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: 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: I just got my 616 out of the box today. I was super excited when I finally got everything plugged in and completely went through the speaker setup. I started watching my DirecTV through receiver and after a few minutes my TV lost signal. I switched the HDMI cable, same issue with the different cable after a few minutes. I used another different cable to watch a movie with my DVD player, same issue. My TV keeps saying lost signal.
Nice features, but, at a minimum, it really needs to work.
Michael S. Dempsey "mike from lincoln", Amazon
1 August 2012
Summary: Like many others on the blogs, and here, the unit was a lemon on arrival. It's a nice unit in terms of setting up and operating. I spent considerable time running wire for the speakers (Fluance plus two older paradigm floor speakers), only to hear a loud pop when I turned on the unit. Immediately detached power and let sit per instruction booklet. Started up, get Ck Spk Wire on display. Immediately disconnect. Next morning . . . nothing.
Should have trusted others.. wish I could give it 0 stars
28 July 2012
Summary: All I can say is that I should have listened to all the other reviews about the HDMI problems.. Thought my unit be different but was totally wrong.. Returned to amazon in less than 24 hours after hooking it up and getting more frustrated about not being able to see video through the Hdmi port. audio worked fine. installed the 7/24 firmware upgrade but ironically (now 7/28) onkyo has pulled that firmward upgrade off their site. That should say enough..
Summary: Ordered my receiver from amazon and set it up following the instructions from the box and did the latest firmware update available on the onkyo website. Initial setup went great but trying to add the UWF-1 wireless adapter to my network was an extreme pain. UWF-1 - adapter has no options for connecting a wireless network that is not broadcasting its SSID - second the only way to get the MAC address is to use menu options on the receive which is not a big deal except it...
Summary: Count me as another sucker for the seemingly great value offered by the TX-NR616, with no one to blame but myself for ignoring the multiple comments warning me about the HDMI main out failure, among other things. I have never written an Ameven review before, by the way; I guess in this case I'm feeling compelled to do it just to do my part to prevent anyone else from buying this receiver.
Summary: I had a bad experience, very bad experience with two Onkyo receivers. A 609 and its replacement, the 616. Let me qualify this evaluation by giving my own background. I've spent a lifetime in the computer business and would be considered an expert on Windows systems. In the old days, it was DOS! Helping me with the setup of the Onkyo's was a young bright neighbor 20 year old who had done the setup of several home theater systems prior to our install.
Summary: The sound was good on this unit and I loved the feature per price ratio but it has to actually work to be of value. The 616 was very easy to setup and sounded great but it took only a day or two to realize that this receiver was not ready for prime time. The main issue I had was the video output would not work unless I unplugged the power to the unit and plugged it back in. Once I found the Onkyo forums I found that this is a very big problem for a lot of units.