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'll start off by saying that I was very skeptical to purchase this Receiver based on some of the older reviews. However, the price was just to good for me to pass up. I have owned Onkyo products before and have always found them to offer good quality for the price. In fact, I still have my first Onkyo Reveiver, a TX-41 purchased in 1981 in my garage and it still works fine.
Summary: I try to always research a product before I buy it. I was impressed with all of the components of the Onkyo TX-NR616... It looked and sounded great when I read the sales material and specifications. Even more impressive was the price. I didn't find any other unit that offered so much at the price point they were asking. It almost sounded to good to be true.... which meant more research. I read through the "customer reviews"... starting with the "one star" reviews...
Summary: I upgraded from the Onkyo 605 which was about 7 years old & had HDMI 1.3, but no network. I upgraded for the new features, HDMI 1.4, ARC, Darlington front circuitry, THX as well as the multitude of other features which I have not yet explored. Although, I have tried the internet music stations and they are nice. This receiver was purchased more for home theater than music.
Summary: This is an excellent receiver. Onkyo appears to have had a hell of a time sorting through some bugs baked into the shipping firmware, though. All you need to do is be prepared to immediately update the firmware on the unit from a USB drive that you've prepared in advance. Instructions can be found on Onkyo's site or various AV forums. I prepared the USB drive before even getting the package in the mail so I was ready to go.
Great Second Choice - Probably should have been first!
Chris Donawho "StymieHo", Amazon
7 January 2013
Summary: I originally bought the Harman-Kardon AVR 2650. It was simply amazing in both style and performance (in Blu-Ray). But when I watched HD sources (Cable, Satellite, OTA) a loud chirping noise was emitting through the speakers. H/K support was non-existent and so I returned it and "settled" for this ONKYO. Other reviewers felt the GUI (graphical user interface) or OSD (on-screen display) was outdated and confusing.
Summary: I was very very hesitant purchase this receiver because of the all of the negative reviews, but I could not be happier. There are a couple of main issues that people have complained about and I would like to help future purchasers avoid having the same issues. Issue 1 - Firmware update There is a manual that comes with the receiver that I assuming many people ignored. It states that before you do anything, plug your Ethernet into the back of the receiver.
Phenomenal receiver! Update firmware before doing anything else!
J. Ray, Amazon
3 December 2012
Summary: This is my first "serious" receiver after having used a DVD HTiB for several years now. I've been researching receivers for several years now and was floored to have gotten this model for well under $400 given its feature set. Like others, I was a bit wary of some of the horror stories posted here and elsewhere, but pulled the trigger anyway. Given those stories, the first thing I did was update the firmware.