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denon 2802 vs 1803

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by cajunjimbo, May 3, 2003.

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    hi there, brand new to this forum and audio equipment. here's what i need help on. i've done a search and read several threads but have not found specific answers to help me. i'm installing a surround sound speaker system in my house, mainly for movies but also music from time to time (extra speaker on the outside patio for bbq's). i was almost sold on the yamaha rx-v630 but then came across the denon 1803. that decision seemed to be a simple one, mainly for the denon's ability to play two different types of audio in two different "zones". movies inside for kids, music outside for adults! then while researching price on the 1803 i stumbled upon the 2802 at only $50 more than the 1803. not sure how much "new" technology the 1803 has that would push me it's way vs. the better sound of the 2802??? what are some recommendations? again, not interested in denon vs something else as the musicality is not as critical to me. just curious in 2802 vs 1803. thanks!
     
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    I tested both of these receivers side-by-side when I was choosing my A/V amp. The 1803 was the superior receiver in every respect really. Unless you've a need for 6/7.1 channel inputs which the 2802 has and the 1803 doesn't, then I'd opt for the latter every time - better in every departement.
     
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    I have a second hand denon 1803 that u might be intrested in.. It has been posted in the classified's.

    post or email me for more details.


    bob
     
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    I just did a search for the 2802 and came accross this thread.
    I was surprised to find that you prefer the 1803 over the 2802, I have found the 1803 good in all points apart from the lack of power. I am thinking of getting a second hand 2802 to replace my 1803, to get more power. A recent review of the 1803 found that the amps only output 45 watts for each channel.

    Any thoughts????
     
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    Yes - the power output will be extremely similar for the 2802 to the 1803 when driving 5 or more channels.

    The 2802 probably has the higher quality poweramps in outright terms, and the 1803 has the better processing.
     
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    I just read on avsforum that the 2802 was measured at 61 watts for each channel, so not worth the upgrade really :(
    Maybe the 3802 would do.
     
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    I think the measurement on AVS forums is wrong. The 2803 - which uses the same poweramps and power supplies as the 2802 - outputs 50 wpc when driving 5 channels.

    The 3803 outputs the same.

    This is usually always the case with such amps, the power outputs always collapse when driving 5 channels (or more).

    It's not until you get into the higher-end arena that they usually maintain power outputs across all channels.

    I think marantz' budget receivers do pretty well, the SR5400 manages around 80WPC in 5 channel mode.
     
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    I bought a second hand 3802 and it's very nice indeed. The power doesn't seem to be a great problem when driving 5 speakers, although I've never tried it with all 7 amps running.
     
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    I think I will hold off for now until i can afford a high end amp :(
     
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    So have I missed my 1803's multi-zone capability? Anybody care to enlighten me before I dig out the manual.

    Mike
     
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    Mike - it doesn't have multizone compatibility...

    For whatever reason, a lot of UK reviews reviewed the American AVR1803, which does have the function.
     
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    So that explains why I couldn't find it. :laugh: :laugh:

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