Originally Posted by kbarnes701
I'm not sure I am following you there...
I've spent quite a bit of time lately comparing the 105 DAC's to the 8801's.
To be clear the 105 is better, and I do like it a lot. But the 8801 is no slouch. I would say that the 8801 offers about 85% of the performance of the 105's dac's depending on the recording. This is also using the Analog outs into the 8801 in pure direct mode, vs the 8801 via HDMI from the 105.
I do think that the 8801's DAC's sound better than the 103's.
I like the bass management of Audyseey XT and the ability to set separate crossovers for my rears and front 3. Has me leaning towards the 8801, but not sure yet what I will do. I am a 75% music first guy.
If I were a movies first guy - the 8801 is a no brainer. Get the oppo 103 fire up the 8801 and be done with it. Heck, get the Onkyo or Integra if you are movies only as long as it has Audyseey XT32 for bass management. For movies I'd be hard pressed to pick one over the other as long as it has XT32 for subs. If the Yamaha had better reported bass EQ, throw that into the mix also.
But for Music, I do like the 8801 over the Onkyo stuff. But, I also may try to reach that next level of music performance... which is why I'm playing with things again.