Originally Posted by mfrey0118
The exact same thing happens to me with my 609 and my ST30. For a few days I got no audio return via HDMI and had to hook up an optical cable. Then out of nowhere, the audio returned...now it's gone again. I, also am getting a bit pissed with Onkyo's quality control issues.
Just to be sure, though, when I get home I have another ST30 coming in and if it happens with this panel then I know it's the receiver. If it doesn't then I know it's the panel's ARC failing...
These HDMI issues are unnacceptable and I don't see these things popping up in the Denon/Yamaha threads. Onkyo get your crap together man, this is my first experience with you, don't force it to be my last...
OK, so it doesn't seem to be a hardware failure of any type. Perhaps just the result of Onkyo's quirky 2011 HDMI communication issues (handshake).
New panel, new receiver still happens intermittently. Doing a soft reset (unplug the deveice for 30 seconds) helped this last time, and ARC has been working perfectly since.
I really like this model (609) when it functions properly. I've wanted to do just a review of it but I was waiting till I read all the pages in the thread and addressed any issues that popped up for me in the meantime...the sound issue seems like a software/firmware thing so perhaps it can be addressed. If the worst I have to do is a soft reset once or twice a week, I can live with that as long as I know my HDMI board isn't going bad.
Haven't run Audessey yet. Volume for movies is 50-60. Using the Onkyo 6 ohm speakers from the HT-S5400 and they match up very well, IMHO.
No problems with audio decoding or video/audio dropouts. I am running Xfinity HD and Panny 210 Blu Ray to AVR and HDMI to ST30 TV. 3D Avatar looked great, as usual, no handshaking problems. Ethernet connection with static IP and MAC filter works well, I can stream internet radio or use DLNA to access my music on my PC.
Crossover mains and center at 80hz, and satellites at 90hz. LFE is 120hz to the Onkyo 10" self powered sub.
I ran the 609 for over 9 hours straight yesterday, from normal viewing/listening levels to loud enough to hear over the vacuum cleaner and it never faltered. During normal levels, unit stayed pretty cool to the touch. When I ran it hard for several hours, it ran hot to the touch but stayed steady and never got hotter. This is with about 1.5-2" of clearance overhead from the top of the unit to the glass shelf above. and open on the sides and back.