Summary: I bought this off Ebay for $60.00 and I couldn't be happier with it. I am running it @ 4ohms X 100W, powering my Klipsch Forte's for my DJ Rig. Plenty of beef to rattle the house. In fact it was wayyyy loud at 1/2. 1/4 volume is still very loud and looks like it will be my normal listening volume. I don't know about the units other features, but as far as my usage goes I'm stoked.
Summary: i bought this because at the time it was the most affordable receiver with a phono input, and i have always heard good things about onkyo. to put it simply (as most other reviews seem to agree): solid, affordable, simple. i've driven 4 different sets of speakers (at different times) on this onkyo, and all sound decent, if uninspired. other than that, i'd say its the honda civic of receivers.
Summary: After my 21 year old Sony STR-AV460 receiver lost sound on one channel, I began searching for a replacement. I was already impressed with the Onkyo surround sound system (HT-R320)I bought 2 years ago to go with a big screen television, and after studying reviews in Consumer Reports and the Amazon web site decided to stay with Onkyo.
Summary: I picked up the Onkyo TX-8211 as a second receiver to put in my computer room. It has a sharp looking black finish which matches most of my other audio equipment and its inputs nicely acommodated my IPOD, a portable audio CD player, and the output from my computer's sound card. I hooked it up to a pair of Sony MB150H bookshelf speakers and it sounds great.
Summary: This is a really good receiver at a really good price. Onkyo is a well know brand that has been around for 25+ years and has always provided high quality equipment. This unit has a phono input(no you cannot use the aux for phono) that is seldom found on most receivers. If you really need to rattle the neighbors windows, the 50 Watts/channel maybe a little light, but great for nornal use.
Summary: If you are looking for an inexpensive Stereo receiver that sounds GREAT this is it! This is NOT an AV Receiver and does not claim to be. It does exactly what it was designed for and that is play great sounding stereo music. I bought to use in my office at work and Love it. The unit comes on when I walk in at 7 AM and stays now till I leave around 5:30 PM and have NEVER had any problems with this unit. Unlike my Sony unit I have at home that cost me 3 times more money.
Summary: Overall a well-equipped receiver with enough power to keep most listeners happy. I chose this model for its excellent price and phono input. I'm pleased with the crisp clean sound. A few drawbacks keep this unit from perfection. The remote only controls volume and input source, although there are plenty of controls for other Onkyo components, which may eliminate the need for multiple remotes.
Summary: I needed a basic stereo receiver to play my old LP's and cassette tapes as well as my newer CD's. The Onkyo TX8211 does it all very well. Good sound, easy hookup,low price, and adequate power. Yes, 50 watts is sufficient power for a normal sized room. It is obvious that the previous reviewer does not own an Onkyo TX8211 or has even gone to the store to look at one, or he would know that this receiver does come with a built in phono input.