Originally Posted by AudioCrow
SoundofMind, thx for answering all my question. I am actually now considering the 989 since you guys suggested it. I can get it for the same price as the 2808 and while it doesnt have the cool remote it does have 2 more HDMI inputs which I could conceivably need in the future. Question...does the 989 have the aluminum faceplate and knobs that the 28xx series have? I know the 3 digit line and the 4 digit line have the same internals but what would I be losing from a quality perspective by going with the big box 989? I cant stand plasticy feeling audio components. Any other things I might need to know about choosing a 989 over a 2808ci? Thanks again.
You're welcome, my pleasure. That 989 is a good find, I'd for sure go with a 989 over a 2808. Besides, a Harmony remote is even better than the fancy Denon remote. Yes the 989 has a very solid build and metal faceplate. The 989 was the replacement for the 988 and simply added features with no losses AFAIK.
IIRC there's precious few differences from 98x to 280x besides the remote, something about zone 3 capability I think. You can find my early posts comparing my 988 to my 2809 in the 989/2809 thread
and see the first post in that thread for lots of good info.This guy
seemed to really like his 989 over his 988 too.