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Onkyo TX-8555

XM and SIRIUS Ready stereo receiver

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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.

For great stereo sound at a remarkably down-to-earth price, check out this versatile receiver from Onkyo. The TX-8555 boasts 100 watts per channel of clean, high-current power to deliver a powerful sonic punch that's sure to satisfy. You can also get your iPod® into the mix using an optional dock, or add XM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio to your listening choices.

Rock-solid Onkyo construction
The '8555 owes its impressive sound quality to Onkyo's renowned low-impedance amplifier design. Its oversized, shielded transformer provides maximum power capacity and stability with minimum 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 details all add up to breathtaking performance, and the ability to drive virtually any speaker system with ease.

Satellite radio ready and iPod® compatible
If you're a fan of XM Radio, you'll appreciate how easily you can add it to the '8555. Simply plug in an optional XM tuner kit and activate your XM subscription to tune in your favorite XM radio channels. Or, you can listen to SIRIUS Radio by adding a SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit. Plus, Onkyo's optional control dock lets you enjoy the music stored on your iPod® through your stereo system.

Hook-up flexibility and convenience
The '8555 provides plenty of inputs for your audio/video gear. Connect up to three audio source components (including a turntable), and up to four audio/video components (VCR, DVD, etc.). The TX-8555 even offers video switching for added convenience. Two-room/two-source capability means you can enjoy one audio or video source in your main room while a housemate listens to another source in a different room. (You'll need amplifiers or powered speakers for the second room.) Two sets of main speaker outputs let you connect an additional pair of speakers.

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Highlights:

  • 100 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
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM tuner kit
  • SIRIUS satellite radio capable (requires SIRIUS subscription and optional SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit)
  • iPod® integration (requires optional iPod dock)
  • dual-room/dual-source audio (line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room)
  • 3 audio inputs (including phono), and 4 A/V inputs (composite video)
  • line-level subwoofer output
  • three front-panel display brightness settings (dim, dark, normal)
  • direct access tuning
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • rotary bass and treble controls
  • Pure Audio/Direct mode for cleaner sound
  • remote control
  • headphone jack
  • front-panel switching for two pairs of main speakers
  • 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 13-3/4"D
  • weight: 19 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Stereo RMS Power (watts)
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100
THD in Stereo
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0.08 %
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)
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20-20k Hz
FM Sensitivity
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15.2 dBf
Signal To Noise Ratio
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100dB
Phono Signal to Noise Ratio
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80dB
iPod Controls
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iPod DAC Bypass
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AirPlay Compatible
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No
Internet Ready
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No
Wired or Wireless Network
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No
DLNA Certified
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No
HD Radio Tuner
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No
Satellite Radio Ready
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Both
Multi-Room
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Yes
Total Number of Zones
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2
Audio Dubbing
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Yes
Multibrand Remote Control
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No
Learning Remote
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No
On-Screen Display
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No
Width (inches)
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17-1/8
Height (inches)
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5-7/8
Depth (inches)
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13-3/4
Weight (pounds)
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18.7
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Inputs & Outputs
Headphone Output
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1/4"
USB Connections
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Phono Input
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1
Video Inputs
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4
Total Audio Inputs
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3
Digital Audio Inputs
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Preamp Outputs
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5
Speaker Output Pairs
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2
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What's in the box?

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  • AM/FM/Stereo receiver
  • RC-728M wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (French/Spanish)
  • Satellite radio guide (English/ French/ Spanish)
  • Product registration/Warranty information
  • iPod dock brochure
  • Satellite radio information (XM and SIRIUS)

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Audio Features
Video Features
Remote Control
Optional Add-on Devices

Audio 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; they will accept bare wire, pin connectors, single banana plugs, and dual banana plugs.

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.

Zone 2: The TX-8555 has line level (stereo RCA) outputs for a second zone. The zone 2 source is independent of the main zone and the level can be fixed or variable.

Pure Audio: In this mode, the display and video circuitry are turned off and the tone controls are bypassed, minimizing possible noise sources for the ultimate in high-fidelity reproduction.

