I'm about ready to buy an 808 through Newegg. I primarily need a good Home Theater receiver that can handle all my media devices (360, PS3, Win7 HTPC, new Dish 92X DVR and an older S-VHS JVC deck with DVR.
Before I push the button to buy the 808, I saw the specs on the new Pioneer Elite VSX-33 and one reseller I found today had it for about the same price as the 808 ($789). Specs look similar between the two devices although as someone else pointed out, the VSX-33 is much lighter at 29lbs versus the 808s 49lbs. I've seen the photos of the inside of the 808 and saw the large heat sinks Onkyo uses, so I'm wondering if some of that weight is from more efficient/fan-less cooling system in the 808? I'm "old-school" and think "heavier=better" so I'm more inclined to stick with the 808 at this point.
Since you guys are 808 owners, what do you think I should do - would you consider the new Pioneer Elite VSX-33?
Also one last question: I use Slacker on their G1 device, on my Android phone and on a Netbook in the kitchen; is the Slacker implementation on the 808 similar or is it a stripped-down version of Slacker?
Thanks in advance for any and all help!
P.S. My current receiver is a Kenwood VR-5090, no slouch of a receiver for-sure, but no HDMI support either!