Summary: I am in the process of upgrading my home hi-fi to play both SACD's and connect to the newer HDMI gadgets. The Denon AVR-3808CI is the ONLY modern AV receiver I found that has BOTH HDMI as well as 5-channel analog inputs for SACD hookup. So I am sold. I am told Denon's HDMI may also decode DSD but I like to do things the old-fashioned way, so analog inputs are the way to go!
Summary: this is a excellent machine I now own two of them old school power and new school tricks, HDMI etc Many things that I don't really use but they are there for you I can't see spending the cost of a new receiver that isn,t a powerful as this one find one get a great deal like I did
Summary: The 3808CI has plenty of power. Audyssey sounds great. I purchased the upgrade package when it came available. I owned this for 3 yrs. before upgrading to a Denon A100 and gave the 3808 to my son. Still in use today.
Summary: I have owned this AVR for over 3 years, bought it refurbished for $999 (while the MSRP was about $1500 at the time.) Can't find a single negative thing to say about the quality of the sound and video this unit produces. When I bought it I had an older DVD player that I wasn't very pleased with in terms of the quality of the video output on my 50" Panasonic plasma monitor.
Pros: top quality audio/video, well-built, 3 zones, 140-Watts
Cons: somewhat awkward/convoluted GUI, remote could have been simpler
If you want a powerful, big huge amp, buy this one
9 May 2012
Summary: I have 10 infinity speakers, and this Denon 3808 and is made in Japan, lastof the heavy ones, and it's understanding for my surround system. If you can find one, is still get it, buy, buy buy. A friend of mine Sawmine, listen to it, and purchase one on Sunday too.
Summary: I have had this receiver as part of my home theater set up for nearly three years. I would say sound quality is excellent, good clarity and good bass punch -- of course, this depends on the speakers paired with the receiver. HDMI ports are present in abundance. Video processing is excellent, as judged by the output to a Pioneer Kuro plasma. The receiver is quite heavy, as expected for receivers in this class. Heat output is notable, but again, this is not unexpected.