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Home theater receiver with HDMI switching and video upconversion (Black)

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by Dave Bar
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Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

Onkyo's advanced TX-SR606 delivers outstanding audio and video performance from today's newest generation of high-def components. This receiver gives you plenty of HDMI inputs along with sophisticated processing for a cutting-edge home theater experience. For example, it can decode Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD® Master Audio — two new high-resolution surround sound formats found on many newer Blu-ray players and discs.

Flexible HDMI switching with video upconversion to 1080i
The 'SR606's 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs let you hook up four high-def sources and switch easily among them, while maintaining pristine digital sound and picture quality. This receiver can also upconvert your non-HD sources to an HDMI signal with up to 1080i resolution. That means you can route all your video components through your receiver and make a single cable connection to your HDMI-equipped HDTV.

Fast, accurate setup
The 'SR606 includes Audyssey 2EQ, a sophisticated speaker calibration system that makes it simple to optimize surround sound for your room. Using the included microphone, the receiver analyzes sound from two different listening positions, then automatically adjusts level, equalization, and delay settings for each of your speakers. The result is clear, precise, natural sound.

Flexible entertainment options
This receiver's dual-room/dual-source audio capability lets you enjoy home theater in your main room while a housemate listens to stereo music in a second room. You can integrate your iPod® by adding Onkyo's handy control dock, and tune in to SIRIUS Satellite radio with the addition of an optional SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit.

Read our blog post My wish list -- the Onkyo TX-SR606 home theater receiver See more info on this item

Highlights:

  • 90 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio, Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES®, Pro Logic® IIx, and DTS Neo:6 decoding
  • SIRIUS satellite radio capable (requires SIRIUS subscription and optional SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit)
  • iPod integration (requires optional Onkyo DS-A3 iPod dock)
  • Audyssey 2EQ auto speaker setup (microphone included)
  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ for better surround sound at lower volumes
  • dual-room/dual-source audio (powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room; using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room)
  • RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI) simplifies system control with compatible Onkyo components
  • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping front left and right speakers
  • high-current amplifier design
  • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels
  • 40 AM/FM/SIRIUS presets
  • aluminum front panel
  • multibrand remote
  • sleep timer (via remote)
  • 17-1/8"W x 6-7/8"H x 15-1/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Connections:
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (4 in, 1 out)
  • HDMI version 1.3a with support for x.v.Color™ and HDMI-CEC with compatible video sources and TVs, Auto Lip Sync
  • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion with scaling up to 1080i
  • component video switching: 2 in, 1 out
  • digital inputs: 2 optical , 2 coaxial
  • 5 audio/video inputs, including:
    • 1 front-panel input with composite video
    • 4 rear-panel inputs with composite and S-video
  • 2 audio-only inputs
  • no phono input
  • 7.1-channel analog audio preamp input
  • 1 pair of main speaker outputs

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Features and Specs
General
Number Of Channels
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7
Stereo RMS Power (watts)
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90
THD in Stereo
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0.08 %
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)
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20-20k Hz
FM Sensitivity
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Not Given
HD Radio Tuner
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No
On-Screen Display
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Auto Speaker Calibration
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HDMI Standby Pass-through
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Composite Video Conversion
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From Composite to HDMI
S-Video Conversion
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From S-Video to HDMI
Component Video Conversion
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From Component Video to HDMI
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion
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No
Internet-ready
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Apple AirPlay
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App Remote Control
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Bluetooth-compatible
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USB port for iPod/iPhone
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No
DLNA Certified
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MHL-compatible
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Multibrand Remote Control
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Yes
Learning Remote
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No
LCD Remote
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No
Width (inches)
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17-1/8
Height (inches)
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6-7/8
Depth (inches)
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15-1/16
Weight (pounds)
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Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Multi-room Audio--Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output
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No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output
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No
Multi-room Video
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No
Multi-room HDMI Output
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No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital
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Yes
DTS
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Yes
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input
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No
Audio-Video Inputs
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5
Audio-only Inputs
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2
S-Video Inputs
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4
S-Video Outputs
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1
S-Video Monitor Outputs
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1
Component Video Inputs
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2
Component Video Monitor Outputs
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1
Optical Digital Inputs
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2
Coaxial Digital Inputs
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2
Optical Digital Outputs
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None
Coaxial Digital Outputs
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None
HDMI Inputs
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4
HDMI Monitor Outputs
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1
Subwoofer Outputs
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1
Multi-Channel Analog Input
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Yes
Multi-channel Preamp Output
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Main Speaker Output Pairs
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Main Speaker Terminals
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Ethernet Port
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USB Connections
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Removable Power Cord
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What's in the box?

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  • Black AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RC-710M)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • Speaker setup microphone with attached 19.5' cable (3.5mm mono mini-plug terminal)
  • Instruction Manual
  • Quick setup guide
  • Remote control code chart
  • Product registration card/Warranty information
  • Interactive iPod dock information
  • Using Sirius Satellite Radio instructions
  • Sirius Satellite Radio brochure
  • Sheet of adhesive labels
  • RIHD instruction sheet

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Features
Remote Control
Input and Output Notes

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.

CinemaFilter: Using the CinemaFilter you soften overly bright movie soundtracks. Movie soundtracks are typically mixed for a large theater (relative to your home theater) with lots of soft seats and thick curtains on the walls. Home theater settings often lack these high frequency absorbing wall treatments, making the soundtrack sound too bright. CinemaFilter accounts for this and for many movies sounds more natural at home.

Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs): To decode and playback high-resolution recordings, this receiver is equipped with 192kHz/24-bit DACs.

