Denon AVR-3803 A/V Receivers

4.42/5 (85 Reviews) MSRP : $1199.00


Product Description

Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II & DTS ES Discrete 6.1 A/V Receiver


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Big B a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2015

Bottom Line:   
Incredible find for $100! The sound of this 12 year old receiver is pretty unreal. Crystal clear highs smooth mids and pounding bass out of my Polk RTI 12's. In the age of HDMI upconversion more time and money is spent on video processing while cutting corners on good audio processing. This beast houses 16 Burr Brown DAC's. It does run a little warm but not as hot as my old school yamahas. If you just want some good clean powerful sound and aren't worried about hdmi connections this amp will treat you well, a real bargain for an audio only system.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ken a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2015

Bottom Line:   
With 110 wpc, I expected a LOT more grunt, in the lower frequencies. This receiver sounds like it has 20 watts. Almost no bass at all. At a MSRP of 1199., anyone that purchased this has been ripped totally off. I have real 20 and 30 watt amps that completely blow this receiver off the planet. This product is a slap in the face to anyone that loves stereo gear. I paid 20.00 bucks for it and I am so glad I can get that back. Will do so at earliest opportunity. What a shame and an embarrassment to Denon. One positive I will say is it is fairly clean. I ran them with a pair of Polk Audio 10b's, Admittedly, not the most bass prolific speakers, but good enough to get the job done.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2008



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by moe a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2009

Bottom Line:   
piece of s*** plain and simple. save your money and buy something better, i bought this from a friend for 20 bucks and that was still over priced

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Love this unit!! Used with two DT BP2006TL's and a DT 12" sub -- it's clear, strong and soothes any ear for any type of music... especially if you have hard wood or tile floors:)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Shahzad Beramji a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: April 24, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Purchased this receiver and had to realy work out to get it home. The receiver is VERY heavy.However once you start it up and set it up you realise that this receiver is all fizz, it has no real power. I hooked it up to a pair of KEF Coda floor standers and this receiver sounds like thrash. Its as if there is virtually no drive in the lower region (bass). Mid range is pretty open and smooth while the top end gets brittle when you push it. However no mater what (played with the filters) you won't get any bass other than little bass lines. VERY DISAPPOINTED that a 3000 series Denon won't open up a floorstander. I had a Marantz integrated amp sitting around and the Marantz's power supply is actually bigger than the Denon, though the Denon is supposed to drive 7 channels! In HT mode once again, if pushed you will get a brittle sound and the bass won't hit you in the gut and scare you under your bed. Rather it is there but lacks any feel. Compared to this my older Yamaha V800 sounded like it had taken you to war when watching a movies though it couldn't sing to save its life (which is why I got the Denon, but this sucks too). Even the Harman Kardon AVR2000 which is an entry level amp had a better presentation in movies. Over all very disappointing amp from Denon. Would get my money back if I could.

It will sound refined provided you play it at low volumes. The soundstage is pretty good, but where is the bass?

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $900.00




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