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Blue screen of Death (HDMI failure)
on December 13, 2010
I had been looking at receivers for a while, comparing the features, etc. and was drawn to the Onkyo SR608 for it rich feature set and value for the money. I was a little hesitant on buying this brand because of the HDMI issue, but I figured I'd just take the plunge and hope that I wouldn't have the problem.
When the receiver was delivered, the receiver box was inside another Amazon box - which arrived crushed on one side, but the Onkyo box itself was a-ok, and had no signs of mistreatment. All is well.
I didn't want to go too crazy with hooking up all my components just yet, as I still wasn't sure how the Onkyo would perform, so I kept it simple - only hooking up my PS3 and DirectTV via HDMI and had the single HDMI out to my TV.
First off, I will say that the receiver performed excellent and the surround sound was a force to be reckoned with. I'm sure my neighbors 1/4 mile away could hear the playing of Transformers in glorious 7.2 surround. I couldn't have been happier.
My happiness was short-lived though. After 3 days of having the system connected, it developed the HDMI issue. No sound, no video for any of my connected devices - the Onkyo was displaying "unknown" for the sound/video input and showing a blank blue screen on the TV. Tried resetting the Onkyo, but nothing worked. The only thing that did work was the Onkyo's on-screen GUI - so I knew the signals were getting tied up in the receiver.
Was so disappointed, I just wanted it out of my house. I will say that dealing with Amazon was my best decision though, as the return process was extremely quick and simple. Kudos goes to Amazon... bah-humbug to Onkyo.
Ended up purchasing the Denon AVR-2311CI 7.1 - yeah, it's not 7.2, but so far, it's been running flawlessly...