Summary: I'm no NASA specialist. For what I needed this AV amp to do, it was fine for me. If you're looking for the ultimate HD high end whatever, read this closely to see if this is what you're looking for. For an average user like myself, is was great for the price. By the way, my other Onkyo receiver is still working in my living room and it's 20 years old now ( I just use it for sound not HDMI). I'm happy with what I got here.
Summary: Sound quality is excellent. Didn't want to spend the extra $$ for HDMI input (this receiver just does pass-through). Comes with a microphone to do it's own process to balance the speaker, though fine tuning for my set-up was required. Considering the price and expandability, it works perfect for me. One drawback. The remote doesn't seem to allow for programing a sequence of commands, say to start up all the components. This is a drawback for a home theater system.
Summary: Installing the product is extremely easy, thanks also to stickers to name each cable or device linked to the receiver (simple but great idea). Output level is far above the receiver I had before (Aiwa) which makes my JBL set sound terrific. Remote control is complete, however is good to take a look at the instruction manual as some of the commands are not so intuitive. I was also able to pair some of the devices I have into the remote control, but not all of them...
Summary: This is a good value home theater solution. I have all 7 speakers setup. The receiver auto adjusts the volume of each speaker so that you are sitting in the middle of the sound sweet spot. It works great. Have this setup with a samsung flat panel and a samsung bluray and direct tv. Ditched all the remotes with a harmony universal remote. Didn't give it 5 stars because it doesn't wash the dishes.
Summary: This receiver has met all of my needs powering my surround sound speakers (5.1). My only disappointment was the lack of AC inputs that allow you to plug in multiple items and power them on/off with a single button. Easily remedied with a power strip.
Summary: I bought this receiver for its optical inputs. After installationn and auto calibration of speakers, I was initially not happy with the sound and I actually thought of returning it. After doing many adjustments through set up, I finally got to the point where the audio quality was satisfactory. I think it is really good bargain for the price. If you a audio purist, spend few extra dollars on high-end receivers.
Summary: I think this is a really good product. My only wish was a little more power, but for movies and playing music using 5 channels in a small family room its good. The remote works on my 5 separate brand name components flawlessly. Lots of bass, and if you like games like G-Hero or RBand in stereo, you could do a lot worse.
Summary: I helped a friend who wanted an inexpensive yet decent receiver. He hooked it up to a pair of Paradigm Titans. The Onkyo sounded very nice - smooth and not fatiguing, both with music and movies. I own a more upscale audio system, and this receiver is a no match for it - as I expected. Then we compared it to an older Marantz stereo reciever (selling for $350 15 years ago) that I still use in my den.
Summary: This receiver has a ton going for it, and little holding it back! With 1080p passthrough, 3 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output, 7.1 channel surround sound, and all the dolby and dts decoding, this is a sweet home theater receiver at an amazing price. I have mine hooked up with a blue ray player, a 50" 1080p plasma, and a bose surround sound system, and it couldn't get much better. The ONLY beef that I have with this receiver, is the hdmi inputs only pass through video, no audio!
Summary: A good choice for my home entertainment center. Zone B or 2 takes a bit of time to get sound and is only analog. The zone A fiber optics digital sound is superb. It's a lot of receiver for the buck. The price is right.