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by Dave Bar
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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.

The Onkyo TX-8255 was made for audio enthusiasts who want great stereo sound but don't need all the bells and whistles of a home theater model. It's perfect for that cozy den or bedroom where you can relax and just listen to music. And Onkyo's rock-solid construction and careful attention to detail ensure that your sound stays pure, powerful, and dynamic at all times.

Exceptional build quality
At the heart of the '8255's impressive performance is Onkyo's renowned low-impedance amplifier design. Its oversized, shielded transformer provides maximum power capacity and stability while minimizing hum. An efficient heavy-duty extruded aluminum heat sink ensures cooler operation and longer life from your receiver. Plus the rigid, reinforced chassis and aluminum front panel fight performance-robbing vibration. These thoughtful design touches enable the receiver to drive your speakers with ease, for stellar sound you'll enjoy for years to come.

Versatile, convenient, and iPod® compatible
The '8255 provides plenty of inputs for all of your audio gear. You can connect up to six components, including a turntable. The built-in AM/FM tuner features 40 presets for all your favorite radio stations, plus direct access tuning to quickly jump to a specific frequency. Two sets of main speaker outputs let you connect an additional pair of speakers. Plus, you can add Onkyo's optional control dock to enjoy listening to tunes on your iPod® through your stereo system. You can even use the receiver's handy remote to control your iPod while it's docked.

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Highlights:

  • 50 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • compatible with Onkyo's iPod dock
  • 6 audio inputs (including phono)
  • 40 AM/FM presets with station naming
  • direct access tuning
  • rotary bass, treble, and balance controls
  • remote control
  • headphone jack
  • front-panel switching for two pairs of main speakers
  • banana-plug compatible binding post speaker connectors
  • anti-resonant aluminum front panel
  • high-current, low-impedance amplifier design
  • oversized power transformer, filter capacitors, and heat sink
  • sleep timer
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-7/8"H x 13-13/16"D
  • weight: 17 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Stereo RMS Power (watts) 50
THD in Stereo 0.08 %
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
FM Sensitivity 15.2 dBf
Signal To Noise Ratio 100dB
Phono Signal to Noise Ratio 80dB
iPod Controls ---
iPod DAC Bypass ---
AirPlay Compatible No
Internet Ready No
Wired or Wireless Network No
DLNA Certified No
HD Radio Tuner No
Satellite Radio Ready No
Multi-Room No
Total Number of Zones 1
Audio Dubbing Yes
Multibrand Remote Control No
Learning Remote No
On-Screen Display No
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 5-7/8
Depth (inches) 13-13/16
Weight (pounds) 16.5
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Inputs & Outputs
Headphone Output 1/4"
USB Connections No
Phono Input 1
Video Inputs None
Total Audio Inputs 6
Digital Audio Inputs None
Preamp Outputs None
Speaker Output Pairs 2
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • AM/FM/Stereo receiver
  • RC-666S wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (French/Spanish)
  • Product Registration/Warranty Card
  • "Caution" sheet

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Features
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Features

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.

Speaker Outputs: There are binding post connectors for the A and B speaker outputs. The binding posts are not 5-way because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs.

Headphone Output: This receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone output on the front panel. The A and B speaker outputs are not automatically muted when you plug in headphones; they must be turned off using the buttons above the headphone jack.

Tuner Presets: Up to 40 AM or FM radio presets can be programmed; each can be assigned a customized name, up to 8 alphanumeric characters.

Tape 2 Monitor Loop: The stereo receiver's Tape 2 input is equipped with a monitor loop for connecting an external EQ.

Sleep Function: 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.

Display Dimmer: The display can be adjusted to one of three brightness levels.

Remote Control

Remote Control: The remote controls this unit and compatible Onkyo cassette players and CD players.

IR Input/Output: A commercially available IR receiver can be connected to the IR In jack, allowing you to control the receiver while you're in another room, or when the receiver is out of sight. An optional IR emitter can be connected to the IR Out jack to pass IR commands to other components.

RI Remote Control Jack: The 1/8" RI remote control jack allows you to connect this receiver to compatible Onkyo components.

 
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5 out of 5

Worth every penny!

Written By SteveO, Granby, CT on Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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After 28 years of loyal and excellent service our Technics SA-956 stereo receiver's tape monitor loop circuits stopped working. Even though the amp portion was still working it was time to find another stereo receiver to take its place.

The Onkyo TX-8255 fit the bill perfectly! It has 6 analog inputs including one circuit that can be used as a tape monitor loop. This means that I can continue to use my 20 band equalizer. It also has a phono input which allows us to continue to play our vinyl records as well.

It was very easy to set up the unit and once it was all hooked up it was a joy to listen to. The sound is crisp and the unit has plenty of power to support our existing KLH and Pioneer speakers. It must be noted that without the equalizer in the circuit the unit didn't sound as good. As a professional musician the quality of the sound is crucial to me.

The FM radio works great and there was no issues with selecting and keeping the radio stations that can be found in northern Connecticut. Having the ability to set preset stations without batteries is great.The AM radio reception was disappointing, though. The AM antenna and interference from the cable company is probably to blame.

The remote control unit is great to use. One thing that surprised me was that when you turn the volume up or down with the remote control the volume knob actually turns in response. So cool!

We purchased the Onkyo TX-8255 stereo receiver from Crutchfield.com for $199.99 and after the first week of use we are very, very happy with it!
Pros:
Easy to set up Tape Monitor Loop Clear Crisp Sound Great Pre-set Stations Many analog inputs including phono Remote w/self turning volume knob
Cons:
AM reception not that great The antennas provided are not that great
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4 out of 5

Best receiver for the $

Written By aboyandhisdog, Fort Collins, Colorado on Monday, March 24, 2014
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Well, I may have bought the last TX-8255 from Crutchfield and that's a shame. Features on the 8255 that I needed and prefer: the individual buttons for the radio presets, the phono jacks, and the switched outlets on the back for other components. These features seem to be disappearing on "modern" receivers. The sound is good and what you would expect from Onkyo. I do wish receivers would include a midrange control in addition to treble and base, but you rarely see that anymore either. Great receiver that compares well against those costing twice as much.
Pros:
Individual preset buttons, phono jack, accessary switched outlets on back
Cons:
Discontinued!
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4 out of 5

Nice Receiver!

