Originally Posted by markus767
"Less than ideal"? You're very polite. That implementation is utter nonsense. Either someone is completely clueless or did it on purpose. Don't know which is worse.
For other gotchas please see post #1.
Ha! Well, two things about the headphone implementation:
1. I have learned that sometimes when I learn why something happened, my initial reaction that is was wrong or dumb gets changed -- ie, that given the situation I would have behaved the same way. I'm not saying that is the case, here, because I have not and won't dig into it because of reason #2.
2. I don't care. My use case has the unit in another room, and I'll not be using the headphone output.
The other CONs are interesting:
- Price (expensive compared to AVRs with similar feature set) -- I guess I cannot find any unit with parametric EQ for cheaper. Is there one?
- No parametric EQ for back surrounds -- Annoying for sure, and though I don't have rear surronds yet, thats not to say I won't one day and this would be a deal killer at that point.
- Only 3 parametric EQs for the subwoofer channel vs. 11 for all other channels (except back surrounds) -- I've actually never seen a room measurement where more than three bands of EQ for a sub were needed. In fact, two bands have usually been enough for my purposes. So this could be a problem in other installations, but my situation won't be harmed.
- Distance settings allow only for 0.3ft (10cm) steps - No a problem for me. I move my head more than 10cm during the course of a movie anyway....
- No upload of EQ settings, EQ has to be set with remote (takes about 10 minutes per speaker) -- annoying for tinkering but acceptable for a set and forget situation.
- Only rudimentary manual/documentation available -- annoying
- After startup volume ramps up to last used setting which can create problems with universal remote controls -- is this the thing where surround mode must be manually selected every time? That is actually a real ergonomic problem and would make me choose another product with similar features at the same price, if there was one.
- No changelog for firmware updates -- yep, bad
- On-screen volume display hard to read on light backgrounds -- I tend to disable this.
No IP control. I know it's not in the list, but this is actually another feature I would loved to have seen. I'd trade the multizone feature for this.
Anyway, not a perfect unit, but almost a perfect fit -- and from what I can tell, I have to spend 2k+ to solve the annoyances.