Onkyo TX-8050

AM/FM/Internet radio receiver

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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. 

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
  • compatible streaming services include 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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Just What I Wanted

Written By D Miller, California on Saturday, November 28, 2015

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Clear, crisp sound from the amp, easy connection to iPad, support for my turntable, relatively easy set up of net radio stations using Onkyo usb wi-fi plug in

Great value

Written By Kawika, Hawaii on Friday, November 27, 2015

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I upgraded to this receiver for listening to vinyl. Great power without too many bells and whistles.

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Gary W, New Jersey on Monday, November 16, 2015

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So far this has been an impressive unit. The amplifier section is clean and nicely balanced. Listening in the "direct" mode adds some detail to the sonic image.. The networking feature, while a bit difficult to set up, works well. The vTuner with support from Onkyo's internet site makes finding and setting up streaming pre-sets quite easy.

Pros: Clean sound, solid unit, comprehensive instructions, supremely adaptable to any number of sources.

Cons: panel indicator lights are very small. The remote is adequate but no more to fully program and control the receiver.

Love it

Written By Scott, Texas on Saturday, November 14, 2015

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Works just as I had hoped. Good streaming of Pandora and powers 12 small speakers throughout my house. Very satisfied.

Pros: Great sound. Tons of great features. Easy set up.

Cons: Interface to type in pandora account information is a bit annoying, but only a one time event.

Great looking and functional.

Written By MichaelS, North Carolina on Thursday, November 12, 2015

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An excellent unit for listening to vinyl. The connections accommodate banana plugs, a far better set up than the unit I had to send back. The USB port allows easy connection of my digital music too. And, the team at Crutchfield was super helpful in helping me send back the unit that did not meet my needs and assist in selecting this unit to replace. Thanks!

Everything I Need

Written By RonC, Fort Wayne, IN on Thursday, November 05, 2015

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Although I'd been somewhat familiar withwith the brand, I never owned an Onkyo product until now. I wish I had years ago!

I replaced a Marantz NR1504 with this Onkyo. It gives me much more of what I need, and doesn't clutter things up with what I don't. I find it MUCH easier to deal with on a daily basis than the Marantz. For example, it has actual knobs to adjust bass, treble, and balance. No more having to access a complicated user interface to make simple adjustments.

It also comes with a good old paper copy of the users manual. No more having to access it online or on a disc. This is a real time saver when you just want to look something up quickly.

Overall, I couldn't be happier with the TX-8050. It keeps things simple, but still has all the features and performance that I need.

Pros: Features, simplicity.

Cons: None.

Good but...

Written By mb, Boston, MA on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

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Solid and simple receiver I use for 2 zones and speakers in 4 rooms. App is very clunky and often gets hung up. As of Oct 28, Onkyo has yet to add a patch to fix XM Sirius streaming (been a month now). Would suggest confirm on the mnfg site this patch is fixed prior to buying this and if need this feature. Many of us paying for the XM stream but the receiver cannot process the data!

Pros: Good power, simple interface

Cons: App, XMSirius

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Written By Tod, Maine on Sunday, October 18, 2015

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This was purchased to replace a stereo receiver I have had for a long time. It is better than my old receiver in every way. The setup went without a hitch and the Onkyo's performance is exemplary. The ability to access stations over the internet is amazing! With my old receiver I could get just two classical stations but now there are dozens from all over the world. Wonderful!

Pros: Increased number of internet stations.

Cons: A little tricky setting up the internet connection but once done, has worked fine.


Written By Anthony, Michigan on Sunday, October 11, 2015

Awsome receiver. I can't believe all the features it has for the money. I own other Onkyo 2-channel receivers, but none have pre-amp outputs, subwoofer outputs or 2 zone capabilities. The amplifier section is powerful and clear. I was using a cheaper receiver, when I hooked this up the speakers sounded totally different. I couldn't be happier with this product.

Pros: Lots of inputs. Lots of outputs. Great Onkyo sound. Great price.

