Summary: This receiver looks great on paper. And it works great when it works. Even with the lastest firmware update this receiver still has a problem with hdmi handshake after the receiver as been in standby for an extended period of time. The audio syncs but no video. Only way to correct this is unplug the receiver. This has been one ongoing issue that ONKYO knows about but seems to have failed to fix.
Summary: I bought this because of all of the HDMI inputs and the two Zone system. Zone 2 however, does not play anything you plug into the HDMI connections. I had to hook up my old receiver so I could hook my Apple TV up. I ran it to both receivers. HDMI to this Onkyo and Optical to my other receiver which I hooked up to my Zone 2 speakers. Now that Amazon has added the Cloud Player to Roku, I wanted to use that instead.
Summary: I purchased this receiver and had it about half way hooked up when I ran across this "gotcha" buried in a footnote on page 67 of the manual... "Only analog input sources are output from the ZONE 2 LINE OUT jacks and ZONE 2 L/R terminals. Digital input sources are not output. If no sound is heard when an input source is selected,verify that the source is connected to an analog input.
Summary: The main reason I purchased this receiver was the seven available HDMI inputs. The reality is there are four (4) HDMI inputs (Blue Ray, Cable/Sat, Game, PC)with three (3)inputs all but worthless. To access HDMI outputs 5,6,7 require not only setup gymnastics, but also an inordinate amount of work to access from the devise and remote. Evidence? There is no button on the remote for these inputs (5, 6,7). What would make me happy?
Would be great if the main HDMI didn't fail after a few months.
Heidi Briggs, Amazon
24 September 2012
Summary: Easy to set up, worked great for about 3 weeks then woke up to a black screen. No switching at all from any input. Unplugged the unit, plugged back in and voila. But now I have to do it every time. I have had only Onkyo products and have never had an issue with them. Looked online and there doesn't seem to be a firmware update yet to fix this. Tempted to return it but I think based on what I've seen online, it's an overall issue and not just one with this unit.
Summary: This has been the most disappointing electronics purchase I have made. I should have waited for more reviews before buying a few months ago. As others have stated sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. I thought the upgrades would help but not much difference. It runs very hot to the point of smelling if it stays on more than a few minutes. A long list of features is not worth anything if they operate erratically or are not user friendly.
Summary: Before you buy this unit (or the 616) you owe it to yourself to read through this thread on the Onkyo support forums: [edit: Amazon ate my URLs. Google or Bing for 'TX-NR515 - Monitor out issues (no picture)'] Another thing to consider is that if you want to run a component source through your HDMI monitor you have to *scale the component source down to 480i*. I can't imagine how they decided to green light this design.
Summary: Impressive feature set and specs for the price, but that doesn't mean anything if this POS doesn't work as advertised. While I didn't have the HDMI video dropouts that seem to have plagued so many, my problem was with the DLNA network functions. Could never get it to recognize any of the three servers I have. All it would do is say "NO SERVER" on the front panel.
Summary: Great specs on this receiver for the money. Haven't used all the features yet. InstaPrevue is not as good as I thought it would be. Setup is finicky. Can't get my iPod to work without hardwired connection. Every time I touch something on this receiver, something stops working. Latest is no video output on main HDMI out - can't see anything now. Time to reset to factory settings. Not very intuitive. Would think twice about buying Onkyo.
Summary: After 4 weeks of owning this unit, its going back...... When it works it works very well, actually its stunning... But it has many issues, some software but some also hardware related that Onkyo aren't really admitting. There is a known issue with the HDMI board not being well made and probably lacking enough power. There are many (many many many) reports of units not out putting a HDMI signal from standby, requiring an unplug to get working again.