Originally Posted by hawkster27
After living with my 5508 for a couple of weeks now, these are the advantages and disadvantages (in no particular order)I see over the 885 it replaced:
.. The price is right if you're itching to upgrade (PM me if you're interested in what I paid).
.. Improved sound, overall.
.. Internet connectivity. I use vTuner and Pandora all the time. Slacker and Mediafly are interesting but less valuable to me. The free stuff is so good I don't see any value in paying for Rhapsody (I had a free two-week trial for Rhapsody on another device I didn't renew) or Napster. However, they may be worthwhile if you follow the latest rock/pop/rap, which I don't. SIRIUS is worth paying for if you want the breadth of their offerings, or something specialized like Howard Stern.
.. Neural Digital Music mode.
.. Can function as a Digital Music Server (it works, but it skips more often than my WDTV, which is connected directly to my system).
.. 3 more HDMI connections
.. Audyssey XT32 an obvious improvement.
.. Audible relay switching. This is my biggest complaint, and it seems like a real step backward; I wonder why Onkyo allowed it. My 5508 is exposed, not in a cabinet, and the clicking is clearly audible throughout the living room. It's especially annoying on certain satellite TV channels; some commercials are encoded in Dolby, some are not. The 5508 clicks with every change. Of course, just one more reason to rely on the DVR.
.. No digital out (DRM paranoia, I assume).
.. No HD Radio. Not that big a deal for me; you can buy an outboard HD Radio receiver from Onkyo for $150 if you really want it, but I'm guessing Onkyo decided that Internet Radio will soon make HD Radio irrelevant, and perhaps Broadcast Radio, as well. (And, for those few of you who didn't already know, HD in this context stands for Hybrid Digital, not
.. No Internet Radio display Screen Saver.
.. No Pandora Like / Don't Like support (although the manual says there is).
.. Just one blue LED at the top of the volume knob, which still
looks like a mistake.
.. 2 fewer Video/AudioL/AudioR connections (these are the ancient yellow/white/red connections).
.. 9.2 vs 7.1 (I'm still happy with 5.1)
.. The output level of the 5508 is lower than that of the 885 (at least on my two units). Dsiplaying volume as Relative(THX), I would start my 885 at "30." I start the 5508 at "20" for approximately the same volume (smaller number is louder).
This is purely subjective, but it seems to me that with the 5508, in comparison to the 885, Onkyo has put more emphasis on the audio rather than video features. Which I think is just as well, because blu-ray players and TVs seem to have plenty of adjustability. I know mine do.