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Denon AVR-3803

Denon AVR-3803
alaScore 76

25 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 25 reviews of Denon AVR-3803. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Denon AVR-3803 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : Tony Davey (

Denon AVR-3803


A wry smile crossed my face as the 3803 was delivered to my door by a rather red-faced editor who had to carry this behemoth monster from his car boot

The 3803 is a solid performer with some innovative features putting its head slightly ahead of its competition. Sound reproduction for music is remarkable, faithfully reproducing tone and character in all that was thrown at it and in a home theatre...

Mar, 2003

Consumer review (



accessories and original box


Apr, 2004

Consumer review (

Fix the Center Channel


Power, Ease of hook-up and operation

Center Channel Problems

Jan, 2004

Consumer review (

the power & punch to fuel your home ent. system.


Does more than i can even describe

Instructions are terrible.

Sep, 2003

Consumer review (

denon 3802, even better


7.1, 110W, incredible sound, all decoders


Mar, 2003

Consumer review (

Customer support does not exist


Ample power supply.

center channel does not work properly

Feb, 2003

Consumer review (

Do your homework.


State of the art sound processing and nice backlit remote

bad manual

Feb, 2003

Consumer review (

Amazing receiver


excellent sound, 7.1


Dec, 2002

Consumer review (

Denon AVR-3803 A/V Receivers


the AVR 3803 is a high performance amplifier and high frequency tone, clear and crisp high frequencies. clear and strong media unlike other brands, deep bass without distocion is very important this computer settings, if you do not have your remote...

Dec, 2015

Consumer review (

Denon AVR-3803 A/V Receivers


Purchased this gently used demo out of the backroom of a local high-end audio salon for $75. It has no problem with my Dynaco A25 speakers, driving them to wall-shaking volume with ease. Sound is fine, my Harmony remote works with it, and I like the...

Aug, 2015

Product Specifications

High-end home theater savvy, beefy 7-channel power, and impeccable construction meet in Denon's remarkable AVR-3803. The sound is powerful, pristine, and totally enveloping, thanks to 110 watts x 7 channels of Denon's high-current amplification. An advanced 32-bit SHARC processor drives a wealth of surround options, including Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS Neo: 6 and Dolby Pro Logic II. You also get decoding for DTS 96/24 discs - this new format enables video DVDs to deliver 5.1 soundtracks in the same 96kHz/24-bit resolution that multi-channel DVD-Audio uses. And Denon's exclusive Wide screen 7.1 mode lets you turn any stereo or surround source into thrilling 7.1 audio! Bringing high-end A/V performance into a real world price range has always been a Denon specialty, but they've outdone themselves with the AVR-3803. This receiver boasts 16 Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DACs in differential configuration, for incredible precision from all your digital sources. And in the convenience department, Denon's video conversion lets you send a variety of video sources to your main TV via a single S-video or component video connection. Another high-end bonus: Denon's renowned AL 24 (ALPHA 24) processing, which employs sophisticated interpolation to produce analog smoothness from 16- to 24-bit stereo digital audio. For the cleanest possible stereo sound, Pure Direct mode shuts off power to the video circuitry and front-panel display. With analog sources, Pure Direct also shuts off the digital circuitry, too. This versatile receiver also offers two dual-room/dual-source A/V options - use the preamp outs with another receiver, powered speakers, or a TV in your second room, or step to 5.1 sound in your main listening room and let the AVR-3803 power a pair of stereo speakers in the second room. The learning/multi-brand remote features an LCD and programmable macros for advanced system control. The AVR-3803's heavy-duty construction includes an anti-resonant chassis, a massive power supply, and large capacitors. Denon's DDSC-Digital configuration treats your audio to a series of single-function circuit blocks. With D/A conversion, A/D conversion, surround decoding, and other DSP each handled by its own dedicated block, every function is optimized, and so is your sound!


Output Power / Total:770Watt

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Product Type: None

Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital Surround EX / Dolby Pro Logic II / DTS 96/24 / DTS Neo:6 / DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 / DTS-ES Matrix 6.1
Functions (KA):AV receiver
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV components
Surround System Class:5.1 channel/7.1 channel
Type:AV receiver

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None


Coaxial Digital Input: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
Optical Digital Input: Yes
Optical Digital Output: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Type: None


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Denon AVR

MD System

Type: None




Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Universal remote control


Type: None