Pros Price point very good for the capabilities.
Cons Very, very poor product support and customer service.
Summary Receiver's tuner and video card inop after 45 days. Took the unit back to Circuit City and they shipped it to an authorized repair center. The repair center indictated the unit damage "pointed to a surge" and repairs would cost more than a replacement and was not covered under warranty. The entire system was hooked up through a Monster HTS 3500 power center that had no indications of a surge and six other components were working normally. Contacting Onkyo product support is a nightmare. Use the 1-800 number as the hold times often exceed 1 hr. Once I finally talked to a representative, they recommended I have Monster contact their repair center to resolve the issue. Now there's customer service. Monster, on the other hand, provided a new power center, that I get to keep regardless, and will test their unit for problems. Should it be a failure of the Monster component, which is highly improbable, they will cover the cost of repair/replacement of the receiver. After another extended call to Onkyo product support explaining physics, environmental conditions,and probability, Onkyo still does not stand behind their product.
Pros Economical, Easy to set up, HDMI Power
Cons Instruction manual is as best confussing
Summary I have this receiver for over a month now. I connected it to a PS3 to watch Blu-Ray video.
I connected it to an AIWA surround sound 5 speakers and also I connected to my old regular Sherwin-Vega (2) speakers(300W/CH)and Infinity Sub-Woofer. This makes the 7.1 system. I only have two type of cables. The speaker cables to the stereo and the HDMI to a Sony- LCD 46in. This thing work as it was intended. I want it to see and hear everything digital, and it does. I don't understand why somebody would buy all this digial equipment and connected it to a regular DVD. Plain and simple buy either a Blu-Ray, a HD-DVD or atleast a new DVD with HDMI capabilities. I also connected it to my Pioneer CD player, and I get to play my CD without turning the TV. So, I do not understand what happenned to one gentleman with his comments.The only thing I critique is the instruction manual, somewhat confussing.
Pros Easy to set up
Cons Poor Build Quality, Poor Support from Onkyo
Summary If you have trouble with one of these, keep records of the calls you make to Onkyo (date, time, names, summary of discussion.) Do not hesitate to exchange it at the first sign of trouble.
Out of the box the HDMI 2 input had no sound. It spontaneously started working while talking with Onkyo online support. (I held 45 minutes waiting for them.) Since then, HDMI 2 no longer delivers picture or signal, from any combination of 2 sources & 2 cables. 29 days after purchase, Onkyo had me reset the amp. They made no mention of a 30 day exchange policy at this time. HDMI 2 worked for 2 days, then died again.
Unfortunately the last fix put me over the 30 day exchange period. Now Onkyo will only warranty this lemon, not swap it out.
Pros Great sound, automatic speaker setup
Cons no on-screen at first start up
Summary I bought this 2 days ago to make use of a single HDMI connection to a Samsung LCD television for multiple components. At first start up I had no on-screen menu, this was fixed after switching the HDMI output to "yes". This should have been as a sticker on the front of the owners manual but I had to dig for it...that's my only complaint. The Audyssey speaker calibration was easy and did an outstanding job of setting the speaker settings correctly; to include setting crossover points based on frequency response and decible levels based on locations in the room. Once I had that done I was suprised at how non-intrusive this unit was. If you love toys you'll be bored quickly, it handleds sound and video so easily and automatically you tend to forget it's there. I'm running a DirecTV H20, a standard DVD player, and an X-box system through the 605 w/ the X-box and DVD hooked up through component inputs. The upconvert to HDMI out is flawless and I've had no problems at all. The surround sound is very good, more natural than my old system, probably due to the Audyssey program. I'm running Bose 201's in the front, a Bose center channel and in ceiling speakers for surround, plus a powered sub and this receiver pushes them plenty loud in my 14x22 living room. I would definitely buy again.
Pros HDMI Video Upconversion, Good setup.
Cons No Audio Switching to HDMI cable from analog
Summary I decided to move to the 21st century with this below $500 up converting HDMI box. My LCD TV is setup high on the wall so I dont want to have a lot of cable's going there, just power and 1 HDMI cable. This Receiver does just that for me and I think it's great. Hooking it up was surprisingly complicated (Analog to HDMI assignment) and I actually had to read the manual, but after I understood the ideology with it, I think it's great with all the different options it provides.
The only disappointment I had with the unit is that it does not switch/upconvert the sound from Analog source to the HDMI cable. I wanted to use the LCD-TV's speakers, but it's not possible with my DVD player which is older and does not have HDMI.
I love going to HDTV, but I hate the cost associated with it. This unit allows me to go there with low budget. It also has Blueray & HD-DVD audio support, which I think is great for future compatibility! I don't think any other below $500 unit does that.