"Fairly easy to use and audio is fantastic"4.5 starson by ougrad1
Pros: great sound, lots of options and GUI is a big plus
Cons: Not as intuative but through not hard to figure out
Summary: I consider myself a middle of the road techy person -- not clueless but not a bits and bite man either. I understand most of the jargon that is thrown around so my opinion of the 3808 is probably close to the above-average consumer.
I bought this receiver with the sony kd60a3000 and B&W 683 series sound system (fronts and all). The audio with my rotel amp hooked up sounds incredible. I can hear the acoustical nuances that I've never heard before and he bass on a timbaland track is clean. I also hooked up my Western digital HD with all my music via usb and it works great. I've found that the secondary controller works better for streaming audio as it gives you teh stop, back and play functions like a CD player. The search function can only be performed from the second controller too so that's another reason to use it. The ethernet hook up is cool for radio and downloading their firmware instantly...very handy for the latest firmware I recently downloaded to fix the GUI issue. Also, you can access music of your PC only if Win media player is on. I use my server for this because I hate having to turn on my pc all the time just to listen to music.
The HDMI switching has a 3 second delay before switching but that does not bother me. If nothing else, it let's me know I've 'switched' sources. I have att uverse and I've notice some lip sync issues that made me turn the auto lip sync off. That seems to help but the video seems to be barely off still...I only notice because I'm trying to catch it. I read there is a manual audio delay that can adjust to fix this but I haven't messed with it yet. Also, the receiver does not run hot like the onkyo 875, 805...etc. Even after 4 1/2 hours of constant use, it's just 'warm'.
Anyway, this receiver is awesome and I would recommend it to anyone who is/will invest in a componetized home theater system greater and want a somewhat 'future proof' receiver that delivers fantastic audio and great video capabilities. Even as the video technology progresses, I plan on keeping this receiver for 10-15 yrs if it will last that long if nothing else, for it's audio.