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Old 11-22-2008, 12:08 AM   #1  
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Default Onkyo TX-SR606 vs Sony 7.1 STR-DG820

I'm looking at these 2 receivers the onkyo 606 or Sony 7.1 STR-DG820.Which is a better one.I have the onkyo 604.so leaning toward onkyo just wanna get some in put.Some notes i have the Sony bd350,so i guess the sony would go with that.the only dif i see is the sony has xm(which i have).

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7.1 channels: The Onkyo TX-SR606 has 7.1 channels and HDMI upconversion.

HDMI repeater v1.3: The TX-SR606 is a powerful control center for all high definition media, including Blu-ray Disc and HD broadcasts. Up to four components can be connected via HDMI to receive and switch compatible sources for a pure digital connection to an HDTV. All multichannel audio can be digitally transported via HDMI for processing by the TX-SR606. And HDMI v1.3 supports CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), greater bandwidth to deal with higher resolutions, 36-bit Deep Color, and high frame rates.

HDMI upconversion: 1080p video is processed as it is, but all other signals can be upscaled to 1080i via HDMI. This upscaling takes the video resolution to pure HD quality. To further improve performance on HD displays, the TX-SR606 features a deinterlacing chip with Faroudja DCDi Edge technology, which effectively eliminates video artifacts.

Dolby True HD and DTS-HD: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD give you a true high definition 7.1 surround sound experience, with several channels of audio each going to a respective speaker. Dolby Digital EX and DTS EX Discrete create an extra, dedicated rear channel from a 5.1 source…giving you a more full surround atmosphere. Dolby Pro Logic IIx produces a 7.1 channel effect from a source with only two channels, while DTS Neo6 does the same for 6.1. You have an abundance of sound options.

Connectivity: The TX-SR606 features four S-Video and four HDMI inputs, as well as one HDMI and two S-Video outputs.

Wide Range Amplifier Technology: Onkyo's WRAT technology minimizes negative feedback, eliminates ground-potential fluctuations and offers higher instantaneous current capability. The bottom line: you get powerful, more accurate sound reproduction.

Audyssey 2EQ: This sophisticated speaker calibration system automatically adjusts level, equalization, and delay settings for each of your speakers, assuring you of the most accurate home theater sound available.

AM/FM tuner: Enjoy all your favorite radio stations with the built-in AM/FM digital tuner, that also works with Sirius radio (subscription required). Switch easily between them with 40 programmable presets.


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This 1080p A/V Receiver from Sony features HDMI™ with "Active Intelligence," plus x.v.Color™ and 1080/24p signal capability. Need more HDMI™ inputs? The STR-DG820 has four. Looking for simplicity? BRAVIA® Sync provides a one button operation (via HDMI™) of your entire A/V experience with a select number of BRAVIA televisions. Because no room is perfect, Sonys Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (and its supplied microphone) simplifies speaker set-up and optimizes speaker performance with the push of one button in just 30 seconds. This full-featured A/V Receiver also expands its ability to playback music from various audio sources (i.e. iPod®, Walkman, PC, etc.) with the Digital MEDIA Port.


Optimized for Blu-ray Disc™ and most HD Sources - Sony's A/V Receivers are engineered to be the ideal Blu-ray Disc A/V receiver, fully compatible with Sony® Blu-ray Disc™ Players.
BRAVIA® Sync™ - As a leader in products with HDMI™ connectivity, Sony has created BRAVIA® Sync™ technology to go beyond simple audio and video transmission. With One Touch Play, operations that took several steps have been reduced to one.
Digital MEDIA Port - Together with one of the Digital Media Port accessories (sold separately), this proprietary connection broadens the interface of home theater systems and components, connects with various devices which provide the ability to control and powers devices while making set up easy and operation simple.
HDMI™ Active Intelligence - Powerful HDMI™ connectivity combined with Active Intelligence offers automatic detection of optimal video and audio signals from all connected components with convenience of a simple one wire connection.
XM® Connect and Play™ Ready with 5.1 Neural Decoding - Connect the optional Connect-and-Play antenna, sign up for XM service and enjoy the variety of digital radio with the superior sound quality of an A/V receiver.
Digital Cinema Auto Calibration - Now the optimal speaker settings for your living room are only a press of a button away. Simply place the included microphone in your listening position and allow the strength of Sony's Digital Signal Processing to take over. Speaker placement, distance, and delays are all calibrated automatically to ensure a worry free listening experience.
Digital Cinema Sound™ - Sonys original Digital Cinema Sound technology uses exclusive DSP technology to recreate the precise environment of three Hollywood Dubbing Stages where your movies are created. True theater sound in the home from the source.

