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HDMI Through Nightmare.
on July 7, 2011
This is my second Onkyo set, I had a lower model before this one. I returned the lower model, because the signal would go out ramdonly, until 28 days later it went out for good...
So I decided to get this one, and what a nightmare it has been, I did a firmware update with a USB stick, you can do one with a direct connection to your home network. Anyway, the HDMI-through is the biggest pain so far, this unit for some reason, requires a power cycle EVERY TIME you switch signals, let me explain....If I'm watching TV with my cable box and then I turn my 360 on, the HDMI changes to the 360 signal without a problem, however, once I turn the 360 off, the receiver does not detect the already present cable box HDMI signal, so I'm forced to turn the cable box off, leave it off for few seconds (40 to 90 average), turn it on and then the receiver switches to the cable box signal, which is a problem with Comcast digital boxes, if you leave the box off for that long, the TV guide will not display current content, it will give you the old "this listing will be shown shortly" kind of message. There's a quicker way to get the signal to show up right away, unplug the cable box HDMI cable from the back of the receiver, plug it back on and the signal switches to TV cable, this however defeats the whole purpose of HDMI through alltogether.......The lower model I had, didn't need this "power cycle". I've been researching the net and also a local store near me, it turns out that anything from Onkyo with the "HT" in the model name, is basically garbage. Customers bring them back due to over heating or some component blowing up.
I was told to buy the receiver separately, and to go with the XT models. Sadly though, they do not run cheap, and do not include speakers.
This unit, with its $699, is nothing but a cheap receiver with some decent speakers. I've also heard about Onkyo's customer support and warranty, which does not include a pre-paid mail label, meaning, you'll have to haul and mail the package at your own expense. No thank you, I'll save a bit more money and build a system with separate components. Trust me when I say this, do not buy a home theater package, at least from Onkyo.
I hope this review helps some of you.