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Shocked's Avatar Shocked 05:22 PM 10-08-2014
So, my Onkyo 818 briefly burst into flames a few months after I got it. Was repaired at my local authorized repair center.

Got it back, after like a day it shut off in the middle of playing a game on my PS4 and wouldn't boot back up. They replaced the SR channel.

Got it back, not long after that the unit worked, but sound stopped coming out of the SR speaker. Sent it to the regional repair center instead of my local one at Onkyo's request.

Just got it back, I didn't even get through Audyssey calibration before the unit cut out again and wouldn't turn on again. I left it off for a while, and unlike the other time this happened, it now boots up again. (EDIT: Nevermind, I went downstairs and the unit was off again - and this time I smelled smoke. The rear speakers weren't even plugged in as I had removed them right it shut off the first time, and it wasn't even playing anything).

I have no idea what's going on. The repair places keep suggesting I have a bad speaker or wiring, but between repairs I re-did the wiring and switched the SR speaker over to SL and it never had an issue on that side.

I'm using Infinity Primus speakers (P362 L/R, PC350 C, P163 SR and SL) with an Emotiva XPA-3 3-channel amp for the front three speakers.

NODES's Avatar NODES 07:48 PM 10-08-2014
go back to basic's and try running the speakers all from the Onkyo.

Try maybe another wall socket as well....
Shocked's Avatar Shocked 07:51 PM 10-08-2014
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go back to basic's and try running the speakers all from the Onkyo.

Try maybe another wall socket as well....
I would but I'm afraid to turn the thing on after smelling smoke.

Any chance a bad power cable can cause problems like this?
NODES's Avatar NODES 07:57 PM 10-08-2014
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I would but I'm afraid to turn the thing on after smelling smoke.

Any chance a bad power cable can cause problems like this?

Bad cable or dirty power from the socket, there is something that is making all these related issues.
Shocked's Avatar Shocked 09:06 PM 10-08-2014
Well, the darn thing turns on. How weird is that? It definitely shut off by itself (while under no stress) and I did smell something smoke-ish walking down the stairs and in my home theater. Given its history I just assumed it lit up again.

But, I took your advice and removed the amp. I did some testing before that and it seemed to work fine (minus the rear speakers, which I've removed from the equation entirely at the moment). Without the amp, though, I can't get sound out of the front right channel (the front right speaker and wire do work if I test them out of the front left channel). Not sure why the front channel this time.
ScottAvery's Avatar ScottAvery 11:11 PM 10-08-2014
Wouldn't you know it, my 818 also is presenting the failed HDMI board symptoms. I have not been keeping up with the forum lately (I usually only engage when shopping for something), so I did not know there was an epidemic.


My Integra DTC 9.8 controller also has a gimpy HDMI board (it loses handshake frequently requiring a power cycle). Well out of warranty on that one.
NODES's Avatar NODES 07:43 PM 10-09-2014
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Wouldn't you know it, my 818 also is presenting the failed HDMI board symptoms. I have not been keeping up with the forum lately (I usually only engage when shopping for something), so I did not know there was an epidemic.


My Integra DTC 9.8 controller also has a gimpy HDMI board (it loses handshake frequently requiring a power cycle). Well out of warranty on that one.

contact Integra maybe they will do something for you...never know if you do not call. The HDMI Epidemic has been going on for YEARS! weird you never read about it before.
WannaTheater's Avatar WannaTheater 11:03 AM 10-10-2014
I received my packing materials, and shipped off my 818 for repair- I will report back when I receive it and the success of the repair. So far I am pleased with how Onkyo has handled this issue, even though out of original warranty. Like a previous poster stated, they even shipped a roll of packing tape with the return box and prepaid shipping label.
record_spot's Avatar record_spot 04:30 PM 10-11-2014
Had my 818 for just over a year now. It's performed flawlessly in that time and it's in use pretty much when I'm at home. It's used in a 2.0 configuration, no interest in multichannel movies or music, and in any case, my home arrangement doesn't allow for that. I bought the 818 because I wanted an amplifier that would give me all of the formats I needed an amp to cater for, but without sacrificing the sound quality I'd get from a good quality stereo amp. In any case, I'd felt for some time that traditional integrateds were falling short in their capabilities for 21st century audio needs.

