Excerpt: Six months can be a long time in the world of home cinema ? not least when the industry is having one of its biggest shake-ups in a long while due to the advent of high-def Blu-ray content. A whole host of new HD audio codecs have given amplifier manufacturers plenty to think about, and caught this particular Onkyo on the hop. When we first reviewed this budget model back in August 2008, the lack of onboard HD audio decoding was merely a shame rather than a real problem.
Pros: Solid build and smart if clinical design, muscular, punchy performance, plenty of weight when required, decent with music
Cons: No HD audio decoding, lacks a little definition and detail compared to the best