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post #1561 of 1830
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Originally Posted by woodsart View Post

HD streaming is different than bluray movies...and yes, one of the things we have been watching is Heros TV series and it is HD and is absolutely fantastic to watch. The sound even appears as if it 5.1. Not sure that it is. There are several TV series available in HD through Netflix, such as Legend of the Seeker, Lost, Surface and Jericho to mention a few. I am sure that there are a lot more offered. I do watch, occasionally, some movies/TV in regular streaming and HD is a huge improvement in video quality and sound.

I use the PLIIX mode, but while downloading you can see the in the box that shows the quality then HD at the end of it. Some nights I have to stop and restart downloading to improve the pic and that is another story.

Also, in the Netflix.com movie/TV lists it shows whether it is streaming/HD, DVD or Bluray. I have determined one thing, (even that I am actually a newby here in these areas), that the later the movie/TV series, the better the quality in video and sound.

Netflix, (I don't think) has too many streaming in HD as of yet, but what they do have is decent quality.

Now, I have to add that i have a Sammy 1080P plazma/bluray player, Comcast 16 Mbps, (I think) and all hookups HDMI 1.3, if that matters in streaming.

Again, as far as i know one cannot stream bluray, just HD and regular video content.

thanks - i'll have to check this out on my setup. Pioneer display - 806 - 360 - Fios - all hooked up via HDMI. Don't watch many blu-rays these days, but HD streaming is something that definitely interests me.
post #1562 of 1830
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Originally Posted by LansdaleHokie View Post

thanks - i'll have to check this out on my setup. Pioneer display - 806 - 360 - Fios - all hooked up via HDMI. Don't watch many blu-rays these days, but HD streaming is something that definitely interests me.

Man...I would get on netflix just for bluray even though it costs $5 more. Just to get streaming is just 8.99 and you can get DVDs as well. The video quality and lossless sound of BD is to die for!!

I have all Infinity Primus line of speakers and they really shine and produce great sound with BD. The 806 or BD player does a great job upscaling regular DVDs as well especially when selecting the Ultra Cinema mode. I am all into great video quality and superb HD sound and Bluray is...in my opinion far superior even to the commercial theaters. I guess I am just spoiled.

I can only imagine really good speaker systems. Maybe someday!! But for now I am happy with the set-up I have.

And...when and if you decide on the streaming, let me know. I'd like to see how that is working for you! Thanks!

And.....jcalabria, I have done the sequence of TV, AVR and Player 4 times and it seems that it is working correctly! Thanks!!!!
post #1563 of 1830
I'm not really a big fan of the thx modes. I like the regular modes better.
post #1564 of 1830
we actually getting BRs from Netflix for a while, but just didn't watch enough movies. We were getting the 2 Blu Ray's per month (limited). We switched back to unlimited DVDs one at a time (which includes streaming). I travel a lot, so the online streaming is great for me. Anyways - this is getting be be a thread crap. I love my 806 and mancave setup. maybe one day i'll upgrade the speakers again but for now the 806 as a pre amp with my Emo LPA-1 really make the sound shine.
post #1565 of 1830
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Originally Posted by subiefast View Post

I'm not really a big fan of the thx modes. I like the regular modes better.

I agree, most of the regular modes satisfy me, however, i enjoy Ultra Cinema more with regular DVDs. Can't be selected with Netflix streaming. Maybe it is the way i have things setup. I do have Dynamic volume and Dynamic EQ and I think loudness plus as well. Since I am thinking off the top of my head, I am not totally sure.

Wonder where that expression came from...'off the top of my head'! HA!
post #1566 of 1830
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post

When I hooked up the Wii via component to the 806 and then HDMI to the TV (Sharp Aquos 65" LCD) it would intermittantly drop the video. Running straight from the Wii to the TV never has this issue. I was told at the time this is a known issue with the Wii and Onkyo receivers because the Wii sends out a 'substandard' signal via the component output.

I also had video problems with some SD DVDs playing in the LG blueray player when I was using the 806 to switch video. So now I run all the video sources straight to the TV and switch inputs on the TV. The Harmony remote is great for this. Even my wife (bless her heart) can operate the family room system.