Product Overview:
Receiver Type: Audio/video (AV), surround, 2 to 7 channels
Sound, Overall Type: Dolby(r) TrueHD and dts-HD
Item Weight: 17.1 lbs.
Surround Sound:
Dolby® Digital: Yes
Dolby EX 6.1: Yes
Dolby Pro Logic®: Yes
Dolby Pro Logic® II: Yes
Dolby Pro Logic® IIx: Yes
DTS 96/24: Yes
DTS NEO:6: Yes
DTS ES: Yes
Simulated Or Matrix, 3in2-Chnl Anal: Yes
Dolby® TrueHD: Yes
DTS®-HD: Yes
Jacks, IN-OUT:
Component Video Input(s): Yes
Composite Video Input(s): Yes
Component Video Output(s): Yes
Composite Video Output(s): Yes
Component Input Sets, Total Number: 6 rear, (3 HD), (3 analog)
Component Output Sets, Total Number: 2 rear, (1 HD) (1 analog)
Composite Video Inputs, Number: 4, 1 front 3 rear
Composite Video Outputs, Number: 1, (rear)
Digital Audio Input: Yes
Digital Audio Input Type: 2 optical, 1 coaxial
Analog Audio Input: Yes, 7 RCA (3 Dedicated, 4 A/V)
Analog Audio Output: Yes, 2 RCA (1 A/V output, 1 output)
Digital Audio Output: Yes
Digital Audio Output Type: Optical, 1
HDMI Outputs, Number: 1
HDMI Inputs, Number: 4
Other Audio Enhancements:
Ambience Surround Sound: Yes
Power System:
Sound Channels Out, Number: 7
Watts, Center Channel: 110 watts
Watts Per Channel, Main or Front: 110 watts
Watts Per Channel, Subwoofer: 110 watts
Watts Per Channel, Surround or Rear: 110 watts
Tuner-Radio:
Mode: Digital, XM(f) Connect adn Play(tm) compatible
Presets, number of AM: 30
Presets, number of FM: 30
Presets, Total Number: 60
Multi-Speaker Configuration:
Subwoofer: Yes, output
Speaker Power Handling:
Impedance, Overall: 8 ohms
Power Handling: 700 watts
Color:
Overall Color: Black
Dimensions:
Height: 6-1/4 in.
Width: 16-15/16 in.
Depth: 12-1/4 in.
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:05 AM   #2  
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As an owner of a Sony STR-DG820, I'd say that at the same price, the Onkyo 606 is definitely the better buy. It's not that I'm unhappy with my 820 - quite the contrary, actually - it's just that the 606 has more features, and an arguably better build quality. The Sony doesn't upconvert sources to HDMI, the Onkyo does. The Sony doesn't have analog 7.1 inputs, the Onkyo does.

Sony's next model up, the STR-DG920 is more of a match to the Onkyo's 606 feature set, but it is also generally more expensive. In truth, I would still go with the Onkyo.

It's a different story if you can get the 820 significantly cheaper than the 606 (say > $70). Then you need to decide if the loss of upconversion and analog inputs on the 820 is a reasonable compromise. Obviously, I decided it was.

In short:
no to the 920
yes to the 606 if priced similar to the 820
yes to the 820 if priced significantly below the 606 and the loss of upconversion and analog inputs is acceptable.

Clear as mud, eh?

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the onkyo also does dts-hd master auto
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To be clear, the 820 does DTS-HD Master Audio as well.

The 820 is the first receiver in the Sony model hierarchy that decodes all the new high resolution DD and DTS formats. It's when you drop to the 720 that you lose that feature. You still get higher resolution PCM, thoiugh, which is why it's a decent low-cost solution for someone playing back BD with something like the PS3 that decodes the higher resolution formats internally.

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As an owner of a Sony STR-DG820, I'd say that at the same price, the Onkyo 606 is definitely the better buy. It's not that I'm unhappy with my 820 - quite the contrary, actually - it's just that the 606 has more features, and an arguably better build quality. The Sony doesn't upconvert sources to HDMI, the Onkyo does. The Sony doesn't have analog 7.1 inputs, the Onkyo does.

