Love Onkyo overall, but can't recommend this model line of receivers.
2 weeks ago
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: I purchased my Onkyo TXNR616 in late December 2012 and received it in in early January 2013. It arrived with the latest firmware updates and ran well until mid-August when it blew. The repair depot quickly replaced the parts (2 1/2 weeks) that had blown and shipped my receiver back to me. However the problem that caused these parts to fail was not fixed and after 24 hours, the receiver blew again.
Pros: Great price; lots of features (probably best bang for your buck out there).
Cons: Slow HDMI connecting; and horendous reliablity and customer service.
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.
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 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.
Summary: First I want to say I love this unit, for the price it can't be beat. I upgraded from a budget 7.2 onkyo unit that died after four years. (I think something was wrong with it however. The thing got so hot you couldn't even touch it. That's what I get for buying open box) To this unit is a lot better, runs cooler, sounds better, operating interface is great. Pros: -Operator interface patches through to the main screen through the HDMI Out.
Summary: I recently decided to install surround sound in my living room, installing speakers in the ceiling for the rear channel, and picking up a center channel that matched my existing towers. Anyone thinking that in ceiling speakers are a questionable choice, I highly recommend checking out my review of the JBL SP8CII 2-Way, Round 8-Inch In-Ceiling Speaker with Swivel Mount Tweeter (Pair) ...