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 is one of the very few stereo receivers that I could find that offered digital inputs. This and the Sirius Internet and network features sold me on the unit. Unfortunately, the USB and network features on the first unit that I got would not work. I got a replacement and at first all features worked with the exception of Sirius internet radio. Two weeks later none of the internet based features will work. Onkyo support has not been very helpful.
Summary: It's a network receiver that provides the user with so many different choices - XM, Vtuner, DLNA and a host of other choices like Pandora and Rhapsody to name just two. I thought it would be fantastic to have such a wide selection, but because of the most horrible user interface ever applied to a consumer product (I won't say designed, that would imply people thought about it) it has yielded me a ratio of 1 minute of listening pleasure for every hour of reading, poking,...
Summary: THE INTERNET RADIO DOES NOT WORK PROPERLY. Have fun trying to enjoy internet radio on this platform (as this posibly being this recivers strongest selling point-needs to be mentioned) Strong points: Really great amplifier. My studio JBL's are 4 ohm you can select the impedance (4-16) easily by the wiring instructions on back of unit) and produces very accurate and powerful sound,(with this 4 ohm/JBL set up).
Summary: Other than two FM stations not holding the signal, this seems to be a decent receiver for the money. For some reason these two stations go in and out. All the other presets work fine. When the receiver is not broadcasting the signal, a second radio I have is coming in strong, so it's clearly a problem with the receiver. Tech support said I'd need to ship to a repair center. It's a big heavy unit and shipping costs won't be cheap.
Summary: I bought this because it connects to the internet. This replaced Kenwood's KRV9080 (1997 0r 1998 model). The sound quality of the Kenwood is much better than this Onkyo. I am using the same speakers, which are PSB Stratus Bronze. The sound has a hollowness to my ears. Unfortunately I sold the Kenwood or I would get a network tuner to add to the Kenwood and sell the Onkyo. This Onkyo has preouts so I am using it as a tuner/preamp with a Parasound 125 w/ch power amp.
Summary: I ESPECIALLY LIKED THE USB THUMB DRIVE FEATURE. FOR ABOUT 20-30 MINUTES IT WORKED GREAT AND THE SOUND WAS DECENT TOO. I USED A POLK AUDIO SUBWOOFER AND TWO POLK BOOKSHELF SPEAKERS AND WAS SATISFIED WITH THE SOUND QUALITY. BEFORE I COULD HOOK UP TO MY BIG CERWIN VEGAS TO REALLY TEST THE BASS AND TREBLE RESPONSE IT DIED. EVERY TIME I TURNED IT ON, IT TURNED ITSELF OFF. I WOULD HAVE HAD IT REPLACED BUT AMAZON SAID IT WOULD BE 1-3 MONTHS BEFORE I COULD GET ONE.
Summary: Great sound and very versatile! Pros: Great sound. Can control sound all over the house with the android app - So I no longer need multiple stereos. Very versatile, can hook just about everything to it. Cons: I returned mine for a replacement because the vcr and monitor connections were dead. Manual is all but worthless. It only tells you things you already know by looking at it. I need a flashlight to read the writing on the front - They used faded white and tiny font.
Summary: I was really pleased with this product; it does everything it claims to do, set up very quickly and intuitively and performed very well until recently. When the network connection suddenly stopped working, I first looked in the manual but nowhere does it address this problem. Then, I went to the Onkyo website and looked under FAQ's and couldn't find anything.