Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: Nokomis, Fl. USA
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Whoa. Not so fast. I switched from my Integra DTC9.8 which had Audyssey MultiEQ XT, which I think the 5008 has. My 929's MultiEQ XT32 is a definite sound improvement. Hell I don't even miss the extra wattage my big Outlaw amp had. In fact the 929 has an extra two channels of amplification that neither the Outlaw nor the 5008 have.
As for the .2, I think you'll find the 5008 is the same as the 929 in that regard. Neither has Audyssey SubEQ HT, meaning the two sub outs are treated equally.
While the 929 is the top of Onkyo's mid range, the 5008 was the top of the high range. The power supply is more substantial but as I was comparing the 929 with the 3010 I noticed the 929 was already making the xx10 series look dated in some respects. So check out all of the specs for what's important for you.
But by far the biggest difference is cost. If the next price level doesn't scare you then you might consider waiting for Onkyo's xx11 series which I think has been pushed out for implementation of HDMI 2.0.
If on the other hand you have two different sounding subs and are placed in two distinctly audibly different locations, then maybe you should have already considered the Denon X4000. But with a single sub I personally thought the 929 was more receiver for the same money. The bonus has been the very cool running HDMI board which indicates to me that without much fanfare Onkyo has addressed their biggest bugaboo.
If I had more time I might have stayed at the same level as my Integra, albeit at a much more costly level.
I don't know, bang for the buck, I still think the 929 is at the top of that ratio. But then to each their own.