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Old 04-24-2009, 04:52 PM   #46  
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Sound for music and HD/BD movies is outstanding.. I was not sure how good music would sound at home with the 606 and my speakers, but when I tested it out I was very impressed. My friends are blown away at the sound, especially when I play music and all that great powerful sound is just comming from my 2 fronts and sub. My Velodyne CHT FR's are scaled up to 150 watts peak, so I can crank the 606 ALL the way up (80) and absolutely NO distortion what so ever. At 1st, it was cutting my speakers off (built in cut off) on certain music at 75 or more, but once I dialed in the crossover freqs . For $400, no question the best receiver on the market...By far....
Wow -- 80 huh? Are you running anything on your IntelliVolume trim? I have my DVD input cranked up to "+10dB" so the receiver acts like a highly sensitive power amp and the system is crankin' at way under "80". Is that your maximum volume based on how you're calibrated? Because the receiver goes to a maximum of 100...
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Old 04-24-2009, 04:53 PM   #47  
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Hey Guys!

Thanks for all the participation in this thread! Can you show us some pics of your Onkyo workin' in your home theaters if you have 'em?
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Old 04-25-2009, 07:59 AM   #48  
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Not turned on, at all, by Onkyo's very cold, sterile digital sound. Decent cost effective product with a lot of "bang for the buck" but not my cup of tea.

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Not turned on, at all, by Onkyo's very cold, sterile digital sound. Decent cost effective product with a lot of "bang for the buck" but not my cup of tea.
Com-on' man, show us Watt turns you on!
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Old 04-25-2009, 08:17 AM   #51  
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for you onkyo 605 owners? did you have to do the firmware update?
I recently did it and it much better now. I was not able to play the star wars clone wars in trueHD without it.

it took like 2 weeks to get it sent and back with the new update.

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Old 04-25-2009, 08:18 AM   #52  
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Nice amp, like Denon a lot. I'm a Sony and Yami fan, but check this i'm currently saving to buy the Onkyo TS-SR 607.
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Old 04-25-2009, 08:47 AM   #53  
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Nice amp, like Denon a lot. I'm a Sony and Yami fan, but check this i'm currently saving to buy the Onkyo TS-SR 607.
Sony audio products are on the bottom of my list and practically everyone else, underpowered, poorly appointed features and massively over priced! I don;t have any problems with other hi-end Sony products.
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Old 04-25-2009, 01:36 PM   #54  
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Hey Fellas...

Thanks for continuing the Onkyo convo!

While some balk at a so-called "cold, stale" sound from Onkyo's amps, I personally would buy nothing but an Onkyo OR Denon receiver; I can recall when I was first shopping for my TX-SR600 years ago and overhearing a salesman in a semi-high-end shop telling a customer that these two companies are doing the best receivers...of course, that was years ago, but I think these two brands are the ones to watch.

I have owned Yamaha stereo receivers and Kenwood integrated amps, and they were great too, but there's something about Onkyo that just radiates quality to me. A friend of mine who was a diehard audio/music enthusiast had a two-channel Onkyo power amp and then went into an Onkyo stereo receiver before moving to Florida from the Big Apple and I swear, that receiver driving his Infinity mains sounded like a power amp when cranked up. I was sold on this brand since then.

At any rate, I know there are Yamaha, Pioneer and Sony fans out there too -- each brand has a diehard loyal following -- but I think in the price points we're talking about here, you can't beat a Denon or Onkyo. Sure -- you can go higer end and look at Onkyo's own Integra, or perhaps a Lexicon or such, but Denon and Onkyo are where it's at for mainstream, average to above average installs.

Now, getting onto SONY -- I agree with the last poster who said he wouldn't go with any of Sony's AUDIO products; unless you're buying from their ES line (and even THAT'S questionable), I wouldn't touch any Sony home theater receiver. I've had experience with a few in which buttons and knobs were beginning to fall off and their sound was just not adequate in the least. I just wouldn't get a Sony audio receiver product. Their TVs are a totally different story.

I am going to begin a new reply after this one for this thread for some questions I have for 605/606 owners...
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Okay TX-SR605/606 owners...maybe you can help me out...

Do any of you know why when playing soundtracks on DVDs that are in "Dolby Surround EX" or "DTS-ES" the listening mode doesn't come up as such on the receiver's display?

