Originally Posted by OSUDesi
Short answer is no, heat is not an issue. Feel free to search this thread for more details.
Not using the network to update firmware is an opinion that some users share on this thread, by no means is it an "official" recommendation. I've used both methods successfully.
Originally Posted by dowop
I have a 709 & a 3009. They both run pretty cool. I am not sure that a inch headroom would be enough. I guess you will have to try it & see.
Hmm...dissenting opinions in two consecutive AVS posts. I would expect nothing different.
So, I've downloaded the firmware upgrade. Everybody here keeps saying "Upgrade via USB" when the problem with that, of course, is that USB is merely a connection, not a platform. Why doesn't everybody just say what you really have to do, which is download several files onto your computer and copy it to a thumb drive, then stick it into the USB port on your amp?
Well, I guess your way is shorter. If less precise.
Now, "upgrade via internet" is self explanatory. If not, at least according to those hereabouts, as effective.
Meanwhile, I'm glad to see my newly-unpacked 709 has S-Video connections, though I don't really know why. I mean, how far back exactly does the way-back machine go? No matter, I've got a VHS recorder that I really want to see what the video chips in the amp can do to that signal.
I'm less enthused with my other, more modern, equipment going through any video processing through the Onkyo, even though that should be a hallmark of the product. Otherwise, why pay so much? And, specifically, who does the processing? Currently, only my Oppo and my Samsung TV. Everything I run through my Onkyo 606 is straight passthrough. I'm dying to see if I can take lesser sources and upscale them effectively. Or even semi-good sources like, say, AppleTV and cable STB.
But, that begs another question: who exactly is doing the processing? Knowing that your HDTV, all of which include upscaling, has the final word, how do you really know which is doing what?
We'll find out.
Meanwhile, cost shouldn't be much of a concern with anyone anymore. The new 717s are out, and selling for $100 off at a mere $900 on Amazon. I'm pretty sure that's not less than anyone here paid. And I guess this is the new naming convention--not "09" to "10" but "10 plus first number" i.e. 609->616 and 709->717, etc. Makes me wonder what Boeing is going to do when they run out of 7-7 numbers.
Oh, yeah. Somebody upthread claimed the remote is "the best remote that ever came with an amp." Really? My first look says different. I guess the buttons are a little bigger, since it's about a third larger than my 606 remote, without adding too many features. And I understand that there might be some universality that wasn't available before, but being a "Hey, I've got this many gadgets, I want this many controllers" sort of guy, I'm not a yet a believer.
But mostly...no backlight? Really?
That's not the best remote I've ever used, nor any better than a couple of others I've got on my coffee table.
Oh, but one last thing: this little box is purty. Very clean and modern-looking and much better than my 606.
It's like a new car.