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What should I do? Denon AVC-A1SE or 3801?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Jim Robson, Feb 8, 2001.

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    I was just wondering if I should replace my Sony STR-DB 930 with a Denon AVC-A1SE or save a small fortune and buy the Denon 3801? Would I regret NOT having bought the AVC-A1SE for evermore? I already have the new rear centre surrounds in place ready for whichever unit I happen to pick. Yes I do realise that this question is like asking if I should choose a new Fiesta or a BMW M5!

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    Of course you will regret not buying the AVC A1SE if you don't buy it, it's just one of those things!

    Do what your wallet tells you, and your ears!

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    Jim, Go for the A1SE, you know you want to, if you buy the 3801 you will always have that nagging doubt and you'll only end up upgrading again in a years time.

    I've just boxed up my demo unit and I pick mine up tomorrow. [​IMG]

    BTW In my view the price difference is justified.
     
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    Go for it - don't forget that you get a wonderful remote control "free" - that must be worth a grand or two surely???

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    If you can affort the A1SE, then you should also give the Yamaha RX-V3000 (AX-2) a try. This receiver looks beautifully and also sounds wonderfull. It has DTS ES (matrix) and DD EX, 6x100W RMS and 2x25W (front special effect speakers).

    I was going for a Denon 3801, but after seeing and hearing the Yammy in action, I'll wait a few extra months to get the additional money.
     
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    Well, so far it looks like I've been 'forced' to go for the AVC-A1SE [​IMG] and that's good!! All I have to do now is find out where to buy one at the best price. They can certainly be had for less than £2,000 via genuine Denon Gold dealers with the 2-year warranty; there's no point in buying an import especially as there's word of future software upgrades for Dolby Pro-Logic 2 etc which might have to be performed by a genuine dealer. [​IMG]

    Spaceman, I'd have thought a Yamaha AX-1 would have been the more logical competitor to the AVC-A1SE or were you comparing it more with the Denon 3801? The AX-2 (and AX-1)only has 'matrix' ES and EX I believe. If I shell out all that loot I want all the bells and whistles! [​IMG]

    Thanks for your votes guys and I'd still be interested to hear more points of view. [​IMG]

    Regards

    Jim [​IMG]

    PS The new speaker cable and connectors for the centre rears arrived today so all that's needed for THX-EX and DTS-ES Discrete is the new amp! My fingers are itching to swipe the plastic!! [​IMG]

    Sorry about all the smilies but I think they are soooo cute! [​IMG]
     
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    Fine choice sir, remember to bend the knees. [​IMG]
     
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    Jim,

    Sorry, I was mixing the A1SE with the A10SE.
    The Yamaha AX-2 is more like between the Denon 3801 and A10SE.
     

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