Excerpt: The reason for this rating is when I received the TX-8050 and set it up I noted a static or crakling noise when changing stations as well as other funcitons. It was just prior to Christmas and I did not to take time to call B&H to let them know as I know they we would have me exchanged it.I decided to Call Onkyo support and they were great.
Summary: I'm using the Onkyo TX-8050 primarily as a streaming music player by way of the Onkyo UWF-1 Wireless LAN Adapter . I haven't connected other hardware components (CD player, turntable, etc) so my comments below are limited to the receiver in it's capacity as a streaming network device, usually remote controlled by various apps on an Android tablet. The Good: 1 -- Excellent sound quality, much better than expected for the price.
Summary: I really want to like this product. I've been holding off buying a networked receiver hoping that it would be a pretty bug free product when I finally bought one. While the 8050 is on the right track and the price is right, it still needs some things ironed out. I use this for my whole house audio and as a basic 2 zone receiver it does the trick just fine. Paired it with a 8 speaker switch from Parts Express and it's driving my oddball collection of speakers just fine.
Summary: Sorry, I couldn't resist giving my honest review after seeing so many glowing reviews. The receiver is beautiful, much like the classic silver Sony receivers circa 1980. The networking features are great. But the amp sounds really lousy. It seems thin, weak, and tuned on the RIAA curve. The bass needs to be turned way down and the treble needs to be slightly up to get anywhere near flat eq or general audio clarity. Yes, I am an audiophile, but not an equipment snob.
Summary: This unit was recommended as a replacement for a 110 RMS/channel Technics receiver which appeared to be failing. It has a few features that the Technics did not have like a USB input on the face. It is ok but presents 2 problems for me one more serious than the other. It appears underpowered to push a pair of original 901s which are power hogs but brilliant. the sound appears less brilliant now than it did with the 110 watt technic when it was working.
Pros: convenient features
Cons: underpowered for this application and no electical power in plug
Summary: I called Crutchfield to let them know it was time to upgrade from my 16 year old Panasonic receiver. I purchased an Internet connected Panasonic TV a few years ago and had no way to send its audio through my old machine, as the TV outputs are only HDMI and optical digital. Crutchfield advised this Onkyo unit as I only wish to power 2 speakers. The box arrived promptly and, armed with an overpriced optical digital cable from my local "Shack," I set up the Onkyo.
Pros: Simple, great Internet radio options, front USB port
Cons: Limited inputs and compatibility with some components
A VERY Bad experience...BUT SEE THE UPDATE at bottom of review
11 July 2012
Summary: Purchased the Onkyo TX 8050 receiver on May 4 and 66 days later on July 10 it stopped working. It would keep turning off 3-5 seconds after being turned on. I tried unplugging it, waiting 30 seconds and then replugging it, and also doing a factory reset as per the manual, but neither worked. Called Onkyo and they told me to bring it to the nearest repair shop which is 20 miles from my home. Being disabled, that is a very difficult thing for me to do.