Summary: Upgraded from a Denon X2000 and this receiver was very disappointing. I have JBL L890 speakers and SVS PB-1000 subwoofer. (1) Bluetooth does not work. It connects but the sound goes on and off. (2) It has slightly more watts than the Denon, but does not sound as pure. A lot of details are mashed up together and bass is not crisp. (3) There is no full range stereo mode. (4) The menu system is not as responsive and intuitive as Yamaha or Denon.
Summary: Got the refurbished 828 as that was 599 and found it to be brand new. I couldn't tell that it was refurbished in any way. Setup is so easy and the onscreen navigation is a huge help. The speaker setup was a breeze. I played Blu Ray through it and it was amazing. All setup in 1 hour - I am sure I can always keep playing with it but I got a lot for the 1 hour I invested in it.
Summary: I have bought a tx-nr708 and this tx-nr828. Upon going to set up the 828, I find that Onkyo didn't have the consideration for its customer to include a manual. They provide a cd. I called Onkyo and asked why this is. I was told they were going "green". So now in my eagerness to get my new amp up, I will need to get on a computer, get on my tv, pull up the menu and correlate between individual manual screens of the cd.
Summary: Great service for a Great product. I was amazed at how easy the install and setup was. After building Front high / Lo, and rear 3.5way,the Crossovers came in at 8 ohms. Time for plug and play. tri amped, using the Pre-amp outs for Front And center with no sub. WOW ! It has been a long time since I felt as though I 've gotten what I paid for, this time there is more.
Pros: Plenty of power, enough channels for additional High front and rear. Nearly auto configure all those remotes into one . extremely well made ,button layout, Knob W / lite, all well done . If it 's time for you to win GO and GET one.
Cons: Look at all those units I have scraped. Those will attribute to my learning curve and will only bolster what does as intended.
B. Bozeman "Driving over 100,000 mile a year ..., Amazon
24 December 2013
Summary: I received my NR 828 at noon today on Christmas eve expecting to spend hours with the manual & set up after reading some of the reviews but within 2 hours I had everything up and running and was down to fine tuning my settings for different inputs. My inputs include: 1) Network wireless - took it 2 tries but that's it 2) A couple of Bluetooth devices including phone & MP3 player 3) Blue Ray 4) Xbox 360S 5) HD Cable Box DVR 6) Toshiba DVD Recorder Player 7) Two computers...
Summary: I received my NR 828 Onkyo receiver today. I have to say it sound amazing. Very easy to install,and I am not a tec guy. 1st day, I will post if anything changes. For now I feel it was a good choice...
Summary: I have a 809 now for about 8 months and notice that the weight on this unit is about 8 lbs lighter..... I wonder if the weight loss is due to a lesser ability to keep heat down? As I understand it the weight is a direct correlation to quality.... I donno though. Sure would like to hear any comments about this... So far I love the 809, and the Oknyo tech's have been great helping me set it up,,, a correcting a HDMI problem accredited to the Deep Color operation...
Summary: So far most things I watch have been crisp and clear. I am having issues with Fox. Specifically watching NFL. The front speaker is extremely low and I cannot find a setting to make it louder . I would imagine there is one, but I have not found it. overall it is an extremely nice Receiver and I am very happy with it. it definitely gives you plenty of bells and whistles. I did turn the audessy off due to it wounding like you were in a tin can while watching movies and TV.
Pros: Power, features, plenty of connections, look
Cons: remote - could be back lit. it is hard to see in the dark while watching a movie or TV. audessey makes things sound like you are watching things in a tin can.
Summary: As luck would have it, my basis for comparison is the similarly priced Yamaha RX-A830 7.2-Channel Network AVENTAGE Home Theater Receiver , perhaps one of my favorite receivers built. For reference, I tested both receivers using the same speakers in the same room with the same audio sources. Out of the box, the Onkyo is a heavy monster, weighing in nearly ten pounds higher than the Yamaha.