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post #31 of 5049
Excellent thanks kingfats. I am sorry if these sound like stupid questions... I did read the manual, but I want to be 100% sure on a couple of critical points. The 876 will be the most expensive AVR I have ever purchased and I am looking to be satisfied with it for a good 7 to 10 years as my primary HT AVR.
post #32 of 5049
My 876 is arrving today. Does anyone know if the input names on the display (Aux1, Aux2, etc) can be renamed? Would be easier if I can change them to Blu-ray, HD-DVD, etc.
post #33 of 5049
Yes I believe most of Onkyo's Mid-High End receivers can rename their inputs on the front screen. Now while functioning in the setup menus, etc they will be their traditional names, so make sure you know where your connections are.

I got my 876 and love it. ISF Calbration settings, HD Radio, and the Reon functions rather well!
post #34 of 5049
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Originally Posted by NauticaTom View Post

Yes I believe most of Onkyo's Mid-High End receivers can rename their inputs on the front screen. Now while functioning in the setup menus, etc they will be their traditional names, so make sure you know where your connections are.

I got my 876 and love it. ISF Calbration settings, HD Radio, and the Reon functions rather well!

Details, we need details!
post #35 of 5049
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Originally Posted by FredsterB View Post

Ok, so it's not that much different...oh boy, i have really difficult to make up my mind:-/ If i get the 875, i will be thinking "oh, the 876 would have been so much cooler", if i get the 876 i'be thinking "oh, the 875 would be so worth its money" Jeez, i am a PITA to my self!

@kingfats, are you experiencing any lip-sync issues? or any other?

To my earlier question about the differences between the 875/876, i was just wondering if it had the same fate as 805/806, as if i've understod right, the 806 has suffered some drawbacks compared to the 805.

Exact problem I am suffering right now... I feel for you

Sean
post #36 of 5049
The 2 receivers I have been evaluating are the 606 and the 876. Significant price difference for a lot more features in the 876.

I have read there are "buzzing" issues with the 606, I think when a PS3 s connected. It doesn't seem to be on all inputs.

Any 876 owners notice buzzing with their 876? With a PS3 connected?

Thanks again to all the 876 owners willing to take the time to post back info.

egg
post #37 of 5049
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Originally Posted by rickardl View Post

Added this to the first post:
Functional differences/changes from TX-SR875 based on the Onkyo website:
- THX Loudness Plus
- Audyssey Dynamic EQ for Loudness Correction
- Audyssey Dynamic Volume to Maintain Optimal Listening Level and Dynamic Range
- an extra HDMI out: 2 HDMI Outputs [Main/Sub])
- ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) Video Calibration Function per input
- Music Optimizer to Support Compressed Digital Music Files
- Newly Designed GUI for System Set-up
- New calibration microphone

corrections/additions welcome...

The calibration mic is important. It was designed by Audyssey and it eliminates some problems that could potentially occur with the old Onkyo mic.

There are also a couple of extra THX modes that should also be mentioned. They are:

THX Ultra2 Music
THX Ultra2 Games

These modes convert Music and Game 5.1 audio to 7.1. Neither of these use Re-EQ and both use the new Loudness Plus by default.

Mike
post #38 of 5049
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Originally Posted by distobj View Post

Has anybody else had any trouble switching an XBox 360, or anything else via component video? Unfortunately I've got no other component video devices to test with.

It is working on my PS2. Good luck!

Mike
post #39 of 5049
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Originally Posted by mondokkia View Post

Anyone tried out the video upconversion through HDMI? Is it better than the 606/706/806?

I had the 805 before going with the 876. The upconversion is noticeably better in the 876.

Mike
post #40 of 5049
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Originally Posted by eggman51 View Post


Any 876 owners notice buzzing with their 876? With a PS3 connected?



egg

No buzzing.
post #41 of 5049
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Originally Posted by churchill1945 View Post

Several posts have highlighted the lag when switching input sources, but I seem to recall from reading threads on Onkyo's previous crop of high-end receivers last year that there was a noticable lag in the picture and sound locking in when changing channels from a cable/sat box. I'd be interested in any first hand reports on whether "channel change lag" is an issue.

