Hi Patrick, et al:
thanks for your continued interest.
so pleased to hear that your personal experience has been super with the new 929! encouraging!
well, even though mine has been set up and working, i've not had much time to sit to listen critically.
one thing i noticed was that with a Bluray disk ("Atonement" film), there were some issues with the HDMI either not recognized or somehow not working with that particular disk! it would start, and play all the previews and ad types of shorts (like Focus Pictures propaganda type stuff), and THOSE would play and work normally, as though there is no issue whatsoever. when it came time to play the actual movie, the screen went black and the bottom left corner said something technical like "HDMI not read" or "HDMI not something", with the bitrate and a slash mark, and another bitrate shown, and maybe one more piece of info: not much, but around 3 lines of info in the very bottom left corner. the screen remained black for a very long time.
only upon opening the drawer and closing it again, and then fast forwarding the chapters, would i eventually get to the main movie, and managed to get it to start. who'd want to sit through all those ads again?!?
suffice it to say that it did end up playing, but not without fuss.
i had to stop the Bluray though (phone call), and when i restarted it, it had forgotten the spot i had stopped it! i suppose we can say that this may well be the issue between my Sony Bluray player and THAT particular disk, right? OR, is it really the issue of the new 929 being very choosy and fussy on the types of streams it receives from the Sony Bluray player? i do not yet know - it's only been a few days.
i can say, however, that the Crestron programming for "Pandora" told the AVR to go to a specific spot in its menu structure, and the 3008 had a different nesting structure than the 929, and hence i was getting the the "Favorites" spot on the 929 which was formerly the Pandora spot on the 3008. so...that riddle is solved. sadly, to change the Crestron requires my audio visual installer to come and reprogramming - it's a built in conspiracy to constantly have to call and get the audio visual guy to come and continue to pay him! Crestron is really in bed with the installers' community!
that said, i found an even superior workaround! my AVRs are all on one single media rack (Middle Atlantic, i think) in a media closet, and as such, cannot use any Infrared Remotes unless those blasters are installed. HOWEVER, surprise surprise, the Android app for Onkyo works remarkably well! In fact, i'd say that with the exception of the volume control sliding bar, it works almost exactly as expected! The range is excellent, of course, since it's wifi based. essentially, every morning, when i get up, all i do is use my Samsung S4 to turn on the 929 and select Pandora if it wasn't already on Pandora - which it isn't likely to be on, since the last function it was on was Cable TV, mostl likely, from the evening before.
Another thing to keep in mind, Patrick, vis-a-vis one's background, is that while i've been an audiophile for a very long time, eventually graduating to a Leveson power amp, and a hybrid pre-amp, with great speakers, in the past couple of years, i moved and in this current home, i decided to do all in-wall speakers. as such, these are severely compromised in quality compared with what i had previously. i had little choice. it was in-wall and everything looked and felt better, EXCEPT for the quality of sound. otherwise, it would have been floating a speaker here, 5 feet away from the back wall, with a thick speaker cable (or 2 sets if bi-amping) dangling, just very fussy for a new home. something had to give. in a pinch, i decided that i'd live with in-wall speakers, though not pleased with having to compromise, it was a decision that had to be made.
what types of speakers are you using, btw?
i use the usual 5.1 plus front highs. i realize the adage of wides before highs, but in my situation, wides would not have been possible, so i figured that front highs would be better than no front highs.