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AM/FM/Internet radio receiver

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Our take on the Onkyo TX-8050

by Marshall Chase
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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.

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.

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
 

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Features and Specs
General
Stereo RMS Power (watts)
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80
THD in Stereo
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0.08 %
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)
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20-20k Hz
FM Sensitivity
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Not Given
Signal To Noise Ratio
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106dB
Phono Signal to Noise Ratio
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80dB
iPod Controls
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iPod DAC Bypass
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AirPlay Compatible
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No
Internet Ready
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Napster, Pandora, vTuner
Wired or Wireless Network
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Wired/Opt. WiFi
DLNA Certified
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Audio
HD Radio Tuner
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No
Satellite Radio Ready
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SiriusXM Internet Radio
Multi-Room
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Yes
Total Number of Zones
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2
Audio Dubbing
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Yes
Multibrand Remote Control
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No
Learning Remote
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No
On-Screen Display
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No
Width (inches)
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17-1/8
Height (inches)
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5-13/16
Depth (inches)
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13-7/16
Weight (pounds)
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19
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Inputs & Outputs
Headphone Output
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1/4"
USB Connections
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Yes
Phono Input
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1
Video Inputs
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4
Total Audio Inputs
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3
Digital Audio Inputs
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2 Optical / 2 coax
Preamp Outputs
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5
Speaker Output Pairs
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2
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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 closed-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.

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.
Last.Fm Last.fm is a free music recommendation service that lets you discover new music you like, based on the music you already listen to. The Last.fm website is filled with tons of information on artists, albums and tracks; including more music similar to them, charts, and other statistics.
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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5 out of 5

Best stereo for the money!Richard

Written By Richard G, Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday, April 14, 2014
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Excellent service, shipping on time, great technical help! Since the displays were digital unlike my old MA6100 MacIntosch, I had a few questions. All were answered in no time; the technician was polite and knowledgeable. I will deal with Crutchfield again!
Pros:
Courteous service, not rushed. Technician was very knowledgeable, checked specs on the internet, in short, I cannot say enough things complimentary about Crutchfield's service.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Anonymous, Fredericksburg, VA on Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Great product delivered next day
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5 out of 5

Pandora Hog

Written By seadub, Washington State on Friday, March 28, 2014
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Streaming Pandora is great. Getting old with kids running around its too much work to make playlists much less actually throw in a CD, just turning on the 8050 and having Pandora automatically start streaming is awesome. Plenty of power to drive to sets of polk in wall speakers.
Pros:
Network integrated, sound, ease of use, clean lines
Cons:
doesn't babysit the kids for me
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5 out of 5

Great Receiver!

Written By Meredith, Sikeston, MO on Friday, March 21, 2014
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Easy set-up and easy to control!
Pros:
Easy Set up
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5 out of 5

Onkyo tx-8050

Written By Sixty something, Madison, wi on Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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Good sound reproduction, ease of use, perfect for someone who wants to be more contemporary without breaking the budget
Pros:
Multiple features, Internet connectivity, good sound reproduction, nice design
Cons:
Features easier to deal with from the remote is sometimes a bit inconvenient (I.e., where is it again?). Not a big deal.
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5 out of 5

Onyko

Written By Anonymous, Bairdford, PA on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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Good Basic 2 channel receiver.
Pros:
Easy setup. All you need for a 2 channel receiver with good power output
Cons:
One one USB port. No wi-Fi unless you use USB adapter. (Extra). Not Bluetooth comparable
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1 out of 5

Just Purchased

Written By Scott B, California on Monday, February 24, 2014
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The receiver sounds great, but the sole reason for my purchase was to use my iPad to control Pandora via the advertised WIFI connection. I guess I should have gone on the Internet and read the reviews of this function and I would have realized it doesn't function at all. What a disappointment, here I have installed a sound system in my house based on using this unit to allow me to control music wirelessly and I'm back to plugging it in. It's not Crutchfields fault, its the Onkyo application that doesn't work. It opens then crashes. I'm not the only one, every review online states the same thing. I'm pretty bummed. Now I'm planning on scrapping this unit all together and going shopping again for one that has this feature that works. Totally disappointed.
Pros:
Good sound, quality construction.
Cons:
Wireless app does not function. Therefore, its just a stereo unit.
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4 out of 5

Nice equipment

Written By NC Mountain Guy, Asheville, NC on Friday, February 14, 2014
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So far have enjoyed ease of connections and use and very good sound quality, despite having two pairs of speakers with different ohm ratings. Use in 600sf space and fills room nicely.
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4 out of 5

