Originally Posted by Polopo
Does anyone knows if Onkyo amps like the 875 can have their firmware upgraded? Does Onkyo have a known history of releasing new firmwares for their products?
These beasts are now so complex that I can't imagine that such a product is 100% bug free right from its first sale (for instance the mysterious HDMI handshaking problem reported by the original poster can be a firmware bug).
I emailed Onkyo yesterday regarding the HDMI handshaking problem and asked
them whether the 875 is SW/FW upgradable by the End User. If Onkyo reply
I will post it here.
The other problem I went into is playing music thru 875, initially I couldn't play
my CD and MP3 to all 7 speakers (just 3). I have to set my HDA1 to HDMI
audio output to Auto(instead of PCM) and PS3 to play CD at 44.1khz (instead of
44.8khz) then I got all 7 channels. I still couldn't get PS3 to play MP3 thru
all 7 Channels, I will check the 805 thread to see whether they have the
same problem. When the 875 doesn't play 7 channels music, it display Multichan,
when it works I got to choose PLIIx.
I watched a few HDDVD movies since my last posts. The 875 is doing a great
job upscaling the 1080i signal from my HDA1. All HDDVD I watched never looks
better. For example, King Kong was suppose to be the best looking HDDVD
last Dec. but I remember it looked fine but not great. I watched it again
last night with 875, and my jaw dropped (for the record I have seen most of the
Bluray/HDDVD so I am not as easy to impress compare to before) the picture was
I think the 875 does bring out the best from good source, but when I feed not
so good source to it (bad boardcast SDTV, not tier1 DVD) then it won't help
too much (at least on a 65" screen) As I said before the 875 also help XBOX360
and Directv HD "lite" looks better.