Originally Posted by mariokrt64
I like to have the multichannel inputs...they have allowed to keep using my Denon AVR-3300 (12 yrs. old) with then newer Dobly'DTS loose formats. I purchase a Panansonic DMB-BD80 and ran its 5/6 analog outputs to the Denon Multichannel inputs and extended its life a few yrs.....its insurance against obsolence......the way I see it....May main conecern with the Onkyos are some horror stories with units burning out (re: Amazon reviews) and poor customer service....I was ready to pull the plug, but these and other stories has lowered my entusiasm.....
On the other hand, If I decide to go thru, I will probably buy Onkyo's extended warranty on their website...Still Customer Support horror stories are another worry....
For how long have you had yours?
Thanks for you sharing your experience.....
The biggest difference between 809 and 818 is not what it loses (old technology like s video inputs) but what it gains.
The best feature about the 809 is Audyssey XT. The 818 has the XT32 flavour, a huge step up in technology.
Anything coming in through the Analog inputs BYPASSES these features. I know what you are saying, but that's because you haven't heard them. Ditch your Analog mindset? If buying now, I would get 818, regardless of price difference.
I have the 809, the only issues I have had were Operator error. When connecting HDMI, make sure everything is powered down. These Onkyos run cool now, fans never activate, and I think reliability is fine. But don't underestimate the lack of customer service.
Buy from a dealer you can walk into, or live near a service centre. Keep your old Denon as a backup.