HDMI v1.3a Repeater: The TX-SR606 has four HDMI v1.3a inputs and one HDMI v1.3a output for connecting DVD players, HDTV set-top boxes, and other video components to your TV or projector. The receiver's HDMI circuitry allows the receiver to output an HDMI audio signal from its speaker outputs and HDMI out so you don't have to run and additional analog or digital cable. The HDMI inputs are also compatible with DVI, so TVs and displays with a DVI input can be connected by using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable, along with audio cables. The receiver uses HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), so only HDCP-compatible components can display the picture. The HDMI inputs can accept and switch 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p signals to a TV, monitor, or projector. Each of the HDMI inputs can be assigned to any of the four rear panel A/V inputs (DVD, VCR/DVR, CBL/SAT, Game/TV). The receiver's HDMI input also supports the following functions.

  • xvColor: Increases detail and color space when watching movies on your television from an external device connected by HDMI through the TX-SR606.
  • Auto Lip Sync: The Lip Sync function can automatically synchronize HDMI audio and video that has gotten out of sync due to the complex digital video processing being performed by your HDMI-compatible TV. With HDMI Lip Sync, the audio delay required to synchronize the audio and video is calculated and applied automatically by the AV receiver.
  • HDMI Control: This function allows CEC-compatible components or RIHD-compatible components connected via HDMI to be controlled with the TX-SR606.
  • Power Control: This feature allows you to link the power functions of CEC-compatible components or RIHD-compatible components connected via HDMI.
  • TV Control: This function enables you to control this AV receiver from an RIHD-compatible TV connected via HDMI.

HDMI Video Upconversion With Upscaling: The Onkyo TX-SR606 will convert incoming analog composite video, S-video, and component video signals to HDMI so you can connect all your video sources through the receiver and then to your TV via HDMI to give you the best picture quality possible. Using Faroudja DCDi Edge Technology, the receiver has the ability upscale incoming analog and digital video signals up to 1080i. You can specify the output resolution for the receiver's HDMI output and have the AV receiver upconvert and upscale the picture resolution as necessary to match the resolution supported by your television. You can select from 480p, 720p, 1080i, Auto or Through.

Component Video Switching: In addition to HDMI, composite video, and S-Video switching, this unit can switch between high definition component video sources. There are 2 component video inputs and 1 component video output. The component video inputs and outputs have a bandwidth of 5Hz to 50MHz.

Bi-Amping Front Speakers: The Front L/R and Surround Back L/R terminal posts can be used with front speakers and surround back speakers respectively, or bi-amped to provide separate tweeter and woofer feeds for the front speaker, providing improved bass and treble performance. When the bi-amp feature is used, the AV receiver is able to drive up to 5.1 speakers in the main room.

Multi-Zone: The TX-SR606 features the following Zone 2 connections so you can listen to one input source in your main room and a different source in another room.

  • Line Out: By using the line-level outputs on the TX-SR606 you can connect an external receiver or integrated amplifier in a second room, allowing you to listen to 7.1 surround in the main room and play a different audio source in another room of your home. The volume of Zone 2 is controlled by your optional integrated amp.
  • Speaker Out: By using the speaker-level outputs on the TX-SR606 you can directly connect a secondary pair of speakers in another room of your home, allowing you to listen to 5.1 surround sound in your main room and play a different audio source in the other room. The volume of Zone 2 is controlled by the TX-SR606 receiver.

iPod Compatible: The DS-A2x or DS-A3 Remote Interactive Dock for iPod (item # 580DSA2X and 580DSA3) provide an interface between an iPod digital media player and Onkyo TX-SR606. Once the iPod is docked you can control basic functions such as volume control, play, stop, and skip via the Onkyo system's RI-compatible wireless remote control. The dock also charges the battery in the iPod, and allows you to view digital photos and video on an Onkyo home theater system.

Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: The TX-SR606 can be connected to the optional SiriusConnect Home Tuner kit (part # 607SCH1, 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. You can store a combination of 40 of your favorite Sirius, AM, and FM radio stations.

Audyssey 2EQ Automatic Speaker Setup: With the supplied speaker setup microphone, Audyssey 2EQ can measure the number of speakers connected, their sizes, crossover frequencies and distances front he listening position and calculate the optimal speaker setting for you automatically. The supplied microphone is approximately 2" in diameter, 1" tall, and has a 19.5' cable that plugs into the front of the receiver. There is a threaded insert on the bottom of the microphone so it can be mounted on a tripod for accurate listening position placement. Three listening position measurements are taken, one primary and two secondary, to optimize the surround effect for a broad area. You can also setup your speaker system manually using the receiver.

  • Speaker Size: You can set Large or Small for your front speakers; Large, Small or None for your surround, surround back, and center speakers; and Yes or No for subwoofer. You can also select 1ch or 2ch mode for the connected surround back speakers.
  • Speaker Distance: The distance from your listening position to each speaker can also be set manually. The front speaker distance can be set from 1 to 30 feet in 1-foot increments. The center and subwoofer settings can be up to 5 feet more or 5 feet less than the distance you set for the front speakers (30 feet max). The settings for the surround left, surround right, surround back left, and surround back right speakers are each individually adjustable, and they may be up to 5 feet more or 15 feet less than the distance you set for the front speakers (30 feet max).
  • Speaker Levels: You can manually adjust the level of individual speakers between -12dB and +12dB; -15dB to +12dB for the subwoofer.
  • Equalizer: You can adjust the receivers 5-band equalizer (63, 240, 1000, 4000, and16000 Hz) for each speaker manually from -6 to +6dB in 1dB increments.

Adjustable Crossover: This receiver has a built-in high-pass crossover for any of the speakers set to Small. This setting is available when the subwoofer is set to Yes. The frequencies that you can choose from are 40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, and 200 Hz. Frequencies lower than the set crossover point are output by the subwoofer.

Bass And Treble: You can independently adjust the Bass (50Hz) and Treble (20kHz) of the TX-SR606 from -10 to +10 dB.

