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Old 05-13-2008, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default Onkyo TX-SR606 -vs- Yamaha RX-V863

I went to one high end audio store and was recommended an
Onkyo TX-SR606
http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=...s=Receiver&p=i
I went another high end store and was recommended a
Yamaha RX-V863
http://www.yamaha.ca/av/Receivers/RXV863B.jsp

Both salesman would argue for their own commission

What are your Opinions?
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Of course I prefer the Onkyo because of it's long list of features and value. I would recommend that you go to each companies website, compare the two and see which one you prefer. You can't really go wrong with either one just make sure it has the features you want.
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Old 05-13-2008, 11:43 PM   #3
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The store trying to sell me the Yamaha told me that the Onkyo had a problem with running hot and causing various problems. Do you know anything about this? Even if that is true I would hope the problem would be fixed for the new TX-SR 606.
Even after I told them that I thought highly of Onkyo and I heard a lot of good things about Onkyo, they told me, with some highend smugness, that I was wrong. That only convinced me that I am not going to buy from them. They did show me the Yamaha RX-V861 and said the RX-V863 will be available soon.
The Onkyo and Yamaha are both being upgraded with HDMI functionality and features
The Onkyo will cost around $600 and I'm not sure what the Yamaha will cost yet.
I think the cost could be the deciding factor.
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The store trying to sell me the Yamaha told me that the Onkyo had a problem with running hot and causing various problems. Do you know anything about this? Even if that is true I would hope the problem would be fixed for the new TX-SR 606.
Even after I told them that I thought highly of Onkyo and I heard a lot of good things about Onkyo, they told me, with some highend smugness, that I was wrong. That only convinced me that I am not going to buy from them. They did show me the Yamaha RX-V861 and said the RX-V863 will be available soon.
The Onkyo and Yamaha are both being upgraded with HDMI functionality and features
The Onkyo will cost around $600 and I'm not sure what the Yamaha will cost yet.
I think the cost could be the deciding factor.
Check out this thread for the new, upgraded Onkya 605 model, the TX-SR6-606. There had been some reports of overhreating on the 805 model, not the 605. Onkyo's can run fairly warm but not a danger. Heat is a byproduct of amps anyway!

If I was in the market for a new receiver, the 606 would be on my list.

I hope this helps.
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There had been some reports of overhreating on the 805 model, not the 605. Onkyo's can run fairly warm but not a danger. Heat is a byproduct of amps anyway!

If I was in the market for a new receiver, the 606 would be on my list.

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I think the new Yamaha RXV-863 is going to be in the $800-$900 range. I'm in Canada but I've checked prices at US websites, I wish tehy could ship to Canada.
The Yamaha RXV-861 is listed for around $450 at one place.

I started out determined to buy the Onkyo TX-SR606 and I had a feeling that the arrogant salesman was bashing the competition to try and sell me something he had for sale. Not that there is anything wrong with the Yamaha, but I want the newest upgrades so I think the Onkyo is the better deal.

Does anyone know when the 606 will be available? I read april and it's now the middle of may.
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From what I understand, it will be shipped this month. The link I posted will have it as soon as it is available, even before many retail stores.
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I just called Speaker City, a store in Vancouver BC, and asked them if they knew when it would be available and they said they have two 606's in stock. I'm not sure, from what I've seen and asked It's wasn't available yet.
I'm going to look into it.
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Have you looked at the Onkyo TX-SR805? If you don't think you will need the 4th HDMI input on the 606 the audio side of the 805 is a big upgrade over the 606. You may be able to find a deal on the 805, you will likely be paying full price for the 606 since it will be brand new.

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I went to one high end audio store and was recommended an
Onkyo TX-SR606
http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=...s=Receiver&p=i
I went another high end store and was recommended a
Yamaha RX-V863
http://www.yamaha.ca/av/Receivers/RXV863B.jsp

Both salesman would argue for their own commission

What are your Opinions?
I think Onkyo 805 is right comparison to Yamaha as far as price is concerned when it comes down to receivers both Yamaha and Onkyo make very good AVRs, it will come down to personal preference, i would always pick Yamaha or Denon, i own them for long time any they are great AVRs.

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The 805 costs around twice as much as the 606 from the couple of websites I looked at. For some reason we can't get any good deals in Canada like the U.S. websites. I'm seeing prices like $1200-$1400 for the 805
I think the 805 is a class above Yamaha rxv-863
I would think about the 805 if I could get a great deal in Canada.
Only other thing that would stop me is hearing about the 805 over heating.

My budget is around $600 or hopefully less
I keep looking at more expensive receivers but I must be strong and resist the temptations
I'm in the market for new speakers and a new TV as well so I'm looking to balance it out and get a moderately decent system.
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The 805 costs around twice as much as the 606 from the couple of websites I looked at. For some reason we can't get any good deals in Canada like the U.S. websites. I'm seeing prices like $1200-$1400 for the 805
I think the 805 is a class above Yamaha rxv-863
I would think about the 805 if I could get a great deal in Canada.
Only other thing that would stop me is hearing about the 805 over heating.

My budget is around $600 or hopefully less
I keep looking at more expensive receivers but I must be strong and resist the temptations
I'm in the market for new speakers and a new TV as well so I'm looking to balance it out and get a moderately decent system.
I think you'll be very happy with the 605/606. I have seen quite a few folks here boast about loving their 605. It has plenty of power, plenty of inputs. It's not the best but far from the worst. Onkyo gives you a lot of bang for the buck.

Work your way up to better AVR's. You definately want good speakers. No amp in the world can make up for bad speakers!
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Cool My vote is for Onkyo!

Well I bought the Onkyo 605 and ofcourse they came out with the 606 shortly afterwords; but I did not go out and buy the newer one. I have had my 605 for about 7 months and have no complaints. The most profound thing someone wrote is "the speakers really make the difference" and thats true. But what they did not tell you is that you dont have to buy those cute little speakers that everyone is buying. I actually have a Onkyo SKW-204 sub (just bought), 2(JBL) Northridge series ND310 front speaker (tower speakers) and a KLM center speaker. Now I was already getting alot of bass from the front jbl, once I added the Onkyo sub...I don't believe you can get a much better sound. My friend has a Yamaha rx-v863 6.1 system and he is using the speakers that came with the system, and it only soiund ok. We both played mp3 through our "media center computers" The difference is my JBL give me so much bass in additon to the sub, and the over all sound is awesome. In contradiction, I will probably buy an Onkyo 7.1 set of little speakers just to replace my center for looks (coordinating) and replace the 4 rear (upper and lower rear surround) just for looks...but you cant beat my old JBL front towering speakers combined with the Onkyo SKW-204 sub!!! TRUST ME

ps. you know the Onkyo has "TrueHD, DTS-HD Decoding "
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