Excerpt: Needed to replace an aging Yamaha receiver. Very happy with this "stereo" (as opposed to multi-channel units). Using the usb port most often. Have not tried to connect to the home network yet so no opinion on that. Mostly, it sounds great on my Orb speaker system. More than enough power to shake the room but cleanly.
Excerpt: For the price and what I am using it for, I couldn't ask for a better receiver. This is simply powering some outdoor speakers through a Sonos Connect. Good clean sound and simplistic features are all I needed.
Pros: Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Good Remote, Intuitive Controls
Summary: I was looking for a stereo that I could plug a hard drive into and play flac files. This unit does that, but it adds a small gap between tracks. Not a big deal for many albums, but when you're listening to Abby Road or Dark Side of the Moon, it can be very distracting. The solution is to create one file per album, which solves the gap problem but makes it impossible to select a specific track.
Excerpt: Thanks B&H Replaced older TX-8211 for additional inputs and USB. Installed and powered up 1st time but the display didn't appear. Was able to hear CD player output on speakers but no display. Called Onkyo and after 40 min on hold, tech said had been getting reports of loose wire, dead display. Called B&H and described case and Onkyo assessment and there was an almost instant RMA and prepaid shipping label by email.
Pros: Bh Support, Clear Sound, Easy To Set Up, Good Remote, Interfaces Well With TV
Summary: I've had this receiver for about 22 months. Network ready was the selling point for me. $$ also mattered at the time. I have this hooked up with PSB Stratus Bronze speakers. The mid and low bass lack definition and tend to sound a tad "muddled" although passable in my opinion. Perhaps that is why Onkyo include pre outs to connect a power amp. I picked up a gently used Parasound power amp rated at 125w/ch @ 4 ohms which matches the PSB's.
Pros: Network ready and pre out. Firmware update via network.
Summary: I love the large number of analog and digital inputs which allow a lot of flexibility for music, movies, or watching the game. It even has a phono input so I can play my old vinyl. The feature that sold me was the pre-out jacks which allow you to add an external power amp. No disrespect to onkyo, but I suspected the power amp section of a receiver at this price would be a little underwhelming and I was right.
Pros: Flexibility and connectivity plus Onkyo quality.
Cons: None really. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the slightly underwhelming power.
Summary: Working great so far with new Klipch speakers (which were blowing out old receiver!) Great sound... 4 stars only b/c lights/display is hard to see in cabinet --but of you get familiar with the remote it is all good. Very pleased with performance for the price.
Pros: Great price and sound...working great with existing components