Big plus for internet connection

Written By dvdlgh@hotmail.com, south central WI on Wednesday, February 12, 2014
 
I've had this receiver for about 22 months. Network ready was the selling point for me. $$ also mattered at the time. I have this hooked up with PSB Stratus Bronze speakers. The mid and low bass lack definition and tend to sound a tad "muddled" although passable in my opinion. Perhaps that is why Onkyo include pre outs to connect a power amp. I picked up a gently used Parasound power amp rated at 125w/ch @ 4 ohms which matches the PSB's. The difference in the quality of sound is quite good. I'm not a bass freak, I just like it tight and well defined and the Parasound does the trick. For $299.95 and network ready this is a decent buy. I've bought from Crutchfield many times since 1978 and when it comes to customer service they are simply the best there is!.
Pros:
Network ready and pre out. Firmware update via network.
Cons:
Amplifier (somewhat)
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4 out of 5

Great flexibility and great value

Written By Buddy, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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I love the large number of analog and digital inputs which allow a lot of flexibility for music, movies, or watching the game. It even has a phono input so I can play my old vinyl. The feature that sold me was the pre-out jacks which allow you to add an external power amp. No disrespect to onkyo, but I suspected the power amp section of a receiver at this price would be a little underwhelming and I was right. While it has plenty of power for most people and most speakers (it will even drive 4 ohm speakers), my man cave is a fairly large room and I have floorstanding speakers (PSB Alpha T1's) so I broke out my old NAD 320BEE and hooked it up as a power amp. The initial set-up was quick and easy. (Full disclosure: I have not yet attempted to use the internet based features which i hear can be complex.) I am a long time fan of onkyo equipment, and the 8050 certainly appears to have that onkyo build quality. It is heavy and solid, and all of the buttons and nobs operate smoothly. Bottom line: for the price, this thing has so many options, capabilities, and onkyo quality that I couldn't not buy it.
Pros:
Flexibility and connectivity plus Onkyo quality.
Cons:
None really. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the slightly underwhelming power.
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4 out of 5

Only I

Written By Tj, Jersey on Thursday, February 06, 2014
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The receiver can not be beat for the money and the quality is outstanding another fine product sold by Crutchfield
Pros:
The amount of options you have with this reciever
Cons:
The dim lighting on front panel need to light up controls more
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5 out of 5

Excellent receiver

Written By Rich, Palmyra, VA on Monday, January 20, 2014
 
This Onkyo receiver offers all of the options one would require for a perfect stereo system. I also especially like the ability to plug a thumb drive into the front panel. Stations lock in and hold with no drift. Very simple and straight forward operation!
Pros:
Affordable price, great sound quality, simple operation, thumb drive accessibility on front panel.
Cons:
None.
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4 out of 5

love!

Written By old house denver, Denver on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Working great so far with new Klipch speakers (which were blowing out old receiver!) Great sound... 4 stars only b/c lights/display is hard to see in cabinet --but of you get familiar with the remote it is all good. Very pleased with performance for the price.
Pros:
Great price and sound...working great with existing components
Cons:
Hard to see display in media cabinet
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By M2, Oriental NC on Monday, January 13, 2014
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I bought this receiver to replace a 20 plus year old Onkyo receiver that was wearing out. Levi helped this Luddite from the 60s choose the right product to go,with my existing 20 year old Onkyo tape deck, turntable and CD player. I just couldn't,t give up my old vinyls, tapes, CDs and big speakers. The receiver works great, I even ran my tv through it . The support staff were great, much more helpful than the big box stores, and I received it within days of my order. Great product, great staff service!
Pros:
Helpful staff
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By KevinN, St. Louis, MO on Monday, January 13, 2014
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The Onkyo TX-8050 is a great replacement for my 25 year old preamp, without blowing the budget. The preamp outputs were a requirement for me and the network capabilities were optional. But now that I have internet radio direct through the receiver, I'm not sure how I ever lived without it. Very nice receiver and fast, well packaged shipping.
Pros:
Preamp outputs, network capabilities, power, and flexibility.
Cons:
Remote could be better (the buttons are small).
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By MikeS, Chicago, IL on Sunday, January 12, 2014
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Very satisfied with this product. We recently moved into a home with whole-house audio speakers--I didn't own a receiver that could drive these, and wasn't looking to spend a lot. The Crutchfield representative helped me find this unit. Delivery was prompt and it was in good condition. Setup was very intuitive. I'm using a Niles switch (also purchased from Crutchfield) to distribute the output to five zones of speakers. The the sound quality over the installed speakers meets our needs; I wasn't looking for audiophile quality but this exceeded my expectations. I'd expected to spend a good bit more money to make use of the installed sound in our new home, finding this unit was a nice surprise.

The only downside (for me) is not a function of the unit. One speaker set is outside, and to drive it I need to crank the inside volume pretty loud. Luckily, the Crutchfield representative anticipated this for me, and pointed out the preamp output, so I can drive those speakers with a separate amp--problem solved.
Pros:
Price, quality, ease of setup, large number of input options.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By DavidR, The Woodlands, TX on Tuesday, January 07, 2014
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This receiver has a lot of features and I think is is worth the money. The Crutchfield team suggested all my components and I have no complaints with anything. I told them what I was hunting for and they took it from there.
Pros:
A lot of features and I especially like two sets of speaker connections.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Onkyo. Tx 8050.

