Originally Posted by SKoprowski
Set up the 867 last night. It is replacing an Onkyo 674. Great sound- has a bit more "soundstage" then the Onkyo. Few things disappoint me though and not sure if it is enough to take it back or not:
1. There is no way to disable the onscreen display for the volume control. Kind of annoying to see that in the middle of the screen.
2. There is always a background wallpaper. I have a customized screen I made that is the standard wallpaper for my projector. You can't see it now- as soon as the receiver is turned on the receivers wallpaper kicks in.
3. The auto speaker setup keeps telling me my speakers are out of phase even though they are not. No big deal I guess since I am reading this is a common occurrence and mostly do to how your speakers are placed.
4. The negative volume thing is confusing to ex Onkyo users. LOL
5. Not Yamaha's fault, but I discovered you cannot use the online Sirius unless you pay an additional fee even if you are a lifetime subscriber. I can listen online with my computer, but I cannot log on through the receiver. Apparently as a Sirius lifetime subscriber I just get the basic online service through a PC and that's it unless I want to pay $2.99 a month.
6. I can hit one button on the Onkyo remote and it will display the sound info immediately (what hertz, how many channels et). The Yamaha will do it but you have to go through a few menus onscreen.
7. I have not had time to test it yet, but from what I read in the Yamaha manual it will not apply any bass management to the analog ins. No big dea for me yet, but if my Oppo dvd/sacd player (which does sacd over multipcm) ever breaks my backup Sony sacd player only has analog outs and this will be an issue.
8. Updating the firmware should be easier then it is. Not sure why they couldn't incorporate it into the GUI.
9. Not having a paper manual is annoying to me. Had to sit with my laptop next to me while setting it up. For those who do not have a laptop or other portable devices this is a little cumbersome.
I know most of these are just little nitpicks. Overall it is a better sounding receiver then what I have and it runs much cooler then the Onkyo. I will do more testing later this week. Can't beat the receiver for the price though. I got it for $399.95 at a local chain store.