I started an earlier thread, asking for preferences between this Onkyo and an Integra DTR-6.5, along with some further info. I got only one response (thanks again, Jon), and no preferences. So, as the Onkyo has a remote and the Integra doesn't ( -- I got them both used, for $20 - 30 each -- ), I'm going to try to set the Onkyo up.
However, I'm a relative old-timer, and used to just hooking up turntable, cassette player, CD player, etc., along with speakers, and firing it up. After getting through the "you've got to be kidding me" phase when I looked at the back of this unit, I began mapping out the connections for phono ( -- with pre-amp -- ), tape deck, DVD/CD player, Blu-Ray player, LD player, VHS player, Beta player, and TV. (I think that's all of 'em.) Then, I looked at the manual, which, if memory serves, runs to about eighty pages. Yeee....
I was still up for making my way through the forest of set-up directions, aided by whatever common sense I could bring to bear. Then, I got to the speaker set-up:
Apparently, there's a special microphone that's used to sense the acoustics of the room from several positions, and that has (?) to be used before the receiver is properly set up. Well, I don't have that microphone, though I've got a couple of garden-variety mics around that I could plug in. So, I wonder:
1. If there's a way around the whole process, and, if so, what damage do I do to the reproduction and other qualities of the receiver and the sound I'll get from it? If there's not;
2. Can I use a plain ol' microphone to do the set-up process, and, if so, again, what potential damage do I do to the receiver's performance?
3. Though off topic, can I use the receiver I've now got my turntable connected to as a pre-amp? (I've also got one of those little Radio Shack numbers around here somewhere, in case I can't.)
I'm eager to get the unit set up, as I've got it and innumerable cables, switchers, etc., all over my living room. So...
Any guidance on these or related issues about set-up and/or use of this receiver would be most deeply appreciated -- thanks!