Got my 885 up and running tonight (paired with a sherb 7/2100 amp) and so far it is Awesome!
I only ran through some SD-DVD's, some movie clips off the 360 and Ant Bully on HD-DVD. I am using an XA2 so I have the 885 in passthrough with Imediate display off and the video looks exactly the same as doing a straight shot to my RS1. I am very familar with Ant Bully and it looked identical to going straight to the RS1. I was a bit skeptical about this, but it appears that the video is untouched as has been reported. SO HAPPY about this.
I cant really offer any insight to the Reon abilities as I am going to use passthrough for everything at the moment (XA2, PS3, 360 all at 1080p).
Just what little I listened to I could hear a bit more detail in the Fight Club dvd (mid air colishion and ball rolling through the coffee shop) and the Apacalypto clip on the 360 just seemed a bit more detailed, but cleaner overall as well. Cant wait to get into the Blu-ray and HD-DVD lossless tom
Setup and menu seems very nice and intuitive to me. Lots of options and details to go through, but simple enough. I like how the volume goes in .5 db steps instead of 1 db steps like the B@K ref 50 I was using before. I also like the fact that the tone control is more detailed as you can adjust treble and bass seperately for front, center, surround, surround back. I will like this feature for tweaking concert soundtracks.
I really liked the ref 50 all around and was concerned that I may be giving up something making this move, but so far everything is atleast on par and of course there are many advantages as far as features. SQ from what little I have heard seems as good or better depending on the material. Like I said I could definately hear little details that were not there before. Subtle, but noticable.
Also the unit looks Very nice being all black.
All for now, more later.
Edit: Forgot to add that I did not do anything with Aud as far as setup, and dont really plan to at the moment. Will experiment with it at some point, but really wanted to just do the basic setup with Avia, SPL meter, 80hz cross, etc....so I can compare to the B@K more fairly. My room is fairly well treated with bass traps, first reflection traps and I also have an SMS-1 for the 12/2 ultra (which I actually dont really use for movies as I prefer the natural hump I have in the 15-35 range left intact as it gives things a bit more kick. I do flatten it out for music though).