Onkyo TX-8050

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A receiver for fans of both digital and analog music

You still have a turntable and maybe a cassette deck, but you're not living in the past. Your collection includes today's digital music formats as well. And this has made finding the right receiver a real challenge — until now.

For years, Onkyo's stereo receivers have won raves from our customers for their terrific sound quality. The TX-8050 boasts 80 watts per channel of clean, high-current power to deliver a powerful sonic punch that's sure to satisfy. Sure, it has RCA inputs for your turntable and cassette deck but the '8050 also boasts a full complement of analog video and digital audio inputs. Plus it adds the connections you need for today's music sources.

Give your iPod® a front-row seat

A music library used to take two friends and a moving van to carry around. Now you can simply put it in your pocket. The TX-8050's front-panel USB port beckons your iPod to come hither. Its direct digital connection bypasses the iPods processing in favor of a 32-bit chip that can make your higher bit-rate music files sound closer to the original CD. Plus, you can download a free app that lets you use your iPhone® as a convenient Wi-Fi® remote with your connected receiver.

Network- and Internet-ready

Tap in to your home network and enjoy music stored on your PC through your main system, instead of through pint-sized computer speakers. And if you have a Wi-Fi® network, you can use the optional Onkyo USB adapter. Choose from thousands of Internet radio stations — or let PANDORA® Internet radio create a set of customized "stations" based on your own tastes. The TX-8050 streams SIRIUS/XM® Satellite Radio too.

Finally — a not-too-bright idea

You've seen it before. How could you not? Receiver displays so intense they could be used to warn ships at sea of potential hazards. Yet your living room is not exactly a craggy shoal. The TX-8050 display has three settings — normal, dim and dimmer. Now when you want to turn the lights down for atmosphere, your receiver will go as easy on your eyes as it does on your ears.

Product Highlights:

  • 80 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • high-current amplifier design with large power transformer
  • Internet-ready with Ethernet port or optional Onkyo USB Wi-Fi® adapter
  • DLNA-certified to ensure optimal compatibility with other network-enabled audio equipment
  • plays high-resolution digital music files from a USB storage device or networked computer (up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution)
  • iPod® integration via front-panel USB, bypasses iPod DAC for clearer sound
  • Onkyo's free remote app lets you use your Apple® or Android™ device as a Wi-Fi remote
  • optional streaming services include Sirius/XM, PANDORA Internet radio and Rhapsody (registration and subscription may be required)
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • 4 digital audio inputs (2 optical and 2 coaxial)
  • 4 analog audio/video inputs, 2 composite video outputs
  • 3 analog audio inputs (including MM phono for a turntable)
  • 5 analog audio outputs include:
    • stereo RCA output for Zone 2 amp and speakers
    • RCA output for audio dubbing
    • 1 mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
  • binding post speaker connectors
  • headphone jack
  • sleep timer
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-13/16"H x 13-7/16"D
  • weight: 19 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

The sound solution for the less-is-more movement

On one hand, you want something that sounds much better than an iPod® or Bluetooth® speaker. On the other hand, you want something less complex than a surround sound system. You'll find your sweet spot in a stereo receiver. In addition to being easy to set up and use, many now offer Internet radio and other network music options. Add your music source and two speakers, and you're ready to relax and enjoy your tunes. You might even connect your TV for improved sound with movies and shows.

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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Network stereo receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RC-816S)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • Instruction Manual (Eng)
  • Instruction Manual (Fre/Spa)
  • Using Internet Radio booklet
  • Important Notice Regarding Software
  • Product registration card/Warranty information
  • Onkyo add-on iPod Dock/HD Radio brochure

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Audio Section
Video Section
Network & Tuner Functions
USB/iPod Integration
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Audio Section

High-Quality Sound: The Onkyo TX-8050 network stereo receiver employs a host of technologies to ensure optimal audio performance.

  • WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology): This technology uses low-negative-feedback circuit topology for accurate signal reproduction, improved dynamic signal-to-noise ratio, and better delivery of power peaks.
  • Low Negative Feed Back Design: Too much NFB (negative feed back) makes a system susceptible to counter-electromotive force from the speakers, resulting in a drop in perceived sound quality. To avoid this, Onkyo focuses on improving the frequency response and reducing distortion, without relying so much on NFB.
  • Closed Ground-Loop Circuits: The TX-8050 employs a sophisticated cloAsed-circuit design in which each circuit has a separate link to the power supply. This helps to cancel individual circuit noise and keep the ground potential free of distortion.
  • HICC (High Instantaneous-Current Capability): HICC enables an amplifier to immediately cancel the speakers' reflex energy and instantaneously send out the next signal. The same high current required to achieve this also supports the amplifier's ability to handle speaker impedance fluctuations.

