Well, I've had the 2808 for a few days now and I'm 100% satisfied. I haven't even used the Audyssey setup yet (need to get a tripod in the next few weeks) and I think is already sounds amazing. I just used my SPL meter to calibrate and I'm happy with the outcome so far. This is really the first time I've been able to listen to TrueHD, DTSHD MA and LPCM soundtracks on HD DVDs and Blu-Rays. I'll admit, I don't hear are huge, jump in your face, difference but, what I do hear is more clarity and better definition in the sound. The little things seem to stand out more and become more clear. When comparing the DD5.1 to the TureHD track of the openning titles in Superman Returns, the TrueHD just sounded more crisp and more pronounced. The differences are subtle IMO, but those subtlies make a big difference.
Top 5 things I love about this receiver (remember, my old receiver was 6 or 7 years old so, while some of these may be standard on many receivers today, this is the first time I've ever experienced them):
5. Power On volume setting! Love this feature! I can't count the number of times when I'd forget to lower the volume on my old receiver only to be blasted out of the room when I turned it on the next day. This feature is pure genius.
4. No clicking noises when the audio mode switches! This didn't bug me too much but drove my wife up the wall with the old receiver. It is alos one of the main reason I stop looking at the Onkyo 705, too many complaints about clicking nosies during sound mode changes (even going from TV shows to commercials). Only times I've heard a click from the 2808 is when it is powered on or when put in mute.
3. No audio pause when the 2808 switches sound modes. My old receiver would cause a sound pause or delay for about 2 seconds as it determined the sound mode that was being input. This would happen whenever you pause then play, skip chapters on a HD DVD or BD and change channels on TV. So far I haven't noticed this with the 2808 or, it is a much shorter pause.
2. Setup Lock feature! Yes, this is number 2, I love this feature. My wife tends to fall asleep on top of the remote sometimes and this will prevent her from messing up the settings by accident. This will also come in handy when my 6 month old gets a little older and start playing with remotes.
1. The overall sound quality, especially DD TrueHD and DTSHD MA. No complaints in this department, this thing packs a good punch (and I thought my old receiver did a good job). Can't wait to mess with Audyssey sometime in the future.
My one nitpick with the receiver is that I wish the volume wouldn't move up or down so fast when you hold the volume button down. Of course this is a very minor nitpick and I'll probably get use to it after a while. Another thing I'm pleased with is that it doesn't seem to run as hot as I was expecting. Granted, I haven't put it through an tough extended workout yet but, with normal TV viewing, the 2808 and my old receiver put out about the same amount of heat. Another reason I stop looking at the Onkyo's (from what I've read they tend to run pretty hot).
I am confused about one thing. The manual states that when you run the test tones through the main menu you have the choice of output level (being -12dB, 0dB or +12dB). This choice is not anywhere in my menus as far as I can tell. Was this just a misprint in the manual or am I missing something?