Originally Posted by DreamCatcher
You make some good points snowboarder, probably in the wrong thread, but good points nonetheless.
However I think most of us are rooting for Onkyo/Integra's prepro to be all that and a bag of chips.
We've been waiting a long time for someone to come to their senses and drop the amps out of their receiver and just give us a cutting edge prepro with the feature set, specs and price of these babies.
On paper the 885/9.8 are it, but it HAS to function properly!
Only time will tell.....
You're right, I absolutely agree that it took them way too much time
to release something like 885. It just might seem they did it a bit
prematurely. Both the product itself seems to have many hick-ups,
and the demand for it was way underestimated so it created that whole
waiting extravaganza which somehow increased people's craving to get it
and be happy with it.
Please be sure I'm not starting any Mac/PC, Nikon/Canon kind of BS here.
My only goal is to help people get out of that waiting forever thing
and see that they can enjoy their HT as much or frankly much more with
other product. Isn't this all about having fun with your stuff?
If it's broken, people don't have fun. Even if it's magnificent on paper...
As far as using a receiver as a Pre/Pro - it's stupid to spend money on
something you're not gonna use (the amp part). But if that can be had
for such a great price - what's wrong with it? Use the great Pre/Pro
part and connect to a sophisticated amp to your likings.
A win-win situation.
Comparing 3808 to 885 the difference I see are balanced outputs -
my amp is just under my 3808 - it's a very short cable and with
some good interconnects - no issue. Video scaling might be the only
advantage then, but since I completely switched to Blu-ray and HD DVD,
I don't really scale my great HD video signal.
So if there are other people like me, it can be a valued option for them.