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Originally Posted by 67jason View Post

The 818 is a great point of entry for audyssey xt32 and is highly recommended by lots of folk on these forums, but it is an onkyo and may still be affected by the dreaded hdmi board failures that have plagued the last 3 or so generations. i would look at the denon x4000 for a comparable feature set to the 818, plus it is a newer model. the 717 is not really worth the price as it comes with the lowest version of audyssey, 2eq, which applies no eq filters to the subwoofer. However if good room calibration is not a desired feature, and you are not concerned about the possibility of an hdmi board failure the 717 can be a good bang for the buck avr.
I did like the price of the 818. How prevalent are the board failures and does Onkyo cover those under warranty? I've read good things about XT32. What exactly makes it that much better than the basic room calibration?
post #23102 of 34833
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Originally Posted by SteeleJester View Post

Sorry off-topic, (or is it on-topic?) what do you guys think of the Onkyo 717 or 818?

The 818 is a great point of entry for audyssey xt32 and is highly recommended by lots of folk on these forums, but it is an onkyo and may still be affected by the dreaded hdmi board failures that have plagued the last 3 or so generations. i would look at the denon x4000 for a comparable feature set to the 818, plus it is a newer model. the 717 is not really worth the price as it comes with the lowest version of audyssey, 2eq, which applies no eq filters to the subwoofer. However if good room calibration is not a desired feature, and you are not concerned about the possibility of an hdmi board failure the 717 can be a good bang for the buck avr.

I have a 818 myself. I love it. Not had any issues. I think it's the 3rd or 4th Onkyo I've had. Can't remember.rolleyes.gif Great feature set for the money.
post #23103 of 34833
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

I have a 818 myself. I love it. Not had any issues. I think it's the 3rd or 4th Onkyo I've had. Can't remember.rolleyes.gif Great feature set for the money.
It runs 9.2 with the option of Heights, Wides, and backs, correct?
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Originally Posted by panzer View Post

Looking for some comments on the TL 350 system, I am sure it will be fine for ht, but I am interested in its musical performance, I wll be using a sub and possibly 2 subs, I will be powering it with a pioneer elite sc 65, my room is 15x20, thanks

Hey, I bought the tl250 about a year ago and it was really nice for my space (using a non polk sub). The only thing I really felt lacking was the bass from my center speaker. Highs and mids are really nice for the size if them, probably because they have pretty good components and the cabinets have steel plates in them to deaden them. Amazing sound for the size really.

My main cause for upgrade was the vocals during movies, many deeper male voices ended up going through the sub because these start losing serious performance in the 100hz and below area. If i was just into music i would not have upgraded, my friends and family were also similarly impressed. I'm also suffering some hearng loss from working in and around aircraft... Hope that helps! :-)
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Originally Posted by SteeleJester View Post

It runs 9.2 with the option of Heights, Wides, and backs, correct?
It has 7 channels of amplification plus suport of an additional 2 externally amped for height wides or back. The sub outputs are identical as there is no separate level, delay, or audyssey adjustment. The interactions of the additional channels and zones is complicated and not very good IMO. You need to step up a bit in the Onkyo line to get 9 channels of amplification.

I had been using a 705 with lsis for years without a problem and recently upgraded to the 818. Onkyo seems to stand by with extended warranty work with the hdmi board thing. I also have airflow in my rack from pro amps.
Edited by fumoffu - 10/30/13 at 5:32am
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It runs 9.2 with the option of Heights, Wides, and backs, correct?
It has 7 channels of amplification plus suport of an additional 2 externally amped for height wides or back. The sub outputs are identical as there is no separate level, delay, or audysy adjustment. The interactions of the additional channels and zones is complicated and not very good IMO. You need to step up a bit to get 9 channels of amplification in the Onkyo line.

I had been using a 705 with lsis for years without a problem. Onkyo seems to stand by with extended warranty work with the hdmi board thing. I also have airflow in my rack from pro amps.

I agree and disagree. Yes it's a 7 channel amp. But with the preouts you can up it to 9 channels. They are basically plug and play with a additional amp. I'm running 2 additional amps. (1 for subs and 1 for fronts)

I disagree that it's complicated. And if you only plan to do 9 channels and have no problem with an external amp, you don't need to step up to a 9 channel amp. Audessey will still run a complete setup for you with or without external amps. It's pretty hassle free. IMO

Could you clarify what you think is complicated? Just curious.
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Originally Posted by migraine24-7 View Post

I agree and disagree. Yes it's a 7 channel amp. But with the preouts you can up it to 9 channels. They are basically plug and play with a additional amp. I'm running 2 additional amps. (1 for subs and 1 for fronts)

I disagree that it's complicated. And if you only plan to do 9 channels and have no problem with an external amp, you don't need to step up to a 9 channel amp. Audessey will still run a complete setup for you with or without external amps. It's pretty hassle free. IMO

Could you clarify what you think is complicated? Just curious.

