update - i got an offer on a 905 that is good so now I am thinking 805 vs 905 (the 905 is for 420 more duckets then the 805)... but I am still interested in this 805 vs 806 - since it is not clear on the forum...
So I thought I had it all worked out
but that was before the onkyo 806.
My choice was simple - I wanted the amplifier that would work best with my sony PS3 and Panasonic PT-AE-2000U PJ. - For BluRay in 1080/24p, games, and my little pioneer dv-490v dvd upscaling dvd player (for usa zoned discs).
Now I have a set of B&W MT-30 7.1 on the way (it is the 5.1 plus 2 matching bw's).
I had decided on the onkyo 805 for ps3 compatibility and DTS-MA (that is what I understood).
I have looked around for a couple weeks now on here and elsewhere and do not see a really clear way to decide this. I keep flip-flopping and my wife is complaining I am spending too much time figuring it out. She is right. I am the guy who buys gear once every 10 years and runs it into the ground - so I do not want to get something that is now wise for the moment and some kind of longevity. I have a large room (10x8meters wood floor, hard walls) and big screen (200inch diagonal on a DIY painted screen wall). I am a full time cameraman - so I care about my home theater. With a newborn it is my only space to relax at the end of long days (is there a difference in day an night anymore ?
The problem with my decision is that I cannot find any info, that I can understand, to tell the real differences between amps and how they really sound and are used. The discussion about dynamic volume relative to the wife and kids and the Denon 8068/9 was interesting for example.
Can anyone or everyone help me sort this out? I have seen plenty of postings asking this same question elsewhere and lots of people saying - yah I am trying to make the same decision... but still no answers. Certainly motivated by the cheap deals on 805 or any 5 series of onkyo.
I am not stuck on onkyo - just DTS-MA, my ps 3 and how that powers the B&W's. It needs to work well with headphones also. (baby and kids go to bed when I watch my film of the day) I have very good ears - I used to be a musician and sound engineer - so I care a lot.
The last fly in the ointment is that I am in France (so I pay in france for an 805 what you can find the 905 for on ebay usa
) I need a warranty and the correct 220v/50hz so no grey market for me...
here is what I see.
so the chart for france...
or me the 805 is available at a reasonable price (but not like the usa)
the 806 is 150 more
the 875 is another 250 on top (maybe a deal for 150 over 806)
the 905 is another 20 on top of that (new offer)
the 876 is another 280 on top of that
the 906 is another 200 more
i am inclined towards the 805 or 806 or 875
no neural surround mode that was in the 805 - never heard it and dont know if it is important
The 806 THD is .08
805 is .05% thd
I dont think anyone can hear this...
806 has 2 hdmi outs and an extra hdmi input (then 805)
TX-SR805: PCM1796×5 this is burr brown?
TX-SR806: CS4382A×1 I saw this on the 875 and 905 I think except it was x5
TX-SR805: HDMI 3 In 1 Out and no upscaling
TX-SR806: HDMI 5 In 1 Out and has DCDi 1080i upscaling
806 is made in malysia | 805 ?
denon 2808/9? i know nothing about.
905 just adds ethernet and more in/outs and better video filter is it worth 420 more then the 805?
Anyone else doing a search on this stuff care to contribute and we can come up with something clear here... breakdown what the specs mean and differences.
If you want to propose another brand then post the info as well... dont bother saying did you look into X brand and no comparisons...
so now I am thinking 805 or 905... This changes faster then weather...
ps - seeing how much prices fluctuate ... I do not even want to know the margins on this stuff....