Hi everyone. I've been reading all 184 pages on this 2809ci thread with great interest. I have a few questions that I'm sure can be answered here. I am about to purchase a mint but used, with all paperwork and accessories, including the Mic, 2809ci. I'm wanting the built in HDMI capability and the 7.1 surround output. But my main concern is sound quality for music. This reciever will be used in our gameroon and will do double duty between movies and music.....but more music than movies.....about 80% to 20%. I want to make sure I am getting at least the same fidelity for my music over what I'm using now. The added features of getting HDMI switching and 7.1 true-hd is nice, but if it means less fidelity than what I get now I can just wait.
So what is it that I have now? I have a Krell Showcase preamp that I'm using only in audio mode thru coax and spdif digital inputs from my sources. The amplifiers are Denon poa-8300 for the center and main speakers (B&W CDM 1nt), and a Denon poa-8200 for my rears (infinity Modulas). My sources are a htpc with HDMI out filled with 2 TB of FLAC music ranging from 24/44.1 to 24/192, another 6 tb's of movie rips from DVD and Blue Ray, a U-verse stb, and an Xbox 360. We have both a 12' projector (non HD picture...720 tops), and a Samsung 55" plasma 1080p. The Krell has an amazing sound in stereo and does great in 5.1 DD/DTS. I've always been a seperates kind of guy, and also am a big Denon fan. I also know many advances have been made in the reciever area that has brought up the sound quality to a very high level. So while I'd love to throw away my external HDMI switcher for a built in, and go from 5.1 to 7.1 audio playback, I have to place sound quality first. Does anyone here have any thoughts about my dilema? Is it worth it to buy this 2809ci for $200.00 and sell the Krell and Denon gear and have an upgrade that I would be happy with? Going from hi-end 10 year old seperates to fairly recent all in one reciever sounds appealling. I could sell the Krell and Denon gear for a nice profit, buy the 2809ci for pocket change, and hopefully gain at least the same audio quality, plus the fact that I'd have less boxes in my rack, is all a big motivator. But again, I would gladly do this only if the sound quality stayed the same at the minimum.
Thanks in advance.