Cons: None

nice reciever

Written By jhammond, Tennessee on Monday, October 05, 2015

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bought this for a woodshop so students could listen to their music and not use headphones. So far so good. Easy to use

Pros: Sounds good

Cons: products other than apple are difficult to interface

great receiver

Written By BT, New York on Thursday, September 17, 2015

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this receiver is exactly what I needed. it was easy to hook up and simple to use. the vtuner has an Endless supply of any music you could want. I blast this thing all the time and it never has a problem, its probably been on more then its been off since I got it. great receiver, plenty of power. Sounds great with the tv also, just with 2 infinity speakers, no fancy surround system.

Pros: Vtuner Power Easy to setup/use ability to expand system

Cons: none

Exeptional Quality

Written By Iceman, Prescott, AZ on Wednesday, September 09, 2015

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The ease of installation and quality of the product and the sound it produces is exceptional. The Crutchfield technical team recommended this product for my installation to drive a multi-channel amplifier to provide quality sound throughout my new home.

great poduct

Written By margie, New York on Monday, September 07, 2015

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Arrived in two days and is just what I wanted. Cord was too short to reach computer so i was offered a return label to send it back at no charge!

Onkyo TX 8050

Written By Anonymous, North Carolina on Friday, September 04, 2015

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I'm not very experienced with stereo equipment. I had an 30 year old Onkyo receiver that stopped working and upgraded to this with a set of Infiniti P363 speakers. I love the sound that this combination puts out at low volumes as well as when it is pushing more amps. I've been listening to different types of music on it for a couple of weeks now and I really find nothing to complain about. The set up is easy (but I was having trouble getting a good connection before I bought some banana plugs. Haven't used the Wi Fi yet, really not sure that I'll need it. I listen to my music library from an Ipod plugged into the front or through the TV with Apple TV. So far so good.

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By VARocks, North Texas on Wednesday, September 02, 2015

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The receiver was easy to set up and has a lot of useful functions. I am a bit disappointed in the sound, it is a little flat.

Setting up the Pandora radio was very easy, just follow the prompts on the display. My receiver is positioned next to my wifi extender, so I just ran an ethernet cable directly to the extender, so no history on setting up wifi.

Pros: Easy setup, easy internet radio setup

Cons: Sound is flat compared to my old receiver.

A lot for the money

Written By Rorge, Indiana on Monday, August 31, 2015

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I use the main channel for around the pool and zone 2, with an amplifier, in the garage. I choose this unit for the price and it's networking capabilities. I didn't want to have to get out of the pool to change songs, radio stations, or even turn up the volume. I love that we can control the internet stations like Panadora, V tuner, spotify, and slacker right from our smart phones. The only issue I have had is that using the UWF-1 wireless LAN adapter, we would lose connection frequently and sometime to the point where we had to completely restart the system. This is my third TX-8050, as the first one the USB port quit working and then the main channel amp quit working. I purchased a new one from Crutchfield and the network card did not work. I conviently exchanged it and ran an Ethernet cable and have not had an issue as of yet.

Pros: A networking stereo with plenty of features for less than $300

Cons: Wireless networking is iffy at best, run an Ethernet cable

Great receiver for our new student center

Written By CoachM, Arkansas on Monday, August 24, 2015

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We needed a new stereo system for our new student center at the college I work at. We purchased this one along with just two of the Bose bookshelf speakers, 100 foot of Monster speaker wire, it has plenty of sound for our new area! We use Sirius XM on it, and did not have to install an antenna on top of the building, like our stereo receivers in the Rec center. This one only needs the WiFi adapter, and then you can stream Sirius XM from the internet. You can also use a USB cord and listen to a play list from your smart phone. Can also utilize Bluetooth, with another adapter. Looks good too!

Pros: simple to use

Cons: need an adapter in order to use the Bluetooth feature

Everything you need for the average room

Written By BW, Graham, NC on Monday, August 24, 2015

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I needed a reciever that gave me the versatility to run a simple setup to a moderately advanced one without to high cost. JT produces plenty of sound. A handful of bells and whistles. And has a clean look.

Pros: Easy to setup and quick to figure out.

Cons: None

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Written By TerryS, Oklahoma on Thursday, August 20, 2015

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Very happy with the receiver. Delivered on time and exactly what I wanted. Installation was easy, including online connection. So far, everything works perfectly.

