Pros HDMI up-conversion, dynamic sound
Cons Need more specific error messages in auto sound set-up; manual could be clearer
Summary Quite frankly I bought this receiver for a future TV purchase I decided to make near the holidays. I didn't expect much improvement in picture because my old set didn't have HDMI settings. But the improvements are immediately noticable.
When I hooked it up, I had some trouble with the auto-set-up. I turns out it was my fault. Installing everything I accidently knocked a speaker wire loose (but not off), and that caused the failure. However, it took me way too long to find it, because the only error message I got was "ambiant noise too high." which really had nothing to do with the problem.
It was also difficult to follow the directions for video connects and matching them with optical audio inputs, but it all worked out in the end. Aside fromthose quibbles, the overall quality of sound and video is great.
I bought a HDMI to DVI converter, and the new picture on my old set is clear as a bell. The sound is also better. I have an older BOSE Aoustimass 10, and the room fills with sound. In low or high volumes the sound is clear and balanced. It sounded so nice that now I have to buy two more 601 speakers to use as rear surrounds so I can get the full 7.1 from the receiver.
I bought it on line and saved $100 bucks off buying it at a store. I never tried any $1,000 receivers, but if $500 is doable for you, and you want great audio and video, and want up conversion for your TV or DVD (especially if you use a cable box with no HDMI output), then this is the best by for the price.
Pros Very easy to use, great sound, HDMI switching
Cons Manual could be a little simpler.
Summary I was a little hesitant to buy the TX-SR674 because of some of the very bad reviews here on CNET. But, I took the chance and I am very glad I did.
Setting up the receiver is very simple. I am not the most technologically-skilled person, but I had no problem with the set up. I have HDMI cables from my DirecTV HR20 receiver (no problems here either), and from my Samsung DVD-HD960 DVD player, going into the TX-SR674, and an HDMI cable from the receiver to my Toshiba 62HM196 Hi-Def television. It works great, with no degradation of video quality! The only problem I had was trying to play CDs on my DVD player. Because I only had an HDMI cable from my DVD player to the Onkyo receiver. When I added a optical digital cable for the CDs, everything was fine.
Pros Decent sound on occassion
Cons 7 months for repairs need I say more
Summary We were travelling in June and came home to find that our Onkyo unit had no sound. We called the service center listed on the Onkyo website and made arrangements to have the unit serviced. We live outside DC so you would think there was a good service center here. The recommended repair center NEVER repaired our unit and after 5 plus months of calling them weekly and sometimes daily we finally got the unit back - still broken. We contacted Onkyo and made arrangements with them to send it to another repair vendor - yep - that is right - this didn't work either. THEY LOST OUR UNIT! I put all of our contact info etc in the box and they don't have any records of receiving it!!! This is a month ago! We bought all Onkyo units for our home theatre - NEVER AGAIN! Beware - they don't know what they are doing and you might as well buy a new unit if thi breaks.
Pros DONT BUY FROm J and R
Cons Dont By From J AND R-
Summary J AND R IS FALSELY ADVERTISING THAT THEY HAVE THIS MODEL IN STOCK. THEY DO NOT!!