Summary: I hope this review can be of help to others. I guess I am a dinosaur, but my first concern with a receiver is the sound - after all, the main function of a receiver is the ability to reproduce the audio. Today, it seems as though a lot of emphasis is placed on video switching and video signal processing. In these areas, I cannot comment on the Onkyo's performance, as I do not use these features.
Excellent receiver but there's a big caveat for gamers
Variable J, Amazon
21 September 2009
Summary: This receiver is working great for me except for the fact that it does not work with the Nintendo Wii's component output. I don't believe this is the fault of the receiver but a problem with the Wii. If you are planning on running the Wii at 480p through the component cables and convert to HDMI through the receiver, you should reconsider. It is wonky and will not work.
Summary: I was comparing this unit with a yamaha 663, since I have owned yamaha products for many years. R-9, RXV992, RXV995. Never had a problem with them, and had them for many years. I took a risk with this unit, since there was heat issues, and heat is a killer for electronics. I always used a cooling fan for all my receivers. This definitely gets pretty warm, and I have it in an enclosure, so I added additional ventilation and keep a cooling fan running on top.
Summary: Bougth this from Amazon to replace my old Pioneer Elite receiver. It is a great machine with THX, digital Dolby sound and 7.1 channel capabilities. After going thru the installation process, it seems to much simpler. The sound is fantastic. The only complaint is that it will switch my 16:9 screen to 3:4 screen randomly when I change TV channels. Have not figured out a way to lock it yet. Other than that, TV is still sharp with good sound. I am happy,.
Summary: So far, I have no real complaints. The learning curve is high, especially if you are used to a model from say, 10 years ago, as there are so many options for sound processing, but I would definitely recommend this receiver for anyone building a home theater system who may want to continue adding/upgrading over the years, as it is loaded with features that will not be obsolete for many years to come.
Summary: I am feeding this receiver with three 1080p signals, a PS3, and XBOX 360 and an Apple TV. There have been no blue dots on the screen at all and the audio is as promised - amazing! I followed the directions and set it to the recommended settings of 'Through' which doesn't try and upconvert the signal and can anyone tell me of any device out there that can "UP"convert anything that well anyway? Who knows, maybe I got lucky but so far so good.
Summary: I am extremely pleased with my new Onkyo TX-SR806. The Audyssey MultiEQ setup and calibration system was easy to set up my 7.1 environment and worked flawlessly. I am using HDMI to connect Direct TV and Sony Blu-ray disc player. Having only one HDMI cord to the TV is an awesome improvement to clean up the wiring mess and makes set up much easier. I am replacing a 10yr old Yamaha unit, the improvement in technology and sound is significant.
Summary: I really didn't want to buy a receiver. On top of that, I really didn't want an Onkyo--I didn't know much about it and the Yamahas were something I'd had a good track record with. I had to get a receiver because mine was just too old for any of these connections--Composite Video was the best it had to offer. I passed on Yamaha because the price difference at the time was insane.
Summary: I did quite a bit of research before buying the Onkyo TX-SR806. After pulling it out of the box, I immediately made the appropriate connections with my 7.1 system, PS3, Dish Network box, and TV. The receiver immediately recognized all the systems and easily switched using the single remote. The initial setup of the Audyssey was a snap. The hardest part was keeping my daughter quiet during the calculations. The manual easily leads you through the rest of the setup items.
Summary: I bought this a few days ago, and was completely impressed by the quality of the sound. The automatic speaker setup was a breeze, and the manual does a good job of explaining the complex procedure of assigning inputs to different components. Negative: This thing is HOT. I mean scorching hot. I'm going to get a new equipment stand with more ventilation. I'm actually worried to put anything near it. Also, the remote STINKS.