Had my mind made up to go with the Onkyo but was told it has "clipping" and overheating problems and something that I do not understand about a problem with ps3. Is there a better receiver for the money?
The 705 feels warm to the touch, probably warmer than some competing brands. That's pretty much the extent of the "overheating problem". Where did you hear about a clipping problem or a ps3 problem? 705 users don't seem to be complaining about either of those things.
I just hooked up the 705 a few days ago. All my components are connected via HDMI. Everything was cool until we decided to play PS3's Rock Band last night. We played 4 songs at a volume of 65 without problems. I decided to turn it up to 75 for the next song, but about 20 seconds in, the receiver shuts off and the red standby light is blinking. I restart it and turn the volume to 70...same result! I restart and put it at 65, and it finally works again.
I did some testing today with my other components. I was able to run my HD-DVD player and cable box at a volume of 90 without hiccups. I put a movie in the PS3 and was able to run all the way up to 90 as well. I haven't tried any other games, so I don't know if this is specific to Rock Band or not.
I have a PS3 hooked up to my 705 and cannot be happier. This is my first receiver ever (been using t.v. speakers all my life for almost 25 years). Read the suggestions in the 705 super thread and read the FAQ on the first post.
Also, if you are worried about overheating, just buy a small fan. There is a suggestion in the thread as far as a fan in that thread. I bought the same fan and it really really does help with cooling. The difference is amazing.
Also, I have played some things at -0 db just to hear what it can do and I have had no problems with it other than people bitching that it's too loud.
Sort of, I only have about 2 inches of clearance at the top but my rack is totally open on all 4 sides. I read that Onkyo recommends 7 inches of clearance at the top.
I haven't had a chance yet to test some more games on it, I'll report back with the results once I do.