Denon AVR-X3800H 9.4 channel 8K A/V Receiver (2022 model) Review

8.14 Mixed Usages
9.7 VIDEO FEATURES:
8.1 CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS:
7.9 AUDIO FEATURES:
7.2 MULTIZONE:
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Release year: 2022 Rating: 4.5

The Denon AVR-X3800H is a fantastic 9.4 channel 8K A/V Receiver (2022 model) that's perfect for all you home theatre fanatics who want that mind-blowing sound experience. If you're into home theatres and have a decently sized living space, this could be right up your alley. This thing has an awesome channel setup and can handle 8K. It's perfect for anyone who wants to get immersed in top-notch audio and video. Let's get some further information about this.

 

Our Verdict

This thing has killer audio quality, supports the latest 8K video, and has a tonne of awesome features. But, it might be a bit much for smaller rooms. And the price might be a bummer for folks on a budget. Setting up can be a bit tricky, and the remote could be easier to use. Again, if you want some stupendous audio in a big old house, the Denon AVR-X3800H is will rock your socks off.

 

PROS
  • Impressive 9.4 channel configuration.
  • Exceptional 8K video upscaling and passthrough.
  • Supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for immersive audio.
  • Extensive connectivity options for various devices.
  • User-friendly on-screen setup wizard.
  • Sturdy build quality for long-term reliability.
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room calibration system.
  • Versatile, suitable for various entertainment scenarios.

 

CONS
  • Hefty, challenging to fit in smaller spaces.
  • Remote control complexity for novices.
  • Potential overheating during extended use.

 

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Specification

GENERAL

Receiver Type A/V Receiver
Number Of Channel 9.4 Channel
Number Channel Processing 11
Audio Feature Dolby Atmos , DTS:X , Auro 3D
Video Feature HDR10 , HDR10+ , 8K Passthrough , 8K Upscaling
Watts Per Channel 105 W
Zones 2
Radio Internet Radio , Pandora , Spotify , Tidal , Deezer , Napster , SiriusXM
Amplifier Class G

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB Yes
RCA LIne Input: 6
RCA LIne Output: 2
RCA Pre-Outs: 11.2
XLR Line Inputs: No
XLR Pre-Outs: No
Phono Input: Yes
Optical Inputs: 2
Optical Output: No
Coaxial Inputs: 2
Multi-Channel Input: No
Headphone Out: 1
HDMI Inputs: 7
HDMI Outputs: 3
8K Inputs: 1
Composite Video Input 3
Composite Video Output: 1
Component Video Input: 2
Component Video Output: 1
Front A/V Inputs: 1
Speaker A/B: No

AUDIO FEATURES:

Maximum Channel Processing 11.2
Dolby Atmos up to 7.1.4
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Yes
Dolby Atmos Music Yes
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround Upmixer Yes
Dolby Pro Logic N/A
Dolby Digital EX Yes
Surround EX N/A
DTS:X up to 7.1.4
DTS Neural:X Yes
DTS Virtual:X Yes
DTS Neo N/A
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Yes
DTS 96/24 Yes
DTS Express Yes
DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Matrix 6.1
IMAX Enhanced Yes
PCM 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
Music Playback via USB MP3, WMA, MPEG-4 AAC, Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network up to 192 kHz
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB Apple Lossless, WAV, FLAC, DSD
Gapless Playback Yes
DSD via HDMI 2-ch/Multi-ch Input
DSD via USB 2-ch Input
DSD to PCM Converter N/A
USB DAC N/A
Jitter Reduction N/A
DTS Dialog Control Yes
Dialog Enhancement N/A
Dialog Level Adjustment Yes
Dialog Normalization Yes
Dialogue Lift N/A
Compressed Music Enhancer Yes
High-resolution Music Enhancer N/A
Audyssey Dynamic EQ Yes
Audyssey Dynamic Volume Yes
Audyssey LFC Yes
Audyssey Sub EQ HT Yes
Audyssey DSX N/A
Direct Mode Yes
Pure Direct Mode Yes
Independent Subwoofer Outputs Yes
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. Audyssey MultEQ XT32 and Dirac Live (upgrade)
Audyssey App Support Yes
Bass Sync N/A
Optimized Bass Redirection Yes

VIDEO FEATURES:

HDMI Version 2.1
Enhanced ARC Yes
HDCP Version 2.3
HDR10+ Yes
Dynamic HDR Yes
Dolby Vision Yes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Yes
QMS (Quick Media Switching) Yes
3-D Ready Yes
Video Signal Passthrough Yes
Video Signal Upscaling Yes
Analog To HDMI Upconversion Yes
Component Video Upscaling Yes
isf Certified Calibration Control Yes

AMPLIFIERS

Channels 9.4
Front Wide Channel Support N/A
Current Feedback Topology N/A
Discrete Amplification Yes
HDAM N/A
THX™ Certification N/A
Continuous 6 Ω Rated Yes
Certified 4 Ω Performance Yes
Bi-amp Capability assignable

GAMING FEATURES

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) Yes
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) Yes
Quick Frame Transport (QFT) Yes

ZONES

Zones 2
Powered Zones 2
Zone 2 Outs HDMI, Pre Out
Zone 3 Outs No
RS-232C Interface Yes
+12V Trigger Output 1

RADIO

Analog Tuner FM/AM
Digital Radio N/A
Internet Radio TuneIn
Pandora Yes
Spotify Yes
Tidal Yes
Deezer Yes
SiriusXM Internet Radio Yes
Napster Yes

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

On-Screen Display Advanced Graphic User Interface
GUI Languages 3
Web Browser Control Yes
IP Control for CI Yes
Control4 SDDP Yes
PreAmp Mode Yes
Display 1 Line
Remote Controller RC-1253
Remote Control In/Out 1/1
LCD Display N/A
Detachable Power Cord Yes
Setup Assistant Yes

