Summary: I must admit I was a little scared of video loss issues... From my understanding it was more about coming out of standby mode that had video issues... It actually updated its firmware through a USB stick quite quickly, about 5 minutes if memory serves me correctly. I love how it outputs to my LED TV and projector at the same time, that's my main reason for buying. I love how its DLNA compliant with audio/music, but kind of wish it played video also...
Pros: 8 ins and 2 outs, tons of HDMI ports!!! DLNA
Great reciever, great price, Amazon even credit price difference after a few days.
D. Fox, Amazon
13 September 2013
Summary: This reciever has exceed all my expectaions so far, Here are my findings on the features I found most compelling to purchase this unit. Price: I was originally looking at purchasing the TX-NR515 for $319, but Amazon sold out of them, I paid the extra $30 for this unit, and within 3-4 days the price on Amazon was $319, I emailed them, and they credited my account the $30!! Excellent customer service/support.
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. Power is good, sound quality is way above what I was expecting. Connected to Klipsch AW-650 (front left / right, surrond left / right) and then Klipsch AW-500-SM for center channel. Sub is a EV 12".
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 hands down the best AVR value out there at the moment. A side by side comparison next to much more expensive AVR's and this is very close. Do the comparisons and it is like this thing is government subsidized or something. I have had zero issues...not a single thing other than perfect operation.
Summary: I decided to replace my 10 year old Sony receiver with something newer ...that had HDMI inputs on it and started pouring over the Amazon reviews of the various brands. I've had an Onkyo 705 receiver in my home theater that has performed flawlessly over the past 7 years, so I honed in on the current Onkyo models. The many reviews on the 414, 515 and the 616 seem to point to problematic firmware that fixed some flaw, but then caused another.