Originally Posted by AirCeej
There are some interesting observations of the '886 at AVForums starting here
It really starts a few days earlier here
I was able to compare players, processors, amplifiers and connection and configuration methods. There were lots of different results. The most interesting was that with a good BD player, the system performance was slightly better with analogue connections that with LPCM over HDMI, but bitstream was better still.
Also, if the receiver/processor has a good spdif input, its possible to get good SQ with DTS re-encode/down conversion.
The ends results depend the combinations of equipment used, and theres a lot of interaction between equipment. The SC886 performs very well with bitstream inputs, but is not nearly so good with LPCM, but this gap is also a function of the BD player.
There are lots of other conclusions.