I think his has been asked before, but I can't find it. - Can someone explain to me what features or capabilities the the 885 or 9.8 have that the Onkyo 905 receiver doesn't have? Or what are their advantages over the 905? From initial discussions, it seems likely that I will be able to get the 905 at a discount for somewhat less than the 885 or the 9.8. Although I would probably use only the processing and preamp sections of the receiver (since I have power amps), it might be possible that I could use at least some of the amp sections of the 905.
I think I have noted a promotional note saying that the components of the 885 are "hand picked," but I'm not sure what that means. - Does it mean that they are individually tested by hand, or what? I have also seen at least one note that there are lots of differences, but nothing that explained what those differences were (other than eliminating the power amps, with their heat and power consumption). From looking at the specs of the units, I can't identify any other differences.
Thanks for any clarification on this matter.