Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Chesterfield, MO
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Long day yesterday... I recieved an 890 from UPS and a 3310 from Fedex. The 890 is for the upstairs greatroom (40" Samsung LCD and 3.1 system with PSB Alphas) and the 3310 for the basement home theater with an old 56" Toshiba TV with only component inputs. The system in the basement does have a full 7.1 system of PSB Images. I wanted to get two recievers at the same time to reduce the learning curve for the kids and wife.
I put the 890 in first and figured out the menu system. I have a bunch of inputs up there including (gasp!) a VCR. It was fun setting the scaler functions by input. I ran the first point of the audyssey system but that was all. Even so, I was impressed at how the speakers and sub-blended.
That was just the warm up. I then pulled the packaging on the 3310. I installed my DirecTv DVR, Panasonic BD55 Blu-ray and PS3 with component cables to the 3310. I added HDMI cables with the PS3 and Bluray for just sound (Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master) . Since DirecTv doesn't have lossless codecs I just ran an optical cable there. The set up works great, for now, until I upgrade the TV. There was some worry that it would not so I'm happy. I get 1080i video on my 56" TV and I get the 7 ch LPCM from the PS3 and get little blue light to show up with the bluray player. I really like being able to matrix the 5.1 chanel lossless codecs into my back sourounds. I was not able to do that with the 7.1 analog outs on bluray with my old set up.
I also spent some time with the internet features. I have a wireless ethernet bridge with 4-port switch installed in the component stack. It's amazing, I've updated my firmware on the PS3, Bluray and now the reciever all in a week. Internet radio was interesting but its very deep and will take me a while to find stations to which I want to listen. HD radio was impressive. You can toggle through the multi-cast options and get the regular and HD station back to back and there is quite a difference. It wasn't quite what I expected but I was still impressed.
I have not set even the first point on the audyssey for the basement yet. I also have not logged into the AVR from my laptop. All I've really done is assign, delete and rename inputs. Still, everything seems to work so far.
I watched part of Transformers (bluray) on the PS3 upstairs and played with the MultiEQ, Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Vol buttons. I like the first two and I can see the need for the third. I watched part of 5th Element (bluray) downstairs on both the PS3 and Pany BD55. I mostly was playing with the different sound matricies options with the different sound tracks.
Lots more to do. But, I wanted to touch base and let anyone who owns an old TV know that the reciever will accept both HDMI and component and output component to the TV.
I needed to edit to let people know that the GUI overlays on component ONLY if you do not have a HDMI cable attached to that input (even if you are not using the hdmi to hook to your TV). My Sat box hooked up with component and optical will overlay the GUI. My PS3 and Bluray player that are hooked up with component for video and HDMI for sound codecs will blank the screen and show the GUI at a lower resolution. Page 99 in the manual tries to explain this but I'm guessing only batpig could figure out the chart.