Originally Posted by saabfreak
The lack of OSD has become really annoying in a few instances. When first turning everything on it would be nice to see on screen what input was active (cant always be sure the X-10 repeater received and sent the IR signal to the Yamaha). This is especially important because I have occasional issues of the HTPC not waking up properly. Can anyone confirm that when you select an input on the Denon the OSD shows the new active input?
Yes, there is a "status" display for a variety of things. When you switch to a new input, it will display across the bottom of the screen a gray bar with text info on input source "name", input signal type, and surround mode. If you make changes (such as turning on Dynamic Volume or changing surround mode) it will also register in the on-screen display.
Can anyone confirm that the active surround mode can be confirmed through the OSD of the 3310? Ideally it would be nice if the HD audio icons displayed on screen on their own as soon as they were detected.
yep, as indicated above it will display the surround mode when you switch to the input, and you can also go to the "information" section of the GUI and access HDMI info, input signal type, etc.
I would also like to confirm that there are pre-outs for both zone 2 and 3. I would like to reserve the amplifiers for the unit to run 7.1 in my main viewing area and use external amplifiers for zone 2 and zone 3.
yes, you can look at a photo of the rear of the unit at Denon's product page:http://www.usa.denon.com/ProductDetails/4972.asp
the manual is also available for download.
From reading 13 pages of posts today, sounds like if I get this unit I should avoid the firmware upgrades.
I wouldn't necessarily conclude this; as I mention above, I would imagine that the vast majority of owner's have zero issues with the firmware updates and these issues are more the exception than the norm. Things always sound scarier on internet threads because you mostly hear about the problems
Are there any other receivers in the <$1500 retail segment that you guys/gals would recommend knowing my needs?
if you have any interest in Audyssey DSX
and going to a 9-ch setup, you should definitely take a look at the Onkyo 1007 model.