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4.0 out of 5 stars Some neat features- some drawbacks, June 1, 2012
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This review is from: Onkyo TX-NR818 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
Pros:
-Sounds great
-Easy set-up
-iPhone app
-Slacker, Pandora & Last.fm
-Zones. You can listen to your iPod on the patio and listen/watch TV inside and listen to a 3rd in the bedroom.

Cons:
-Has USB in front & back - only the front can be used with your iPhone/iPod. No big deal except you have to leave the huge front cover open when you hook up your phone.
-When you are listening to your music (usually loudly) if you adjust the treble or bass the volume completely shuts off with each click up or down with the settings then comes back on. This is annoying if your music is turned up.
-They advertise the system is a 7.2 - not really. If you have Zone 2 enabled (my patio) the system shuts off 2 speakers (& a subwoofer) indoors and becomes a 5.1. Then, if you enable Zone 3 (my bedroom), 2 more speakers get shut off and becomes a 3.1. It is 7.2 if Zones 2 & 3 are off.
-Zone 2 & 3 are not run through the sound/equalizer processors.
-Zone 2/3 will not play from HDMI - have to use RCA jacks.

Another concern: Amazon didn't require a signature with this UPS delivery.... This $1100 item sat on my front porch waiting to be stolen for 7 hours until I got home from work (it didn't, luckily).
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Initial post: Jun 3, 2012 3:37:42 PM PDT
Most if not all systems with 7 channels of amplification lose 2 channels for each additional zone that is enabled. If you want to bi-amplify your front speakers, it will also become a 5 channel system.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 4, 2012 7:54:41 AM PDT
Have you owned any older Onkyo receivers? Is there any sound benefits upgrading to this AVR from say an NR809? I love the feature set of Onkyos but with my speakers (KEF IQs) the sound seems pretty compressed. I currently own an Anthem MRX 300 which I picked up after returning the TX NR809. The MRX is very open and airy has great channel separation and a very discrete center channel in comparison to the 809 but is pretty limited concerning bells and whistles. If Onkyo would improve the sound quality (DACS) I might get back on board because they have very feature rich AVRs.

I can't believe UPS/Amazon would leave something that expensive sitting there. That is CRAZY. I always have big ticket items delivered to my work place.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2012 5:27:03 PM PDT
Ashley L says:
Yes it is worth it for the new Audyssey XT 32. I cannot wait to get one of these units. The Anthem MRX 300 is nice but I'd choose this if your main focus is Home Theater.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 7:03:01 PM PDT
J. Page says:
Are you saying that when Zone 2 is not in use it functions as a 7.2 system, and then when zone 2 is turned on it dynamically switches into a 5.1 system automatically? If it does that it is a pretty big deal, most systems, once you assign speakers to zone 2 they are gone for that purpose for good.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 6, 2012 8:15:45 AM PDT
That is correct. And, when Zone 2 is turned off, it switches back to 7.2.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 7:47:15 PM PDT
Patsfan says:
Does it have pre-amp outputs for one 2&3? That is the best way to use these zones. Also I am torn between the Marantz av7005 or the Onkyo 818. I want the sound of Marantz with feature of Onkyo. How is it with music?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2012 9:29:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2012 9:31:38 AM PDT
That is what I am wondering. I didn't really have a problem with the 809 with Surround content but it was pretty lacking when it came to music playback (to my ears, very compressed with very limited stereo separation) I am wondering if the 818 sounds any better than the 809 or any other mid-range Onkyo receivers?

I did/do however love the video chip in the 809/818 and all of the other features they have. It is almost like you have to decide between really great sound quality or a really great feature set at this price range.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 12:11:09 PM PDT
Matt says:
@Joseph Richardson

The biggest difference will be between MultEQ XT(809) and XT32(818). You would probably get some improvement there but if ARC on the Anthems work better for you then I would just stick with the MRX. The difference in dacs and things like that have little to no affect on audio. I wouldn't expect any difference in sound between the 809 and 818 out of the box. Running Audyssey is where you will see an improvement.

Did you really notice a difference between the 809 and the MRX300 for video? Most TVs will have good enough scaling so the receiver will not make that much of an improvement. Now if you have a projector I could see where video scaling could be a major selling point.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 20, 2012 10:45:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 20, 2012 10:46:08 AM PDT
@Patsfan

What is the difference in sound between the Marantz SR7005 and the Onkyo 818? I can't tell? I have both.
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