Under the setup menu of my 605, I have the "Dolby EX" setting adjusted to "AUTO" which is supposed to automatically read the flag that's encrypted on these discs with Dolby Digital Surround EX soundtracks; however, no matter what title I play with these soundtracks (and I have many in my SD DVD collection), the listening mode NEVER reads "Dolby D EX" on my 605's display window. Is this because these discs don't have the correct flag to tell the processor to display the mode and such? Or is it because I'm only running a 5.1 setup, no rear surround channel, so the receiver "knows" that and drops the "EX" information in the soundtrack into the standard surround channels? Still, if that's happening, shouldn't the receiver READ "Dolby D EX" on the display? Furthermore, I can't see EVERY disc in my collection not carrying the correct EX flag to trigger the receiver...

The same thing happens with "DTS-ES" soundtracks on DVDs like Gladiator and The Haunting; when I play discs that have these soundtracks, my 605 DOESN'T read "DTS-ES" like it is supposed to on the display window -- is this because, again, I am only running a 5.1 speaker array and the receiver "knows" this and thus it is putting the "ES" information of the track into the standard surround channels? Still, again, shouldn't the receiver DISPLAY "DTS-ES"?

Do any of you Onkyo owners have the same problems with such listening modes and displays?

Now...with regard to the way my '605 is connected to my Panasonic DMP-BD10A Blu-ray player...

Because my Blu-ray deck won't bitstream TrueHD, I have the player set up to output these soundtracks as multichannel PCM over HDMI, where the '605 reads "MULTICH" on the display for listening mode. However, at the Blu-ray player itself, I have the Multi Channel speaker selection made and have set all speakers in that setup menu to LARGE and all "0.0" on the levels, which I was told should send decoded TrueHD soundtracks in PCM over to the Onkyo correctly for bass management and such to be made AT THE RECEIVER. Originally, I was under the assumption that the "MULTI CHANNEL" speaker selection on the Panasonic Blu-ray player was only for making ANALOG connections on the back -- but I have learned since then that this MULTI CHANNEL selection should be made when using more than two speakers in your system no matter what, and that PCM over HDMI will sure be affected by this menu's settings...

In order to pass multichannel PCM TrueHD soundtracks from the player correctly and "unaltered" by the player's bass management, is my setup correct at the player's MULTI CHANNEL speaker setup menu? Should all speakers in that menu be set to LARGE and all calibration values and levels be set to ZERO (0.0)? Is this correct?

I want to be SURE decoded TrueHD signals from the player (I have the Dolby TrueHD Digital Audio Output set to "PCM" in the Audio setup menu, so that's correct) are being sent directly to the '605 so the RECEIVER can process all the audio and apply delays, distance settings, etc.

Does anyone have any insight on this?
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Sony audio products are on the bottom of my list and practically everyone else, underpowered, poorly appointed features and massively over priced! I don;t have any problems with other hi-end Sony products.
I don't agree with what you saying about Sony.
I have the Sony STR-DA 3300ES, and is right on par with all the top brands. Sure is doesn't have TrueHD and DTS-HD, but my PS3 takes care of that.
I'm not gonna go into a lengthy debate about the features of my amp, all i know is it works perfect with my speakers and room size.

I'm only keeping my amps for 2 years, and i'm going for the Onkyo next because i lost faith in Yamaha and Denon is too expensive where i live.
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I don't agree with what you saying about Sony.
I have the Sony STR-DA 3300ES, and is right on par with all the top brands. Sure is doesn't have TrueHD and DTS-HD, but my PS3 takes care of that.
I'm not gonna go into a lengthy debate about the features of my amp, all i know is it works perfect with my speakers and room size.

I'm only keeping my amps for 2 years, and i'm going for the Onkyo next because i lost faith in Yamaha and Denon is too expensive where i live.
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That's why I said I give some slack with their ES line of receivers. I don't believe they're made nearly in the same league as the lower priced models.
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Traded me girlfriend for the current Onkyo running in me living room, couple to some B&W's. Barter is the way to go.
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Old 04-25-2009, 03:35 PM   #59  
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peter..

about the dolby digital ex and DTS es.. I have had that problem too with some titles.. like the first 3 star wars films are just dolby digital while episode 4-6 are dolby digital ex. I have a 7.1 sound system. I am guessing that some titles are not flagged as ex or whatever it is.

I don't have an answer for the second question. I use the HDMI and let the receiver bitstream the trueHD/DTS. I do use multichannel for an older dvd player. the oppo 971.
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My high end Onkyo ( Integra) counts! a battleship that's 9 yrs old, but continues on with 5.1 inputs! add polk audio rt series, w/psw 150
and toss in a dvd audio or a Blu ray flick.
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