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GoldenBoy's Avatar GoldenBoy 10:04 AM 06-12-2012
Has anyone yet confirmed if the ALAC file playback on the 818 is in fact built-in or if it requires AirPlay or use of a USB/Flash device of some sort? I was also wondering if the music file playback on the 818 supports gapless playback. smile.gif

Thanks!

FilmMixer's Avatar FilmMixer 10:09 AM 06-12-2012
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Has anyone yet confirmed if the ALAC file playback on the 818 is in fact built-in or if it requires AirPlay or use of a USB/Flash device of some sort? I was also wondering if the music file playback on the 818 supports gapless playback. smile.gif
Thanks!

I did a when I got my 818..

There is no AirPlay on the 818 at this time.

I use TVMOBiLi without any kind of transcoding on my Mac to stream ALAC from my iTunes library using the 818's DLNA "input."

It works great... and once again let me plug Roberts wonderful oRemote app for iOS.. it makes browsing much quicker and easier... smile.gif

Gapless with this setup I don't know... I'll check for you.
MCF34's Avatar MCF34 10:14 AM 06-12-2012
Ok...for a $1200 to $1300 reciever, what would you all consider the best among Onkyo, Denon, Yamaha and Marantz? I see the Denon 3312CI is $1100 MSRP and the 818 is $1300 MSRP. Between these two which would you consider a higher quality reciever? What if we take XT32 out of the equation, then which between 3312CI and 818 do you think is better? See the Denon weighs significantly less than the 818, but perhaps weight isn't everything. What other recievers would you consider at $1200-$1300 that would complete with the 818?
mjpearce023's Avatar mjpearce023 10:21 AM 06-12-2012
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Ok...for a $1200 to $1300 reciever, what would you all consider the best among Onkyo, Denon, Yamaha and Marantz? I see the Denon 3312CI is $1100 MSRP and the 818 is $1300 MSRP. Between these two which would you consider a higher quality reciever? What if we take XT32 out of the equation, then which between 3312CI and 818 do you think is better? See the Denon weighs significantly less than the 818, but perhaps weight isn't everything. What other recievers would you consider at $1200-$1300 that would complete with the 818?

With XT32 it's no contest, I would take the 818. Without XT32 its more of a toss up. The Denon has airplay but the 818 has dolby volume and better video processing. I have the 3311 and it's a solid receiver but I will probably upgrade to the 818 this year. It depends how cheap the 4311 gets because I would rather have it because my Denons have been very dependable and the 4311 has Subeq HT.
jmpage2's Avatar jmpage2 10:23 AM 06-12-2012
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Ok...for a $1200 to $1300 reciever, what would you all consider the best among Onkyo, Denon, Yamaha and Marantz? I see the Denon 3312CI is $1100 MSRP and the 818 is $1300 MSRP. Between these two which would you consider a higher quality reciever? What if we take XT32 out of the equation, then which between 3312CI and 818 do you think is better? See the Denon weighs significantly less than the 818, but perhaps weight isn't everything. What other recievers would you consider at $1200-$1300 that would complete with the 818?

The Denon 4311 is the most likely comparison unit as it offers many of the same features of the 818 but also has airplay and a few other things like sub-eq.

I would politely ask that we not get too far off topic with this, you can always start a "what's the best bang for the buck in $900-$1300 AVR" thread rather than having this one get too far off the rails.
MCF34's Avatar MCF34 10:50 AM 06-12-2012
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With XT32 it's no contest, I would take the 818. Without XT32 its more of a toss up. The Denon has airplay but the 818 has dolby volume and better video processing. I have the 3311 and it's a solid receiver but I will probably upgrade to the 818 this year. It depends how cheap the 4311 gets because I would rather have it because my Denons have been very dependable and the 4311 has Subeq HT.

I agree the fact that Onkyo hasn't incorporated airplay does bother me a bit, but I can always add Apple TV and get airplay and then some for $99.......
mjpearce023's Avatar mjpearce023 10:53 AM 06-12-2012
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I agree the fact that Onkyo hasn't incorporated airplay does bother me a bit, but I can always add Apple TV and get airplay and then some for $99.......

Honestly I don't even use it on my 3311 because the Apple TV is much better.
Andrew P's Avatar Andrew P 10:56 AM 06-12-2012
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I agree the fact that Onkyo hasn't incorporated airplay does bother me a bit, but I can always add Apple TV and get airplay and then some for $99.......
The fact that they did not include Airplay bothers me to no end. I already have a couple Apple TV's and wanted the audio integration. Since receivers that cost $399 have Airplay, im not sure why Onkyo couldnt add it to this amazing receiver?
ccotenj's Avatar ccotenj 10:58 AM 06-12-2012
^^^

possibly because they didn't want to pay the licensing fee...

likely the same reason they chose not to include sub eq... they built to a price point (like every other cem), and it didn't "fit" in the cost of materials to get to that price point....
GoldenBoy's Avatar GoldenBoy 11:02 AM 06-12-2012
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I did a when I got my 818..
There is no AirPlay on the 818 at this time.
I use TVMOBiLi without any kind of transcoding on my Mac to stream ALAC from my iTunes library using the 818's DLNA "input."
It works great... and once again let me plug Roberts wonderful oRemote app for iOS.. it makes browsing much quicker and easier... smile.gif
Gapless with this setup I don't know... I'll check for you.

