Onkyo TX-SR705 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 100 Watts/Channel at 8 ohms (FTC)
- You'll be hard-pressed to find a mid-range home theater A/V receiver that packs the TX-SR705's amplification power and audio processing capabilities.
- HDMI video up-conversion with DCDi technology
- HDMI V1.3 repeater (3 in/1 out, 1080p compatible)
- RS232 Port for Audyssey MultEQ XT Interface Control
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The power consumption of this unit is more efficient then the 805 and 605. This unit was built after those 2 other models. This isn't the lonely middle child, it shines on its own.
There is also a slew of issues this receiver does not exhibit that the 805 has problems with (check AVS forums for details)
HDMI video looks great, 7.1 sound great! Price is great! :)
I think one of the key reasons I chose to go with the SR705 over the SR605 is the fact that it has * 3 * HDMI inputs. It keeps the cabling a little better under control when there's only a single receiver to TV HDMI cable. Also it handles the upconversion of non-HD sources very well with Faroudjia DCDi.
I'd say I'd agree with the complexity of setup, but it's easier than it is on a lot of other AV Receivers. It comes with the Audyssey calibration equipment. I haven't done any fancy audiometry to evaluate the accuracy of the automatic calibration but I'm impressed as a listener.
It has all the power it needs to fill the room with sound, whether it's classical music, rock or movie soundtrack. I'm happy with my decision.
- It "only" connects up to 5 video input sources, even using the AUX input (which might require connectors in front, depending on cable choices). 5 sounds like a lot, but with DVRs, DVD players, games, recorders, AppleTV, etc. they go fast. Already, I could already use another! Of those 5, up to 3 can be HDMI, which is a big plus for this model. The other video sources must use Component (up to 3), S-video or Composite. (There are additional audio-only inputs as well.)
- Zone 2 is actually pretty handy (if you don't use all 7 channels for home theatre, you can re-purpose 2 audio channels - they get a separate input selection and volume control. Great for a remote speaker pair!). But it only supports analog audio. That means digital audio sources (e.g., those with Optical connectors) either won't work in Zone 2, or require additional cabling (using regular RCA-type stereo inputs as well).
- HDMI audio is slow to sync - for example, after resuming from a DVR Pause, video is rolling for 2-3 seconds before audio resumes - you can miss some dialog and have to jump back.
- OnScreen Display (e.g., volume bars and other visual feedback) is handy, but OSD doesn't work with HDMI inputs. (Understandable, since the signal passes through, but disappointing.)
- Setup wasn't completely intuitive, but was quite workable. (It's not rocket science, but it helps to understand the basic concepts in advance.)
- It really sounds great, and the digital video is flawless. The "Audisy" automatic speaker calibration feature gave a dramatic improvement in sound quality for my listening room.Read more ›
HDMI implementation is the best I know of. It works well and support HDMI device control features, absent in other units, including the most expensive ones (although Pioneer Elite would come close, but it is not as flexible as Onkyo: you will get All or None features).
SACD/DSD decoder is weak (processes DSD as 41.4KHz PCM), but most players could convert DSD to PCM at 88.2KHz - it provides a better sound quality (in this case) and audio sounds comparable to DVD-Audio that sounds awesome.
Auto Setup is nice, but auto settings will make mid range more prominent. I like it otherwise, plus my speakers are very flat response (do not need much of EQ), so I disabled EQ settings and cranked Sub +10db. Tone could be used as well (to boost bass a little).
In general the received is very decent, just have a few quirks, but most are addressable. There are some forums dedicated to SR705 - you could get deeper info, hacks and advice. Unit is a little bit hot in the right-back quadrant (so is SR605), I put a 12V 120mm silent fan with thermistor on top of it, it keeps receiver internal fans from running on heavy load and self adjusts based on receiver load(temperature).
It decodes any audio (via HDMIv1.3) I have (BD,HD-DVD,SACD,DVD-Audio). There is some discrepancies between different audio options in the movies, but it is the way audio was mastered. I verified it with Yamaha (observed same thing), so receivers do not color audio. As other folks figured out movie's Uncompressed audio needs +5db boost in LFE to match TrueHD or DD.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great has all the features you need and some you can expand on Great Onkyo quality as usual. Best buy for the moneyPublished 24 months ago by Phantom
Adding to the review: I called Adams Electronics and complained about the "no trouble found" diagnosis when the HDMI was clearly not working. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by Indrajit G
The HDMI assembly board failed in a little over 3 years. Not worth fixing. Will buy another unit but not a Onkyo.Published on March 10, 2011 by Ed
Now, the SR705 is a beautiful receiver. I got one about a year ago and it was silent and clean running (warm 'though). Read morePublished on October 25, 2009 by rwrand
This works perfect for our needs. It did take a while to get it working with our speakers but now it works great and am very pleased and would recommend it to anyone!Published on September 10, 2009 by K. NL