Written By Anonymous, Putnam ct on Friday, January 03, 2014
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Work great with my 4 cerwin vega ve 12 f. The Crutchfield support team is Great.... Delivery is quick...
Pros:
Good 2 ch receiver
Cons:
Mono
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4 out of 5

happy surprise

Written By janice in vancouver canada, canada on Friday, January 03, 2014
 
I download flac files onto portable hard drive. Then plug into usb port. Works great with remote and awesome sound quality.
Pros:
Sounds great for price
Cons:
Can't get slacker radio on the 8050 reciever to work. Keeps saying that there is an error and to check account. No luck yet.getting tired of messing around with it.all other stations are for u.s.a.only.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Ken, Palmyra, VA on Wednesday, January 01, 2014
 
Exactly what I was looking for to replace my old tuner/amp that finally gave out. Great help from Eric in choosing the right replacement product and guidance in setting it up.
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5 out of 5

Excellent stereo, love it.

Written By Victor, Pasadena, CA on Friday, December 27, 2013
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I bought this onkyo tx 8050 'stereo' (as opposed to home theater A/V receiver) to replace a 33 year old yamaha stereo receiver (you can guess my age and economic conservatism). I love this receiver (with the exceptions listed below). In no time I had it connected to my old vinyl phono player, to my Pandora internet radio account, to my wife's ipod nano, and to our CD and tape players. Works beautifully with all, sound is excellent, power is good for my living room and asjacent rooms. Controls on the recevier are well laid out, and the remote works well. OK, nothing is perfect, so here the minuses: a) the remote does not controll all the features in the receiver, for example, no bass/treble/balance controls (on the other hand, it might become too cumbersome if it included everything, so this may be viewed as positive); b) the onkyo remote app for android and iphone seems, as one reviewer aptly put it, writen by grandpa with the grandkid's computer; it is illogical ('net' means 'source' = 'input' in one page, but it means 'internet' in the next one), of limited functionality (example, it lists the music pieces in my phone, and lets me play them, but not those of the current input device); on the other hand it is the only way to read (from a distance) what is currently playing; c) oremote for iphone ($5) is slightly better, but has many non-functioning controls on this model, while more logically laid out than Onkyo remote, it does not have much more functionality.
Pros:
great sound, great versatility, relatively easy to use remote. Crutchfield's excellent help and service.
Cons:
only the abominable but necessary app.
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5 out of 5

Simply Amazing

Written By u0paxg, buffalo NY on Tuesday, December 24, 2013
 
This receiver is simply amazing! I connected this to a pair of Kenwood 777d speakers and a network cable and plugged in. I had no problems with the networking functions sound quality and clarity are impeccable, simple controls make it a breeze to setup.
Pros:
easy setup great sound great support for various types of device connections overall an excellent stereo receiver
Cons:
manual is poorly written(not really needed though)
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5 out of 5

Nice above basic reciver Great control app

Written By Ryan, Kansas on Monday, December 23, 2013
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This reciever is a great option for a dual zone application. It has a very nice app to control from your device. However without the app the control is a little difficult as the display does not show what is going on with zone 2. The app is a must have for ease of 2 zone control
Pros:
price and functions
Cons:
zone 2 control
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5 out of 5

Great price performer in the Onkyo TX-8050

Written By TimW, Virginia on Thursday, November 07, 2013
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I did my research looking for a receiver to hook up my Pro-ject Debut Carbon turntable. I decided on the Onkyo TX-8050 based on the specs and reviews. I am very glad I purchased this component. The sound is great with plenty of power. It was a breeze to set up. Although I haven't gotten around to setting up the Internet radio yet, it is a great bonus that I'm looking forward to using.
Pros:
clean look, easy set up, great sound.
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5 out of 5

great all around stereo receiver

Written By nappyaudio, Philadelphia, PA on Friday, October 18, 2013
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Works like a champ, produces enough sound running through 4 bookshelf speakers to fill an entire Gymnasium sized building. Add in the internet radio and it has great features too.
Pros:
great features and price.
Cons:
Haven't seen any yet.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By DW, Maryland on Thursday, October 17, 2013
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A few months in, so far so good. Fine with old school (phono) and modern (optical coaxial audio line from LCD TV) components. Controls (including remote) easy to use. Excellent pre-order tech advice from Crutchfields as well.

Wireless adapter works fine too (I'll post a separate review for that)
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5 out of 5

Crutchfield stood behind product!!!!!!!!!!!

