I wanted to say, I purchased the 888 from amazon and have had it for a week now. I love it. The menu's are confusing, but as a massive nerd / programmer I enjoyed figuring them out. The remote is wack and I broke the latch on the hidden door almost right away, I can only laugh. So yes the FUD about the remote and the confusing menus is true, it also has a new electronics toxic smell to it if u sniff over it (like I did while plugging stuff in)
I've been using an onkyo 500 series for about 6 years now, and this amp is a proper upgrade, its got power to spare, I don't know how to say it, but you can turn it up and it won't hold you back, only your speakers and ears will hehe.
Also, this is the lowest priced denon that is made in japan for whatever thats worth, its a big black box from japan.
Ive been using this to listen to heavy metal and various electronic stuff, and watch movies, happy with the sound all around. Also use it to amp some senn hd-555 headphones I use for gaming.
Im not gonna quote the price, but if your looking for solid sound around the price that this is on amazon.com, go for it.
I've got it connected to the optical spdif intel-hda output on my motherboard and am using linux with alsa set to use 44100.