How come I can't ctrl C from this damned box? I just typed this twice! Goint to type it in word this time and see iff ctrl v works better.
I sprung for this for the Zone 2, Bluetooth and 2 HDMI outputs it offers. I also love the sound of Onkyo since I brought one home from the Saigon BX in 1972. I had another Onkyo a few years back but it died so was glad to see this one come up again. Crossed fingers on the overheating and HDMI board issues. I will keep my Yamaha just in case.
This is a beast so don’t think installation will be easy. Worth the effort – yep! Easy – only if you have no need for it.
I run a set of four Epiphany Sonic Storms for the corners of the room, 2 Bose 901’s for the fat in the front channels, 2 powered subs for the boom, Atlantic Technology FS3200 center and 2 Bose 505’s for the patio. Audessey made speaker setup easy and they all sound great. Next for the source setup.
AT&T Uverse for TV and sports, ROKU and AppleTV for stored library and Netflix, Sirius radio in a house dock for easy music, Pogoplug on the net for MP3’s (sux may go with a notebook), and Samsung BluRay for DVD’s. Not an easy setup. I got the Onkyo in Thursday afternoon and have worked on this setup off on since. Finally got it right a couple of hours ago.
You will need the PDF files on the DVD that comes with the package and you will need to print out some of the more useful pages – handy for notes.
The difficult part is matching analog source to inputs. HDMI is easy, but read plug patterns before having to do them twice. I didn’t! Bluetooth was easy! Had that working right away as with network. No issues there. Zone 2 however requires a switch set in setup that I couldn’t find in the manual. Googled that one and it is known so Zone 2 works just fine. TV in the den, 60’s on 6 on the patio at the same time WOOT! Pretty easy matching analog sources too as long as you don’t want to know how it actually does it. It just does. The processing system in the box does a wonderful job of making everything connect and that is a lot better than the last Onkyo I had. I had to reprogram that everytime I got a power flux. Onkyo, I hope you have fixed that. I was almost glad when my old unit died!
I hope this is informative and helps someone – either in the decision or the install. If you can use it, buy it – the price is right and it is a really neat box. Good luck. I did it and I’m an old fart!