Originally Posted by tsaville
Having fallen victim to the HDMI board failures twice myself (606 and 3008), I have followed these Onkyo threads very closely. From what I've read, I think it's safe to say that all x06, x07, and x08 models are prone to this particular failure. I have also seen a sprinkling of HDMI board failures in the x09 models (we're getting into that magical window when they start failing).
I hadn't read about the "hybrid standby" on the newest models, but that sounds promising. We won't know anything for sure until about a year from now. I always loved Onkyo for the same reasons everyone else does (best bang for the buck, most number of features), but they've lost me as a customer until/unless they can resolve these quality issues. My old SR800 is still rock solid, and my parents have been using an SR601 (in a poorly ventilated enclosure, I might add) for the past 7 years or so.
I spoke to my local Onkyo service center. Take it with a grain of salt since they didnt seem interested in answering questions, but he said not ALL of the HDMI boards will fail, and that keeping it cool will not prevent one from failing.
Im not sure how true that is or isnt, but thats what I heard. He also said since the modified board was put in place they havent had any second repair requests. But the magical window has not arrived on the repaired units yet either.
I think they are becoming a "jack of all trades, master of none". Way back when I bought my first Onkyo stuff, they were years behind the times (DVD and CD players that didnt play MP3s, etc). But the stuff was rock solid. Now it looks like they are throwing in everything but the kitchen sink because they know people will buy based on the check marks it has for features vs another brand. If the unit works "perfectly" for 75% of the people that buy it and dont know any better, they win. Its ashame, but thats how stuff (at least that I, as a mere mortal, can afford) is being made now.
Im not quite sure what brand is currently like Onkyo used to be....rock solid stuff but maybe missing some of the newest features. Maybe Anthem? I honestly dont know, I havent looked at any of the "high end" stuff simply because its out of budget.