Goodness me, how do they do it for the money? My husband agonised over this (as with all his new tv stuff). He wanted a cinema system to go with the new tellie, so a set of speakers & a separate amp seemed the way to go, but although all the reviews from the likes of What Hi-Fi & such seemed to like this, it just seems too cheap. Well, the performance certainly isn't and it coped very nicely with what we have hooked up to it - LCD tv, Playstation 3 (with blu-ray capabilities) & the Virgin media box. OK, so we have very good speakers, but even so, this is one very nice receiver/amp. You will hear a richness of sound you never new existed! Blu-ray disks & CD's come to life, & the HD channels take on a new dimension. & it's a doddle to set up - fix the speakers where you want them & the amp does the set-up & sound test for you. It's sleek & black, with no irritating flashing bits, just a clear display panel & a blue light around the volume knob when it's on (could probably do without this). I haven't put in any technical data as there's just too much - check the Onkyo website if you need the details. The only disadvantage is that it's deeper than we were expecting & doesn't fit well on the new tv stand as there's a lot of wiring from out the back. Dimensions are: 16.9 x 17.1 x 7.6 inches We eventually got ours from Richer Sounds for about £450.
The TX-SR806 occupies a unique position in the Onkyo line-up. It is classed as a mid-range A/V receiver. But with its advanced capabilities and THX Ultra2 Plus certification, it's a worthy challenger for high-end status. Built with high-definition entertainment in mind, the TX-SR806 accommodates up to five HDMI sources that can handle both 1080p video and studio master-quality surround sound. That's more high-def sources than you'll find on any other Onkyo A/V receiver. If that weren't enough, onboard Faroudja DCDi Cinema scales all standard definition sources to 1080p for HDMI output, or to 1080i for component video output. Endowed with the amplification power and dependability expected from an Onkyo A/V receiver, the TX-SR806 stands out as a natural choice for high performance home theater.