Originally Posted by Jon S
Finally setup the 905... here is what I noticed...
1. The dreaded popping sound is still there. When starting DVDs, there is some static coming from the speakers (in fact, the manual warns you of this...)
Hmmm, interesting. My 875 was dead quiet except for the popping on PS3. How loud do you have the volume to hear the static?
2. The Reon upscaling seems to be okay, not as good as my Denon 3930CI, but better than other receivers I have seen. There are options to adjust macro blocking, edge enhancement, noise and type of source (video, film or auto). I noticed it is best to set the unit to pass thru if you have a player that can upscale. I set the PS3 to 480P but the text on the info screen is noticeably softer. I have not really played to many DVDs on it yet but it APPEARS to me that the Reon does not appear as sharp as the PS3. Will verify with more testing.
I find this very hard to believe that the Reon in the 905 does a worse job upscaling than the faroudja in the Denon. This is the main reason this receiver has been so highly anticipated. While not a night and day difference I definitely would give the nod to the Reon in the video department, especially after a good calibration. If testing the scaling/deinterlacing ability of the Reon you are going to want to set the PS3 to 1080i not 480p. What resolution do you have the Reon upscaling set to? Are you sure it's not set to no or through? I am glad to hear that there are options included on the 905 to adjust different parameters on the Reon.
3. The menus are better than previous Onkyo's but not as nifty as the Sony XMB on their ES receivers. In fact, the Onkyo OSD seems rather basic when the colors are not taken into account.
Good to know, even though I sure hope that won't be a deciding factor for anyone. I actually like the menu on the 875, quick and simple the way it should be.
3. Worse, the display shows MULTI-CHANNEL out no matter what discrete format it has... Dolby Digital, True HD or DTS... they all show MULTI-CHANNEL on the display. If not for the PS3 info screen, I would have no idea what it was playing.
This has been discussed many times. There is currently no player that can pass the codecs via bitstream. They all have to be decoded in the player and passed via PCM. Until the next gen player is released that is able to do bitstream your receiver will only show multi channel.
4. The HDMI signal seems to lose some sharpness. It appears that the HDMI output loses some sharpness when going thru the receiver. It looked to me that the picture looked better going directly to the projector (a MArantz VP12S3, btw).
This I also find tough to swallow. You must have some insanely good eyesight. I have tried direct and through the receiver and could detect no loss of sharpness whatsoever, especially seeing as the Reon is doing the upscaling, which is superior to anything else I have.