Today (Sunday) is my first day as a Denon owner, by purchasing the 889 at Fry's Electronics for $379.
I have a few questions.
But first - Back Story:
I wasn't looking at this level of AV receiver because my budget was pretty low, about $350. (About the price I paid for may last receiver I got from Montgomery Wards, when they close doors - Sony STR-DE845) I am no audiophile, I don't have discerning enough ears.
I do know what I was looking for, video repeating and multi-zone, to take care of a clumsy setup, having a need for both separate 5.1 and 2.1 configs in the same room. This meant spending $400+ which was making me very unhappy.
I found an H/K 354 (no box) for $529 and a Pioneer 1019 $505, at BB, the rest was not any better in features or price. (Harman Kardons look so good.) So I left and went to Fry's. While there I was getting the same feeling, nothing in my price range. Then I saw it, the 889.
I had almost considered the 689 for $250, but it didn't have the features I wanted. H/K 154 for $250 didn't have a second zone, etc. I talked to two sales people, they showed me Yamaha and Onkyo, but I kept on thinking about that 889. I then asked about it. Oh it's better than anything they showed me, a $1000 level receiver. (lie) But it had nothing. Just the power cord. I asked to power it on, it did. It was a demo, so I asked about the remote and mic, etc. They said there was none.
I must reiterate in this forum, never take no for an answer. I asked them what happens to the peripherals when they set stuff up and they said they threw them away. I am thinking people are lazy, so I search the internet on my iPhone and see that the remote for the 889 is the 1099. I go to the wall and see if maybe they used the 1099 on another receiver, and here's one, can I take that? The sales person thought for a second and found one in a cabinet to the left, unscratched and clean, and he hands it to me. Then I decided I was going to look through these cabinets myself I didn't care what he thought. I found a mic, though it wasn't Denon. He let me have it anyway. Now I am up to my questions.
1. The mic I found was for Sony. ECM-AC2. In theory this should work for calibration, but what do you think. Do I have to have the one that comes with the 889 (DM-A409)? If so, how do I get one?
2. I went to Denon's website and downloaded all the PDF's. I also went though the specs page and it states the 889 has no 9-pin RS-232 serial port. But it does have an RS-232c (PC Setup and Control Capability). I can't quite figure this out either it does or it doesn't. I can't see anything physically to show for it. I like to tinker a little bit so if there was something then that would be cool.
In closing, I went quite a bit out of my price range (plus a $39, 3 year performance warrantee) to get this unit. I got the "UGH, you're killing me," from the wife. I just hope this is a good investment, and if it does break, I hope the warranty covers a replacement based on features in stead of price.