Onkyo TX-8050

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A receiver for fans of both digital and analog music

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

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

Give your iPod® a front-row seat

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

Network- and Internet-ready

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

Finally — a not-too-bright idea

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

Product Highlights:

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

The sound solution for the less-is-more movement

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

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STOPPED WORKING

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.

Onkyo TX-8050

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.

Onkyo TX-8050

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

Onkyo TX-8050

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.

Disappointing

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.

Written By trenton, West Virginia on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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It meets all of my needs. Before I got it I used my Yamaha rx-v475 in 2 channel mode putting out the same wattage and the Onkyo sounds better with the same speakers.

Pros: Good power, good sound, and great value as I got it on sale.

Cons: No HDMI port to use my Blu-Ray player to stream DSD/SACD.

Onkyo TX-8050

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

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

Pros: Great bang for the buck

Cons: None that I can see.

VERY Good at Many Things!!

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

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

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

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

ONKYO TX 8050

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

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

Pros: Well designed, easy to use excellent quality

Cons: None that I have found

Great Inexpensive Receiver

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

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

Pros: price, performance, ease to use

Cons: none

Onkyo tx-8050

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

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

Pros: A really great reciever for the price.

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

Onkyo TX-8050

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

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

Pros: none

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

Sick

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

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

Pros: SICKKKK

Cons: No Aux input

Nice Sound At a Nice Price!

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

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

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

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

Excellent Receiver

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

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

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

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

Onkyo TX-8050

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

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

Pros: Sound quality is excellent

Cons: Manual could be better

Onkyo TX-8050

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

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

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

Cons: haven't found one yet after two weeks

Onkyo TX-8050

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

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

Pros: expansion, bass & treble controls

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

Terrific Receiver

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

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

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

Cons: No direct Apple Air Play

Couldn't Be Happier

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

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

Pros: All around great performance at a reasonable price.

Cons: None that I have found.

Onkyo TX-8050

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

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

Pros: Price Great sound Easy setup phono connection

Cons: None

Great receiver

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

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

Pros: A+ quality at a very good price.

Expected more power

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

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Good equipment and extremelly friendly to install and use.

Pros: Comprehensive manual, everything works well.

Cons: I expected more power.

Awesome receiver!

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

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Great service...great sound.

Pros: Easy to hook up. Awesome sound.

Cons: Lose signal occasionally. Could be my WiFi.

Shawn Dee.

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

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Great receiver for the money.

Pros: Cost, quality, ease of use.

Cons: Have not found any.

New receiver

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

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

Excellent

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

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

excellent receiver

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

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

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

GREAT SOUND

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

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

Pros: GREAT SOUND

Cons: No down side here..works great

great unit

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

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

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

Cons: None so far!

Great receiver for the money

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pros: Excellent sound, great internet connectivity.

Cons: Very mediocre smartphone app for remote control.

Big Bang for your buck!!!

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

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

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

Very Pleased

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

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

Pros: very Simple to setup.

Onkyo TX-8050

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

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

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

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

Onkyo TX-8050

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

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

Onkyo

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

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

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

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

Most excellent!

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

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

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

Cons: there are no cons

Onkyo TX-8050

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

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

Pros: Output exceed expectations.

Cons: More input plugs .

Question the reliability

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

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

Perfect "no-frills" replacement

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

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

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

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

GREAT HIGH CURRENT SOUND

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

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

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

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

big bang small buck

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

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

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

Cons: none

Can't go wrong.

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

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

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

Cons: I have none to offer.

Excellent Receiver

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pros:  Sound  Features  Wifi/Network option  App integration  Doesn't get too hot (with proper ventilation)  Clean overall look

Cons:  Not crazy that you need a premium account to stream other online music services.

Onkoyo TX-8050

Written By SandyN, Fair Oaks, Ca on Sunday, April 20, 2014

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I did some research on this receiver, has great value . Does the job and puts out a very good sound. The sales technician said they had one that was an open box for less money. Got a good discount and couldn't find any marks on it. Very happy with the price. Came in 3 days, so easy to shop at Crutchfield. Technicians are intelligent and knowledgeable.

Pros: Great value with very good output.

Cons:

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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Written By Anonymous, Fredericksburg, VA on Thursday, April 10, 2014

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Great product delivered next day

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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)

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.

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

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.

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

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

Onkyo TX-8050

Written By KevinN, St. Louis, MO on Monday, January 13, 2014

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