On the 876 there is a small delay for video to show up on sources that are being upconverted. This delay only seems to happen when initially switching to that source. I don't have satellite so I don't know if there is a delay when changing channels. I would estimate this delay to be 3-5 seconds.

Mike
post #42 of 5049
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Originally Posted by eggman51 View Post

Any 876 owners notice buzzing with their 876? With a PS3 connected?

I don't have a PS3 but I do have a PS2 hooked up via component. I have had no buzzing on any source including the PS2. Nothing but crystal clear sound here!

Mike
post #43 of 5049
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigPines View Post

The calibration mic is important. It was designed by Audyssey and it eliminates some problems that could potentially occur with the old Onkyo mic.

There are also a couple of extra THX modes that should also be mentioned. They are:

THX Ultra2 Music
THX Ultra2 Games

These modes convert Music and Game 5.1 audio to 7.1. Neither of these use Re-EQ and both use the new Loudness Plus by default.

Mike

ok, updated the first post.
post #44 of 5049
I have an HT-520 130 watt receiver that's about 4 years old--no hdmi.

I have a 5.1 system with JBL 890s L/R, an LCI center, and L820s surround (and an Infinity CSW-10 sub) hooked up to a Samsung 61" LED DPL. 15x25 foot cathedral ceiling room.

If I upgraded the receiver to an 806 or 875/876 would I hear a difference?

Thanks for the help.
post #45 of 5049
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Originally Posted by AGGIES1971 View Post

I have an HT-520 130 watt receiver that's about 4 years old--no hdmi.

I have a 5.1 system with JBL 890s L/R, an LCI center, and L820s surround (and an Infinity CSW-10 sub) hooked up to a Samsung 61" LED DPL. 15x25 foot cathedral ceiling room.

If I upgraded the receiver to an 806 or 875/876 would I hear a difference?

Thanks for the help.

I personally would not even consider the 806. It has too many compromises in my opinion.

I feel comfortable saying yes, you should hear a difference with an 805/875/876. All of these have Audyssey Multi XT EQ and that one thing alone will make your system sound more accurate than your HT-520. In addition to EQ-ing for near flat frequency response, it will make all your speakers sound more similar which will give you a more seamless surround experience. Combine that with the lossless audio, high quality D/A conversion, powerful clean sounding amps on all these models and you should hear even more of a difference. My wife noticed the difference when I bought my 805. I have since moved to the 876. The 876 adds Dynamic EQ which is very noticeable if you switch it on/off for comparison purposes and understand what it is doing. So that should make an ever bigger difference.

If you want the best sound possible, I would go with the 876/906. You will not regret it.

Mike
post #46 of 5049
After reading the compromises on the 806, I think I will save my cash up and go for the 876. Looks to have all the features I need for an adequate HT system, plus it being future-proof as far as features go.
post #47 of 5049
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Originally Posted by kingfats View Post

Yes.

This is a change from the 875, which never did this properly and always streched 4:3 to make it a distorted 16:9 when the Reon was engaged, right?
post #48 of 5049
Thank you, Big Pines. That helps me.
post #49 of 5049
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Originally Posted by Gregor Samsa View Post

This is a change from the 875, which never did this properly and always streched 4:3 to make it a distorted 16:9 when the Reon was engaged, right?

Hi.
This is my first Onkyo so have no idea about the 875....sorry.
post #50 of 5049
I've spent the past year contemplating whether I should buy the 875 or not, and out comes the 876! Story of my life really, when it comes to upgrading my HT gear (I contemplate for so long that the technology changes before I every end up buying anything!).

Anyway, I find the feature set that Onkyo offers at this price point to be ridiculous (in the best posible meaning of the word). I'm looking to upgrade my receiver soon, and am particularly interested in the video upconverting abilities of the 876 (I have many DVDs).

Has anyone benchmarked the implementation of the Reon chip in the 876 (for example, using the HQV test DVD)? Also, are there any heat issues with the 876? I remember many people complaining of heating issues with the 875, particular when upconverting.
post #51 of 5049
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Originally Posted by pbednarek View Post

Also, are there any heat issues with the 876? I remember many people complaining of heating issues with the 875, particular when upconverting.