Written By BC, Buford, GA on Friday, March 14, 2014
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I haven't had it long, but I've used it quite a bit. I've got an old pair of Technics floor speakers connected and the combo sounds great! It looks good sitting amongst the rest of my black components and it was a breeze to hook up.
Pros:
Easy to install Aesthetically pleasing Great sound quality Plenty of inputs. Dedicated phono input
Cons:
No USB input Ipod dock is overpriced
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5 out of 5

Great Receiver For The Price!

Written By Ann, Milan, IL on Tuesday, March 04, 2014
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This receiver is so much more than I expected. I hooked it up to my Bose 601 Series III speakers and I couldn't believe how great they sounded. After my 1985 Kenwood receiver died I started doing research. I wanted a receiver that didn't have a lot of bells and whistles....something just for playing music. After doing research on receivers I found this would be a good choice. During the research I found the Crutchfield website and also great reviews about them. I decided to make my purchase thru them. I had a few questions about the receiver so I called them. After a very short wait, Eddie picked up. He was so great....knowledgeable, polite, and friendly. He also had a wonderful sense of humor! He answered my questions, told me about the new version of this (I had already checked it out), and took my order. I was happy about making this purchase and Eddie made it fun. Can't wait to buy a new CD player from Crutchfield.
Pros:
Great sound, easy to set up, and for the price so much more than I expected.
Cons:
None so far
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5 out of 5

onkyo tx 8255

Written By EvergreenState, Carson WA on Thursday, February 27, 2014
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First ordered from another online store, then found Crutchfield's price $50.00 less. Returned unopened unit. Packing: The other store shipped in the factory box arriving with broken tape seam and some dents. Crutchfield placed factory container surrounded by foam pellets within an outer box . The outer box was dinged, but inner factory box was pristine. Points to Crutchfield. Setup: fairly straight forward, speaker terminals very strong. At first the Line 1 and Line 2 inputs did not seem to want to accept signals, used the reset feature, then worked ok; still might have hook-up dyslexia on my part. Radio: fm reception much better than 20 yr old SONY home theater unit. I live in mountainous terrain and previously accessed fm via the computer and in-house fm transmitter, now listen direct with little or no signal fuzziness. The single wire antenna seems to work quite well. Sound quality: no muddiness as others have stated from old JBL L16 speakers. There does seem to be a difference. The SONY unit had several settings for generating effects, thus I may have gotten used to processed sound. The Onkyo sound seems crisper and cleaner. Power: more than ample for 400 sf area. Control layout: remote easy to use, still on the learning curve for radio tuning but the Onkyo is easier than the old SONY. Overall: Glad I purchased the Onkyo tx 8255 and from Crutchfield.

3.6.2014 - FM reception revision; the Onkyo now clearly receives the KOPB repeater signal whereas the SONY did not. Other station signals better than before but still using internet feeds for clear signal.
Pros:
Extra sturdy packing, easy set up, clean sound.
Cons:
Not sure whether the initial lack of sound from Line 1 and Line 2 inputs was the unit or dyslexic attachment on my part. Works fine now.
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5 out of 5

Love it!

Written By TobyW, Perryvile, Mo. on Saturday, February 01, 2014
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I love this receiver! I use it mostly for FM and vinyl. It sounds very good for the price tag. It pulls in radio stations great!
Pros:
Great sound and great reception. Low price.
Cons:
Haven't found any yet.
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5 out of 5

ONKYO TX-8255

Written By TPC, New York, NY on Tuesday, January 14, 2014
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This unit was purchased to replace a failing receiver. After connecting the new unit up, I realized that the none of the current four sets of speakers needed replacing I had planned on.......they just needed a new unit to drive them! The FM receiver provides markedly improved reception too. I am again enjoying the sparkling and full sound I had been missing. I couldn't be more pleased.
Pros:
The unit produces great sound for the 'buck'. It was very easy to set up
Cons:
None come to mind..........what's there to not like???????
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5 out of 5

Nice

Written By Fred L., Dunkirk, NY on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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Read on some reviews about a "muddy sound" in the bass. I paired mine with Polk Audio TSx220B bookshelf speakers and got warm and crisp sound. Seems like this would go better bookshelf speakers.
Pros:
Plenty of inputs
Cons:
None
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3 out of 5

