Excerpt: An all-around excellent AV receiver with plenty of audiophile appeal. Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity says: It was a long, long time ago it seems when I first encountered THX Home Cinema. I happened to find myself at an A/V store waiting for a friend who was there to negotiate purchas...
Summary: The Onkyo TX-SR805 is an all-around excellent AV receiver with plenty of audiophile appeal, but its less-than-ideal video performance may give HDTV aficionados a reason to hold out for higher-end alternatives.
Pros: Three HDMI 1.3 inputs; converts analog video sources to HDMI; onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding; THX Neural surround processing; XM- and Sirius-ready; automatic speaker calibration; switches as many as six high-definition video sources; multiroom functionality for second and third zones.
Cons: Downconverts 1080i component video signals to 720p when outputting over HDMI; HDMI video quality converted from analog sources may not satisfy videophiles; current crop of high-def disc players lack bit-stream output, which is needed to utilize the receiver's onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding.
Conclusion: The Onkyo TX-SR805 represents the current pinnacle of value at its price point. It sounds good, decodes all the latest HD audio codecs, sports a large power supply, has an impressive feature set, THX Ultra2 certification, and Audyssey MultEQ at a price well below what the competition offers.
Pros: Features and flexibility exceeding price competitors, HDMI 1.3a compliant, Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio decoding, Audyssey MultEQ XT improves focus and coherence, THX Ultra2 Certified, Larger power supply than competitive products
Cons: Runs hot, LFE does not support identical crossover frequencies as main channels, Single subwoofer out connection, Occasionally drops HDMI signal when exiting setup, Automatic speaker setup missed a few settings
Summary: La HD est au cœur de cet ampli signé Onkyo. Un modèle bien né qui ne néglige rien au niveau des décodeurs audio et de la puissance développée. Frappé du label THX Ultra 2, il intègre le Dolby TrueHD et le DTS HD ainsi que des prises HDMI 1.3a. Que du bonheur ! C'est un fait incontestable, les amplificateurs audio-vidéo sont en avance sur leur temps, ce modèle Onkyo illustre à merveille ce propos.