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Please if you gentlemen (and ladies?) would, give me objective reasons why I should spend my hard earned cash for one rather than the other...


Very thankful in advance



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I have the Onkyo 898 and like it a lot, with two exceptions:


a) The Dolby digital decoder suffers from the "Pearl Harbor" bug, which means repeated audio dropouts on a few discs (Pearl Harbor was the first) that have been encoded with a different Dolby flag format which Onkyo says is out of spec and Dolby says isn't. The only work-arounds are to play the DTS track (if available) or use the DD decoder in your DVD deck.


b) They've had quality control problems with the DSP board that started with a bad batch of chips. They say it is behind them now, but I had to put mine in for warantee service twice.


The two main reasons I chose the Onkyo over the Denon were: #1 it has s-video/composite converters in each video channel, which was very useful at the time I got the receiver #2 it has adjustable audio delay, which is very helpful for keeping the sound in sync on my plasma, which has a 2-field video delay for de-interlacing.


Search in the Audio forum and you'll find lots of discussion of other pros & cons. Some people don't like the way the Onkyo does bass management. Some people think Denon has a nicer sound.
 

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Folklore:


I use to own a 898, but faced 2 problems. The same as Spoffo.


PRO FOR DENON


1. The new 3803 has a higher bandwidth for Component switching. It is rated at 100mhz, where the Onkyo is rated at 50mhz. Both will pass HD signal with ease.


2. The Denon upconverts all video inputs to Component out.


3. Denon use's burrbrown dac's similar to those in it's bigger brothers, the 4802 and the 5803.


4. Better Amp in the Denon. Recently the Onkyo was reviewed and it only put out 58Watts with all channels driven.


5. Not important, but Denon also supports DTS 24/96


PRO FOR ONKYO


1. THX SELECT certified (not important IMO)


2. Looks simpler and nicer.


3. Personally if you want to compare, I think you should look at the new 900 instead.
 
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