Originally Posted by UMass03
overall are you happy with the 720?
Here's what I wrote in the 720 thread for those that want to know...
The PS3 is sending DTS-MA to it as well. You can't do any post-processing on it as it's coming in as multichannel PCM, but it works great. There is a problem with some 7.1 DTS-MA/HR tracks. The 5.1 DTS-MA tracks get a matrixed surround in the other two surround channels. I've been impressed by this little receiver sonically (especially for the price), but there are some annoying things...
1) Auto-calibration does everything but LFE. Dumb. Time to break out the SPL meter and do it manually (which I like anyway, but for others that might suck).
2) Lack of binding posts for all channels. Why they put them on A/B, L/R speakers only is beyond me. They give you push terminals for the rest, which aren't big enough to take a 12 gauge wire. Pins are the way to go here.
3) The binding posts are super weak for the L/R channels. Meaning, you push a banana clip in there and you can literally see the binding post push into the unit. Not sweet.
4) Turn this thing on and you can hear a hum from the receiver. I've been spoiled by separates for years now, and maybe this is the norm for the receivers these days?
5) No on screen display. Nope. Nada. Zilch. Guess at this price point I can see why.
6) No reference level indicator. Again, my pre-pro spoiled me as I knew 0 was reference. If you auto-cal, you have no clue as to what volume the calibration is at. I can tell you it's not as high as the volume goes!
This could be taken care of if you use an SPL meter and do it manually, but I feel most that will buy this unit (again, nice price point to get into HR multichannel audio), will just use the auto-cal and be done with it.
7) If you do go into the menu and set up the levels by yourself, you'll find it a bit tricky to manually change the levels at first. The manual sucks.
8) Speaking of the sucky manual, okay, this is probably just me here, but the diagram to set up the surround and back speakers just doesn't look right. They use two different perspectives on it. They could have easily mapped it out so that you can pick how your surrounds are laid out in the room and pick accordingly. Then, ask the question of if they are low or high. Silly, but when you see it, you'll know what I'm talking about.
Now that I have those out of the way, video looks great being passed through the receiver to my projector. No issues there. Audio works as planned too. If you are wanting to get into the new hi-resolution audio on the cheap, this is the way to do it. I got $150 bucks back from Best Buy for the HD-DVD refund and had some Rewards Zone tickets to burn. I walked out of there with this for $40. A perfect price and stop gap until the stuff I want comes out later this year.
So, if you need something to hold you over until what you want comes out down the road, this is the perfect ticket.