I have mine hooked up straight to the TV right now but will hook it up via component to 806 tonight. My unit will also drop the signal when watching TV. It doesn't do it all the time and it's only for 10 seconds at the most, so hasn't been that big of a deal. It only does that when I'm watching TV. It's something i can definitely live with but not sure why it does it?
post #1567 of 1830
I have the 806, with Polk monitor 70's for fronts, the CS2 center channel, monitor 30's for rears, some old JBLs for rear surrounds and an old JBL sub (the sub is next on the upgrade list - hopefully after Christmas it'll be an SVS PC12-NSD). my brother has netflix (1 disc + streaming) and he shared his account information with me. I am able to register my xbox 360 (connected via HDMI to my 806) with his netflix account as another 'device' for his account. We're both able to stream different content at the same time. That said, the streaming quality will depend on your internet speed. My comcast internet download speed always registers something like this:


In all, the HD video quality is pretty good (I have the Samsung LN52B750), but the sound is nowhere near a BR sound quality. Still, in my case it's worth every penny I've spent on netflix
I mean how else would I have been able to see Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus?
post #1568 of 1830
Once you're over the 8Mbps mark, that's pretty much max quality. I wouldn't use HD streaming if you're below 5Mbps though.
post #1569 of 1830
I am currently running a 7.1 set-up with this reciever. I have (2) rows of seating with my side surrounds at the first row. I wanted to know if there would be any adverse effects on the reciever to add a 2nd row of surrounds at the 2nd row. My speakers are 8 ohm. I was thinking of wiring them in parallel which make them 4 ohm. Sorry if this has been asked before - I did use the search function. Thanks in advance.
post #1570 of 1830
Greetings all,

Long time reader/lurker and first time poster here. This thread compelled me to join. I saw so many SR805 owners bashing the SR806 (and this isn't the first forum that I've come across this). I just guess I don't understand why. I chose to go with an 806 a year ago and I certainly paid more than many did here on the refurbs. My 806 replaced my venerable TX-DS787 / M282 combo which weighed drasically more and still did not do the job powering my speakers as my "weak power supply" 806 is doing.

I am running the 806 with the Surr Back channels reassigned to Bi-Amp, I constructed custom cables using Canare 4S 14Awg quad star bulk cable, terminated with nice four way jackets and banana plugs, I run that out to a pair of Acoustic Research AR9 mains which have a Passive 10" sub in each enclosure.

My 787 alone would not drive the mains without going into thermal protect mode on heavy dynamics, thus I had to add on the M282 2 channel power amp to drive the passive 10's.

On the new setup that has been replaced and the AVR alone is driving the mains and it does so, with authority and has never encountered any thermal protect issues, never shut down, never so much as blinked an eye.

For sources I don't have a whole lot, I run an HTPC directly into my Samsung HL67A750 LED DLP via VGA and a 3.5mm phone into the TV, Toslink out from the TV to the receiver, Samsung BDP1500 directly to the receiver via HDMI, Sirius Sat Radio unit and that's about it for sources. I run HDMI-CEC and one remote controls it all, the Receiver switches to the right setting and picks up the PC Audio just fine (the TV does the source switching).

Honestly I'm just not sure where all the negativity came from or I must have got the one unit that just plain "works". I've never had any issues with any of the BluRay's I've bought, Never ad any blue dots or any dots of any kind. It just all seems to work!

Thanks for listening,
Brett
post #1571 of 1830
Mine's still going strong! I bought it at the beginning of the year, and it hasn't skipped a beat. In fact, I'm adding an XBox and a new Sony Blue-ray player to bitstream the audio. The only issue, if one can call it that, is the heat, but I've been controlling that with a set of big, thermostatically controlled auxillery fans, and a small pair of primary fans. I'll run my 806 6 Ohm mode with my 4 Ohm CV VS150s and I shake picture frames off my walls, and it doesn't even seem to sweat it.

At this point (knock on wood), I couldn't be happier with this purchase
post #1572 of 1830
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Originally Posted by radz282003 View Post

Mine's still going strong! I bought it at the beginning of the year, and it hasn't skipped a beat. In fact, I'm adding an XBox and a new Sony Blue-ray player to bitstream the audio. The only issue, if one can call it that, is the heat, but I've been controlling that with a set of big, thermostatically controlled auxillery fans, and a small pair of primary fans. I'll run my 806 6 Ohm mode with my 4 Ohm CV VS150s and I shake picture frames off my walls, and it doesn't even seem to sweat it.

