Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I recently sold my Integra DTC-9.8 pre/pro (same as Onkyo SSP885), and got 3008 about 10 days ago. What a world of difference in sound it made in my room... It's simply astonishing. Integra had Audyssey MultEQ XT, and 3008 has XT32. Not sure if it was one of the resons, but my bass response is simply awsome... It fills the room, and very tight and controlled, where with Integra it was somewhat lacking in mid bass, and would only sound good when something exploded.
In addition, I live in condo, so my wife is always concerned we are going to bother neighbours upstairs with our sound volume and bass, so with the 3008 having Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume, it's no longer an issue - I can listed movies late at night at around -40 to -50db, and still have a full enveloping surround sounds, and nice bass response across full spectrum... I can't even describe how happy I'm with the new 3008.
I came a long way since I started my HT back in 99. I went through Theta Casanova, Krell, Classe, Denon, Integra, and now Onkyo. 3008 is my first receiver - all previous units were pre/pro, and 3008 beats the hell out of all of them with features and the absolutely amazing EQ and room correction it made for my setup. Reason I went with 3008 vs another pre/pro is I wanted to add high and wide speakers, so needed a few more amp chanels.
Once I setup my original 5.1 speakers with 3008, I added a pair of fairly cheap Sony SS-B1000 speakers for wides (they go for like $50 a pair, but sounds pretty good for price... I figured for wides they should do just fine), and for highs I used satellite speakers from Klipsch ProMedia Ultra set. Once I added them to my already awsome sounding 5.1, it opened up the front soundstage to completely new levels - I have a wall of sound in front, with tremendous width and hight. I would never go back to 5.1 now, once I heard how 9.1 sounds.
So far I had no issues whatsoever. As soon as I got 3008, i updated firmware through USB, setup Audyssey with 8 positions and I'm smiling ever since when I play movies or music.