Okay, heres the scoop.
1. Dropped by good guys at lunch today. Went to buy the ONE Denon 2900 they had in stock. They said they would price match the goodguys.com price. So, it would be $899. I'd have to pay tax, but I could get is right there, and take it back if I was displeased.
2. Took a gander at the floor model clearance table. LO AND BEHOLD there was a 3800 sitting therewith no remote for $499!!!
HMMMMMMMMMM. I always considered the 3800 too far out of my league. But I had to make a decision on the spot.
3. Got the 3800. I also got them to knock down the price $25, so I could rationalize the $99 ESP.
4. This unit is HEAVY, extremely well built. Its in excellent shape, not a flaw or a scratch. But like I said. No remote.
I'm going to demo and test out during the next two weeks. I'll be preparing a reivew to post here. But in the meantime... what do you all think, did I make the right choice... should I go back and get the 2900?