Double Bass: You can enhance the bass output by activating the Double Bass function. This function allows you to feed bass frequencies to the front left and right channels and to the subwoofer. Double Bass can be set only when the subwoofer is set to On and the front speakers are set to Large.

Listening Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of listening modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The listening modes include:

  • Direct: This mode delivers pure sound with minimum sound quality adjustment and filtration. The sound recorded for the right and left front channels is output to the right and left front speakers only and not output to the subwoofer, center, or rear speakers.
  • Stereo: Sound is output from the front left and right speakers and subwoofer.
  • Mono: Monaural sound is output from the front left and right speakers and subwoofer
  • Dolby Pro Logic II: Dolby Pro Logic II technology processes any high quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into five playback channels of full-bandwidth surround sound. A matrix surround decoding technology, Dolby Pro Logic II detects the directional cues that occur naturally in stereo content and uses these elements to create a five-channel surround sound playback experience. You can choose from the following Dolby Pro Logic II formats - Cinema, Music, or Game.
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Pro Logic IIx expands any existing stereo- or 5.1-channel audio for a 6.1- or 7.1- channel playback, creating a seamless, natural surround soundfield that immerses you in the entertainment experience. You can choose from the following Dolby Pro Logic IIx formats - Cinema, Music, or Game. Dolby Digital: decodes Dolby Digital soundtracks
  • Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
  • Dolby Digital EX: Dolby Digital EX is a 6.1 multi-channel digital surround format.
  • Dolby Digital Plus: Multi-channel audio format for HDTV and Blue-ray which supports up to 71.- channels with 48kHz sampling rate.
  • Dolby TrueHD: Offers up to 7.1 discrete channels of digital audio with 48/96kHz and up to 5.1-channels with 192kHz sampling rate.
  • 5.1-Channel Source+Dolby EX: Expands 5.1-channel sources for 6.1 or 7.1-channel playback, adding an extra dimension and provides an enveloping surround sound effect.
  • 5.1-Channel Source+PLIIx (Movie or Music): Expands 5.1-channel Dolby Digital sources to 6.1 or 7.1-channels.
  • DTS Digital Surround: DTS Digital Surround is a 5.1 multi-channel digital surround sound format used for both commercial/theatrical and consumer grade applications.
  • DTS 96/24: DTS 96/24 is a digital audio format enabling high sound quality playback in 5.1-channels with a sampling frequency of 96 kHz and 24 bit quantization of DVD-video.
  • DTS-ES Extended Surround:DTS-ES features two 6.1 multi-channel formats.
    • DTS-ES Discrete 6.1: DTS-ES Discrete 6.1-channel is a 6.1-channel discrete digital audio format adding a surround back channel to the DTS digital surround sound.
    • DTS-ES Matrix 6.1: DTS-ES Matrix 6.1-channel is a discrete 6.1 channel digital audio format inserting a surround back channel to the DTS surround sound through matrix encoding.
  • DTS Neo:6 Surround: DTS Neo:6 is a matrix decoding technology for achieving 6.1-channel surround playback with 2-channel sources. You can choose from two DTS Neo: 6 Surround formats - Neo: 6 Cinema and Neo: 6 Music
  • DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: Multi-channel audio DTS format which support up to 7.1 channels with 96kHz sampling rate.
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: Offers up to 7.1 discrete channels of digital audio with 48/96kHz and up to 5.1-channels with 192kHz sampling rate.
  • DTS Express: Supports up to 5.1 channels and a lower sampling rate of 48kHz.
  • DSD: This mode can be used with SACDs that feature multi-channel audio.
  • 5.1Ch Source + Neo:6: This mode uses Neo:6 to expand 5.1-channel sources for 6.1/7.1-channel playback.
  • Theater-Dimensional (T-D): Enjoy virtual 5.1 surround with two or three speakers Onkyo's exclusive. Theater-Dimensional circuitry takes the complexity out of conventional surround-sound setups and lets you experience the excitement of surround sound from as few as two ordinary speakers. Theater-Dimensional's unique multi-speaker modes let you place up to five speakers conveniently by the TV, for the most realistic virtual-surround sound possible.
  • Onkyo Original DSP Modes:
    • Mono Movie: Suitable for old movies or other mono sources.
    • Orchestra: For classical or operatic music.
    • Unplugged: For acoustic instruments, vocals, and jazz.
    • Studio-Mix: Suitable for rock or pop.
    • TV Logic: Adds realistic acoustics to TV shows.
    • All Ch Stereo: Ideal for background music.
    • Full Mono: All speakers output the same sound in mono.

Dolby Pro Logic II & IIx Music Modes: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II or IIx Music format, there are three further enhancements you can adjust:

  • Panorama: broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels, panorama can be turned on/off in the menu
  • Dimension: allows you to move the sound field forward or backward
  • Center Width:allows you to adjust the width of the center channel

Center Image: In the DTS Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 5 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).

Late Night Feature: The Late Night feature limits the dynamic range of Dolby Digital recordings. Limiting the dynamic range makes it easier to find a volume that ensures the quiet sounds are not too quiet and the loud sounds are not too loud for night time listening. This allows you to comfortably listen to without the need to constantly adjust the volume to keep from waking family/neighbors. The choices are: Off, Low, and High.

Note: This feature only works with Dolby Digital Encoded software and the depth of the feature will vary based on the individual software package.

Audyssey Dynamic EQ: Audyssey Dynamic EQ solves the problem of deteriorating sound quality as volume is decreased by taking into account human perception and room acoustics. Dynamic EQ selects the best possible frequency response and surround levels moment-by-moment as volume is changed. The result is bass response, tonal balance and surround impression that remain constant despite changes in volume. Audyssey Dynamic EQ combines information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a prerequisite for delivering a loudness correction solution. Audyssey Dynamic EQ works in tandem with Audyssey (2EQ, MultEQ, MultEQ XT) to provide well-balanced sound for every listener at any volume level.

