Originally Posted by beekermartin
I have thought about upgrading from my 886 but I haven't found a reason to. It has worked perfectly since day one and I hate to try someting new that may not be as reliable. The only reason I am thinking about it is because of upgraditis. I wish they had a cure for that terrible disease!
I'm in the same boat as I'm always looking to upgrade but nothing remotely affordable is available. I feel that the 5508 has more features and possibly better SQ but the issues recent owners have been having is cause for concern. The 885 I had and the 886 I have now have had no issues at all (knock on wood
). I have the same issue with upgraditis as well which I know of no cure
I was very pleasantly surprised today when I did some comparisons of my 886 to my Parasound 2100 preamp. I always felt that for 2CH music the 886 was not as good as the 2100 when using the CD, balanced or HDMI inputs. Well today I decided to try a few 2CH SACD/CDs using the 5.1 analog input. For CD, SACD and DVD-As I use my Oppo 83SE with the R&L stereo output to the 2100 and the 5.1 analog output to the 886.
Today I thought I had never tried using the 5.1 analog input of the 886 for just 2CH SACD/CDs. I was listening to Patricia Barber's Verse SACD (83SE set to DSD) and did a direct comparison of the 886 and the 2100 after a quick volume level match. What I found was that when I cycled between Input 1 (2100) and the HT Bypass input (886) I could not tell the difference between the two
. When I did comparisons before using the CD, balanced or HDMI inputs (using the Pure or Direct mode) the 2100 had overall better SQ. I found that with the 886 the soundstage lost depth and width as well as the vocals were not as focused between the R&L speakers.
I found this to be quite interesting as it shows to me that the 5/7.1 analog input of the 886 does have very good SQ when compared to the other inputs. I am aware that there is no processing when using the 5/7.1 analog input. But I always thought that the input/output analog stage of the 886 was said to be a weakness effecting overall SQ. I know the 2100 isn't a high-end preamp but my comparison today showed that the SQ of the 886 is quite good IMO. So at this point my upgraditis will be kept at bay until the Outlaw 978 is released