I recently replaced my ageing Sony AV receiver processor with the Onkyo 608. The first thing that surprised me was that the Onkyo was noticeably lighter in weight, and the build quality was nowhere near the old Sony. And that was the end of the downsides.
The Onkyo supports 7.2channels at 160w per channel at 6 ohms. THX certified. In practice this means that at 8 Ohms the output is a bit less. Distortion figures are minimal. There are 5 HDMI inputs on the reverse and 1 output - all support 1.4 (3D if you're interested). In addition there is plenty of provision for connection of analogue sources via phono sockets and component video. Setup is simplicity itself - having connected up your speakers you connect the supplied microphone (which comes with a generous connection lead and a tripod socket - highly recommended that you use that) and follow the instructions on screen. Easy peasy - identifies your speakers, measures and balances the setup, calibrates the system, and saves the lot for you. No effort required at all except to move the microphone twice and press the ok button. Wonderful!
And the result is astonishing. I won't go into detail as everyone's opinion of sound and video quality is subjective - but to say that I was impressed with both would be an understatement. I have paired the receiver with KEF 3005s and two subwoofers, and my 7m x 3m home cinema is easily filled with sharp controlled sound until the walls rattle. Video upscaling to 1080p is solid and impressive.
Would I recommend it at the price you can get it for these days? Too right I would. And I'd probably recommend it at double that price as well!
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