Originally Posted by vigga
I'm curious reading your post...was the 4311 being use as a pre/pro? Are you going to be keeping the same amp for use with the 80.2? I'd think that the amp would influence these characteristics more than than the processor.
I am using the same amps.
Classe DR9 - 2 channel 100 watt high current
Parasound HCA-35000 - 2 channel 350 watt high current
Parasound HCA-2205a - 5 channel 220 watt
I swap out the 2 channel amps for my fronts.
Fronts - Aerial 8's not the b's
Center - Aerial CC3
Sides - Alon IV's
Rears - Aerial 7's not the b's
Sub - Mirage BPS-400 - a monster
All speakers are full range. The Aerial 8's are very hungry speakers and will suck up whatever is thrown at them.
I here what you are saying and thought the same thing. I drive them direct most of the time but there is something missing with the Denon in the highs and mid-range that I never thought when I had the Onkyo 885. The 80.2 is from what I've heard a much better pre-amp than the 885 which I was very pleased with.
The bass is just down right sloppy with the 4311. Not tight and defined, just boomy.
I have calibrated the 4311 many times.
I also like the Onkyo / Integra sound modes better as well although I rarely use them.