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Onkyo TX-SR605 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 90 Watts/Channel at 8 ohms (FTC)
- DTS-ES Discrete/Matrix, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic Iix
- Faroudja DCDi Edge Enhancement
- Powered Zone 2 and 12 V
- XM Ready with XMHD Surround
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The nice thing about the video processing is that you can hook anything up to it, and it will send the video feed to your TV through one cable. Its basically a big switch, letting you easily change between A/V sources. You just leave your TV on the input through which it is connected, and it feeds the TV whatever source you pick, and sends the audio through the speakers. I hooked up my Samsung DLPSamsung HL-S5688W 56" 1080p DLP HDTV to it via the HDMI output. I used the two HDMI inputs to connect my Samsung DVD player and my Comcast Motorola HD-DVR. I also hooked up my Samsung VCR through a composite input and RCA cables for the VCR's audio. The Onkyo basically passes anything its sent through the HDMI inputs out through the HDMI output. You don't get any upconverting if you use the HDMI inputs and are outputting via HDMI. If you feed it 1080i through the HMDI inputs, it will output 1080i. Feed it 1080p, and you get 1080p output. (I've set my DVR and DVD players to send it 1080 input.) This is not true of the component inputs. It will send those inputs out as 720p, even if you feed it 1080. Just use the HDMI inputs for your 1080 sources. If you have more than two 1080 sources, this Onkyo might not be for you, since it only has two HDMI(1080 capable) inputs.Read more ›
-Excellent sound quality
-Intuitive auto speaker setup using the included remote microphone
-On-screen setup is a nice feature that's usually not included in this price range
-720p up-scaling for composite and component inputs look great
-HDMI output video quality is excellent - comparable to a direct connect between the TV and video source
-Only two HDMI inputs
-Lacks compatibility with separate HDMI switches
-Can't use a digital audio source for zone 2 (no iPods, XM radio, Satellite, etc.)
-Can't display on-screen status (i.e. volume) via HDMI output
-There's an intermittent audio delay of 10-30 seconds between changing HDMI input selections
-On-screen setup is very rudimentary (but easy to navigate)
-Remote IR sensor is less sensitive than Sony receivers
-Limited display information on the receiver itself (i.e. active speakers, multi color indicators, etc.)
I originally planned to get around the 2-port HDMI input limitation by using a separate HDMI switch. However, audio would intermittently drop out after switching inputs. I returned this unit and upgraded to the 705 model primarily for the third HDMI port. If you only need two HDMI ports and don't plan to use the zone 2 feature, this is the best receiver for the price.
This receiver should handle most A/V enthusiast's needs for the next several years. The OSD is very straight forward and the listening field calibration(mic included)works well to get you started. It could use a third HDMI input (available on the next unit up, TX-SR705, for $200 more) but with the up-conversion, it will handle component level inputs with no visible difference(IMO). I purchased the Sirius receiver add-on which integrates and plays flawlessly. I also bought the associated Onkyo iPod dock for my Nano(another homerun). This unit is not THX certified (a dubious certification these days for equipment designed homeowner use) but is available on the next models up in the range. The unit will, however, handle all the new (some as yet unreleased) Dolby audio expansion codecs. There are enough assignable inputs to handle most homeowners systems for years to come. I am quite satisfied with this unit and have no reservations.
My gear rack includes:
Pioneer Elite PRO-1140HD 50" plasma TV
ONKYO TX-SR605B Receiver
OPPO DV-981HD DVD player
Xbox 360 with HD-DVD
Playstation 3 (only for the BluRay player, of course)
Scientific Atlanta 8300HD cable box
Harmony 676 remote "to rule them all"
In summary, it seems to be a solid receiver if you can live w/ inability to matrix "Multi Channel PCM" to 7.1 and lack of component -> HDMI switching > 720p.
My set up:
Toshiba XA2 (HDMI input to receiver); HDMI audio set to "Auto"
XBOX 360 (Component 1080i output connected directly to 60A2000 RPTV); optical input to receiver.
Klipsch 5.1 RF
I tried a couple of 5.1 SD-DVDs and it looked like receiver applied PLIIx to them (I only have 5.1 at present though). The True HD soundtrack from the Matrix HD displayed as "Multi Channel PCM" and PLIIx wasn't applied as expected.
The 1080p pass-through on HDMI seems to be working just fine w/o any noticeable degradation of PQ (component transcoding to HDMI is limited to 720p from what I have read though, but that doesn't concern me).
Here's a run down of the steps (for newbies) and my own experience with them:
a) Read the manual first!!!
b) Connect your speakers (preferably using banana plugs from Radio Shack etc.). Make sure that you get the polarities right before turning on the receiver. Run the Audessey setup by plugging in the provided microphone. In my case, it detected that I had inadvertantly unhooked my left front speaker and completed w/o problems after that .
c) If you prefer an on screen display, connect a S-Video from the receiver cable to your TV / monitor. You may want to adjust the aspect ratio 4:3 or 16:9
d) Connect the HDMI inputs (if any) and assign the appropriate HDMI input. In my case the XA2 was connected to HDMI input 1.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this receiver way back in December of 2007. At the time, it was a good deal for the included features. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Subjective Geek
I have now owned this receiver for 8 years, and have used it rather extensively in a home theater setup. Read morePublished 11 months ago by FSOAPM
This is the worst amp I have ever owned. It runs constantly hot. It also has the problem with low/high volumes which other reviewers have mentioned above. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Juan E. Serralles
Still using this- must be close to 10 years now. This review is probably useless, but I'd buy this brand again.Published 12 months ago by Ian Timothy Larson
Bad the seller no good The onkyo it does not work well and not remute controlPublished 15 months ago by Rigo rico
I've owned this unit for many years. I purchased it locally when it was still new to the market. It was a great bang for your buck unit that performed better than many other units... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Justin W. Panovec
I've had mine for 8 years and it has worked flawlessly the whole time, and is still going strong. I cannot complain about the quality at all. Sounds fantastic as well. Read morePublished 16 months ago by E. Mccarron