Music Optimizer: The Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files. The Music Optimizer function only works with PCM digital audio input signals with a sampling rate below 48kHz and analog input signals.

AV Sync: Occasionally the audio and video signals are not properly synchronized, typically when using a progressive scanning DVD player. You can correct this by delaying the audio; options are 0 (no delay) to 100 milliseconds, in 20 millisecond steps.

IntelliVolume: With IntelliVolume, you can set the input level for each input selector individually from -12 to +12 dB in 1 dB increments.

Multi-Channel Input: The receiver is equipped with a 7.1 multi-channel input for compatibility with external decoders or high resolution audio players such as DVD-Audio or SACD. The input consists of left front, right front, center, subwoofer, left surround, right surround, left surround back and right surround back RCA inputs.

On-Screen Display (OSD): The TX-SR606's on-screen setup menu appears on your connected TV and provides a convenient way to change the AV receiver's various settings using the supplied remote control. The onscreen setup menu appears only on TV connected to the receiver via HDMI. If your TV is connected to the composite video or S-Video Monitor Out or the Component Video Out, use the TX-SR606's integrated LCD display when changiing settings.

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 Information: You can display various information about the current input source such as Input Source and Volume; Signal Format or Sampling Frequency; and Input Source and Listening Mode.

Display Dimmer: The display brightness has three settings; Dim, Dimmer, and Normal.

Remote Control

Multi-brand Remote: The supplied RC-710M wireless remote is a multi-brand remote. The remote is pre-programmed to operate Onkyo components, as well as other popular brands of equipment, including DVD players, satellite receivers, cable boxes, VCRs, and televisions. The IR wireless remote control will operate up to 16-feet away from the receiver at an angle of 30-degrees left or right of the receiver as long as the remote is within the line of sight of the TX-SR606.

Input and Output Notes

HDMI: The TX-SR606 is equipped with four assignable HDMI inputs and one HDMI monitor output. The HDMI inputs will support uncompressed standard or high definition digital video along with the following audio signals: 2-channel linear PCM, Multichannel linear PCM, and Bitstream. Audio signals received by the unit's HDMI inputs are output by the receiver's speaker outputs and HDMI out of the receiver.

Assignable Digital Inputs: The Onkyo receiver is equipped with two optical digital inputs and two coaxial digital inputs. All four digital inputs are assignable.

Multi-channel Input: Labeled DVD, the TX-SR606 has a multi-channel input for connecting a DVD player, a high resolution audio player (such as a DVD-Audio or SACD player), or an external decoder. The input consists of left front, right front, center, subwoofer, left surround, right surround, left surround back and right surround back RCA inputs. You can also connect a component using only left and right audio jacks, if desired. Additionally there are composite video, S-video, and component video jacks for this input. This DVD input is included in the total of 6 A/V inputs.

Speaker Outputs: There are color-coded binding post connectors for the left front, right front, center, left surround, right surround, left surround back, and right surround back speakers. The binding posts are not 5-way because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs. There are spring terminals for the Zone 2 speakers

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

Front Panel A/V Input: The receiver features a composite video terminal and a set of stereo audio RCA terminals on the unit's front-panel.

Headphone Output: This receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone output on the front panel. The speaker outputs are muted when headphones are plugged in. The headphone output level can be adjusted from -12dB to +12dB.

 
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Avoid This Product

Written By Chris, Midwest on Saturday, April 07, 2012
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My previous receiver (a Yamaha) lasted 30 years before finally breaking. This one lasted about 1 year before showing signs of poor design. I purchased one after good reviews. But immediately I noticed the unit ran very hot, requiring me to install a fan in the cabinet to keep it from melting my disks and other equipment. Later the display stopped working, deciding instead to display hexadecimal codes. Then it stopped playing certain subsets of my speakers at random times. It still puts out sound most of the time, but the problems inherent in this product should serve as a warning to consumers to stay away from this company (Onkyo).
Pros:
None
Cons:
Overheats and breaks within 2 years.
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1 out of 5

HDMI / picture problems developed

Written By C H Rasch, Minneapolis on Thursday, October 27, 2011
 
This receiver turned out to have been too highly recommended and an awful choice. The picture began to have visual static... little horizontal "static" flashes and lines that grew to the picture cutting out and the system going to black and a message that it was searching for a signal. "HDMI No Time Information, Searching for a signal, 1920 x 1080i @ 60 Hz" This kind of black out sometimes hit four times a minute creating a good deal of anger in my usually tranquil soul.

I tried several new HDMI cables and reassigning HDMI slots. I even ran a single HDMI cable from the Comcast box to the TV set and ran the sound through optical fiber into the AV slot on the back of the Onkyo. BUT, a ponderous delay developed in switching and even turning the system on. I concluded it was very faulty HDMI hardware. i.e. this unit is a piece of junk. I am guessing that the glowing reviews dated around 2009 no longer stand. I am guessing that those who were big fans are now like me, never interested in a piece of Onkyo equipment again. I will rely more on C/Net for reviews since they don't have inventory to move.
Pros:
In the end? Nothing.
Cons:
HDMI / picture failure
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1 out of 5

Avoid this limited life product

Written By ToddL, Chicago, IL on Friday, September 09, 2011
 
Worked beautifully at first, but the time it takes to "warm up" gets longer each day. I've also experienced trouble with the HDMI inputs--specifically for my BluRay DVD. I even bought a new DVD player b/c I thought the player was the problem. It's the receiver. Last Onkyo I'll ever buy. Sad.
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2 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By larry, Forest on Sunday, May 01, 2011
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Worked great for close to two years but now the HDMI will not switch until the unit is on for 10-15 minutes. Sad to see Onkyo will not stand behind its product. I guess its time to give Yamaha a try.
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1 out of 5

If you want HDMI video do NOT buy this unit

Written By PJAZZ, Clarence, NY on Friday, February 18, 2011
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I bought this receiver in August 2008, at the strong encouragement of the Crutchfield sales
rep. All was well for the first 6 months, then we started experiencing periodic HDMI video
signal failures. The problem has grown progressively worse over the last 18 months, and
now we're at the point where we have to repeatedly cycle the receiver on and off and hope it
creates a clean signal so the picture doesn't flicker, snow out, or simply black out. I've read
on HDTV forums that this is a common problem with this model. I'm going to have to buy a
new receiver - it won't be an Onkyo and I'm pretty sure it won't be from Crutchfield.
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2 out of 5

1 year life.....

