Summary: I have only owned a cheap pioneer, and a cheap sony brand recievers in the past. I have some ancient Jensen "walmart specials" Loud speakers and some semi ancient KLH loud speakers, but have never heard them sound so good. This was the best stereo investment I have ever made.
Summary: Pioneers are supposed to be a great receiver but after mine started getting wonky I decided to take a chance on this Onkyo and a year later it's been a great decision. It sounds better and is better with more features. A consumer best buy!
Summary: If you're looking to purchase this receive, you'll probably be buying it used or as a refurbished unit from Onkyo as they're not making them anymore. My second review here (I submitted one when I first bought it) is based on my experience with it over a four year period. In short, not good.
Summary: Being a self confessed stereo enthusiast that readily admits that as far as I'm concerned, they've never built a receiver that produces REAL power since the mid 80s, it comes a little hard for me to defect and give my blessings to a new fangled stereo receiver.
Summary: This no-thrills receiver truly delivers on the reliability side. Its sounds greatly (don't buy anything below 100 true watts, even if it's only for a dorm, you'll regret it later if you get floor-standing speakers).
Summary: Onkyo receiver has plenty of power to drive my Advent floor standing speaker. I play a lot of LP Disk on a Daul Turntable and the premap on the Onkyo add no coloration or noise. For the average person who does not have golden ears this receiver has plenty of power with no noise or coloration added...
Summary: I wanted to replace a 35 year old Marantz 1060 amplifier that had started blowing fuses. I got this thing and set it up and played a record and it sounded like Clapton was singing down inside a big can with a clothespin clamped to his nose. I was stunned.