Great value IF your TV has a digital out for audio
D. Robinson, Amazon
9 April 2009
Summary: Again Onkyo has produced a low to mid priced unit that produces great sound and has very good functionality . The 2 main limitations on this unit have been mentioned a number of times in other reviews : 1) Only 2 HDMI inputs (1 HDMI output ,you only want 1 output) In North America most devices come with high quality HDMI outputs nowadays .
Summary: -- Start of 10/15/07 update -- I have now moved my home theater setup into the new 20x20 room. I installed the new 4 Polk Audio RM6751 surround speakers on the side and rear walls and reused the Energy speakers up front. I ran the receiver's Audyssey 2EQ automatic speaker setup which did a surprisingly good job at determining the size and distance of the speakers from them main TV viewing position. It was perfect, off by a foot for some speakers but very close.
Summary: I purchased this receiver because it offered all the features I required. My current setup is 5.1 but this system will allow me to easily transition to 7.1 It comes with three connections. My only gripe was that it required an additional conection for audio. The HDMI cable would only passthru the video signal, audio has to come through a separate connection. There goes the simple setup solution.
Summary: I hooked this up to a new Infinity speaker system (pair of Primus PC362s, PC350 center and 4 CS60 in wall speakers) for a 7.1 setup for my new basement home theater. Sound is absolutely amazing. You hear effects in movies and music that were not there before. My other setup is an older Sony model receiver with older Infinity speakers and this does not even compare.
Summary: Just hooked up the new reciever from Amazon and so far it sounds great ! Even though it has the HDMI capabilities I didnt use it, just the old standard method using the audio/video cables. Everything looks and sounds great!! I found the 505 easier to use than my old Onkyo TX-SV727 instead of video 1 & video 2 etc there are DVD, CD, Cable/Sat.
Summary: My room is far to small for 7.1 speakers. This receiver has the ability to be a 5.1 receiver as well and it works amazing. You can also use 5.1 in one room and have 2 channel stereo in another room. My only complaint, which was mentioned in a previous review is that the HDMI does not use the audio portion of the HDMI signal so you will need HDMI and some other digital audio wire.