Anti-Vibration Chassis: The Onkyo TX-8050 features an aluminum front-panel & anti-vibration oval chassis to prevent resonance which could lead to distortion.

Discrete Amplifier Design: The Onkyo TX-8050 stereo receiver features a discrete amplifier design with massive EI transformer. The stereo amplifier is rated at 80W x 2ch (8Ω, 20-20kHz, 0.08% THD).

Listening Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of stereo listening modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your music.

Listening Mode Description
Stereo Sound is output by the front left & right speakers, plus subwoofer with tone control.
Music Optimizer The Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files. The Music Optimizer function only works with PCM digital audio input signals with a sampling rate below 48kHz and analog input signals
Direct In this mode, audio from the input source is output without any additional audio processing. This mode delivers pure sound with minimum sound quality adjustment and filtration.
Pure Audio In this mode, the display and video circuitry are turned off and the tone controls are bypassed, minimizing possible noise sources for the ultimate in high-fidelity reproduction.
Mono Use this mode when watching an old movie with a mono soundtrack.

Tone Control: The Onkyo TX-8050 offers independent Bass (+/-10dB @ 50Hz) & Treble (+/-10 @ 20kHz) control to fine-tune your music.

IntelliVolume: The IntelliVolume setup function allows you set a volume correction value for each source, to prevent large jumps in volume when switching from one source to another. This feature eliminates the inconvenience of manually readjusting the volume control each time you switch from a source with a weak signal to a source with a strong signal and vice versa.

A & B Speaker Terminals: The Onkyo TX-8050 stereo receiver is equipped with A & B speaker terminals to connect up to two pair of speakers. The receiver uses binding post connectors for the A & B speaker outputs. The binding posts are not 5-way because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs; they will accept bare wire, pin connectors, single banana plugs, and dual banana plugs.

Impedance Switch: If you're using only one of the speaker sets (A or B), choose the 4Ω setting if each speaker's impedance is 4Ω to less than 6Ω, or choose the 6Ω setting if each speaker's impedance is 6Ω or more. If you're using both of the speaker sets (A & B), choose the 4Ω setting if each speaker's impedance is 8 to 16Ω.

Analog Audio Inputs/Outputs: The TX-8050 is equipped with 7 analog audio inputs (3 audio only/4 AV in). There is also two analog audio outputs (1 audio only/1 AV out).

Phono Input: Included in the 7 analog audio inputs, is a Phono (MM) input with ground terminal.

Digital Inputs: The Onkyo network stereo receiver features 4 digital audio inputs. There are 2 optical (toslink) digital inputs and 2 coaxial (RCA) digital inputs. The receiver's digital inputs do not support multichannel audio signal; PCM signal only.

Preamp Outputs: The Onkyo TX-8050 network stereo receiver employs a mono-subwoofer preamp output, a stereo preamp output, and a Zone2 preamp output.

  • Subwoofer Pre-Out: The Onkyo TX-8050 network stereo receiver is equipped with a mono subwoofer preamp output to connect a powered subwoofer.
  • Stereo Pre-Out: If you want to use a separate power amplifier and use the receiver as a preamp, simply connect the receiver's stereo preamp-output to your amp's input, and connect all speakers to the power amplifier.
  • Zone2: Zone 2 pre-outs on the TX-8050 allow you to send a stereo audio signal to a second room equipped with an amplifier and a pair of speakers. You can either enjoy the same source in both rooms, or play a different source in Zone 2. You can choose from analog, USB, or Network sources. Digital inputs (both optical/coaxial) cannot be output to Zone 2. You are able to adjust the volume from either the Onkyo stereo receiver or from your Zone 2 integrated amplifier.

Note: You must currently be listening to a USB device or Network audio source in the Main Zone to initially select USB or Network as a source in Zone 2 or Zone 3. Then you can switch the Main Zone to any source you desire. You cannot select different AM/FM radio stations or listen to USB and Network content in separate Zones at the same time.

Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, the A & B main speakers are automatically muted (the Powered Zone 2 speakers are not muted). When you connect an iPod or iPhone to the USB port on this receiver, no sound will be output from the headphone jack.

