DENON receiver 3802 vs 4802

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  1. Robert_Dufresne

    Robert_Dufresne Stunt Coordinator

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    I want to upgrade my receiver and i am looking
    at the Denon avr-3802 and avr-4802. Both have
    similar features but they say that the 4802 is
    built with better components (thoroidal transfo etc.).
    Considering that the 4802 is twice the price of the
    3802, is the difference in components worth the
    extra money ?
    Any opinion would be welcome to help me decide.
    Thanks in advance
    Robert
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  2. Sankar

    Sankar Second Unit

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    A good question may be to ask would be "3802 + a used external amp for $900 vs the 4802" .. $900 will buy you the equivalent of the AT1505, Anthem MCA-5 etc. They are then in similar ballparks ....
     
  3. Earl Simpson

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    I am starting to be contaminated by all this separate amp stuff. I think I am starting to slip to the dark side. You would have truly, full, independent amps without the hype.

    I think the 989 is a better buy if you are going for an all in one box option and have the change. The Sony da5es is an excellent buy for the same reasons as the 3802, except more of them. $750! Wow! Now don't get me wrong, I love my working, full functional 3802.

    If you buy on the net check out 6th ave ext (Denon Dealer & Sony&Onkyo)511/513 ask for Steve /onecall/JR/OADES for everything else.
     
  4. John Tompkins

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    I've had both the 3801 and 4802. If your priorities are more music oriented, then the 4802 used as a pre-pro with its pure direct mode is the way to go. For Movies I would think the 3802 and an external amp would be great. Keep in mind though, that either way you should get an external amp. The 4802 internal amps are considered good (reciever) amps but would be easily beat by any decent 500.00 external amp like the sherwood am9080 or something similar.
     

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