3802 Vs. 3803?

JIT

Novice Member
Are there any 3803 owners who upgraded from the 3802 about?

Was this a worthwhile move or are the differences quite small?

I have a 1803 at the moment but am considering going for either a 3802 or 3803, would the 3802 be an upgrade for me or do i really have to go for the 3803?
 

Daneel

Active Member
Have a look over at AVS forums and I think you will find a few. It seems crazy to me, although in the US I think you get trade-in deals a lot more frequently than over here which makes the move from 3802 to 3803 a little more understandable. To me an upgrade should be a bit more significant than that to be worthwhile.

Depending on your speakers you may find the move from 1 to 3 series worthwhile even with the 3802. Personally I wouldn't bother but by all means demo if you have the chance.
 

Dimmy

Banned
JIT - I have the 1803 and have heard both the 3802 and 3803. The sound quality is basically the same 'type' of sound as the 1803, but better. It's a worthwhile upgrade IMHO - but not at present prices.

If you wait until about May, when the 3803's replacement comes out (3805), the prices of the 3803 will drop to under £500 new.
 

JIT

Novice Member
Yes, i might wait and see what happens or even check the classifieds for a processor/power amp combination.

The Rotel power amps seem good value for money whilst processors seem quite expensive IMO.
 

Dimmy

Banned
I assume you're talking about the RMB-1075 Rotel Poweramp, which, yes, is just astounding value (one went in the classifieds a few days ago for £400!!!).

And I agree with you, the processors seem horribly overpriced (again, Rotel).
 

JIT

Novice Member
Yes, the 1075 that's the one. I don't mind spending the money on this or even the Rotel 2 channel power amp for 7.1 but then another £1000+ for a processor that just seems a bit much for me.

Although i haven't actually heard any seperate processors, are they really that much better than anything a midrange receiver can do?
 

Dimmy

Banned
A few people on these forums have said that mid-range AV receivers actually have better processing than the Rotel 1066.

Were I you I'd pick up a second hand processor such as a Lexicon DC-2, for around £800. Which is far far better than the rotel 1066.
 

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