I badly need a new Pre/Pro and was waiting for the new Outlaw 978, but gave up after 18 months of delays. I turned my sights to the Onkyo PR
-SC5508, only to find the horrifying "Onkyo XX08 failure" thread
, so I decided to wait for the new version, the PR
-SC5509. It was released in Europe in October so it should've been here around the same time. Wrong! February now and still not in sight on this continent; Onkyo H.O. says we MAY see it in Q2/Q3
. Can't wait that long!
I DID find a Hong Kong dealer that would ship a 5509 to me in Canada. Total cost landed at my door is less than the best price I found here for the older 5508
. But the unit is 220-240V, so would require a step-up transformer. I have no experience with such a device and ask if anyone has any experience or advice on running A/V equipment in this manner. Any risks/downside I should be aware of
I'm sure that my warranty would not be valid here, and any warranty service would need to be done via a return to the dealer in Hong Kong. But since my savings would be substantial (~$800 I am guessing vs what the 5509 will cost upon release in Canada), in the event that I DO need any service, I would still break even considering shipping charges of $220 each direction.
Any thoughts? Am I crazy to do this? Any other Audyssey MultEQ XT32 capable Pre/Pro's available here, now, in the $2000-3000 range that I should consider??