Video Section

Composite Video: Although not a surround sound receiver, the TX-8050 does employ composite video inputs & outputs; so it can be used in a basic A/V system.

  • 4 Composite Video Inputs: There are 4 composite video inputs to connect your audio/video devices to the receiver.
  • Composite Video Record Output: There is a single composite video record output for recording purposes.
  • Composite Video Monitor Output: There is a single composite video monitor output to connect to your television.

Note: The TX-8050 does not contain any S-video, component video, or HDMI inputs/outputs.

Network & Tuner Functions

Network-Ready: The Onkyo TX-8050 stereo receiver is network-ready, which means you can connect it to your home network with a standard Ethernet cable and enjoy the music files stored on your computer or media server. If your network is connected to the Internet (broadband), you can also enjoy Internet radio.

Optional Wi-Fi Adapter: The TX-8050 is compatible with the UWF-1 Wireless LAN adapter, allowing you to connect to a wireless network. The UWF-1 operates on the 2.4 GHz wireless transmission frequency, and supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The adapter features a Type A USB plug and connects to the USB port on the front of the receiver.

Ethernet Connection (LAN): Connecting the stereo receiver's Ethernet (RJ-45) port to a 100Base-TX switched Ethernet network is recommended for best results. Use a shielded CAT-5 Ethernet cable to connect the receiver to your home network.

Media Server Playback: You can play back music files stored on your computer or media server (the TX-8050 is DLNA certified). Compatible music file formats include MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (47-320k bps), WMA Lossless (16/24-bit), WAV (8/16/24-bit), AAC (8-320 kbps), FLAC (16/24-bit), Ogg Vorbis (48-500 kbps), and LPCM (8/16/24-bit). Each folder on the server may contain up to 20,000 music files, and folders may be nested up to 16 levels deep. The receiver can play digital music files stored on a computer or media server using the following technologies.

  • Windows Media Player 11 or 12
  • Windows Media Connect 2.0
  • DLNA-Compatible Media Server

Internet Radio: The Onkyo TX-8050 lets you access various Internet Radio providers through its Ethernet network connection. The TX-8050 will display station name and program-related information, such as - artist name, song title, and elapsed playing time. You can preset up to 40 of your "favorite" Internet radio stations for easy recall.

Music Service Description
vTuner vTuner offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Genre, Location, Language, and Favorites.
Pandora Pandora is a free, personalized Internet radio service that plays the music you know and helps you discover music you'll love. You can select Internet radio stations by Artist, Song, or Genre.
Rhapsody Rhapsody is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
SiriusXM SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, and more.
Slacker Slacker is a free, personalized Internet radio service that lets you choose the music you want to listen to. You can choose Internet radio stations by genre, or create custom station by Artist name or Song title.
Spotify Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; create your own music library with customized playlists; as well as share your music via Facebook, Twitter, or Windows Messenger.
AUPEO! AUPEO! Personal Radio is a music streaming service based in Berlin that is available worldwide. With AUPEO! Personal Radio, you can listen to free music on the web. AUPEO! lets you play lots of music and choose the playlist based on your personal taste. The basic concept is based on personal music DNA, which allows you to 'love' or 'ban' songs. The highly advanced software then remembers this and adjusts as necessary. As a result, we offer over 100 compilation genre channels, as well as thousands of artist channels. Listen to music online based on your tastes and preferences or use our one-of-a-kind 'Mood Tuner' to fit how you're feeling.
Note: To receive Internet radio, your Ethernet network must have Internet access. Internet URLs in the following formats are supported: PLS, M3U, and podcast (RSS). However, depending on the type of data or audio format used by the Internet radio station, you may not be able to listen to some stations.

AM/FM Tuner: The Onkyo TX-8050 stereo receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store your favorite stations as presets for quick selection. You can store a combination of up to 40 of your favorite FM/AM radio stations as presets. You can then label each preset with a 10 character name. The TX-8050 also lets you directly tune in AM/FM stations using its remote control.

Firmware Updates: Future firmware updates are available from the Onkyo website through the receiver's Network or USB connection. Visit http://www.onkyousa.com/download/software.cfm for the latest firmware updates.