Thanks, that's what I was hoping to hear. I look forward for your results on the gapless playback I've been using my Oppo BDP-93 over DLNA and the lack of gapless support drives me nuts. Playing Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto and Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On is painful! tongue.gif
jmpage2's Avatar jmpage2 11:05 AM 06-12-2012
Can ATV be run to Zone 2? I'm guessing it needs an analog output for that.
rworne's Avatar rworne 11:45 AM 06-12-2012
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The fact that they did not include Airplay bothers me to no end. I already have a couple Apple TV's and wanted the audio integration. Since receivers that cost $399 have Airplay, im not sure why Onkyo couldnt add it to this amazing receiver?

We should revisit this question later this year... Like In October. For now, it's better to assume rhere's no AirPlay support.
Andrew P's Avatar Andrew P 12:55 PM 06-12-2012
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We should revisit this question later this year... Like In October. For now, it's better to assume rhere's no AirPlay support.
Unfortunately I need to buy in the next month. Ill probably go with a Denon, but I really wanted to stay with Onkyo. Have owned them for the last 10 years.
JackBarry's Avatar JackBarry 01:36 PM 06-12-2012
I just received my 818 and got it set up over the week-end. It replaced an Onkyo PR-SC885 which fed a Conrad Johnson's 5 channel MF-5600 amp and an Aragon 4004 amp drove the Woofer Towers of my Infinity IRS Betas. I am using the 818 as a pre-amp just as I used the 885 pre-amp.

To say that I was impressed is a gross understatement. The system displays much more bass that is cleaner and tighter, the highs are higher, clearer and more refined and overall the sound seems more dynamic and alive, as if, a cover has been removed. These observations are coming off a system before adding the 818 that sounded to me and others outstanding. I really can't overstate the improvement, it dwarfs any incremental improvement that I have made over the years by any upgrade even when I replace my Infinity IRS IIb with the Infinity Betas! The incremental cost of replacing the Onkyo Pre-Amp was a pittance, needless to say I am more than delighted!

Not only that, the video from Direct TV is noticeably improved, particularly the upscaled versions of some of the programs that Direct TV provides that are not 1080i. My elation is not even giving due, to all the other bells and whistles that have been added since the 885 was introduced. Onkyo has hit a home run regardless of price point.
mjpearce023's Avatar mjpearce023 02:24 PM 06-12-2012
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Can ATV be run to Zone 2? I'm guessing it needs an analog output for that.

You would need an optical to analog converter to use appleTV in zone 2. They sell a bunch of different ones on amazon.
MCF34's Avatar MCF34 04:02 PM 06-12-2012
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I just received my 818 and got it set up over the week-end. It replaced an Onkyo PR-SC885 which fed a Conrad Johnson's 5 channel MF-5600 amp and an Aragon 4004 amp drove the Woofer Towers of my Infinity IRS Betas. I am using the 818 as a pre-amp just as I used the 885 pre-amp.
To say that I was impressed is a gross understatement. The system displays much more bass that is cleaner and tighter, the highs are higher, clearer and more refined and overall the sound seems more dynamic and alive, as if, a cover has been removed. These observations are coming off a system before adding the 818 that sounded to me and others outstanding. I really can't overstate the improvement, it dwarfs any incremental improvement that I have made over the years by any upgrade even when I replace my Infinity IRS IIb with the Infinity Betas! The incremental cost of replacing the Onkyo Pre-Amp was a pittance, needless to say I am more than delighted!
Not only that, the video from Direct TV is noticeably improved, particularly the upscaled versions of some of the programs that Direct TV provides that are not 1080i. My elation is not even giving due, to all the other bells and whistles that have been added since the 885 was introduced. Onkyo has hit a home run regardless of price point.

Glad to hear u like it? Is your enthusiasm after running Audyssey or just manually calibrating??

Also, I assume with Apple TV u can do everything with the Onkyo the Denons do with their airplay, correct? Thanks.
UNICRON-WMD's Avatar UNICRON-WMD 05:52 PM 06-12-2012
Quick question, while Audyssey is on, is it at all possible to use the manual EQ to "tweek" my frequency response?

