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Location: Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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Just got a 677 to replace an ailing Onkyo HT-RT360 and I seem to have gone backward in functionality, given the huge price difference between this receiver and a newer Onkyo I was expecting much more. Perhaps I just haven't found the right options yet:
On the Onkyo, I could go to any channel in the vTuner, SiriusXM, Pandora apps etc. and add it to a Favorites menu. I could then pick any of my favorites directly without having to go to the individual app. I see nothing like that here, only a "bookmark" feature in the vTuner app. It looks like if I want to listen to SiriusXM or other app I have to drill down through all the menus each time to find the station I want.
On the Onkyo (and previous Denon) Zone2 could follow whatever source the main zone was tuned to, on the Yamaha I seem to have to select a specific source. Also, I could assign the HDMI inputs to a specific source that also had analog inputs, so when I tuned to Tivo the main zone got the HDMI audio and the analog audio went to Zone 2
I was also disappointed how little of the setup could be done via the web interface or the iPad app, especially all the stuff that requires typing like user names and passwords, input names etc.
I'm thinking about returning this and getting the cheaper Onkyo HT-RT560 if I can't find a way to make selecting favorite network audio sources more wife-friendly