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Old 06-26-2008, 08:20 PM   #1  
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howdie all, hows everyone doing? ok so i had my onkyo s790 for about a year now and im going to sell it to my friend and get a new system that has the auto calibration and goodies, now, i want it to be a full package like my s790, meaning it comes with a reciever and speakers.

i took a look at the SR606 and i was hooked to buy it right away up until i relized it doesnt come with speakers, i was hooked on the sr606 specially because it supports TRUEHD and has the audyssey auto calibration, so ya, which system can i buy that comes with speakers and supports TRUEHD and auto calibration? btw i want it to be an onkyo because he i really liked them so far so why not, besides they give the most bang for the buck, right?

btw i dont need any DVD player or anything of course since i have a ps3 and 360, it would be better if it has atleast 1 HDMI port, oh and i donr need the reciever to have ANY video inputs or outputs because i only use the reciever for sound(Cable TV, 360 and PS3)
something around 400-500$ tops

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Old 06-26-2008, 10:17 PM   #2  
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Give this a look - http://www.accessories4less.com/make...e-BLACK/1.html everything you want at an exceptional price.
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The receiver on that system only has HDMI pass through - just video, no audio - meaning it won't give you the lossless codecs on Blu-ray. So, I'm not sure if that will meet your needs.

Why do you want to buy a receiver and speakers as one package? I'd suggest buying the AVR for its features and a set of speakers for theirs. The Onkyo 606 is a popular choice. But, Onkyo really isn't known for speakers. There are lots of other choices which will likely give you better overall sound.

As for video, you really can't separate it from audio once you start using HDMI. If you want lossless audio from your PS3, it has to be connected to your AVR with HDMI. Then you run HDMI out of the receiver to the TV. I suppose you could use component connections from the PS3 to the display, but why do that? Besides, a receiver without any video circuitry is pretty hard to find these days.

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I agree with BI that if you have a BD/HD DVD player or PS3/360, you will be better servered not to get an receiver that is HDMI passthrough. But at a budget between "$400-500 tops", Loves didn't not have very much to choose from for a HTIB that would fit that bill. If just DD5.1/DTS is good enough for you (nothing wrong with that), the Onkyo he listed will do very nicely. If lossless Dolby Ttue HD/DTS HD is what you are looking for, I would hold on to th 790 and try and save up a bit more. The Onkyo TX-SR606 is a great 1.3a HDMI receiver for it's $399 price tag. Toss in a nice Polk 5.1 speaker package for around $300 or so onsale and you will be good to go. Well worth saving an extra $200 or so if you really want to get a new system with "the goodies" you will not want to upgrade again in the next year or 2.
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But, Onkyo really isn't known for speakers. There are lots of other choices which will likely give you better overall sound.
Actually Onkyo is known around the world for their speaker technology...
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Actually Onkyo is known around the world for their speaker technology...
I've been reading this forum for awhile now. I've noticed that you invariably recommend Onkyo equipment purchased at accessories4less, no matter what the situation. Onkyo can't be the answer for everything. They make decent entry level receivers. But, I've never heard their speakers recommended except as part of an HTIB package. I hate to say this, but I get the feeling you have some sort of an agenda here.

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I've been reading this forum for awhile now. I've noticed that you invariably recommend Onkyo equipment purchased at accessories4less, no matter what the situation. Onkyo can't be the answer for everything. They make decent entry level receivers. But, I've never heard their speakers recommended except as part of an HTIB package. I hate to say this, but I get the feeling you have some sort of an agenda here.
Expand your mind and do some research beyond this forum and you will come to some of the same conclusions I have.

Accessories4less has some great prices but I do often recommend other places of purchase.

When it comes to Onkyo, they can't be beat for quality equipment with more features than other manufacturers at reasonable prices. Just ask anyone who owns some of their equipment be it entry level or top of the line and don't forget the exceptional Integra line of superlative equipment.

I have no agenda or ulterior motive, I am just here to help so please don't make such assumptions.
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Expand your mind and do some research beyond this forum and you will come to some of the same conclusions I have.
This forum is actually a rather quiet backwater for AV information. 4,200 posts in less than a year suggest you spend quite a bit of time here, though. On the particular point at hand, the world renowned quality of Onkyo speakers, perhaps you could point me to some reviews that share your conclusion.