Written By Scott, Great Mills, MD on Saturday, October 12, 2013
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I purchased the TX8050 from Crutchfield and tried it briefly out of the box. A few months later when I finally got around to installing the reviver in its permanent home the 8050 would completely turn off after about 5 seconds. I tried to remedy the situation by plugging the 8050 into other outlets etc. but nothing worked. I called Crutchfield and spoke with RJ in tech support. After a quick diagnostic check he determined the 8050 was defective. He said I was out of my 60 day return, but he and Crutchfield stood behind the product and sent another 8050 out immediately. Customer service means so much, Crutchfield has me as a customer for life. Thanks!!!!
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5 out of 5

onkyotx-8050

Written By michael k., media pa 19063 on Monday, October 07, 2013
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no problems with unit
Pros:
excellent product support from crutchfield technical hotline
Cons:
problem with usb wireless device had to hardwire internet
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1 out of 5

internet radio

Written By Anonymous, crystal lake, il on Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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We needed an IT guy to set it up, it wasn't easy, now only one of many nurses can figure out how to get on the internet radio. You can't sell a radio with cool features that are not user-friendly!!
Pros:
nice promises
Cons:
impossibly difficult for end-user
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2 out of 5

Great sound. Wireless functions no good.

Written By Sean, Philadelphia, PA on Monday, September 02, 2013
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I bought this unit to play music over 4 ceiling speakers in a large living area. Sound is excellent. The wireless control of the unit is consistently terrible. Most times I need to re-establish a connection with the router. And I know it's not my network because I have several other devices connected that never have a problem.
Pros:
Sound quality
Cons:
wireless integrity. features.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By John Mc, Cleveland on Friday, August 30, 2013
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I bought the Onkyo TX 8050 mainly to access internet radio in a second system in my living room. I've owned extremely expensive amps/preamps in my life and wasn't expecting "high end" sound from the 8050. I was quite shocked at how clean and powerful this unit sounded. I am also extremely happy with all the other features the 8050 has. My Pandora comes in extremely well. The tuner actually does a very good job with local radio. I bought this from Crutchfield because of their legendary customer service. When I was setting this unit up I needed some tech support and Crutchfield did not disappoint. This was a 5 star purchase..I'm very happy with the Onkyo TX 8050 and very happy I purchased it from Crutchfield.
Pros:
Great unit-simple to navigate all the features-great sound-great customer service-fast shipping.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By PaulM, Sanford,NC on Monday, July 29, 2013
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Needed to replace a much older Onkyo receiver. With the help of a Crutchfield customer rep I decided on the TX-8050. I was looking to keep the sound I am used to while being able to add components like TV, iPod. This unit comes very close in sound to what I was replacing. It is crystal clear and w/ the right amount of power. The price is right and the quality is superb.
Pros:
Clarity, power, easy hook up of components and speakers.
Cons:
No longer made in Japan.
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2 out of 5

Clunky operation

Written By Lincoln, Fort Worth, Tx on Wednesday, July 24, 2013
 
I purchased this receiver because of the network capabilities (mostly for Pandora) and the fact that I can control it with an iPhone App. I use this to power a pair of speakers on my roof terrace, the recvr is 2 floors down in my living room so the App working correctly is a must...the problem is the App doesn't work well at all. I even purchased the MUCH BETTER non-Onkyo App (oRemote) but one major problem still remains and makes this setup NOT USEFUL for me. The problem is that you cannot turn the recvr ON from the app, this is the second most important function for a system that is not nearby, The second major problem (solved by the oRemote App) is that to use internet radio/pandora functions with this recvr it MUST be hooked up to a display or you cannot tell what you doing (this is idiotic for stereo recvr!!!). The Onkyo app displays "see TV", the oRemote app displays what would show on the TV screen and it works only about 90% of the time. A better setup would be a Grace tuner (their app works flawlessly) and a non-networked recvr or maybe the new Marantz stereo network recvrs will be better (they are twice the price)...either way this Onkyo is going in the trash SOON!!!
Pros:
none
Cons:
too many to list
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX 8050

Written By Stan L, Brooklyn, NY on Monday, July 22, 2013
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I needed a simple stereo receiver to go with a new 33/45/78 turntable. This fits the bill plus more at a great price. The internet radio feature, Pandora, Spotify and USB were added bonuses.
Cons:
No Apple Airplay
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5 out of 5

Excellent Value for Stereo Receiver!

