Summary: This receiver was great for a year and a half. It progressively started having trouble with the HDMI SWITCHING until one day it would not switch at all and the hemisphere connections were unavailable. That was an essential feature for me since the Tv was a ways from my components.
Summary: I read a great review of this receiver in Sound&Vision magazine. I bought it. It sounded great for a couple of months, then BLAM. It started making horrible noises when in certain listening modes that were loud and nearly blew all my speakers. I found out later by the pathetic repair service that some video resistor burned out. And no wonder - this receiver gets hot enough to be intolerable to touch. Yes it was ventilated, and my speakers were standard large Infinitys.
Summary: Onkyo use to make quality products, but I've had 2 TX SR706's and both have needed service. The first one to break was covered under warranty, but there are so few service centers that most people will be forced to ship their product. The second unit just stopped working recently (powers up and then shuts off.) Forget customer service. It doesn't exist with Onkyo. The corporate office in NJ cannot be reach by phone and they don't reply to emails.
Summary: We have bought nothing but Onkyo receivers because we felt they were the best, a little pricey, but worth it. However about 3 weeks ago our HDMI board went out on the Onyko so we called their customer service, waited 1 hour and 12 mins on hold, and then when we got someone we were told that our warranty expired 12 days ago, so when I asked if they could work something out with us since we have been lifelong customers' of Onkyo the lady, whom I COULD BARELY UNDERSTAND,...
Summary: in and out of service center (over an hour away)...they couldn't replicate the problem so they couldn't fix it. turns out it's a known issue between the onkyo unit (and others) and my samsung tv making it unable to pass video signal via hdmi. the failure of the unit is one thing, but their inability to provide customer service to fix it means i'll never buy another onkyo product. such a shame.
Summary: I can't praise the unit highly enough. When it was alive. I does run warm but with decent ventilation it seemed fine. I have had mine for 2 years and now have 3/4 dead HDMI inputs. Not exactly dead but not ideal either. Still working fine via component but that's not the point. I selected this product for multi-HDMI ability. Oh well, at least I know for next time that 1080p upscaling ISN'T worth the extra money. Sound is great.
Summary: This unit was well reviewed and seemed to offer good price performance. That was my assessment before I bought it. I would not buy this unit again. I liked the 4 HDMI inputs which is why I bought the unit. Problems developed. Strike 1: It turns out the upscaling is not recommended for THX. So what's the point of a THX unit if it doesn't work with a key feature. Strike 2: It also clicked heavily like there is some relay going off.
Summary: I like to listen to my music VERY LOUD. The Onkyo TX-SR706 delivers an oustanding and clear sound at all volume levels. Sound & Vision (check their review) helped me select this item and I couldn't be any happier.
Summary: Pros: Has all of the sound decoding choices that you can possibly need for a very long time to come. It has four HDMI inputs. Can be fully operated with or without the remote control...all buttons are on the front of the receiver. You don't even need to turn on the TV to view the internal menu. It can be viewed through the display panel window on the front of the receiver. Just press receiver button and then set up button.