Phono input quality
Maybe not a biggie on this but just comparing the supplied Phono input on my 8500 to my modified Rotel RQ870BX and an Unmodified stock version.
Shocked to find it sounds better than my stock Rotel RQ970BX which is a well recognised Phono Pre-amp.
Almost as good as my modified Rotel RQ970BX and Yaqin MS22 LesBox Modified.
The one on my Yamaha RX 3040 was awful by comparison as is the opinion on AVR built in Phono stages
So anyone using the Phono Input on the 8500 should be happy with it as it is.
Source used Technics SL1210 Timestep P/S KAB Damper Reson Reca
Infocus SP8600 DLP, Denon AVC X8500H, Sony UBP X800 player, Kef 203/1 Main, 202C Center, Kef204ds Surround, HTS 2001 Rear Surround and FP, RP, 2x Kenwood SW-X1 12" Subs fitted DLS DS3004BP plate amps.
Vinyl - Technics SL1210, Reson Reca, Decca London Maroon, Denon 103R, Rotel RQ970BX Modified or EAR834P.