disappointed

Written By John, Bemidji MN. on Saturday, December 28, 2013
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Disappointed with the sound. I had owned an onkyo (I believe it was a tx 55 ) with similar power that sounded GREAT and lasted for years. The 8255 has a muddy sound, no separation. The old tx 55 had a much cleaner sound, the kick bass on albums and cds used to really pop even at low volume it does not with this unit. I am using 2 older Advent maestro speakers that I had rebuilt and have used with a buddy's stereo and they sound fantastic. I think this is a really great value and sounds OK but if your looking for great sound vs good sound I cannot recommend this product. I should have spent more to get what I really wanted. I am 55 years old and listen to a wide variety of music from blues to rock and acoustic on both albums and cds.
Pros:
Great value
Cons:
not great sound
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By GregH, Buffalo, NY on Saturday, December 21, 2013
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This receiver was so easy to use and set-up that I bought another one for my father-in law. It is great for a home audio system. I hooked up my turntable and Onkyo CD player with Polk audio shelf top speakers, a powered subwoofer (which I purchased from Crutchfield also). I was also able to connect my airport express to the receiver and I also stream my iTunes through the system. The bang for the buck is unmatched.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By EjDan, Northern Michigan on Tuesday, December 03, 2013
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I bought this receiver for my shop. I didn't need a on of power as it irony needed to drive a pair of 2 way bookshelf speakers. Onkyo as always been a real value for me. Inside my home I have my home theatre and my. Audio system powered by Onkyo. This unit is rock solid and delivers exactly what it says it will. He only reason I don't give it 5 stars is how do you give a $200 receiver 5 stars.
Pros:
Rock solid performance Excellent quality for the money.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By EAK, Sabinal, TX on Monday, October 28, 2013
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This is a nice stereo receiver. I got it for my garage/work shop and the fact it has a phono input. I can now play my 33 records. I live out in the country and FM and AM stations come it great. You will not be disappointed.
Pros:
It has a sleep setting with is nice and other tape in/out inputs for your cassette deck and DVD which is nice.
Cons:
I found it difficult to preset my FM and AM stations in memory.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Steve, Plymouth,Ca.95669 on Tuesday, October 22, 2013
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This unit replaced a Onkyo receiver that had been in my shop for years under dusty and hot and cold extremes. I am happy so far with this receiver. Love Onkyo, the value for dollar spent is great. Labeling stickers sent with the order by Crutchfield were very helpful
Cons:
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Anonymous, farmingdale, ny on Tuesday, October 08, 2013
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The sound is grate, all around a good product.
Pros:
excellent quality
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By jims, Spokane, Wa on Friday, October 04, 2013
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easy to set up. I figured out the remote , The sound is great for the price but the base could be improved. I have it hooked up to 12 inch merantz speakers from the mid 1970's
Pros:
easy to set up. looks good,
Cons:
the presets don't distinguish between fm and am so you can set 4 fm stations and then set 3am stations and they go 1-4 are fm and 5-7 are am stations
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

TX-8222 sounded better, clearer

Written By paul, san francisco, ca on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
 
I'm a little confused by the performance of this receiver. I had the TX-8222, and it was wonderful until my roommates burnt it out by running it at max volume for about 6 hours in a hot room.

Then I got this TX-8255 and found that while using the same speakers, the 8255's sound was muddier than the 8222.

The TX-8222 gave very crisp and clear treble, and had some decent separation and balance between bass and treble.

With the TX-8255, it sounds thick in the middle, with too much low to mid, and hardly any treble. The whole range sounds muddled. Even when I try to limit bass from the receiver and boost it externally with the powered subwoofer, I can't get the overall mix right.

I'm listening to a variety of folk, rock, electronic, ...
Pros:
quality, price
Cons:
muddy sound; reproduction not ideal for my music / tastes
4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect

Written By DeanR, Springfield VA on Saturday, September 07, 2013
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I've been faithful to Onkyo for over 20 years because of unrelenting quality and value. When I needed an amp to power me Bose outdoor speakers only, I knew I would find the right Onkyo to fit my needs, and this one did. I couldn't be more satisfied.
Pros:
Excellent quality.
Cons:
None.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Joe F, Glendale, AZ on Sunday, September 01, 2013
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Sounds Great with my Infinity tower speakers. No need to read a book to set it up. When is someone going to be innovative enough to have a lite control pannel like a car radio so the settings can be read without a dedicated light for whatever gear being used. Black on black is old school! I understand, use a flashlight.
Pros:
Great Sound and staight forward set up.
Cons:
Same Black on black control pannel.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Donna, Tucson, AZ on Tuesday, August 06, 2013
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My Husband is severely hard of hearing and is very happy with this receiver. We had an Onkyo Receiver before and it was no longer working . this one is very much like the previous one. so is easy to use and My husband can get sound to the ear he hears in with using the balance control. He wears head phones so the phono control we use for a microphone for e so i can talk to him. so this unit is prefect. We had installers come and install it and they had no trouble doing so. We hope that this one will last as long as the last one. My husband is 88 and in a wheelchair so the TV is something he watches and now he can hear it again.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Tom, Harvest, AL on Sunday, July 07, 2013
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I shopped around for a Stereo receiver that would support the Bose 901 Speaker System. I contacted Bose, and the Onkyo TX-8255 receiver was one of the compatible receivers. In addition, the Onkyo TX-8255 was the least expensive of all the compatible receivers on the market. I ordered the Onkyo TX-8255 from Cruthfield in November of 2012 and I could not be more satisfied with this receiver. Yes, the receiver does not have all the bells and whistles, but with my at&t U-verse control box, running an optical cable to the receiver, I have a Home entertainment center. In addition, I purchased the Onkyo iPod adapter for this receiver and the sound is remarkable. Like most people on a budget, I would love to own the $1000.00 plus Marantz Receiver, but after you hear the quality sound that the Onkyo generates through a good speaker system, you will be completely satisfied. This is not my first purchase through Crutchfield. I have found that their customer service is the best, and their pricing beats most of the competitors. To sum it up, I know I can trust Crutchfield.
Pros:
Quality, value, and Crutchfield fantastic customer service
Cons:
None
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By BBB, NYC on Thursday, June 20, 2013
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Sound is incredible. I purchased this product for weight room for kids and outdoor speakers and I am not disappointed.
Pros:
Sound, clarity, ease of use.
Cons:
None as of this time
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Little Receiver

Written By BillD, North Wilkesboro, NC on Thursday, May 30, 2013
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I purchased this receiver to listen to the radio through a set of bookself speakers in the den. It sounds great and the tuner does a decent job picking up FM stations 60 - 70 miles away using just a wire dipole antenna. You don't have to spend a lot to get quality.
Pros:
A great FM tuner that you can customize with the station's name instead of the frequency. It actually has a built in phono preamp.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Anonymous, North Lauderdale, Florida on Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Reciever meets my needs. It recieves most of all the station's in my area. It was very easy to setup. Best stereo reciever I have ever owned.
Pros:
Price was great, powerful and the controls are easy to use. It sound great and is easy to operate.
Cons:
Reciever is larger then my previous receivers.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great unit