With the breadth of sources available, the amount of formats going and an increasing dissatisfaction in the logic employed within the "traditional" audiophile circles in the printed media and on hifi fora, I had bought Onkyo's TX-8050 networked stereo receiver back in 2011 and had been blown away by how good that sub-£500 receiver acquitted itself. Handling FLAC as it did, this was a revelation in one fell swoop. With the option on the 818 for additional formats, the means to handle DSD natively and giving me ample power to two channels as I'd ever need, with good damping factor (as good as Sansui's AU-717 which I'd also had some time ago) I didn't think Onkyo were doing a whole lot wrong.

In truth, I'm delighted by not just the functionality on offer, but the sound quality which is excellent. It excels with music, movies and whatever else I throw at it (internet radio, PS3 games, streaming, etc...). For the money I paid, it was a steal. One of the best amps I've owned and I've been through a few and auditioned plenty more. The only thing I'd change it for would most likely be another Onkyo AV amp or a hobbyist whim for an AVI Lab Series amp or an Onkyo A933. Job, as it were, done.
theoneofgod's Avatar theoneofgod 07:39 PM 10-11-2014
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Had my 818 for just over a year now. It's performed flawlessly in that time and it's in use pretty much when I'm at home. It's used in a 2.0 configuration, no interest in multichannel movies or music, and in any case, my home arrangement doesn't allow for that. I bought the 818 because I wanted an amplifier that would give me all of the formats I needed an amp to cater for, but without sacrificing the sound quality I'd get from a good quality stereo amp. In any case, I'd felt for some time that traditional integrateds were falling short in their capabilities for 21st century audio needs.

With the breadth of sources available, the amount of formats going and an increasing dissatisfaction in the logic employed within the "traditional" audiophile circles in the printed media and on hifi fora, I had bought Onkyo's TX-8050 networked stereo receiver back in 2011 and had been blown away by how good that sub-£500 receiver acquitted itself. Handling FLAC as it did, this was a revelation in one fell swoop. With the option on the 818 for additional formats, the means to handle DSD natively and giving me ample power to two channels as I'd ever need, with good damping factor (as good as Sansui's AU-717 which I'd also had some time ago) I didn't think Onkyo were doing a whole lot wrong.

In truth, I'm delighted by not just the functionality on offer, but the sound quality which is excellent. It excels with music, movies and whatever else I throw at it (internet radio, PS3 games, streaming, etc...). For the money I paid, it was a steal. One of the best amps I've owned and I've been through a few and auditioned plenty more. The only thing I'd change it for would most likely be another Onkyo AV amp or a hobbyist whim for an AVI Lab Series amp or an Onkyo A933. Job, as it were, done.
You know I'm suprized you didn't end what you said with "it worked perfect up until now" I see that a lot. Damn Onkyo
jaliscojorge's Avatar jaliscojorge 05:31 PM 10-12-2014
I've had mine for over a year now and it's been working without any problems so far. Fingers crossed. I replaced a 707 with it that did have the hdmi board problem. I boxed it up but never got to calling onkyo to see if it could get repaired. I doubt they'll do anything to that 707 now?

Typed from Nexus 5, ZFFZ
NODES's Avatar NODES 06:57 PM 10-12-2014
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I've had mine for over a year now and it's been working without any problems so far. Fingers crossed. I replaced a 707 with it that did have the hdmi board problem. I boxed it up but never got to calling onkyo to see if it could get repaired. I doubt they'll do anything to that 707 now?

Typed from Nexus 5, ZFFZ

call
kevin g.'s Avatar kevin g. 08:09 PM 10-12-2014
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call
Or input the serial number on the website.
If it's part of the recall...it's either a secondary/bedroom receiver, or a quick sale...either way you're ahead.
jaliscojorge's Avatar jaliscojorge 08:40 PM 10-12-2014
Thanks fellows, I'll make the call to see what they say.

