Originally Posted by Donny Bahama
Actually, that brings up another thing I meant to list under "Things it's lacking that I wish it had" - switched rear-panel power outlets. I don't know why Onkyo has decided not to incorporate these; they used to be such a standard feature on receivers. The reason I really wish it had them is so that a low-speed exhaust fan could turn on whenever the receiver is powered on.
+1... +10... +100!!!
I have a 607 and somebody posted a link to your review post above over at the 607 thread, so I thought I'd come over here and read the whole thing. Nice review! Glad you are happy with your purchase. I love my 607, and it was not hard to fall for considering my last AVR was a 15 year-old TX-SV414Pro.
Which brings me to your comment. I just had to throw in my 2¢. I didn't even realize that the 607 did not have a switched outlet until I pulled it out of the box. My first response? WTF?!?
I had this "standard feature" on my 414Pro, which I used for my CD player which did not have a power button on the remote (back in the day I only used the AVR for the CD player... no TV!). I never even thought of using a fan before, but then again I had a lot more clearance. Now it is a different story.
So, I checked Onkyo's site to find out where the *hell* the switched outlet went, and boy was I surprised... I would have to shelf out $1200 (MSRP) to get one!!! They have one on the 876 and 906. That's right... ONE! I had TWO on the 414Pro!
Now, I am sure someone out there can go all technical on me and tell me exactly why they left them off, but I don't think it would convince me why Onkyo would drop such a huge convenience factor like this. It don't make no sense.
Anyway, before your go modding your rig, have you thought of using something like a Smart Strip
for your fan? If you have, is there a particular reason you didn't?
I am considering getting one of these and a fan or two. My entertainment center has gotten a little cramped since the 607 is taller than the 414Pro. I had to remove 1 component (a VCR, aka the large LCD clock that sat below the Dish receiver), and place one on top of the AVR (Panasonic BD35). No, it's not what you think... I am not blocking the vents. I bought a wire letter tray from OfficeMax, inverted it, and set the BD player on top. It is just the right height to have the BD35 the maximum height allowable above the AVR. And it's stable.
Believe me, I hunted for several days trying to find the perfect item to do this. I was patting myself on the back for several days. Now, people comment on my floating BD player.
It's pretty cool.