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And when I am done I am going to swap out my Onkyo for my Denon 3312 since the Onkyo HDMI switching seems to be shot. Only the DVD HDMI input works.. the others all blink out blue screen and struggle to sync.

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Anyone got any cooler plans than me ?

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Researching adding a multi-channel ambilight to my HTPC/TV setup. Unfortunately a lot of the information out there seems to be outdated or in a foreign language.
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Anyone got any cooler plans than me ?

Was thinking about getting into my Harmony One programming with the new ir receiver .

But then again .... I thought I would follow you around and bug the crap out of you
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And when I am done I am going to swap out my Onkyo for my Denon 3312 since the Onkyo HDMI switching seems to be shot. Only the DVD HDMI input works.. the others all blink out blue screen and struggle to sync.

Just thought I would share...


That sucks . How old is the Onk. ?

Wait a minute .... that does not suck as that Denon is a VERY nice avr . Good luck !
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Anyone got any cooler plans than me ?

Lol! Funny thing is, I just decided that I would grab the first 2 Harry Potter HDDVDs (yeah...my mistake!) And rip them to mkv files today. I dusted off my xbox 360 dvd drive and hooked it up to the Corei5 2500k transcoding box earlier today. It's working on it now.
Not exactly cooler, but along the same lines...HTPC related tasks that need to get done eventually.

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That sucks . How old is the Onk. ?

Wait a minute .... that does not suck as that Denon is a VERY nice avr . Good luck !

It's like a year or two old.

Not that old.

The Denon is my dads. He just never hooked it up so I "borrowed" it to test if mine was indeed no good.

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I have a feeling your dad is not getting his receiver back anytime soon . . .
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A little off topic but I steered clear of recommending Onkyo for the past handful of years mainly due to heat issues.

But today their heat issues are gone and they are without question on of the best buys for an AV receiver under $500-$600 imo. A buddy just bought one on my recommendation and I was incredibly impressed.

I am going to be upgrading my Denon in a year or two and will look hard at the Onkyos at that time.
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For a good pre/pro, the Onkyo PR-SC5509 (Integra DHC-80.3) is hard to beat. Fantastic sound quality and a gazillion functions for around $2k. Find me a better pre/pro for that money.
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Had an Onkyo for about two years now and I love it. I too was worried because of heat issues that I had heard about. But mine runs fine in a small cabinet with an exhaust fan in the back. Cabinet temperature never gets above 90 degrees F.
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For a good pre/pro, the Onkyo PR-SC5509 (Integra DHC-80.3) is hard to beat. Fantastic sound quality and a gazillion functions for around $2k. Find me a better pre/pro for that money.

How about one of the Denon flagships...the 4311 for around $1100? (if you look hard enough)
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Wife. Bedroom. Kids were going to bed...

I'd say it's a toss up which of us wins. Now if we could combine all the activities, I think everyone would win.
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A little off topic but I steered clear of recommending Onkyo for the past handful of years mainly due to heat issues.

But today their heat issues are gone and they are without question on of the best buys for an AV receiver under $500-$600 imo. A buddy just bought one on my recommendation and I was incredibly impressed.

I am going to be upgrading my Denon in a year or two and will look hard at the Onkyos at that time.

Yup, I think Onkyo had finally caught on and maybe a year or two ago started putting fans inside the receivers. I have an 809 and love it.
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A little off topic but I steered clear of recommending Onkyo for the past handful of years mainly due to heat issues.

But today their heat issues are gone and they are without question on of the best buys for an AV receiver under $500-$600 imo. A buddy just bought one on my recommendation and I was incredibly impressed.

I am going to be upgrading my Denon in a year or two and will look hard at the Onkyos at that time.

Owning both I would say the opposite.

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Owning both I would say the opposite.

How old is your Onkyo?
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How old is your Onkyo?

Year or two

It's an x08 series. Only one year older than the xx12 denon

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Year or two

It's an x08 series. Only one year older than the xx12 denon

808? If so don't those have a terrible reputation for firmware issues?
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808? If so don't those have a terrible reputation for firmware issues?

Not really sure about that. I stopped following closely the audio and video market when I left Circuit City as a store manager in 2004.

I am 34 and my hearing is not what it used to be. I have high end roll off, and slight hearing damage from playing loud music live in band. We practiced in my home in a room 12x12 for years with volume turned up. In our 20's we were stupid and did not know better. I also ride motocross for years, and attending many concerts and such. Headphones, loud music in car... it all adds up. I can't hear well above 15k hz and I have trouble distinguishing sounds like vocals in a noisy resturaunt. Noise treating your room really helps BTW... spend a little on that and save on the equiptment you buy- It will sound better for less $$

Genetically- my father and his father had bad hearing as they aged.

But at this point while I can still hear and enjoy- my hearing has degraded to the point that I can tell bad sound from good sound- but I struggle to notice much difference between one good sound and another good sound.

I used to be into the high end audio scene. I sold my Polk LSi's and Earthquate Cinenova Grande Amp about 4 years ago on ebay.

I just run an ordinary consumer level AVR like the Onkyo 808 or Denon 3312. I also run ordinary $1000 level sub/sat speaker set with the wire in walls because my wife to be thinks it looks nice.

Sadly I can't appreciate excellent sound the way I used too... So it's more video and PC these days.

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I do plan an nice theater build in the coming years- which I plan to go a little higher end on the equiptment- including amps and pre/pro.

My wedding is in May and if I can escape that without debt we plan to build a new home in the next couple years.

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Anyone got any cooler plans than me ?

I was thinking about pulling my solid state drive out of my desktop and dropping it into my laptop. Then doing a complete re-install of windows on both, sound exciting?

Only thing I'm contemplating on doing to my HTPC is swapping out the heatsink/fan otherwise it is fully capable of doing everything for who knows how long. Anyone else keep wasting money just because they like to tinker with new systems. My Athlon II X2 regor 250 was doing the job just fine but when zacate came out I felt the need to build a HTPC based on that and then llano, and now I was thinking trinity. Any explanation to this strange behavior? The main plus is that my mom is happy with my old regor 250 system.
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I do plan an nice theater build in the coming years- which I plan to go a little higher end on the equiptment- including amps and pre/pro.

My wedding is in May and if I can escape that without debt we plan to build a new home in the next couple years.

Custom designed home? Thats pretty sweet.
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I was thinking about pulling my solid state drive out of my desktop and dropping it into my laptop. Then doing a complete re-install of windows on both, sound exciting?
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I just did this.

Amazing.

Well worth it.

The laptop is 200000% better now.

My laptop actually had two bays for HDD's so I just moved the stock one over one.. installed clean to SSD.

Then I reformatted the stock drive and use it for storage now.

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Custom designed home? Thats pretty sweet.

It's more a "dream" at this point.

But yeah it is pretty sweet even to just dream.

There is many things I want to do in my house when I have it built- things that are untraditional but I feel would greatly enhance quality of life.

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