Smart Receiver, great sound; but bring a friend that owns a Onkyo
EasTrader "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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: I have owned the product for a week. They should include a not in the packaging that tells you to update the firmware before bothering to do anything else. Once the firmware is updated Spotify and the iPhone remote app work beautifully. I love controlling it with my phone. I recommend.
Summary: For the price point, I'm not sure this system can be beat. With a good set of speakers, the sound is pretty dang good. It has a ton of features that are hard to come by without spending hundreds more. Beyond that, most of the other reviews have gone into much more depth than I ever could.
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.