Direct: In this mode, audio from the input source is output directly, bypassing the tone controls.

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

Volume Setup: The receiver volume can be configured in the following ways:

  • Maximum Volume: prevent the volume from being turned too high by setting a maximum levels; independently set maximum volumes in the main zone and zone 2
  • Power On Volume: specify the turned-on volume; choose any volume level or Last (the same level that was used when the receiver was turned off); independently set maximum volumes in the main zone and zone 2
  • Mute Level: choose the level when you press the mute button; total mute, -50 dB, -40 dB, -30 dB, -20 dB, or -10 dB

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.

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

Video Features

Video: Although not a surround sound receiver, the TX-8555 does have four composite video inputs and an output; so it can be used in a basic A/V system.

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, CD players, DVD players, and iPods (via the optional iPod Dock).

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 and control them with the included remote.

Optional Add-on Devices

iPod Compatible: The DS-A4 Remote Interactive Dock for iPod (580DSA4, sold separately) provides an interface between an iPod digital media player and Onkyo TX-8555. Once the iPod is docked you can control basic functions such as volume, play, stop, and skip via the Onkyo system's RI-compatible wireless remote control. The dock also charges the battery in the iPod.

Satellite Ready: The Onkyo TX-8555 features proprietary ports on the rear panel for XM and Sirius Satellite Radio connection. In addition to the following necessary optional satellite tuners (sold separately), you will need a subscription to XM and/or Sirius Satellite radio.

  • XM Satellite Radio Ready: The receiver can be connected to the optional XM Home Tuner and Antenna (220XHD2H1, sold separately), allowing you to receive XM Satellite Radio through the TX-8555. You can search XM radio stations by Channel, Category or Direct Tuning. You can also choose to display the following XM information on the receiver's display - Channel Name, Channel Number, Category Name, Artist Name or Song Title.
  • Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: The TX-8555 can also be connected to the optional SiriusConnect Home Tuner kit (607SCH1 or 220SCH2P, sold separately), which allows you to receive Sirius Satellite Radio through the receiver. You can search Sirius radio stations by Channel, Category or Direct Tuning. You can also choose to display the following Sirius information on the receiver's display - Channel Name, Channel Number, Category Name, Artist Name or Song Title.
 
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5 out of 5

Great Amp

Written By santageoc, Pasadena, CA on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
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What an AMP!!! Need a straight forward AMP at a great price..look no more. Great sound quality.
Pros:
Everything!
Cons:
None
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By Anon, N.W., PA on Saturday, October 22, 2011
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For someone wanting to just replace an existing 2 speaker stereo tuner/receiver; this unit works well. No hiss, no background noise, just music coming from the speakers. That's all I wanted and this unit is great for 2 channel audio. I also liked the sound level pre-set when powered on, if I had been listening at a high volume level, when I next turn it on I don't get blown out of the room. I'm more than satisfied with this open-box receiver and Crutchfield packing and shipping was first rate.
Pros:
Works as advertised. Easy setup.
Cons:
No midrange control knob (my prior 2 receivers had bass, midrange and treble controls). No mute button on the receiver (there is a mute button on the remote). Otherwise a 5 star receiver.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By D.J., locust grove, va. on Thursday, October 06, 2011
 
Onkyo, is a great product, I have a 50 watt amp that i brought back in 1978, and it still kicking strong. I purchased the tx8555 because of the features it has like the zone 2, and the 100 watts which is asume. I am a true ide hard fan of this product. Now i have my amp hooked up to this receiver (tx8555) in one room, and the tx 855 is in another.
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4 out of 5

Great so Far

Written By Imhotep, Chicago on Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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The TX-8555 replaced an older Onkyo receiver with some problems--the B speakers no longer worked on the front porch and I was getting an annoying hum from my JBL 4410s in the living room. So, in addition to getting more watts per channel I solved my noise and speaker problems, too! The phono in was important to me, as well.

