in re post# 5341
in this thread
I was somewhat shocked to get an email from ABL (Madison Heights, MI) on the 12th saying the part came in early, so they fixed and shipped it.
It was delivered the afternoon of the 13th, so I slid it back onto the shelf and plugged everything back in.
The only part listed on the invoice is 1B234532-1B
(the HDMI board - U005
- which takes up 10 pages of schematic in the service manual).
When I first turned it on and went to Setup, the 8. Remote Controller Setup
option was greyed out, as was 7.5 Network
and 7.6 Firmware Update
Went to the NET input, and got Now Initializing..
but that never cleared, nor actually connect to the network. :-|
However, the speaker icons were on... even a couple (rear surround left and right) I didn't have! And I had sound, though I couldn't find any way in Setup to tell it there were no rear surrounds connected...
I did a Master Reset (VCR/DVR+Standby until Clear
appears on display), but those items were still greyed out in the Setup menu, and the extra speakers were still showing.
Called ABL and talked to the Service Manager, and he said they would send me a return label to pick up the cost of sending it back.
So, I wasn't looking forward to using the manual A/V switch a couple more weeks, but figured I'd finish setting it up and at least listen to some music before sending it back.
Mounted the Audyssey mic on my Slik tripod and plugged it in... the first cycle through it turned off the rear surrounds, and I did the minimum cycles (3) just to get Audyssey enabled (both ends of the sofa and standing height in front of it), then proceeded to restore the rest of my settings (glad I wrote them all down before I did the first master reset last month).
By the time I went through all the menu items tweaking things how they were before, it had been on for a couple hours, and when backing out of Setup I noticed the 8. Remote Controller Setup
function was available now... so I went into 7. Hardware
, happy to see 7.5 Network
and 7.6 Firmware Update
were both available too. I'm sure they replaced the HDMI board because it has a different MAC address (about 41,000 higher in sequence than the old one) on the network interface now. I turned it off, and unplugged its power cord to let it cool off overnight. When I plugged it back in and turned it on, I went immediately to the Setup menus and there were no greyed out items. Same thing this morning... as soon as I turned it on, I checked the Setup menu and everything's there... so it doesn't seem to be heat-related, even though I know they replaced the board and didn't just reflow cold joints.
The firmware it came back with is 1281-3602-0010-9120
Network functions work better than ever, with FLAC bitrates showing up right away, and artwork displays (it never did previously), though after streaming I still (some times) have to switch between inputs once or twice to get rid of the black box where the artwork was for music files. Navigating through artists/folders while music is playing used to be impossible, but now that works fine. Windows Media Player's 'Play To
' function even works with it for MP3 files (but not FLAC... still, WMP's Play To never used to work at all
with my TX-NR807).ergo
, I have a return label waiting in my inbox (the email said it's good through the end of the month), but I don't think I'll be using it unless the AVR dies again in the next 2 weeks I'll be pushing it through as many warm/cool cycles as possible before then. I'd really *like* it to die soon if it's going to, since I apparently have a few months warranty left (especially if they're replacing them with TX-NR818's o_0).
I am not able to access the Standby+CD, CD, CD setup menu described back around page 170 in this thread... has anyone else got that to work with current firmware?