I received the new iView-3500STBII (new remote but same hardware) that I purchased from Newegg and had a chance to do a quick comparison. Here is what is displayed from the Info in the Menu:
SW Version: 20130918 V9
HW Version: ATSC7816XD-01
Here are the differences I found when compared to V6a:
1. The front panel display is at full brightness, not like the dimmed display on V6a.
2. The Menu display is translucent which allows the video from the channel you are watching to sometimes obscure the menu display. The Menu display on V6a is opaque.
3. When using the HDMI output there is no audio when you have the "RAW HDMI on" setting. All the other settings (RAW, PCM, and Off) produce audio output which can be controlled by the volume control on the remote.
I didn't see any other major differences but I don't have cable so I could only evaluate it based on OTA. For my usage, I see these differences as negatives so I am going to load V6a firmware on the unit.
Edited by DD24 - 11/11/13 at 8:15am