I love the sound from the Arcam AV888 and running version 2.2, so no regrets buying the unit! And I haven't had any HDMI handshaking issues so far to speak of, like I've read from a few other users. The only performance issue I've had is that the room Auto EQ setup will run properly and come up with final speaker distances, dB levels, crossover, etc, but the OSD says "completed - error" at the end, so the data can't be saved. My dealer suspects it's just an issue with a defective microphone perhaps and is going to give me a new one to try in a few days. Other than that, with the manual calibrations I've done already in the meantime, the sound is great: dialogue sounds real, great dynamics, great clarity, nice bass, and dead quiets; all are fine to me. I'm just curious to see what the unit can sound like with my room auto EQ'd to get rid of any resonant frequencies.