I auditioned an 861 a few years ago and finally purchased an 881BR because I wanted the BD capability. They are both superb audio players; musical, transparent and able to read everything that's on the disc. 5.1 surround is also outstanding (haven't checked out 7.1). Use the XLR connections for 2 channel and optical for video if you can. Build quality is second to none. Note that you will want to make sure to download the most recent firmware if the current owner hasn't done it. It can make the machine load disks faster and respond more quickly overall. Both are large and heavy, so make sure you have a sturdy shelf and plenty of room. Good luck!
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