Originally Posted by BigBassTurd
IBasically the main feature that I want is the Analog-HDMI upscaling to 1080P.
Do you guys think I should go with the AVR-888 which is nearing it's end of life, or go with the newer AVR-1909, even though I think
it's a slightly lesser model. Has Denon set a release date for the AVR-889 model?
2308/888 and 1909/789 have identical Faroudja video processing, so there will be no difference in that regard. The both are very similar, except:
1. the primary (only?) benefit of the newer 1909/789 is the new Audyssey implementations, Dynamic Volume and EQ. This is pretty much the reason to get the newer unit. (EDIT: plus of course the third HDMI input)
2. the 888/2308 will be slightly better in most other respects -- a little more power, a few more inputs (can handle one more video device), the front panel aux input has a digital optical connection + s-video (only composite on the 1909), 12V trigger output, etc. most of it is minor stuff but if you have a complex setup you may want the extra flexibility.
I wouldn't worry about the power difference, unless you have inefficient speakers that are 6ohms or something. The 888/2308 is heavier and has a more robust power supply, but if you have normal speaker load (8ohms, pretty efficient) it won't matter.
Basically, the 1909/789 will be great for 90% of people unless you need some of the upgrade features of the 2308/888 model. However, given the new models and their extra features (more HDMI, audyssey improvements), I would only buy the 888 if you can get a great deal on a closeout or open box. If the price is equal, you should probably go with the new model.