Excerpt: I bought this Onkyo TX-8050 based on reviews on here and other sites. B&H had the best deal. Well 1.5 years of using this for general music use I'd give it 4 stars. I have some high end speakers that sound great on my other amps/receivers but not much mid range on this Onkyo. Still 4 stars. Where I have issues is the internet streaming of Pandora. I give it 2 stars here. Some of the issues may well be Pandora but the main one is not. It will not let me skip a song.
Pros: Clear Sound, Energy Efficient, Interfaces Well With TV
Cons: Confusing Remote, Difficult To Set Up, Internet Streaming Issues, No Mid range
Summary: I am a life long Onkyo fan. This I'm afraid is out dated tech that never worked right in the first place. I returned the wireless Lan but did keep the receiver. I could never get it to connect to my network even though I have multiple devices that have no problem connecting. I bought a Sony BD 3100 smart blue ray player that connected easily and does more than the network receiver can for $79- on sale.
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. they said that they had experince some problems like I had and said that some of the receivers had just quit after this happened.
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