Denon AVR-3805 Home-Theater A/V Receiver

Denon AVR-3805 Home-Theater A/V Receiver

It was about time we featured a kick-ass A/V receiver for you home theater gizmo buffs out there and the Denon AVR-3805 certainly fits that bill. Boasting 120 watts x 7 channels of powerful, pristine, totally engrossing home theater surround, the AVR-3805 envelopes you in remarkably involving, lifelike sound. In addition to Dolby® Digital EX and DTS-ES® surround decoding, this receiver’s brainy 32-bit SHARC processor offers Dolby Pro Logic IIx, which can turn any stereo or surround source into compelling 7.1-channel surround!

The ‘3805’s Auto Setup and Room EQ Adjust feature takes the hassle out of speaker configuration. Just plug in Denon’s DMS-305 microphone (not included) and place it in your favorite listening seat. The ‘3805 then uses a series of test tones to balance speaker levels and fine-tune the delay and EQ settings for each speaker. The result is optimized system performance for your specific home theater room!

Once you’ve got your home theater ready to go, you’ll be astounded by the sound of your movies and music. The ‘3805 boasts sixteen Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DACs — that’s two DACs per channel, even for 7.1 audio! This guarantees phenomenal precision from all your digital sources. This is also the first receiver apart from Denon’s flagship AVR-5803A model to offer a Denon Link input. With compatible components (like Denon’s DVD-5900), you’ll be able to send both DVD-Audio signals to this receiver digitally, for musical reproduction of incredible presence and purity.

Another high-end bonus is Denon’s ALPHA 24 Processing Plus, which uses sophisticated upsampling to produce analog smoothness from stereo digital audio sources. For the cleanest possible sound for your stereo music, Pure Direct mode shuts off the power to the video circuitry and the front-panel display. With analog sources, Pure Direct mode also shuts off all digital circuitry.

Advanced video conversion lets you send a wide variety of video sources to your main TV via a single S-video or component video connection. You also get triple-room/triple-source output so you can thrill to 7.1 surround in your main room while two housemates each enjoy different sources in separate rooms (receivers, powered speakers, or shelf systems required in 2nd and 3rd rooms). Or, if you step to 5.1 home theater in main room, the ‘3805 can power stereo speakers in either your 2nd or your 3rd room.

The ‘3805 also offers an ultra-cool learning/multibrand touchscreen remote that gives you easy control of your whole system. Its twin electro-luminescent displays are easy to read in the dark, and offer customized control screens for each of your components (click on the “More Photos” tab above for an up-close look at this sleek remote).

The AVR-3805’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! Scrupulous isolation of each block also ensures ultra-rigorous standards of signal purity. Denon has really pulled out all the stops with this receiver — the end result is phenomenally powerful, precise home theater and music performance every time you turn it on!


  • 120 full-range watts per channel x 7; high-resolution D/A and A/D converters for all channels
  • Dolby Digital EX/Dolby Pro Logic II/x and DTS decoding (including DTS 96/24 5.1, DTS ES Discrete 6.1, ES Matrix 6.1, and DTS Neo:6)
  • Denon Link 3 provides direct-digital hookup with Denon Link 3-compatible DVD-Audio and (pending) SACD software
  • 3-zone multiroom control; Auto Set-Up calibration and Room EQ (with optional Denon DM-S305 or other compatible microphone)
  • Measures 17.1 x 6.7 x 16.9 inches (W x H x D)

Price: $1199.99
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)