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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   brock1sampson9

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Posted October 02 2010 - 06:18 PM

So I'm looking at buying one of these two receivers, but I'm not sure which. I can't seem to find a complete spec. list for either one. I really like the fact that the 608 upscales pretty much any signal to 1080p, but I read a review somewhere from a guy who said that he wasn't that impressed with it. So if any of you guys have this model could you tell me what you think of the Faroudja (or however the hell it's spelled) processing.


Two other main questions I have which are kinda bugging me:

1.) The partial spec. list I found for the 608 on Cnet lists "HDMI switching" as one of its features as well as HDMI repeating, pass-through, and upscaling. My problem is the spec's for the 508 don't list "HDMI switching", only repeating and pass-through. So my question is, what does the "HDMI switching" feature do here and do I need it.?


2.) Does anybody know if one or both of these models have a sleep timer? Again I cant find anywhere that it says yes or no for either. I have a tendency to fall asleep with movies playing and I dont like leaving components, especially not $300 receivers, sitting on all night unnecessarily.


Other than those things, i would really apreciate any other kind of opinions on either of the two, I really wanna buy the right one.



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Posted October 02 2010 - 07:13 PM

I'm not sure if this link comparing the 508 to the 608 works (it doesn't Posted Image) but I got it from Onkyo's homepage. Go to the Receivers page, click the little box by the models you wish to compare and the hit the "Compare" tab on the top or bottom of the page.


HDMI switching is actually the least of the three. It means switching video only and not transfering audio. It was mis-used when discussing both the 508 and 608 which are HDMI Vs. 1.4 so they both do video and audio and are both 3D capable and process the new HD audio formats found on BluRay discs.


The 608 does video up-conversion like you mentioned but your display will probably do as good, or better, of a job at it then the 608 so I wouldn't worry about it. In most cases the 508 is all that is needed. The 708 is a worthy up-grade, if you can afford it. Also consider the Denon 1611.


When you have narrowed it down to two or three models I suggest you download the owners manual for each from the manufacturers website and give them a good going over. Everthing you need to know is in there someplace.


They both have sleep timers. Says so in the manuals Posted Image .


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#3 of 6 OFFLINE   brock1sampson9

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Posted October 03 2010 - 03:41 AM

Well then, thanks very much. I hadn't even thought of downloading the manual, that would be sure to save quite a bit of time.



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Posted October 03 2010 - 05:01 AM

The manuals don't tell you everything you need to know, sometimes it seem as though they don't want you to know, but they are a good place to start. Be sure to pay attention to the fine print and side-bars. That's where the good stuff is Posted Image .


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"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
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Posted October 03 2010 - 04:01 PM

So i read through the manual for both but there is one last thing that I wanna be totally clear on because I asked 3 different salesmen at the store i work at and got 3 different answers. Do you know if one or both of these receivers will carry both audio and video through HDMI. I was told by 2 of the salesmen that I would need seperate cables for Audio and video, i.e. HDMI for video and Optical for the audio. Another saleman then told me that that was wrong and I only needed the one.
According to the diagram in the manual it looks like I only need the HDMI for both signals into the receiver. But before i buy it I though I would ask those that know alot more than i about the subject. The diagram is here: http://www.eu.onkyo....TX-SR508_En.pdf on page #19. Would you interpret this diagram in the same way that I have?



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Posted October 03 2010 - 06:37 PM

Both the 508 and 608 will accept both audio and video via hdmi.


What the manual was referring to is that, like most other receivers in this price range, an audio signal coming in via a digital connection will not be converted to analog for output from the analog VCR OUT jacks. I doubt this will be an issue for you or anyone else.


"Everyday room": Panasonic 58" Plasma, Dish HD DVR, Pioneer Elite vsx-23, BDP-23 BR, dv58avi universal dvd player, Paradigm Studio 20 V1, CC-450, Dayton HSU-10 subwoofer.

"Movie/Music room": Toshiba 65" DLP, Dish HD receiver, Marantz 7005, CC-4003, BD-7006, Polk LSI25's-LSi7's-LSiC, 2 original Dayton 10" "Mighty-Mites" subwoofers. (subject to change without notice).
 
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