Pros Amazing Sound Quality
Easy to setup
Dolby True HD & DTS HD with Uncompressed Audio over HDMI.
6 HDMI Inputs! Component Inputs aren't shared by HDM
Inputs assignable, can be renamed.
Direct Stream Audio support
Great compatibility with HDCP devices.
Cons No 6.1/7.1 Analog inputs but the only thing I need this for is my SACD/DVD-A player It does support Direct Stream Audio but I've put my SACD player away since the format is dead....
No S-Video I can use my TV input (If ever needed)
Summary Bottom line is that I spent many HOURS trying to get the Harman Kardon AVR-254 to work with my older Hitachi Rear-pro. No matter what I did the AVR-254 would never display an image from any source for more than 2 seconds before going to digital noise. I literally tried everything and spent hours or days trying to make it work without success. It did work with my Samsung LCD but I still LOVE my rear projection TV for movies and cinema viewing. After 3 returns and many failed firmware updates I took the AVR-254 back and waited for the Onkyo 607. Boy was I nervous when I hooked it up but it was flawless. The EQ2 sound setup was great, i agree that it set my Subs and Bass levels a little too high but that was easily changed. The remote works with my Xbox 360, Toshiba HD DVD XA-1 and A-3, Motorola Cable and Hitachi TV. Since the Play station 3 is Bluetooth I can't use it for that but I blame sony on that front. Sound quality is Superb and I don't see myself needing to replace this receive for a LONG time. I'm super picky with my electronics and I couldn't be happier with the Onkyo-607. You can definitely tell that Integra is the parent company because they've paid attention to making a great product.
Pros I've got a bank of 5 speakers that now produce a uniform and integrated wall of sound thanks to the sound formatting on the Onkyo 607. The upconverter, contrary to the c/net review, does a nice job with old DVD's and even VHS.
Cons If I turn on the TV while listening to a CD in my DVD player, the sound shuts off. Or just playing a CD, I lose the first few seconds of the first track as it figures out what kind of disk it is (DVD or CD).
Summary The sound is exquisite; the video quality is extraordinary; the power is superb (I can feel the sofa fabric being physically pushed by the bass at about half-power. But the automatic sensing and switching between sound formats is slow and really annoying. The engineers at Onkyo are being TOO helpful. I'd rather choose it myself than have the amp try to figure it out for me. They've been hanging around Microsoft too much...Having played with this for a couple of weeks now, I discovered that programming the Onkyo remote for each of my components, and using only the Onkyo remote, ends the problems with audio format switching. It's the little things...
Updated on Jun 2, 2009
"Great Buy!"on by hellchoi
Pros 6 HDMI pass-through, lip sync, works with allnet, power, lots of connections
Cons trouble with component thru hdmi trying to figure this out. manual not helping i know this works. trying to get my xbox 360 to go through this process. I know there is assignable inputs.
Summary Connected to UN55B8000 Samsung TV, BD-P4600, PS3, Time Warner Cable, Xbox 360 and my Macbook. System plays it all. I connected Xbox thru TV and play the sound with TV optical out to Onkyo. Sound is soooo amazingly clear. Almost spent double for pioneer elite receiver. But I don't need internet access cause TV and Blueray does youtube, netflix and pandora. Internet sound is so clear. Hooked up macbook to TV and use the same optical out to play sound with wireless logitech keyboard. Picture is still great with passthrough everything is either 1080i or 1080p no need for upscaling. I got unit for under $400 and put more money towards Paradigm Cinema speakers. System is now amazing for my apt. 25 by 25. i used to have a house with a media room and i can honestly say it sounds as good as my old system which was Paradigm Studio 100 and Sunfire theater system.
Pros Just upgraded my TX-SR605 which is still perfect...I couldnt be happier; the benchmark Onkyo build standards and ease of use are still there and not compromised to save cost...the front HDMI is a winner
Cons Hey...I have got my new toy! Its perfect!
Summary The 607 gets 5 stars from me!...Onkyo are fairly predictable...they set the benchmarks (605 was a show stealer back in 2007, it was my 'first' Onkyo and I was hooked) then they tend to 'lay low' for a year before giving everyone a fright again...strange but almost as if they work in 2 year cycles; last years 606 was a good receiver but did not make the splash of the 605. I think most of the AVR receiver brands are great and personal preference is a big part, however the Onkyo brand has always been a favourite for me because it is so easy to use, performs well and just seems exceptionally reliable...can't ask for more really. The 607 will no doubt have plenty of stiff competition but it has certainly set a cracking pace for the rest of the field.
No I just have to save up for the Onkyo BluRay!
Pros good sound. decent picture.
Cons Onkyo does not honor their warranty. I bought the unit on line and the reseller was, at that time, an authorized reseller, but they have since lost that status and Onkyo will not honor any warranties for units sold through them.
Summary I personally know three people with this unit -- including myself. All three have had their unitb break within one year. Mine was the first to break, and Onkyo did not honor the warranty, despite the reseller being an authorized reseller at the time of purchase. the cost to repair the unit is roughly twice the street price of the unit. Needless to say, I did not get it repaired.