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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Purchased this to run an outdoor projector in our pool area. Replaced a 13 year old yamaha that well sonically was still awesome just didn't have the codec support for BluRay and got tired of constantly screwing with movies to get them to output sound.
Summary: I was replacing an old JVC receiver. The dolby digital is far superior to what I had. The only complaint I have is that a lot of the display is so small if I want to read it, I have to go over to it. Other than that, I absolutely love it. I am a SiriusXM subscriber.
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.