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Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 100 Watts per Channel at 8 Ohms, 20 Hz¿20 kHz, 0.08%, 2 Channels Driven, FTC
- THX Select2 Plus Certified
- HDMI (Version 1.4 to Support 3D and Audio Return Channel) with Deep Color, x.v.Color, LipSync, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
- HDMI Video Upscaling to 1080p with Faroudja DCDi Cinema
- Audio and 1080p Video Processing via HDMI (1 Front/ 5 Rear Inputs and 1 Output)
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Sure, we call it an “entry-level” A/V receiver. But when you witness the full potential of the TX-SR608, you’ll know the level you’re entering is far beyond the ordinary. For a start, you get six of the latest HDMI 1.4a inputs for simple hook-up of all your high-def sources. HDMI 1.4a also brings compatibility with the new 3D video format, as well as an Audio Return Channel from your display back to the receiver. Complementing HDMI on the input front, you have an analog RGB video input for connecting your PC, and a Universal Port for Onkyo peripherals. All video sources, regardless of resolution, can be upscaled to big and beautiful 1080p via HDMI and Faroudja DCDi Cinema. Audio processing incorporates quality Burr-Brown DACs, lossless Dolby and DTS codecs, and the expanded surround formats of Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. Three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry and jitter-cleaning technology work to ensure extremely precise and faithful amplification. In recognition of the TX-SR608’s outstanding A/V prowess, it has been awarded THX Select2 Plus Certification.
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Onkyo TX-SR608 7.2-Channel Receiver: Your Versatile Home Theater Centerpiece
Experience an entry-level A/V receiver that delivers performance above and beyond its value. The Onkyo TX-SR608 features six of the latest HDMI 1.4 inputs (including one front input) for simple, 3D-ready hookup of all your high-def sources, with true 1080p upscaling video. The Universal Port for Onkyo peripherals lets you enjoy your iPod or iPhone using optional Onkyo docks (sold separately). Its audio processing incorporates quality Burr-Brown DACs, lossless Dolby and DTS codecs, and the expanded surround formats of Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. Three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry and jitter-cleaning technology work to ensure extremely precise and faithful amplification.
HDMI® 1.4a Support for 3D Video and Audio Return Channel
The TX-SR608's six HDMI inputs let you simultaneously connect high-def sources such as a Blu-ray player, a gaming console, and a cable/satellite tuner. As the latest version of this connector, HDMI 1.4a adds the exciting possibilities of 3D video and an Audio Return Channel. 3D video is the next big thing in home entertainment, with movie, game, and broadcast content on the increase and 3D-compatible HDTVs on the near horizon--the TX-SR608 gets you ready for this next generation of content at a surprising value.
The Latest Hi-Def Audio Decoders for Rich, Lifeike Movies and Music
In addition to full THX® Select2 Plus™ certification, the Onkyo TX-SR608 A/V receiver can decode Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™—two lossless formats that enable delivery of a bit-for-bit soundtrack identical to the studio master track. Previously available only on mid-range and high-end receivers, now you can take full advantage of your Blu-ray movies for a true cinematic audio experience. The TX-SR608 also handles Dolby® Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio™.
Audyssey DSX™ and Dolby® Pro Logic® IIz Add New Dimensions to Surround Sound
The TX-SR608 offers two new surround-sound technologies from Audyssey and Dolby that offer exciting new ways to set up the speakers in your home theater system. Audyssey DSX lets you incorporate "front wide" speakers in place of the usual surround back speakers to expand the width of the soundstage. Set up at a recommended 60° off center, these channels help to produce a more realistic soundstage and a more immersive listening experience.
Alternatively, Audyssey DSX can reconfigure the TX-SR608's surround back channels to deliver "front height" channels. These channels carry ambient, non-directional audio that adds a new vertical dimension to your movies and games. Dolby Pro Logic IIz provides a similar front height speaker option that likewise works to create a more enveloping home theater experience.
