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8.6 out of 10

Onkyo A-5VL

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Reviews and Problems with Onkyo A-5VL

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Overall 8

Just what I wanted

the2bears, B&H Photo
29 June 2014
  • Excerpt: And just what I needed, too. Easy to set up, does exactly the job I was looking for - playing the role of an amplifier in a budget conscious music kit that includes a turntable and a phono pre-amp.
  • Pros: Easy To Set Up, Great Sound Quality
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Overall 2

Noticeable Buzz

B. Nicodemus, Amazon
21 June 2014
  • Summary: I have always been an Onkyo fan and have bought several Onkyo components over the years. This purchase was a big mistake. Sound is fine, build quality is fine, but there is a significant chronic buzz coming from the device that is noticeable during quiet passages and particularly noticeable when the CD ends and the device is in idle mode. I was not happy. For newbies, the term is magnetostriction and the buzz is most often emanating from the transformer.
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Overall 4


Cary Brenson, Amazon
10 May 2014
  • Summary: It has a noticeable buzz to it which is unacceptable for what is marketed as an audiophile grade amplifier. If it weren't for the buzz, this would be a great amp.
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Overall 6

Sound is good, but there is hum

Andy Yang, Amazon
13 January 2014
  • Summary: Considering its price, I think the sound is very good. However, as many people have said, there is hum from the chassis (not related with volume, and not from speaker or headphones). If you plan to use it as a desktop amp, the hum may disappoint you, especially when it's used for speakers in silent night. If you are away from it at the distance more than 3 feet, it will be hard to notice the hum (but still depends on how sensitive your ears are).
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Overall 10

I like it

Winston, Amazon
22 August 2013
  • Summary: I purchased an Onkyo A-5VL 9 months ago and I'm quite happy with it. I wanted an integrated amp primarily for listening to music, but that could also double as a 2-channel home theater system. The A-5VL stood out in my search primarily because of it's features: a phono preamp, remote controllable volume and mute, a volume knob, digital inputs with high-quality A/D conversion, and a low profile to fit in my small cabinet.
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Overall 8

Great sound, with caveats.

Anthony Torrez, Amazon
27 May 2013
  • Summary: This amp has a wonderful sound, however, I just could not get over the following: -buzzing, -high heat output -lack of preouts -lack of loudness (Onkyo calls it Phase Matching Bass Boost) -worst remote I've ever seen or used It ended up going back. Oh well.
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Overall 8


Jeff T, B&H Photo
7 March 2013
  • Excerpt: First of all, let me say that this is a surprisingly good sounding amp. In my current setup, I am using this amp with a pair of JBL Control One Pro - 5 Speakers which are connected with 10 gauge cables. My input device is an Onkyo C-7030. I also have a TV which utilizes the optical audio port. My initial experience was that the amp made a significant transformer buzz which could be heard between CD track and was very annoying.
  • Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Set Up, Good Remote Control, Great Sound Quality
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Overall 10

incredible IA

athan4, Amazon
4 March 2013
  • Summary: I've been involved with stereo equipment for more than 35 years, I've never come across an all out bargain like the onkyo. The sound is smooth and powerful, with great detail and balance. To have an IA with both a MM and a MC phono pre-amp is very unusual--not to mention an optical input. The quality is far beyond its price point. Am I impressed---U BET.
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Overall 10

Cool Stereo Integrated Amp with DAC

Hipper, B&H Photo
31 January 2013
  • Excerpt: This Amp pair with Sony Blu-Ray using coax digital as audio input and it drives my Mirage OMD-5 speakers easily.
  • Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Set Up, Energy Efficient, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality
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Overall 8

Pretty and Precise

E. Lowenbach "Photographer", Amazon
28 January 2013
  • Summary: *ASSAULT AND BATTERY* I have mixed feelings about this unit. I bought it as an Amazon Warehouse Deals open box and I'm sure it was fine when it left their warehouse. But it was packed with almost comedic negligence. It was just sitting on the very bottom of a large corrugate box with some brown paper tossed on top, and as a result it arrived beaten up. The front left foot had broken off due to in-transit trauma and was loose in the container.
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