Originally Posted by beekermartin
I am starting to do some research about upgrading from the 886. Mine is still working perfectly but since there are so many good deals right now it might be a good time to upgrade. I was considering the 5508/5509 since they can be had for
but then I realized with the Marantz 8802 being out there are ton of 8801's available for around the same price. I believe the 8801 was one of the highest rated processors around in the last few years. I know the 8802 is better but I'm not looking to spend $3000. Then there is the XMC-1. I have to do more research about it but it appears to be another great option.
I know this is an old thread and processor but if anyone has upgraded from the 886 I would love to hear your recommendations.
Hi. I've owned all of the Onkyo processors from the 885 to the 5508, now. The 886 was a big increase in sound quality from the 885, as I recall. The 5507 offered better Audyssey capability, which is why I upgraded to it a couple years ago. The difference between the 5507 and 5508 or 09 is minimal. The 5508 and 09 have the capability to send discreet calibration tones to each of two subwoofers, which sounds cool. (And is why I went to the 5508 from the 5507.) In actual use, the 'upgrade' was a moot point. Didn't make any difference that I could hear, and simply made the calibration process take a little longer. Other than that, the 5508 or 09 can do Audio Return, which I cannot see many if any folks using it in a higher end system. Basically, it allows you to use the 'smart TV' feature like Netflix streaming to return audio over the HDMI cabling. Of course, the audio quality available from the TV is not great, as one might imagine. But, the 08 and 09 will do it, if you care.
I wouldn't flip a coin between the 5507, 08 or 09 from a functionality perspective. And, of course, the 5507 is selling for less. I can share that the 08 and 09 have had some issues with the HDMI board failure/recall, and the 5507 has been mostly spared....haven't seen a 5507 complaint on this forum yet. In any case, the 5507 qualifies for the HDMI replacement program that Onkyo is administering, so a buyer has a long-term expended warranty on the HDMI board, which is the basic guts of the unit, until 2018, I think. Even though I was not the original owner, I was able to get my 5508 repaired with no questions and very little hassle. The shipped me a box for the unit, and a shipping label. Even a roll of tape to seal the box. Took about a week, they paid shipping both ways. Couldn't be happier...a real stand up company.
All that said, I'd recommend the 5507 based on price, reliability and performance. I really enjoyed mine and actually still have my 'old' one. It's been sort of promised to a friend who hasn't picked it up yet. It's been sitting in a closet for a few weeks, and if you have some interest I can ask him if he is serious, or...zap me a PM if you would like to talk.
Either way, you are doing the right thing by doing your research up front....there's an awful lot of hype and 'new-itis' around. What matters is what YOU need....