Separate vs. receiver??

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mike Jensen, Jul 21, 2002.

  1. Mike Jensen

    Mike Jensen Auditioning

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    OK, I am about to buy a denon 5803 or 5800. THe question is, would I be better off long term to buy a cheaper receiver like the 3802 plus a very good separate amp or get the 5800/5803 and no separate amp? This setup will be used totally for movies in dedicated Media room.

    thanks

    Mike
     
  2. Russell _T

    Russell _T Supporting Actor

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    That's what I would do. The Denon 3802 has incredible specs as a pre amp, and combined with a nice power amp like the Outlaw 755 or 770, should sound terrific and give you some flexibility to upgrade in the future. The 3802's amp section ain't too bad in itself. It'll save you a bunch of money too.
     
  3. Geoff S

    Geoff S Stunt Coordinator

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    Just curious to know.... what specs about the Denon 5800/03 are you looking at that has made you consider it?

    The reason I ask is i'm wondering if it has features you need or don't need such as: 100mhz component video switching, Dolby RF for LD, THX, 170 watts x7, 24bit/192khz DACs.

    With the 3802 you'll loose these specific features, but a 3802 with a separate smp will sound incrediable and cost nearly half as much as the 5800/03. Another consideration could be the get a 4802 and a separate amp if you desire the THX and slightly better component switching, however it will cost a bunch too.

    BTW the 5803 has a great amp section, just about as good as you can get in a all-in-one receiver. But as always separates sound better.
     
  4. Phil Mays

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    Mike,

    This was my very question several months ago. With help from the people on this forum I decided to keep my Onkyo TXDS 797 (which is similar to the 3802) and amp it. I purchased an AMC 2N100-5 pushing 150 watts per channel (5 channels) for some really clean power. I liked it so much I am now going to Bi-amp my speakers with another AMC amp.
    The 3802 is a fine amp and if money is no object then the 4802 is even better.

    BTW, at the sound place where I shop I heard the B & W Nautilus 803 on both the 5800 and a Yamaha 200 WPC amp and the Yamaha "ran" the speakers and the Denon left them sounding empty. No slam on Denon, just the seperate amp sounded better.

    Good Luck!!!

    Phil

    Good Luck
     

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