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post #61 of 97
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Originally Posted by Replacement View Post

Will the 803 play back SACD's properly from a 60 gb PS3? I'm not sure if there is some kind of decoding or something that the receiver needs to do...

My 803 works perfectly with SACDs. The PS3 will decode the SACD and output it via HDMI as PCM. No different than it decoding Dolby TrueHD and sending it PCM.

One thing to note is that the PS3 defaults SACD playback to multichannel if you have it on autoplay. If you want the 2-channel SACD mix you have to stop playback and select it.

Enjoy!
post #62 of 97
Thanks! That is good to hear.
post #63 of 97
I've tried each of the listening modes across a variety of inputs and only the UNPLUGGED setting seems to have decent volume particularly from the l/r and sub channels. All of the other settings drop the volume of all channels and very little comes from the sub. What gives? Any thoughts on this?
post #64 of 97
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Originally Posted by Colonel Kurtz View Post

I've tried each of the listening modes across a variety of inputs and only the UNPLUGGED setting seems to have decent volume particularly from the l/r and sub channels. All of the other settings drop the volume of all channels and very little comes from the sub. What gives? Any thoughts on this?

Have you used the auto setup feature with the mic...it is just a start, I wish I had more direction for you.
post #65 of 97
Will the 803 send devices hooked up with component through the HDMI to the television? Or must I also run a component cable to the tv to handle those sources which I connect with component?
post #66 of 97
No, only HDMI inputs will be sent out via HDMI output. You must connect component out to tv to handle source which are component.
post #67 of 97
I currently have in my setup:

Sony KDS-R60XBR2
Onkyo TXSR803
Scientific Atlanta 8300HDC cable box
Sony DVPNS70H upconverting dvd player
XBox360 with HD add-on


I currently connect the cable box and upconvert through HDMI to the television as the xbox is a non-hdmi unit. I run optical from the xbox and upconvert to my reciever and digital coax from the cable box. I use none of the video switching the 803 can do.

My question: I just purchased a PS3 which will be here in a few days. I am considering using the HDMI and component video switching capabilities and get rid of some of the audio connections. What do you guys think? I also have an hdmi enabled xbox downstairs i could move to this setup if you think it would make a difference.

I am looking for the optimal setup to make everything look and sound the best it can.
post #68 of 97
I have a TX-SR803S connected via HDMI to a Dish HD DVR and Sony DVD Changer, outputting to a 42" plasma via HDMI. Recently, I've lost all of the THX and other audio decoder functions except for DIRECT audio (to include stereo) from both the DVR and the DVD. In addition, the video switcher has begun intermittently failing to pass a video picture to the plasma panel. This is the first problem I've had with the 803S since I bought it 21 months ago. Has anyone else seen this?
post #69 of 97
Replacement, I'm trying to do just what you're asking about...

I just tried listening to a Depeche Mode SACD through my PS3 (MGS4 edition) connected via HDMI to my Onkyo TX-SR803 and was disappointed with the results. The PS3 gave me 3 options to play: SACD multichannel, SACD 2 ch, or CD. Using SACD multichannel, i got 3/2.1 playback but only at 88.2khz. If I choose 2 ch, I get 2.1 stereo at 176.4khz. I think the SACD I'm trying to play should allow 176.4khz in multichannel (3/2.1). After looking through the instruction manuel of my Onkyo, I see an asterisk/footnote on page 61 that reads "The multich listening mode cannot be used with 176.4/192 khz pcm sources connected to an HDMI IN." WTF? Why would that feature somehow be available but not via HDMI? I would try connecting the PS3 to the Onkyo receiver via optical, but I've read elsewhere that optical can't carry 5 channel linear pcm at 176.4 khz, so that doesn't seem like a viable option (at least not sent from a PS3 according to some forum--don't remember where).