I agree that if you are just using it for one room it's straight forward. But I said: "The interactions of the additional channels and zones is complicated and not very good IMO." What I mean is using the external amp in conjunction with multi-zone support is complicated.

On pages EN-59 and EN-60 on the manual, the complication is all those stars, *1 through *8. When trying to use multiple zones the interaction of all these setting is complicated, because the dynamic external pre-amp port (EXT AMP) behaves differently then the fixed pre-amp (PRE OUT) ports.
post #23108 of 34833
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Originally Posted by fumoffu View Post



On pages EN-59 and EN-60 on the manual, the complication is all those stars, *1 through *8. When trying to use multiple zones the interaction of all these setting is complicated, because the dynamic external pre-amp port (EXT AMP) behaves differently then the fixed pre-amp (PRE OUT) ports.

 

 

You read the manual?  :eek:

 

:p

post #23109 of 34833
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post


Lol. I put my Minitors 70s and 25c for sale local for $350. I think I'm going to go with RTi8 or A5 for now.

 

I'm pretty sure that's what my son is going to do in a couple of weeks. Hopefully they'll still have the 8's on sale. That's a nice price on Polk ebay.

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Originally Posted by SteeleJester View Post

Sorry off-topic, (or is it on-topic?) what do you guys think of the Onkyo 717 or 818?

LOL!! I needed that laugh biggrin.gif
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I agree and disagree. Yes it's a 7 channel amp. But with the preouts you can up it to 9 channels. They are basically plug and play with a additional amp. I'm running 2 additional amps. (1 for subs and 1 for fronts)

I disagree that it's complicated. And if you only plan to do 9 channels and have no problem with an external amp, you don't need to step up to a 9 channel amp. Audessey will still run a complete setup for you with or without external amps. It's pretty hassle free. IMO

Could you clarify what you think is complicated? Just curious.

I agree that if you are just using it for one room it's straight forward. But I said: "The interactions of the additional channels and zones is complicated and not very good IMO." What I mean is using the external amp in conjunction with multi-zone support is complicated.

On pages EN-59 and EN-60 on the manual, the complication is all those stars, *1 through *8. When trying to use multiple zones the interaction of all these setting is complicated, because the dynamic external pre-amp port (EXT AMP) behaves differently then the fixed pre-amp (PRE OUT) ports.

Gotcha. Did he ask about multiple zones? I didn't see that. I personally don't use multiple zones. So I defer to your knowledge and experience.
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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

I'm pretty sure that's what my son is going to do in a couple of weeks. Hopefully they'll still have the 8's on sale. That's a nice price on Polk ebay.
They had a pair for $335 a couple weeks ago.
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They had a pair for $335 a couple weeks ago.

 

Wow, that sure would have been a steal. If they hit that price again before my son is ready to buy I'll grab them and he can pay me back.

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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

I'm pretty sure that's what my son is going to do in a couple of weeks. Hopefully they'll still have the 8's on sale. That's a nice price on Polk ebay.

Polk eBay has been selling them for a long time. I'm actually looking at other tower speakers such as EmpTek. Has anyone herd both EmpTek and Polk speakers? I like the way the EmpTek look, but I've got no idea how they sound lol
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Originally Posted by GusGus748s View Post


Polk eBay has been selling them for a long time. I'm actually looking at other tower speakers such as EmpTek. Has anyone herd both EmpTek and Polk speakers? I like the way the EmpTek look, but I've got no idea how they sound lol

 

These?  http://emptek.com/towers.php

 

They sure look nice but more money of course. Dollar for dollar it's pretty hard to beat Polks.