Written By JD, Centereach,NY on Wednesday, February 09, 2011
 
Receiver is one of the best I have ever used...... that being said it has a 1 year life..... the hdmi daughterboard is not a maybe it will happen problem, its a when will it happen problem.....there is a fix by replacing 5 capacitors on the board... this problem is caused by onkyo using cheap capacitors on its board.... if it was not for this issue i would give this 5 stars...... when the receiver is warmed up it still works better than any other i have seen (takes 5 minutes to warm up)
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1 out of 5

VERY Disapointed!!

Written By Ryan H., Houston, TX on Friday, January 28, 2011
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Much like the other bad reviews on here, my receiver worked just fine until about a year after it was purchased. I have now had to take it to a local repair shop twice for two different failures and it is now at Onkyo's repair facility in Colorado for a third "fix". My warranty expires in Feb. of 2011 and all they could tell me was "there is nothing we can do". It's hard to give this product a good rating when I spend more time having it repaired than I do enjoying it.

I asked some employees at the repair shop if it was possible that I just got a "lemon" and was told that the two most common brands of receivers they have to fix were Onkyo and Denon. For my next purchase, I then asked what receiver they saw the least. To my surprise, I was told they very rarely see Pioneer, Sony, Yamaha, etc.

Hope this helps you make your decision. I know after all of this, I wouldn't buy another Onkyo product.
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3 out of 5

Good for 2 years (until warranty runs out!)

Written By Zane, Sedro-Woolley, WA on Sunday, January 16, 2011
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I purchased this receiver back in October 2008. I would continue to give this
receiver 5 stars, if the HDMI TV/SAT input had not started to fail........the
port still receives picture, however the sound does not work anymore. So, I have
to use the sound from the TV only, vice a combination of both.
I had even did my research, and was happy w/ the reviews and reputation w/ ONKYO
systems. I now have to get it fixed (at some point). I will NOT be buying
another ONKYO anytime soon!
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1 out of 5

Good only for 18 months

Written By Anonymous, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, November 24, 2010
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My first clue that the unit was failing was no picture.
The HDMI indicator on the menu screen would not light up when I tried to play a DVD.
The sound played through because I used a Toslink optical cable to pass the sound.

Next to go was the blue ray picture. Then the Wii. Only the cable HD is working.

Purchased in late 2009.
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4 out of 5

You won't be disappointed!

Written By D. P, Dixon, IL on Wednesday, November 24, 2010
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Bought this unit on recommendation from Crutchfield rep. Wow, this thing cranks and paired with the Mirage speaker system I am truly impressed. The opening seen to the Dark Knight when the window shatters...sounds like one of my house windows. The really amazing feature is the room setup feature where the receiver tweaks itself to the conditions of your room by prompting you to move the included microphone to 3 different listening locations in your room. Sweet!!!
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1 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By agoeke, VIRGINIA BEACH on Monday, April 12, 2010
 
HDMI card goes bad around a year. Very common problem in ONKYO receivers. TX-SR606 is really bad with this problem. Google "Onkyo HDMI Problems". I loved this receiver...but do your homework on this issue and don't buy an Onkyo. Crutchfield is great, but this product is NOT.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By captlou, Belmont WI on Tuesday, November 24, 2009
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The set-up mic w/3 positions makes this well worth the price. Can't imagine
setting up a surround system without it. The on screen display makes it easy
when hidden systems are a must!
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Tyler, Wichita, KS on Tuesday, April 21, 2009
 
Excellent piece of equipment. The best features are the video up-conversion and the automatic setup for the sound system.
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5 out of 5

Awesome Sound

Written By Brian, Fort Worth, TX on Thursday, April 16, 2009
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I have not yet decided how I want to set up my rear speakers so I am just running a 3.1 system for now but it sounds AWESOME! I would highly recommend this receiver for anyone in the market!
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Mike, Timonium, Md on Thursday, April 16, 2009
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Love the receiver. My man-cave is now complete with amazing sound coupled with the Samsung 52" LCD. The setup using the microphone worked very well. I recently connected my laptop to the system with the HDMI cable and the picture and sound was impressive.
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2 out of 5

Not Happy

Written By Prof Rob, Stroudsburg, PA on Wednesday, April 08, 2009
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I have had this unit for less then a year, the sound is terrible and zone 2 no longer works.

Can't tell you how much I enjoy having to repack and ship it out for repairs.

