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Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Affordable 7.1-channel home theater receiver with full HD integration and video upscaling
- Power output: 90 watts x 7 channels (minimum)
- It has HDMI v1.3a Repeater (4 inputs, 1 output, 1080P compatible)
- It has 1080i upscaling powered by Faroudja DCDi Edge
- It has TrueHD, DTS-HD decoding
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As part of the second generation of Onkyo high-definition-capable receivers, the TX-SR606 is at the forefront of affordable home theater.The key is to have the most capable version of HDMI.The TX-SR606 provides high-definition video and audio processing for four source components-another first for Onkyo at this level. From Blu-ray Disc players to gaming consoles and cable/satellite boxes, you have everything in the digital realm covered. Apart from 1080p video, the TX-SR606 can upscale all video signals to 1080i, regardless of the connection, for output via HDMI. Onkyo’s own RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) also gives you inter-operability with the displays and playback components from other leading brands.And with an expanded version of Audyssey’s room correction technology, the TX-SR606 maintains the fullness of surround sound audio quality at low volume levels. The TX-SR606 offers all-round excellence rarely seen at this level.
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As part of the second generation of Onkyo high-definition-capable receivers, the TX-SR606 is at the forefront of affordable home theater.The key is to have the most capable version of HDMI.The TX-SR606 provides high-definition video and audio processing for four source components--another first for Onkyo at this level. From Blu-ray Disc players to gaming consoles and cable/satellite boxes, you have everything in the digital realm covered.Apart from 1080p video, the TX-SR606 can upscale all video signals to 1080i, regardless of the connection, for output via HDMI. Onkyos own RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) also gives you inter-operability with the displays and playback components from other leading brands.And with an expanded version of Audysseys room correction technology, the TX-SR606 maintains the fullness of surround sound audio quality at low volume levels.The TX-SR606 offers all-round excellence rarely seen at this level.
The TX-SR606 is pound-for-pound the best value for an entry-level
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With the latest HDMI version and advanced A/V processing capabilities, the TX-SR606 is a powerful control center for all highdefinition media, including Blu-ray Disc and HD broadcasts.You can connect up to four components via HDMI to receive and switch compatible sources for a pure digital connection to an HDTV.Also, all multichannel audio--from bit-for-bit streams to standard Dolby Digital--can be digitally transported via HDMI for processing by the TX-SR606.This version of HDMI enables CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), greater bandwidth to deal with higher resolutions, 36-bit Deep Color, and high frame rates.
HDMI Video Upscaling to 1080i and Faroudja DCDi Edge (Directional Correlational Deinterlacing) Technology
The TX-SR606s HDMI inputs can receive pristine digital video from HDMI-enabled components for a single-cable output to a display device with an HDMI or DVI connection. 1080p video is processed as it is, but all other signals can be upscaled to 1080i via HDMI. Upscaling takes the video resolution to pure HD quality, and it better matches the native resolution of todays high-definition displays.To further improve performance on high-definition displays, the TX-SR606 features a deinterlacing chip with Faroudja DCDi Edge technology, which effectively eliminates video artifacts.
The Full Range of Next-Generation, High-Definition Surround-Sound Codecs
The TX-SR606 has the decoding technologies--Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio--to enable a lossless, bit-for-bit soundtrack that is identical to that of the studio master. Both codecs are designed for the Blu-ray Disc format.The receiver also handles two "lossy" technologies: Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio. Dolby Digital Plus has been designed for high-definition video delivered via disc media, broadcasts and online content. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, meanwhile, offers a greater bit rate, a higher sampling rate, and more channels than the core DTS technology.
The included remote can function as a universal
remote for many HDTVS and movie players
Courtesy of HDMI 1.3a, the TX-SR606 offers integrated system control with selected HDMI-compatible high-definition displays, DVD and harddisk recorders, and Blu-ray Disc players.With one remote control, you can control several functions, including Standby,Volume Command and Direct Change. RIHD lets you seamlessly integrate the TX-SR606 with other leading brand-name devices, including those in the Panasonic VIERA Link, Toshiba CE-Link, Sharp AQUOS Link, and Samsung Anynet+ ranges.
Correcting Room Distortion and Loudness with Audyssey 2EQ and Audyssey Dynamic EQ
The TX-SR606 uses Audyssey 2EQ to counter distortion created by walls, furniture, and other objects. This technology detects speaker distance, and then sets levels, delays, and crossovers, while also measuring room acoustics. Compared to one-position room correction systems, Audyssey 2EQ covers a much wider listening area. Moreover, it corrects problems in both frequency response and time domain (where most of the problems lie) across the entire listening area.The results are immediately obvious--a clear, well-balanced and natural sound.
