Originally Posted by oedius
How noticable is the difference to you between the 2809 and 988?
The only difference in SQ is DynEQ/Vol. DynEQ is increasingly noticable the further down from 0 you go. 0 is pretty darn loud, and is calibrated for your speakers and distance so it is 75 dB at pos #1. So after upgrading I enjoy much content at -20 (or less) with full fidelity which is quite significant for me, as it doesn't bother others and it saves my hearing. For action movies and some music listening I do crank it up and then DynEQ adds nothing. DynVol comes in handy sometimes but does not add SQ, it actually reduces dynamic range. AFAIK currently you are not getting Audyssey correction on the sub with 2EQ, so MultEQ or MultEQXT would be a good upgrade.
Because of all these factors, the 988 is a good deal (not a steal) @ 400. And if later you decide you want a 989/2809, you can just resell it. But either way you will surely enjoy your upgraded HT. Once you do a $750-1000 speaker upgrade (you already have a good sub, right) you will truly appreciate either Denon. Let us know how it all works out.