A Suite of Audyssey Technologies Crafts Your Ideal Listening Environment
Beginning with the TX-SR508 all 2010 Onkyo A/V receivers come with a suite of Audyssey technologies that help create the most suitable listening environment for your home.
- Audyssey 2EQ™ tailors multi-channel audio for your home theater speaker set-up by measuring three room positions and applying a resolution filter to the satellite speakers to correct for room acoustics.
- Audyssey Dynamic Volume™ automatically compensates for volume fluctuations in different audio content—for example, during commercial breaks—while optimizing the dynamic range.
- Audyssey Dynamic EQ™ maintains a consistent bass response, tonal balance, and surround-sound effect at different volume levels, so you can enjoy the natural dynamics of your content regardless of the volume.
Advanced Faroudja Video Processing with 1080p Upscaling
Faroudja DCDi Cinema (Directional Correlational Deinterlacing) video processing offers several advantages. This processor can accept any video signal, regardless of the source resolution, and upscale it to 1080p to match the native resolution of your high-definition display. What's more, DCDi Cinema effectively removes video artifacts such as jagged edges during the video signal deinterlacing process. Enjoy smooth progressive-scan video images, even during fast-moving sports and action scenes.
Convenient Overlaid Graphical On-Screen Display via HDMI
Changing your A/V receiver's settings is now more seamless than ever, thanks to the TX-SR608's new overlaid graphical On-Screen Display (OSD) feature. Simply press the Home button on the included remote controller, and semi-transparent graphical set-up menus appear overlaid on the video image you're watching. This means you can adjust the settings immediately, without having to switch back and forth from a blank screen background.
Universal Port for Single-Cable Connection of Optional Onkyo Dock for iPhone™/iPod® or HD Radio™ Tuner
A proprietary Universal Port located on the rear side of the Onkyo TX-SR608 lets you connect an optional UP-A1 Dock for iPhone/iPod or UP-HT1 HD Radio Tuner (both sold separately). If you have both peripheral devices, they can easily be "daisy chained" via an input on the UP-HT1. A key advantage of the Universal Port is that it accepts video and audio signals through the same cable that sends a power supply from the receiver to the devices. Net result: more connectivity, less cable clutter.
Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT)--A Total Design for Amplification Power
The cornerstone of any Onkyo A/V receiver, WRAT supports high-quality audio reproduction of the latest high-definition A/V formats. It comprises three key elements: A low negative feedback design for cleaner audio across the frequency range; a closed ground-loop circuit to cancel individual circuit noise and keep the ground potential free of distortion; and a high instantaneous current capability to handle speaker reflex energy and impedance fluctuations.
- Onkyo's low negative-feedback design with audiophile-grade, close-tolerance components achieves a frequency response out to 100 kHz for high-definition and regular DVD formats, high-resolution DVD-Audio and Super Audio CD, regular CDs, digital music files and the latest gaming software.
- A sophisticated closed-circuit design enables each circuit to go and return directly to the power supply which, coupled with the use of thick brass grounding plates, helps cancel any individual circuit noise and keeps the ground potential free of distortion.
- The instantaneous current capability of Onkyo's WRAT receivers exceeds that of most conventional units, which commonly have less than half the current capability. An Onkyo receiver will deliver movie soundtracks with cinema-standard dynamics and clarity.
Additional Audio Features for the Most Versatile Home Theater Applications
Playback of Different Audio Sources in Two Different Zones
With Powered Zone 2, you can enjoy surround sound entertainment in the main room, while playing back a different stereo source in a second zone equipped with a pair of speakers. Alternatively, you can use the Zone 2 line out to send an unamplified audio signal to an amplifier (and speakers) in the second room.
Four Game Modes for More Realistic Action
These four gaming modes create an audio experience with more realism and impact. You can select from Rock, Sports, Action, or RPG (Role Playing Game) modes to match your gaming content.
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.
