Originally Posted by SirDracula
From those of you who already have the 705 and played with it, any issues with the heat? How hot does it get? And once it gets hot, do you get any popping noises through the speakers (the dreaded problem that the 605 and some 805 owners reported - I have a 605 with the popping noise issue and I'm trying to decide whether I should take my chances with another 605, a 705 or a different brand) thank you
I just hooked it up last night, and it gets pretty hot... so hot that I'm not putting anything on top of it. NO POPPING, however, during my 3 hours usage.
It's far hotter than the 605.
Other comments, it feels like a big upgrade to the 605 as far as features go. There are way more sound/video options to modify in the setup menu (which DOES work over HDMI) with the much nicer controller (which IS backlit, contrary to some previous posters).
I love all the new THX modes. You can overlay 7.1 on pretty much anything. There are specific THX 7.1 modes for games, cinema, etc., and each one comes in both Dolby Digital and DTS flavors. I look forward to experimenting.
One weird thing, the Audyssey took me a few tries to get working, claiming there was too much ambient noise. The house was completely quiet except the the house's air conditioning system, which is pretty darn quiet too. So, I had to turn off the A/C (summer in Texas, not fun) to get the Audyssey to work. After that, no more problems.
That said, I'm pretty impressed that the Audyssey on this one (compared to the 605, which maxes at 3) can take up to 8 listening areas into account for its measurements. The "Calculations" mode, though, even for 3 areas, takes a looong time (seemed like 8-10 minutes).
I'll report more after the more extensive testing I do over the weekend, but in short, I highly recommend this over the 605, and will be returning my 2-week old 605 to Circuit City today. : )