Pros Very nice Audio
Cons Terrible HDMI and on screen menu, very confusing instruction and orientation
Summary This was my dream receiver after almost a year of planning on the 3805. HDMI was an important feature that made me decide to go with the 3806 and not the closeout 3805. Was I ever disappointed. Took it home and couldn't get the HDMI to work with the cable box, (not a denon issue though) so I went to component and still never got a picture. I spent two days tring and going through the instruction manuel and awful onscreen menu to get anything other than the audio to work. I took it back thinking it was defective and I would have it replaced, when the saleman showed me the Yamaha RXV2600. After the demo, I took the yamaha home and what a difference. Easy to use on screen menu, a little warmer sound with more power and enough features to make anyone happy. I really wanted the Denon, but I think they got this to market too soon trying to pack in as many features they could and leaving the consumer as an after thought to their marketing. Anyway, Im happy with the Yamaha, and I would re consider the Denon next time only because of their reputation and the sound quality.
Pros Great sound and lots of power
Cons HDMI passthrough is faulty (per Denon), so if you want great audio ONLY, buy the thing.
Summary I am an engineer and am seen by family and friends as a "first call" resource for anything and everything "tech". With that said, the engineering behind this unit defies explanation. To sum it up, when I have a babysitter arranged for an evening, I ask them to come over about 20 minutes early just to explain how to use this monster. The remote is counter-intuitive, the buttons on the front panel barely correlate to either audio or visual functions, and worse of all, if you hit a wrong sequence either on the remote or the panel, you can get yourself into no man's land. I have had do a hard reset on this thing more than a dozen times since owning it. Lastly, I have never been able to get any HDMI pass-through to work, so it has only been an audio reviever from day one. Denon support is worthless and the folks I spoke with knew less than I did about the unit. Horrible!!!!
Pros Excellent design , plenty a power to offer u for all 7.1 channels , amazing image quality i use it with ps3 system at the moment , and the sound of a sacd wow u just cant beat that. the image is havesome on dvd and superb on Blue Ray.
Cons with 4 ohms speakers (it gets hot) but it also powers off automatacly so it doesnt (overheat) but who said this is an amp to work with bad speakers.
Since i stuckd the f4 from tannoy the prob was solved.
Summary its all good here !!! simple?? no it isnt, enought hdmi? 3 i guess 4 0r 5 would be better.
But in what matters this does the work 5***** and with class.
The s image is fantastic the sound it audiophile quality when hockedin my tannoy ts12 and the tannoy f4 speakers , this is a fantastic peace of amp in all senses of the word.
Dont understand the reviews here. maybe to complicated for some ...i just have to say....even if u guys have the money stay away from the top of the line in denon brand it can get tricky for dumbs
"Very Good Unit"on by kk2727
Pros Great sound
Cons confusing to use
Summary excellent unit, but you need to spend some time to figure it out. Very happy now that it's tuned in.
Pros Transparent HDMI switching
Cons Illogical set-up, clunky adjustments, poor remote
Summary Receiver provides incredible sound and options. A bit pricey compared to the offerings from Yamaha, Onkyo, and Pioneer. If you are a die-hard Denon fan, you won't be disapointed.
The menus are a bit goofy, and it was hard to get this unit set up to perform as I wanted it to (I.E. using 7.1 for all 5.1 tracks was a feature I stumbled upon, but couldn't get it set up that way when I was searching for it).
The remote is a flimsy piece of junk. Plan to use this unit with a universal. I appreciate that they tried to give a remote that is pretty, but it falls short. Luckily this customer wanted a nice universal anyway, otherwise I would have had a frustrated customer.
If you search long enough for the options you want, they are pretty much all there, and this unit will perform! A good buy, just check out the competeition and you might find another one that plays to your hand at a lesser price.