In PS3 sound settings, you can let the machine manually decide which audio out formats your receiver is compatible with or choose them manually. When I let the PS3 configure the system automatically, 5 channel 176.4 khz is not selected as one of the possible options. If i manually set 5 channel 176.4 khz as a possibility, I still get 88.2 khz as described above. Makes me think that the receiver isn't capable of receiving 5 channel pcm at 176.4 via HDMI.

I read at least 1 person earlier in this thread wrote they were successfully placying SACDs via the PS3 in multichannel. Can that person or anyone else check to see if they are actually getting full 176.4 khz or if the sound has been downgraded to 88.3 khz (this can be done by pressing the display button on the remote or the receiver multiple times). If anyone can shed light on this problem or offer a solution I'd be very appreciative.

Thanks,
Stephen
post #70 of 97
I had the 803 with the PS3 (now have the 905).

Multichannel you will be limited to 88.2kHz (or 96kHz)

2-channel you can do 176.4kHz (or 192kHz)

There is no getting around this.
post #71 of 97
PeterTHX,

Thanks for the info. I was afraid that might be the case. Is the problem that one needs a HDMI 1.2 or 1.3 and the 803 only has HDMI 1.1? Or is it something specific to the 803 model and not necessarily all HDMI 1.1 receivers?

Does your new receiver allow SACD from the PS3 in multichannel at 176 khz? If so, are you able to tell a difference between 88 vs 176 khz?

Thanks again,
Stephen
post #72 of 97
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Originally Posted by stephennothanks View Post


Thanks for the info. I was afraid that might be the case. Is the problem that one needs a HDMI 1.2 or 1.3 and the 803 only has HDMI 1.1? Or is it something specific to the 803 model and not necessarily all HDMI 1.1 receivers?

It's because the D/A + DSP converters were not designed for those high sampling rates with all channels.

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Does your new receiver allow SACD from the PS3 in multichannel at 176 khz? If so, are you able to tell a difference between 88 vs 176 khz?

The 905 accepts 176 + 192 in 5.1 and 7.1 but cannot apply DSP modes to them. I haven't used the PS3 in a while since I now stream DSD directly from my Oppo 980.
post #73 of 97
Hi folks, I have the 803 and have been enjoying it thoroughly!! I have a question: Would there be any benefit to using an external power amp for just the front L/R channels? I have a NAD 2200 2-channel power amp sititng around (which is very powerful). Just wondering if it is worth the trouble of hooking it up.

Thanks
post #74 of 97
I am having problems getting the auto setup microphone to work. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I even ordered a new mic, however, the mic is still not being recognized when plugged in? Ideas? Thanks.
post #75 of 97
Hi all i am not sure if any one is tstill out there. I am considering an 803 that is available off of a list serve and I am wondering a couple of things. 1) I am primarily going to be using it for IPOD and radio hook up, I actually don't own a TV, I will be buying a TV down the road in about 2 years or so (so it is not very relevent) and I want to know if folks think this is a useful tuner amp at this stage of the game. 2) What price would be a reasonable value at this point for an 803. 3) Is there a way to hook up an online connection to do intenet radio or stream audio from my computer?

Thanks if anyone is listening out there?
post #76 of 97
Hi everyone,

I'm having some issues hooking up my xbox 360 to my onkyo tx-sr803 receiver through hdmi. I can get it to display video in 720p or 1080i but when i choose 1080p, i get no video and therefore the player reverts back to 1080i. Has anyone experienced this or managed to get their xbox 360 working at 1080p through the sr803? From what i've read, this receiver should support 1080p so it should just work... unless i'm wrong about that?

Appreciate the help.

-Dave
post #77 of 97
Just thought I would throw this out for consideration - I have had my SR803 for almost 3 years and have just recently been experiencing what appears to be a switching problem. When I turn the unit on, sometimes I will get no sound. If I switch to another source and back a few times it will start working again. I thought it was the cable set top box because the sound will sometimes go off when I change channels. When I change the source back to tuner, I still get no sound. Any clues?

