Would you upgrade a Sony 777ES to Onkyo TX-DS898?

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  1. Jeff D

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    I've got the Sony and I'm looking at the Onkyo for several reasons.
    1) HDTV component video switching, 2 inputs
    2) 7.1 channel out
    3) DPL II
    Would you make take the upgrade?
     
  2. Eric Stuckey

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    IMO- No
    I have had nothin but trouble with Onkyo.If you want to upgrade I would sugest going to a somthing like
    Denon avr-3802.
    It has DPL2 with 6.1 but no HDTV switching.
    But if 7.1 HDTV is videl,go with something other then onkyo.
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  3. Razvan V

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    NO! The Sony is an excellent receiver, maybe the best receiver out there soundwise. I would stay away from the Denon 3802 too as I tried one at home and its sound doesn't even come close to the 777. Why don't you upgrade to separates? You can get the new Outlaw preamp in November for less than $1000 and the Sony TA-N9000ES amp for about $800 new or $500-600 used. I myself bought 2 Sony amps and am waiting for the Outlaw preamp.
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  4. Jake T

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    The HDTV Component switching and DPL II would make me change. I have the 696 and I like it alot because of those features.
    I'm sure if you get more responses than the 3 you have now, you will end up with a 50/50 opinion.
    My advice (and I am far from an audiophile) is to listen to the 898 and see if you like it.
    I do not know anything about the Sony receiver, but I am sure it souds great.But if if it does not have what you want, than don't buy it.
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  5. Myles

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    Wow, people actually saying stay away from Onkyo and buy Sony! I know, I know the ES line is fine...But Onkyo has a good rep as well. I have an Integra(aka onkyo) receiver and I think they are great. However, all you are gaining is DPL2 and video switching...Only you can say what that is worth to you.
    The outlaw prepro is a good suggestion!
     
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    lol ! This time the patriotic guys got me...I luv em
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  7. Philip Hamm

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    If you absolutely NEED HD switching TODAY, then there may be a case for upgrading. Personally I wouldn't. Of course I'm running a circa 1995 receiver with a smile on my face.
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  8. Razvan V

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    The Sony 777ES receiver is an exceptional unit. I also owned the 444ES for a few months and that one was terrible. Generally I would recommend Onkyo over Sony but the 777 is very special. I compared it to the following and Sony beat them all soundwise: B&K 307, Marantz SR-18, Denon 3802, Onkyo 696, Kenwood Sovereign 5080 and others. The Sony also has an excellent DSP, the Cinema Studio EX B which to me sounded better than DPL II. I could have preordered the Onkyo 898 from Circuit City for $999 but decided against it since I was sure that it was not going to sound as good as the 777. Instead I went the separates route, the Outlaw preamp + two Sony amps.
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  9. ChristopherS

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    I own the Sony 777ES and I am only going to replace it when I switch to much better quality separates. It is a great receiver!
    As stated earlier, unless you need HD switching, and I only have one HD source, stay with the Sony. It seems you own the Sony so take the Onkyo home and do a side by side sound test. Let your ears decide. The overall sound is more important to me than HD switching.
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  10. Jeff D

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    That's what I was looking for, you guys gave me some good opinions. Thanks!
    Don't get me wrong, I love the 777, yes it sounds great.
    These three features I wish I had. I'm lazy and hate switching my tv around from HD1 to HD2. DPL II is just a plus. I'd really like the 7.1 output.
    I still haven't done the 777 firmware upgrade to 2.02, with DSP 6.1 support.
    I'd like to do a side by side of the Sony Studio EX B / DPL II comparison. That should be interesting.
     

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