Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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For those who are on the fence re this AVR, here is my initial impressions:
*I have been using 818 for about two months now. It replaced another Onkyo, 608.
* Excellent audio. Aud XT32 makes wonders to correct some room acoustics issues. I rarely exceed -20 volume level (4 x 6m room, one side open to a large kitchen). Seamless Sub integration (single SVS)
* HDMI Main: Very good video processing of SD content coming from cable. I did not use HDMI sub yet.
* Average network integration and limited music streaming service. Having said that I don't care much about AVR streaming as it adds unnecessary complexity to the mix and you are better off a dedicated device like WDTV, ATV, Roku, etc. They are cheap and you have more than enough HDMI ports to allocate for this purpose. I personally use WDTV (for wife) and Mac Mini HTPC to stream Web content and to play NAS content (mainly Flac & Mkv)
* It runs cool, no over heating issues
* Excellent third party iOS app called "oRemote". It works like a charm. I found it especially useful if I get a blank screen where I can not use the on-screen menus to change settings. Highly recommended.
* Sometimes I get HDMI handshake issues. I get blank screen when I switch it to the cable box. If I restart AVR and/or cable box it works again. This issue is not repeatable so I did not report it to Onkyo. I don't observe the same behaviour with other devices; Oppo BD player, WDTV MSP, Mac Mini, Pana DVD recorder. Once I had to remove the power cord and reset the unit to get audio from the AVR. Video was OK but there was no audio (again cable box was the source)
* Network connection may be problematic. 2-3 times I got network freezes. It is connected to a Gigabit switch.
* On-screen menu system is logical & functional but feels like 1980's Commodore 64.
* In a totally dark room you cannot turn off the front status lights.
Hope this helps.