Hello to everyone, I feel I know most of you personally as I have spent the last week or so reading 110+ pages of this thread in anticipation of upgrading to the 809 from my current SR806 Onkyo, I will continue reading the rest of this thread but I have some questions I will ask below.
I have recently moved into the GF’s home and have free reign in setting up my Home Theater Gear. I also plan on purchasing a Sharp Quatron 60” 240Hz 3d TV to replace my loved but aging Sharp 46” 120Hz display.
The reason I am replacing the current Sharp TV and AVR is that I want an upgrade TV wise and I figure if I am getting into a 3D/Newer display I might as well have a AVR that is capable even though 3D isn’t all that important to me right now, more of a future proof thing.
I plan on keeping my speakers which are a Premier Acoustic 6A-F system (5.1) (8omz) paired with a Klipsch SW-450 Subwoofer. I know these aren’t great speakers but they sound good to me and at some point in the future I will upgrade these as well but for the time being they suit my needs and were budget friendly. The Sub has been in storage awaiting setting up with a new AVR/TV and I don’t have immediate access to it but have some questions. The Sub plugs into a wall socket for power, so does this mean it’s a powered Sub? Also I keep seeing LPE of LPF setting? I know I have 2 knobs on the back of the Sub, IIRC 1 is for volume the other one if for “Lowpass” (Hz) with a setting range of 40Hz-150Hz…What do I physically set these dials to? Or is the settings for these handled through the AVR when running Auddessy?
The GF currently has SD DirecTv, at my previous apt. I was fortunate enough to have Verizon FIOS HD Cable Service, it is not available here at my new location and probably won’t be as I heard they stopped rolling out to new areas (?), here is where my 1st question comes up:
1.) If I keep the SD cable service from DirecTv, will the 809 AVR up-convert the SD feed to 1080P? If it does do this I feel this will allow me to save a decent chunk of money on upgrading the current SD service to HD service? If the 809 won’t allow this, or does it inconsistently or poorly, I will upgrade to HD service. What is the consensus on this question? Will the 809 up- convert my SD Directv feed to HD appropriately? Will I have to continuously mess with picture settings to get the upscaled SD to look decent in HD? If I do go this route the DirecTv box is currently using component cables to output to the TV. I would assume I can plug these component cables from the cable box, into the component cables input on the back of the AVR, then use the main HDMI output from the AVR to hook up to the back of the TV? Do I need to associate somehow the Cable Box Component Connection with the HDMI out to my TV, or will this do it automatically? The setting names, numerous modes and tweaking has gotten me in a state of paralysis by analysis and thus I want to make sure I have a good grasp of what I am doing, prior to getting all of the gear I plan on. No sense in taking weeks or months to get everything up and running perfectly, to me that runs into the warranty windows if I am unfortunate enough to have a warranty issue. I’d like to be able to have the knowledge to hook up everything, and set everything mostly in one day, thus it is why I have spent the better part of the last week reading this whole thread, jotting down questions and notes when they arise…
2.) It sounds that the way to go about updating the Firmware is to use a USB stick? Would I load the most recent Firmware update onto a blank USB stick, plug the USB into the AVR the moment I take the AVR out of its box for initial set-up feeding it power, but nothing else into it such as HDMI cables and network cable? Do I plug the AVR in prior to putting the USB stick into the rear USB port? What is RIHD and why does It need to be off during the update process? Also I have read no streaming and no HDMI cable plugged in (How then do I see the OSD?), basically the AVR has to be dormant with nothing plugged in while updating? Are the menus, during set up while updating intuitive to telling you what and how to turn things off that need to be off during the update? Or is it all learned/applied while thumbing through the manual? (EDIT) After reading a few more pages of threads it seems that USB Stick might also have problems updating firmware and that running a direct CAT5 cable from my router to the back of the AVR to perform the Firmware update is more successful?
3.) Where is the online manual available, I’d like to D/L and print it out prior to purchasing?
4.) I plan on hooking up a Mid-Model PS3 with HDMI, anything odd or peculiar I should be aware of when hooking up the PS3 with HDMI, or is it fairly straight forward? Do I use the optical out of the PS3 into the AVR in addition to using an HDMI (What input if so for Optical) or will HDMI handle the audio sufficiently?
5.) I plan on reading the Audessy Thread start to finish and am minutely familiar with it using it when setting up the SR806, once familiar with settings, menus and such I dabbled with adjusting things to sound right to my ear, though I am sure, after reading all these posts, that my set up was probably lacking and capable of much more in terms of sound quality, but hell it sounded good to me, anyways does this receiver offer more intuitive and more detailed menus when performing adjustments, running Audessy, etcetera? Not that the SR806 was difficult, but having more info would help me make more informed choices.
In conclusion, the most important thing is how this AVR handles converting theb SD to HD cale feed? I am unsure what the upscaling capabilities of the Sharp TV I plan on purchasing http://www.bjs.com/sharp-aquos-quattron-60-led-hdtv-1080p-240hz-3d-wi-fi.product.217007?dimId=2005810
and thus want to make sure that this AVR can do what I need. I will finish reading the rest of this thread but plan on pulling the trigger soon. I am grabbing the TV tonight and the AVR within the next week.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, thank you to all the frequent posters, I have learned a lot from your informative replies.