I'm looking into buying a new receiver and was hoping I could get some help. I apologize, but I haven't read this entire thread or the one specific to the 708. Please also understand that any of these three or others in this class will be a major bump for me, so it isn't an option to stick with what I've got and it be just as good. I don't know how I feel about buying a used, last-gen model at a good discount, but I would at least consider it.
My question is, what are the main feature differences (or issues one model might have that the others do not) between the NR708, 808 and 1008? The obvious things that stand out to me are the number of channels (and additional zones), watts per channel some minor aesthetic differences. I'm sorry to say that I am not as familiar with audio equipment as I could be, so some of the things like which chips and other components are used and what features they all have don't necessarily mean a lot.
My current setup is woefully inadequate, but honestly, I don't think I will be moving soon, so that may not change right off. If I can "future-proof" a bit, that would be good. My current speakers are from a low-end HTIB, so there will be no issue powering them with any of these and my living room is small, so I don't need to blow out the windows, but those things could change. One thing I do want to make sure is as good as possible is the HDMI switching/passthru. My TV only has 2 HDMI ports, which are currently used. I may buy a Blu-ray player soon and would want it to go through HDMI as well. These three units may use the same technology in that regard.
Sorry for the long-winded post. Any help or advice is appreciated.