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post #9871 of 9893 Old 08-07-2014, 07:52 AM
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I paid $650 for my TX-NR818 and I think its a good deal. I don't think you will be disappointed with your purchase. It has an incredible amount of features, and pretty much smokes the completion at its price point. Try finding another receiver with DTS Neo X or that can run 9.1 channels with an external amp for under $1000. Ideally I would like to have a TX-NR 929 as it has some pretty sweet upgrade overs the TX-NR818 (wifi, bluetooth, 9 internal amps and ability to run 11 speakers with external amp), but like you its just out of my price range. But to those whom money is less of an object I would definitely recommend the TX-NR929 as well.

I think the main concern with this receiver is that it is likely prone to the same HDMI board failures that many other Onkyo receivers are. I would suggest purchasing an extended warranty if you can. I would checkout square-trade, I know you can get a warranty from them if you purchase from Amazon or Ebay, not sure about Crutchfield, especially on open box items but still worth checking out. Another tip on prolonging the life of the receiver is to be sure you have adequate ventilation. The receiver has 2 internal fans, but you can't count on them helping cool the receiver as it seems they never turn on unless its like an emergency situation. (Mine have never spun up as far as I know).
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I was considering the squaretrade warranty. Crutchfield did offer it, but it seemed to be too expensive. I am considering purchasing the extended warranty from Onkyo for $85, though. Having a 4 year manufacturer warranty should be sufficient for me.

I got the shipping notification and tracking number. Hopefully I'll have it on Tuesday, and I can test it out. My theater room isn't ready yet, but I can at least test it in my living room.

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I was considering the squaretrade warrant. Crutchfield did offer it, but it seemed to be too expensive. I am considering purchasing the extended warranty from Onkyo for $85, though. Having a 4 year manufacturer warranty should be sufficient for me.

I got the shipping notification and tracking number. Hopefully I'll have it on Tuesday, and I can test it out. My theater room isn't ready yet, but I can at least test it in my living room.
That sounds like a good deal. I didn't realize Onkyo sold extended warranties. I paid $60 for my 3 year extended warranty from Square Trade.
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That sounds like a good deal. I didn't realize Onkyo sold extended warranties. I paid $60 for my 3 year extended warranty from Square Trade.
I just paid $65 to Onkyo for their extended warranty. Peace of mind!!

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So my new receiver arrived today. It looks to be in prestine condition. I'm still working on setup but so far I'm impressed. I have noticed one strange thing, however. I have a PC hooked up to it using one of the optical outputs. The weird thing is that the audio will cut out sporadically then come back on a second later. This only happens with this one device. This doesn't happen on my older Onkyo TX-SR508. HDMI audio works just fine. It may not be an issue for too long, as when I get the theater finished, I plan to do everything over HDMI, but it's still puzzling. I'm still tinkering with it, but I just thought I would see if anyone else encountered something like this. I tried searching for it, but came up empty. Thanks

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Ugh.. My problems may stem deeper than the optical input sound issue. The Audyssey calibration will not work. It gets stuck at Now Measuring Left whenever I run it. I've tried a factory reset, as well as disconnecting the power cable, but it still gets stuck. I don't know if I have an issue with the receiver or the Audyssey mic. I may be returning this, or warrantying it sooner than expected.
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Ugh.. My problems may stem deeper than the optical input sound issue. The Audyssey calibration will not work. It gets stuck at Now Measuring Left whenever I run it. I've tried a factory reset, as well as disconnecting the power cable, but it still gets stuck. I don't know if I have an issue with the receiver or the Audyssey mic. I may be returning this, or warrantying it sooner than expected.

exchange the headache if you can.
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exchange the headache if you can.
I contacted Crutchfield today, and oddly enough, they had one additional TX-NR818 come in stock today. They are shipping it out to me and I should have it Monday. Once I get it, I'll send this one back. Thankfully they are paying return postage.

Hopefully Audyssey will work correctly on the new one, and there won't be a slew of other issues. Hopefully I just got the bad one of the bunch. It the new one has problems as well, I'll return it for a refund, and look at another receiver most likely.
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Hey guys, I was wondering if there was a way to reset the 818 back to a previous audyssey setting? Thanks

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Hey guys, I was wondering if there was a way to reset the 818 back to a previous audyssey setting? Thanks

Not unless you saved the previous setting. There is a procedure listed somewhere in this thread on how to do it.

I think kbarnes posted it.

