Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Northeast Thailand
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My Denon AVR-2809 died, and thanks to some advice from jdsmoothie (thanks JD) I gave up on it and bought a new unit. I was looking at Yamaha, but the Onkyo, a TX-NR737, had more power, more features & a longer warranty, not to mention a lot less expensive, so I took a chance (the closest shop that sells decent AVR equipment is a 2 hour drive) and am not disappointed. It is 100% easier for me to set up & deal with day to day than the Denon. The Denon manual is terrible & the menu's were confusing.
I live in Thailand, and I can't get much info from the local salesman, so this forum is quite valuable for me. After 3 days of playing around, searching & reading this forum, I am getting answers to most of my questions. I am disappointed that there is no Dynamic volume, so the advice to set to +10 is much appreciated.
Here I can't use Pandora or Spotify, but am able to use Tunein and listen to my favorite stations from the US & Bahamas. I had trouble with the Bluetooth at first, but finally got the units to pair this morning. Connected to the NET, no problem, and as my 737 is last years model, I did a firmware update. That went smoothly as well.
About the free Atmos speakers, the salesman said I would get those in the mail. He did the paperwork. Now I read that the promotion ended August 1, I think it was. I bought in on the 3rd, so we'll see what happens. Plus I am in Thailand & nothing here happens as it's supposed to happen.
Also, no mention here about a trade in allowance from Onkyo. I have the old Denon to give to him if he'll take it. If not, it will make a hell of a boat anchor. Is there any reason to hold on to it or should I just trash it?
I do have one question regarding PC connection. I plugged the HDMI cable from the PC in to the PC HDMI input...nothing but a blue screen on the TV. I moved it to the DVR input & I have connection. This begat a second problem I have the monitor on my desktop designated as primary & the TV (Samsung Series 6) as secondary. When I open a music file or a video file (usually VLC) the window opens in the TV & if I'm also watching the TV, I have to change from TV to DVR to see the window & then drag it back to the primary monitor. It's aggravating. What's up with that? or should I says these, problems.
Thanks for any help or advise.