Thanks
Mike
post #78 of 97
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Originally Posted by chickendavis View Post

Hi everyone,

I'm having some issues hooking up my xbox 360 to my onkyo tx-sr803 receiver through hdmi. I can get it to display video in 720p or 1080i but when i choose 1080p, i get no video and therefore the player reverts back to 1080i. Has anyone experienced this or managed to get their xbox 360 working at 1080p through the sr803? From what i've read, this receiver should support 1080p so it should just work... unless i'm wrong about that?

Appreciate the help.

-Dave

I have the same receiver & I can't do 1080p over HDMI either. I thought the specs on Onkyo's website once said 1080i, but I don't see that info anywhere now. All I can find is HDMI version 1.1. I think the component video can do 1080p though.
post #79 of 97
Well, I finally contacted Onkyo and the CSR said send it to USACO for repair, they will cover it under warranty. I get a call from USACO - warranty claim is denied! It's less than 3 years old! The estimate is $84, but it's not the money, it's the principle. I was told by 2 different CSR's that it would be covered. Anyway, I'll never buy Onkyo again and will steer anyone who asks away as well.
post #80 of 97
when run through hdmi video i get 1080p on my ps3. Make sure 1080p is checked in your video settings for the ps3. It might only do 720p or 1080i via component video though.
post #81 of 97
I've had an 803 for a little over 3 years and its been a great piece.. my big concern is that its now mid 2009 and I will be buying a new TV in the near future (In all likelyhood will be a 52B750) as my current set is a 50A10 LCD Projection set (which still works fine, but with a baby on the way we want to clear up the living room a little bit to give more space and get rid of the big entertainment center.

I remember reading over the years that the 803 did have issues with 1080p, but can't remember or find anything concrete now. The other thing that kinda sucks about the 803 is only the 2 HDMI and since I have 3 HDMI possible devices:
HR20, PS3, XB360, and one component device (Wii) than it would really suck to have to run a component video cable up the wall to run the 360 and Wii (as the 360 is currently hooked up via Component) The fact that it decodes PCM leaves the door open since the PS3 can send PCM down to it.

When you see the new 607 with 5 HDMI (including one front which would be great for feeding the HD camcorder)

What would you all suggest?

Thank You!
post #82 of 97
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Originally Posted by golferbradbest View Post

when run through hdmi video i get 1080p on my ps3. Make sure 1080p is checked in your video settings for the ps3. It might only do 720p or 1080i via component video though.

Hope somebody is still out there that can help me with this.....

I have had the 803 for 3 years now and love it. I just bought a ps3 and have blueray and streaming working great except for the zone2 speakers. I have been using my ipod and satellite for the zone 2 speakers which are on the deck but do not seem to be able to get them to work with the stream through the ps3. I am also using the harmony 890 and trying to set up through there but with no luck. I am not very experienced with this so I am hoping some of you guys can give me a hand.

I would appreciate any advice you can give me....
post #83 of 97
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Originally Posted by madmin View Post

Just thought I would throw this out for consideration - I have had my SR803 for almost 3 years and have just recently been experiencing what appears to be a switching problem. When I turn the unit on, sometimes I will get no sound. If I switch to another source and back a few times it will start working again. I thought it was the cable set top box because the sound will sometimes go off when I change channels. When I change the source back to tuner, I still get no sound. Any clues?

Thanks
Mike

Ahh the same thing happened to me recently ... I am not happy.

The amp went silent from one moment to the next, selecting different inputs does not help, it appears the "dsp" is not working (I can't change listening modes at all).
Video works fine...as well as the "speaker protection" it clicks off when I turn on the 803.
Have tried disconnecting all inputs and hooking up something to Zone2, all to no avail.

Need to find some time to fully unhook it and bring it to a dealer, but I fear a huge bill since it is out of warranty.
Am considering claiming partial warranty under the European "non-conformity" rules that a receiver of this caliber is supposed to last longer then 3 years.

But in all I am mostly disappointed that after barely 3 years the amp dies, showing the exact same problems others had.