USB/iPod Integration

Front-Panel USB Port: A USB MSC (Mass Storage Class) memory device can be connected to the USB (type-A) terminal located on the front-panel, allowing you to play music files through the receiver. Your USB MSC device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. Compatible music file formats include MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (47-320k bps), WMA Lossless (16/24-bit), WAV (8/16/24-bit), AAC (8-320 kbps), FLAC (16/24-bit), Ogg Vorbis (48-500 kbps), and LPCM (8/16/24-bit). The receiver can recognize up to 20,000 music files in each folder. You can control basic playback functions of your connected USB device's music from the included remote control, such as - Folder/File Select, Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip (next/previous), and Repeat/Random. MP3 players containing music files that are managed with special music software are not supported.

iPod/iPhone Direct: Using a USB-to iPod-Dock cable plugged into the front-panel USB port, music can be played directly from an iPod/iPhone, bypassing the iPod/iPhone's DAC. The iPod/iPhone is controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. Song/artist information and elapsed time are displayed on the receiver's front-panel display (not on-screen). You can navigate your iPod/iPhone's music using the front-panel display & remote control by Playlist, Artist, Album Genre, Song, or Composer. Your iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver. Using the dock cable to connect directly, iPod/iPhone compatibility is as follows (9/24/2013):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Convenience Features

Preset Input Names: You can enter a preset name for each individual input for easy identification. when entered, the preset name will appear on the display. This feature cannot be used for AM/FM tuner, or USB input.

Display Dimmer: The display brightness has three settings; Dim, Dimmer, and Normal.

Sleep Timer: From the remote, you can set the unit to automatically turn off after as much as 90 minutes or as little as 10 minutes; choices are presented in 10 minute increments.

Remote Control

Remote Control: The included IR remote control operates this unit & compatible Onkyo cassette players, CD players, DVD players, and iPods/iPhones.

Onkyo Remote App (for Apple iOS & Android): The Onkyo Remote App (from iTunes Apps & Google Play) allows you to operate the Onkyo receiver from your Apple iOS (4.3+) or Android (2.1+) device, using your home's wireless network. The Onkyo Remote App lets you you access Internet Radio stations, AM/FM stations, DLNA content, and Input sources right from your mobile device. Content information will be displayed on the device's touchscreen. You also get to adjust tone controls, listening modes, and speaker volume from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. The Onkyo Remote App even allows you to wirelessly stream audio stored on your Apple iOS or Android device to the Onkyo receiver and lets you control audio output for up to 2 Zones. The Onkyo receiver and and your compatible Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same home network.

Remote Inputs/Outputs: The TX-8050 contains RI Control & IR Remote connections.

  • IR Input/Output: The 3.5mm IR input jack allows you to control the receiver without line-of-sight access using an optional IR remote control system and locating the remote sensor in sight. The 3.5mm IR output jack allows you to send the control signals to an additional components.
  • RI Remote Control Jack: The 1/8" RI remote control jack allows you to connect this receiver to other compatible Onkyo components.

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Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Vince, Pennsylvania on Monday, February 23, 2015

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For the money this receiver has a lot to offer. I have one of these already and use it in my room. I bought this one for my Son and he likes it a lot.

Pros: Great bang for the buck

Cons: None that I can see.

VERY Good at Many Things!!

Written By Would buy again!, Connecticut on Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Read all the instructions! I was able to connect to internet, and PC for stored tunes. Good: sound is great! remote, tone controls, all great! Best feature: 'Pure Audio' button switches all other stuff off, like the display, and I can hear nuances in voices; recommend this !! Radio, phono input work fine..... connections are best with bananas. Instructions for PC interface need a tune up, since it takes some effort to learn it, oh well. Hence the 4 rating, else, a 5 star. Really. Listening to it now, a keeper. And I would definitely get this again. Crutchfield shops quickly. Packing is very good. Okay, changing it to 5 star... :)

Pros: Controls, Display, Power, connections, phono input (yes turntable), Great unit!! No going back to my previous unit...

Cons: Interface to PC, Internet radio is not easy...wish it would be easier, that's all, really, all else is great!!!

ONKYO TX 8050

Written By ChuckW, Lewisville, TX on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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Well designed, easy to use, excellent quality. I purchased the Onkyo TX 8050 from Crutchfield about one month ago to replace an Onkyo 8011 after ten years of excellent service. I replaced the old unit because I wanted more power and went back to Onkyo because of my satisfaction with the 8011. I use it only to listen to CD's and the cd direct mode is an excellent feature. I recomend this product highly

Pros: Well designed, easy to use excellent quality

Cons: None that I have found

Great Inexpensive Receiver

Written By Neil, Arizona on Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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This unit works great, is easy to use, has an input for my turntable, an optical input for my TV, RCA jacks for all my other old Onkyo decks and players. The FM tuner is greatly improved over my 30 year Onkyo Receiver that this unit replaces. I'm live in a remote area and I am are picking up stations I didn't know were there.

