My new 818 takes 14 seconds from on to picture and sound coming out with Satellite source selected on shutdown.
A couple of quick observations.
No Audyssey setup tonight, so no comments yet.
Picture quality is excellent. Same as 5009 I had.
Really good with HD DirecTV. Tons of options.
Build quality really good. Heavy and bulky, solid feel. Speaker connectors not great, but it won't effect sound quality.
I can confirm it will stream Apple Lossless over DLNA. I have an iMac using Mobli, and they stream fine. Fastest network and Internet services in any AVR I've had to date.
Also quick menu and remote response... Dare I say fast.
No click... No clicks... No clicks.
One anomaly still exist from older units... I heard one random relay click about 30 minutes after power up... No audible change.. Might be related to running 7.1.
Lock time almost instant.
Has a feature to die for, seen on few AVRs.
You can advance the sound as well as delay it... Huge for satellite...
Obviously has 7 channels of amplification.
But can handle 9 channels using per amp outputs.
However there is a weird design choice they've made..., not sure why, except to up sell more expensive units.
You cannot use an external amp for your mains and the 7 receiver amps for center, height, wides and rear surrounds... You can use the 7 amps but you are forced to use external amplification for the remaining heights, wides or rear surrounds,,, meaning you will need to externally power one pair (either height, wides or rear surrounds) in a 9.1 setup, regardless of if you aren't using the AVR for LR and/or center.
GUI has nice drop shadows...
The volume brings up a 1/8 screen translucent black box on the lower part of the image.... Not terrible, but not just the volume indicator like the Denon... And the volume indicator itself is translucent, so the number can be hard to read on bright backgrounds.. Also it is offset to the right a bit, and the volume bar has a drop shadow that looks weird.
Insta Preview are along bottom (even thought every graphic has them along the right side..). Probably 3-4 frames a second.. Thumbnails really....
More to come..
But first impressions......
A big winner from Onkyo in terms of build, speed, design,etc... Some weird things, but no deal breakers so far.
And I haven't really heard it calibrated yet.