Written By TimH, Houston, TX on Thursday, July 18, 2013
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I recently purchased this excellent stereo receiver from Onkyo. I had looked at a few years ago when purchasing an Onkyo home theater receiver. I had also reviewed other stereo receivers on Crutchfield site. This is not an audiophile grade receiver but still an excellent value for a standard audio/video stereo receiver with a phono input, network capability, iPod and other connections. Very clean power - driving a pair of JBL Studio Monitor 4408A's. Plenty of volume for our front computer room. We can play records, CD's, radio, iPod and we can play internet radio. Interesting free internet channels but already subscribed to Rhapsody. The receiver connected to Rhapsody with no issues AFTER we figured out the character menu display to enter the username and password. Other reviews have stated they lose connection and need to turn off-on to connect again. This does occasionally occur but it does connect again without entering ID again. Not a big issue to us but I agree should be a better connection. Plenty of connections for old VCR's and Laserdisc. I plan to dub down old tapes and discs to a stand alone DVD recorder. I have not tried this yet. Wireless connection would have been nice but again this is an older model and placed near internet connection. Onkyo may update on next model, if they do continue the stereo receiver line! If you are looking for standard stereo receiver, I would definitely recommend this receiver. Crutchfield service was excellent.
Pros:
Plenty of Power, Easy Gold Plated Connections, Phono, Network and iPod Connections, Different Audio Processors or Direct Mode, Digital Inputs
Cons:
Manual, A few quirks - cannot use headphones with iPod connected and a few system changes can only be used with the included remote control. Normally, this should not be an issue, BUT if the remote control stops working, I would like the option to change on the receiver front panel. Most other system changes can be made on the front panel.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Big Dog Guy, Page, AZ on Wednesday, July 17, 2013
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The Onkyo TX 8050 offers an unbeatable combination of quality, features, and price. I own two of these excellent receivers - one driving a pair of Infinity Primus P163s and the other powering a pair of Polk RTiA3s. I would highly recommend the TX 8050. You can spend more, but you don't need to!
Pros:
Tremendous Value
Cons:
Such a good value it is easy to convince yourself that you "need" something "better."
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5 out of 5

...the perfect choice!

Written By Pat, Elizabethtown, KY on Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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I had no idea what to get after a power surge destroyed my 25-year-old Denon stereo. I called Crutchfield's and spoke with Rocky. I explained to him that I like to listen to talk radio on AM, listen to music on FM, and play CDs. I would also like to be able to use my iPod, I told him. He immediately knew that the Onkyo TX-8050 was going to be exactly what I needed....and he was right! It's simply perfect! Crutchfield's is the best! I appreciate the fact that Crutchfield's people are so knowledgeable and that their recommendations are based on the customer's need rather than the amount of the sale. Thank you!
Pros:
..simple set-up and connection to other components and speakers; uncomplicated controls; attractive design; GREAT sound!
Cons:
none!
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5 out of 5

I am so happy to have real music again.

Written By BobS, Seward, Alaska on Tuesday, July 02, 2013
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My docking system for my iPod classic malfunctioned and I needed a replacement. I was looking for another docking system and the staff at Crutchfield discussed the space I had and what I expected to hear from a music source. This receiver is the backbone of my new system and I love it. It does everything I could hope for and is capable of more.
Pros:
Easy set up - great instructions and support. I never knew that iPod could sound so good. I love that know I can add turntable, cd player if I choose.
Cons:
The binding posts for the speaker wire are a little tricky and you have to be careful and make sure they are tight. I wish they matched the speaker connections. Minor - compared to PROS.
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5 out of 5

sweet success

Written By Big al, lamar.co on Monday, July 01, 2013
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what a Joule this will wake the folks up early Sunday morning. the AM and FM Radio is excellent while all other features is awesome as well you just gotta hear it! the tx-8050 net working receiver 6 stars in my book what more can I say try.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Keith, Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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Great stereo. Unit is located in my lanai near my pool. It's hooked up to a pair of Bose outdoor environmental speakers which I've had for several years now. I've had several other less expensive stereos in the past, but none compare to this sound quality of this unit. The internet radio is awesome!
Pros:
Easy to hook-up and operate, especially the internet radio.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Love it

Written By Happiness cupcakes, Weslaco Texas on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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We bought it for our shop. It was easy to set up and the sound is awesome!
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4 out of 5

ONKYO TX 8050

Written By Lee D, Brownfield, TX on Sunday, June 16, 2013
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Bought this unit and got it set up easy enough, great sound. After two weeks the sound quit. I called Onkyo support and they told me to unplug it and try it again, of course that did nothing and they told me to send it to the service center. Called Crutchfield support and got hold of Lloyd he said no problem they would send me another one out that day and to just send them the defective one and they would take care of it. Now that's customer service the way it should be, you do not get that in many places anymore. Thanks Lloyd and Crutchfield you have my business from now on
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By brianb, lecompte la on Friday, June 14, 2013
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product has good clean sound, plenty of power for just a head unit, purchased for use on outdoor stereo system for patio and pool area, wanted a clean basic easy to use setup for stereo application and Crutchfield tech recommended this unit based on what i told him i was looking for, very happy with it so far
Pros:
good sound quality, good price, easy to use and simple setup
Cons:
had issue with usb not picking up iphone, called onkyo tech support and stayed on hold for ever then they asked if i could call back the next day........i called Crutchfield tech support and they took care of the issue right away and sent me a replacement. the replacement works perfect
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Anonymous, Virginia on Tuesday, June 04, 2013
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Powerful unit ....very satisfied. ....streams. Internet radio with no problems once set up
Pros:
Crutchfield tech support
Cons:
If you try and connect onkyo wifi UWF -1. You will most likely need tech support
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Gaz, Santa Rosa, CA on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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Serves me well, this replaced a 14 year old Onkyo receiver/amplifer . Plenty of power and clean sound for my listening pleasure. My sub woofer rattles the windows when I crank it up. I enjoy the versatility and multiple inputs now that I'm gettin back into vinyl. I'd recommend this highly !
Pros:
Phono Input ! USB input ! More than enough power to make my speakers sound new again.
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Reciever