I am only giving the receiver 4 stars because I have only been using it for a couple of weeks--but I like what I've heard and seen, so far.
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5 out of 5

Great Product at a Great value

Written By Anonymous, Pittsburgh, PA on Wednesday, September 07, 2011
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This is a solid product at a great price. I did not need or want a home theater receiver but a good ole stereo receiver. This unit delivers! A/B speakers and 2 Zone capability. I hooked up my Sirius radio and CD player as well. If needed, I could also add tape, DVD, phone, game unit, etc...100 Watts, sounds great, even with less than great speakers.
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5 out of 5

Best Bang for the Buck

Written By Keith, Cumming,Ga. on Tuesday, September 06, 2011
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So far I am very pleased with the performance and sound of the unit. This is the best my Klipsh Forte' 2's have sounded in years. I originally was using Carver separates but when the amp died for the 2nd time I decided to go with a nice Yamaha Home Theatre reciever. It sounded great in that application but was really lacking driving the Klipsh in stereo mode. After deciding to go back with a stereo setup again and use the Yamaha with some bookshelf speakers; I talked to some friends with Onkyo gear and decided on this unit over the Marantz. My speakers are back to sounding as good as they did with my old Carver 225 watt per channel amp ...maybe better. Very smooth and neutral sound with no more tiring fatigue and brightness of the Yamaha. Definately no regrets whatsoever.
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5 out of 5

Satisfied

Written By Dave S, Gainesville FL on Tuesday, August 09, 2011
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I bought it as an open box, for a huge discount. Couldn't beat the price & the quality. 100 watts isn't really enough for me, but wasn't in the mood to spend more. It will do for now. I bought a 500 watt Sony surround receiver from Best Buy for dirt. The bells & whistles croaked in that within 3 yrs. Didn't need the Sony to be surround but couldn't beat the price. I have (2) other Onkyo Receivers & a surround that have given me trouble free operation since the mid 90's. A good product. I play music to the (ear splatting loading hammer) ! I recommend it! Long live rock-n-roll !! Dave
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5 out of 5

Crutchfield is Grand!

Written By EttaR, Bakersfield, CA on Friday, July 29, 2011
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The sound is awesome. The ease of use is outstanding. I am most appreciative of the assistance provided to me by your staff in the determination of what product would be most effective for me. Thank you for your prompt and carefully packaged delivery of this product.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By RoseL, Cowley, WY on Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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The tone I get from my receiver is great. Delivery was prompt, and the installation was simple. The price was affordable. I'm very satisfied.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By sjk, pittsburgh, pa on Sunday, July 03, 2011
 
excellent reciever, great quality, very easy to operate, i have no negative comments, has a lot of power, best of all great price! would recommend a great buy.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX 8555

Written By Chuck, Ga. on Thursday, June 16, 2011
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This review is based on the second one I received, as the first one was dead on arrival. I was hesitant about getting a second one and almost chose a Yamaha instead. This one powered up and works superbly so far. Two channel stereo is all that interest me, and this receiver has most of features that I want without being loaded down with clutter and useless features that I couldn't care less for. I don't care for the layout of, or the speaker wire connections, but they work fine. The unit while missing a loudness/bass boost feature for low volume bass enhancement produces excellent overall sound without one. I like the intelligent volume control settings. This feature allows you to adjust the pre amps gain for each individual source. It's my favorite feature of this unit so far. I have it driving a pair in Infinity 362's in a rather large room. I've added the Infinity PS 28 sub for a little low end enhancement, but the sound is surprisingly quite adequate without the powered sub. The remote leaves a little to be desired, but I bought this receiver for musical enjoyment, not the fancy remote. I'm still getting to know this receiver, and time will tell the rest. So far though, for the money spent, I'm pleased. I came here looking for, and expecting to purchase a Yamaha, but price still sells, and this one was on sale. This unit out performs the Sony unit it replaces by a wide margin, and was far fewer dollars than a comparably spec'ed Yamaha.
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5 out of 5