Written By Jbudik, Denver on Saturday, April 13, 2013
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Does everything I wanted. Plenty of power and allows for equalizer .. Great value
Pros:
Price, power, controls
Cons:
None
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

It's in the ears

Written By Bill R., Big Pine Key, FL on Saturday, March 16, 2013
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Any audio product review should be guided by the ears. This unit drives our bookshelf speakers far better than our previous Teac, which was really pretty good. Second in my mind of things of importance is ease of use this unit is a straight forward piece of equipment. Endurance of course as yet unknown
Pros:
Good sound, easy to use
Cons:
It would be nice if it were smaller
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By JL BROWN, Bend OR on Saturday, February 23, 2013
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easy to set up and use; good sound and reception
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nice AMP

Written By Dennis B, Isabela PR on Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Works fine for what I need, a stereo amp to play CD's, and most importantly a phono imput for my turntable. Most amps in this price range don't have the phono imput causing you to buy a phono pre-amp for $100
Pros:
simple to operate, sounds good and has the all important phono imput
Cons:
none
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Judy A, West Pittston, PA on Friday, January 04, 2013
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I couldn't be happier. I have been trying to replace the amp of a 40-year-old system and I know very little about stereos. It came so quickly and was very easy to set up and use. I have also added another compnent and that was easy to do as well. Crutchfeld's website was easy to navagate and the user reviews helped me make my decision because I found others in the same situation who found the Onkyo TX-8255 fitting their requirements.
Pros:
solid piece of equipment, sounds great, easy to install and use
Cons:
None
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Exactly why I needed....

Written By Oscar, GUAYNABO, P.R. on Thursday, December 27, 2012
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Excellent replacement to be used with my Bose 901 speakers. These days it's difficult to find a dedicated stereo receiver in any local store. The tape monitor feature is a must for the Bose 901 equalizer to work and it does nicely.
Pros:
Excellent build quality Excellent price Simple hook up No distortion at high volumes Sounds like a more powerful (WPC) and priciest stereo receiver for a fraction of the price. Easy hookup
Cons:
None at all
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By BillQ, Waterford, MI on Saturday, December 08, 2012
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Clear reception, a super receiver especially for a smaller room. I recommend it. Thanks to Zac for his assistance and Crutchfield for prompt delivery to shipper.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo Tx-8255

Written By Amos, Decatur,Ga. on Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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I am very pleased with my purchase. Solid, quality piece of equipment. Looks good. Sounds great.
Pros:
price, looks, sound. The people at Crutchfield are very helpful.
Cons:
don,t know of any yet.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Just What I Wanted

Written By Bill C, Alexandria, VA on Friday, November 09, 2012
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This is a basic receiver with tuner and multiple inputs for analog devices on the back. The tuner works well and the sound from my speakers is much improved regardless of input device. I did not need outputs for theater sound, and I can use the headphone output from my notebook to play music or other items off the internet. Lastly, it is compatible in size and function with the Onkyo CD player I purchased years earlier.
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5 out of 5

Delighted

Written By Robert B, Greeley, Colorado on Wednesday, October 03, 2012
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Bought this reciever to replace an ultra powerful Sansui 5000X that drive a pair of massive Sansui speakers. I've owned both for 40+ years. Just wanted a simple inexpensive machine that gets AM/FM, would run my CD player and turntable. I'm a tech Neanderthal and, yet, I'm delighted. Easy to hook up, easy to use and gives great clear sound. The Crutchfield consultant said that I can run the sound of my 32" Sony Bravia TV through all of it too. May set that up this weekendas the Sony has tiny, weak speakers
Pros:
Simple and great clear sound. The reviews on the Crutchfield site helped sell me; followed by a conversation with a Consultnt: All were spot on: great machine and great service.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo sound at a great price

Written By David D, Mars Hill, NC on Sunday, September 30, 2012
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We needed to replace the amplifier for our office music system but we weren't sure what was compatible. The Crutchfield Advisor was very helpful and informative, and we have our new unit installed; we can really hear the difference all over the office. Anyone on a budget who wants great sound at a great price should look to Onkyo and Crutchfield first--no need to go any further!
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5 out of 5

All Positive !

Written By Itsahoot, Newton, NC on Friday, September 28, 2012
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This receiver was just as advertised. Nothing has been added or taken away. It does not come with all the buzzers and bells that many of the new "High-Tech" devices. You install it, turn it on and enjoy your music. At 50 watts, with efficient speakers it is great. I am 60 years old and the neighborhood kids tell me they turn their radios off when I have my music turned up. This is my third Onkyo receiver since 1976. I plan to stay with Onkyo as long as their quality stays in their product.
Pros:
Ample power. 20-20k Hz. phono input. Enough other inputs to cover everything you need.
Cons:
No Loudness button, if that is a "Con"
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4 out of 5

Low price leader

Written By Johnny, Riverside, Illinois on Sunday, September 23, 2012
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I bought the Onkyo 8255 for use in my living room to listen to radio only. For that it works just fine. My particular placement, on the lower shelf of the coffee table, puts my line of sight above the unit. In that respect only, I have a slight problem with the shiny black front panel and black buttons. I would have liked more contrast and a little lrger print on the buttons. Other than that, the display is well lit and easy to read, plus has the ability to program station names in place of numbers. That was a cool feature for me(I'm 55 years old). The back panel connections couldn't be easier as it's all RCA type plug ins and speaker spring clips. No useless bells and whistles, at least from my standpoint, except for maybe the turntable inputs. Anyone still listening to vinyl is probably a higher end user and not a radio listener anyway. I would like to have had a "Sub Out" pre-amp, but speaker level inputs work fine on my POLK 108 baby sub. I would highly recommend the Onkyo as a low cost, high bang Stereo receiver, especially if you have a smaller environment and decent main speakers. The Bose 210's work well with this, but don't adapt well with strict mounting tolerances.
Pros:
Low price, with 50 watts RMS. Good looks and easy read display. Remote does everything that the main unit does and more, maybe. Easy to understand manual and hook-ups(all RCA in's and speaker spring clips)
Cons:
Shiny black face with black buttons and really small lettering (again, I'm 55 years old) make it hard to see in low light or if not looking directly at the face. I have it on a lower shelf and have to rely on a small handheld light to see it clearly. A few too many inputs on back panel, (phono, tape in/out) cause the unit to be a little larger than it needs to be. A stereo only receiver should be half this height. Also, no "Sub-out" pre-amp is a little odd for a modern unit. Still recommended...
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5 out of 5