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Skot, Pennsylvania on Saturday, August 15, 2015

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My Onkyo 8050 lasted about 2 years -- just past the warranty period -- and crapped out. I had it repaired by my an Onkyo authorized service dealer (for $250) and it crapped out again about 2 months later. I'm disgusted with Onkyo.

Just what I need

Written By Tim S, California on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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Does what I need it to do. I run Klipsch Heresys on this receiver with no problems. Wireless install was easy, instructions were OK.

Pros: Does it all for a great price.

Cons: One more USB would be nice.

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Lee R., South Carolina on Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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Exactly what I ordered. Performs perfectly for the application.

Good features for the price

Written By Hightecker, University City, MO on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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Great feature set for the price

Pros: Sirius interface, lots of I/O including Zone 2 and pre outs, adequate power.

Cons: Difficult to use remote control/receiver display - get the phone app and operation is intuitive. Requires patience as controls can be sluggish to respond. Analog video inputs are sort of useless given HD video popularity.

Made for me

Written By DD, Florida on Monday, June 29, 2015

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I haven't gotten my turntable out in over twenty years. I'm having a blast with my great sounding LPs and am really happy to be able to connect to my computer to play play lists, albums, and bands. I haven't tried the usb yet but this product is amazing, it's like it was designed personally for me.

They could do a little better by adding a blue tooth, but my router is hard wired to the unit, so it was not needed. Also, navigating your computer is logical, but the choices aren't always clear. I'm still learning how to operate the system. I also haven't figured out how zone 2 works. Maybe a video on that would be helpful on the Crutchfield website in the product specs.

Pros: Turn table preamp, connectibility to 2015, easy to understand controls

Cons: Larger than the 29 year old Onkyo it replaced. I hope it lasts as long. Could use some customization EQ beyond treble and bass.


Written By Lon, Fort Walton beach fl on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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Does the job I needed. Perfect addition to my "man cave"!

Pros: Simple set up. Easy to read instructions

Cons: Can't think of one!

Great for the money

Written By JRJA, Massachusetts on Monday, June 01, 2015

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Great for the price. A lot of features, nice looks.

Pros: Lots of features and nice quality for price.

Cons: Phono stage not the best.

Great receiver!

Written By Clay, North Carolina on Monday, June 01, 2015

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I've blown out 5 receivers in the past 7 or so years, and wanted a receiver that had enough power and durability to handle loud rock music with plenty of bass. This one fit the bill. I didn't need or want lots of whistles and bells, have any use for 5.1 to make my TV loud, and I like knobs and buttons rather than scrolling through endless menus to perform simple functions. Again, the Onkyo fits the bill. I was referred to it by a Crutchfield service advisor who also has one, and personal experience with a product carries more weight than anything. Plenty or power and great sound, and it doesn't heat up my apartment so much the AC kicks on. Great receiver at a great price.

Pros: Great power handling, clean sound, simple controls. Plenty of inputs, including one for a phonograph. The USB input on the front panel for an iPod or phone is great and being able to use the enclosed remote for this function is a plus.

Cons: None. Bluetooth would be nice instead of having to use an Ethernet cable for a wireless network.


Written By Renman, Florida on Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ditto to Tom C. in Hawaii 1/15 review---- Have had this unit for about the same amount of time, stopped working for me as well. You have been warned!!

Cons: Internet connection/USB was always spotty. Radio reception poor and odd connection for FM antenna.

I bought another one

Written By Buddy, Atlanta, GA on Friday, May 08, 2015

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What can I say? I liked this receiver so much I bought another one. (See my review dated Feb 6th, 2014.) I am using this one as a stand alone receiver in a "second system" in a small living room/TV room. It is driving a pair of Pioneer BS-22's (I wish Crutchfield sold these wonderful little speakers). I love all the digital inputs as well as plenty of analog inputs and even a phono input. Typical Onkyo, it is heavy and seems built to last. It has everything you need to be the center-piece of a high quality but affordable 2 channel system.

Pros: Affordable, well built, and flexible.

Cons: Might need an external power amp if you have big speakers.