Outstanding Receiver

Written By Maz, Palatine, IL on Thursday, May 26, 2011
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This is one of the best receivers of this type available to power speakers and CD accessories. It provides plenty of power and runs very cool. I have my Onkyo receiver connected to Polk TSi 500 speakers and a Teac CD-P650 CD player. Everything runs and sounds great. Good Luck!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By Fred, Richfield Springs, NY on Monday, May 16, 2011
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Nice stereo. I wish I had thought to get a receiver with a fader.
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4 out of 5

Great receiver, except for satellite radio

Written By Dan In WV, Charleston, WV on Saturday, March 26, 2011
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I love the receiver, with the exception of the whole "satellite radio ready" deal.
The receiver wouldn't recognize my Sirius receiver, and when I called Onkyo
support, the tech kept insisting that the receiver was not satellite radio
compatible. He kept asking me how I had the Sirius receiver connected to the
reciever, and I kept saying "to the port on the back that says "Sirius'," and he
kept telling me the rig wasn't Siruius compatible. One of the more ridiculous
conversations I've ever had in my life. The Cruthfield tech was better - he at
least knew the unit was SUPPOSED to play satellite radio, but he didn't solve
my problem - he just blamed Sirius for the issue. Other than the Sirius
problem, I'm very satisfied with the unit, and I've been able to get Sirius to play
through it, just not like it's supposed to - the TX-8555's display still says "Check
SR Receiver" - but it plays. If you don't care about satellite compatability, add a
star to my review; if a primary use of this product is to play Sirius radio, deduct
four and stay away.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By DewitteC, Albuquerque, NM on Wednesday, March 09, 2011
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Excellent quality product with very good sound. This is the second receiver that
bought from Crutchfield and I must say the company is the BEST. Excellent
products, good prices, and very good customer service.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By Todd, Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, March 03, 2011
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Plenty of power at a great price. My 25 year old Bose 601's sound great again!
The double packaging that Crutchfield uses for shipping is a nice touch.
I deliver boxes all day and know what they go through. Thanks Crutchfield....
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Onkyo always delivers!

Written By Ryan, Toms River, NJ on Wednesday, March 02, 2011
 
This is the second Onkyo receiver I've purchased from Crutchfield. I continue to be
impressed by their affordability and performance. The other receiver I purchased is a
more higher end unit that is used in my home theatre. The TX-8555 was purchased to
be used in a 6,000 square foot automotive shop. Six satellite speakers are powered via
a Niles SS-4 speaker selector, also purchased through Crutchfield. This unit is
powerful enough to overcome the noise that a busy automotive shop creates, while still
being incredibly clear and lacking distortion. In fact, one of my co-workers made this
comment shortly after the unit was installed: "I've heard things in these songs that I've
never heard before." That's actually saying quite a bit about this unit, because the
satellite speakers that are being powered are far from extraordinary. Keep in mind
though, like anything else, you get what you pay for. And for the money I paid for the TX-
8555, I'm extremely satisfied.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By EL, Conway, AR on Tuesday, February 22, 2011
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I have been very pleased with the tuner sensitivity and very clean audio. Using rabit-ears
even weaker stations are received clearly. The amplifier section compares quite
favorably with my replaced separate Onkyo amplifier which used a separate tuner
(Pioneer).

The only limitations are bass and treble controls, but no mid-range adjustment, and
either 6 or 8 ohm output impedance. It would be nice to be able to match the older 4
ohm speakers more exactly.

Overall, I am quite happy with the unit and would recommend it.
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5 out of 5

Excellent

Written By CJ, in Brookings, SD on Monday, February 21, 2011
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Very nice receiver. Hooked up to 4 large speakers in seed warehouse. Van Halen
sounds good. We'll be adding an amp and more speakers in the near future.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX 8555

Written By Rob, Welch, Mn on Monday, February 14, 2011
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I had a real good experience with Crutchfield. This was an open box receeiver, so
price was very tempting. I would have to say this model is one of the best i've ever heard.
Radio stations come in great. The sound is so clean and crisp. I've had onkyo products
in the past and they tend to run warm, but this model is one of the coolest running
models i've ever had. It does need a subwoofer to go along with to give that perfect
sound. For a two channel reciever, you can't go wrong with this model.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By Dustin, Florida on Tuesday, February 08, 2011
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Great product quick delivery would recommend to anyone.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By CraigR, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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The quality of sound produced from this receiver is outstanding and the price is right!
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5 out of 5