Not the ONKYO quality I remember.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Terry, Louisville, KY on Wednesday, April 08, 2009
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I needed to upgrade to a HDMI receiver after purchasing a new Samsung plasma. I had a 10 year old system in place (Sony projection TV, receiver and Bose Acoutamass 5.1 system) so I was curious to see how the technology had advanced over the past decade. Huge difference. The Onkyo set up was simple and the sound is terrific. Very happy with the purchase and support from Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

Impressive

Written By Mike, Whidbey Island, WA on Thursday, April 02, 2009
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Was ordering a different receiver when Crutchfield made me an offer I could not refuse. I had to do some fast research on the Onkyo TX-SR606 before taking the offer. And I am glad I did. This unit is easy to set up and easy to use with very superior performance. I have owned other Onkyo products so I felt comfortable taking this deal. One of the main factors I was looking for was the ability to hook up multi-HDMI devices. The remote was very easy to program and use. Very happy with my decision.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Value

Written By Travis, Spartanburg, SC on Friday, March 27, 2009
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This receiver has exceeded my expectations. I have it paired with Polk Audio 5.1 speakers model RM6750 and a 60" tv. All my connections (satellite, Sony Blu-Ray, etc) are old HDMI. The sound just blows me away and the setup with the included mic does all the work. I had forgotten how much I was missing out on movies not having the sub and the rear speakers. - Highly recommend! -
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By loriac, Raleigh, NC on Monday, March 23, 2009
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I ended up getting this receiver when the Sony STRDG820 7.1 Audio Video Receiver was backordered. I am extremely pleased with this receiver. I have my HD cable/DVR box, Apply TV and PS3 on the HDMI ports, and an analog VCR and DVD player. The Audessy sound setup was easy, with excellent results - my speakers sound so much better, this is what the surround sound was supposed to be. The directions were a little hard to figure out - I had to move the Apple TV off the DVD HDMI port, because it overlaid the analog DVD ports where I had the analog player plugged in. I also had to reset the default digital component input for the DVD player (am using S video) - once I turned that off everything worked great. The sound is just great!
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4 out of 5

Very Nice

Written By Mr. Electro, Airmont, NY on Sunday, March 22, 2009
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I bought this receiver about a month ago (based on a combination of advice from A/V mags and an Electronics expert), but just set up my new system yesterday.

As the expert advised, don't be fooled by the wattage alone. Those it's rated at 90 watts per channel, the beauty of this device is the amazing sound quality. I swapped out an old Panasonic tuner for the new one and it makes my Bose speakers sound amazing. The automatic calibration feature was also very convenient. You just plug in a microphone in the front jack and it automatically senses where the speakers are and adjusts accordingly.

The HDMI inputs are also very convenient. I connected a cable box, DVD player, VHS and ROKU box to the tuner and used one HDMI cable to feed it back to my HDTV.

The only negative is that the receiver does not support my old turntable, so I'll have to either get with the 21st century and ditch it, or move it upstairs with the old legacy tuner.

Other than that, great tuner, great quality. And excellent customer service from Crutchfield as well.
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5 out of 5

It's a Honey

Written By Michael, Ioway on Thursday, March 12, 2009
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For all you baby boomers out there who haven't bought an a/v receiver since 1991 (like me), this is the one. I researched all the major brands for weeks, even though my son the musician told me from the get-go to just get this ONK.

I fretted about sound quality, HDMI inputs (and their ability to carry digital sound as well as video), and firmware issues. Still somewhat leery, I bought from Crutchfield because I wanted the piece of mind that comes from their 30-day guarantee.

When I got the 606, I hooked up my Left, Right, and Sub--ran the ez automatic speaker set-up--and listened to high-quality music CDs for several days just to compare it to my old but reliable Technics stereo receiver. The sound is noticeably warmer and more full.

Not surprisingly, I was thrilled with the way the 606 delivers movie sound.

Bottom line: I got the sound I wanted and feel I'm l future-proofed in terms of video and speaker connections.


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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Richard, Manheim, Pa on Thursday, March 12, 2009
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Well pleased
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5 out of 5

A great addition to my home theater

Written By Carl, Virginia Beach, VA on Friday, March 06, 2009
 
This device met all my expectations. It was intuitive to set up, flexible in configuration and retains many growth capabilities. The sound is pure and consistent and the AV decoding is great. I set it and then forgot it. This was my first 7.1 experience and I am hooked!
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5 out of 5

Awesome

Written By moose, Dixon, California on Thursday, March 05, 2009
 
This receiver makes everything better!!!!
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5 out of 5

great product

Written By Gregory, Addison, IL on Thursday, February 26, 2009
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this is a great receiver for the price, i actually got one of the "scratch and dent"s for even less, and it was neither scratched or dented, it was perfect! i'm upgrading from a very old jvc 5.1, so this was a big upgrade for me. i'm using this receiver with my htpc. all audio in is hdmi, dvd audio is in bitstream dts, etc., bluray audio is lpcm (using totalmedia theatre which converts bluray audio like truehd, dts-hd to lpcm with minimal loss in quality and original number of channels). in my configuration, this receiver works flawlessly. the setup with the included mic was a breeze (i just had to keep my dog from running around too much chasing the sounds coming from the individual speakers) and the sound now sounds very well balanced from each speaker. the receiver has enough power for my smaller living room and it sounds clean.
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5 out of 5

It Works Great

Written By DON, Edgewood, NM on Wednesday, February 25, 2009
 
I used this receiver as a hub to integrate equipment from Samsung, Dish satellite systems, Sony, Polk, and Panasonic into an AV system. It works great-a five star performance.

The equipment and connections are as follows:
* Samsung 1080p LCD TV-via HDMI from the receiver
* Dish 1080i-capable box-via HDMI to the receiver
* Sony 1080p blue ray DVD-via HDMI to the receiver
* Polk 5.1 speaker set-driven by the receiver
* Old Panasonic VCR-via composite video to the receiver

As advertised, the receiver passes 1080p signal to the TV; passes all other digital video signals as 1080i, up-converting when necessary; passes composite video, properly up-converted to 1080i; and displays various on screen menus on the TV. The receiver's in-situ speaker-calibration gizmo works like a charm. When the signal contains multi-track audio, the system produces excellent 5.1 surround sound (subjectively evaluated).

