Conclusion: The Denon AVR-3805 is an impressive all-around receiver. It is feature-rich and is the next in line of an unbroken a pedigree of solid performers from Denon. We recommend the Auto Setup for those who are not comfortable with using an SPL meter and reference tones. For Room EQ your mileage may vary. I cannot recommend the Normal mode under any serious listening scenarios, however the Flat and Front modes may do well in certain room/speaker configurations.
Pros: DENON Link 3rd Edition, Component video up-conversion with OSD, Three (3) HDTV-compatible component video inputs, Can bi-amp front speakers for 240 wpc (5.1 only), Bass output in 2-channel direct mode!, Lip Sync delay, Can monitor video other than audio source
Cons: Auto Setup doesn’t set crossover point, No IEEE 1394/Firewire interface, Aggressive Room EQ (boosts up to +9 dB), No digital sources output to Zone 2/3