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5.0 out of 5 stars No frills, good sound, September 13, 2008
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This review is from: Onkyo TX-8255 Stereo Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
This receiver replaced a Sony STR 397 that had a continuous static problem that was never fixed. I gave up on the Sony and bought the Onkyo. I use it to power two Polk tower speakers hooked up to my HDTV and DVD player.

The receiver is basic, no frills. Bass, treble and balance controls are on the front panel. There is no loudness control. There are multiple memory settings for music stations. All the standard connections are in the back including an input for an iPod (docking station extra). The tuner works well and has standard scanning for stations.

The receiver is rated at 50W per channel. It is plenty adequate for the Polks. The sound is clear and unvarnished. It produces a crisper, cleaner sound than the Sony.

For sound reproduction without lots of frills and buttons, this has proved an excellent choice. I am very pleased with the item.

Once again, I have to complement Amazon for having excellent pricing and incredible free shipping that is fast.
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Initial post: Jul 27, 2011 7:36:57 AM PDT
alllie says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 26, 2011 10:12:25 PM PDT
No, this one goes to 11.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 16, 2011 8:02:27 PM PST
J. E. Royer says:
He said no Loudness control, which is basically a signal booster for smaller speakers, but it is a very common feature and a bit strange that this doesn't have one.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2011 12:15:10 PM PST
Steelheadbud says:
A loudness control is not a volume control. It basicly inhances the bass.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2012 6:24:42 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 20, 2012 6:25:50 AM PST
Iowadad says:
I think a loudness control was very common years ago but a lot of receivers don't have one any more. It's essentially an EQ effect that raises the lowest AND highest frequencies.

http://www.hometheaterforum.com/t/125414/should-the-loudness-control-be-off

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2012 8:45:50 PM PDT
Loudness controls are used to help boost high and low frequencies at low volumes. They help provide a fuller sound when at low volumes. If using this for a theater sound system most probably would not use it anyway.

Posted on Oct 9, 2012 4:24:28 AM PDT
Steelheadbud says:
Has everyone forgot what "receiver" stands for? A good receiver should be able to receive radio stations. The vintage receivers like Marantz had good tuners and could pull in FM very well. Does anyone know if this
Onkyo TX-8255 can receive FM without having to connect to cable?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2012 9:55:33 PM PST
Yes, that is what I was thinking, raises both high and low ends, and is used to compensate for hearing response at low volumes.

Posted on Feb 19, 2013 3:29:02 PM PST
[Deleted by the author on Jul 1, 2013 1:20:17 PM PDT]

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 28, 2013 12:06:19 PM PDT
Mark Wellman says:
Yes it will. You have to use an EQ via the tape out and in jacks in the back.
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