Sounds So Good

Written By GoSteelers, Pittsburgh on Tuesday, February 01, 2011
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I've never pretended to be an audiophile but I love my music and when the trusty receiver I'd
relied on for 10 years died away, I was at a loss. Luckily, two friends who swear by Onkyo
helped me shop for this receiver and it sounds so good. I knew I saved all that vinyl for a
reason.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By Anonymous, Kentucky on Sunday, January 30, 2011
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Very nice sound & well priced. Was very easy to set up & came with everything we
needed. Shipping was fast also. Will buy from Crutchfields again.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By Ray, Alabama on Saturday, January 29, 2011
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A fine receiver. Replaced a 30 yr. old receiver that didn' t always work. Great sound. Much cooler operating than the older unit. Excellent sound. Solid.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By RichardH, Springfield, IL on Friday, January 28, 2011
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This is a great receiver, and a great value. I am hearing details in music not previously
noted from my old receiver, and increased clarity. A very lifelike sound is reproduced.
It's great that this receiver includes a built-in satellite radio tuner, rendering an additional
box unnecessary.

The receiver was very easy to set up and is simple to use.
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3 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By thomas, Wausau Wi on Wednesday, January 26, 2011
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Sound is terrific, help from Crutchfield couldn't be better. My problem is with Onkyo. My old unit which was hospitalized for repair work at an independant repairman because Onkyo said it was to old to work on (apprx 15 yrs) could not be finished due to a heart attack by the repairman. Onyko has gone the route of everyone else in making "home theatre " almost exclusively. I do not want that type of unit but one for music exclusively. I have two turntables, a reel to reel, a dual deck cassette deck and a cd player. my old Onkyo had inputs for all of these plus it also had simul source built right into the unit, not needing a separate amp. I could run two sets of speakers in the main room and another set in a second room with volume controls for each of the three sets in addition to a time delay for concert hall effect. I know I could find most of these features on other units in addition to Onkyo but I would be paying major dollars for features I do not want and would never use.
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4 out of 5

solid and simple

Written By KrisJ, NY on Tuesday, January 25, 2011
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I'm very happy with this purchase. Plenty of power and not a lot of unnecessary
bells and whistles.
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5 out of 5

Solid reciever

Written By Steve, somewhere, VA on Saturday, January 22, 2011
 
I purchased this receiver to put in my office and connect my desktop computer to. I just
enjoy listening to music the old school way with a 2 channel stereo receiver. I currently
have two 10 year old Sony floor speakers wired to this receiver and let me tell you that
this amp is way more powerful than those speakers can handle. Great solid power, FM
Tuner works great for me, and tuner pretty much plug and play. You can control pretty
much everything right from the remote control which is very convenient. Next step is to
upgrade to some new bookshelf speakers and add a powered subwoofer. I would highly
recommend this receiver to anyone, plus with the Onkyo name on it... you can't go wrong.
P.S - Crutchfield had this receiver on my doorstep within 24 hours standard shipping.
Also this receiver was double boxed with package peanuts. They take great care when
shipping items to you.
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5 out of 5

Better Than I Expected

Written By Maximus, Ogden Utah on Friday, January 21, 2011
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First off, This thing is AWESOME period. I expected ok sound, week power, and disappointment for not going with a more expensive unit (Yamaha, H K) but let me tell you I am not. I thought I was going to have to get an amp to drive my VS 150's and my VS 120's but nope this thing does just fine on it's own. I read a post that if you had these big speakers you would fry your receiver if it had a 100w a Chanel or less NOPE hasn't fried, this thing I think has more power than it is rated at or it was just put together right. Second, you have to know how to set and adjust the settings to get it tuned in right no biggie just read your owners manual and tinker with it, It has a pure direct setting and it works fine for certain kinds of music and also it depends if the cd your listening to is a old copy or a remastered copy, generally I have found that if it is an old cd not remastered you probably want the pure direct turned off and fine tune it by control knobs, New or remastered cd's sound awesome with pure direct on. And third there is a volume control for each device that is plugged in to it cd, tape, ipod ect, just adjust accordingly and read the book on how to do it, all so adjust the independence to match your speakers Read the book. Hope this helps.
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By MasonS, Dothan, AL on Friday, January 07, 2011
 
