Fatal design problem of HDMI board please stay away
17 May 2013
Summary: Google the internet for "Onkyo 606 HDMI" and read the negative reviews; or just go to Amazon and read the review for this. This component has a poorly designed HDMI board and will fail 100% of the time with normal use in 2 years. Even ebayer offers repair service for $75. Stay away from 606, 706, 806, 607, 707, 807.
Summary: After 4 years of work mine unit begun to have HDMI handshake issues with all my devices. It takes 3-4 minutes for signal to reach TV. I googled and found that it's common problem with busted capacitors on HDMI boars. Why there is no recall for this? I Will try to repair using youtube video as guide. This is my last Onkyo for sure.
Summary: This receiver is notorious for going bad. Google it. The HDMI selectors stop working. It runs way too hot. The repair for the HDMI is easy, if you are comfortable with a soldering iron. It is so common that even eBay auctions specific list when the HDMIs are not failing. Onkyo ripped off their customers by refusing to extend the warranty for what is very well documented bad design. NEVER buy Onkyo. BAD customer service.
Summary: I bought this Onkyo back in late 2008 for $440. At first, it sounded and worked well. But over time, the HDMI connections began to fail. At first, I noticed it would take a few minutes for the unit to switch between my cable box and my DVD player. As time went on, it would take as long as 15 to 30 minutes to get the DVD player "talking" to the Onkyo.
Terrible - HDMI switching only lasted about a year
31 January 2013
Summary: I ended up googling the HDMI problem and found a DIY fix that worked great. On youtube, search for "How to fix an Onkyo receiver - TX-SR606 - By Ed" It's a pretty easy fix, you'll need a soldering iron and and parts from RadioShack for around $5. The receiver now works as it's supposed to (perhaps better), but I'd still think twice before getting another Onkyo product.
Pros: Looking back, there weren't many pros about it.
Cons: The HDMI board only lasted about a year. Eventually giving out entirely and rendering it useless. the Onkyo customer support is among the worst I've experienced too., It also runs extremely hot, way hotter than other receivers.
Summary: I understand electronics sometimes fail but it seems nearly everyone has had or will have HDMI handshake issues - but Onkyo wouldn't do a recall? Hopefully this hurts them in the long run as consumers like myself will no longer buy the brand. Anyway, I had sent mine in for warranty (~$50 shipping at my expense) and waited approximately 3 months because the shop said the part was heavily backordered. There was no difference in my HDMI switching.
Summary: I've had my unit since May 2008 and sure that's a good amount of time for a receiver, but I've always had some kind of problems with this unit. Near the end of its life it wasn't selecting the proper audio signal, so I'd have to manually change it all the time. Then when I went to watch a movie last night, poof, it caught fire! There's no way they'd still warranty this, but there should've been a recall. Terrible. Won't recommend Onkyo again.
Summary: HDMI switching died and w/ out it has minimal use in today's audio/visual world. NEVER BUY ONKYO. Should have been recalled but they want nothing to do with keeping customers happy so all I do now is tell anyone to "NEVER BUY ONKYO"
Pros: Sound was good when worked
Cons: ONKYO CUST service Is Crap - This died after 9 months and they offered NO help.