Typed from Nexus 5, ZFFZ
RPGMasta's Avatar RPGMasta 07:35 PM 10-18-2014
My Receiver loses network capabilities randomly ever since shortly after i got it in January of 2012. When browsing the "symptoms list" at Onkyo's support site, the option isn't listed to match exactly what my problem is, but this recall describes exactly what I experience.

"This program is for Onkyo USA customers who are currently experiencing the loss of audio or network capabilities on their receiver."

My receiver's display and the OSD to TV are both blank whenever I try to use NET functions. To me, that is a complete loss of network capabilities.
RPGMasta's Avatar RPGMasta 07:36 PM 10-18-2014
A new question.
Today I picked up my very first turntable from a local vintage shop, a Pioneer PL-41. Everything worked at the shop, but when I hook it up to my system, I get no audio from the left channel. Being my first TT, I'm not real certain what is the problem, but from some google searches, it looks might it might be the 818's built in phono preamp? Since everything worked at the stop, I can't imagine it being cartridge or built-in RCAs? I definitely remember seeing (and hearing) the guy turn the Balance knob on his test bench, so I'm 99.8% certain both channels are being output.
NODES's Avatar NODES 10:40 PM 10-18-2014
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My Receiver loses network capabilities randomly ever since shortly after i got it in January of 2012. When browsing the "symptoms list" at Onkyo's support site, the option isn't listed to match exactly what my problem is, but this recall describes exactly what I experience.

"This program is for Onkyo USA customers who are currently experiencing the loss of audio or network capabilities on their receiver."

My receiver's display and the OSD to TV are both blank whenever I try to use NET functions. To me, that is a complete loss of network capabilities.

check your serial number it might be on the recall list.
RPGMasta's Avatar RPGMasta 11:25 PM 10-18-2014
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check your serial number it might be on the recall list.
Yea, you must enter your serial and choose from a list of symptoms. The majority of the options don't relate to network functionality. If I choose that I lose HDMI video, it says I do not qualify. Mine will only say "no signal" when trying to select my cable input if I turn my Bluray player on before the cable box.

If I select that "network settings is greyed out in the set-up menu", I can proceed to the trade up program/request return step.
joeyvaz's Avatar joeyvaz 09:46 AM 10-19-2014
Have had my 818 since its release and love it. No major issues. I just got a Vizio 70" M series TV and cannot get ARC to work. I've set it up with the previous Samsung, so I know my receiver is working-and I know how to implement it. Has anyone else had trouble with ARC from Vizio to the 818? I'm trying to determine if it is a known issue with the way Vizio implements ARC or if it is something wrong with my new TV.

Secondly, the codes embedded in the Receiver's database for the Vizio TV don't work. I cannot get the Onkyo remote to work the TV's power or volume. I use the Onkyo Remote as my universal remote. Any other codes you guys have gotten to work?

Thanks!
primetimeguy's Avatar primetimeguy 10:01 AM 10-19-2014
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Have had my 818 since its release and love it. No major issues. I just got a Vizio 70" M series TV and cannot get ARC to work. I've set it up with the previous Samsung, so I know my receiver is working-and I know how to implement it. Has anyone else had trouble with ARC from Vizio to the 818? I'm trying to determine if it is a known issue with the way Vizio implements ARC or if it is something wrong with my new TV.

Secondly, the codes embedded in the Receiver's database for the Vizio TV don't work. I cannot get the Onkyo remote to work the TV's power or volume. I use the Onkyo Remote as my universal remote. Any other codes you guys have gotten to work?