At this point (knock on wood), I couldn't be happier with this purchase

i'm in the same boat - however the heat isn't an issue at all with mine as i've gone to using the 806 as a pre/pro and i'm using an external amp to power my 7.1 setup - running the 806 in 4 ohm mode. Upgraditis is a beyotch. I have also recently added an Oppo BD player to bitstream. Now I just need to add some bigger speakers!!! My love of the 806 grows every day. A very very good purchase.
post #1573 of 1830
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Originally Posted by LansdaleHokie View Post

i'm in the same boat - however the heat isn't an issue at all with mine as i've gone to using the 806 as a pre/pro and i'm using an external amp to power my 7.1 setup - running the 806 in 4 ohm mode. Upgraditis is a beyotch. I have also recently added an Oppo BD player to bitstream. Now I just need to add some bigger speakers!!! My love of the 806 grows every day. A very very good purchase.

Upgraditis - LOL! You got that right! I pulled everything apart this weekend, removed the upper case cover, cut holes out of the top, where the vents are, and bolted my four cooling fans onto it. Sucks really good now, lol. Ugh - what's next?
post #1574 of 1830
Hi all, I've been using the TX-SR806 for about a year now with no problems whatsoever. I was using Polk RT800s for L/R and CSi5 for center previously. They have been great with the Onkyo drove the Polks without breaking a sweat. Those speakers were at 8ohms, so my setting was >6ohm. Now, I recently bought Martin Logan Preface speakers (3 of them) as an all out L-C-R tower setup. Here is my detailed post:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...50&postcount=2

With my setup, I have a couple of questions. I've now setup the setting > 4ohms. It does seem to handle the MLs without any hickups, but I want to get the best possible SQ. I was thinking of getting this an Emotiva XPA-3 just to drive the L-C-R MLs. The thing is, we don't really listen anything close to reference levels, my wife has very sensitive ears so we usually listen anywhere from -25db to -16db (Onkyo volume levels).
1.) Would having external amps make any difference at low listening levels in terms of sound quality and detail?
2.) Has anyone else used decent 4ohm tower speakers with the 806 and no thermal issues or sound clipping? My receiver sits on glass shelf TV stand, and it's open air (no, I don't use an external cooling fan on top of it)
post #1575 of 1830
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Originally Posted by khaliss View Post

Hi all, I've been using the TX-SR806 for about a year now with no problems whatsoever. I was using Polk RT800s for L/R and CSi5 for center previously. They have been great with the Onkyo drove the Polks without breaking a sweat. Those speakers were at 8ohms, so my setting was >6ohm. Now, I recently bought Martin Logan Preface speakers (3 of them) as an all out L-C-R tower setup. Here is my detailed post:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...50&postcount=2

With my setup, I have a couple of questions. I've now setup the setting > 4ohms. It does seem to handle the MLs without any hickups, but I want to get the best possible SQ. I was thinking of getting this an Emotiva XPA-3 just to drive the L-C-R MLs. The thing is, we don't really listen anything close to reference levels, my wife has very sensitive ears so we usually listen anywhere from -25db to -16db (Onkyo volume levels).
1.) Would having external amps make any difference at low listening levels in terms of sound quality and detail?
2.) Has anyone else used decent 4ohm tower speakers with the 806 and no thermal issues or sound clipping? My receiver sits on glass shelf TV stand, and it's open air (no, I don't use an external cooling fan on top of it)

I don't think I'm quite as knowledgable as you, however, I can share what experience I've had:

I run in 4 ohm unless I'm listening at higher volumes. My Cerwin Vegas (CV)are 4 ohm speakers and the rest of the center and surround speakers are 8 ohms. Unless I want to push my CVs, I figure I might as well keep my power use low and keep my heat lower in 4 ohm, oposed to running in 6 ohms. I have had no issues, even when getting into the -40s to -50s. I don't usually run at those volumes, though, in 4 ohm; I kick her on over to 6 and don't even worry about it. I think it will depend on the efficiency of your speakers whether-or-not a supplemental amplifier would achieve what you're looking for. I don't use mine like that, so I can't comment. I know that I get kick@$$ sound at all volumes and have no complaints
post #1576 of 1830
Hi everybody,
I read the first 31 pages and didn't fine an answer yet. Can anybody tell me if the equalization (Odyssey or Manual) will also be applied during Pure Audio and Direct or will it only be applied during surround processing with DD, DTS, THX etc.
Thank you
post #1577 of 1830
Anyone have advice on connecting a Laptop computer (I have a Dell XPS) with HDMI to the 806? The manual says it will not handle computer video signals. Is there a converter available?
post #1578 of 1830
The 806 works just fine with my Macbook Pro, it should also work with Windows based systems
Wojtek
post #1579 of 1830
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Originally Posted by dave462009 View Post

Anyone have advice on connecting a Laptop computer (I have a Dell XPS) with HDMI to the 806? The manual says it will not handle computer video signals. Is there a converter available?

