I did the same no issues just did it saw and heard no difference. Wish they would give us some of the new features like opportunity to go 11.2 with external amps.
This will be my first post so I plead for a swift death if I do this wrong. Last week the BOSS gave the go ahead for a new AVR. So went with the 3009. Connected the speaker wires, the TV and the DVD. Turned the AVR on and went thru the speaker quick check. Found one of the SWF was dead so ordered a new amp from parts-express. It came today, was installed and it works fine. Here comes the interesting part, In the start up you can do the full 8 mic positions or just the one. The onscreen shows which speaker is being poked as it goes around the room. Because of room limmitations did not set it up for wides and did the heights instead. The 3009 would pause the same length of time for each speaker including the wide which was not connected which got me to thinking. I had a pair of speakers that were not going to be used again so set then up with the old amp to see what would happen. Sure enough with an extra two speakers and an amp I now have a 11.2 system. The only difference in equipment is the (B) after the 3009
I have done this before as well. Good find. What is actually happening though is the speakers are just mirroring themselves. In other words Height/Wides and Surround Backs are the same. It is kinda pol though.
You will have 11.2 speakers available to be configured, but you won't have 11.2 output, even with an external amp - the 3009 processes up to 9.2 channels only. What the 11 speaker setup allows is to choose between FW/SB or FH/SB or FW/FH. In order to obtain the latter (FH/FW) you actually have to make that specific selection in the setup menu and then change the speaker wire connections according to the onscreen diagram. When going with both Front High and Front Wide, the Wides have to be connected to the Back Surround speaker terminals and the Onkyo sends the proper signals that way. It's an odd setup to be sure and I would have preferred just being able to leave all 11 speakers direct wired and have the processor decide how to route signals based on the coding (DSX, NEO, etc). With no Audyssey memory, it is inconvenient to have to re-configure and re-calculate if you want to switch setups from a front heavy system to a partial front and back.
"You cannot reason a person out of a position he did not reason himself into in the first place." -Jonathan Swift
My old Denon 3808 is still in my rack and I swithced the cables and did several comparinsons with the same source....the Denon seems to play much louder and sounds to be more powerful........I would never get to the end of it's volume bar ...but the Onkyo seems to have to be turned up to nearer it's maximum position on it's volume bar.
Does anyone have any comments........I am going to keep comparing for the next day or so.
If I am going to upgrade, I want ot do it with something a little more 'future-resistant'.
Is the Denon the only way to do this with an AVR?
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