Smart Receiver, great sound; but bring a friend that owns a Onkyo
Amazon Customer "Ed", Amazon
6 July 2013
Summary: I was replacing a 12 year old Sony surround receiver with this. As an engineer, making all the connections was easy for me, but then it was time to call in a friend.. The steps to link the ports together was confusing. I have used software products since TRS-80 days but the design on this one is awful. Even my friend that owns one, tho an earlier model, was confused on the setup. After 2 hours of try this and do that we got it working right.
HDMI handshake delay, even after firmware update, but remedied....
Brian DeAngelis, Amazon
28 February 2013
Summary: Just got the 515 the other day with the TP-LINK TL-WN722N Wireless N150 High Gain USB Adapter. Followed all the tips about updating the firmware before all else. Set up standby mode with both pass-thru HDMI and network enabled. Connected all components, including Tivo, and even programmed the Tivo remote to turn on both the TV and Receiver with the same power button click.
Summary: FYI - I am using this receiver between a DirecTV HR22 DVR and a Panasonic 55" 120Hz LED TV. After reading the other reviews here and elsewhere, I immediately downloaded the latest firmware from Onkyo's website and unzipped it onto a USB stick. The device arrived with older firmware and I upgraded it before doing the initial setup. The receiver setup was quick and painless. The OSD menus are fairly straightforward, if not terribly pretty.
Summary: One must consider the price point of this receiver, $299 on Amazon $499 full retail. Onkyo's top of line receivers run more than $1000. First time buyers may not realize what a deal this unit is compared to two channel stereo units of years past. Seven channels of amplification, built in Equalization, video processing, 2 zone operation, multiple surround modes, and on screen set-up and displays.
Summary: Since the latest firmware update is ONLY possible via USB, I did that right out of the box. The firmware update instructions are poorly documented though. I got the USB firmware update 1141-0108-0400 zip archive from the onkyo support site. 1. Instructions say to copy the three files from the Zip onto the USB drive. The video instructions vaguely also say to copy the files in the folder.
Summary: This receiver has a lot of cool features. I was debating whether to give it 5 or 4 stars. I will go with 4 just because of the HDMI issue. Originally I wasn't going to use the HDMI feature, but I tried it and I like it. I have had it a few weeks now and I had the HDMI fail once. So I unplugged the receiver and it started working again. I played around with the HDMI setup and turned on the CEC (Consumer Electronics Controller) function.
Summary: I am from the 70's, an era where good sound was important. Your stereo components were a big deal. Day was that I could talk the talk and actually knew what all the arcane specs for receivers and speakers actually meant. The 80's brought the computer, the 90's brought the Net and this new millennium yields the A/V receiver that connects just about every bit of technology that might be featured at Best Buy.
Very happy with the relationship Performance - Price.
1 June 2012
Summary: Onkyo, has made great efforts to optimize its line of low-end receivers, thus achieving outstanding quality in their products, this is the example of the new TX-NR515, Good sound, good picture, easy to use, multiple entries and outputs to connect almost anything, and support for local network. You can not ask more for this price. Excellent.
Summary: I really have no major complaints about this AV reciever, but I wish I had looked closer at the inputs. Please take notice, there are no S-video inputs for the non-DVI sources. I still have my S-VHS tape deck and a Pioneer Laser Disk that I would like to connect. My older TX-SR604 had S-video inputs for these, but fewer DVI (2) inputs. This is my fault for not looking closer at the rear panel prior to purchase.