This is sweet receiver. I've wanted this thing for a long time! it sounds good
even though I have a smaller room I more than enough power with over 200 watts
of peak power per channel. the FM tuner works perfect for me and it sounds
great! this one comes with composite video hookups if you needs those. banana
plug speaker connections and an AC outlet. sweet deal for a nice receiver and
not bad on the price, prompt free shipping, well packaged with catalog and
everything! I highly recommend this product to anyone who wants a lot of good
power and great sound!
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2 out of 5

Terrible Tuner

Written By SK, Bridport, Vermont on Saturday, December 11, 2010
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This receiver does everything a receiver should do, except to receive FM radio
transmissions. The thirty year old Onkyo it replaces has far better reception, as does a
$10 dollar transister radio with the antennae broken off. Do not buy this unit if you ever
plan to use the tuner. Very disappointing purchase.
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4 out of 5

Good receiver

Written By Mike F., Otwell, IN on Friday, December 03, 2010
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This is a good unit. I'm more old school though when it comes to stereo and for a todays
receiver this might be the closest thing a guy can get to something basic and powerful.
The only thing I really dislike is I can run all my components through my equalizer. My
equalizer only has 2 RCA inputs and thats not enough for everything. My other receiver,
the Sansui G-7000 has a 4-channel selector which was just push button, the equalizer
was on or off no matter what you were listening to. this receiver is not that way. And its
not heavy enough.haha Overall for the money it's a great unit.
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5 out of 5

outdoor sound

Written By pd, United States on Thursday, November 25, 2010
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I hooked up the tx-8555 to run 4 outdoor rock speakers, they sound great!. my speakers are 250watts per speaker and this receiver puts out enough power to blast out my
backyard and my neighbours. For the price this was a deal . Plan to look at a 7.1 from OKY for the inside.
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5 out of 5

Perfect Receiver

Written By Jeannie, Andover CT on Tuesday, October 26, 2010
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I bought this receiver to replace my 20+ yr old Onkyo which I ran with an equalizer. It had
just started to cut out randomly. This one has excellent sound without the equalizer
and the old one can go into the garage to play out the rest of its life. I received great
advice from tech before purchase and the whole thing was simple to hook up to my
existing speakers.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By Thomas J., Silver Spring, MD on Thursday, September 23, 2010
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This product replaced a 20+ year old Pioneer receiver that ran my cd, tape, and
turntable units on a two-zone, four-speaker system. All units work well, the sound is
quite good, and the price, which included free shipping, was excellent.
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5 out of 5

GOOD CLEAN POWER

Written By Sam, AKRON,OHIO on Tuesday, September 21, 2010
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if all you need is a two channel reciever this is the one to get. This reciever is clean and has
plenty of power and has all of your basic RCA inpt, and outpt,to hook up your accesories (i-pod
DVD,phono,CD ,sirious ,sub,zoning . I have it powering a couple of bose boohshelf speakers
that are in a entertainement hutch and they sound like full size floor speakers. I would
recommend this product.
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4 out of 5

onkyo

Written By greg, rivesville,wv on Saturday, September 11, 2010
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So far so good it has been wonderful!
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5 out of 5

Great Value

Written By GWayne, Greensboro, NC on Thursday, September 09, 2010
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Simple set-up. Great sound from television, dvd, cds, radio, and wii.
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5 out of 5

