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I have been flipping through the menu and manual and have a picture setting question. Is it better to use direct or through? I have calibrated the TV using the Spears and Munsil calibration disk.

Also how do I set the USB charging options (auto, on, off)?
 

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For HD sources that you do not wish altered by the AVR you'll want to select direct. This setting will be passed without additional processing from the 709. As for the USB question I'm honestly not sure but I would say auto would be the wise choice.
 

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My SACDs and Multichannel analog inputs sound much better, filled with more finer audio details when I use direct. The sound is more alive and vibrant. What it does is bypass any signal processing and digital circuits. The signal will travel from input directly to the amp, taking the shortest most direct path to your speakers. This mode will override room correction, the equalizer, bass-treble settings, etc (future edit).

Auto charging would probably be the best option, unless you have a device that won't play well with it on or something like an IPAD that could potentially exceed the electrical capabilities of that USB socket. Read your owners manual for more specific information.

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Charge Mode
From page 56
■Charge Mode
`Auto:
Power feeding is interrupted when your iPod/iPhone
is fully charged.
`On:
Power feeding continues even if your iPod/iPhone is
fully charged.
`Off:
Your iPod/iPhone is not charged.
You can specify how the power is fed to your iPod/iPhone
when the AV receiver is in standby mode.
Note
• This setting cannot be selected when:
– the UP-A1 Dock with docked iPod/iPhone is not connected to
the AV receiver, or
– the docked iPod/iPhone model is not supported.
• When the “Charge Mode” setting is set to “On”, or to “Auto”
with your iPod/iPhone recharging, the SLEEP indicator is dimly
lit in standby mode. In such conditions, the power consumption
of the AV receiver slightly increases. With “Auto”, when the
iPod/iPhone becomes fully charged, the SLEEP indicator goes
off and the power consumption in standby mode is reduced.
From Page 66
UP-A1 Dock
With the UP-A1 Dock, you can easily play the music,
photos, or movies stored on your Apple iPod/iPhone
through the AV receiver and enjoy great sound.
You can use the AV receiver’s remote controller to
operate your iPod/iPhone.
■System Function
Auto Power On
If you start iPod/iPhone playback while the AV receiver
is on standby, the AV receiver will automatically turn
on and select your iPod/iPhone as the input source.
Direct Change
If you start iPod/iPhone playback while listening to
another input source, the AV receiver will automatically
select your iPod/iPhone as the input source.
Using the AV receiver’s Remote Controller
You can use the AV receiver’s remote controller to
control basic iPod/iPhone functions (➔ page 67).

■Operating Notes
• Functionality depends on your iPod/iPhone model and
generation.
• Before selecting a different input source, stop your
iPod/iPhone playback to prevent the AV receiver from
selecting the iPod/iPhone input source by mistake.
• If any accessories are connected to your iPod/iPhone, the AV
receiver may not be able to select the input source properly.
• When connecting the UP-A1 Dock to the radio tuner UP-HT1
(North American models)/UP-DT1 (European, Australian
and Asian models) with AUTO selected by the tuner’s Mode
Selector switch, you can switch the input source between UPA1 Dock and the tuner, by pressing PORT repeatedly on the
front panel.
• While your iPod/iPhone is in the UP-A1 Dock, its volume
control has no effect. If you adjust your iPod/iPhone models
volume control while it’s in the UP-A1 Dock, make sure it’s
not set too high before you reconnect your headphones.
• The Auto Power On function will not work if you set your
iPod/iPhone in the UP-A1 Dock while it is playing.
• When Zone 2 is turned on, you can’t use Auto Power On and
Direct Change functions.
• Do not turn off the power with the iPod/iPhone still connected
to this unit via the UP-A1 Dock.
• Set your iPod/iPhone in the UP-A1 Dock after the AV
receiver turns on.
• The “Charge Mode” setting must be set to “On” to enable the
Auto Power On and Direct Change functions (➔ page 56).

■Using Your iPod/iPhone Alarm Clock
You can use the Alarm Clock function of your
iPod/iPhone to automatically turn on your iPod/iPhone
and the AV receiver at a specified time. The AV receiver’s
input source will automatically be set to the PORT
selector.
Note
• To use this function, your iPod/iPhone must be in the UP-A1
Dock, and the UP-A1 Dock must be connected to the AV
receiver.
• This function works only in Standard mode (➔ page 68).
• When you use this function, be sure to set the AV receiver’s
volume control to a suitable level.
• When Zone 2 is turned on, you can’t use this function.
• This function doesn’t work when alarms sounds are set on your
iPod/iPhone.
• The “Charge Mode” setting must be set to “On” to enable the
Alarm Clock function (➔ page 56).
■Charging Your iPod/iPhone Battery
When the UP-A1 Dock with docked iPod/iPhone is
connected to the AV receiver, the battery of your
iPod/iPhone is charged. Charging occurs when AV
receiver is set to on or standby.
You can specify how the power is fed to your iPod/iPhone
when the AV receiver is in standby mode (➔ page 56).
Note
• When the UP-A1 Dock with docked iPod/iPhone is connected,
the power consumption on standby mode slightly increases.

Also, there is a big firmware update for your TX-NR709. It is a good idea to plug your receiver with (volume set to minimum or mute) in to a UPS while you perform an update.
 

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For HD sources that you do not wish altered by the AVR you'll want to select direct. This setting will be passed without additional processing from the 709. As for the USB question I'm honestly not sure but I would say auto would be the wise choice.
Thanks. I will try direct.

Auto is what in would use for USB charging. But I cannot find in the menus anywhere on how to set it.
 

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My SACDs and Multichannel analog inputs sound much better, filled with more finer audio details when I use direct. The sound is more alive and vibrant. What it does is bypass any signal processing and digital circuits. The signal will travel from input directly to the amp, taking the shortest most direct path to your speakers. This mode will override room correction, the equalizer, bass-treble settings, etc (future edit).

Auto charging would probably be the best option, unless you have a device that won't play well with it on or something like an IPAD that could potentially exceed the electrical capabilities of that USB socket. Read your owners manual for more specific information.

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Also, there is a big firmware update for your TX-NR709. It is a good idea to plug your receiver with (volume set to minimum or mute) in to a UPS while you perform an update.
I have the latest firmware. I was asking about picture settings. I think you are talking about audio. I think I do use direct for most audio. But I would have to double check.
 

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My SACDs and Multichannel analog inputs sound much better, filled with more finer audio details when I use direct. The sound is more alive and vibrant. What it does is bypass any signal processing and digital circuits. The signal will travel from input directly to the amp, taking the shortest most direct path to your speakers. This mode will override room correction, the equalizer, bass-treble settings, etc (future edit).

Auto charging would probably be the best option, unless you have a device that won't play well with it on or something like an IPAD that could potentially exceed the electrical capabilities of that USB socket. Read your owners manual for more specific information.

* SPOILER *
Also, there is a big firmware update for your TX-NR709. It is a good idea to plug your receiver with (volume set to minimum or mute) in to a UPS while you perform an update.
I read page 66 last night. After rereading it here, I see that the charging modes apply to the iPod dock. Not the USB port. Thanks for helping me understand the manual. I must be losing my reading comprehension as I age!
 

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I have the latest firmware. I was asking about picture settings. I think you are talking about audio. I think I do use direct for most audio. But I would have to double check.

I found the firmware upgrade as I was searching for your manual. Just thought I would point it out.
 
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