Excerpt: Previous Onkyo amps were like bouncers: big and brutish,with a gruff, uncompromising exterior. But, 2010's range has so far revealed a fair few surprises, with the most spectacular being a new flavour of sound: it's spent less time power-lifting and more time in yoga class. This flexibility and finesse worked for last month's Group Test winner, the £500 TX-SR608 , but what happens when you step up to the TX-NR808?
Excerpt: Onkyo is the market leader in AV amplifiers and receivers for good reason. It has, for the last few years at least, crammed its kit with as much tech as it can possibly fit in, whilst keeping prices at very reasonable levels. The end result is a rapidly growing fan base of Onk die-hards. And, after sampling the awesome delights of the company's 2010 mid-range refresh - in the guise of the TX-NR808 AV receiver - it's easy to see (and hear) why.
Pros: An amazing array of features and functionality is supported by, possibly, the most bombastic audio performance ever provided by a sub-£1k AV receiver
Cons: At times, its pure aggression can be a tad overbearing - especially if you're trying to settle down to a lightly-paced drama or romcom
Conclusion: Klang und Ausstattung des TX-NR 808 von Onkyo sind top, doch wegen der relativ geringen Leistungswerte gehen Punkte verloren; dabei hat der Receiver eigentlich das Zeug zum Siegertyp. Wenn Onkyo seine Vormachtstellung behalten will, sollten die Entwickler ihren überängstlichen Umgang mit Schutzschaltungen noch einmal überdenken. Zwar leidet der Klang kaum darunter, doch der Testsieg geht so flöten.