After 2EQ calibration, Audyssey Dynamic EQ solves the problem of deteriorating sound quality at lower volumes. The professionals who create music and movies do so at reference levels much louder than typical home listening levels.When volume is reduced on a standard home theater receiver, the bass disappears, voices change, and the surround soundstage becomes less enveloping. As volume is adjusted on the TX-SR606, however, Dynamic EQ selects the best possible frequency response and surround levels moment-by-moment, resulting in an ideal listening experience at any volume level.
Bi-Amping Capability for High-Impact Movies and Music
The TX-SR606s surround back speaker channels enhance the ambience and sound effects of movies. They can also be used with the front left and right channels to provide two separate amplification channels for compatible bi-amping speakers (i.e. those with two sets of input terminals). In effect, two separate channels drive the woofer and tweeter of each front speaker. This improves sound quality by maximizing power to the low-/mid- and high-range frequencies, respectively. It also gives you a more powerful, dynamic soundfield for two-channel music and movie sound effects.
SIRIUS Satellite Radio Programming via SiriusConnect Home Tuner Kit*
By using the port on the TX-SR606s rear, its possible to access SIRIUS Satellite Radio. SIRIUS brings access to over 130 digital-quality channels, including 69 channels of 100% commercial-free music, plus exclusive channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather, and data.The TX-SR606 has a SIRIUS jack on its rear that connects to an optional SiriusConnect home tuner kit.
*SIRIUS requires separate purchase of subscription, compatible tuner and antenna.
Music Optimizer to Support Compressed Digital Music Files
While MP3 or AAC files may sound fine on a portable digital player, the limitations of these compressed files can be exposed when played back through a home entertainment system. Onkyo has designed onboard Music Optimizer technology to improve the quality of compressed audio signals. Compressed music loses a substantial amount of bit information at higher frequencies, so the Music Optimizer technology works to overcome this limitation and enhance audio quality.
Top customer reviews
I used the automated speaker calibration feature to setup all the channels. This is where you place the provided mic at ear level at three different listener positions. The receiver then sends out tones which will drive you and your dog nuts for about 15 minutes while the entire process goes on. Once it was done however, I was/am very pleased with the results.
I've heard some people ask about humming, i can detect no humming. I have some WiFi equipment close by which is 2.5 ghz and so far have not heard any humming. Some other people have said the Receiver runs hot to which I would ask those people, is this your first receiver? They do run hot ! This one runs no hotter than the old one i replaced from a different manufacturer so as far as I'm concerned, the heat issue is normal. I have it in a small component rack that's enclosed on the sides and back with a door on the front, it's got maybe half an inch space around the sides and 2 inches of space on top and so far everything is good.
The back has tons of inputs, but the primary reason I waited for the 606 over the previous model is the number of HDMI ports, the next generation audio/video cable which is a requirement for full resolution BluRay playback. They're rev 1.3a to support all the latest audio formats as well (none of which are currently supported by the discs themselves yet though). The receiver will pass through a 1080p signal from a BluRay or other high def video source. If you feed it a standard def 480i video source, it will upscale it to 1080i or 720p. It does a decent job but i would say upscaling isn't the receivers strong point, it does an acceptable job though. But lets face it, Onkyo doesn't build TV's, their bread and butter isn't video, it's audio.
I'm pleased with the performance and the styling of the receiver, it's just very basic and sleek. No built in graphical user interface and all that other nonsense that receivers 3x this price but no more times the performance come equipped with. This receiver for a mid end system for movies and video games just really can't be matched in terms of performance per dollar spent.
I have matched this receiver with some Polk Audio speakers. Specifically i have a Polk CSi3 center channel and six Polk RTi4 bookshelf speakers (all of which you can find at great prices here on Amazon where I ordered them from) and I am very very happy with the results. The Polk speakers like the Onkyo 606 receiver are over achievers for their price point, so they match together extremely well.
The only thing I have left to say is buy it, I wouldn't hesitate recommending this receiver to anyone looking for a solid movie/video game home theater experience.
Today I replaced a bunch of capacitors on the HDMI board and installed a computer fan to keep it cool. So far it seems to have fixed the problem.
There is ton of info out there on fixing this issue. Here are three helpful links.
At this point, I'm looking to open up the unit and replace cheap faulty capacitors which are causing the problems. If I can bring my Onkyo back to life, that will be great, but my next receiver will be a better brand. I will never buy Onkyo again.
Anyway, I had sent mine in for warranty (~$50 shipping at my expense) and waited approximately 3 months because the shop said the part was heavily backordered. There was no difference in my HDMI switching. I suspect they didn't do anything - just returned it without repair because I was upset they had my unit for months.
I see some people are soldering new capacitors with success. I took the easy way out and purchased a Kinivo 301BN Premium 3 port High speed HDMI switch for about $30. Not a perfect solution but it was relatively cheap and works. I would recommend doing this over spending $$$$ on a new receiver.