Summary: ...and it never worked that great to begin with. There was a up to a 100ms lag that needed to be adjusted for HDMI inputs (which is fine for video, but not videogames). I then bought a Denon at about the same price and the sound quality and user interface are both much better then the Onkyo. I would not buy Onkyo again. From what I read, the repair is around 300 dollars, so I guess this goes in the expensive garbage pile.
Pretty good for 2 years, then dead like many others I read about
Justin J., Amazon
31 March 2014
Summary: Purchased December 2011. Its now March 31, 2014 and its dead. The HDMI out is having issues, but from reading the forums, its pretty common for the NR606 and 609 to fail right after 2 years. It started with the HDMI going out for a few minutes. I'd turn it off and on and most of the time it would come back - terrible for watching a movie. This week though it just failed altogether. Sound was fine but no picture. Nothing could get it to work. It's just dead.
Summary: Purchased this receiver in late 2011, and now, roughly 2.5 years later, it has failed - no sound. A quick search shows this is a common and KNOWN issue with this model by the manufacturer. We were very happy with the unit... until it failed! Awaiting resolution from Onkyo customer service. Will post an update if/when the issue is resolved.
Summary: From the first week I bought this unit, I've had nothing but trouble. The unit was placed in an open area with no obstruction of vents, yet the unit constantly overheated. When it overheats, the video cuts out. Then, it's just a waiting game for when it decides it wants to work again. This happened about 20% of the time I used the receiver. Except during the summer. During the summer, I can just forget about using it unless I pointed a fan right at the receiver.
Summary: Just after few weeks the all the back HDMI connections both in & out wont work anymore. Had to return for another unit, but just after 4 mos, the HDMI-out of the new unit wont work again! I have to use the optical cable, the component or composite video channels!! Cannot return because its way past the 1 mo return policy!! What happened ONKYO! Check your quality control!!
Part 1 - Great bang for the buck, Part 2- but not the best out there!
Abhilash K. Oommen "Abhi", Amazon
23 September 2011
Summary: This is a long review - sorry about that (I did not have time to edit it multiple times, just once)! So I'll split it into two parts: 1) Research Based Opinions: Why I bought this or what (I thought) would make this a better choice than the other ones in the consideration set? - This is intended for anyone who is trying to make a decision and needs a summary of all the unique features! This is mostly pros!
Summary: I have had my receiver for 4 months now and have already had two major issues. The first is that it would not transmit video to my TV, only audio. Now there is a popping noise coming from the front right channel. After switching the channels around, changing wires, and hooking up different speakers it still does it. After reading reviews and forums I have learned that this is a common problem with Onkyo.
Summary: I am about to return my second 609. The first did not recognize lossless audio sources, and the hdmi pass through would often require a system reset (would work for a while, and then no sound, required holding VCR/dvr and pushing stand by, repeat). Firmware was updated and problem continued. Second receiver - Dolby true hd and dts hd sound great. Hdmi pass through same problem as above.
Summary: The Onkyo AV receiver gives a good sound and a lot of connectivity. The Network options are great: Spotify and internet-tuner are integrated. The shadow side of this machine is in the software: the iOS Remote app for the Onkyo is buggy and lacks possibilities. The other thing is that the Onkyo is broken after two years of use. He is in a almost permanent sleeping-state; only once in a while he wakens up and does function well. Return to sender.
Summary: Worked fine until the HMDI connections went west. Check the on-line forums there are many issues regarding the HMDI handshake. Unfortunately mines out of warranty - so that £500 down the drain.
Pros: Great sound to start with - then it went wrong