OK. My 3010 arrived yesterday. Was planning on waiting for a while, but found a way to get it for more than 700 off MSRP, and that was enough for me to pull the trigger.
Some background -- due to proximity, I have the components for both my master bedroom and my main HT in a Sanus rack that's in a hallway between the 2 rooms. Main HT is 7.2, and Master BR is TV only. In the past, I had tried all sorts of configurations in order to get simultaneous access to all the components in the rack between the 2 rooms, and had never been able to get it to work. So I had most of my components (ps3, 360, HTPC, S3 Tivo) going through an Onkyo 905 to supply the HT, and duplicate components (another HTPC -- that wasn't nearly as powerful as the first -- and another S3 Tivo) wired directly to my master BR TV. So this was (potentially) a major improvement. Also, though I have 2 Harmony 900's (with RF blasters) for the 2 rooms, I was getting way too many keystrokes/ button pushes not going through, and this pissed me off to no end. So, as I have 2 iPads, and ipad Mini, an old iphone 4, and an iphone 5 for control, I got the Roomie App with the HT pack, and really wanted to get that going. Unfortunately, the 905 isn't compatible with IP control from Roomie or the Onkyo iOS app.
So, in short, this could be an incredible option for me.
Anyway, during the 5 hrs that my kids were off at school today, I was able to get down and dirty and change out the rcvrs (while dusting the heck out of the inside of that rack
). I didn't bother doing Audyssey yet, b/c I wanted to try to tackle these other issues, check that the FW was up-to-date, etc before going through that part of the setup.
1) It was a little bit tricky getting the zone 2 HDMI working (and operating independently in terms of output) for the master bedroom. All I can say is RTFM (all 168 pages of it). Eventually, I got it going right. Only issue I need to solve at this point is the fact that I was hoping to use my more powerful HTPC for both rooms, but it appears that (if you use Plex, at least), you have to select 2.0 output in order to get sound from the 2nd HDMI port if it's going directly to the TV -- it does no processing of the audio. This means that, every time I would choose using the HTPC in the home theater, I would have to change the settings to 7.1, and every time I use the HTPC for the master BR, I'd have to change it back to 2.0. For that reason alone, I think I'll keep the other HTPC in the rack.
2) For those that may have been worried -- if you set it up right, you can put the rcvr in standby mode and still have full HDMI audio and video in the TV-only room. Just pick your default input for standby mode, and it will go to both zones 1 AND 2 when you put your rcvr in standby. I did a little dance when I got this to work. This means that I won't have to worry about my wife waking up in the morning, turning on the bedroom TV, and having a 'No signal' message in the master BR when she wants to watch TV (b/c the rcvr is off). This is such awesomeness!!
3) Spotify worked pretty well -- even though mine is hardwired, I did get a couple of random buffers in playback. But, otherwise, it worked fine.
4) I will reserve comment on Audyssey until I set it up tomorrow. All I know is that, as of right now, unadjusted, dear lord do I have too much LFE and rear speaker volume.
5) Getting Roomie to work via IP was a no-sweat easy setup (including using Zone 2 for the master BR)
6) was kinda surprised to see that there's no AC outlet on the back for my fan. Not a big deal at all, though. I think I'll just plug a fan into my UPS and just have it going all the time.
7) I don't really use the amp section as of now -- use it as a pre-pro for my Sunfire amp. So I can't say much about its amp section.
8) The rcvr said that I already had the latest FW -- was a bit surprised to see this...
Anyway, will hopefully be able to say more about the Audyssey implementation tomorrow. But, as of right now, AWESOME purchase for my situation. It is a TRUE multi-room receiver.Edited by NewOrlnsDukie - 4/9/13 at 9:06pm