Originally Posted by j3cwill
I am with you on this. To date, I have been very satisfied with my 805, but XT32, networking, and video processing at this price point is making me look extra hard at the 818.
I agree 100% with this.
I have and love my TX-SR805
and would not trade it for anything... Well, maybe the TX-NR818
I have loved everything about my 805 and I have watched the models roll off the shelf for the past few years quietly.
Yes, there have been many improvements, features, and upgrades to the 8xx models (and all the other models) throughout the years, but none of them have made me jump up and say "I have to take the 805 out of the theater room."
That is, until now.
When the first network receivers came out I was delighted. By night, I am an audio lover, and by day I an a Systems Administrator. So for me, networking one of my favorite devices was one of the most awesome features I could have dreamed of.
I knew that it would take a version or two to get all the "kinks" out, as it does with any new implementation of technology, and it seems that Onkyo has ironed out most of everything.
One of my office mates was in need of a cheap amp/receiver last year and I talked him into the HT-RC360
. I have heard nothing but great reviews about that receiver regarding all of the new network additions. It was then that I knew that Onkyo had got the networking right; when the lowest priced unit garners that sort of respect for the added features that it has, even over receivers 2-3x the cost.
So, at that point I started thinking about getting an 808
(Not just because it is an epic bass drum, but) because those models were just starting come down in price at that time. The thing is, the more I thought about it, the more I kept going back to the 805 I had sitting in my living room and saying, I really can't justify replacing this just yet.It just sounds too damn good.
So, I waited...
Then the 809
's came out, and I did the same exact thing. I even thought about moving up and getting a 1009
. (Which would have been a really good move from I have been reading)
But, I just could not justify upgrading.
I had to stop for a moment and ask myself.
"Are you happy with the way that your setup looks and sounds?"
"Of course I am, but I can always upgrade."
I stopped right there.
"Of course I am happy" (with the Onkyo TX-SR805)
Well, that answered my question. So, I went back to waiting.
Enter 2012, and I know that at some point Onkyo will do something new. I received my weekly email "The" Onkyo TX-SR805 Thread has something new, and it sat in my inbox for a few days as it usually does.
So, this afternoon I opened up AVS and laughed for a moment.
Originally Posted by joerod
#1 06-06-07, 06:38 AM
Current post: #22411 04-14-12, 03:15 PM
That got me thinking again, and I asked myself that question again:
"Am I happy with the way my HT setup works?"
I thought about that and thought how upset I got last weekend when I was trying to play Skyrim and the video started tearing, and cutting out because the capacitors in the HDMI board of the 805 are on their way out. I know that I will be fixing that soon, and I turned up the fan sitting on top of the Onkyo from "Quiet and hot" to "Loud and Cool" and I kept playing.
That got me thinking about looking at a replacement again, but of course I was too busy listening to the tumblers click, clack, and crunch; as I tried to pick a lock to a chest full of loot.
I think that someone at Onkyo remembered how awesome the 805 was when it came out. Because I know I remember quite well, at that point in time (June 2007) that the 805 was in a class well above it's price point.
I remember thinking when I picked it up. "Damn, I bet the amp in this thing is a monster..."
After thinking to myself, I remembered reading last year about the new line of stereo amplifies that were released aimed at the Hi-Fi crowd. I remember drooling over the M-5000R
and saying "I am going to have to find a really, REALLY good deal on one of those next year…"
I wondered if Onkyo would ever put that sort of amp section back into their receivers, and if they would ever do something like what they did with the 805's (which if you have read about it, you know that the amplifier section is pretty beefy) Mmmm Beefy. But, I know that would be a terrible idea from a business sense and that it would probably never happen, well not at a price that I was willing to pay.
Looking at the specs , it seems like someone in the "Reference Hi-Fi" department wandered over to team 8xx and said "Hey guys, remember that bet we had with the 805? Yeah, I bet you I can fit that much amp into your new 8xx's"
So, I looked around and found a new thread, which of course means a new line of receivers. At this point, I was ready to take a look, get disappointed and get ready to wait another year.
Where does this leave me now?
Excited that I will have a new shiny receiver in the next couple of months.
Excited that I will not be downgrading on my amp section.
Excited that I will finally get to stream Pandora FROM my receiver, instead of TO it.
Excited that I will get to try out Audyssey MultiEQ XT32
Excited that I will get to use my tablet running Android to remotely control audio in my home.
Excited that I will get to use all of the features I have helped so many of my friends and colleagues have on their newer Onkyo. (after they saw my setup)
Excited that I will have 2 subwoofer pre-outs, so I don't have to use a splitter to the amps for my subs.
Excited that I will be able to plug in a pair of speakers, and run "Pure Audio" mode in my bedroom… Now I have a reason to build two sets of SEOS Waveguides
Where does this leave me now?
Waiting Joerod's full review of the Onkyo TX-NR818
... Best sound to date in my theater! When it comes to the 818, I'd be all in if I were looking.
If the numbers on paper represent anything close to how this unit performs, then I think it is going to be hard for vendors to keep these on the shelves for the next year and a half.
TL;DR: I am excited about the Onkyo TX-NR818's and am finally willing to move my TX-SR805 out of the living room.