Originally Posted by GoatLocker
1. I think the media browsing interface of current AVR's will leave you very disappointed.
2. Almost all AVR's are only able to stream audio, not video.
I agree. I have been using a MythTV system to manage my digital content and it works well for me. The interface on the 809 is probably a step up from previous receivers, but in no way is adequate for accessing music for someone that is used to any kind of a media system. Plus, the interface does not allow any video streaming
The one interface that I use is the iPad and Android Onkyo apps for queuing up Pandora on the 809 via my home wifi network. I use this to stream music without having to turn on my projector to see what I need to access. Also, I haven't found a really slick Pandora interface for MythTV (other than bringing up a browser).
I also like the interface on the 809 for setting up the various inputs and other settings. It is nice to be able to modify all the settings without having to actually see the LCD screen on the 809 unit since mine is located 80' away in a wiring closet.
Per your request, here are some screenshots when you select the "Net" interface for streaming music. Click the images for a larger view. Sorry that they aren't super high quality - I just had my camera on my phone.
Main source selection screen:
Selected DLNA source:
Note that All Music is over 3000 pages of single lines. Good luck scrolling through to find the right song.
By album isn't much better. Not sure why it duplicates entries for the same album.
Searching for a song uses the remote and on-screen keyboard. I much prefer the real keyboard entry on my MythTV system.
Pandora channel selection:
Pandora channel playing:
Setup screen. I like these quite comprehensive screens:
Here are some screenshots from the Android Onkyo Remote Application: