Summary: For about 14 years, I’ve been using a Sony ES receiver, which I’ve loved. But it doesn’t do HDMI and decided it was time to upgrade. Tons of research and nearly a year of reading reviews and I chose the 717. I’m technically proficient, but not snobbish about audio quality. People who can hear the differences between receivers seem like alien beings to me. I guess my hearing just isn’t that sensitive.
Network connectivity horrible it will fail. Sound=OK but a epic fail on being a network connected home entertainment receiver.
Searching for Wisdom "Live Strong", Amazon
26 January 2014
Summary: WARNING! Before you buy an Onkyo do a Google search on "Onkyo loses network connection" and read. This problem is systemic with Onkyo. This is my second TX-NR717. After the first one kept failing on being able to be network connected I figured it may be a fluke and returned to Amazon (love Amazon) and got a replacement. This one has also now failed with similar failings as the first. I've been on the phone with Onkyo customer support at least six times over past year.
Summary: This receiver is a tremendous value. It is one of only a few surround receivers that has preamp outputs. Not only does it have preamp outputs for the main left/right channels, it has preamp outputs for ALL channels. Preamp outputs are / can be important for a couple of reasons. Perhaps the most important reason, however, is for end users that own 4 ohm speakers. This unit, and many receivers in general, are not rated for use with 4 ohm speakers.
Summary: Although I have not explored all of the features that this receiver has, so far I'm impressed with the performance. The sound is great and the flexibility in regards to inputs is what led me to purchase this unit. I needed a receiver that had both component and HDMI inputs and this had them. My only complaint is that the instruction/owners manual is on-line. I much prefer to have a printed version to refer to and the on-line version would take way too much ink to print!
Summary: I bought this to replace a much older Onkyo TX-DS-777 which actually rocked. I have a wide range of systems set up in my house including Dennon, Pioneer, Yamaha and NAD, this by far the most disappointed I have ever been in a piece of audio equipment. I bought based on the Onkyo name and past experience to run my media center. Part of it may be that I am not tech savvy enough to take full advantage of it. That part has been a disaster.
Summary: I bought this from Amazon about 6 weeks ago & so far so good. This is an upgrade from a 2005 Onkyo receiver that didn't have HDMI inputs/outputs but did have 4 digital audio inputs. My older receiver was also 7.1 so I all I had to switch out the receiver and plug in the cables. My rating for this receiver is 4.25 stars. The audio delivers a good punch for a medium sized room. It has decoded every digital audio format I have thrown at it.