The MSRP of the AV8801 is $3600. Since it is so new, that is also the street price. Buying a new AV7005, plus a Denon AVR4311ci receiver for a secondary room (so you need not worry about "zone outs", if they even really work as you would want them to), from an authorized dealer with free shipping, costs, as of today, $2780. That's a savings of $820 plus I'm additionally getting a dedicated pre-pro with 9 channels of amplification thrown in! With that kind of money I could buy the extra speakers for the kitchen, bedroom, whatever, and a secondary BD player so there's little need to wire the two rooms/systems together.
- independent Audyssey calibration for two
rooms, not one only
- dual tuners so people in room 2 can listen to an independent radio station than the one in the other room
- 2 remotes, one left in each room with no need for running back to the other room because "I forgot to bring the remote, hun" [although I use aftermarket remotes]
- no running back to the main room to swap discs either, you do that locally on the system in the room you are standing in
- no wiring the two rooms together with hard to fish through the walls HDMI plugs, which can't be terminated in the field, you need to use the right lengths from the get go, and then praying there isn't something in the EDID/handshake protocol of the two different monitors which makes it not work, er, I mean, "interrupts the signal"
There are probably more reasons but I don't have the time to contemplate what they are. What I've already written is more than enough for me and
I save money. AS you know, I'm not a fan of 9 or 11 channel setups because they are a bastardization of what the recording engineers wanted us to listen to. They don't use it their control rooms, mixing studios, or in the movie theaters, so I'm not going to either! [unless some day they actually do start distributing movies this way]. It is similar to why I refuse to watch a colorized B/W film; I don't mess with another person's art.
Sure, there will also be people who claim the more expensive unit inherently "sounds better", even if only using the same number of speakers. I think it's simply their imagination due to expectation bias ["placebo effect"] and/or their inability to conduct a proper, valid test which is double blind, level matched to a small fraction of a dB using external instrumentation by the test conductor, and the extreme difficulty in loading the exact
same microphone calibration curves taken during the Audyssey test run into the two units being compared. Even nailing down the same mic to a super rigid stand and running the test two times, within a few minutes, may very well generate slightly different results which are audible, and therefor invalidate any hope of comparing the two DUTs [devices under test].Edited by m. zillch - 1/10/13 at 10:48pm