Originally Posted by bakerwi
Those are the pros and cons of either AVR so it comes down to which features have more value in your setup. Some believe that preferring the Denon means you think it is a better product and vice-versa.
You mention the 3008 is heavier and that it has THX Ultra Select2. However, you're assuming of the benefits of one (weight) and wasn't quite sure of the benefit of the other (THX), but those are valid points in your purchase decision. You've also made valid points in favor of the Denon.
Depending on needs either component will be the right choice.
Thank you Willie for your input. You basically summed up my dilemma. I am sure just like everyone else here they want the most value/features/performance/reliability for the $1500-2000 price range. I am rebuilding my home theater a piece at a time. Eventually it will include Paradigm Studio 100 v5 fronts, CC-690 center, studio 20 rears, studio 10 front heights, and Mirage OMD 5 for the rear sides. I want to be able to add a(n) amp(s) to power my speakers. Luckily my girlfriend likes loud music more than I
One reason I like the Denon is the ability to have a true preamp mode. My theory isn't about being green it is more technical reasons. I have a 20 amp circuit in this room. My worry is down the line when I add an amp that I will trip that circuit running an amp. I see the Onkyo has 11.6 amp draw and that doesn't include what an amp would draw. The nice thing about the Denon is (at least my hope) is when I amp the Paradigms down the road, that I can shut off the unused receiver amp and therefore reduce the unused amp draw on the house circuit. The added plus is I am not having an unused receiver amp adding to the temp of my enclosed audio cabinet.
I guess the major draw for the Onkyo is the unknown on how important THX Ultra Select 2 is. Is it more of peace of mind or will it be useful. My use for the receiver will be equal amounts of blu-ray movies, x-box 360 games and music usage.
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