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Good basic home theater receiver with a few limitations,
This review is from: Onkyo HT-RC430 5.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) (Electronics)
We bought this receiver as part of a general upgrade to the entertainment equipment in our sun room. It is not our primary location for watching tv or listening to music and we were on budget, so we were looking to get maximum value for minimum expenditure. This receiver replaces a 30+ year-old NAD receiver and is connected to a Samsung UN32EH4003 32-Inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV (Black) and a Sony BDP-S590 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi (Black). We have a 3.1 speaker set-up with a Energy CC-5 Center Channel Speaker (Black) along with a pair of Energy CB-5 Bookshelf Speakers (Pair,Black) for the front and a Polk Audio PSW111 Subwoofer (Single, Black).
Our main system uses an Onkyo TX-NR509 5.1 Channel Network A/V Receiver that is a couple of years old and has been working well for us so we were interested in a similar model if only slightly scaled down in features. The HT-RC430 checked off a number of important boxes for us that were upgrades to our old NAD that had good sound but didn't even include a remote let alone the possibility for 5.1 sound or HDMI connections.
One thing we definitely wanted was a front USB port for music though it does not work flawlessly. I have a single 8 GB thumb drive with music divided into various folders - Rock, Jazz, Classical, Latin. Unfortunately, the song/artist display information does not work with international characters which are prevalent in the latter two folders. Also, there is a limit of 250 songs per USB folder which is kind of a hassle. I have over 1,000 songs I wanted to put in the Rock folder but had to divide them into 5 different subfolders. When you do this, you cannot shuffle between folders to play all 1,000 songs randomly. You can either shuffle within a single folder of 250 songs or move in sequence through the different folders. Not ideal but it is better than the Sony Bluray which has a USB input but annoyingly does not shuffle songs at all.
The advantage of the Sony Bluray player (and others like it) is that it does allow us to listen to Internet radio and watch Netflix wirelessly with our system. That meant there was no need to pay more for Internet connectivity on the receiver (though you do lose the prospect of firmware updates for this receiver). I also like the potential, as someone else has noted, to add a second 'B' set of speakers so this model is really like a combination stereo receiver/home theater receiver in one.
As far as I can tell, the HT-RC430 (60 watts) is essentially the same model as the TX-SR313 (65 watts) with the latter selling for more money. For the price we paid for the HT-RC430 we feel we got a lot of functionality when connected to our other equipment. It's early still but so far we're quite satisfied with the value we're getting for the money spent. It's not super high-end and I'm not convinced the sound quality is as good as the old NAD but it easily fills a small room with decent sound and takes us beyond the 2.0 experience.