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.
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.
Don't buy unless you are willing to replace in two years
Michael Burton, Amazon
14 April 2011
Summary: Item worked great for two years then I lost the ability to play DVD's and display the Wii. Research on the internet shows that this is a failure common to this reciever. Apparently one of the pc boards fails. Cost to repair is too high to be reasonable. Of course the reciever is just past the warranty date by two months. The problem probably existed prior to the warranty expiration but we did not know about the problem then.
Worked fine until breaking a month after warranty ended
C. Rhoades "crhoades", Amazon
27 February 2011
Summary: I bought this receiver after much research. I'd say it was a fine product until the past few weeks when the HDMI switching seemed to stop. Sure enough, it pretty much broke after eliminating all other issues. I found threads online that this model had issues. When you call and email Onkyo you will find that the phone messages point you to the web-site.
Summary: The title says it all. The 606 is a GREAT receiver with high-quality audio, easy HDMI switching, and a clean appearance...and it all lasts about a year. I welcome you all to google "Onkyo 606 HDMI Switching Problems." What you find will tell the story. Onkyo, at this point, should have flat out recalled this system due to the imminent failure of the HDMI Daughter board on all units.
Go with another brand. I'll never buy an Onkyo again.
Johnny K "amazon3168", Amazon
27 March 2010
Summary: STAY AWAY FROM ONKYO. I've had the receiver for a year and two months, and lately HDMI switching has been weird. This past week I couldn't get my PS3 to work with it, when it's worked fine all this time. Turns out, this is a problem with a whole bunch of other people. What a piece of junk this thing is. And to give people a hard time and incur their expense to get it fixed??? Onkyo, I used to recommend you to other people.