Love Onkyo overall, but can't recommend this model line of receivers.
11 October 2014
Summary: This receiver sounds, looks and works great. At least for awhile. This particular model of receiver can have 2 serious issues. First, the HDMI card goes bad and you can't get any audio out of it. Second, it will all of the sudden fail to power up properly and shut down a few seconds after turning it on which I found out can be caused by multiple things but in particular the HDMI card as well.
Summary: This product does an outstanding job for an audiophyle of many years. I desired a all-in-one system of at least 5.2 channels. The Onkyo satisfied that basic need. The installation manual is concise and well written. Installation was easily done in the den (theater) with outstanding surround sound resulting. The sound was crisp and clear with no hint of distortion into Klipsch speakers. It takes a little experimenting to understand the input selection process.
Summary: Struggled with replacing my old Yamaha DTS for weeks but wanted an upgrade that had the extras (apps, av, USB, HDMI, etc). A friend of mine purchased this model and highly recommended it. I purchased this model on sale for $319 which normally runs around $399. I had no idea how far behind I was with the latest technology until I hooked this up, ran the sound check, and started using it. I run a Bose Acoustimass 6, (5.1 Surround System) with this unit.
Summary: The product works well, when it is actually functional that is. I purchased the receiver in early 2013, within a few weeks I started to experience intermittent loss of picture and sound. Naturally in the troubleshooting process I assumed that every other cable or component must be the cause of the issue, not the brand new name brand receiver.
Spend the $ on the 717... unless you want a campfire.
Tim Olson, Amazon
24 November 2013
Summary: In August 2013 I purchased the Onkyo TX-NR717 7.2 receiver for my home theater and LOVE it. I was replacing an older Sony 5.1 Dolby receiver which has done the job for more than 10 years. The Onkyo 717 has a clean sound and does a nice job of driving 7 speakers and 2 subwoofers. In September I decided it was time for a stereo system at my office.
Onkyo TX-NR616 was a cautious buy but so far It's working fine.
Andrew D. Denny, Amazon
14 October 2013
Summary: First let me say that price was the main reason why I purchased this unit. I needed a new receiver to replace a non networked Yamaha unit in my bedroom which is setup for 5.1 but at under $320, this was a steal. I read almost all of the reviews and realized that most of the 2012 reviews when the receiver just came out seemed to point to numerous problems and customer dissatisfaction. Most people though did mention how good this receiver sounded.
Summary: ** This review sounds pretty positive to begin with but trust the second line. Too burnt out on this crap hardware to rewrite this whole mess ** DO NOT PURCHASE THIS RECEIVER!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Now you can read over the rest. I'm starting to get used to this receiver. Finally. I was about to throw it in the yard yesterday. It sounds "awesome" and I have been very impressed with the noticeable improvement in sound quality over my very dated old receiver.
Summary: I know this is last-years' model now, but I can't see any features the new one has that I think I'll miss, and this one is THX certified where it looks like the replacement model isn't. Bought this to replace another Onkyo receiver that was maybe about 5 years old and starting to get a little glitch-y. Hopefully this one will last longer. We do use it a lot -- basically whenever our main TV is on, the sound system is on too.
Summary: I have read lots of reviews from one to five stars, but decided to take a chance despite some reviews stating similar problems. The features for this machine were very attractive. It arrived very fast and I was excited to open the box at 1AM to work on it. Surely enough, I encountered the problems that other people experienced from downloads, HDMI, to power. One of the first thing I did was to set up for FM radio, which sounded great out of my speakers.