Originally Posted by joerod
I plan to use my onkyo 905 as my prepro for awhile but will definitely audition their new prepro. I was thinking about swapping it out for the onkyo 885 Pro but it would be just about an even swap. So I am not so sure it is worth all the effort since they are pretty much the same soundwise. Also, I have the 905 all updated and fully set up. Not that I could not just do it all over again with a 885 Pro... Anyway, I would suspect the 905 will get the job done as a prepro until I am ready to look at something else...
I'm in EXACTLY the same boat as you. I have a 7.1 system, and just bought an Anthem P5 (5-channel amp). So I'm usiing 2-amps from the 905, but it's mostly a pre-pro now.
I really want the balanced outputs, but the Integra 9.8 or Onkyo Pro 885 just doesn't seem worth it, as that's pretty much all I'd be getting. If they let the user do the Audyssey Pro stuff, then it would be worth it, but they won't, and I don't want to pay someone to come to my house every time I want to play with my soundstage.
I was looking at the Anthem D2, but it's too old at this point (no 8-channel PCM over HDMI).
I was also looking at the Denon high-end one, but a $7K Denon just seems rediculous. It's always seemed like a Best Buy brand to me. For $2K, maybe, but not $7K (with not much more than the 9.8/885 gives us).
Are there any other pre-pro's you've been looking at, that would be an upgrade from the 905/885/9.8?