I thought about buying up a Refurbished Onkyo HT-S9400 THX 7.1 Ch Network Home Theater Receiver from accessories4less.com, but after reading some of the reviews from the company, I thought I had best call them on Monday and see what the deal is with dead on arrivals units, in case I was to get one that wasn't so refurbished as repackaged or over looked.
I have yet to buy a speaker package for the new receiver I got tonight, and after it is all said and done, with extras, warranties and mounts ect.. I will be over 1k into a new set up, or go refurbished for about 800. or so with Banana plugs ect..
Any input would be greatly appreciated regarding Accessories4less and thoughts of a refurbish purchase, or keep my new Onkyo HT-RC460 and add speakers. I just want a setup that plays well with the new TV, Sharp 70" LCD, that sounds great with BD Movies in surround modes and can keep up with future technologies 4k pass up ect..
Does it fix the remote will not turn on the receiver??
After you install the firmware if you have problems can you downgrade the firmware to the original firmware?
Im still learning all the features, will let ya know if i have any problems.
Also from what i read the HT-RC460 is really the NR515
Also, I can't get the receiver to pickup the code for my Scientific Atlanta cable box so I can control it with the Onkyo remote. I was able to control it fine using my older onkyo that I bought in 2007. I wonder if there is a way to manually input a code instead of using the ones that populate once you pick the brand name?
Another thing I'm noticing is that if I'm looking at a 480p source like the Wii and change to Cable, my cable box isn't recognizing that I'm going to an HD station, so the resolution stays at 480p. I have to change to a different channel, and the cable box will then recognize that it's an HD station, and it'll look fine. Then I hit Last Channel and I can see the first channel in HD. I didn't notice it until I bought my new Vizio TV, but I'm not sure it's the cable box, receiver, or TV.
I checked bestbuy a couple of weeks ago and it was on sale for $222, i quickly hit the Buy Button. The next day i checked again, best buy had raised the price to $300.
I figured out the Wii problem on another thread, but I have a couple of questions. If I use USB for the firmware, how much space do I need. I think my biggest USB drive is only 4GB and I don't feel like buying a bigger drive just for this update, so I might have to connect my router to the receiver with an ethernet cable.
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I called BB dot com and complained and they couldn't tell me if they would get more eventually or if it was sold out for good. They said they would work with me to get a similar receiver. They first offered a Sony, which I quickly said NO to...then they offered up the Pioneer 1122k for the same price the Onkyo 460 was on sale for ($274), so I jumped on that.
Would still like to try out the Onkyo at some point, though...
Also, I resolved my problem with upgrading the firmware. I just put all 7 files (including the sub-folder) on the USB drive. After realizing that I had a day-long brainfart where I thought all files would take up 72 "GB" instead of MB (and stressing all day about not wanting to put up the money for a 100GB USB drive), I realized my error, slapped myself on the forehead, copied all the files to USB, then completed the firmware update on USB. Now the firmware version is 1141-0108-0400, which is the current version, and there is no longer any option to upgrade/update firmware.
Mrb186, just throw all 7 files onto a USB drive, it takes about 72MB, plug into the receiver and in about an hour your firmware will be current.
I had Fry's match the $222 price a while back and so far so good. With upscaling, two subwoofer outputs, network streaming and whatnot feature wise it's hard to beat (for the price). Being a virtual clone of the NR series I have the same complaints... display can't be turned off, setup menus are rather childish, etc but once again how much did it cost? :) Sound wise it does the job and in my 2.0 installation I enjoy the Theater-dimensional sound mode.
Right now, I'm having an issue getting my Xbox (component video and optical audio) to show. I assigned Game to component but all I get is a blue screen.
After looking at the graph in post 13 of this thread, it appears that component inputs can't ouput past 480i, if I'm reading it correctly. Which really sucks since the Xbox is 1080i. I really don't want to have to connect the component directly to the tv, if i don't have to.
Lately I've been using the onkyo remote 2 app to control the ht-rc460, and it makes it a lot easier to navigate the avr.
It's a matter of preference but for me the green looks rather low-end. Also, I have a pet-peeve regarding devices that can't have their display turned off. Using electrical tape or these guys is fine. I wouldn't put up with the light in my dedicated room and it's still iffy if I will in the den. I know... it doesn't matter to most of the world one bit... :)
While the lowest brightness is rather dim, it's not off.
It's a matter of preference but for me the green looks rather low-end. Also, I have a pet-peeve regarding devices that can't have their display turned off. Using electrical tape or these guys is fine. I wouldn't put up with the light in my dedicated room and it's still iffy if I will in the den. I know... it doesn't matter to most of the world one bit...
I agree, both that green looks bad (white is my preference) and devices whose display can't be turned off. Those light dim things are genius though. I'll have to get some for the uber bright DirecTV lights. Thanks for linking those.
I believe you need the one set of files in the top (root) directory and the other in their sub-directory. That worked for me... formatted as FAT if I remember.
I have the receiver setup with my Acer H5360 PJ and 110" DIY BOC screen (carlofet.com) with Panny Blu-ray and xbox 360. I am using the powered Zone2 for my whole house audio and this feature works amazing with the Onkyo Remote App for Android (my wife is happy we finally have whole house audio working.....and easy with remote app and spotify ).
I LOVE this receiver and did not have any problems with the firmware update over network. The only problem I had initially was getting the Xbox 360 to work but that was more an issue with my PJ since it is only 720p, once I set the xbox and receiver to output 720p only, it worked fine.
Well, I tried the USB update with 3 different thumbdrives and the Onkyo kept reporting "no items" so I'm not sure what it was looking for. I used the subgroup of 3 files and then tried the subgroup of 4. Even placed them into a folder at one point. If I put my fully populated thurmbdrve in, it had no problem finding music and picture files??? It just didn't seem to recognize the update files.
The files have t be on the root directory and those can be the only files on the drive, I believe.
Now to my beef. The unit is fine, but I had to print the manual and have it bound at Staples. Cost me like $12.00 to be "green" and all that. Huh? For me to be "green" I used twice as much paper because I printed single sided. It probably would cost Onkyo a dollar to print a manual.
Cheap can go too far.
Aside from that, it works fine. I paid $238 at Fry's in exchange for a Yahama that was on sale that I had to return. It borked out due to some electrical problem caused by poor design according to the guy at Fry's. I guess a tripped internal breaker requires a service center to fix. That was a bad omen and it was still returnable at Fry's.
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