Summary: I purchased this receiver in June 2010 and so have had time to digest all the options and features of this product so that I can provide a fair review. I use this receiver primarily for home theater and its been excellent so I rate the product 5 stars. I havent run into the video issues that have been mentioned in prior posts.
Incredible Value, but HDMI Video Issues mar an otherwise perfect Entry-Level Receiver
16 September 2010
Summary: Unlike a lot of CEs, Onkyo may have indavertantly cannibalized its own model lineup by pushing so much featureset into an entry level receiver that it might deter buyers from their higher end models. I recently did a thorough comparison of the Pioneer VSX-1020 and Denon AVR-791 and the Onkyo nudged out the Pioneer due to its beefier amp section and OSD capabilities.
Summary: Once again I have been thwarted in my quest to have a receiver which can fully act as a mixer. The fact is, unless you have an older TV or vision that is not correctable to 20/20 you are going to notice a reduction in picture quality if you run your HDMI cables through this reciever, even in "through" mode you'll lose signal quality. Several other reviewers mention this problem - I wish I had paid more attention to them before buying.
Summary: I bought this on the back of some amazing reviews. As well documented it is simply astonishing in its cinema capabalities. However, sadly, for audio it is lifeless. None of the sound-fields, dedicated to music bring them to life, or seem particularly suited. Treble is harsh, the mid range struggles and bass fades away as you crank it up, meaning the music loses all energy.
Summary: Die Lobeshymnen der übrigen Schreiber brauchen hier nicht wiederholt zu werden, denn der TX-SR608 ist wirklich ein sehr gutes und komplettes Gerät, das kaum Wünsche offen lässt - zu einem günstigen Preis! Nun aber zur "Schattenseite": Der Onkyo bietet die Möglichkeit, bei ausgeschaltetem Receiver (Stand-By) HDMI-Signale an das über den HDMI-Ausgang angeschlossene TV-Gerät zu übertragen.