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Old 12-09-2007, 05:22 PM   #16  
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FYI, direct mode seems to be the answer to the clicking.
That is, on digital SD or HD cable channels, I've set direct mode for 2 channel (I think the native format is DD 2.0). It no longer clicks when it changes between 5.1 (Dolby Digital) and 2ch, and best of all, 2 ch is still 2 ch when it hits the speakers, not fake 5.1.

When I change from a digital to analogue channel, there is still one click at the beginning. But this is much better than clicks between commericals and programing.

I did try THX and other modes for the analogue 2 channel, this does in fact remove the click. But you are in fake 5.1 mode, which I don't care for personally.
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I've had my 705 for a few weeks now. I still have a 5.1 setup, the extra 2 channels are bi-amping my towers.

Overall, I really like it, I wouldn't have a problem recommending it to anyone. The sound from all sources is rather noticably better than my previous receiver, a Sony STRDE975. I chose the 705 because of the higher power, and an extra HDMI input for a future Blu player.

I only have 2 minor gripes.
It will sometimes forget what audio format is coming from by A35 if I leave a movie on pause long enough for it to go into screen saver mode. It doesn't do this every time though. I know the A35 is still sending DD+, but the receiver changes to stero mode, and static comes from the speakers. I have to change the input on the receiver to another input, then back and it is fixed.

The other think I do not like is that the receiver clicks when it locks onto a new audio format. 99% of the time it is not an issue. But it can be annoying if you are watching a TV show that is in DD, but the commericals change back to 2 channel. But it isn't too bad, I'm already getting used to it.

1) I I have a 5.1 setup as well and need to understand what you mean by bi-amping your towers as you have indicated in your post.

2) I have my SR705 in a cabinet and it generates a lot of heat. I need to put a fan or something, any suggestion would help.
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1) I I have a 5.1 setup as well and need to understand what you mean by bi-amping your towers as you have indicated in your post.

2) I have my SR705 in a cabinet and it generates a lot of heat. I need to put a fan or something, any suggestion would help.
1. Sorry, can't help you with your first question, not savvy enough for that info. I'm sure someone here will help you with that.

2. Your cabinet, does the cabinet have a back? If so, can you remove the back to provide additional air flow? The reason I bring this up is it sounds like you have the same situation I have. My entertainment center has a back and glass doors which I will remove the back giving more air movement within the cabinet. Far as fans, you can also add fans that can be purchased from Radio Shack. Here is a site that caters to those exact fans you mention: http://www.hometheatercooling.com/purchase.html This site gives you some good suggestion on the installation of the fans.

Let us know your results.
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1) I I have a 5.1 setup as well and need to understand what you mean by bi-amping your towers as you have indicated in your post.

2) I have my SR705 in a cabinet and it generates a lot of heat. I need to put a fan or something, any suggestion would help.
1) Bi-amping the speakers requires the speakers to be bi-ampable? that is having 4 speaker connections rather then 2. 2 connections for the high range and 2 connections for the low range. (See attached image) If your speakers are not capable of bi-amping, no worries, just hook them up regularly.

2) Radio shack is the best place to get fans for your receiver. The link provided by the previous poster although handy sells the fan for $50 whereas you can get the same one at Radio Shack for around $20.
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1) Bi-amping the speakers requires the speakers to be bi-ampable? that is having 4 speaker connections rather then 2. 2 connections for the high range and 2 connections for the low range. (See attached image) If your speakers are not capable of bi-amping, no worries, just hook them up regularly.
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Yes, the speakers have to be capable of biamping for this to work.

Essentially, my towers have 3 speakers in each of them, 1 inch tweeter, 6.5 inch midrange, and 8 inch woofer.
The back of the speaker has 4 terminals, 2 positive, 2 negative. From the factory, jumpers run between the 2 positive and between the 2 negative so they wired in parallel. So you would just connect to either/or.

When you remove the jumpers, the 1" and 6.5" run off the top terminal, and the 8" runs off the bottom.
There is a setting in the speaker setup menu of the 705 to enable biamping. So it uses 4 amp channels instead of 2 for front left/right.

