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Onkyo gets it right
on November 29, 2013
I purchased the 5010 to replace my earlier Onkyo TX-NR5007 that was cursed from the start. Onkyo treated me well with free, after-warranty service on the 5007, and I liked the similar app-based remote control and streaming features I had grown to like with my TX-NR616, so I pulled the trigger. Very pleased so far. Very natural, open sound common to all the TX series receivers, excellent phono preamp as well. A bit lacking in analog inputs, but the future is mostly digital where video+audio is concerned, and an adequate amount of two- and multi-channel are on board. Very high grade internal DACs bring truly lifelike sound reproduction in stereo and surround digital modes. Very well equipped for multi-room audio and video, Dual am/fm tuners with one HD Radio compatible for different stations in different rooms if desired. Extremely configurable input types and selections to match just about any imaginable HT setup. Runs cooler than my 5007 did. the Audyssey setup is fairly quick and does a reasonable job. And unlike the 5007, there seems to be no limiting of volume levels when playing multi-channel content. This box rocks.
My cons are minor. The remote seems a step back from the 5007, it's not backlit anymore. The volume knob is unnecessarily stiff and a bit wobbly even compared to the 616. There is also an occasional delay when switching digital audio modes on the fly, cuing up a BD will sometimes miss a second or two of audio as the various digital modes switch.
In all, this is a true flagship product for Onkyo. I recommend this receiver for anyone setting up a high-end home theater, there is a huge amount of power on tap to drive the most power hungry speakers, and those like me with an extensive vinyl collection will be very pleased with the performance of the built-in phono preamp.