How strong are the fans? Can you feel them from about 2 feet away? I've been thinking of picking up the front firing model but my 8500 is only about 2 feet away from the edge of my couch that my dog likes to lay at. I don't really want her getting blasted in the face all night.It is the T9, that has more programming possibilities. You can optimise programming to keep lower speed fan, almost noiseless, and it stops most of the time if not too hot. In case more hot the high speed fans make some noise but it cools quickly the 8500.
It's nice to lift it up, touch the top of the 8500 after a two hour session, and notice that it is almost cool, as if you powered on just some minutes ago. In my case (not inside a rack cabinet) it exhaust the air to the free top.
I understand that, if not other problems, this will prolong the life of the AVR.