Merry Christmas All,
I Just picked up a TX-NR929 a couple days ago.
I did a fair amount of A/B testing at my local Hi-Fi shop. I had it narrowed down to: Yamaha RX-A2030, Onkyo, and Denon AVR-X400. Thankfully I was able to demo on close matching speakers as well.
To tell the truth, I couldn't hear much difference in the store, so my main focus was all the bells and whistles....
For the past 4 years I have had a Yamaha RX-V3900. great sound unit! I was just needing some more features: More HDMI, ARC....A few other things. I had boughten a Onkyo....8 something (can't remember model) just cause I was interested in some of the features the Yamaha didn't have, and I could get a better deal on the Onkyo. From the moment I got it setup I could just tell this wasn't the receiver for me. First off, it sounded really thin with my Klipsch RF-7 system. I even tried running Audyssey multiple times & completely bypassing it.
I still couldn't achieve the sound I was looking for, so I returned it and picked up the Yamaha and was Happy!
I was definitely drawn to the Onkyo once again with it's stunning good looks and features, so I decided to test run again.......Well, got it home a couple nights ago ran Audyssey in a few locations and was so surprised with the quality of sound I was getting!!! Really! my Jaw dropped
demoing some of my favorite Lossless Blu Rays and Flac files. I don't know if this as something to do with Audyssey MultEQ XT? But Wow!!! The soundstage is absolutely remarkable! The sound is crisp while still remaining "Warm"
I also havent had any other issues that I had with the previous Onlyo (knock on wood) HDMI Sync issues, Heating, a few other issues as well. I did take me a while to figure out the remote macros and HDMI CSC (RIHD) But, I think I've got all of that straightened out.
All the network services seem to work well. It would have bee nice to have Airplay but, I use Apple TV anyways so, not a deal breaker. Bluetooth also works flawlessly, although it would have been nice to have a Bluetooth button on the remote
instead of going into Q setup and changing the input but, again, not a big deal breaker for me. So far the Onkyo has passed all the video & audio test I've throw at it....with the exception of playing FLAC 5.1 Files via USB. I have a large collection of multichannel files
I have always play from Foobar via a PC & HDMI. I was hoping the onkyo could read these
It can play the full uncompressed data but, outputs only to 2 channel. I'm hoping it's not a hardware limitation. Maybe Onkyo can do a firmware update........
All in all I'm really glad I went with the Onkyo! Awesome features for the money!! I'll keep you all in the loop
-RyanEdited by ryaneagon - 12/23/13 at 9:57am