my last onkyo served me very well, and is presently serving my brother very well. In fact, the NAD pre has presented more issues than the Onkyo.
The LAST thing I care about is the amp section, as I am only looking for a pre/pro to handle the new formats via HDMI 1.3
I thought it was clear from my post, since the first thing listed is the 7.1 preouts, as well as having mentioned that "I do not like the idea of spending towards an amp section that I probably will never use.
Your "fundamental proclamation" does not offend me. I just think that its a bit useless unless you can offer a viable alternative. What are you to say now? Forget about hi-def audio? Or keep waiting for Denon's line which is going to be much, much more expensive? I'd rather get Outlaw or Emotiva when they should come out next year for less money than a future Denon.
And I'm leaning towards the Integra anyways for the Pro Audyssey potential. The Onkyo Pro PR-SC885 is the equivalent to the Integra. I would rather have either of them than any NAD or Denon on the market today, regardless of price, and guess what, these two brands' flagships are a lot pricier, and yet do not have everything I am looking for.
so, some things that I am looking for Bill, in no particular order:
-multiple simultaneous x-over points
-Audyssey, and the better the version, the more interesting it is
-Decoders for ALL HT formats (implies hdmi 1.3)
-better DACs makes me happier
-better power supply makes me happier
-Reon HQV is a definite big bonus
-12v trigger(s) is a definite bonus, probably a must
other, much smaller considerations
-more hdmi inputs
what I don't really need in the Integra are the balanced outs nor zone 2 or zone 3. Maybe I'd be happy to have them in the future, but I cannot foresee that.
The reasons I mentioned the 805 is that it has top of line Burr Browns and THX Surround EX Ultra 2, while costing only $700 as refurbished at the aforementioned Onkyo store. Ive been told the 705 sells out like hot cakes when they are there.