I contacted infinity beforehand to double check the impedance load (I would suggest anyone considering biamping make sure they check this in the manual or with the manufacturer, don't want to fry you new receiver). They said it is 8 ohms regardless of whether the jumpers are present, so they must have some sort of load correction built into the xovers.

I'm quite happy with the sound. The biamp setup is most beneficial when I am listening to music. I do so quite a bit as my PC is connected the theater system, like to listen while I surf.

Biamping made more sense for my system. It would be nice to have 7.1, but then I'd have to get some more speakers. Speaker placement would have been an issue too, hallway on one side, window on the other side...
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thinking of getting this unit as well.

Silly question....I use an HDMI cable from the Onkyo to the HD A35 I have correct? Does the HD A35 have 2 HDMI ports?>

How would I be able to experience the Onkyo with my HD DVR box?

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how about the 805?
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I voted no. I have the 805.
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would this amp still be ok with a 5.1 speaker setup? Thinking of updating speakers to 7.1 but not right now. Cheers
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Does the 705 treat analog video sources the same as the 605? Do all signals, regardless of existing resolution get converted to 720p, or will it go as passthrough to the HDMI conversion?

My cable box goes in as 1080i and I don't want it getting downsampled by the 705 and then resampled once again by the TV.
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thinking of getting this unit as well.

Silly question....I use an HDMI cable from the Onkyo to the HD A35 I have correct? Does the HD A35 have 2 HDMI ports?>

How would I be able to experience the Onkyo with my HD DVR box?

Cheers!
The 705 has 3 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output. So you would use one input from the a35, one input from the HD DVR, then the output to the TV.
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Does the 705 treat analog video sources the same as the 605? Do all signals, regardless of existing resolution get converted to 720p, or will it go as passthrough to the HDMI conversion?

My cable box goes in as 1080i and I don't want it getting downsampled by the 705 and then resampled once again by the TV.
It depends on what output you use.

If you are only using the HDMI ouput, the 1080i analogue signal from component will only be output at 720p.

But if you also use the component output from the receiver, it is passed as the native signal, 1080i in, 1080i out. Same goes for 480i/480p if you are using those.

FYI, HDMI video output is not changed, it passes whatever it sees.

If you are considering this unit (or any other for that matter), I would suggest using HDMI and component to the TV if you have each of these going to the receiver. I had to tweak the picture settings on each TV input, the settings are slightly different for HDMI vs component.
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would this amp still be ok with a 5.1 speaker setup? Thinking of updating speakers to 7.1 but not right now. Cheers
I'm using a 5.1 setup, it works fine.
If you are not able to biamp, then you can either use the extra 2 channels for a 2nd room setup, or just leave them unused.
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It depends on what output you use.

If you are only using the HDMI ouput, the 1080i analogue signal from component will only be output at 720p.

But if you also use the component output from the receiver, it is passed as the native signal, 1080i in, 1080i out. Same goes for 480i/480p if you are using those.

FYI, HDMI video output is not changed, it passes whatever it sees.

If you are considering this unit (or any other for that matter), I would suggest using HDMI and component to the TV if you have each of these going to the receiver. I had to tweak the picture settings on each TV input, the settings are slightly different for HDMI vs component.
Thank you for the answer. Unfortunately, I've got (and will have for the forseeable future) an RP HDTV that only has one DVI port. Since I use my reciever for all audio, my desire was to have everything running into the AVR, then out to the TV. I'm ok with having the component from the Cable Box running directly to the TV with audio going to the AVR. This is how I've got it set up now. I'm planning to add an HD DVD player and Xbox360 over the next few months.

Once that happens, I think the third HDMI input on the 705 would be a benefit as I could then run the PS3, HD DVD, and Cable Box through HDMI/DVI and the 360 could run through component since there's no real benefit to it running through analog/optical versus HDMI.
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The 705 has 3 HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output. So you would use one input from the a35, one input from the HD DVR, then the output to the TV.
awesome! So none of those silly video cables - yellow, red, etc are needed right? Right now I have them from the HDA35 to the Onkyo AV.

Will the audio and video sync up correctly with the above mentioned setup and my DEVICES?

Thanks for your help in advance!
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