I just got my 898 yesterday. Hooked it up last night. Wow! Though I haven't put it through its paces enough to give it a full and proper review, So far, I'm pleased as punch. It pairs up nicely with my Studio 40s. Has plenty of power. Plenty of inputs. Easy to set up. Great remote (same as my 696). And a sturdy bugger, too. I'm planning on eventually adding a Parasound amp. I think I need to stop upgrading for a while, though. This upgrade bug is getting ridiculous!