Originally Posted by dlenart25
I'll make this quick. Batpig recommened the 988 as an HDMI replacement on a budget for the 3805. Has anyone had a chance to compare these two? i noticed the 3805 is about 7 pounds heavier so I'm concerned about the power supply on the 988. Im pushing some 6ohm 84 DB speakers and was hoping the 988 could hold it's own on the 3805. I have been doing alot of research and have been impressed with Denon test benches. They are always real close to meeting their specs on all channel driven tests...now you can't say that about Yamaha
Anyway, is this thing considering mid level or somewhere between midrange and high end aVR? And does it have some Balls?
Oh, it's got some balls. I JUST made this exact upgrade from my 3805 to a 988. I work at Fry's Electronics, and it's clearance right now for $299 if you can find a store that still has the demo, or maybe an open box in stock.
I was doubting the power of the 988 as well, but it's driving my Energy C-9s very well, and for music, it just sounds so much cleaner than the 3805. Hard to explain.
Anyways, I picked up the 988 for $284.99 as the floor model, and I didn't get a power cord or remote, which is fine by me. I loved hearing The Departed in Dolby TrueHD on my XA2, sounded great. Renaming the inputs is joy as well.
Oh and the upscaling! I'm using a Mitsubishi WD-65833, and it scales everything to 1080p using it's "plush" 1080p processor. Well, it sucks. The DCDi in the Denon made Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii, which I have connected via component, look much cleaner. Less CCS and a smoother, but not softer look. I was happily surprised.
988 rocks. I'm selling my 3805 now.