Originally Posted by kokishin
Thanks for sharing.
You used the 616's Audyssey 2EQ to calibrate your system prior to the arrival of your 838?
With regards to thermal dissipation, does the 838 throw off much heat or seem to have any hot spots?
Any plans to hook up a 4K media player/TV that requires HDCP 2.2? (Onkyo appears to be the only manufacturer shipping AVRs with HDCP 2.2 at this time).
Please continue to post your experience with your 838.
Yes I used the Audyssey 2EQ on the 616. What data AccuEQ is using and what exactly it is doing with the front speaker I cannot tell - distance, frequency and level will be set for all speakers, this is what I can confirm. Furthermore I do not have the feeling that AccuEQ is doing a bad job - the front speakers do not feel wrong so to say - the 838 creates a great 5.1 surround sound, nothing sounds "suspicious" from my point of view. My system contains 5 equal speakers so it is maybe difficult to spot a difference. If somebody have a combination of different speakers in terms of power and size it could maybe more obvious.
But on a side note - look what Onkyo announced: "The company will also release a firmware update, targeted in September, enabling Dolby Atmos® on its mid-range TX-NR636, TX-NR737, and TX-NR838 network A/V receivers now available worldwide." Link
Back to the 838
I did not check in detail for the heat - I could see during the set-up a 9cm FAN directly under the top - slightly moved to the bottom right corner from the center of the 838 if you look from top. I will check later today when I watch a movie about any hot spots - will update here.
No 4k planed at the moment, maybe end of the year. Still waiting that 4k material gets more mainstream.
So far nothing negative to report.
- Easy and fast initial set-up
- very good WLAN connection (always around 95% signal strength)
- very solid and nice mfg quality
- GUI menu is the same as 616 (just the icons are all silver instead of colored)
- no issues with HDMI connection or board
On a side note - if you are using a Harmony remote - no changes required between 616 and 838 - all commands, macros etc were working right away.