Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Affordable 7.1-channel home theater receiver with full HD integration and video upscaling
- Power output: 90 watts x 7 channels (minimum)
- It has HDMI v1.3a Repeater (4 inputs, 1 output, 1080P compatible)
- It has 1080i upscaling powered by Faroudja DCDi Edge
- It has TrueHD, DTS-HD decoding
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- 7.1 Multi-channel input
- 90W Power (8ohms 20-20kHz 0.08%) /Ch
- THX certified
- Continuous 6 ohms rated
- All discrete circuitry
From the Manufacturer
The TX-SR606 is pound-for-pound the best value for an entry-level
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With the latest HDMI version and advanced A/V processing capabilities, the TX-SR606 is a powerful control center for all highdefinition media, including Blu-ray Disc and HD broadcasts.You can connect up to four components via HDMI to receive and switch compatible sources for a pure digital connection to an HDTV.Also, all multichannel audio--from bit-for-bit streams to standard Dolby Digital--can be digitally transported via HDMI for processing by the TX-SR606.This version of HDMI enables CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), greater bandwidth to deal with higher resolutions, 36-bit Deep Color, and high frame rates.
HDMI Video Upscaling to 1080i and Faroudja DCDi Edge (Directional Correlational Deinterlacing) Technology
The TX-SR606s HDMI inputs can receive pristine digital video from HDMI-enabled components for a single-cable output to a display device with an HDMI or DVI connection. 1080p video is processed as it is, but all other signals can be upscaled to 1080i via HDMI. Upscaling takes the video resolution to pure HD quality, and it better matches the native resolution of todays high-definition displays.To further improve performance on high-definition displays, the TX-SR606 features a deinterlacing chip with Faroudja DCDi Edge technology, which effectively eliminates video artifacts.
The Full Range of Next-Generation, High-Definition Surround-Sound Codecs
The TX-SR606 has the decoding technologies--Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio--to enable a lossless, bit-for-bit soundtrack that is identical to that of the studio master. Both codecs are designed for the Blu-ray Disc format.The receiver also handles two "lossy" technologies: Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio. Dolby Digital Plus has been designed for high-definition video delivered via disc media, broadcasts and online content. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, meanwhile, offers a greater bit rate, a higher sampling rate, and more channels than the core DTS technology.
The included remote can function as a universal
remote for many HDTVS and movie players
Courtesy of HDMI 1.3a, the TX-SR606 offers integrated system control with selected HDMI-compatible high-definition displays, DVD and harddisk recorders, and Blu-ray Disc players.With one remote control, you can control several functions, including Standby,Volume Command and Direct Change. RIHD lets you seamlessly integrate the TX-SR606 with other leading brand-name devices, including those in the Panasonic VIERA Link, Toshiba CE-Link, Sharp AQUOS Link, and Samsung Anynet+ ranges.
Correcting Room Distortion and Loudness with Audyssey 2EQ and Audyssey Dynamic EQ
The TX-SR606 uses Audyssey 2EQ to counter distortion created by walls, furniture, and other objects. This technology detects speaker distance, and then sets levels, delays, and crossovers, while also measuring room acoustics. Compared to one-position room correction systems, Audyssey 2EQ covers a much wider listening area. Moreover, it corrects problems in both frequency response and time domain (where most of the problems lie) across the entire listening area.The results are immediately obvious--a clear, well-balanced and natural sound.
After 2EQ calibration, Audyssey Dynamic EQ solves the problem of deteriorating sound quality at lower volumes. The professionals who create music and movies do so at reference levels much louder than typical home listening levels.When volume is reduced on a standard home theater receiver, the bass disappears, voices change, and the surround soundstage becomes less enveloping. As volume is adjusted on the TX-SR606, however, Dynamic EQ selects the best possible frequency response and surround levels moment-by-moment, resulting in an ideal listening experience at any volume level.
Bi-Amping Capability for High-Impact Movies and Music
The TX-SR606s surround back speaker channels enhance the ambience and sound effects of movies. They can also be used with the front left and right channels to provide two separate amplification channels for compatible bi-amping speakers (i.e. those with two sets of input terminals). In effect, two separate channels drive the woofer and tweeter of each front speaker. This improves sound quality by maximizing power to the low-/mid- and high-range frequencies, respectively. It also gives you a more powerful, dynamic soundfield for two-channel music and movie sound effects.
SIRIUS Satellite Radio Programming via SiriusConnect Home Tuner Kit*
By using the port on the TX-SR606s rear, its possible to access SIRIUS Satellite Radio. SIRIUS brings access to over 130 digital-quality channels, including 69 channels of 100% commercial-free music, plus exclusive channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather, and data.The TX-SR606 has a SIRIUS jack on its rear that connects to an optional SiriusConnect home tuner kit.
