Stop touching it soooo much Slappy !
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Slap Happy Pappy,
My experience with Denon receivers is that unless they have lots of venitlation, they tend to run hot. When a buddy of mine installs them in cabinets, he usually hooks up a muffin fan to one of the switched outlets on the back to vent the cabinet.
For all you 'philes' growning at the thought of hooking a fan up to a receiver; he's a custom installer and most of his customers can care less about sound quality.
Did you every get the mic to calibrate your 3805?
Class A/B idle runs cool. Class A idle runs HOT. Pure Class A actually is using the most power at idle... and would be COOLER when running full blast.
And no I don't think any information is flowing to the amp section... It is all alone in there, just waiting patiently for something, anything useful to do.
I had a Carver that NEVER even felt warm to the touch, ever.
My Forte' is hot just idling.
My old amp was 300 WPC, it never even got warm. My new 200W amps heat up the room so much, that I periodically have to open all the windows to air it out. After 4 hours, It raises the room temp by 10-15 degrees F.
Think your amp is hot? Try tubes;))) I am seriously starting to wonder if I should buy a "summer" amp, but I love my tubes..
Talk about hot amps. I have a little Monarchy Audio Sm70 class A amp hooked up to my computer. I use it to heat the upstairs during the winter.
Slap Happy Pappy,
Might be that the Denon is biased slightly Class A for the first few watts. So, when it's sitting at idle it would run hot. I thought you were happy with the Slappy Crappy Shady-O-Rack speakers?
I had a Denon 3802. Always hot, even when just sitting idle (still powered up of course). One reason I got rid of it, as the cabinet it was in (WAF) was closed most of the time. When you opened the door, heat could be felt coming out. Got a NAD, it runs cooler, but has an internal fan for when it heats up. Curiously this is when I play 2 channel music, not movies.