onkyo TX- 8255 Receiver

Written By B G, Rockland NY on Monday, September 10, 2012
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What a difference in clarity and sound with this receiver. Had an old Technics receiver and it was no comparison. The receiver was easy to connect and the hook up to the TV gave a surround sound effect with my speakers. I was even able to receive some FM stations with the antennae provided. I am very satisfied and recommend this receiver if your looking for an outstanding value for the price.
Pros:
Easy to connect, clear reception, sharp sound production
Cons:
Receiver terminals a bit tight
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5 out of 5

Onkyo

Written By GeneG, New York on Thursday, August 30, 2012
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Receiver meets our needs
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By ScottC, Richmond, VA on Sunday, August 26, 2012
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A very capable stereo-only receiver without any AV features at a reasonable price.
Pros:
Full featured.
Cons:
Total power rating a bit low and my first unit (this is my second, a replacement) broke after 14 months.
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4 out of 5

Very solid

Written By Jeff, A place on Monday, August 20, 2012
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Sounds great. Phono grounding not great, but works. Handsome unit.
Cons:
Remote control has poor range.
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4 out of 5

Solid basic stereo

Written By Wilbur, Wilmington, NC on Sunday, August 05, 2012
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Just wanted a solid receiver ti connect outside speakers and play my Aiport through. Then, I saw it has preamp for phono. looking forward to pulling out my vinyl, showing the kids how we used to do it.
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5 out of 5

should have bought it long ago

Written By jon, durham nc on Wednesday, August 01, 2012
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Like others, I listen to a lot of music on CD's and radio. My 20-30 yr old receiver began to fail and I looked briefly for a simple 2 channel receiver but found little. Then I decided to check out Onkyo, knowing they were a hi-end company, and found the basic 8255 at an attractive price and ordered it.

Why didn't I do that a long time ago? Better sound, using decent Polk speakers, and more sensitive tuner than my old Pioneer.

For my usage, I could not be more pleased.

As always, Crutchfield service was great.
Pros:
tuner sensitivity, clear sound.
Cons:
none, for me.
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5 out of 5

great value

Written By rick, east dubuque on Thursday, July 19, 2012
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got a great sale price and it is worth paying full price for, great sound and power.
Pros:
great power and sound
Cons:
none i see
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2 out of 5

Onyko donyko

Written By Aldous, Chicago on Saturday, June 23, 2012
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It serves it's purpose for a stereo reciever on a bottom of the barrel budget.
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1 out of 5

It died on me

Written By MattS, Burnsville MN. on Monday, June 04, 2012
 
It sounded good...while it was working..then one day it just died. Money down the drain. Funny, I had Onkyo stuff before and it worked for 25 years. This one died within a year and a half.
Pros:
sounds great
Cons:
just up and quit on me.
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5 out of 5

Very happy so far

Written By Tony, Lyme, NH on Saturday, May 26, 2012
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Tho I've owned the Onkyo TX-8255 for at least two weeks, I finally hooked it up today to replace a 35 year old Onkyo. The unit is simple, no frills basic. It does everything I wanted of it and I'm delighted. Hopefully it'll still work tomorrow morning and for 35 years beyond.
Pros:
Basic, straightforward unit at an extremely reasonable price.
Cons:
Agree w/ a previous reviewer that the speaker terminals could use a bit more room.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By David W, Mesa AZ on Thursday, May 24, 2012
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Staff was very knowledgeable and answered all my questions. Unit arrived on time and was well packaged. Set up was easy and sounds great. I haven't hooked up a phono to it yet but my reel-to-reel tapes sounded real good and fm tuner sounds great. The remote makes it easy to control it from anywhere in the room. Really like the unit and would recommend it to anyone.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo Gold !!

Written By Charles G, Auburn,N.Y. on Wednesday, May 16, 2012
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Very nice receiver. The sensitivity and selectivity of the FM radio is very good!!
Pros:
This has pretty much everything you'd look for in a basic receiver. It is well worth the price!!
Cons:
Can't hook an equalizer to it !
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Dave H, LaPorte, Indiana on Wednesday, May 09, 2012
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This is an excellent item, just the way I like it. I replaced a receiver bought many years ago.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Anonymous, Lancaster,Ca. on Monday, April 30, 2012
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Very good unit to replace your old 70s units that play your old records.
Pros:
Phono input for old turntable and price for good sounding unit
Cons:
Size could be smaller
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX8255: Good sound on a tight budget

Written By Ralph, Miami, FL on Friday, April 20, 2012
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I'm using the TX8255 in my spare bedroom / home office. While it sounds pretty good with it's tuner and the I-Pod playing files and internet radio, it really shines with my old Denon CD and Toshina DVD players. It's rather large and hefty for a 50 wpc stereo receiver and it has the look and feel of a much more expensive component.

I tried it in my main system in place of my separates (100 wpc solid state amp and vacuum tube pre-amp) to hear how it sounded with my high end CD/DAC combo and record player, and floor standing speakers. While it sounded good it couldn't come close to matching the detail, resolution and bass slam of my separates, No surprise, this is a bottom of the line mass market receiver, not an audiophile component.

