Originally Posted by LarryChanin
I invite you and the other forum members who have upgraded or are considering upgrading to this preamplifier to comment on these listed items to discuss the degree (if any) to which they are influencing their purchase decision. Of course, I am equally interested in hearing thoughts on other unlisted considerations that influence the upgrade decision.
For those who have already upgraded are there any disappointments, or pleasant surprises?
I upgraded from an Onkyo 886 (Audyssey Pro calibrated) to an Integra DHC-80.2 (Audyssey Pro calibrated). I chose the DHC-80.2 prior to Audyssey Pro being committed on the 5008 or I would likely have gone with the 5008. My system is used primarily for music listening with movies being secondary.
For my system there is a major improvement in audio quality from the 886 to the 80.2. Imaging is much better for both stereo and for multi-channel music (SACD, Blu-ray, and DVD). I believe Audyssey XT32 is a major contributor to the improvement in audio quality, but I also think some of the changes between the 886 and the 5007/DHC-80.1 are likely contributing to the improved audio also. Those changes included DAC improvements, improvement in regards to jitter, and an improvement in volume processing. For those who are familar with the "www.2l.no
" music releases that include both SACD and Blu-Ray versions another advantage is the higher resolution on the Blu-Ray discs has Audyssey support which it did not have on the 886.
For myself and my partner, who is a professional musician, the improvement in audio quality justifies the upgrade. I plan to take advantage of the network features, but I have not had time to do much in that area to date.