"A great value for your money"5.0 starson by cme4brain
Pros: Cheapest AVR with pre-outs for an external amplifier, great features of listening modes, connectivity. Network connectivity allows wireless firmware upgrade and media streaming. iPhone Onkyo app to control the AVR should you want to do that.
Cons: None that I can think of at this price point
Summary: This was an upgrade from the Onkyo TX-SR609. I wanted to drive an external amplifier, and this is the cheapest Onkyo or any AVR it seems for that matter that has pre-outs. Despite any AVR stating high wattage per channel, the fine print says that the wattage stated (say 110 watts per channel) for only two channels driven. Actually driving all five or seven channels means that the AVR is probably only sending 50-60 watts per channel. I wanted to use an external amp and this Onkyo AVR does the trick. Great connectivity, good set up menu. I like all the listening modes to enhance my home theater surround. There was a firmware update that the wireless network capability (if you buy the $30 dongle) allows easily.