Originally Posted by stevess
Can FastSlappy go into more detail on the video processing? I currently have an 801, and would like to upgrade this year, maybe to the 818.
How much does it really improve the video? I too use DirecTV. I also use the XBox 360, and the media center on it to play some shows I record on the computer.
My other question, and maybe no one knows yet, is if the front height speakers would need an additional amp to power them. I currently have a 5.1 system, I have rear surround speakers - none on the sides. But - I have two speakers going to another room that I sometimes use to play music there. Since it's a 7.2 system, I guess I could use the other 2 amps to power front height speakers if I wanted to, and then on the rare times I wanted music in the other room, use those same two amps to power the other room.
I've read other reviews saying the front height speakers don't make that much of a difference. Anyone else here have experience with that?
I'm very interested in the XT32 - it sounds like that could really improve things.
I love Height AND Wides adds to a seamless frontstage both in depth & expanded range . over head effects are stunning , like rain,jets fly-overs. Helicopter flying over
yeah the Video processing is processing up the DirecTV signal that is a compressed 1080P & 1080I==> adds more Color Pop ,detail,contrast .
I've had the 606 as my 1st standard reference , then got a 807 seen improvement in that Chipset , then got a 5008 seen even more improvement in the Reon chipset & now with my 1009 even more improvement ( the 818 has the same video processors as a 1009) So much so I'm selling the 5008 & buying another Onkyo that has the new processors (have not made my mind on which to get yet )
the QHV chipset is adding a cleaner signal to the compression that DirecTv has . Even the wife noticed it as soon as we started up the 1009 over the 5008 . It was a Wow moment to her as well , she was all "Why do you need a new AVR
even so that SD looks way better as well .