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Written By CFF, Illinois on Monday, May 04, 2015

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Wonderful! It is a replacement for a much more expensive receiver, and the quality is outstanding. I was buying this as a gift and didn't know what receiver to buy. Received excellent and speedy advice from Crutchfield. The receiver came quickly and was well packed. So much easier than having to go to a store. I will probably order a turntable from Crutchfield next. Also, I found other reviews about this product helpful in making my final decision.

Pros: Great sound for the money, and easy to set up with our other electronics. Definitely 5 stars.

Cons: Non so far.

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Written By mike m, Summerfield, NC on Monday, April 27, 2015

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Good product

Very pleased with this receiver

Written By rjrjr, California on Sunday, April 26, 2015

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I'm very happy with this receiver. Great value for the price and quality. For the features this Onkyo receiver offers, I don't think anything else comes close for the price. Would recommend this product to anyone. The staff at Crutchfield was very helpful in answering my questions to narrow down the choices that would fit my needs.

Pros: Features for the price

Cons: No Dolby noise reduction

Nice receiver

Written By Bri M, Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 11, 2015

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I was replacing a JVC receiver I had since 1987. For a new receiver it sounds nice. I still love the retro sound that I can have an equalizer running thru the system but this receiver does a nice job with clarity. Nice having an Ethernet connection & a USB port.

Pros: price, Ethernet connection, simple & easy

Cons: not too many

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Written By L Lucas, Oklahoma on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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Love it. Easy hook-up. will do the will do the USB soon

Pros: Love the bass with the speakers I have

Excellent, minor quibble

Written By Anonymous, Milwaukee, WI on Monday, March 30, 2015

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Treble bias noted at first but seems to have resolved after break in. Very clean and natural sounding. Phono input works great and has similar volume to other inputs. USB input for iPod better option than a dock that can become obsolete if Apple changes output design. Issue: cannot listen to iPod through this receiver's headphone jack. See manual. IPod does not have the power to drive audiophile headphones to their potential.


Written By Rod M, New York on Saturday, March 21, 2015

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Sound has treble bias, brilliance over complexity & depth. "Back" layers of sound sometimes muffled & unclear (eg, strings in loud brass passage). Sounds like high overtones are favored over lower overtones & fundamental pitch. Has more features than my old Fisher, but basic sound not as good.

Pros: Remote control an advantage, sound better when music simple (eg, solo piano, small ensemble).

Cons: Sound quality (see above). Like many Microsoft "upgrades," has more features, but performance of basic features not as good.

Nice receiver, but with a few quirks

Written By Bill A, SE Minnesota on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

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I bought this to replace a working 13 year old basic Sony receiver just to gain the net receiver function. I did not want anything more than 2-channel conventional stereo. The fit, finish, and exterior quality seem to be equal to the Sony, though I miss the bass boost/loudness control. A mid-range control would be a nice addition. I would recommend it to someone else that's not extra picky, but if I were to buy another net-enabled receiver, I might look a little harder at the next more expensive group, including Onkyo. As for Crutchfield, they shipped it quickly at no extra cost.

Pros: Clean styling; gradual volume change as knob is turned - takes more turns to make a big change; plenty of power for the average living room; plenty of inputs including mag. phono; Zone 2 outputs also work as extra line-level output; short power-on delay

Cons: No Loudness Control; keeps disconnecting vTuner stations after an hour or so (does not happen when listening via computer); Net setup instructions are sketchy; seems to generate more heat than comparable receivers - even when in Standby, it's warm.

retro lives!

Written By BOB, Albuquerque,NM on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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I bought this receiver for the 4ohm capability,the fm radio,and the sound of the amp. It is a very fine sounding amp with fm and the analog inputs. The treble is a little bright with my speakers but I can adjust it,,what a concept! The sound of the cd input is great with my dac and computer. I would have to spend 2 or 3 times the price to get a small,,and very small difference in sound quality! Very happy with the unit and as always,Crutchfield's reliable service. 4ohm speakers are not a bother to this nice receiver!

Pros: Great sound for the money. 5 star rating!

Cons: none for me

Pretty Good.