While running all 11 speakers and 4 subs, the FR looks very good. I did have to EQ the subs a little more then Audyssey did. It would be great if I can adjust each speaker's EQ for a smoother FR. I didn't really see it in the manual but I'll look again.


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FilmMixer's Avatar FilmMixer 06:31 PM 06-12-2012
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Unfortunately I need to buy in the next month. Ill probably go with a Denon, but I really wanted to stay with Onkyo. Have owned them for the last 10 years.

Andrew as I mentioned in some of my earlier posts you can stream iTunes content from a Mac using a DONA server..

You can then use any one of the apps to control the library..

But for me at these prices I don't know why anyone wouldn't consider adding an AppleTV especially considering the remote codes are pre programmed into the Onkyo remote already..... and.the Apple TV integration is way faster than any AirPlay I've tried yet on a receiver..
yadfgp's Avatar yadfgp 06:33 PM 06-12-2012
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Quick question, while Audyssey is on, is it at all possible to use the manual EQ to "tweek" my frequency response?
While running all 11 speakers and 4 subs, the FR looks very good. I did have to EQ the subs a little more then Audyssey did. It would be great if I can adjust each speaker's EQ for a smoother FR. I didn't really see it in the manual but I'll look again.
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How are you able to run 11 speakers with the 818? I thought it could only handle up to 9?
UNICRON-WMD's Avatar UNICRON-WMD 06:45 PM 06-12-2012
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How are you able to run 11 speakers with the 818? I thought it could only handle up to 9?

I run 2 sets of side surrounds for the front seats and back seats.
T100's Avatar T100 06:54 PM 06-12-2012
I replaced an 805 for the 818 yesterday and ran audyssey this morning and impressed with the results, much cleaner sound and the sub was tighter and smoother. Guys the speakers I'm using are mono-price cheap "o" and a velodyne entry level sub URL=http://www.avsforum.com/image/id/668860/width/600/height/450]450[/URL]450450
T100's Avatar T100 07:03 PM 06-12-2012
Here's my rears. 450450450
joshua.jones's Avatar joshua.jones 07:20 PM 06-12-2012
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I replaced an 805 for the 818 yesterday and ran audyssey this morning and impressed with the results, much cleaner sound and the sub was tighter and smoother. Guys the speakers I'm using are mono-price cheap "o" and a velodyne entry level sub.
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Great to know...I'm about to buy some Monoprice 8" speakers and an Epik Legend for my 7.1.
Nice to hear that I'll have nothing to worry about.

PS - What's with the subwoofer foam hat?
MCF34's Avatar MCF34 07:21 PM 06-12-2012
When you ran Audyssey did you run all 8 points or just 1? I have actually been advised by a professional installer that more often than not they use only one reading at the MLP to get the absolute best sound there instead of compromising sound for many positions. Thoughts?
T100's Avatar T100 07:40 PM 06-12-2012
I ran all 8, I also have an theater room with an Integra 80.2 with dual subs. I would advise you to run all 8, this unit seem to run them faster than my 80.2 did and it went pretty quick. The sound is really pretty awesome and very happy with the results, and need more time to play with the settings in it. Here's the upstairs room. 450
T100's Avatar T100 07:43 PM 06-12-2012
PS - What's with the subwoofer foam hat? I found it kept corner boom down and had a bunch of them left over. That's a subdude under the sub.
The Scott's Avatar The Scott 07:51 PM 06-12-2012
These pictures of folks systems evoke a sense of envy in me all the while urging me to do as well with my room's set up. Thanks!

It seems that this particular receiver has inspired more than a few people with the possibility of what it can do for the sake of their enjoyment of music and film. Nothing wrong at all with that.

Mine may arrive tomorrow and my son and I will set it up this Saturday.
UNICRON-WMD's Avatar UNICRON-WMD 07:53 PM 06-12-2012
I say run Audyssey for each seat. You want the best sound for all seats, not just one.

The same apply to subwoofers too. I have 4 subwoofers I could co-locate to gain 4-6db of headroom but I have 2 front and center and 2 in the back center for the best room response. This is so all seat have the best bass possible and are only 1-2db difference between seats.

I just don't like the idea of one person in my theater getting great sound and another person getting ok sound.
MCF34's Avatar MCF34 08:13 PM 06-12-2012
^^^
But my wife wouldn't be able to tell ok sound from great sound so why don't I get the most benefit....hehehehehe.......
ccotenj's Avatar ccotenj 08:19 PM 06-12-2012
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When you ran Audyssey did you run all 8 points or just 1? I have actually been advised by a professional installer that more often than not they use only one reading at the MLP to get the absolute best sound there instead of compromising sound for many positions. Thoughts?

that would be poor advice...

keep in mind that measurements subsequent to the first aren't really "optimizing other seats"... they are giving audyssey more information about your room to work with...

join us in the audyssey thread for more info....
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