So Far So Great

Written By lynivdrocer, New Haven, CT on Friday, May 28, 2010
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I bought this receiver for its phono input, the positive reviews I found both at Crutchfield and elsewhere on line, and the free delivery factor from CF. I'm running the low-end Denon DP-29F turntable through it and out to Klipsch Heresy III speakers. The Onkyo delivers sound clean and powerful enough for my concert-ruined ears. The Heresies seem sufficiently driven, and as rudimentary as the Denon turntable is (see my review of this product), it translates quite well through what I think are the two stronger links in the chain. I've been waiting for more than a decade to bring back out my vinyl, and these three components, along with some 12-gauge wire and the right sized space, have created a most satisfying renaissance. I haven't run any other components through it yet or even listened to the radio, so sorry I can't comment now on that.
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5 out of 5

Outstanding Receiver!

Written By titchy, Cincinnati, OH on Sunday, March 07, 2010
 
I just replace my 19 year old onkyo receiver, (wanted an xm ready and ipod compatible),
and am THRILLED with the new 8555! I previously ran an EQ with the old receiver and
was sceptical with the basic treble and bass controls on the new one. To my surprise, I
was floored! My EQ is now in the same box with the old receiver. This receiver
produces a nice warm bass sound and perfect highs. Every increase of volume is
subtle and quiet, so it doesn't just go from real low to real loud! My 19 year old Infinity
Reference 5 speakers sound brand new again and I originally thought they needed
replaced. I may update my dated Onkyo cd player to see what else I'm missing!
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By Ken, Moorestown, NJ on Saturday, February 06, 2010
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So far so good. Do to the size of my in home stereo system it was recommended that I purchase two of these recievers and run them in paralell in order to power my entire system. My wife says the system sounds better than ever.
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5 out of 5

a MUST BUY

Written By kelley, madison wi on Thursday, December 17, 2009
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This is one of the best bargains ever. I was not expecting the range of inputs, the quality of sound, the ease of use, and just general high quality feel, of this unit, for this price.

Although I don't really need it I am tempted to buy another just because it is such a great value.

BUY ONE!
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5 out of 5

Great unit for the price

Written By Richard, Seattle, WA on Tuesday, December 15, 2009
 
This receiver does the job.

I'm not big into the surround scene, preferring 2-channel sound instead. This does the job
perfectly. It's easy to set up (I don't even bother with the custom functions) and sounds great
for the price. It also has all the inputs I need (most importantly a phono-in).

If you're looking for a no-frills set up with great sound, this is the way to go.
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5 out of 5

TX-8555

Written By Anonymous, Metro West Boston, Ma on Friday, November 06, 2009
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This is one awesome unit for the price. I inherited a georgeous vintage wood Stromberg/Carlson music cabinet made in the early '50's along with lots of vinyl lp's and needed to upgrade the electronics with a receiver that had a phono input for a record player ( a MUST) as well as upgrades to include IPOD, Zunes, etc.. A sixty year span in technology. No need for any other amps if you want to use a phono. It is powering 2 Bose 901 speakers extremely well. If I max it out, the neighbors complain. It pumps more power than I can use. At first, I was a little hesitant in that I am not familiar with the brand, however now, I don't see how you can go wrong with this unit. I love the fact that there are real KNOBS to adjust Bass/Treble; Left/Right if you so desire. Basic and uncomplicated. A hands on delight. No need to spend big bucks to get great sound. The 8555 has to be the most under rated receiver going. Good FM reception in fringe area. Manual is easy to understand, however the remote is a little confusing. None the less, it's all good.
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5 out of 5

Great stereo

Written By Michael, Minneapolis, MN on Monday, July 06, 2009
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I was looking for a stereo to power my home stereo system. I didn't need anything fancy of with surround; I wanted it to run three sets of i-ceiling speakers as well as my outdoor speakers. This receiver is great!

Setup was a snap and I am controlling the unit with an IR repeater from areas of the house and it works great. The power is sufficient to run the speakers and the sound is great. One nice feature (especially when running several pairs of speakers) is the automatic resistance overload protection. If you have too many speakers with the wrong resistance, it can burn out a receiver. This unit protects against that by shutting off the speakers if the resistance gets out of whack. I run resistance matching volume controls so I shouldn't have any problems.