Pros: price, performance, ease to use

Cons: none

Onkyo tx-8050

Written By Steve, Saint Louis, MO on Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Very clean and smooth sounding receiver. Has all technology for ipods, wifi, satalite radio and yet can still hook up a turn table. When using A and B speaker output you do mot staver the reciever for power like many other recievers when both outputs are used.

Pros: A really great reciever for the price.

Cons: I can't find any yet. Owned for 1 month

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Tom C, Kona, Hawaii on Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Do not buy this unit! Mine only lasted about 26 months, then just quit working for no reason. Extremely disappointed!

Pros: none

Cons: This unit is garbage, suddenly quit working for no apparent reason. A waste of money. Crutchfield did not care to compensate me for the loss. Very disappointed with them...And Onkyo

Sick

Written By Dj, Pennsylvania on Saturday, January 24, 2015

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Just for you know... This receiver and my single pioneer speaker shake the house;)

Pros: SICKKKK

Cons: No Aux input

Nice Sound At a Nice Price!

Written By McLou, Clayton, WA on Saturday, January 24, 2015

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I'm a few mouths into this stereo receiver and I must say it's a pretty nice sounding unit. At first, I wasn't overly impressed but still sounded great. I decided to pick up a pair of Polk Audio Monitor 40 Series II speakers. Very nice! All my music is located on my computer using FLAC files with the ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound card. This is a decent sound card for playing music from your computer, it's geared towards stereo sound and does a great job with good software. Currently I'm using AIMP3 and Foobar2000. I have to admit the unit sounds great with the Polk Monitor 40's at low volumes. Once turned up the bass does roll off. Adding a Polk PSW10 sub woofer certainly solves that problem. If you're one that likes your furniture nailed down you may want to go with a bigger and more powerful sub but the PSW10 works very nicely with nice tight bass. Now, I decided to pick up another pair of Polk Monitor 40's! Oh yeah, even better! Seems to add a wider range to the music, big difference to my ears. The network stuff I don't use and couldn't care less, wish I dropped the extra 200.00 for the Yamaha R-S700BL. I'm sure in time I'll grab the the Yamaha but for now the Onkyo TX-8050 works just nicely! Oh, one more thing, these Polk Monitor 40's sound better and better as the days go by. Once broke in these speakers do perform very well for the person that likes to listen to music at normal volume levels. However, I do love my Sansui AU-717!!

Pros: If you're looking for nice sound to play through your computer this unit works well! With some EQ magic and a few plugins, one can get a nice sweet sound! But as said above I love my Sansui AU-717.

Cons: Only thing I didn't like about this unit was the USB Flash Drive. Although it works just perfect, it does lack many features! No Replaygain or Gapless playback. Not a big deal for me as I use my computer for all my music. Using ASIO works well for those that wish to use the hardware directly (sound card). I like to think of it as an enhanced source!

Excellent Receiver

Written By Garry, Colorado on Friday, January 23, 2015

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Only a couple of weeks experience with this Onkyo TX-8050 receiver, but so far extremely satisfied with every aspect of the performance. Easy to setup, and sounds great in the environment where it is located. Controls are straight forward and simple to use. We chose to pair this receiver with Polk TSi 100 bookshelf speakers and are very happy with the sound provided by this setup. Plenty of "punch" to the base so we haven't yet connected a powered base to the system.

Pros: Good price. Easy to figure out connections, great modern looks, and simple to use controls.

Cons: I have to agree with reviewer Jay L. Virginia when it comes to the instruction manual and user guide. Onkyo has provided very poorly written and difficult to easily understand directions and descriptions of the various aspects of setting up and operating this system.

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Jay L., Virginia on Thursday, January 22, 2015

Very well packaged and easily configured. The only negative is the manual. It assumes a sophisticated audio owner with its terminology and is quite unclear on how to operate an ipod through the unit. Manuals should be written for the least knowledgeable user; this one was not. Having said that the receiver is excellent in quality and operation.