Thanks!
I had a Vizio 70" e series which I got two work maybe twice via ARC (I never kept it enabled, only the few times I used the apps) but most of the time I could not get it to work. I now have the M series and didn't even bother with it. Use my Roku for all streaming so haven't even checked on the apps on this set. My guess is it is a Vizio problem.
joeyvaz's Avatar joeyvaz 10:08 AM 10-19-2014
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I had a Vizio 70" e series which I got two work maybe twice via ARC (I never kept it enabled, only the few times I used the apps) but most of the time I could not get it to work. I now have the M series and didn't even bother with it. Use my Roku for all streaming so haven't even checked on the apps on this set. My guess is it is a Vizio problem.
Thanks PrimeTime...I have an Oppo 103,an AppleTV, and an HTPC in my setup. So I have plenty of ways to get Netflix over my system. I just hate when things don't work as they should. If you some time and ever want to give ARC a try on your M Series, I'd be curious to see if it works. I'd greatly appreciate it.
primetimeguy's Avatar primetimeguy 11:05 AM 10-19-2014
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Thanks PrimeTime...I have an Oppo 103,an AppleTV, and an HTPC in my setup. So I have plenty of ways to get Netflix over my system. I just hate when things don't work as they should. If you some time and ever want to give ARC a try on your M Series, I'd be curious to see if it works. I'd greatly appreciate it.
I won't be able to test for you since I have a long, rigid hdmi cable with a large connector and it won't fit in the ARC port on the Vizio. I have to use HDMI4 on the side.
joeyvaz's Avatar joeyvaz 11:39 AM 10-19-2014
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I won't be able to test for you since I have a long, rigid hdmi cable with a large connector and it won't fit in the ARC port on the Vizio. I have to use HDMI4 on the side.
ok, thanks anyway.
NODES's Avatar NODES 03:33 PM 10-19-2014
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Yea, you must enter your serial and choose from a list of symptoms. The majority of the options don't relate to network functionality. If I choose that I lose HDMI video, it says I do not qualify. Mine will only say "no signal" when trying to select my cable input if I turn my Bluray player on before the cable box.

If I select that "network settings is greyed out in the set-up menu", I can proceed to the trade up program/request return step.

Have you done a factory reset of the unit?
RPGMasta's Avatar RPGMasta 03:43 PM 10-19-2014
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Have you done a factory reset of the unit?
yessir, not recently, but the network problem still comes back
NODES's Avatar NODES 04:38 PM 10-19-2014
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yessir, not recently, but the network problem still comes back

There is a recall of sorts on the Network chip, give Onkyo a call.
theoneofgod's Avatar theoneofgod 08:16 AM 10-21-2014
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yessir, not recently, but the network problem still comes back
Are you using ethernet or wireless?
RPGMasta's Avatar RPGMasta 09:27 AM 10-21-2014
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Are you using ethernet or wireless?
Ethernet
Mirthful Me's Avatar Mirthful Me 02:31 PM 10-22-2014
One year, ten months of excellent service, and now my 818 has developed the dreaded no audio, no network issue. Reset and various other hoop jumping to no avail or remedy. I have initiated a claim under the Loss of Audio/Network Connection Customer Care Program, which my unit is eligible. I know many here suffered these issues with little help from Onkyo, but your efforts have benefited me mightily, with a painless process (so far). Thank you.

I now have the interim conundrum of what unit to purchase as a temporary unit (to be relegated to bedroom use after receiving my 818 back).

Onkyo 626 (I know, glutton for punishment)
Pioneer VSX-1124
Yamaha RX-V675
Denon AVR-S700W

I think that covers the current
options for 7.2 AVR's in the $400-$500 range, PM's are welcome as this topic is outside the purview of this thread.





oldschool57's Avatar oldschool57 03:09 PM 10-23-2014
I have an Emotiva XPA-3 that powers my R/L/C speakers, and two Emotiva UPA-1 monoblocks for the side surrounds. I have these connected via the pre-outs of the nr818, and I use the nr818 to power the rear surrounds.

Does the receiver know I have these external amps? And if so, does ALL of the receiver's amplifier power go to the rear surrounds? I don't know how the receiver handles this type of situation, but my front 5 speakers are getting 200 watts/channel, and I'm curious how much the rear surrounds get from the receiver when I'm running a 7.1 system.

Are there any settings in the receiver that I should be doing, other than connecting the pre-outs to the amplifiers, for this type of set-up?
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