Written By Rob, Great Bend, KS on Tuesday, May 28, 2013
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Working real well with some speakers I purchased from another retailer. Have thought of upgrading the speakers.
Pros:
Price and performance.
Cons:
Having trouble getting the WiFi to work with the little thing in the USB port.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By KirstenJ, Schroeder, MN on Thursday, May 23, 2013
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Purchased with the wifi adapter. Receiver meets or exceeds expectations for sound quality and met expectations for ease of setup. Excellent value but more importantly good sound quality (without replacing old floor speakers.)
Pros:
Simplicity of design. Internet radio. Phono input.
Cons:
Would have been nice if the wifi was built in and didn't require the adapter.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Tim M, Santa Cruz, california on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Works as advertised.
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5 out of 5

Great value, functionality

Written By Rob S., Greensboro, NC on Monday, May 20, 2013
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Purchased to replace an outdated receiver for use in a bedroom. All necessary functions, including dedicated phono input and USB port on front for iPod. Virtually silent (no humming sound, unlike unit it replaced). Reasonably intuitive remote. Very happy with this purchase.
Pros:
Good value. Front USB port. Dedicated phono input.
Cons:
No wi-fi. Ethernet connection for use with Web music services. (However, it's easy to stream Pandora, etc. through iPhone/iPod Touch.)
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5 out of 5

Quality product

Written By Tom C, Glen Rock, NJ on Monday, May 20, 2013
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I purchased this on the recommendation of Crutchfield Advisor (thanks Lucy). I have a Denon AVR-1508 that we wanted to use for a home theater in our basement. I needed a receiver that wasn't a home theater, basic functions, phono input, iPod capable, etc. Set up was easy, firmware was up to date and the sound is better than the Denon (which I was using as a stereo receiver only). Be sure to download the Oremote app, it is worth the price. I can control the TX-8050 from anywhere my wifi reaches.
Pros:
Crutchfield service (no surprise there), ease of setup, sound quality, price. A good receiver for those who don't need the home theater option.
Cons:
None really. I would like a third set of speaker connections as I have 3 rooms with speakers. Easily solved with a speaker selector switch.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050 Delivers

Written By R H, McLean, VA on Thursday, May 09, 2013
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I am using it to deliver music to my backyard using Bose 151 SE speakers. It delivers the performance I expected.
Pros:
Easy to set up and sounds good for 2.0 channel system BUT (see Cons)
Cons:
The wireless function took me a little while to figure out.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050 Workhorse !!

Written By James D, Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, April 25, 2013
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I bought this receiver to reside in my TV stand where it will be required to, process cable box audio, process streaming audio from the internet, process audio from an analog CD player and process audio from my off air HD video antenna.

This receiver performs all of the above duties flawlessly. This is one very quiet receiver .. absolutely silent. The fidelity is exceptional, audio range excellent and the clarity is terrific. This unit makes an excellent stereo playback signal when wired to quality floor standing towers. This clean, extremely musical signal is backed up with plenty of power to easily fulfill any audio spikes that makes listening to music and movie soundtracks very dynamic.

I would categorize this box as a Workhorse with real precision and style. The connectivity is the best I've ever seen in any stereo receiver. This is truly a stereo receiver for the modern age.

One thing to be aware of ... this receiver will only process a PCM format signal from the optical inputs. I patched my cable box via an optical cord directly to this receiver, and the sound is fantastic. However, in order to export the audio from an off air HD signal, you must patch from the TV optical out .. so make sure that your Television optical out is switchable to a PCM format, otherwise no audio.

I would consider this box a great value at $400.00 ... for under $300.00 it's a steal.

I highly recommend this box .. It really is a dandy!

Pros:
This box does it all very well .. And you can buy it for under $300.00
Cons:
Absolutely none!
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5 out of 5

receiver great

Written By Bill, Auburn ny on Thursday, April 18, 2013
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It works better than I thought it would ,for the price ,you cant beat it.
Pros:
sounds great
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

I'm in love!

