Hi gang - Love this thread so far, read every post...
So, the 609 has a few issues, but these seem to be getting ironed out by FW updates?
I also read elsewhere there are issues with HDMI pass-thru issues - I am fuzzy on the exact advantage of HDMI pass-thru - Is it used when the reciever is off - basically for watching DVD or TV without sound thru the reciever? I almost always have my reciever on when watching stuff.
Also, anyone knows if Vanns is still hooking people up? Amazon seems to have the best deal on the 609 for 493.20 and free shipping straight from Onkyo. I found some cheaper deals on ebay and via google shopping, but nervous these are grey area goods and warranty will be an issue - had this happen once on a pioneer elite.
I just sold my VSX-21TXH online and am looking at the 609 for these main reasons:
- Zone 2 - Want to do 5.1 in living room and have 2 speakers off deck to listen to online radio - Pandora or maybe music from our home collection which is all on itunes (I wish I could get this off itunes somehow...grrr)
We are building a house and I plan to run these in a 15'Lx14'Wx9'H living room with one open wall which opens into kitchen/dining. I want to pick this up now if its a good deal. We move in October but I will run all the wiring now..
Rest of setup as follows:
Panny 50" 1080p plasma (not 3D)
homebrew HTPC with about 3GB of HD movies
Pioneer basic Blu-Ray DVD - very sluggish. Plan to upgrade this to something else possibly LG (seems like every player has pros and cons)
Klipsch quintet SL (3 bigger SL speakers in front and 2 satellites in the rear)
Klipsch 12" subwoofer
I think I will do a mediacom cable box or Dish network so I can use the dual tuner feature for the master bedroom upstairs.
Anyways, please advise if this reciever can tackle this setup. Thanks for your time.