Pros: Sound quality is excellent

Cons: Manual could be better

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By mike B, Maryland on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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Great choice, I have this hooked up to push 3-sets of Polk audio ceiling speakers thru out the house and the sound is extremely clear. I installed the UWF-I and listen to Sirius XM via wireless internet connection and it works great, nice that it is Sirius ready, plus Pandora, rhapsody and much more

Pros: plenty of ports additional equipment plus ethernet and usb, clear sound.

Cons: haven't found one yet after two weeks

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By HankyS., Wyoming on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

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For a 2channel great expansion and sound quality nice to be able to control bass & treble separate like an equalizer.

Pros: expansion, bass & treble controls

Cons: Easily picks up interference so use good quality cables for devices.

Terrific Receiver

Written By Joe, North Carolina on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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Excellent Stereo Receiver, easy to set up, and a terrific Internet Radio.

Pros: Plenty of ports to configure almost anything you own. ONKYO iPad App works great as a remote,

Cons: No direct Apple Air Play

Couldn't Be Happier

Written By Jack, Claremont, California on Friday, December 12, 2014

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As some of the other reviewers wrote, this is a replacement for an old Onkyo receiver. I was always happy with that receiver but I started having a few problems with it. This new one has features that didn't exist when I bought the old one: USB port, WiFi using a USB adapter, Bluetooth using a USB adapter and a digital optical connection for my CD player. It also has phono inputs for our turntable, which some of the new receivers don't have. I paired this receiver with a pair of Bose 201 speakers. This is a great combination - very clean sound. There is no sub-woofer but it really isn't needed, unless you really want the "boom-boom". The 201's, with the base on the tuner turned to about 3/4, provides just the right amount of base for my ear.

Pros: All around great performance at a reasonable price.

Cons: None that I have found.

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Rich, the Washington, DC Area on Sunday, November 30, 2014

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For the money, this is a great piece of equipment. It replaced a 20 year-old Onkyo receiver that was having some issues. Wanted a stereo receiver because the room is not organized well for an A/V receiver (Samsung soundbar from Crutchfield a few years ago for TV sound). Love the sound, and the inputs are very easy to select, especially using the remote. Highly recommend.

Pros: Price Great sound Easy setup phono connection

Cons: None

Great receiver

Written By Risë, Concord, NC on Monday, November 24, 2014

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I replaced a 30 year old Onkyo receiver with this one and absolutely love it. The reception is so good that I pick up stations I've never heard. The sound is excellent too. Having a second zone was my primary reason for getting a new receiver so that I could keep the outdoor speakers shut off or the volume low. I used my old receiver as the amp for zone 2 and it works great. This receiver is one of the best purchases I made in a long time and I'm very happy I did so.

Pros: A+ quality at a very good price.

Expected more power

Written By Fernando, Denver/CO on Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Good equipment and extremelly friendly to install and use.

Pros: Comprehensive manual, everything works well.

Cons: I expected more power.

Awesome receiver!

Written By Onkyo, Troy MI on Monday, October 20, 2014

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Great service...great sound.

Pros: Easy to hook up. Awesome sound.

Cons: Lose signal occasionally. Could be my WiFi.

Shawn Dee.

Written By Shawn Dee., Colstrip, MT. on Sunday, October 19, 2014

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Great receiver for the money.

Pros: Cost, quality, ease of use.

Cons: Have not found any.

New receiver

Written By NY Patrick, Yorktown NY on Wednesday, October 15, 2014

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Eureka! A new receiver that allows me to get my favorite FM station! It used to be 50,000 watts but now is just 600 watts, with a repeater station (closer to me) at about 250 watts. My old (Pioneer SX_6) was fine until the station changed frequency and reduced power. NOW, it's crystal clear, silent during silences and all of the other functions such as CD, tape and phono work just as well. Thanks, Onkyo and Crutchfield! I have not yet mastered the internet gadget but I will be working on it one of these days.

Excellent

Written By M, Philadelphia on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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When I hesitated about buying a Yamaha receiver with a Yamaha CD player because sticker shock had become a big concern. The consultant said it's better to compromise on the receiver than on the CD player. That made sense to me, and I ended up with an excellent combination. Easy to set up, good looking, and does its job very well.

excellent receiver

Written By JerryF, novi, michigan on Sunday, October 05, 2014

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I like everything about this receiver. The only con is that the am/fm tuner is not especially good at receiving stations further away from my location, unlike my previous stand-alone tuner. I have connected wirelessly to the internet. This connection has worked well, and I have added the radio stations I couldn't get strong enough signals from.

