting Actor

    Sep 4, 2001
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    Here are the features as per the Crutchfield site.

    Sony 4ES

    dual 32-bit processors for surround decoding (Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, Pro Logic II, DTS 96/24), DTS Neo:6 and Digital Cinema Sound modes
    110 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD
    multibrand LCD remote with macros
    dual-room/dual-source A/V capability (composite video and stereo preamp output for second room)
    video conversion (composite to S-video)
    7.1-channel preamp output
    5.1 and 7.1-channel inputs
    RS-232C port
    component video switching: 2 in, 1 out (50MHz bandwidth)
    digital inputs: 4 optical and 2 coaxial
    optical digital output
    4 audio (including phono) and 5 A/V (including 1 front-panel and 5 S-video) inputs
    stereo and multichannel analog direct modes
    digital and video power management
    Control A1II & S
    on-screen display (requires TV with direct video input)
    OP (Optimum Pre-amplification) Processing ensures a high signal-to-noise ratio at all volume levels
    wide-range frequency response
    frame-and-beam chassis
    Sf (S-fin) heat sinks
    oversized power supply and transformers
    aluminum front panel
    two 12V triggers
    IR repeater: 1 in, 2 out
    2 sets of main speaker outputs
    banana plug-compatible terminals for all speakers
    16-7/8"W x 6-15/16"H x 19-11/16"D
    warranty: 5 years

    Denon 3802

    110 watts x 7 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD
    DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, Dolby Digital, and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding
    Widescreen 7.1 mode
    DTS Neo:6 modes
    2-room/2-source output
    learning/multibrand backlit LCD remote with macros
    digital inputs: 3 optical, 1 coaxial
    digital output: 1 optical
    component video switching: 2 in, 1 out (27MHz bandwidth)
    3 audio and 5 A/V (including 5 S-video) inputs
    7.1-channel preamp inputs and outputs
    Cinema EQ
    dual surround mode speaker selection
    on-screen display (requires TV with direct video input)
    96kHz/24-bit D/A converters
    32-bit SHARC processor
    high-current, low-impedance amp design
    40 AM/FM presets
    17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 16-15/16"D
    warranty: 2 years
  7. BrunoB

    BrunoB Auditioning

    Sep 6, 2002
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    I have an SACD player and plan to connect my receiver to other high quality analog sources. I choose the 4ES because of its many direct analog inputs and its capability to turn off the digital and video sections when not in use. I had a HK520 for one week and noticed a degradation in sound quality when using the CD analog input vs multichannel direct input. I suspect that the sound was always digitalized for every input except the direct multichannel one (or may be there is an option/switch that I was not aware of). I have no experience with the Denon 3802, but I hope that is has more than one set of real analog input. The Sony ES receivers might be the only receivers with more than one set of analog multichannel inputs (SACD, DVD-A, computer, ...)


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