Written By Chas, Poconos on Sunday, April 14, 2013
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It's hard to find a decent audio only receiver at a decent price. This fills the bill much to my liking. I got this for my garage & garden. Since I live out in the sticks, pulling in radio stations is limited. With this, I can receive Pandora and about 5 other internet services crystal clear without having to keep the computer on. Also, if you like you can pull in, just about any radio station in the world without signing up for anything. I absolutely love this receiver! My only negative is the lack of directions. You're pretty much left to yourself figuring out how to set it up for your internet services. Once you have it set up, you're done. Next time you turn it on; you don't have to set it up again. If you're somewhat competent with a computer, you will figure it out though.
Pros:
Does exactly what I was looking for!
Cons:
Lack of directions
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4 out of 5

Very good for the price

Written By mgforshort, Orange County, CA on Monday, April 08, 2013
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I bought this to drive a pair of Polk Lsi15 (4 ohm) speakers. The hardest part was getting it out of the box, but ten minutes afterwards I heard the Polks. We also have a Yamaha home theater receiver, which was quite a burden to set up compared to this 2 channel only receiver. The sound quality is good, but these speakers will eventually need a much higher rated amplifier. As for the USB dongle, it was difficult to setup, the instructions are poor, and even once we got it working I found it hard to use, so it went back to Crutchfield. The receiver itself is very good, easy to use, and has many useful features without the unnecessary hassle of the 5 or 7 channel setup. I would buy another in a minute, but we have too much gear as it is.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Louis, San Francisco on Friday, March 22, 2013
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This product was even better than the one I had before and needed to replace.
Pros:
It has outlets for all of my devices.
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Brian B, Austin, TX on Thursday, March 21, 2013
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This product works great for me. I enjoy the internet streaming capabilities with this product as well as the ability to use the remote to control my ipod connected to it.
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4 out of 5

Great stereo receiver

Written By JPL, CHS, SC on Thursday, March 07, 2013
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I bought this receiver specifically for the ability to connect my iphone 4S via the USB port. I had been using RCA patchcords to connect to my old receiver which was far from ideal. An unexpected plus was that this new receiver's remote control actually works with the iphone 4S, which I did not expect. This eliminates the need for the optional ipod/iphone dock. I plan to download all of my music to flash drives to play via the receiver's USB port. This unit replaces a 14+ yr. old Onkyo that still works and sounds as good as the day I bought it from Crutchfield. I have not yet tried to stream any music (e.g. Pandora) via ethernet or wireless adaptor. All in all, this receiver is an excellent value for someone looking for a quality stereo (not A/V) receiver with lots of useful options.
Pros:
Onkyo quality, USB port, input for turntable. Options for Pure, Direct and Enhanced processing of digital input. Very good FM tuner (much better than the receiver it replaced).
Cons:
Markings for dials and knobs are next to impossible to read against the black background of the receiver. No switched electrical outlets on rear of receiver (for attaching powered antenna, etc.)
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5 out of 5

Great stereo receiver.

Written By AlexV, San Juan,PR on Thursday, February 28, 2013
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Previously, I had Harman Kardon stereo receivers, and I was pleased with the sound delivered. My decision to buy Onkyo was very rewarding because of the assistance of Crystal, from Crutchfield. Now my Bose 301 speakers really swing, with very good bass and treble. I am very happy with Onkyo.
Pros:
Good FM reception, excellent sound.
Cons:
None at this time.
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4 out of 5

Excellent Bargain

Written By Ome Gé, Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
 
Got it a week ago and finally found some time to get it out of the box ... easy set-up, not being an ICT expert, I was able to hook it up to my wireless home network in no time (using the wireless adapter via the usb-port) and listen to plenty of radio stations; downloaded the android app and again connected in just seconds :-) ! streaming works as it should. It takes a bit getting used to the two line display to set it up but once you've got the hang of it - no problem. The sound is already pretty impressive being hooked up to my old speakers; still awaiting delivery of my Focals 706v ... should be any day now, can't wait!
Pros:
Good amp with enough power including network functionality at an affordable price!
Cons:
Two line display - other than that, great thus far!
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Anonymous, Mpls, MN on Monday, January 14, 2013
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Does what I expected. One thing- I can't set the output to 8 ohms. Only 4 and 6. These are the two options in settings. Good, simple stereo receiver.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By daw, Rochester, MN on Monday, January 14, 2013
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Real nice unit for the price. It was recommended by the Crutchfield advisor based on the setup I have in place and turned out to be a great suggestion!
Pros:
Excellent value for the price. Easy setup. More options for playing music than you could possibly need. Excellent sound. When combined with the wireless connector, many free internet music options as well as some for additional fee such as XM radio.
Cons:
An equalizer would be a nice addition. Not a compact unit.
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3 out of 5

Not sure yet

Written By BZM, st croix VIrgin Islands on Monday, January 14, 2013
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This unit was recommended as a replacement for a 110 RMS/channel Technics receiver which appeared to be failing. It has a few features that the Technics did not have like a USB input on the face. It is ok but presents 2 problems for me one more serious than the other. It appears underpowered to push a pair of original 901s which are power hogs but brilliant. the sound appears less brilliant now than it did with the 110 watt technic when it was working. I don't know if there is a good alternative but I am less than thrilled with the sound. Problem 2 is that these circa 1969 Bose come with an equlizer with no on/off switch that had plugged into the un-switched power receptacle built into the back of the Technic and its 2 predecessor amplifiers and receivers. the ONkyo does not have one so I am stuck with plugging and unplgging the equalizer into the power strip each time I use the unit.
Pros:
convenient features
Cons:
underpowered for this application and no electical power in plug
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4 out of 5