HD Radio™ and SIRIUS™ Satellite Radio Ready
Onkyo's TX-SR608 offers compatibility with optional tuners for both HD Radio and SIRIUS Satellite Radio. HD Radio broadcasts your favorite AM and FM stations digitally, with none of the hiss, distortion, or station drop-off of analog radio. SIRIUS provides exclusive access to over 130 channels of commercial-free music, sports, news, talk, and comedy.
Theater-Dimensional Circuitry Easily Puts Surround Sound Anywhere
Onkyo's exclusive Theater-Dimensional circuitry takes the complexity out of conventional surround-sound set-ups and lets you experience the excitement of surround sound from as few as two ordinary speakers. Want more? Theater-Dimensional's unique multi-speaker modes let you place up to five speakers conveniently by the TV, for the most realistic virtual-surround sound possible.
Remote Interactive over HDMI (RIHD)
Onkyo A/V receivers offer integrated system control with certain HDMI-compatible high-definition displays, DVD and hard-disk recorders, and Blu-ray Disc players. With one remote control, you can control functions such as Standby, Volume, and Direct Change.
Front-Panel Audio Input for Portable Devices
If you have an iPod® or other MP3 player, you can connect it to the TX-SR608's front panel for quick and convenient audio playback. Your player's compressed digital music files can then receive a quality boost from the receiver's Music Optimizer technology.
Top Customer Reviews
I feel the overall sound is better than both the Yamaha (although I loved the Yamaha) or the Denon (which on retrospect I think is overpriced and over hyped). At the low sale price of the 608, I was concerned about quality. Not any more. I looked at the 708, 808 at higher prices and decided network capabilities were not worth it for me at this time. I plan to buy a new BlueRay with network streaming in near future anyway. Currently have Panasonic BD35 BlueRay - which does great.
The cons so far are TV picture quality, and some TV show sounds. It may be my imagination, but the TV image (HiDef on Samsung 67" DLP) has moments of some blockiness. I have tried Pass Through and Upscale to 1080p and could not tell a difference. I'm going to try direct HDMI from cable box to TV and optical sound from cable to receiver and see if I can notice an improvement in picture quality. This is a very minor observation (wife can't tell any difference).
TV sound - some shows on major channels (ABC, NBC, CBS) play from front side speakers and not center channel. Recorded DVR shows, play fine. Tried different audio modes and only one that worked was Mono - so I just listen to sound from side speakers. Most shows we watch are from DVR anyway. DVD BlueRay sound is fantastic... good sound separation and reproduction. I feel my rear surround and back speakers are finally sounding as they should.
I've only had for 2 weeks... still experimenting and "burning in"... but so far give this 608 very high rating - higher than Denon which cost much more. The Denon is going on eBay!
This unit has everything that I wanted, which mostly consisted of enough inputs (HDMI and others) to plug in everything that I have. Instead of not having enough inputs, I actually have extras for once, which is fantastic.
The OSD is very intuitive and generally non obtrusive, and while the HDMI switching does take a few seconds, I blame this on HDMI and not on the 608. The up-converting works flawlessly and I love being able to just run one cable to my tv which handles all of my digital and analog signals.
I'm not an audiophile, so take this with a grain of salt, but the receiver sounds terrific and I am very happy with it.
The one negative point however, and I don't think this is limited to the Onkyo, I really wish that there was a digital to analog converter built in so that an analog device (such as a tape deck, or DVD-R) could get the signal from the digital sources. You CANNOT hear any digital sources through any of the analog rca jacks. Now, that in itself is not so bad, as like I said, I think maybe everybody does it as my JVC receiver had the same issue, but I think it's especially bad here because of the "Zone 2" feature, which works sort of opposite in such that ONLY analog sources are able to be played in "Zone 2" - this is kinda dumb. So, if you want to use Zone 2, you have to plug the digital and analog cables in from all of your devices or you won't hear anything... This is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.
Anyway, I love this receiver and I plan on keeping it for a very long time.
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