Pros: Sound is excellent. Internet connection with my USB adaptor is working with no problems.

GREAT SOUND

Written By MoneyMONK, Stt. Petersburg, Fl on Thursday, September 25, 2014

the Onkyo TX-8050 is a fabulous device..works great for everyone in my home. mulitiple choice

Pros: GREAT SOUND

Cons: No down side here..works great

great unit

Written By Josh C, Houston, TX on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

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Bought this unit for the connectivity - ability to connect to my turntable and also to digital sources i.e. my iphone. It was easy to set up right out of the box and sound quality seems excellent so far. The controls are very intuitive and I'm overall very satisfied.

Pros: Easy to use, easy to set up right out of the box.

Cons: None so far!

Great receiver for the money

Written By Dave, Central NJ on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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I bought this receiver for its internet connectivity and sound quality. The sound quality is great and the tuner seems plenty sensitive with a decent antenna attached (not the tiny one that comes with it).

It works with a large number of internet services, including siriusXM (14 day free trial included), vTuner, Pandora, Rhapsody, Last,fm, Slacker, Mediafly, and Aupeo. In addition, it can play from your ipod if you connect it to the USB port, and with the free app, it can play songs stored on your smart phone.

The remote control is decent for what it is, but with so many features, the remote and the small front screen display aren't really enough (note that I don't have it connected to a TV - maybe it has on-screen menus that are better). So I primarily use the Android app to control it. A really nice advantage of the app is that I can keep the receiver in a closet completely out of sight.

Unfortunately, the app is lacking. It has difficulty reconnecting to the receiver, and navigating is mysterious. For example, it has it's own "back" button that works differently from the one built into the phone. Sometimes it will show you what's currently playing and sometimes it won't. Either way, once you start playing an internet service, there's no way I've found to know which one you're currently using. So I'm knocking it down 1 star because of the app. Otherwise I'd give it a solid 5.

Still, for the price, I can live with the app and hope that Onkyo makes a better app someday.

Pros: Excellent sound, great internet connectivity.

Cons: Very mediocre smartphone app for remote control.

Big Bang for your buck!!!

Written By Joe, New York, NY on Monday, July 28, 2014

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Great receiver for the price!! I hooked it up to the Bose 151 outdoor speakers and they pair perfectly! USB input is a great feature, easy setup and lots of options to play your music!

Pros: Setup, price, added features and USB input.

Very Pleased

Written By RS, San Juan, P.R. on Monday, July 28, 2014

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Very pleased. Would recommend anytime to invest in this Product.

Pros: very Simple to setup.

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Odbmon, Knoxville, Tn on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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The TX-8050 is a pleasant surprise. I was impressed by the internet option as well as the usb option which allows me to use my ipod. The sound quality is really great, and I am fully satisfied so far (have only owned it for two weeks). The TX-8050 is fairly easy to figure out and the manual is very helpful for things I can't figure out intuitively.

Pros: Sounds great, fairly intuitive, has a host of audio options, not to mention the video options I have yet to explore.

Cons: Bass is a little disappointing; especially when compared with the audio receivers of the past, which is why I rated the TX-8050 four stars instead five.

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Susan P, Bascom, OH on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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Even better receiver than our last Onkyo. Great sound and options.

Onkyo

Written By R. T. J., Fair Lawn, NJ on Thursday, June 26, 2014

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Dollar for dollar and all around use this is one balanced and SOLID unit.

Pros: EZ control access. The layout of the front panel is simple, visually satisfying without looking like something from NASA. (I'm not a rocket scientist!) Rear connection panel offers a complete selection in/output features.

Cons: Hard to come up with any real difficulty on this unit.

Most excellent!

Written By MK, Santee CA on Monday, June 16, 2014

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This receiver does it all. It will even play flac audio. I give it my highest rating. As for Crutchfield they are still a first rate seller. Last time I purchased from them was in the 90's.

Pros: Onkyo made it well and crutchfield has excellent customer service.

Cons: there are no cons

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By GW, Hilo,Hi. on Saturday, June 14, 2014

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Clean sound, nice range, simple format. Works for me.

Pros: Output exceed expectations.

Cons: More input plugs .

