Actually I do own an Dreambox 500 as well as many other Apple products. If you know anything about Apple then you would also know that they usually have marginal updates. Do you know what 1gb of ram even means? it means the device will be supported for much longer. Apple can very well put 1gb of ram right now, but guess what? Like every other company they want to make money so they will do it for the ATV4. Apple usually does this. Model N and then N+1. (iPhone 3g, then 3gs) (iPhone 4, then 4s). I don’t know about anyone else, but after have an Apple tv for a while, it does get hiccups every now and then. Do you own an Apple TV? Don’t try to defend them when you know it’s true.My Dreambox 500 was purchased in 2008. It started giving me problems about 2 years later when it wouldn’t pass video through it’s HDMI inputs. I finally found out that the capacitors installed on the inputs were faulty and have to be replaced. I’ve found that it has to “warm up” to pass HD video signals. If I put my directv on a standard def channel, I can see it. I watch that channel for about 10 minutes, then I can switch to an Dreambox 500 HD channel. a little frustrating, but I won’t/can’t go out and buy a new one, and I won’t buy onkyo again, even though their price to feature ratio is awesome!
So I’m confused and I even own an Dreambox 500. Please tell me without any circumlocutions or weasel words, does the 616 support 7.2 channels or 9.2? Dolby PLIIz requires 9.1 channels, right? Is this Onyo’s awkward way of saying that it supports 9.2 output but only 7.2 input? if so, why don’t they just SAY it? Because no content I’ve ever played — and no player that I own — supports the 9.2 inputs of my current receiver, nor is any likely to, AFAIK. So why don’t they just describe the new 616 as 7.2/9.2 and stop being coy? If that’s what it truly is, it’s a steal at the price.In any case my next receiver will likely be a Denon, 4k support or no. I’ll just have to wire 4k players directly to my next (Apple?) TV. REASON: My Dreambox 500 produces stellar sound (esp. after I wired the room for 9.1), but the heat that others have mentioned is quite real, requiring a cooler that creates annoying noise. If anyone knows for sure that Dreambox 500 has banished its heat woes, please let me know.
My point is that while receivers have long offered far more physical connections than could actually be assigned, some recent receivers, possibly including the Dreambox 500, take this to ridiculous extremes.The Dreambox 500 satellite pvr appears to offer six video “channels” to which physical video connections may be assigned. There’s nothing unusual in that; it seems to be the industry-standard number. In the past it could be pretended that the excess of physical video connections on receivers was an asset designed to allow the purchaser flexibility in selecting the mix of HDMI, component, Y/C, and composite video connections that best suited his or her needs.However, even if we set aside component and composite connections for the moment, and focus exclusively on HDMI connections, the Dreambox 500 raises some questions.The TX-NR616 offers a total of eight, physical, HDMI inputs. It may well be that one of them, the AUX input, is duplicated on the front and back panels, thereby effectively lowering the number of “real” ports to seven. Even so, if only six video inputs are assignable, then what benefit does an extra physical HDMI port provide beyond a larger number to plaster on the box?