Join Date: Feb 2003
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Well, I have now owned 2 3008s, and here's my assessment. From a pure sound quality standpoint after running xt32, I have to say I am extremely impressed. My previous unit was a Yamaha RXV3200, and I used my Radioshack SPL to level match. The XT32 is awesome. Sound like I haven't heard before.
Now to the great downside for me. I have to say I actually think this unit lacks power. I am running 7 channels - 4 flr standing speakers (Mains are Rockets, surrounds are Snell E-IV). Admittedly the Rockets are power hungry, but they have done just fine in my previous setups. I make the power lacking statement based on not 1 but 2 A/B comparisons. When I listen to SAT music on Directv (this isn't a critical listening source for me) I can turn up the Onkyo to Max power and still talk to someone standing next to me. Now, I don't think I have ever turned up any receiver to max on any source. My Yamaha RXV3200 never ran out of power on this source, and more recently I had my Panasonic XR-57 hooked up on this setup, and it didn't run out of room either.
On SACD, DVD-A, it's a bit of a different story and has a much improved performance with more room.
This is actually the reason I have owned 2 units, because I simply couldn't believe that a much lower rated Yamaha, and a Panasonic that is 1/10 the weight,1/2 it's size, and a fraction of the price could out muscle this supposed "Powerhouse".
I have to say, it's left me wondering what to do. It's hard for me to stomach a top of the line unit not at least equalling the power of my previous units.