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. Some day hope to own some mid to lower top range speakers so I can truly appreciate this reciever.
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. I've always been happy with the sound, as many others here have noted. However, I cannot keep it working. Two years into it's use, it quit. All the lights were on, but no sound.
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. Back in the heyday of receivers when they used to weigh in at 60 pounds or more, 100 watts RMS really meant 100 watts. And it was enough power to take down a wall of your house with.
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). The display doesn't have all the "lights" other brands boast (but that's the way I like it, pure simple sound, without gadgets and "Surrounds" that only add distortion. Its connectivity for newer technologies (ie.
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 to the sound processed through it. Money well spent. I recomend this receiver.
Summary: I used it for a regular stereo. Some Klipsch speakers..... an onkyo receiver... perfection. It's a great receiver, great sound, great power, smooth all the way through. It is missing a couple of convenient features on the remote... like turning on the pure audio... but w/e... it's a great buy.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Amazing, Clean Sound, Durable, Easy To Set Up, Good Power
Summary: When my Technics reciever (Part of a Technics Rack System) blew it's power supply a couple of weeks ago, I did a lot of research to find a reasonably priced replacement. I wanted good quality two channel sound without spending a fortune. The Onkyo TX 8522 looked like a good match for power (100 W/ch) and low distortion. The Folks at L&R had the lowest priced unit. It was shipped the next day and at my door step the following morning.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Clean Sound, Durable, Easy To Set Up, Good Power