Originally Posted by turnne1
I will report on that when I get the unit next week...I have the chance to A/B it with the 885 in the same room, same amp,same speakers
I really don't care for any form of manipulated music...I am an old school pure audio type of guy
This was...what I feel is a major drawback of the 885 I have
Something that my prior HT piece as well as some other preamps I listened to the other day excelled at
I used to be very much into music. 12 years ago I owned a Krell CD Transport, DAC and Pre-Amp. I didn't get around to purchasing better Power Amps, but I had some pretty decent Musical Fidelity's driving Kef Reference 4.2's (which replaced the 104/2's).
At that time I had a new interest in DVD and Surround Sound. I already had a big movie collection on VHS and a Pro-Logic 5.0 system, but DVD's were replacing my collection pretty fast - even though I was paying top prices importing them from the US to the UK.
My very expensive Hi-Fi was sold off and replaced with a very expensive 5.1 Home Cinema System. The Kef 4.2's remained in my system for a couple of years, as I had bought the Arcam AV8 and P7 - so that I could still get fairly good music performance. But as my interest in movies continued to take over, they were replaced with some meant more for movies. They were still okay for music though, so I still enjoyed some music now and then.
It was when I sold the AV9 (which replaced the AV8) and P7 that my interest in music was destroyed. I replaced them with a Yamaha Z11. For movies it was a huge upgrade, not just because it added decoding for HD sound, but DVD playback was also a big improvement. Unfortunately, music sounded pretty awful - even to my now much lower expectations.
I've been through a few Receivers since then. One of them was even used with an Arcam P7, in the hope that it would give me good music performance, but it didn't get anywhere near to what I had hoped for.
Fast forward to around 3 years later (the beginning of this year) and I take a chance on an Onkyo 3008. It gives me movie performance like I have never experienced before - the best I have ever heard in my room. So impressive that I don't even get around to trying music on it until a month after buying it.
When I do try a CD, I am blown away by how good it sounds. I put an album in to listen to a couple of tracks and I'm so impressed that I listen to the whole thing. Turning off Audyssey makes it sound awful. XT32 does amazing things with both movies and music.
I was never a fan of what XT used to do for music, but XT32 really is a big step forward - giving far superior results. I believe that with XT32 being such a huge improvement, it now means that Pure Audio is no longer required, as it allows your room and system to manipulate the sound.
It will obviously be your preference though, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts and which you prefer.
Sorry for the long post.