Originally Posted by hgeblome
Can someone who owns the HT-RC360 tell me how it handles a 2 channel stereo signal (e.g. radio tuner or CD)? Does it detect the 2 channel signal and output it only to two speakers (without manually choosing this setup) or does it output to all connected speakers?
I'm asking this because I recently bought the Harman Kardon AVR-1600 and it applies Logic 7 to everything unless you go through the tedious surround menu and explicitly select 2-channel stereo. I'm thinking about returning and getting the Onkyo.
In Setup you can select a listening mode preset for each input for six categories, PCM, Mono/Multiplex, 2ch, Dolby/DTS, Other Multichannel. So for whatever input your CD is hooked to you could set 2ch source to stereo and it will automatically choose stereo when it detects a 2ch source on that input. You can also set it to stereo - all channels, last valid, mono, etc.
I'm not sure what it does for radio, I haven't hooked up the antenna yet.
One problem I found is that the iPhone 4 support sucks via USB. It clicks/skips and sounds like a bad CD. It makes it unusable in my opinion and this is with the latest firmware released on 5/12/2011. Yesterday I though I just had a bad rip on my iPhone when I was testing as I have one or two C's in bad shape I've ripped from, but I've done more testing today and it's all tracks. They sound fine through headphones direct from the iPhone.
FLAC playback via USB works great though and doesn't seem to have the same problem so I'm not really sure what the deal is. I just filled out the support form on the Onkyo website so we'll see what they say.