It's perfect for my bedroom system though. It sounds great there and I'm fully satisfied with it. If you're looking for good sound on a tight budget, I highly recommend it.

Dealing with Crutchfied on this purchase was a perfect, hassle free expereince.
Pros:
Good sound for the money. Simple and easy to use. Nice speaker terminals instead of sound degrading speaker clips. Remote. Display dimmer switch. Lots of inputs (even MM phono!). A great value at $180.00 with/3 day shipping included
Cons:
Not an audiophile component, then again, it's not meant to be.
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5 out of 5

onkyo tx 8255

Written By neil, cold spring harbor, ny on Thursday, March 29, 2012
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I am really annoyed at myself for not buying this 5 years ago - had harmon kardon receiver since 1991 and blamed scratchy intermittent sounds on connections, speakers, etc - when I finally traced it (by interchanging speakers, wires, channels, etc) and realized it was the receiver I looked for an old fashion 2 channel stereo receiver (there are not too many) and noticed they were considerably less expensive than 20 years ago - have had this a only a few weeks ago and I am getting re-familiarized with all my old cd's (except the ones my kids walked off with) ns
Pros:
really clean distinct sound - I hear music again - quite good
Cons:
no complaints yet - only 3 weeks into using it - but being that it works now cannot forsee any problem down the road aside from me becoming a real audiophile and wanting to spend more money on high end stuff.
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5 out of 5

Great Value

Written By SteveF, New York on Saturday, March 24, 2012
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Very nice receiver at a very nice price. Pushes four Bose speakers at high volume with natural and distinct sound. Easily assembled.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Bob R., Long Island N.Y. on Saturday, March 17, 2012
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Using this reciever to power computer speakers (NHT-3's). Nices clean sound. Bought this for future app's.Prefered NAD 316BEEE but was to steep for intended usage. Have not un-wrapped the remote yet. Went for Onkyo due to price and low (0.08%) THD, and reputation. In Future would like to replace reciever in Living room(Denon 2105) with a simple 5 channel surround with THD similar to the NAD 316BEEE(unbelievable clarity) and fewer bells and whistles. I'm primarily an audio guy and love fine audio. Surround sound movies turn me off due to the violent swings in audio level and all the low frequency activity. Turn volume up for dialog but down for action sequences. The bass is just to much,do not like to rattle my windows, which has happened (Definitive Technology self powered floorstanding mains). Getting back to the Onkyo it does what is supposed to and worth the investment.
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5 out of 5

just what I was looking for

Written By PeterB, wisconsin on Sunday, February 12, 2012
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We were looking for a simple, good sounding two channel receiver to replace an old NAD unit. This works great, sounds good in our medium sized living room, and is simple to use. Not a fancy high power item, but for average use of listening to cd's and the radio, it's grand. FM receiver works great by the way. would buy again.
Pros:
easy to set up, and simple to use. good sound for a good price. Getting hard to find a fair priced two channel unit for simple music listening. came quickly, and in good shape. oh and still has power outlets on the back, how cool is that!
Cons:
for our needs, none that we have found yet
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5 out of 5

Audio lover

Written By Steve S, Mesquite,NV on Friday, February 10, 2012
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I have had several models of Onkyo receivers through out the years. Finally my most recent receiver gave out about a month ago. I picked this model (TX8255) because of cost, and it was only used for music lisening. I had some problems with my surround sound speakers cutting out due to too much power. I rerplaced the speakers with 200 watt 8 ohmns Pyle Pro speakers. Everything is fine now. The sound is great. I want to thank all who helped me at Crutchfield. I will keep in contact.
Pros:
Read the above statements
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5 out of 5

Onkyo receiver

Written By JonC, Richmond, VA on Thursday, February 09, 2012
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Good receiver esp for money
Pros:
good value, basic functionality
Cons:
didn't have same connections as Denon I replaced but Crutchfield supt helped me through it
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255 Stereo Receiver

Written By Don, Knightdale, NC on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
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I needed to replace an old Marantz stereo receiver amp and I needed to have Phono input along with the usual aux. inputs, etc. The Onkyo TX-8255 does a great job plus having a remote control and more power than the Marantz. The cost was less than the Marantz which I bought 35 years ago and has more features.
Pros:
Phono input, remote control, AM FM receiver, Good price.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Excellent 2 channel audio receiver

Written By Stan, Amarillo, TX on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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The 8255 replaced a 1980's era Yamaha receiver. I've got a passive subwoofer with no controls, and the Yamaha had a "bass boost" -- the Onkyo does not. I was initially concerned whether the Onkyo would be able to drive the sub. I'm happy to report that it does so very well.

I happen to like classical music, and, unfortunately, the FM classical offerings here are extremely limited. What I've done is "broadcast" classical webcasts using a small transmitter that's normally used with car stereos that don't have an auxiliary input. The Yamaha was marginal -- I had to lock it in the monaural mode. I'm also pleased to report that the Onkyo's FM receiver it terrific -- it works magnificently in both mono & stereo.

