Open Box AVR3802 or new AVR3803 or Marantz 8200?

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  1. San.S

    San.S Auditioning

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    Hi,

    I am pretty new to the home theater scene and am in the process of identifying the components.

    I need some advice on the receiver side. I have budgeted to spend upto $1000 on a receiver. After reading some threads on this site and talking to some local installers I have narrowed my options to either Denon or Marantz.

    I am getting 3802 open box for around $600 from a dealer or AVR3803 for about $850 over the internet or Marantz SR8200 for around $1000.

    What would be the best system in this price range? If there is any other that I should consider then please let me know.

    At Denon's website they say that 3803 is "DTS ES Discrete 7.1 A/V Receiver " which I think 3802 is not. What does this mean in simple words? What would I be losing by going with 3802 instead of 3803.

    Thanks for taking time to read this post.
     
  2. Yogi

    Yogi Screenwriter

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    The 3802 has the same DTS ES discrete processing. The 3803 supposedly has better DACs and more of them per channel, but most of us wont be able to tell the difference anyways. It is basically a scaled down 5803 from what I read, so it should make a pretty good preamp on paper. I dont know about its amps section but from many people I have heard that they are not as warm sounding as the 3802, and I wouldn't be surprised if they wernt. If I were in your place I would have taken the 3802 and for the $400 difference in price (between the 8200) I would have bought a nice used 2x125W amp from Rotel or Parasound. The combo will work wonders on your 2 ch and HT presentation.

    Best of luck.
     
  3. Sean L

    Sean L Stunt Coordinator

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