Originally Posted by joerod
The 875 and 905 with their REON chip seem to have a tougher time with some components and HDMI handshaking. The 805 and 605 handled every component I thru at them. The 875 and 905 just don't like D-VHS players. I was just sending in 1080i from them to... This is not by any means a deal breaker for me but just one of those things that make you go hmmmm.
It seems that the HDMI handshaking issues I've seen are primarily with cable and satellite STB's. I don't recall any issues with HD DVD players or Blu ray players (including PS3) over HDMI. Some feel that these issues are with the STB's (including Onkyo support) and how they (the cable/sat/network providers) are sending info over HDMI. I know HDMI handshaking fixes are made in EVERY
firmware release of the DirecTV HD boxes - so this seems to be an issue that has gone on for some time - and continues to go on.
Obviously, you've had issues with your D-VHS player which falls outside of STB's - but besides that have you run into instances of HDMI issues with the 875/905 that was not with a cable or satellite STB?
On a side note...
I'm just an 875 owner trying to be optimistic that these HDMI issues will be resolved in firmware updates to these STB's and hopefully all this talk of HDMI issues isn't scaring off too many prospective buyers because overall the 875 is an amazing
piece of equipment for the price point. I have to lift my jaw off the floor everytime I watch an HD DVD or Blu ray disc as the Reon in the 875 scales/deinterlaces the signal to 720p - the picture quality is just phenomonal! Sound-quality wise there seems to be no question on how these units perform. If anyone is on the fence - I encourage you to buy from a reputable dealer that offers a 30 day return policy and try it out for yourself.
I am still in my 30 days and as of right now I intend to keep my 875 in light of the minor issues I've seen with it in the chain. The good far outweighs the bad. It is unfortunate that there are any issues with a product that costs this much - but I think that is part of the problem - since it is expensive the blame is going towards Onkyo.
Ask yourself, what would you trust more to work properly - a higher end, hand assembled reciever or a lower end, mass produced STB? I think Onkyo is just bringing out the short-comings of these boxes. Could Onkyo do something to "band-aid" these issues - maybe - but is that the proper solution?
...steps off the soap box...