Originally Posted by Aetherhole
Well I received my 805 yesterday and have had a chance to set it up and give this receiver a whirl! So here are my thoughts:
My previous receiver was the Pioneer Elite VSX-74TXVi.
Anyway, starting out, the difference in weight was pretty significant from just moving the two around! Getting the system set up was a breeze, for the most part. Hooking things up, changing the inputs, etc, were all easy. The only part that I couldn't exactly figure out was how to get the OSD to show up on the TV. I had everything set properly, HDMI Monitor Out set to "Yes" and everything was "as it should be", but after toying with it and finally trying the "Hidden Menu" just fiddling with things. I didn't really do anything in the menu and then I left the "Hidden Menu" and all of a sudden, I was able to get my OSD to show up on the TV!
Anyway, after getting everything set up (minus the Audessey Calibration) I fired everything up and tested out my Blu-ray and HD-DVDs! Since I had the 74TXVi, which didn't pass a 1080p signal, I was excited to be able to finally get a 1080p signal to be passed. Well, sure enough, I set my Xbox 360 and PS3 to 1080p and had no problems with it. Both of them looked quite a bit improved (not that it's to the TX-SR805's credit), but being able to pass the 1080p signal was fantastic for me!
Audio-wise, when I tested, obviously I cannot pass the Dolby True HD or DTS-HD MA, but I tested the PCM, compared to what I remembered of my 74TXVi. Without doing the auto-calibration yet, I was already pretty impressed with the receiver's sound quality. As someone else mentioned, the vocals were a lot more easier to hear. I am a fan of the THX post processing, and I used the Select2 setting on my 74TXVi, so I was very excited to see what the Ultra2 would do, and more specifically, if it actually WOULD make a difference. Indeed it did. Something about my room, I guess, which fits in the "small-medium" size, was simply better suited with the Ultra2 which was more designed for the "medium-large" rooms. So the difference I noticed was the panning through the surrounds seemed more fluid overall, when comparing to the Select2 setting. Definite plus, in my book!
Next I tested my SACDs via the PS3's output. One thing to mention, the 74TXVi couldn't accept the higher sample-rate signals so anything I sent had to be downconverted to 96Hz, so I wanted to try to see if the higher sample-rates worked with the TX-SR805. Sure enough, they did! One thing to note: If you are using the PS3, and if you do the automatic detect for the HDMI sound output, it will only recognize it as 2 channel output. Simply just set it to "Manual" and check all the boxes and it will work. As for the SACD sound quality, checking the display for the Onkyo, sure enough it read 176Hz at multi channel and it sounded GOOD! the vocals, instruments, etc all sounded more natural and more spacious, too! It gave a better sense of "being there" in the audience when listening to passages that I tested! Score another one for the 805!
Overall, I am very impressed with the Onkyo, compared to the Pioneer Elite. Yes, the Elite still sounded "warmer" but, going from the Elite to the Onkyo, thus far, the Onkyo sounds more natural to me. One of the features I really desired was the ability to put variable crossovers for my different speakers, which the Onkyo allows, which is a HUGE plus for me! Like I said before, I haven't even touched the Audessey Calibration, but I will likely get to that today. I am interested to see how it compares to the MCACC of the Pioneer receivers.
Now for the only bad thing thus far... Yes, I did notice a little bit of popping on a couple occasion, hopefully it will go away, but if it doesn't, it's hardly something I will be complaining too much about, though.
As far as this receiver goes, I will DEFINITELY be keeping this one! You really can't go wrong with this all that this receiver offers at $1000.00!