OK, So I just got a 929. I haven't had much time with it so I cannot give a thorough review but want to contribute to this thread. I will start by saying that, I am very impressed so far.
I retired my SR805 mainly to get HDMI 1.4. I did a bit of research and narrowed by choices down to the Pioneer SC-79 (for its class D amps), the Denon x4000 (because its always the answer given when someone asks what receiver to buy), and the Onkyo NR929 (for its features and my good experience with the SR805). I started to lean toward the Denon x3000 because I have no need for multi-room but the extra power and features of the NR929 were worth the $100.00 price difference.
Out of the box, the first thing I liked was the set up. I remember back on '07 when I unboxed my SR805, plugged it into the TV and got an on screen menu that was pixellated and offset by 50%, making it unusable. On screen menus were more of a gimmick at that time anyway so I didn't mind. I disabled it and never thought about it again. This time around was another experience. Initial configuration was a joy and its actually useful beyond set up as decent media center.
Next, Audysssey XT32. I honestly didn't think there would be much improvement over older versions but man was I wrong. The only piece of gear I changed was this receiver but it sounds like I replaced my entire set up. I am blown away by the fact that I was able to improve the sound quality as much as I have without buying new speakers. Even with new speakers, its difficult to get decent sound in a big square room with hard floors but the XT32 calibration nailed it.
Video passthrough has been fine as well. I haven't needed to up convert anything, nor do I have a 4k TV so all I have to contribute is that 1080p picture quality is at least as good. I too have a Samsung, like a previous poster, but haven't messed with Anynet+, or even had time to set up my remote.
Oh ya, my remote. Let me go down a little tangent. I'll be brief. Logitech, you suck! Why do you think you can sell remote controls for nearly the same price as a game console and not even test it on OS X? And then go months with not even an attempt at a patch? Please fix your janky Silverlight-based web app! Ok, I'm done.
OK so that rant is a good segue into the one negative thing I have to say about my receiver upgrade. And that's DLNA support. I worded that as to not single out the NR929 because all AVR receivers on the market today, only support audio streaming form a device to the receiver through DLNA. (I read someone Sony has one with limited video support). Earlier I mentioned how the on screen display serves as a decent media center, and it does for audio. You open up the Network Services and are presented with a nice landing screen with icons for Pandora, Spotify, etc. and even DLNA devices and "Home Media". You can then browse to any device on your network and stream music. If it just supported video, it would completely replace the HTPC. And I know it can be done because my Samsung TV does it. I don't get why they are leaving that out.
I am a tech nerd so the last thing I'll talk about connectivity. Here are the devices I have connected, or tried to connect to the NR929. Note: This is first attempt, with no time spent troubleshooting, so I am sure I will get some things working that currently are not
These obviously connected and worked fine via HDMI
Utilite micro PC with XMBC Media Server
Attempts to connect via HDMI have failed but am certain it is a configuration issue on the Utilite side of things.
WD MyCloud NAS drive
The receiver sees and connects to the device with zero setup via DLNA. Music streams well but no video!
- I don't have a need for the Airplay addon but for grins attempted to connect via bluetooth but connection fails with error, "The device does not have the necessary services". Will need to see if I can manually configure the connection.
- Attempted to connect to the receiver from a terminal using the ISCP spec but have yet to succeed. Supposedly you can issue commands. I assume this is what the Onkyo iPhone app and other third party apps use to interact with the receiver.
- Surprisingly my iPhone doesn't see the receiver. Others on this thread haven't had a problem so I am I'll resolve it 2 minutes after I post this.
- Onkyo Remote 2 app. This could not find the receiver either so assuming its an issue with my phone.
Set up (5.1)
B&W 301 (x4)
B&W CC6 Center Speaker
Velodyne EQMax 10" sub
Samsung 60" (ES7500)
Utilite Micro PC w/ XMBC Media Center
WD MyCloud NAS Storage w/ Twonky Media server
Edited by mackdoyle - 4/14/14 at 11:32pm