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 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. I could get Eric to sing really loud, but he couldn't take off the clothespin or get too far up out of the can. I found a local guy who diagnosed and fixed my Marantz for less than $80.
Summary: After reading the reviews, I was looking forward to getting my new receiver (old one, Sony, broke down after 20 years of use, I can't complain!). New receiver broke down after less than 6 weeks! The service center was rude and unhelpful (hung up without telling me where to send it). Now I have to pay for shipping, will be without the receiver for at least a month since the service center in Colorado has a 14 day turnaround just on diagnostics, then 2 weeks to fix, then...