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I think, for people trying to decide between 2310/890 and last year's 2809/989, you need to be honest with yourself about how "critical" of a listener you are and, especially, how loud you like to listen.
If you mostly listen at moderate volumes, aren't a hyper-critical 2-ch music guy, and have moderately priced speakers, the SQ difference between the two is probably negligible.
The advantages of the 989 are going to show up if (1) you listen at BIG volumes, where amp headroom (and/or the ability to upgrade with external amps) will allow for cleaner sound and (2) tricky rooms, where the extra resolution of MultEQ XT will do a better job corrected for bass anomolies and other issues.
For example, if you are running a dedicated theater room where you are cranking it to near-reference volumes, or like to blast classical music SACD's to feel like you are IN the symphony hall, the 989 becomes the obvious choice. But if you just have your typical living-room-cum-HT setup, you don't listen to a lot of high-volume music, and 90% of the time you will be watching TV or maybe watching movies below the "wife will yell at me" volume threshold, the 2310/890 will sound basically identical and you may not need the extra guts of the 989 model, and the usability improvements of the GUI overlay may be more important to your day-to-day life.