*SIRIUS requires separate purchase of subscription, compatible tuner and antenna.
Music Optimizer to Support Compressed Digital Music Files
While MP3 or AAC files may sound fine on a portable digital player, the limitations of these compressed files can be exposed when played back through a home entertainment system. Onkyo has designed onboard Music Optimizer technology to improve the quality of compressed audio signals. Compressed music loses a substantial amount of bit information at higher frequencies, so the Music Optimizer technology works to overcome this limitation and enhance audio quality.
Top Customer Reviews
I used the automated speaker calibration feature to setup all the channels. This is where you place the provided mic at ear level at three different listener positions. The receiver then sends out tones which will drive you and your dog nuts for about 15 minutes while the entire process goes on. Once it was done however, I was/am very pleased with the results.
I've heard some people ask about humming, i can detect no humming. I have some WiFi equipment close by which is 2.5 ghz and so far have not heard any humming. Some other people have said the Receiver runs hot to which I would ask those people, is this your first receiver? They do run hot ! This one runs no hotter than the old one i replaced from a different manufacturer so as far as I'm concerned, the heat issue is normal. I have it in a small component rack that's enclosed on the sides and back with a door on the front, it's got maybe half an inch space around the sides and 2 inches of space on top and so far everything is good.Read more ›
Unfortunately I have the HDMI buzz issue mentioned by several reviewers but fortunately I found the cause and one solution.
I had a XBOX 360 connected via HDMI and a Gamecube connected via component. Both output through HDMI to the tv. When I first powered up the SR606 and the XBOX I heard a continuous buzz or hum through the speakers which became louder when the volume increased. This made quiet movies nearly unwatchable as dramatic scenes were dominated by **BUZZZZZZZZZZZ** instead of cinematic tension.
I called Onkyo support in New Jersey and they quickly brushed me off with a flat recommendation of "return the unit to the retailer" with no diagnostic advice. I followed this direction and predictably, the new unit suffered the same ailment. The buzz continued.
All of my audio/video gear is connected to a single, ungrounded, electrical outlet (building was built in 1915). After a bit of Internet searching I found an article which discussed "common impedance coupling" whereby many high draw devices (such as a plasma TV, A/V receiver, and XBOX 360) which are connected to a common electrical run will produce a voltage drop and potentially introduce noise. I am not an expert in electricity but this lead me to investigate the way the components were connected to the SR606, rather than the SR606 itself.
I found that the XBOX 360 was responsible for the buzz. With the XBOX disconnected from the wall outlet, the buzz stopped even when all other components were connected and turned on.Read more ›
I first bought the lower-model Onkyo TX-SR506 (then later returned... keep reading to find out why), thinking it had all the inputs I needed and HDMI output for my requirements. Since this review is for the TX-SR606, I won't go into too much detail on the features of the TX-SR506. However, since I'm sure some of you will be comparing the SR506 to the SR606, I will quickly tell you what the TX-SR506 LACKS that may help you determine whether or not these missing features are necessary for your application. The SR506's HDMI ports are video pass-through only, meaning it does not carry Audio signals with it. Next, the SR506 will only output video to the same medium as the video signal it receives so if you have equipment using different types of connections, it has to use that same type of connection as an output from the receiver (e.g. component video input can only be displayed using the component video output, composite in to composite out, hdmi in to hdmi out, etc...). No coversion of video inputs to another type of output will be performed. So expect to have multiple cables output to your LCD/plasma/TV/projector's video inputs. Finally, only 4 total video devices can be plugged into the SR506 at any given time...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Receiver has a defective HDMI daughter board that caused most of them to fail within a couple of years. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Tom Martin
Great receiver. eventually got another for my parents. used for 8 years and eventually sold to a friend when it was time to upgrade. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Norford
I have this unit since 2008 and ot worked great until now. In fact, for about 2-3 years I have been experiencing problems with the HDMI in - receiver just dont recognize the input. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rafael Alves
First, I'm reviewing this in 2015 as I search for a new receiver/amp. I bought this when it came out and have been pleased with it for years. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Frank Gibson
This has been a great unit for our home. We've had it for several years now and we still love it. It's a great value for the money.Published 4 months ago by David R
I bought the SR606 in late 2008. I started having HDMI switching problems around 2012. They became progressively worse. I was just about to throw it away and order a Yamaha. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Aaron S.
I have the HDMI problems like other reviewers. For the past few months I have had to switch between HDMI inputs and it finally will detect one. Never buying Onkyo again. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Andrew J. Chaney
I owned this receiver for the past 4 years. HDMI board went out. Returned under warranty. Went out again, returned a second time. Ended up using optical & component jacks. Read morePublished 9 months ago by J.T. Craddock