not sure if anyone is still checking this thread....but I'll give things a try.
I've tried to read through the entire thread....got about 30 pages into it, and ran out of gas. Here's where I'm at. I ordered the 818 back in January of 2013. I had intended it to replace my Sony STR-DA5000 receiver, but the media stand that I had made wouldn't accommodate the center speaker, so I let the 818 sit in its box. I finally got the media stand issues worked out, and I'm getting ready to set up the 818. Here are my questions.
1) I have an Emotiva 2 channel amp that I use to drive the two front speakers in my 5.1 setup. I noticed that the 818 doesn't appear to have a 12V trigger for the main zone (zone 1), so I'm wondering how I'm going to trigger the external amp to turn on.
2) It looks like there is some new firmware available for the 818. I'm wondering if I should update the firmware before I do any type of setup.
3) It looks like some of the 818s are suffering from a bad chip/board issue. I plugged the 818 in, and it gave me some issues on some of the audio channels (sound dropping out), and the network option was grayed out. Looks like I'm going to be sending it back for repairs....bummer.
Thanks for reading.
Last edited by propman07; 12-29-2015 at 11:03 PM.
Reason: ran audio tests