My rationale for saying the 8801 isn't worth $3,000 isn't to difficult to follow;
while this highly anticipated, new product will likely be spectacular, the amount
of stuff in it has declined significantly. Stuff, meaning components. The pred-
ecessor, $2,400 8003 had 117 inputs/outputs in the back. The 8801 has 104.
The manufacturing cost of parts and labor, if anything, have declined in a post
tsunami Japan. Yes, there is a lot of new, exciting technology in the 8801, i.e.
- XT32 - the cost of which can't be more than a few bucks for Marantz to install.
$600 + more, for lesss tuff?
The $3,000 + numbers being tossed around in this thread are nothing but hype.