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Sound quality is excellent. HDMI Switching is awful.
on November 14, 2013
I conducted extensive research before buying this receiver, and it seemed like the best "bang" for the "buck". At first I was extremely pleased, as the I-Pod functions worked wonderfully, as well as the mp3 file handling, and the on-screen settings which are rare at this price point. The sound quality was excellent, I could not be more pleased, as is the handling of a 5.1 speaker setup. The problem emerges however, when it comes to "Switching". While my old DVD player worked fine, the Onkyo couldn't switch my Sony Media Player. Thinking it was just an incompatibility, I purchased a Roku, but it wouldn't switch to the Roku input either. I started searching for answers, only to discover this is a common problem with this receiver and the HDMI inputs- While it may show the "video", it often won't switch the audio via HDMI. This has forced us to go back to RCA cables for one device, and direct-to-tv for the other, as once I connected a BluRay player, that wouldn't switch either!
So while the sound quality is excellent, the HDMI switching does not work very effectively, and searching for this problem suggests its common place, if not given across the board. Since this was a major selling point to me, I think it may be a deal breaker for some buyers. Older DVD players and older HDMI devices seem to work effectively, but newer technology does not.