It should work fine as long as the PC can be set to output standard TV resolutions (e.g., 1080p)... what it cannot do is pass computer resolutions, such as 1366x768.
post #1580 of 1830
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Originally Posted by VirTERM View Post

The 806 works just fine with my Macbook Pro, it should also work with Windows based systems
Wojtek

how are you connecting your MBPro? DVI to HDMI? How are you getting sound if that's your method of connection?
post #1581 of 1830
Hey guys, Was wondering if someone in the know can tell me if there was or has been fixed issue with "blue dots" with this reciever and some bluray players?

58 pgs is alot to surf through but I figured you guys that have this reciever would problably have heard about this issue.

Thanks.
post #1582 of 1830
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Originally Posted by Cnd Joe View Post

Hey guys, Was wondering if someone in the know can tell me if there was or has been fixed issue with "blue dots" with this reciever and some bluray players?

58 pgs is alot to surf through but I figured you guys that have this reciever would problably have heard about this issue.

Thanks.

most of the blue dot issues were related to folks that were using the 806 to upscale (inputting via component and outputting via hdmi). I am pretty sure that the fix required most to send their's in for a replacement HDMI board. I guess i am one of the lucky ones because I don't have anything going in via component.
post #1583 of 1830
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Originally Posted by LansdaleHokie View Post

most of the blue dot issues were related to folks that were using the 806 to upscale (inputting via component and outputting via hdmi). I am pretty sure that the fix required most to send their's in for a replacement HDMI board. I guess i am one of the lucky ones because I don't have anything going in via component.

I believe that the problem has been solved sometime ago. I have purchased mine around September 2009 and have no problem at all. Did some tests with upscaling signal from component inputs as well as from hdmi.
Normally, I use it in passthrough mode and majority of the material is 1080p24.
Wojtek
post #1584 of 1830
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Originally Posted by Cnd Joe View Post

Hey guys, Was wondering if someone in the know can tell me if there was or has been fixed issue with "blue dots" with this reciever and some bluray players?

58 pgs is alot to surf through but I figured you guys that have this reciever would problably have heard about this issue.

Thanks.

You need to have the HDMI board replaced by an authorized service center. I had this done to my 706 an no blue dots after the fix.
post #1585 of 1830
Guys- I, too, have love my 806; however, I hit a major snag this weekend. My wife bought a new entertainment center for downstairs where my system is set up. All I did is unhook everything, move the receiver and other equipment into the new cabinet and hooked everything back up. The problem is my subwoofer is not working. It worked before i unhooked everything and no settings were changed. I went back through and made sure the subwoofer setting was turned to on, that the power and crossover frequencies were all right, and still nothing. The sub turns on and off, so I know it's getting power. The sub is hooked up via the subwoofer low level output using monoprice wires with a y-adapter going into the sub's two "in's" I used three different cables with and without the y adapter and none worked. I'm very scared something got knocked loose or blown during the reconnect, however, I didn't drop anything or have any problems at all during the reconnect. I don't have another receiver with a low level output for a sub, so I can't check to see if it's the sub or the receiver. When i do the calibration tests, everything works but the sub. I've tried everything that i know to do. Any advice? My next move is to take the sub to my local electronics store where i buy all my equipment and have them test it. The sub is an older Definitive Technologies powered 15in. Thanks.
post #1586 of 1830
Make sure its plugged into the correct Sub pre out, I'll bet if it was working its plugged into the wrong one. Very common mistake...
post #1587 of 1830
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Originally Posted by kemac View Post

Make sure its plugged into the correct Sub pre out, I'll bet if it was working its plugged into the wrong one. Very common mistake...

As far as i know, there is only one. I've double checked 20 times that it's plugged into the correct pre-out. I'll check again, though. Thanks.
post #1588 of 1830
There is a SUB pre-out and a SUB multich-in, both are the same color and not too far from each other so its easily to use the wrong one by mistake.
post #1589 of 1830
might be a bit OT - but does anyone know what the purpose of a 2nd HDMI out would be? I'll be considering an upgrade within the next year or so, and I see that the 1007 and up have a 2nd HDMI out. Obviously you'd be able to send something to a 2nd display, but can you send two different inputs to either display? I guess that with some serious tweaking / restructuring could you replace two receivers with one? what would I be missing out if I replaced my 806 that I use to run my mancave 7.1 setup AND my 605 that runs my family room 5.1 setup with the 1007?
post #1590 of 1830
I actually have an 806 in my family room, and a 605 in my man cave as well . I'm not sure what the benefit of it would be, but more complex wiring.
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