Great unit and the price is right!
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By Jan, Ninety Six, SC on Saturday, June 06, 2009
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I replaced my old Sony reciever with this one and found it is everything (and then some) I expected. Great quality for the price. I would highly recommend this reciever to anyone who does not want to pay a fortune for lots of power (when needed), while not sacrificing quality. This was my first purchase a Crutchfield, and Bill should be complimented for his great customer service and reputation.
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5 out of 5

Quality stereo sound

Written By NothingLasts, Left coast on Tuesday, May 12, 2009
 
The highs are exquisitely warm and smooth. Base is solid, not thumpy. The controls are clean, simple, and elegant.

Great for music lovers. I hope Onkyo and Clutchfield keep this in the catalog for long time to come.
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5 out of 5

A lot of bang for your buck

Written By Matt, Newton, New Jersey on Thursday, April 23, 2009
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You will not be disapppointed. I paired it with Infinity speakers and if you into LOUD then you are going to be knocked out. What I like about this is that if you pay attention to the ventillation specs it will not run hot. I had a Sony prior to this and that ran hot which eventually fried it. Also the connections to your CD, DVD and TV and MP3 player are a snap to do. My only problem was with the VCR since the back of the receiver didn't match the manual I got with it. But that's no biggie for me. The main thing is that the sound quality is clean no matter what the volume. I am very pleased.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By Richard, Nashville, TN on Friday, April 10, 2009
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The last 2-channel receiver I owned was a Yamaha R1000 back in the early 1990's. We bought this Onkyo to drive a pair of Bose 901 speakers as our primary music system in the house. The Onkyo does a great job of driving the 901's. The speaker response is flat and the receiver has plenty of power at all volume levels. We also purchased the Onkyo iPod Dock so there are thousands of songs ready to go at the touch of two buttons.
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5 out of 5

This one's a keeper!

Written By Jeff, Tulsa, OK on Thursday, March 05, 2009
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I have owned/audtioned Yamaha and Denon stereo receivers but decided to try this Onkyo. Rated at 100 watts it does make a difference for music listening. I have it paired with v5 speakers and it is a nice combination. Unless you need a feature that Yamaha or Denon has, this Onkyo is a great buy worth considering.
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4 out of 5

very pleased with this receiver

Written By RICHARD, Asheville, NC on Thursday, January 22, 2009
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my old Sony receiver gave up the ghost after many years of good service - I
needed a basic receiver for CDs and listening to PBS - the Crutchfield rep was very
helpful in picking out the right receiver for my speakers and my listening habits - I
am very happy with the receiver and didn't realize how far gone my old receiver
had become. The sound is excellent at all levels of volume and all I can say is I
am very satisfied. There are options for expanding capabilities with this receiver as
well. Happy with the receiver and happy with Crutchfield customer service.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-8555

Written By Paul, Hawaii on Monday, January 12, 2009
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I chose this receiver over a less expensive alternative with similar amplifier specs because it offered an abundance of source inputs including a phono input. I am well pleased with the choice after living with it for 10 days. The features offer a high level of convenience and flexibility and I can find no fault with the performance. I am driving a pair of inefficient acoustic suspension speakers which it handles effortlessly and my 64 year old ears haven't heard anything I didn't like at any volume level up to ear-splitting on any source. In this location with a corrosive marine atmosphere, I appreciate the gold contacts on the input connectors, and I especially like the ability to set the input levels to match the input.

Minor carping: I wish the industry would standardize remotes to minimize the rabbit-like propagation of controls on my coffee table...the Onkyo remote won't talk to the Sony TV or the Pioneer DVD player and I miss, but can easily live without a loudness control and a separate source selector for the tape output that I enjoyed on my deceased integrated amp.

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4 out of 5

May be overkill

Written By Poulsbo, Poulsbo, WA on Saturday, November 15, 2008
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This may have been a little more than we needed for the application, which was a small docotrs office. However, for the money it was worth it. And now we can add in XM or Surius radio if we want, not to mention iPods, or other peripherals.
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