I have had multiple Onkyo receivers over the years, from the now ancient 839 (which is still working fine for my parents), ending (for now) in the 803, all worked very well for years on end, so now hearing of and witnessing first hand a lot of problems with more "recent" Onkyo models (like the 804/805/876(rumored heat probs?)) I can only show my disappointment...

Clearly Onkyo should tighten its bonds with Integra, perhaps that'll help sort out the manufacturing problems
post #84 of 97
Dragon_Lee - I sent mine off to So Cal for repair and got it back 6 weeks later. Hooked up some speakers and turned it on - no audio! Did a reset, got audio, great. Couple of hours later I turned it back on - no audio! Called USACO and we walked through the reset again. Got audio. Next day I turned it on to check - again, no audio! Not sure what the problem is but at $40 to ship it this could get pricey.

Mike
post #85 of 97
Thanks for the update Madmin.... too bad it does not make me happy...

I find it a bit odd that USACO shipped it back still broken.

Also, it sounds very familiar ... I sometimes get audio after either a reset or leaving it unplugged for half a day, but soon after the dsp modes disappear again, taking with them any audio output.
Seeing that each time it happens is related to the DSP chip/board, I think that is where the problem lies.
On a few places online I heard quotes for a dsp-circuitry board in excess of $200

Since I live in the Netherlands I need to ship it off (or drive for like 3 hours to get it to the only "official" service center), but I plan to just let my dealer handle that.

Now just to find some time to pack it up and drive to the dealer, afaik they're Onkyo authorized to repair it, if not I'll certainly want a proper estimate before it proceeds from there... I'm not eager to pay 300 if I can buy an 876 for ~850.
post #86 of 97
Hi,

I have had the 803 for a few years and it's been great. I recently added a bluray player and I am running into a problem. I hope someone can help me figure it out. Here's my config

HDMI 1 connects to my DTV DVR (both audio and video)
HDMI 2 connects to my BluRay Player (both audio and video)
The devices connect to my TV using the HDMI Out (Video Only)

Component 1 is open
Component 2 connects to my Xbox 360 + Optical IN3
Component 3 connects to my Wii + AUDIO LR
These devices connect to my TV using the Component Out (Video Only)

No SVIDEO or Composite connections.
No MultiChannel Audio Connections
No COAX Audio Connections

The problem I am having is that I have to go into the receiver setup and turn off HDMI2 to and turn on Component 2 + Opt3 to get the xbox to work correctly.

How can I setup my system so I don't have to reconfigure my receiver every time I want to play my xbox?

thanks.
post #87 of 97
So I've had my 803 hooked up for quite a while and am finally frustrated enough with having to cycle up and down through the stations (either AM, FM or XM) to get where I want to go (not talking presets here). Is there no way on this puppy to use the GIANT remote with the NUMBER KEYS to directly enter channel 45, or 151 or whatever without having to use the up/down arrows to scroll around??
It's got to be available - what am I not doing right here folks??

TIA!!
post #88 of 97
Danfox - what are your menu settings? For Initial Setup HDMI, Component and Digital??
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HDMI 1 connects to my DTV DVR (both audio and video)
HDMI 2 connects to my BluRay Player (both audio and video)
The devices connect to my TV using the HDMI Out (Video Only)

Component 1 is open
Component 2 connects to my Xbox 360 + Optical IN3
Component 3 connects to my Wii + AUDIO LR
These devices connect to my TV using the Component Out (Video Only)
post #89 of 97
Just an update. I took my 803 to a local repair shop and just got the repair estimate - $715! It appears the DSP board is 'a sick puppy'. I'm already $210 into it. Time to look elsewhere. Piece of garbage.

Mike
post #90 of 97
Wrote a letter to the president of Onkyo - it was forwarded to Mr. Cooper who basically told me I was SOL. I've got a Pioneer VSX-519 coming today, my last setup was Pioneer separates from 1975 and worked flawlessly. I will never buy Onkyo again.
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