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Old 04-19-2009, 09:44 PM   #1  
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If you're running an Onkyo home theater receiver at the heart of your home theater, tell us about it! Why did you choose this brand? Does your model have enough power and features for you? What do you like most about your Onkyo? Is the sound quality what you expected? Anything you want to share, fire away!

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I am currently running a TX-SR605(B) and it's plenty to drive my Polks in the theater; I have been a huge fan of this brand since I used my first Onkyo receiver, a TX-SR600, and first caught the HT bug. The '600 put out "only" 80 watts a channel, but it rocked my previous theater I had in a previous apartment -- my parents also used one in their huge home theater room with vaulted ceilings, and when I watched films there that thing CRANKED for 80 watts a channel -- it would fill the entire room and it was a big room to fill.

There's something about Onkyo's receivers (and amps) that are intriguing and attractive...the all aluminum faceplates, the heft of the units, the feel of the buttons and controls...they just feel like well-made products IMO.

So...let us hear why you chose your Onkyo, and how it's been doing for you!
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:11 AM   #2  
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*ignoring the two posts above*

I'm using an Onkyo 886 preamp/processor, feeding my active Adam studio monitors and the sub.

The 886 is solidly built. It is offering balanced 7.1 outputs, which is a plus if you can use balanced connections. My monitors have a balanced input stage, so it works great for me.

Sound quality is excellent. I have been an audiophile during the 90's, owning sometimes a bit esoteric equipment. Based on that experience, i can attest the 886 to be very neutral and very musical at the same time. Which is rather rare.

A great feature is Audissey and the DynamicEQ function, which can compensate our non-linear hearing when listening at lower than reference levels. The pre/pro is offering an ISF interface, where people with the needed equipment can change the target curve of the DynamicEQ. It's a bit of a letdown, that there is only one fixed target curve available to the normal consumer and you'd have to pay an ISF guy to change that.

So if you are looking for a nice pre/pro in case you consider going the seperates way, i recommend checking out the Onkyo 886.

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I have had an Onkyo TX-SR606 running my home theater since Christmas of 2008 and I have been thoroughly impressed with it. It does what it is supposed to and then some. I run a 7.1 channel Onkyo system off the receiver and am yet to have any problems.
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*ignoring the two posts above*

I'm using an Onkyo 886 preamp/processor, feeding my active Adam studio monitors and the sub.

The 886 is solidly built. It is offering balanced 7.1 outputs, which is a plus if you can use balanced connections. My monitors have a balanced input stage, so it works great for me.

Sound quality is excellent. I have been an audiophile during the 90's, owning sometimes a bit esoteric equipment. Based on that experience, i can attest the 886 to be very neutral and very musical at the same time. Which is rather rare.

A great feature is Audissey and the DynamicEQ function, which can compensate our non-linear hearing when listening at lower than reference levels. The pre/pro is offering an ISF interface, where people with the needed equipment can change the target curve of the DynamicEQ. It's a bit of a letdown, that there is only one fixed target curve available to the normal consumer and you'd have to pay an ISF guy to change that.

So if you are looking for a nice pre/pro in case you consider going the seperates way, i recommend checking out the Onkyo 886.

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Hey Nik!

Thanks for your input! Can you show some pics of your Onkyo gear if you have any?
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:31 AM   #5  
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Looks like any other Onkyo amp...


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I have the 606 in my home theatre and love it for the fact that I don't need to worry about the sound. Everything just always sounds and looks excellent (for as long as the source material is good). No matter if the PS3 throws HD video and True HD audio on there or if there's a sports event on DTV. I just don't need to worry about audio/video in/outputs. One button for the source and boom.
Take this with a grain of salt though, as it's my first HDMI receiver.

By the way, I've got a Teufel 7.1 speaker setup in the HT so everything's hooked up nicely. I just wish there were more movies availabe with German 7.1 HD sound...
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Very good Thread Peter.

I'm a Sony and Yamy fan, but ever since the Onkyo SR 605 won the Eisha Award : Best Home Theater Receiver 07-08, i have been wanting to get me one.

Where i stay, the SR 606 is the latest and i'm saving hard to buy it.
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Very good Thread Peter.

I'm a Sony and Yamy fan, but ever since the Onkyo SR 605 won the Eisha Award : Best Home Theater Receiver 07-08, i have been wanting to get me one.

Where i stay, the SR 606 is the latest and i'm saving hard to buy it.

Not sure "where you stay", but if in the U.S.A, Amazom/JR's has the 606 onsale for $399 shipped... The new 607 is about to be released soon, so not sure how much longer the 606 will stick around and at what price.. The 607 will be going for $499 when it is released in a month or so.

http://www.amazon.com/Onkyo-TX-SR606...0188002&sr=1-1
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Looks like any other Onkyo amp...


(you can click on the thumbnail for a larger pic)
BTW,

Your little quote on the bottom of your sig based on what I described was going on between me and other members here is really a bit disrespectful; I know everyone had a good time making fun of it, but I was using it as an impactful description statement.

Thank you for the picture; I'll get back to you with thoughts.
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Looks like any other Onkyo amp...


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The 886 was a receiver?

You made it seem like it was a preamp/processor with a separate amp...
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I have the 606 in my home theatre and love it for the fact that I don't need to worry about the sound. Everything just always sounds and looks excellent (for as long as the source material is good). No matter if the PS3 throws HD video and True HD audio on there or if there's a sports event on DTV. I just don't need to worry about audio/video in/outputs. One button for the source and boom.
Take this with a grain of salt though, as it's my first HDMI receiver.

By the way, I've got a Teufel 7.1 speaker setup in the HT so everything's hooked up nicely. I just wish there were more movies availabe with German 7.1 HD sound...
Thanks for chiming in, fellow 605/606 owner! Are you out of Germany?
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The 886 was a receiver?

You made it seem like it was a preamp/processor with a separate amp...
Preamp is also an amp, if that might have confused you. It's not a receiver, no power amps in it. They use the same design as for their receivers.
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Thanks ' Bigloww '.

I live in South Africa, and yes the SR 607 will be released here soon as well, but i guess when i'm finished saving they will have a 609.
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I have the 606 and love it. Having an older Kenwood prior to it, I can say it was absolutely worth every penny. My modest speakers now sound more than modest. Dunno if the Kenwood just didn't put out as much oomph, or what, but the sonic presence is like night and day.

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Your little quote on the bottom of your sig based on what I described was going on between me and other members here is really a bit disrespectful; I know everyone had a good time making fun of it, but I was using it as an impactful description statement.
Just goes to show how impactful it was. Trust me, it definitely made an impact and is something those privy to it will not forget anytime soon. So, your mission was accomplished.
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Just goes to show how impactful it was. Trust me, it definitely made an impact and is something those privy to it will not forget anytime soon. So, your mission was accomplished.
The mission was not to have it poked at and made fun of -- the "mission" was to point out exactly the kind of harassment that has gone on in here. It was absolutely ridiculous. Internet Brands had to be made aware of it, so I suppose your mission was accomplished pissing certain people off that were "in the know."
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