The Onkyo 8255 perfectly fits my needs.
Pros:
Excellent FM reception; excellent low frequency output; fine remote; FM direct tuning; plenty of inputs including phono; very clear, easy to use control layout.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Anonymous, WV on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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Awesome product
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4 out of 5

Onkyo tx-8255

Written By So far, onkyo is doing well (2 month review), Phoenix, AZ on Monday, January 30, 2012
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Sleek, streamlined design, easy function recognition, clean sound, good power. I bought this specifically for the phono feature and at this price, it's gonna be a hard one to top. Access to it's functions is very easy to understand. I never even opened the manual because everything seemed very logical in design and accessibility. It would be nice if it came with a 3.5 mm adapter for the headphone jack, but I guess that's easily enough to overcome. The air vents make this machine porous and dangerous when it comes to having food and drinks near it. It would also mean that dust has total access to the insides. However, what can one do when it comes to dust?! I accidentally dropped it from 3 feet to the ground and I thought it was done for. It wasn't apparently I got lucky and nothing happened. Still works superbly.
Pros:
signal-to-noise, accuracy in sound, power, durability, functionality, quiet, accessibility, price-to-quality is great!
Cons:
Porous ventilation design (might as well just have an open box- but not sure how they would re-design this)- I have to be careful not to have food or drink next to this thing. also, dust inside plays a very important factor, I have to buy compressed air dusters.
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4 out of 5

Solid - great sound

Written By patrickb, MPLS on Sunday, January 29, 2012
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Very nice sound compared to my previous, ancient HK receiver. Solid.
Pros:
The volume knob rotates when you adjust the volume via remote. The kids think I'm using the Force. Drives 4 and 8 ohm speakers.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo Receiver

Written By gcgin, Northbridge, MA on Friday, January 27, 2012
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Love my new receiver. Very easy to set up.
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4 out of 5

on-off switch

Written By JimB, Atlanta, GA on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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A great product--it's difficult to get a two-channel receiver. The only negative is the lack of a total power on-off switch.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Ed on 89a, Sedona AZ on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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Great buy at that price. Fits my needs completely as I have a number of components all interconnected. I have two turntables( to play about 400 LP 33's) and had troulbe finding an amplifier with this type of input and ample other inputs(8 total) I had a dandy a top of the line Sony, the first manufactured after tubes! which I used for over 35 years. This one is a good replacement and does just about eveything which I require. I love the eight inputs. All componets are tied into my computer about 12 feet away. NOt too many vendors offer an integrated amplifier such as this one!
Pros:
Plenty of inputs including phono and tape monitor. I am a muscian and do a lot of transferring from my tapes and LP vinyl records. Also recordings. VariousControls are easy to use. I hate when you have to resort to a digital screen. I might purchase a second for back up. HOwever at my age(in 80's) the set will probably out last me!
Cons:
Would have liked a knob control for dialing in radio stations. Speaker connections threw me until I talked to you.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Anonymous, Mantua, OH on Friday, January 20, 2012
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Replacement for like unit bought in 1985. The quality and workmanship is surprisingly the same. Considering other vendors have cheapened their components. Sound is great and look is almost the same as it was in 1985. Great unit would recommend to anyone.
Cons:
The terminals for the speaker connections were a bit to close.
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5 out of 5

Solid basic receiver

Written By SRL, Boston on Saturday, November 19, 2011
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Just What I wanted. Pulls in FM stations well. Has plenty of "old fashioned" inputs for what I use. It is hard to find something that isn't meant for home theater these days with the extra cost and complexity. It was refreshing to find "Just the basics; well done". Straight forward controls too.
Pros:
Basic, no frills, good sound, sensitive receiver, and easy to use.
Cons:
So far it's all good.
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5 out of 5

Love this receiver!

Written By Debi, Moline, IL on Thursday, October 27, 2011
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Sounds great! Simple to set up and use!
Pros:
I replaced an old Yamaha from the 70s. I hesitated replacing it, considered getting it repaired. By the recommendation of a customer, I looked at both Crutchfield and this Onkyo product. I got it the next day and when I got it all hooked up couldn't believe how much better the sound is than my old Yamaha. So grateful I went with this unit. Sounds great!! Simple!
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4 out of 5

French Vanilla

Written By Dirk, Fairbanks, AK on Sunday, September 04, 2011
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Great customer service brought this unit to my door four short days after placing the online order, a lightening fast turnaround for Alaska shipping. The unit itself was exactly what I wanted, a solid, no-frills receiver with the potential for expansion. Great speaker connectors in back. The large plastic knobs greatly eliminate the potential for crossed speaker wires or arcing. Great value for the price.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By TKP Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday, August 09, 2011
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Great sound for a reasonable price. My only problem was that the unit was lagrer than I anticipated and had to rearrange other gear to get it to fit in cabinet.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Dave, Jupiter,Fl on Thursday, July 14, 2011
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Crutchfield advisor(Conrad) sent everything I needed to connect all my stuff. Setup went smooth. I'm very satisfied. Presently saving up for some new speakers.
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5 out of 5

A great Unit

Written By Eugene R., Granbury TX on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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I received my Onkyo TX-8255 and hooked it up and my first thought after turning it on
was !WOW!. It may only be 50 watts but it has a lot of punch with power left over and the
sound quality is superb. My wife is even taken back by the sound quality. I thought my
hearing was just going bad after working on airplanes all my life but it was only my old
stereo amp going sour with time. The people at Crutchfield were great to deal with. The
Onkyo TX-8255 is will worth considering.
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1 out of 5

Did not do what the ad implied

Written By kobioshi, Utica, NY on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
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I bought this for a blind friend, and it looked in the ad like it would allow her to make dubs like her old Kenwood did. It did not, so it's useless to her.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By jc, Columbia, MO on Sunday, February 06, 2011
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I was looking for the least expensive receiver I could find that had iPod
compatibility. The Onkyo Tx-8255 is what I came up with. So far, I feel like a
genius. I'm not a real "audiophile" but this receiver seems to deliver great
sound with the iPod and, while it is a little "stripped-down", it has some
other good features. One thing I wish it had was some sort of numeric LED sound
display-levels. But that's really minor.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Anonymous, Valatie, NY on Saturday, January 29, 2011
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It is working well.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Anonymous, SLC Utah on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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This is a solid music receiver for a totally bargain price! Crutchfield had it
for a great deal and they carried off the transaction extremely well! Receiver
is basic but an excellent value....
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By BernieF, Chicago, IL on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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We installed the tuner in our conference room and it works. No problems. Ordering was
easy and everyting went as expected. Sales person sold me the right product quickly
and easily. The next time i need equipment i will be back!
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5 out of 5

Music lovers Dream Come True.

