Summary: Since its purchase 7-14-2008, my TX-NR905 was repaired under warranty three times. The last was just days before the warranty expired and required more than a month for replacement of a main circuit board and integrated circuit. Not true but it seems as if it has been out for repair longer than it worked correctly. I have never had any AM reception. A surround channel disappeared. The consistent issue is the loss of HDMI video out from a 1.3a HDMI source.
Summary: I have been using, and living with, this great receiver for about a year... It exceeds my expectations in every category except,"Ease of Use". The reason? It's has EVERYTHING on it, and to familiarize yourself with it is a chore, but, once you do... Watch Out... The delay problem others talk about here is just a sync adjustment away from being solved. The procedure is explained very well in the manual... Anyway, way too much for me to get into here.
Summary: I bought this to replace an older version (onkyo tx-ds494) of a 5.1 system. and I have to say that the sound quality was not all that much better. If you are looking for bells and whistles that's fine but if you just want great sound.....stick with a model with a smaller price tag....onkyo makes a great sound no matter what model you choose. p.s. I sent this one back and re-connected my old one!
Summary: This receiver has all the features and functions that will suffice most HT needs. I am hooking it up to my KEF speaker system and the sound is just awesome. The unit is heavy and gets very warm, so make sure you have enough ventilation.
Summary: With the death of my old CRT (24 year old Mitsubishi oak cabineted monster) I decided to go the High Def/LCD route for a new TV downstairs. After much research and deliberation I wound up going with a 52" Samsung Series 6. My Onkyo 898, while still servicable, was getting a bit long in the tooth, I also wanted to clear up the rat's nest in back of the AV Rack. With this in mind I began looking at new model AV receivers.
Now with firmware updates the unit is better but still has an issue yet to be resolved
D. Krepak, Amazon
13 September 2008
Summary: I purchased this on advance order so was one of the "beta testers." If it wasn't for the firmware updates which were obtained through an audio video forum, I would be very unhappy with this purchase due to several serious problems with this unit and others produced in 2007. There have been 3 firmware updates since the release last fall which addressed most of the problems including audio lock on problems. No information about them is posted on the Onkyo website.