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When it comes to Onkyo, they can't be beat for quality equipment with more features than other manufacturers at reasonable prices. Just ask anyone who owns some of their equipment be it entry level or top of the line and don't forget the exceptional Integra line of superlative equipment.
There's no question that Onkyo packs lots of features into its receivers at reasonable prices. Good value. But, Onkyo AVRs run hot and the company has detractors when it comes to quality and customer service. While Integra is a step up, words like "exceptional" and "superlative" may be a bit of a stretch. There are lots of great AVRs from companies like Denon, Yamaha, Marantz, and Pioneer - AVRs that many judge to be better than Onkyo. So, I disagree with the notion that Onkyo is the best gear for everyone in every situation.
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Nothing wrong with having pride in a single company...Onkyo might be one of the better brands to pump these days as they truly offer the BEST value/performance with the market's current HTiB's and entry level-midgrade AVRs. If one can argue the two, put it out there.

On point with BI, I do see the high frequency of Onkyo pride form Loves2Watch. Nothing wrong with it...as long as there is no aff. with accessories4less. IMHO, I think it is great to pump a trusty name up and get the n00bs on track with a solid brand. It might be a different story if he were trying to hype the crowd with JVC (no harm to the JVC owners).

Onkyo speakers...known around the world for speaker tech? They offer one model that might be considered mid-grade...the D-TK10. Even then, I am in question. Having been inside of many an Onkyo sub enclosure, I can tell you that they are WAY behind the curve on construction and driver technology. Simple and functional is a better way to explain the company's efforts in the speaker dept.

Thoughts? Oh and sorry for mashing the thread. You know, it has been a couple days since we bashed on Bose...anyone...anyone?
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Buy Other Sound Equipment is all I have to say.
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...Basicly Overpriced Speakers Eh?
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There's no question that Onkyo packs lots of features into its receivers at reasonable prices. Good value. But, Onkyo AVRs run hot and the company has detractors when it comes to quality and customer service.
Really, I have not experienced any problem with "detractors or customer service nor do I know of or have heard of anyone else having these so called problems.
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While Integra is a step up, words like "exceptional" and "superlative" may be a bit of a stretch.
Do you own or have you tested any of their equipment? I have and that is the reason for my assessment.
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There are lots of great AVRs from companies like Denon, Yamaha, Marantz, and Pioneer - AVRs that many judge to be better than Onkyo. So, I disagree with the notion that Onkyo is the best gear for everyone in every situation.
Just who are the many you speak of? And whats up with the personal attack here? Being an A/V engineer and working with/repairing (not sales) equipment from all of the major manufacturers on a daily basis, for many, many years, I believe I am qualified to make those assessments.

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And whats up with the personal attack here?
Sorry. There's nothing personal here. You recommend Onkyo equipment, almost always from accessories4less, for virtually every situation for every poster. I'm not the only who's noticed that tendency. I didn't comment until you took exception to my advice that the OP should look at speakers other than Onkyo to pair with an SR606. The notion that Onkyo is "known around the world for their speaker technology" is more than a bit over the top and I find it interesting that you have yet to provide any support for that statement beyond your own personal experience. Since you weigh in with advice on so many threads, I think it is appropriate to ask why you love Onkyo so much. That's all.
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ok i decided that i might actually buy the reciver only and not a complete system set that comes with speakers, so my question is , which reciever would be my best choice around 400-500$ tops, and i would prefer that it would have DOLBY TRUEHD because i dont want to change a reciever again in a year or 2. i Am going to keep my onkyo s790 speakers and might upgrade the speakers at a later time, thats not very imporant for me, something is a bit messed up with my s790 aswell so thats what triggered me to sell my s790 to begin with, a minor problem but yea. oh and i really dont care about the VIDEO CAPABILITES of the reciever because im only going to use the reciever for audio, i dont need it to convert or upconvert or any of that stuff. i wouldnt mind how many HDMI inputs it has either but atleast 1 would be fine. since im using Optical cables mainly for my system(ps3 and 360 and cable box, MY 360 doesnt have HDMI at all so ya)

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Do you want lossless audio - TrueHD, dts-MA, uncompressed PCM 5.1 and 7.1 - from your PS3 Blu-ray playback?
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