POWER

Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 180 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) 150 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front) 250 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front) 210 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front) 130 W
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 105 W
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) 235 W
Power Supply AC 230 V, 50/60 Hz
Toroidal Transformer N/A
Power Consumption 660 W
No Sound Power 60 W
Standby Power 0.1 W

BUILD

Dimensions (W x H x D) 434 x 167 x 379 mm
Weight 12.5 kg
Chassis Monolithic
Front Panel Aluminum
Speaker Terminals 11
Large Speaker Terminals No
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals Yes
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals Yes
High Grade Audio Components Yes
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function Yes
Auto Power off Yes
Warranty 3 Years

SPECIFICATIONS

THD digital 0.008% (1 kHz, at 0 dB)
Analog Distortion 0.008% (20 Hz-20 kHz, Direct mode)
Phono Distortion 0.03% (1 kHz, 3 V)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line) 200 mV/47 kΩ
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM) No
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance 1.2 V
Rated Output digital 1.2 V
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 100 dB
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 74 dB
S/N Ratio (digital) 102 dB
Phono RIAA Deviation 100 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In) +1/-3 dB (10 Hz to 100 kHz, Direct mode)
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI 2.8 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB 5.6 MHz, 2.8 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance No
Video Frequency Response No
Ethernet Standard 100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 5 GHz, 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version 4․2
Bluetooth Frequency 2.4 GHz
USB Terminal USB2.0 5V, 1 A
FM Frequency 87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.) Mono: 2.8 µV (20.2 dBf)
FM S/N Ratio Mono/Stereo: 70 dB/67 dB
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) No
AM Effective Sensitivity 18 µV
AM Frequency 520 kHz - 1710 kHz
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Details Review

Design

The Denon AVR-X3800H looks extremely fashionable with its sleek and modern design, fitting in perfectly with any home style. The front panel is super easy to use, with a clear display and buttons that are easy to reach. It's got a solid build quality that makes you feel confident.

The unit is pretty heavy, so it can be a bit tricky to squeeze it into smaller entertainment centers. The design is pretty conservative, missing some of the more eye-catching stuff you see in other models.

Connectivity

The connectivity options of the Denon AVR-X3800H are seriously impressive. It's like an absolute game-changer for your home theatre setup, with tonnes of HDMI inputs, USB ports, and networking stuff. Connecting your devices, from gaming consoles to Blu-ray players, is super easy with all these inputs. Plus, it's got support for 8K video, so your home theatre will stay cool for years.

But here's the thing: there's another side to all this connectivity hype. Dealing with all these inputs can be a real pain, especially when it comes to cable management. Trying to organize all those cables can be a real pain, especially if you're not familiar with A/V stuff. It can feel like solving a complicated puzzle. Also, the back of the receiver can get pretty cramped, which can make it tricky to reach the ports, especially in tight spots. So‌, you have to plan your setup really carefully to avoid the annoyance of trying to plug and unplug stuff in a cramped space.

Performance

Performance is extremely important for any A/V receiver, and let me tell you, the Denon AVR-X3800H totally nails it in that department. This 9.4-channel setup surrounds you with mind-blowing sound. It's like being totally immersed in audio. Whether you're watching movies or jamming to music, the audio quality is top-notch, super detailed, and seriously impressive. The 8K upscaling and passthrough stuff is like pure magic for your videos, giving you mind-blowing quality even if you're not watching actual 8K stuff. It's got Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, so you'll feel like you're at the movies in your own living room.

But, even though it's super impressive, there are a couple of things you should know about. The receiver might get a bit warm if you use it for a long time, especially when you're really pushing it. To make sure it lasts long and works great, just make sure there's enough air flow around the thing. If you stick it in a closed space without good airflow, it could get all hot and stuff. Also, the built-in calibration software is a good starting point, but it's not always perfect. Some people might find that tweaking the settings themselves is necessary to get the perfect audio balance for their specific room. This thing can take a while and might need some tech skills, which could be a bummer for those who just want something easy to use.

Where and When to Use

The Denon AVR-X3800H is a brilliant addition to your home entertainment setup. It's great for medium- to large-sized living spaces, whether you're having a chill movie night with the family or throwing a gaming session with your friends. It's a great pick for people who love movies, games, and music.

If you don't have much space, it could be too much and not worth the cost. Also, if you're on the hunt for something portable, this receiver will not be enough for you.

Compatible Devices

This receiver is great with all kinds of devices. Your 4K Blu-ray player, gaming console, or streaming device can handle pretty much anything you throw at it. And, like, it's totally future-proof with 8K support, so you know it's going to be relevant for years.

This A/V receiver is pretty attractive and works well with most devices, but if you have some older gadgets, you might need to get adapters or converters. That could be a bit of a hassle and cost you some extra money.

Ease of Use

Setting up the Denon AVR-X3800H is super easy, thanks to its user-friendly interface. The setup wizard on the screen will walk you through everything, and the remote control is super easy to use. The Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room calibration system is pretty cool, making it easier to fine-tune your audio for your specific room.

But, for people who aren't great with technology, the remote control with all its buttons can be really confusing. It takes a while to get used to, and the manual isn't super detailed. Indeed, the receiver's user interface could be more responsive, especially when you're trying to navigate through settings.

Cost

Although it's not the cheapest choice, the Denon AVR-X3800H is worth every penny for what it can do and all the cool features it has. If you're into that fancy A/V stuff and want a receiver that's ready for the future with 8K support, it's definitely worth the investment.

The price might scare off some folks on a tight budget. Also, you might have to shell out some extra cash for stuff like longer HDMI cables or converters if your current gear doesn't match up with all the fancy connectivity choices.

 

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