Smart Receiver, great sound; but bring a friend that owns a Onkyo
Joseph E Terry, 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.
Summary: So all excited to get this receiver. Finished the basement over the winter, last piece was big tv, blu-ray, receiver. The receiver worked for 7 months. Then no picture on the tv. I can connect the tv directly to my blu-ray, cable box, ect all show a picture but have not been able to get picture back...
Summary: I bought this receiver to replace the one that took one too many power hits. Setup from unpacking through calibration (the microphone/cone-of-silence routine) took about 15 minutes and no reference searches through the manual; very satisfied with the setup.
Summary: This is a great little receiver with tons of power and features. You have to download the firmware update on your computer and download it to a flash drive then install the update via the USB port on the front of the receiver.
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.
Summary: Let me start off saying I am pretty well versed in the AV world. I don't claim to be an expert, but I know the difference between an HDMI and a VGA cable. Now that we have that out of the way, I bought this amplifier as a means to upgrade to something a little more modern.
Summary: I was worried after reading some reviews on Onkyo receivers lately. Seems they are feature rich, yet unpredictable. I've had this one for a couple months now. It's been working great. I hope I didn't just jinx it by posting this review. I did have an issue with a couple 3d movies.
Pros: Easy setup, I like the on-screen guide and controls. Loud clear output.
Cons: My only real gripe with this receiver is that takes too long to switch modes. When I'm using my HTPC, I only hear about 1/2 of the startup sound and the first few seconds of audio are missing from everything while I listen to the receiver make its loud audio source switch clicking noises. Spotify...
Pros: Great sound, powered zone 2 (though I haven't used it yet), and internet radio services (with wifi adapter).
Cons: The three point sound calibrator is a joke, just use the single (better yet, do it manually). And the HD component video inputs only let through 480 or 720... one of those. Moral of the story is, you can't hook up an Xbox or Blue ray to the component video unless you downgrade its video output. D...