Written By Huddy, Hemstead,NY on Sunday, December 05, 2010
 
Ladies and Gentlemen music enthusiast and my fellow Audiophiles, more than ten
years ago i invested $15,000.00 in what i considered my state of the art hometheater
system. The center of that universe was my best in class Onkyo reciever with every
possible bell and whistle on board costing $3,500.00 weighting about 50lbs.Recently
this masterpiece of audio perfection die a sudden death absolutely with no warning.
Things have change significantly in my life and i no longer care about hometheater and
such delights instead i focus exclusively on the music after all being an audiophile its all
about sound quality. I still have my trusted and super Audio Marantz cd player and of
course my B&W speakers but the challenge was to replace my BMW for a Hyundai and
still get the same performance.To make a long story shorter,i read the reviews carefully
and trusted my instinct and i am proud to report that this inexpensive Onkyo reciever TX-
8255 is worth 3000,00 for sound quality and for all audiophiles divorce,lost
everything,single yet very happy with your simple life,this is the one.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By RonL, Lafayette, In on Sunday, November 21, 2010
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I received the Onkyo TX8255 that I ordered in a timely manner. It looks good and does what
it's supposed to do well. So far, I'm quite pleased with this receiver and recommend it to
anyone who doesn't require more than 50 watts to push a pair of bookshelf speakers such
as the Infinity P162's. My hat is off to Crutchfield and staff for doing a fine job at helping
come up with a stereo system that can live with.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Michael H, Lakewood, OH on Wednesday, October 13, 2010
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I needed a receiver for playing music and what great receiver the TX-8255 is! It has
everything I needed including a Turntable input.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Happy Dave, winter park, fl on Saturday, September 18, 2010
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sweet. simple. runs my ol' Polk R150s. fills the room. not many simple STEREO
receivers left.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Marj, Montana on Saturday, August 28, 2010
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Plenty of connections, good display screen, like the remote, easyf installation
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3 out of 5

Poor design details

Written By Hoyt, Asheville, NC on Wednesday, June 17, 2009
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Everything works fine but there are a few design details which were not well thought out. The worst is the location of the volume and mute controls on the remote: right in the lower right corner so you need two hands to use them.

The volume increments were too large for my taste. If the volume wasn't quite high enough, one touch on the remote made the volume too loud.

The angle over which the receiver can see the remote is said to be 30 degrees each side (as I recall) but must be less than that. I had to rotate the unit in the cabinet 20 degrees so it could see me from my chair.

I returned the unit to Crutchfield and replaced it with a Yamaha RX-397, which has none of the problems the Onkyo receiver had. Five stars for the Yamaha.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Ray, Richardson, TX on Tuesday, May 26, 2009
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This is a great receiver for the money. My old Pioneer SX-50 was a good receiver for over 25 years, but it developed a short in it which would cost more to fix than this Onkyo cost brand new. The Onkyo TX-8255 does everything my old receiver did and more and better. It's true that it doesn't have a loudness control, but it really doesn't need one. The tuner is exceptionally good especially on FM. And CDs sound outstandingly good.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Thomas, Charleston, SC on Saturday, January 31, 2009
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Now the Onkyo TX-8255 is exactly what I was looking for. It's replacing an old NAD receiver. I didn't want anything fancy: just wanted to play my CD's and listen to the radio. This receiver fits the bill perfectly. I'm very happy with the quality, and it is so simple to operate.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8255

Written By Robert B, 75020 on Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Works ok with what I, have two shelf speakers. My only complaint is I have a difficult time adjusting the volume for the TV. It's either too loud, or not loud enough. But then again my hearing is not what it used to be.
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5 out of 5

Excellent receiver for the money.

Written By Anonymous, Salt Lake City, UT on Saturday, September 20, 2008
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This unit honestly lives up to the description. All I wanted was a receiver for
listening to music and I didn't want to pay for home theater features that I wouldn't use. The 8255 was exactly what I needed. It's a very well built and sharp looking outfit with the best sounding AM/FM tuner I've ever heard. One feature that impressed me most was the Phono input. The sound quality produced when connected to my SL-1200MK2 turntable with a Shure M97 cartridge was absolutely outstanding. It's nice to see there's still someone who hasn't forgotten us vinyl aficionados. And with the tape and line inputs there's room for both my cassette decks, CD player and my
other Technics turntable. The output to the speakers is very clean and more than enough to fill my living room with fine audio. This is the first Onkyo product I've ever owned and it certainly appears to be a good one!
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4 out of 5

Nearly perfect for what it is

Written By Brian, Albuquerque, NM on Sunday, August 31, 2008
 
Me: former broadcast engineer.
Why: My old Marantz 2250 died. I wanted a replacement: tuner, a few inputs, about 75 watts and A/B speaker outputs.
What you get: This unit is just fine for the garage / workshop / workplace / tv room. I bought it 6 months ago and use it daily a work which is an industrial space. I got it with the iPod dock. The unit with iPod adapter is friendly to my iPhone; although not exactly compatible with the phone part, it recharges, plays and the remote works.

Okay now to the important part. Power is sufficient to drive decent bookshelf+ speakers if they are reasonably efficient; older JBL or Polk, BA, etc. Frequency response is fairly flat. The bass/treble controls have little range comparatively, but they're tolerable. You really can't push the bass into ghetto-blaster mode, so if you like thump, get a powered SW. For classical, the highs are good, power is clean and relatively undistorted, but it might be considered a little 'soul-less'. For those who use it to listen to talk radio, it is perfect. General rock listeners - it makes loud noise and guitars stand out just fine.

It is a nice working-background radio, and would be a good choice for small-room economy setups like college, apartment, etc. Good for sports too, so as a TV amp it works fine. It even has a remote. One thing lacking (And I haven't found this anywhere anymore) is a fader to vary a/b speaker sets. Gimme that and about 75 watts and I'd be happier.

-Enjoy
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