Well, at least one American has gotten a Resmed S9 Auto.
Not too impressed w/the extra cord and power brick, one of the things disliked about the Respironics devices. Not at all impressed w/the humidifier water tank, difficult to access, difficult to clean. And not too happy w/the data display either. This person says while it provides the AI via the LCD screen it doesn't provide the HI or AHI, at least not that he/she's been able to find on the LCD screen. Some are not happy about the hose attachment in the rear instead of the front, but the poster hasn't complained about that. While it is a good looking device, IMO, it does sound like the designers took a step backward in time, and not an appealing step backward at that. I'm not so sure it is going to gain the popularity of the S8s at all.
For those thinking of buying a backup xPAP I'd suggest picking up an S8 or S8 II whilst they last!!!
I'm glad I read this chain of emails just now as I was close to placing an order with Second-wind for a ResMed S9 Autoset for $895. I now feel that I would undoubtedly be getting an early production unit with all the problems associated with anything "new and improved."
I think I'll go back to Second-wind and look for an S8 Autoset for a backup to my ResMed VPAP S.
I'm new here so pardon the post added to an oldish thread. The S9 Auto BiPAP looks awesome to me so I requested it. It seems to have a separate humidifier b/c I could have ordered it without it. I wonder if the machine "with" is different from the one w/o the humidifier. Does anyone know? I don't plan on traveling with it on a plane so that's not an issue for me.
The H5i is the only integrated humidifier compatible w/the Resmed S9 PAPs regardless the model of PAP. If you want a stand alone heated humidifier the Fisher & Paykel HC 150 or newer is the way to go. They are by far the best stand alone heated humidifier available and can be used w/any PAP.
The S9s, w/or w/o, integrated humidifier are the same device. The S9 can be used w/or w/o the humidifier.