Summary: I bought this receiver despite reading in the reviews that it had issues relating to the HDMI output because it had all of the features I need and was way less expensive than the alternatives. I figured that Onkyo had probably resolved the issues by the time I was purchasing the unit, after all it was January 2013 and some of the reviewers said not to pay attention to bad reviews before August 2012. Should have known better. The problems started almost immediately.
** Updated: HDMI problem persists despite new firmware **
6 March 2013
Summary: UPDATED: This started out as a 5* review on discovery that I did not need to update the firmware, my unit came with the 400 version installed. But things went downhill since then - now I wish I could assign zero stars, not one. The well known HDMI problem did not magically go away with the new firmware. Yes, there are many satisfied reviewers, and I agree with them based on the feature / price ratio.
Summary: This unit should have been pulled from the market a long time ago. Seemed like a nice set of features, but it drops the video signals from time to time and requires the unit to be unplugged for a reset. I have updated the firmware but this still happens. This is widely known on the onkyo support boards, unfortunately I found out too late.
Do not buy this product - HDMI out issue still not fixed
Dan Dietz, Amazon
10 November 2012
Summary: This would have been my third Onkyo receiver but I am sad to say that I am returning it and will never buy another Onkyo product. I chose to overlook the negative reviews regarding the failure of the HDMI out. Mine worked fine for the first month but then stopped working. I went on the Onkyo forum where I learned that this problem is extremely prevalent.
Summary: There is a major flaw with this receiver and the TX-NR616. After long periods of standby (overnight) the receiver will fail to deliver the HDMI video to your monitor or TV. The only way to get your picture back is to unplug the unit and plug it back in. Onkyo is aware of the issue and have been trying to resolve it for months to no avail. I purchased one without knowing and experienced these issues. I returned it back to Amazon.
Onkyo TX-NR515 Great product!!! BUT FAILS SOON AFTER!!!
3 September 2012
Summary: Just a short review because I use reviews to consider all my purchases on Amazon. I liked the reviews on this receiver(almost 4 stars) and have one in my study so I have a history with Onkyo. Always a good product even compared to my fav receivers by Denon. Infact I bought a Denon from Best Buy first and returned it for multiple reasons. First being I didn't like how hot the unit got compared to my older Denon rec I had(non-HDMI).
Summary: Great features for a great value, but wait until you set it up... Remote control does not turn the receiver on. Apparently this is an issue Onkyo is aware of and supposedly a firmware update corrects it. Firmware did not fix it. Returned it. Going to buy the Denon 1613 instead.
Summary: This was the 5th Onkyo AVR that I have purchased. This particular unit was destined to replace an old bedroom surround unit, but when I opened it up, I discovered to my dismay that there was a huge, green paper warning saying to not run the initial setup until you'd done a firmware update. They were extremely clear that you were not to run this unit without doing so. Well, after following their instructions, the amp wouldn't get past the "NET Update" screen..
Summary: so far the only problem i'm having with this receiver is that it will not output video inputs from composite sources over hdmi out. i haven't had the chance yet to see if it will output composite inputs over composite out, or if it will even output component to hdmi out. i've owned the 605 and used the 609 so i know how to navigate and set up onkyo receivers. i've had both of those units outputting video from composite over hdmi out to my tv.