Originally Posted by Bghead8che
I can't possibly imagine the 80.3 sounding worse than the 8801. The 80.3 is pretty much cutting edge and it measures extremely good (S/N, THD, Crosstalk), better than some esoteric brands (Anthem, Krell, etc). I'd bet in a blind test you would not be able to tell a difference.
I would not sell the 80.3 to get an 8801 with the expectation of getting "smoother" sound, IMHO.
I have the 80.3 but would expect the Bryston SP3 would beat it in 2 channel - missed my chance to have the SP3 for a weekend. Can the 8801 come close to the SP3, that is what I would like to know.
Main Kef: Reference 205/2 & 202/2c, Surrounds: Kef XQ40, Velodyne Optimum 12, Integra DHC 80.3, Ayre K-5xeMP, Oppo BDP-103, Bryston 4Bsst2, Parasound Halo A31. Second B&W: 685 (3), CCM618, Def Tech Powerfield 1500, Onkyo TX-NR1008, Zone 2 Klipsch AW650.