I use HDMI for my blu-ray players, optical digital for my cable box, and coaxial digital for my CD player.
Almost the same connections that I am using other than the CD player which I am using the Balanced analog input.
Firmware is 1.05 with all latest DSP updates installed.
The FW for my 886 is 1.04. I have asked several times what are the differences between 1.04 and 1.05. I have never seen any indication that there is any difference although I am sure there is.
I have surround modes set for each type of source signal. Unless I'm missing something, you cannot set a default surround mode per "input" unless you set each signal type to the same processing (i.e. THX EX to all source types for that input). I have different surround modes set for each type of source signal (i.e. stereo for 2-channel digital, THX EX for Dolby Digital). I'll double check this tonight.
You can set listening modes for each input as shown on page 122 of the 9.9 manual. So for your BR player you could set DTS-MA to a THX mode and have TrueHD as just TrueHD if you wish. If you had a HD DVD player as I do (Toshiba A2) which I use for the few HD DVDs I have and for SD DVD viewing as well (upconverts DVDs better than my BD30). I have the A2 on another input and I can setup TrueHD to a THX mode and any other listening mode specifically for that input. So even though TrueHD is defaulted to TrueHD for my BD30 I can set TrueHD on the A2 input to a THX mode. The listening modes do not have to be a global setting default for all inputs which is a nice feature
Again, this is not a major issue (even for anal-retentive types like me), but if the unit is close to you, you will hear the relay clicks.
I would fall into this category as the clicking would bother me. What I can not understand is why there is no clicking at all from my 886. Other than cosmetics and the Pure mode I assumed the 9.9/886 were identical.
My bigger gripe with this is that in the second or so that it takes for the 9.9 to "reconnect" with the audio signal after a channel change or track skip, you miss a half second or so of the audio feed.
I had the audio delay issue with my 805 which was corrected with a DSP update. I do not have the audio delay with the 886 that I had with the 805 when I first got it. Does your 9.9 have the latest DSP version?
Bottom line, the unit just needs a slight delay before it "disconnects" the audio feed. As it stands now, these Onkyos/Integras immediately sever their connections if they sense a change in the audio feed.
I just checked my 886 when flipping channels with my SA-8300HD cable box (optical connection) and I get no audio delay at all. If the channel change goes from DD 5.1 to a analog channel (DPLIIx default) the only delay is a spilt second for the channel change itself, for audio there is no delay.
My SACD collection
and HRAudio.net Library
, getting larger as my wallet gets smaller ;-).
Emotiva XMC-1, Wyred 4 Sound SX-500s, ST-500, ST-250, Oppo BDP-103/105D, Panasonic TC-P60GT50 plasma, Panamax 5100EX, Salk HT2-TLs, Salk 1801b center, Salk 1801TL (surrounds) and two Rythmik F12SEs.