Got a Denon 3800, my impressions and questions

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  1. Eric T

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    As you may know from reading my other posts, I've been comparing the Pioneer 47A, the Rotel 1080, and the Denon 3800. Today I came to the conclusion that for audio and video, the Denon is the winner, so I bought one.

    I just hooked it up tonight, and the first thing I did was run through the Avia calibration, figuring that the settings might be different through this player. I was right. I am actually increasing color and tint on my Mits 55807 with this player, whereas with my JVC 723, I had to reduce the color control. When I checked the colors with the filters, I was right at 0 red (with my attenuator installed), and about -5 blue and green. Not bad.

    The first thing I noticed is that black is really black. With my JVC, a black screen actually had a reddish tint to it (this makes sense to me, since with the JVC I was getting +5 red). Not so with the 3800.

    The 3800 also seems to have more contrast than my JVC did. While watching scenes from Gladiator, I noticed that darker parts of the picture seem darker. I haven't quite gotten used to this yet, so it really stands out. Is this normal?

    Another thing I noticed is that some jagginess is more apparent on light-to-dark edge transitions. Is this a "fault" of the player, or am I just seeing more detail and therefore exposing the limited resolution of my DVDs? I sit about 12 feet from the screen.

    Tomorrow when no one is sleeping in the house, I will crank up some CDs and post my comments on the audio.
     
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    Yes it does allow gamma adjustment. But, I found out that the problem was with my TV's settings, not with the player.
    I was able to try out the CD-playback capabilities of the player today, and I'm really impressed. I found that the analog outputs actually sound better than a digital connection to my Denon 3802 receiver. So, I will be playing CD's with Pure Direct mode on into the external decoder inputs of my receiver. The analog output of the 3800 has a more open, airy sound, with deeper low end. It sounds really nice. I never knew that my speakers were capable of sounding so good [​IMG]
     

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