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Thanks! Time to dig I guess haha

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Well, in preparation of building my home theater, I just ordered the TX-NR818 off of Crutchfield. They had what I think is a good deal on an scratch and dent full warranty receiver. I think I ordered their last one, as it now shows no longer available on their site.

Just hoping I made a good choice, as the 828 and 838 look to pale in comparison. The closest receiver I can find to the 818 is the 929, and that's out of my price range.
They are outstanding boxes of awesomeness ... But one word to the wise. DO not update the unit... Set it up and try it first, getting used to how it works and sounds etc. some of these later units can pick up issues after update and they can be difficult to roll back. Mine picked up a "tick" playing back high res music and it took 6 months for the next update to clear it. I'm holding out for a 3030 but have over 2 years with my 818 and Dali zensor 5 7.1 ... And visitors to the room leave wanting to join the onkyo club. Enjoy your system
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Hey guys, I was wondering if there was a way to reset the 818 back to a previous audyssey setting? Thanks
Hi Niroe64, with receiver on and using front panel buttons.
Save the settings:
- Hold down Setup and press Enter twice (display will show Storing Settings)
To restore the settings:
- Hold down Setup and press Return twice (display will show Recall Settings)
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They are outstanding boxes of awesomeness ... But one word to the wise. DO not update the unit... Set it up and try it first, getting used to how it works and sounds etc. some of these later units can pick up issues after update and they can be difficult to roll back. Mine picked up a "tick" playing back high res music and it took 6 months for the next update to clear it. I'm holding out for a 3030 but have over 2 years with my 818 and Dali zensor 5 7.1 ... And visitors to the room leave wanting to join the onkyo club. Enjoy your system
Are they still sending firmware updates I need to check I haven't updated mine for a year now I love this thing. It's been a trouble free workhorse.

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Hi Niroe64, with receiver on and using front panel buttons.
Save the settings:
- Hold down Setup and press Enter twice (display will show Storing Settings)
To restore the settings:
- Hold down Setup and press Return twice (display will show Recall Settings)
Thanks for this tip I too was curious about how to do this

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Hello,

I have a Harman Kardon 2700 which I am thinking of returning and getting either the 818, TX-NR636 or the Sony STRDN1050.

My main concern is sound quality for Movies and Music.

The dynamics of the HK seem under whelming to me.

I would like some advise.

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Are they still sending firmware updates I need to check I haven't updated mine for a year now I love this thing. It's been a trouble free workhorse.
Yeah think the last one was in March and I remembered to keep the previous update. After update my system was on the bright side with the occasional refusal to enter the home system menu. If yours works and works well then there will never be a need to update ..
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Hello,

I have a Harman Kardon 2700 which I am thinking of returning and getting either the 818, TX-NR636 or the Sony STRDN1050.

My main concern is sound quality for Movies and Music.

The dynamics of the HK seem under whelming to me.

I would like some advise.

Thanks

Frank
What speakers will you be matching the unit with.

818 is outstanding but perhaps an 838 will cover you for the future of 4K etc.
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My 5.1 consists of B&W and one Polk Powered Sub.
The 838 is too much for me, was looking at the 636,818 and Sony over the HK 2700.

Hate to get rid of the HK and later regret it.
The 818 seems nice, but everyone I talk to says the Sony 1050 is great and has gotten good reviews.

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I got the replacement unit from Crutchfield yesterday, and Audyssey works wonderfully, just the way it's supposed to. Also don't have the audio cutting out on the optical input. Good times. Now I just need to finish off the theater room downstairs and move this to its new home.
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My 5.1 consists of B&W and one Polk Powered Sub.
The 838 is too much for me, was looking at the 636,818 and Sony over the HK 2700.

Hate to get rid of the HK and later regret it.
The 818 seems nice, but everyone I talk to says the Sony 1050 is great and has gotten good reviews.
I have the 818 and 636 love them both. The 636 will have Atmos support so I would go with that or the 818 which had DTS Neo:X. I really enjoy Neo:X it sounds better than Pro Logic II X/Z IMO.

Also the 818 is a better AVR than both the Sony and 636 on the audio sides of things. (Minus that the 636 does double DSD and the 818 only does standard DSD but I haven't tested to see if the 818 has been updated to support double DSD)

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Are you saying the 818 sounds better than the 636?
I have no plans to use Atmos.

Have you heard the Sony 1050 or the HK 2700 to compare?

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Is there anyway to run FW and FH with Surround backs and Surround Sides?

I have managed to get FW and FH with surround sides going using external 7 channel amp.

I have 1 channel left but not sure if there is a way to hook up the surround backs from the external amp to the receiver.
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