Summary: I bought my 1008 in march of 2011. once it was al set up it worked fantastic and i couldn't have been happier. i was using a: 1)Direc tv hd dvr receiver 2) PS3 3)Mac Mini Computer and was controlling 3 fully independent zones. zone 1-5.1 surround sound zone 2-2 speaker mono (formal living room) zone 3-2 speaker mono (patio) like i said, everything was great until late july 2011 when the system would no shut off certain zones and finally wouldn't power up at all.
Summary: The product works great - for about 6 months. Then expect to be without the unit for 6-8 weeks (possibly more) for the "no-service" center to diagnos and repair problem, only to wait for the possibility of it to break again, only this time out of warranty. I have the TX-NR1008 with 2 HDMI outputs - one to the projector in the main viewing area and another to a TV across the room. Suddenly the HDMI Main quit working.
Summary: First of all, I am not an electronics wiz so I had a friend of mine that does AV engineering for a living help me with the set up. I have 3 TVs in my mancave and one of the primary reasons I spent the extra money on this model was because of the 2 HDMI outputs. I figured this way, I would have the best signal possible for at least two of my TVs. Well, I did, but there was a problem. There's a main and sub HDMI output.
Summary: I'm not going to cover what's already been said, but I have a few things to add. The input selectors on the remote and front panel of the receiver are a stroke of genius! It makes it possible for even my mother (no disrespect intended, but she just doesn't get technical things!) to operate the thing. It also discourages users from inadvertently changing settings as she constantly used to do while trying to switch inputs.
Summary: The good: BD to 1080p display is great. Surround sound calibration is sweet. The not so good: Composite video up-converted by the receiver to HDMI has flicker. Not a huge problem, but I had better quality running a separate composite video cable. So much for HDMI being able to reduce the cable count. The bad and really annoying: No digital sources to zones 2 or 3. This means no PCM from my PC, no HDMI from the BD player, no internet radio, and no media server.
Tame the confusion of audio and video in your home; but with no warranty
neurotome "neurotome", Amazon
15 October 2010
Summary: EDIT: Downgraded from 5 to 2 stars for spectacular warranty service failure on the part of Onkyo. See below. You know how it is. Take a look at your entertainment area. How many pieces of hardware are sitting there? A TV, a cable box, maybe DirecTV; a CD player, maybe an iPod dock. DVD player? Blu-ray disc player? Old VCR? An Airport Express for AirTunes, perhaps? How about a PS3, an Xbox, a Wii? Apple TV? Slingbox? Hulu player? Mac mini media station?