Originally Posted by old corps
Hey Tential-THANKS for taking the time. I'm still thinking about it.
I got as far as putting it in my cart but got p.o. when I tried to register my 607 to get another $5 off and it wouldn't recognize it's serial # which absolutely correct. Kinda silly, huh? If I decide to get off the fence I'm going to call them to take care of that & also ask some questions--like is there a period of time that it can be returned for a refund if its defective. Couldn't find anything about that. Gonna "sleep" on it tonight. My 607 is working perfectly and that makes it harder to make a decision, lol .I primarily want to upgrade for a bit more power, the better Audessy and 3D pass through.
You wont notice a 10-20 watt increase which is most likely what you'll be getting. I dunno about 3D because I don't have a 3D TV and I rarely watch 3D (does anyone really watch 3D more than 5% of the time they watch their display?), and the better audessy is a HUGE reason I'm picking the 709 as I want to try it. However, I have no problem calibrating a system myself until it sounds good to my ears. That's what really matters is that you like how it sounds. The biggest reason I'm upgrading to the 709 though is because the 809 is too expensive. For the price of the 809, I'm able to get the 709, AND an external amp (it's a pro amp but I hear great reviews from lots of HT mags using it in HT setups), so why not? Also, if you miss out on the 709, and they get sold out, you're stuck with 717. That's a lesser version of Audessy. So either way you'd be getting screwed at a 300 dollar price range. The only way to get this value would be to spend about 500 dollars. If you're lucky and wait long enough you might get this value at 450, but because of the newer receivers losing features, you will only get a good audessy with the 818. That's hit 600 once so far, but I highly doubt it'll get to 450 for a long time and you might even miss that sale.
For me, the 709 is offering the best price point, and the best upgrade path from a price to performance ratio. But if I wasn't listening at high volumes, then I'd probably not be worried about upgrading either until something came around that really tickled my fancy, like the 450 dollar deal on the 809.
My HT-RC360 is working perfectly as well. That's why I'm purchasing this receiver. I can sell my current receiver, for 200 dollars hopefully, purchase this new one for 320-310, and I'm upgrading for 110 dollars.
Also, from what I've read, people have been upgraded models if the unit is problematic. They just end up shipping you a newer model which is pretty good so at WORST, you might end up with a 717. If you were adamant that you bought the 709 for the MultiEQ, they may give you an 809 if they still have them left and you're really nice on the phone. Also, Onkyo has a trade in service they don't advertise. If you trade in an old receiver out of warranty, broken or working, they give you money off a new one. So now that I know this I'm not too worried about buying onkyo. Worst comes to worst, I'd have to go back to my old receiver for 1 year (til it's out of warranty), then upgrade again. Lots of options, and I hear it's also a flat rate off, so even if you have a lower end model you'd still get a good amount off.