My only cavil is with the remote. This Onkyo receiver replaced an old pre-HDTV Onkyo receiver that had a superior remote. It was larger with easier to manipulate buttons, and was programmable. These are nice-to-have features, but not important enough to reduce the assessment-five stars.
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4 out of 5

GREAT Receiver

Written By TIMOTHY, San Francisco, Ca. on Sunday, February 22, 2009
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This is a GREAT Receiver. I thought that it was a bit different product when I ordered it, but I was wrong. I am very pleased with the product. It is a sensational Home Theater Receiver and amplifier. The product that I replaced was not HD and this is it! The multiple HDMI inputs make this ideal for whatever the use. I've got a pretty sim set-up, but it took me awhile to get the components and speakers all wired. No matter what manufacturers say about their product, someone has-to hook it up. That'd be you. It is a mild problem to overcome, provided your components are newer that 15 years. Remember, it is HD and you need components that are HD compatible. Learning the operation is a task too, but all worth the effort.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Cedric, Washington, DC on Thursday, February 19, 2009
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The system is GREAT. I have no problems with my system. I like the way it brings regular tv show to life.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Brian, Nunda, NY on Thursday, February 19, 2009
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I am extremely pleased with this Onkyo product. I have recommended it to my friends.

I was using a Lexicon DSP with four stereo amplifiers. I originally bought the Onkyo only for use with movies because the Lexicon is a few years old and only had Dolby Pro logic.

Now the Lexicon and the four amplifiers are in the attic.

I can hardly believe how good the music programs in the Onkyo really are.

Somehow it manages to sound as powerful as my old amplifiers although they are 150 watts per channel.

It is astonishing to me that I got so much for so little money.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By kindred2005, Virginia Beach, VA on Wednesday, February 18, 2009
 
This receiver is awesome! The quality and price were perfect for me. My sound system has never sounded better since this has been added. The only issue I had with the system so far is the flow of information in the manual. Contacted crutchfield a couple of times for some assistance and was 3x's faster than trying to find it in the manual. Audyssey 2EQ auto speaker setup was a breeze. Have already recommended this to a couple of friends and both have loved it.
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4 out of 5

Nice, but some annoyances

Written By Philip, Round Rock, TX on Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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This is my second Onkyo receiver, purchased so I could decode the Blu-Ray sound streams, and it does an excellent job at that, even in 5.1 mode.

I bought it to go with a newly-purchased Onkyo DVBD606 and an existing Panasonic TH-50PHD6 plasma monitor, which is capable of all modes up to 1080i (but not 1080p). When I connected HDMI from the DVBD606 Blu-Ray player through the TXSR606, something in the HDMI circuitry tells the DVD player that 1080i is not available, and it gets grayed out on the DVD player's menu. This, in spite of other inputs working through the receiver at 1080i with no problems and, when the monitor is connected directly to the DVD player, 1080i is available.

It is very handy having up conversion from 480p to HDMI, so I don't have to switch the monitor's inputs around to view VHS tapes, but the up conversion doesn't handle fast forward very well. As soon as you try to fast forward a tape, the HDMI conversion starts dropping out. Interestingly, it works better on fast reverse than fast forward.

The auto setup for speakers is a very handy feature, and saves a lot of work over manual setup, but I do miss the ability I had on my HT-R520 to temporarily modify the level of a channel. I frequently sit in an easy chair at the side of the listening area, and the nearby rear-channel speaker sometimes is way too loud right next to my ear. With my old receiver, I could just turn that one channel down for a bit, but there is no way to do that on the TXSR606.
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5 out of 5

Awesome!

Written By Rey, North Charleston, SC on Wednesday, February 04, 2009
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Second Onkyo receiver. Running it in 6.1 configuration. I thought my last one sounded good until I used the Audissey2 auto speaker set-up. Wow! No guess-work. I'm running Polk RM6700's and they sound like they are brand new. The soundstage is amazing. Cons: The remote is not as good as my last Onkyo. After you select a source, you have to hit the button that says "Receiver" on the remote in order to turn the receiver off. Not that big a deal, just different from my last receiver. Also, you can't rename the inputs (I have my DVD recorder into the "Game" input). Would like to be able to rename them so they match the input source. Overall, I am very, very pleased with this unit and would 'highly' recommend it to anyone. I can't complain about the price either! Got it from Crutchfield! Crutchfield is absolutely the BEST!!
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By david, Middletown RI. on Tuesday, February 03, 2009
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This is a great receiver I was always a Sony person and could not pass up this deal . It takes a bit of time to set up but its worth every minute when you hear what it can do.
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5 out of 5

Excellent purchase

Written By Donald, Elizabethtown, Ky. on Monday, February 02, 2009
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I bought a 46" Panasonic HD Plasma and Sony Blue ray player and my all in home home theater just couldn't keep up with the improvements! I purchased this receiver because it has true-HD surround sound and many other nice options.

Hookup was simple and the setup was a breeze with the on screen menus and the calibration mic. I am amazed at how well it sounds even playing through the old surround sound speakers. the surround sound is so much better now with the sounds truly passing from the rear of the room to the front and it has plenty of volume. and the HDMI switching makes connections clean and easy one connection to my TV is all thats required and I can play all 3 of my sources easily.

I recommend his receiver for anyone looking for a great bang for the buck receiver. and buying from crutchfield was easy going the product arrived right on time.
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4 out of 5

Real world results

Written By carlgo, Carmel Valley, CA on Saturday, January 31, 2009
 
I was drawn to the Onkyo 606 because of the Audyssee system of setting up the speakers to the room. It seemed that this sort of technology would be the only way to improve the sound in my terrible listening room

Clear dialogue, great sound effects and serious bass. My pretty expensive speakers sound great now.

Plenty of power, clearly more than the previous receiver that had a higher power rating.

HTML hook-ups are soooo much better. I got rid of five pounds of wires.