Question the reliability

Written By MarkP, Kansas City, MO on Thursday, June 12, 2014

I have owned this unit for 2-1/2 years. Overall, I am not unhappy with the functionality of the product. Streams music over my network and the internet successfully, plays FM and AM when I want it, sound quality is decent. A little unstable about staying connected to my network. It needs to be restarted periodically. My real beef is that it has now stopped working for no apparent reason. Have been through what remedies are available to no avail. To ship it to a repair facility in MI, pay the diagnostic fee and ship it back will be 1/2 the cost of new unit. By the time it is diagnosed and repaired, you could buy a new unit. I understand that electronics can be fickle. Just may want to consider another manufacturer besides Onkyo.

Perfect "no-frills" replacement

Written By Art L, Syracuse, NY on Monday, June 09, 2014

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My high-end tuner of days gone by was in sorry shape. I did not need any of the tuners that feature multiple HDMI inputs and other digital features but could find nothing else until I checked Crutchfield. I am very pleased with the features the TX 8050 offers, its quality audio and its affordable price.

Pros: Great features, including several audio settings. The USB adaptor well worth the extra price over the base model.Overall, well worth the cost.

Cons: Awkward to use with the companion Network USB adaptor.

GREAT HIGH CURRENT SOUND

Written By Patrick, Wyoming on Sunday, June 08, 2014

This unit replaces a 5 channel home theater system and it sounds great, despite having fewer watts per channel. It seems to work fine for movies, but it really shines when playing music which I do 95% of the time. The Pandora radio is a really nice feature with its commercial free music and it sounds excellent. The Pandora is a free service and so far, I haven't seen the need to access the paid radio services such as XM radio.

Pros: Inexpensive price. Internet radio. music playback and quality sound. relatively easy set-up when running cable directly from router to back of receiver.

Cons: AM and FM reception is not the best, but perhaps it has something to do with where I live. Sometimes the internet radio displays a false message that the internet server is malfunctioning, but generally exiting from the internet connection and then restarting it solves the problem.

big bang small buck

Written By paull, hertford,nc on Saturday, May 31, 2014

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exactly what I needed fit in place it had the right features for my small space Drew was most helpful in steering me to this unit

Pros: plenty of volume fit right in with my existing equipment

Cons: none

Can't go wrong.

Written By Len E., Cape Coral, Florida. on Thursday, May 15, 2014

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I was interested in the phono, CD. and tuner sections of this receiver. Teamed up with a H.K. turntable, At 440Ml cartridge a Onkyo DX 7555 Cd player and JBL Northridge Stadium speaker system. I have pushed this 80 watt receiver very hard risking the top end of my speakers. I was never disappointed at the lean music it delivered. After considerable listening time I have concluded this stereo receiver is what I would consider a great bang for the buck. I know there are better receivers that can be purchased. However. considering cost VS features and solid sound. You can't go wrong.

Pros: Very solid bass. Clean sound. tuner is adequate. Lots of additional inputs.

Cons: I have none to offer.

Excellent Receiver

Written By Christopher M., Connecticut on Sunday, April 27, 2014

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:Background: I primarily watch movies and also listen to music via my smartphone. After countless research and with the help of Crutchfield support I ended up purchasing the Onkyo TX-8050.

:Listening Area: The room this receiver is installed in is approximately 12'x14'. The viewing distance for movies is around 8' and for the music it varies.

:Setup: I connected an optical digital audio cable into the television; a subwoofer cable to my subwoofer; two speakers; the included FM antenna and the Onkyo UWF-1 Wi-Fi USB Adapter.

TV: I have a Samsung 22" LCD television. Speakers: Infinity P153s. Subwoofer: Infinity Primus PS38. Smartphone: iPhone 4 with iOS 6.1.

:Onkyo UWF-1 Setup: Due to character limitations, I took this section over to the UWF-1 section. Overall I love this accessory.

:Sound Quality: Everything sounds fantastic for my setup. The max volume is 82. It has plenty of power and there has been no distortion whatsoever. It drives the Infinity speakers without any problems.

:Other Thoughts: I used banana plugs to connect the speaker wires into the back of the receiver. I had no problems fitting the plugs into the terminals. The knobs feel great too, smooth turning.

I hope I covered all basis. I didnt want to reiterate anything said on the product description page. I also wanted to be thorough as possible so that if someone has a similar setup that they might be able to relate and have this be helpful. Overall, I absolutely enjoy the TX-8050.

Pros:  Sound  Features  Wifi/Network option  App integration