Originally Posted by stieger
Anyone know what the David Schultz upgrade is supposed to be? Just read the home theater review, URL provided by another member, and one of the comments mentions an "upgrade" for our units that is supposed to be quite nice....
I have an SE Onkyo PR
-SC5508 from The Upgrade Company, and it is very, very nice. It was better than my Arcam AV888, so I sold the AV888. The upgrade can take a while to break in - it depends how picky you might be. I am very picky, so I wasn't completely satisfied (with the audio) until it hit the 600-700 hour mark. There are positives right off the bat, but over the period of 300 hours on up to 600-700 hours, it gets the refinement that I really like and look for. Regarding video, after about 150-200 hours, the video is much better than stock.
I was going to try an AV8801 for kicks, but because I have a Krell S-1500 amplifier, I thought I'd try a Krell processor first. I just purchased a demo Krell S-1200 (retail $13.5K) for a very good price, which I should get next week. I'm definitely going to compare that to my SE Onkyo and determine which one is better. Once I finish with that, I may end up trying an AV8801. My primary purpose for the processor is movies and music over hdmi, and I like what I'm hearing with the comments about the movie sound of the AV8801.