Sony's next model up, the STR-DG920 is more of a match to the Onkyo's 606 feature set, but it is also generally more expensive. In truth, I would still go with the Onkyo.

It's a different story if you can get the 820 significantly cheaper than the 606 (say > $70). Then you need to decide if the loss of upconversion and analog inputs on the 820 is a reasonable compromise. Obviously, I decided it was.

In short:
no to the 920
yes to the 606 if priced similar to the 820
yes to the 820 if priced significantly below the 606 and the loss of upconversion and analog inputs is acceptable.

Clear as mud, eh?
I have the Sony DG810 and don't know the difference between that and the 820. Having said that, I completely agree with the above. I too am happy with my 810, but at the same or close price go for the 606.

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I would choose the Onkyo TX-SR606 over the Sony for many reasons. The first and most important being that Sony's quality/repair/return track record for receivers is poor, to say the least.

As seen here there are some that love their Sony's and I certainly don't want to detract from that but, I would rather play it safe than be sorry down the road.
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got the sony so far so good still figuring out it.
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As an owner of a Sony STR-DG820, I'd say that at the same price, the Onkyo 606 is definitely the better buy. It's not that I'm unhappy with my 820 - quite the contrary, actually - it's just that the 606 has more features, and an arguably better build quality. The Sony doesn't upconvert sources to HDMI, the Onkyo does. The Sony doesn't have analog 7.1 inputs, the Onkyo does.

Sony's next model up, the STR-DG920 is more of a match to the Onkyo's 606 feature set, but it is also generally more expensive. In truth, I would still go with the Onkyo.

It's a different story if you can get the 820 significantly cheaper than the 606 (say > $70). Then you need to decide if the loss of upconversion and analog inputs on the 820 is a reasonable compromise. Obviously, I decided it was.

In short:
no to the 920
yes to the 606 if priced similar to the 820
yes to the 820 if priced significantly below the 606 and the loss of upconversion and analog inputs is acceptable.

Clear as mud, eh?
this player decodes true hd/dts master hd/dts master audio/ also what are the best sound between those...also what does it mean when it says linear pcm,is that english pcm(uncompressed),thanks for the help
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this player decodes true hd/dts master hd/dts master audio/ also what are the best sound between those...also what does it mean when it says linear pcm,is that english pcm(uncompressed),thanks for the help
As to which sounds best, it's a matter of personal preference. Truthfully, DD+, DD True HD, DTS HD, and DTS MA all sound the same to me.

LPCM stand for Linear Pulse Code Modulation, I believe. I have only passing familiarity with the technicalities, but the long and short of it is that PCM is same sort of encoding scheme used by good old-fashioned CDs, though with a higher sample rate, a wider dynamic range, and more channels. Wikipedia covers it thoroughly.
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Also PCM and LPCM only send out stereo, DolbyDigital and DTS ES (lossy audio) via optical and coaxial audio inputs/outputs. You do need a HDMI Or multichannel analog audio connections for TRUE HD and DTS HD and the other lossless audio formats.
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Also PCM and LPCM only send out stereo, DolbyDigital and DTS ES (lossy audio) via optical and coaxial audio inputs/outputs. You do need a HDMI Or multichannel analog audio connections for TRUE HD and DTS HD and the other lossless audio formats.
PCM is only 2 channel on DVD, but can be up to 8 on blu-ray. I doubt there are very many Blu-Rays that provide multi-channel LPCM tracks, though, as it takes a lot of space (and probably bandwith).
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On order from Crutchfield $339 shipped . ( with promo coupon) Onkyo TX-SR606
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On order from Crutchfield $339 shipped . ( with promo coupon) Onkyo TX-SR606
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You will. To refresh your memory from an August Home Theater Magazine review "This is far and away the best AVR under $600 (heck, under $1,000) that I have had the pleasure to review"
Kim Wilson, Home Theater Magazine, August 2008
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You will. To refresh your memory from an August Home Theater Magazine review "This is far and away the best AVR under $600 (heck, under $1,000) that I have had the pleasure to review"
Kim Wilson, Home Theater Magazine, August 2008
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I am replacing a onkyo sr601 with the onkyo txsr606 The new has 5 more watts . But I see you can bi amp with this receiver if you are running 5.1 . ? My speakers old infinity kappa 7.1 are bi-ampable .
Should I buy some more speaker wire and do this or am i waisting my time . ( only running the mains rears , center and sub 5.1)

Old onkyo seems to have plenty of power none bi-amp.
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