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Denon AVR-X3800H Review

My Denon AVR-X3800H review focuses on the company’s 9.4-channel AV receiver, which features a powerful amplifier that delivers up to 105 watts per channel. While not exceeding in power compared to other receivers from the Denon lineup, it matches feature-for-feature with top-tier models like the AVR-X6700H.

Features and specs

Denon AVR-X3800H features

I’ll start with the most important one: support for 3D audio formats. AVR-X3800H works with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced, and Auro 3D. Thus, the technical characteristics of the model in this aspect are really good. The inclusion of premium multi-dimensional sound capabilities allows the AVR-X3800H to deliver a really enveloping cinematic experience.

Denon has incorporated several hardware (such as the new Griffin Lit XP processor) and software upgrades into the AVR-X3800H, no doubt designed to extend the amplifier’s life and make it more appealing to a variety of buyers. The result is a truly versatile unit that owners can use for a long time, and that will adapt to their evolving systems.

Denon AVR-X3800H specifications

All of its 6 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs are 2.1 standard with a 40 Gbps data rate and the ability to deliver 8K video at 60Hz or 4K at 120Hz. They are compatible with all major HDR formats (HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and Hybrid Log Gamma) and also support a host of gamer-friendly technologies, including VRR, QFT, ALLM, and FRL (Frame Rate Link).


Denon AVR-X3800H sound

In my testing of the AVR-X3800H receiver, I’ve been incredibly impressed with its ability to faithfully reproduce sound and elicit awe from my kids through theater-level performance. While flagship Denon models like the AVR-X6700H arguably offer marginally better sonic capabilities, the audio quality across the AVR-X2800H, AVR-X3800H, and AVR-X6700H is quite comparable and exhibits that premium Denon signature. The core differentiation comes down to channel count support and heat dissipation. The 9-channel AVR-X3800H strikes a winning balance by avoiding overheating concerns that are true for the maxed-out AVR-X6700H while still delivering enveloping multi-dimensional sound to immerse viewers fully.

I watched various media in up to 8K on the AVR-X3800H, including games, action movies with the kids, and more cinematic films with my wife. Streaming, USB, and PC content all dazzled visually. Support for multi-subwoofer setups also enables impactful bass. Sure, you may not have four subwoofers initially, but if you decide later that you need more bass, this receiver manages to help you out.

The Dirac Live Ready technology made setting up the device simple and intuitive. It allowed me to configure it and start using it quickly with little hassle. I wish the setup process were always seamless when using new AV components. However, the menu system is extensive with many advanced options, so having some experience helps you navigate it efficiently to customize settings to your needs.

The Denon AVR-X3800H is a superb A/V receiver that delivers captivating surround sound and visuals. With robust connectivity and integration features, it enables immersive home theater setups and whole-home multiroom audio, including support for up to 4 subwoofers. An excellent option for media enthusiasts seeking top-notch performance and versatile expansion capabilities.

Pros and cons


  • Automatic setup features are easy to use and work fast.
  • Powerful 9-channel discrete amplification with 4 subwoofers.
  • Less prone to overheating.


  • Overwhelming control menu.
  • No front panel HDMI input.
  • Some of the top competitors have more sonic drive.

Key specs

  • Channels: 9.4.
  • Power output: 105W/8 Ohm, 135W/6 Ohm.
  • HDMI inputs/outputs: 6/3.
  • Video functions: 8K/60Hz, 4K/120Hz pass-though, upscaling up to 8K.
  • Bluetooth/Wi-Fi: yes/yes.
  • Streaming services: AirPlay 2, Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer, Tidal, Netflix, Amazon Prime.
  • Supports: HDMI ARC, HDMI eARC, HDMI CEC, HDCP2.3, HDR10+, Dolby Vision.
  • Surround sound: DTS:X, DTS Neural:X, DTS Virtual:X, Dolby Atmos, DTS HD Master, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, Dolby Atmos Music, Auro 3D.
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