I'm not one to boast but I do have amazing surround sound speakers, althought I thought the onkyo was great, the amp I eventually upgraded to was so much better it sounded like the onkyo was broken.
The onkyo looks nice, not as nice as say, arcam/denon/marrantz but still it's a good looking piece of kit, the remote is logical and easy to use too, the audio setup mic does a good job but the best results re obtained by careful tweaks after running the auto set up (my rears were far too low and the treble too dull)
Sound qualty is great, probably better than most people need, but I knew my speakers weren't playing well with the system, knew it could be better. Perhaps it was a power issue, perhaps it was just the quality of the speakers, but whatever it was upgrading to a maramtz amp made s much difference, it sounded alive, the rears were much more punchy, music sounded better, everything sounded better- but then it exploded so I was back to the onkyo. It is probably more than fine for most small speaker systems, but for bigger speakers I think you need a bigger amp.
Inputs are plentifull with 4 hdmi, 2 digi coax and 2 optical, just one hdmi out which may or may not be an issue
For the price it's a great ap, but just know that the higher priced amps do sound better, and as always you pay more money and you get a better product
Have had this for about 7 months now, still as good as the day I got it. Onkyo produce recievers for people on a tight budget but dont let that fool you into thinking these are 'cheap'. For under £400 and including Dolby TRUE HD with bandwidth of around 24mb/sec these recievers are a bit special, films sound stunning and so do games, music is not their strong point but you wont be complaining. Currently its linked to my computer and is doing a fantastic job, absolutely loaded with features many manufacturers are finding it hard to compete with this package as it also includes 4 HDMI video inputs.
At the end of the day this reciever is £400, I have heard worse at the £1000 mark (no im not joking), it will do nothing more than impress you.
I would not recommend anything else if your looking for a reciever with the 'TRUE HD' tag at this price range, simply stunning.
Onkyo TX-SR606 specifications:
Surround Modes Dolby Digital/EX/Plus/TrueHD/Pro-Logic IIx; DTS-ES/96 24/HD/Master Audio/Neo:6; LPCM; stereo
Tuner FM RDS/AM, 40 presets
Auto set-up yes
Room EQ yes
Video upconversion yes
Video scaling 720p/1080i
HDMI 1.3a yes
HD audio via HDMI yes
Multiroom 2 Zone
Network capable no
Coaxial digital 2
Optical digital 2
Analogue audio 5
Multichannel analogue input 8ch
Coaxial digital no
Optical digital no
Analogue audio 2
Dimensions: (wxhxd) 43.5x17.5x37.5cm
I have had home cinema kit for many many years now, even investing in the likes of Meridian processors which costs loads of money. Then I settled on a Pioneer VSX-D2011 which did everything I needed for almost three years. With all the new sound formats coming out, like TrueHD, I wanted to get a new receiver.
This one from Onkyo seemed just too cheap at under £400, but I decided to give it a go. First thing I noticed was the weight, it feels really light compared to my Pioneer. The only other slight negative is that you cannot rename inputs, so 'game/tv' cannot be changed to ready 'PS3' on the front display. A minor thing, but worth mentioning.
Everything else on this unit is a positive. It supports all the new sound formats, is very well made, and looks really nice (in black). It even has three HDMI inputs, which is amazing, when I bought my HDMI switch box last year it cost almost £150 alone. The SR606's HDMI inputs offer either a straight through signal at 1080P or you can upscale to 1080i from either the HDMI or component inputs.
The sound is very crisp and detailed. The lower frequencies are handled nicely, though not as refined as higher priced units. One thing it does do very well is steering, the surround sound this baby delivers is awesome. The remote is very basic, but does all that you need.
Oh and I almost forgot to mention... the set-up procedure is automatic, you plug in a little mic, position it as instructed on your screen and set the Onkyo going. Lots of funny noises and about 10 minutes later it is ready to go. I thought this was worth mentioning as not all people are technically minded, so having this auto feature is a great addition.