Originally Posted by lrstevens421
I'm not trying to down play anyones concerns but I feel as if there is no need to belly ache over these issues.... I feel as if this has turned into the "I wish a purchased a 905 thread".
You don't happen to work for Onkyo do you?
Actually I agree with most of your points having done alot of video processor testing on this forum and owned a number of them as well. I think what has alot of folks frustrated is Onkyo never made it clear in either their marketing materials or their user manuals just when control one had over the REON chip. Even now the 905 manual says nothing about the video chip settings but there they are in the menus. So a number of folks ordered the 875 vice the 905 expecting that whatever they found -- both devices would have the same menus for the same chip. I understand their disappointment which resulted from terrible pre-release information (and the user manual) and strongly encourage them to RETURN their 875 and purchase the 905 for the $ 200 or so price difference if they fell that this will always be a sore point.
The last thing anybody wants is that every time they show off their system, they say to themselves "I wish I had ordered the 905." According to most vendors, the 905s will be plentiful in about a month. I think owners are quite justified in doing a return with Onkyo's position on the firmware. Furthermore, if a lot of folks return the 875s for 905s that will also send a message to Onkyo to clean up their act on their marketing materials in the future and/or release a firmware update for the 875 to keep the remaining owners happy.
What is really damning about Onkyo is the way they treated the purchasers of their FLAGSHIP TX-NR1000. I owned one and eventually got rid of it. It was supposed to be upgradeable for many years -- you would be able to buy cards to slide into it to change features. But Onkyo never supported the device (which had an MSRP of $ 5000) and for years stalled on releasing anything-- only now you see some half ass cards being released for ridiculous prices. Just read how frustrated the Onkyo TX-NR1000 owners are in THAT thread.
Please -- do NOT expect a firmware upgrade for the 875 to provide new features. Onkyo's history with the TX-NR1000 cards should serve as a warning. You get what you get when you purchase.
If you want the 905 firmware, send the 875 back and let Onkyo or their authorized vendors deal with all the "open box" returns.