Good receiver but not for A/V

Written By LarryO, Chattanooga, TN on Saturday, January 12, 2013
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Good stereo receiver with lots of features for this price point. Note this is NOT a home-theatre system.
Pros:
Onkyo reputation, lots of features, price.
Cons:
Not suited for A/V
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5 out of 5

A welcome addition to my home

Written By TomS, Hawaii on Thursday, January 10, 2013
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First I have to give a disclaimer that I just got it set up last week so haven't had the time to figure out all it can do. But my initial impression was very good. It is a solid and beautifully crafted receiver and came well packaged with no damage whatsoever, which is remarkable given that it came via ground shipping across the country. It seemed like it took a while to get here but hey, it came all the way to Hawaii for FREE so no big deal. I have it connected to a pair of Bose 201's and it powers them well- clear and well balanced sound. I have also connected it to my HDTV via the optical connection and it sounds great for movies and games without having to find a place for 6 speakers and the wires to go with them. Keep in mind I have a small place and I'm going from TV only audio so it's perfect for me. I really like that with the gazillion inputs, features, and capabilities of this receiver, I can build my home audio system a little at a time as my budget allows, and with an emphasis on music not having an obnoxious home theater system. I only hope it survives for 25+ years like my Dad's old Onkyo, but with their quality, I'm sure it will. If you are reading this review, buy this receiver and you will NOT be disappointed! Thanks Crutchfield for your rock-solid service and support.
Pros:
Tons of features and capability, great sound, solid quality
Cons:
The only minor con is it is missing an aux input mini-jack for portable mp3 players
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3 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By Anonymous, Decatur, GA on Thursday, January 03, 2013
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I called Crutchfield to let them know it was time to upgrade from my 16 year old Panasonic receiver. I purchased an Internet connected Panasonic TV a few years ago and had no way to send its audio through my old machine, as the TV outputs are only HDMI and optical digital. Crutchfield advised this Onkyo unit as I only wish to power 2 speakers. The box arrived promptly and, armed with an overpriced optical digital cable from my local "Shack," I set up the Onkyo. Loved the Internet radio. Other components (game system, CD player, DVD player) all worked fine. Had no trouble getting things running, except no sound from the TV. Turned off the TV speakers and reprogrammed the assignable optical port, as per instructions. No dice. Called Crutchfield, who advised I had done everything correctly. Finally invited some engineer friends over, who researched that the Onkyo is not compatible with Dolby sound, which is what my TV was sending out. I was left with no other choice but to return it and select a different device with HDMI ports. Crutchfield service was spectacular as usual. My recommendation to others considering this unit is to know its limitations. I appreciated its simplicity as I am not a major audio gearhead, but it turned out to be too simple (no HDMI) for my needs.
Pros:
Simple, great Internet radio options, front USB port
Cons:
Limited inputs and compatibility with some components
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4 out of 5

Solid Receiver

Written By JeffT, Ann Arbor, MI on Sunday, December 30, 2012
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Good solid receiver. Easy to set up. Plenty of options for input. I bought this primarily to listen to internet radio and play the music stored on my home server. The TX-8050 can do this just fine, but you end up using its tiny display. What we ultimately end up doing is plugging in an iPad via the dock or a phone or tablet via the analog inputs for easier control and navigation. The receiver drives a couple of Inifinity Primus P163 shelf speakers 60 ft. away in the living room and feeds another older Onkyo HT-R530 surround sound receiver in the TV room. The sound and the power are just fine for our purposes and you really don't notice the difference between the 8050's DAC vs. the using phone/tablet's.
Pros:
Everything as advertised. Good, solid internet-ready receiver. Great price.
Cons:
Small display.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By ROD, SANDHILLS, NC on Friday, December 21, 2012
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I purchased this internet-receiver exclusively to listen to internet radio on the recommendation of my adviser Rhonda. She certainly knows the equipment. I have had no problems with it and it is performing to my satisfaction. Way to go CRUTCHFIELD !!!
Pros:
Everything great !
Cons:
I have not found any !
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5 out of 5

perfection!

Written By Joe L, Fond du Lac on Friday, December 07, 2012
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This exactly what I needed. I needed help with my purchase, and my advisor, Ann, was fantastic! I needed a reasonably priced receiver to listen to Pandora on in my small office.
Pros:
Super easy set up. Great internet capability for the basic user.
Cons:
The manual / website isn't as specific as it could be regarding setting product up with internet radio.
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5 out of 5

TX-8050

Written By Rob, RI on Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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Very easy setup, plenty of watts for this old man. Even on Pandora was a snap.
Pros:
Ease of setup and use.
Cons:
None yet.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By John L., Newark, DElaware on Sunday, November 25, 2012
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A great simple stereo receiver. All I needed was something to play 2 pairs of speakers from Serious radio source. This unit is exactly what I wanted and it performs well.
Pros:
Can be used without a remote control.