Originally Posted by SirDracula
How hot does it get compared to the 605?
I am wondering how it compares in general. I know there's a massive price difference between the 605 and 705 maybe due to the THX certification. I don't want to go nuts on a receiver but I'm interesting in some of the 705's features. Some things I've noticed:
- The 705 has 3 HDMI inputs and the 605 has 2. I will use 2 right away but eventually I can see myself using 4 so then I'm back to researching HDMI switches or directly connecting to the TV.
- The 705 has THX cert which I don't care about.
- The biggest mystery is that the 705 has powered Zone 2. The 605 does not.
Let explain why I care about how the 705 apparently runs its second zone. I want to use the second zone in the same room (iTunes + PS3 etc). Currently I'm using a Mackie mixer into my PC which is craptasically hacky but provides a super awesome multimedia experience. If someone jumps on iChat or I get another notification beep, it just mixes into my cinema experience. Purists might gag at this concept but I find it very suitible to the "convergence thing". Home theater amps don't venture into this "mixer" arena at all, I've looked forever. Home theater is about one input, one output. But in recent years there's been a bunch of multi-zone receivers out there that I could use in an unintended way.
What I'm planning to do to meet my "mix" need is put the 2nd zone in the same room as the 5.1. iTunes and other PC sounds will be stereo most of the time anyway and it beats having a studio type mixer thrown into a home theater space. I'm just going to put the 2nd zones speakers next to the L&R of the 5.1 speakers.
But back on topic, I'm wondering what the alternative is to the 705's powered 2nd zone? Can you buy the Onkyo 2 channel amp and power stereo speakers with the 605? How do people use HDMI pass throughs or pre-outs with an external amp? The 705 might be worth it just for the powered Zone 2 and the extra HDMI port and forget reading about how to use a straight-up amplifier.