Originally Posted by Black Max
Slaine I am experiencing the same thing with both "through" and "custom" video modes. According to the manual "through" mode should only change the resolution but the picture is just as dark as if I were using the default values in "custom" mode. Only "direct" mode seems to leave the picture quality unaffected. Very frustrating since I wanted to use the receiver to upscale SD television. Does anyone have a fix for "through" mode? I already have updated to the latest firmware
Try changing the HDMI settings in your tv/projector, I changed the setting in my JVC projector from "auto" to "advanced" and gained a lot of detail in the shadows.
I havent tried ajusting the ISF day/night modes posted by wl1, but right now I get an incredible picture with in custom mode, huge diference.
With ISF Day I would get a lot of puch in the image and incredible detail in the shadows, but would get lower contrast, and with ISF night its the other way arround, I lost got the contrast but lost detail in shadows and punch, so I tried the custom mode and after adjusting the image with a calibration video I was able to get huge detail in the shadows and a bright picture while maintaining the contrast.
I am thrilled with the HQV procesor in the 809, before having the receiver y had to choose and sacrifice detail in the shadows to get a good black levels, but with the Custom setings y can boost the brightness level to +3 and get the detail without loosing black intensity.
It also gives me a more crisp and sharp picture and with less noise.
I am very happy with all the features the receiver has, its got everything I needed and more, my only complain is that soundwise my old Denon 2808 sounded a little bit better, they sound very alike specially thanks to Audyssey, but there are some details that sounded better on my Denon, especially noticible when listening music with piano, where the notes sounded more real and detailed in my Denon.
Movie whise they sound more alike, although I still think that Denon has de edge, Ive noticed this in one of my bluray concerts (Toto), where the electric guitar sounded better in the Denon.
On the positive side on movies the Onkyo moves the sound in the room with a little bit more eficiency, and the sorround speakers are more alive and seem to be working more.
Overall I am very pleased with the Onkyo, with great contruction, doest have any heating problems, gives an amazing picture quality, and great sound, just a tiny bit short compared to my Denon, its got a huge amount of features and inputs/outputs, 3D ready etc..., glad I have the 2 HDMI outputs.
Greetings from Spain.