Kal (or anyone else that knows),
Is there going to be a REAL review (Complete with measurements and comparisons to reference review pre-pro) instead of a simple, "I like this, it looks cool, has lots of features, is a good price..." (which is all I've been able to find online) ??
I'd greatly appreciate a review of the 5508 and/or Integra 80.2 as I've been holding off on purchase due to some issues I've read over on the 80.2 thread (and coming from the Denon I think the relay clicking will irritate me and make me think it's "cheaply built") but like most, really like the features and really like the price.
I am deciding between the 5508/80.2 and the Anthem D2V. I know the Anthem is a lot more expensive but at the same time, it is the reference pre-pro for a few reviewers, has gotten great reviews over and over, and doesn't seem to have some of the, well, not issues per se but little nuances that just bug me ie: relay clicking, no network control/setup, etc.
However, I'm not familiar with ARC and do have Audyssey MultEQ XT and hear the XT32 with SubEQ HT combo is AWESOME to the point that I'm almost afraid "most" (or at least a large percentage) of the RAVE about the 5508 and the 80.2 is most attributable to Audyssey XT32 and "not" superior electronics.
Only a "REAL" and in-depth review will tell me since I don't have the luxury of auditioning both at all, let alone for extended listening sessions.