Originally Posted by lorjam
How did you like the sound of this combination? I have an 886 running with some older Marantz MA500 monoblocks, and was wondering how the 886 would sound with digital ICE amps.
This is a bit of a loaded question as I didn't like it that much at all... and in all honesty I was pretty sure it was the Onkyo that I didn't care for.
I had an Onkyo 905 in my system and wasn't all that thrilled with that in comparison to the Denon 5808 and 5308 I had also owned... and not to start any "wars," put having owned the $2500 905, $5200 Denon 5308 and $7000 Pioneer SC-09 I don't think it fair to compare the 905 to the other products, and for me the Onkyo "flagships" at these price points offer a tremendous bang for the buck, but the Denon and Pioneer do offer something for the extra money, and the SC-09 is the best piece of gear I've owned as far as overall sound quality goes, even more so than my Anthem D2/A5...
My mixing partner got my Wyred 4 Sound amp, and in his room, with his 885, it sounds fantastic, and was a big step up from his 885/Emotiva amp setup.
I am a firm believer in the technology, and think they are the most effortless form of amplification per watt I've heard, without the heat... The products I've had all offered a sense of effortless push to them that I am used to hearing on the mixing stage... As I said earlier, in my room, having gone through so many systems, the 885/Wyred sound didn't impress.. and as I also said, it had the same "draw backs" I felt existed in the 905, which I attribute to everything about those products except
I suspect in talking with people who have owned the 905/906 (or similar 8xx series) Onkyo's who have now stepped up to the x007 series models feel there is a great deal of improvement in sound quality.
That being said, with all the things that have changed over the last three years with Onkyo, I think the 5507 and Wyred might have a spot in my system in the future.