Ok, so here's what I'm looking for...
- SubEQ HT
- 9.X / 11.X Ch
- Audyssey DSX
- AC3 Support for Dolby playback on MKV Files via XBMC HTPC (This is a MUST....seems my 707 does not have this but my Dads 709 does)
- Assignable 12V Trigger on main zone (optional, but would be nice... for the life of me I can't figure out why Onkyo never offers this)
The title is not totally accurate, with closeout pricing in mind I am looking at the 1009 and 3009 as well as the 818, 3010 and 4311. I'm either going cheapest 9ch I can find or straight to 11ch.
I know the 3010 and 4311 offer 11ch, and the 4311 is the only one that offers 12V main zone. I also know the 818 does not offer SubEQ HT and requires an external amp to run 9ch (non-issue, I have Parasound 275). I thought XT32 and SubEQ HT were a package, why would I want XT32 without SubEQ HT? I do not really care for any of the other features, to be honest I am pretty content with my 707 except for the lack of AC3 and my want of 9/11ch. I'm told the video processing in the 818 is superior to the 4311 but coming from a 707, any of these would be an upgrade right?
So the big issue is the not yet released 3010 and why I should pick it over the 4311? And forgive my ignorance but it seems the 4311 is still top dog since Onkyo is only now catching up to its feature set 2yrs later.
Also, whats so good about DTS NEO:X vs DSX?