I guess it depends on what you consider a real issue. I had an 805 and the buzz about the heat was legendary. Did it run hot? Yeah. Too hot? I didn't think so. So now I have the 876 and it runs hot too. I would say it is about the same as the 805. It isn't even hot enough to burn my hand if I leave it on the top or anything. I think these things are designed to run hot. No big deal. If you don't like the heat, you can always get an external fan. I personally don't think it is necessary. I never had a problem with the 805 nor do I expect one with the 876.

Just my .02

Mike
post #52 of 5049
thats not a bad amp that looks good



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Originally Posted by kingfats View Post

UK owner here had my 876 for nearly week now,so far very pleased.
Couple of pics.



post #53 of 5049
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Originally Posted by BigPines View Post

I guess it depends on what you consider a real issue. I had an 805 and the buzz about the heat was legendary. Did it run hot? Yeah. Too hot? I didn't think so. So now I have the 876 and it runs hot too. I would say it is about the same as the 805. It isn't even hot enough to burn my hand if I leave it on the top or anything. I think these things are designed to run hot. No big deal. If you don't like the heat, you can always get an external fan. I personally don't think it is necessary. I never had a problem with the 805 nor do I expect one with the 876.

Just my .02

Mike


very true bang on the money there
off topic .. my graphices card on my pc runs at 82C at full load but it is designed for this .. when fully used
post #54 of 5049
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by eggman51 View Post

If I am watching a 16:9 program that fills the screen via CableBox into HDMI 1 and out HDMI Main and then I change the channel to a 4:3 program, will I see the 4:3 program with thick bars down the sides?

AFAIK, the 876 does not automatically adjust if the aspect ratio of the source changes but you can change it manually
in the Setup of the receiver which I believe was something you couldn't do in the 875/905.
I don't suffer that much because of that since my cablebox does pillarboxing
of 4:3 material so it always deliver a 16:9 picture to the receiver.
post #55 of 5049
Thread Starter 
Made my first attempt to use the RGB Brightness/Contrast controls
in the Source setup to calibrate the greyscale instead of using the
RGB Bias/Gain controls in the service menu in my TV but the ones
in the receiver are a little bit too coarse.
A single step in one direction makes a big impact.
Even the Gamma setting changes a lot, for example from 0 to -1 made
my average gamma go from 2.31 to 2.04 which was way too low.
Will have another go at it later.
post #56 of 5049
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Originally Posted by kingfats View Post

No lip sync or audio drop outs.
No handshake or heat issues.

Can you give us more details as to the input devices, display device, and HDMI cable length to display device? Thanks!
post #57 of 5049
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Originally Posted by NauticaTom View Post

Yes I believe most of Onkyo's Mid-High End receivers can rename their inputs on the front screen. Now while functioning in the setup menus, etc they will be their traditional names, so make sure you know where your connections are.

I got my 876 and love it. ISF Calbration settings, HD Radio, and the Reon functions rather well!

As an 875 owner and a stickler on video calibration, I'm intrigued about the ISF calibration functions on the 876. Can you elaborate on your experience with the ISF function? That is, how does it work, what does it do, your opinion of the calibration results compared to any other methods you might have used in the past?
post #58 of 5049
The aspect controls etc. do not work when using 1080p24. LAME!

I needed the "zoom" mode for my anamorphic lens and not I can only do bluray with the stretch in 1080p60.

What gives?
post #59 of 5049
So I finally figured out the problem with my inability to switch my XBox 360 connected via component video; I had the XBox Display->HDTV Settings set to "1080p". Once I changed it to 1080i, it worked fine.

Pretty disappointing really, because it cripples HD DVD playback. Luckily I've only got a handful of discs. I don't know how much game play would suffer.
post #60 of 5049
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Originally Posted by distobj View Post

So I finally figured out the problem with my inability to switch my XBox 360 connected via component video; I had the XBox Display->HDTV Settings set to "1080p". Once I changed it to 1080i, it worked fine.

But isn't the Xbox 360 incapable of 1080p over component anyway, even if connected straight to the TV? The receiver isn't making anything more "crippled" than it already is.

Maybe you were hoping the receiver would convert the 1080i to 1080p. But it's not a big deal if it doesn't, because the TV will do the 1080i->1080p before displaying it. Most 1080p TVs do a very good job of deinterlacing; it's the upscaling from 480i/p where they are weak and can benefit from an external upscaling device.
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