Summary: My trusty old stereo receiver was providing my surround sound in my Man Cave through the traditional red and white AV cables. However, when my wife presented me with and xbox 360 Christmas present, I found my self unable to enjoy the game through my surround sound system. The Onkyo fits the bill perfectly. It was easy to connect even with my technical shortcomings. It is so convenient to select GAME, CABLE/SAT or BD/DVD as all the components are now connected via HDMI.
Summary: For price, quality, performance this is an excellent receiver. It was easy to set up and other than all those wires having to be reinstalled and/or moved I got it done. Two things I didn't know in advance...there's no switched or unswitched outlets on the receiver. That makes it impossible to turn the receiver and cable box on at the same time. Also the remote is not intuitive and I still find it difficult to figure out.
Summary: First off this reviewer is for the receiver/audio/video newbie, like me. 1. This is a great product. For the price I believe its equivalent to a lot more expensive Sony or Denon boxes. 2. Its not easy to setup, and I don't believe any receivers really are. However the on-screen menus from make life really easy. 3. Read the manual, then read it again...done? Now read it again. This is one product where reading the manual is mandatory. 4.
Summary: Based on the product description for the product I expected the Audio/Video coaxial DVD, Composite WII, etc to be converted through the receiver to allow just one HDMI cable to go to the television. It did covert the audio but not the video.In the detail installation instructions it says it would covert the audio but not covert video composite, coaxial, etc to a single HDMI cable.
Summary: This unit was simple and easy to set up and connect. On screen prompts and menus were simple. I am an audio engineer who just wants something easy to deal with by the time I get home that sounds decent. This does the trick. I do critical listening on a system all day at work that is worth $1000's of dollars more and this one at home with JBL speakers and Sony Blue Ray works just fine for the weekend movies and football.
Excellent Sound Quality and Customizability at a Low Price
Anton Lord Toasterforce, Amazon
22 November 2010
Summary: For the price, the Onkyo TX-SR308 offers a very high sound quality and functionality that will seldom be found in other A/V receivers of a comparable price. Unlike with many budget A/V receivers, this one has 5.1 INPUT channels as well as output channels, where many comparably priced systems will be advertised as producing 5.1 channel sound when they only have a 5.1 channel output.
Experiences of a novice home theater creator; great lush sound, easy to set-up, but no auto calibration
11 November 2010
Summary: I had a cheapo all in one system that had a speaker go out. It provided decent sound (or so I thought) and at first I was just going to replace a speaker but upon finding out that it was more or less a proprietary speaker, decided to start building my first ever home theater system. The 3 main choices I considered were a soundbar, an in a box 5.1 system, and going with a receiver and then building a system around it.
Summary: My old Pioneer receiver finally gave up the ghost so it was time for a new AVR, my main requirements were: HDMI switching, inexpensive and a nice remote. I didn't need 7.2 or Audyssey because I only have a 5.1 setup and I like playing with the settings. I looked at Denon, Yamaha, Pioneer and Onkyo. Man there are a lot of choices today, when I bought my old Pioneer there was only stereo and Dolby Pro Logic.
Summary: Works great! However when I got this, the BD/DVD HDMI input port would not pass any Audio or Video. I contacted Onkyo support. Had to do a factory reset on it... To do that, turn it off. Then hold the power/standby button then hold the VCR input button until it says CLEAR on the receiver. Then turn it back on. Once I did the factory reset. It worked just fine.