Edited by XStanleyX - 10/30/13 at 9:18am
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Wow, that sure would have been a steal. If they hit that price again before my son is ready to buy I'll grab them and he can pay me back.
Ya I had just bought a pair and I saw those ones on there.
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Need some quick buying advice. There is a guy locally that is selling a pair of (RTI70), Center (CSI40), pair of rear (FXI50), 1 sub (PSW650) for $400 OBO. Is this a good deal? If not what should I offer and would I be better served spending a little more? I don't have a huge living room (14' x 14') so I don't want to buy more than I need. He is also willing to break it up. I am still using the speakers/sub from an old Kenwood HTB-504 home theater in a box.
Thanks!!
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Originally Posted by bodine1231 View Post

Need some quick buying advice. There is a guy locally that is selling a pair of (RTI70), Center (CSI40), pair of rear (FXI50), 1 sub (PSW650) for $400 OBO. Is this a good deal? If not what should I offer and would I be better served spending a little more? I don't have a huge living room (14' x 14') so I don't want to buy more than I need. He is also willing to break it up. I am still using the speakers/sub from an old Kenwood HTB-504 home theater in a box.
Thanks!!

RUN DONT WALK TO GET THOSE....


AGAIN I SAY RUN DONT WALK......
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Where is everyone today? You can't start Trick or Treating till later tonight! lol!
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Where is everyone today? You can't start Trick or Treating till later tonight! lol!

Well lets see, I baked a cake and am stuffing my mouth now. No tricksters ever come here so I don't need to go out and buy any candy. I think they're too afraid to come here cause they know a mean old man lives here. My current plans are to do as little as possible. I'm getting pretty good at that.

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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

Well lets see, I baked a cake and am stuffing my mouth now. No tricksters ever come here so I don't need to go out and buy any candy. I think they're too afraid to come here cause they know a mean old man lives here. My current plans are to do as little as possible. I'm getting pretty good at that.

We don't get any trick r treaters here either. But we still bought candy! Lol
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Originally Posted by Brad Sutliff View Post


We don't get any trick r treaters here either. But we still bought candy! Lol

 

I'll be eating my granddaughters candy tonight. Not good for them to eat all that stuff so I'm really helping her out.

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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

I'll be eating my granddaughters candy tonight. Not good for them to eat all that stuff so I'm really helping her out.

I am sure she doesn't see it this way! Lol but yes you are
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Last year I stashed two bags of candy up in the top cupboard before the kids came around...still had plenty of candy, but forgot I had stashed those away until my wife found them 3 months later. BUSTED!! lol.
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Quick question for you guys...I see that Newegg has 3 warehouses where you can pick up your speakers instead of having them shipped. One of those happens to be within easy driving distance for me so I was wondering if anyone else has used this option and if so, were the boxes beat up much like if shipped to your home? Just trying to figure out a good way to get them without having the grills broken in shipping.
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Originally Posted by mr266 View Post

Quick question for you guys...I see that Newegg has 3 warehouses where you can pick up your speakers instead of having them shipped. One of those happens to be within easy driving distance for me so I was wondering if anyone else has used this option and if so, were the boxes beat up much like if shipped to your home? Just trying to figure out a good way to get them without having the grills broken in shipping.

 

I would think there would be less chance of damage but they'll send you new grills if they are broken. FedEx has been the worst in my experience. I've had holes in the boxes but luckily no damage to the speakers.

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Originally Posted by XStanleyX View Post

I would think there would be less chance of damage but they'll send you new grills if they are broken. FedEx has been the worst in my experience. I've had holes in the boxes but luckily no damage to the speakers.

Agree with Stanley. Polk has awesome customer service. You also need to file a claim with the shipper if there is damage at all. FedEx needs to be held liable for any damages that occur during shipping.

When I bought my speakers through Amazon. I had them shipped for free with white glove service. It was awesome!

Looking forward to taking the kids out trick or treating so they can get me some candy...
post #23128 of 34833
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Originally Posted by mr266 View Post

Where is everyone today? You can't start Trick or Treating till later tonight! lol!

Just got home from a 12 hour night shift. Going to bed so I can do it all over again tonight. No tricks and no treats for me this year...
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I have to work tonight so trick or treating (and other shenanigans) will be cut short.
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Originally Posted by climber07 View Post


Agree with Stanley. Polk has awesome customer service. You also need to file a claim with the shipper if there is damage at all. FedEx needs to be held liable for any damages that occur during shipping.

When I bought my speakers through Amazon. I had them shipped for free with white glove service. It was awesome!

Looking forward to taking the kids out trick or treating so they can get me some candy...

 

You've got the same motherboard, ram and CPU that I have. You must be doing something wrong. I'd like to see a close up of those plaques on the wall in your home office.


Edited by XStanleyX - 10/31/13 at 10:41am
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