Well I'll help you keep the thread alive by asking a few questions for a potential buyer of the TX-SR706.
I owned an older Onkyo (the 602 I think?) was pretty happy with it, but needs were not big.
First I would like to clear up this whole blue spot issue - is it a defect with certain units or should I definitely expect this problem and under what circumstance?
Next, my older onkyo was only able to output over the same input source (s-video to s-video, composite to composite, rca to rca, etc). I want the ability to plug in any source, be it s-video, composite, etc and have it output to any source. Most likely I will be outputting to only hdmi and composite but would like s-video as an option. Can the Onkyo do this or is it still crippled like my older model? It would be nice that it upconvert the lower quality sources, but my main concern is that it doesn't dimish their quality.
Also, what is the true level of Audessey support on this system and does it work well (need volume adjustment for leveling out sounds in apartment building).?
Zones: Does it have multiple zones? That's also maybe the wrong term for what I want. I would like to be able to switch channels. For instance, if I had a speaker on each wall acting as a front, rear, two sides and I put a TV in front and behind me and sometimes watched the front one, and sometimes the back, does the unit have the ability to easily switch which is the front/left/right/back channel without rewiring? (I know that sounds weird, and my example is extreme...but trust me it's a function I could use).
And finally, from all you owners, if you had it to do over again, would you still go with the 706? What do you like least about it that I should be wary about?
thanks guys !