I actually like the different look of the 606, sort of retro. And it also comes in silver which makes it stand out from all the black scientific instrument designs out there.

It supports all the audio and visual standards and shouldn't be obsolete for a while, until the industry comes up with more "requirements" to sell stuff.

Why four stars? There are the usual million set-up options, dozens of acronym-centric sound options. You should be able to plug in your components and have everything play the best way, automatically.

I agree with the many who feel this is the sweet spot in AV receivers today. Naturally, the 606 will be replaced sooner than later with a 607 or whatever, but the basic features will be perfectly fine for years, I think.
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5 out of 5

Excellent value

Written By martin, Wanaque NJ on Friday, January 30, 2009
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I hooked up my 606 to Polk RM6880 speakers, and 52 inch Sony XBR6.
Welcome to my little theater. I'll be adding a Blue Ray as soon as I decide on which one. I'm in a 12x14 room. This system is more than adequate.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Berkley, Richmond, VA on Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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The receiver can't be beat for the price!

It was out of the box, hooked up to my HDTV, Apple TV, FIOS Box, DVD and calibrated in less than an hour. I gave it 4 of 5 only because of the delay when switching between HDMI components.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By John, Baltimore, MD on Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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This is my first Onkyo product. I am sold on the brand. The TX-SR606 was a breeze to set up. The auto speaker set was great. Movies sound great.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Chris, Chicago, IL on Thursday, January 22, 2009
 
Wow. This receiver is awesome. For the price you just can't go wrong.

I had it set up and playing Black Hawk Down on Blu-Ray within 1 hour. Setup was super simple with the auto calibration mic. I wasn't expecting a huge difference between it and my old Onkyo HT-R540 (part of a HTIB package), but boy was I wrong. I've seen BHD a dozen times before, but NEVER like this. It's amazing what a quality soundtrack playing through a quality receiver can do for a movie.

One thing, if you're planning on using this with a PS3 set to Linear PCM, you won't see Dolby TrueHD, or DTS-HD displayed on the Onkyo. This is because the PS3 is doing all of the decoding and the receiver only sees it as multichannel. No worries though, you're still getting lossless sound.

I HIGHLY recommend this receiver. It's features are unbeatable in this price range.
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5 out of 5

Excellent product at great price

Written By Elizabeth, Richmond VA on Tuesday, January 20, 2009
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Like several others, I bought this A/V receiver to replace an aging Denon deck. I considered the SR506, but paid the extra cash for this one because it handles the HDMI audio as well as video (thus reducing cables). It was a cinch to install, and I had fun with the automatic audio calibration. My HT setup is a little weird since at the moment my "rear" speakers are serving as speaker stands for my L & R speakers, and I have a center speaker but no sub. But the auto calibration appears to have done the best it could with the situation.

Having the HDMI switching done inside the receiver also meant I no longer needed a separate switcher, which further reduced the tangle of cables behind my HT system. My 42" Sony Grand Wega DLP TV lacks an HDMI input, but the Onkyo receiver made it easy to work around that problem.

For all the wonderful features of this receiver, I still would not have purchased it if it had been out of my budget, so I am delighted that Crutchfield offered such a great deal. (I only wish the iPod dock could have been included at that price!) I've been able to update my HT system and can still afford to pay the FiOS bill to enjoy it. :)


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5 out of 5

Like being in a movie theater

Written By paca, Highland, CA on Sunday, January 18, 2009
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The surround sound with our new 73 inch HDTV is incredible. Just like being in your own movie theater. Can't believe the difference from our old receiver. You can hear every little sound in the background.
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4 out of 5

Solid Product

Written By Mark, Hilo, HI on Sunday, January 18, 2009
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I previously owned a Onkyo HTB system, the LSV920, and a old Bose Acoustamass 5 system. The Bose had great sounding bass, but not much punch, only rumble, and seemingly clear highs. The Onkyo was short on bass during music, adequate during movies, but failed to reproduce voices with any clarity and fell short on crisp highs. This amp is hooked up to Polk Monitor 50's in front, CS2 Center Monitor 30 surrounds and PSW10 sub. It's connections are good, but I would like to see the speaker screw terminals a little farther apart (for those of us without banana plugs). The menu is easier than Denon, but still requires usage of lots of buttons to change the settings. I have noticed that it does not seem to remember my choices like the old Onkyo did. Frequently, I turn the subwoofer to -10db for night movies, and it goes right back to 0 the next day even without disruption of power (using UPS). Overall quite pleased and would recommend to anyone else looking for solid sound without emptying the bank.
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5 out of 5

Very Happy

Written By Jay, Peoria, IL on Sunday, January 18, 2009
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I spent about a month researching what was out there, wanting to upgrade from an older Yamaha without the HDMI In/Outs. I read much about this model, and pulled the trigger. Great product. Does everything I expected and more. Would buy again.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Scott, columbia, SC on Saturday, January 17, 2009
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Very nice system, easy to use and install. There are two issues, however. First, I am using HDMI cables to conncect the cable box to the Receiver and then to the TV, per the manual. But this requires that the AV receiver must always be turned on when you want to watch TV. To compensate, I also connected the TV directly from the cable box, bypassing the AV receiver, using component cables, which means changing the input on the TV when I want surround sound. No big deal, but thought it would work like older units and VCRs that pass through the cable signal even if the unit is turned off, but that is not the case. I contacted Crutchfield customer service for help and they were very responsive and helpful and suggested the work-around.

The second issue is that random channels from the Time Warner digital cable box do not have any sound. This happens randomly--one time a channel will work, another time it does not. I have found that to fix this, I can change the audio to allow the sound to pass through to the TV, which then also picks up the sound to the receiver. We then mute the TV to listen to surround sound through the receiver only.

Even with these issues, I still like the receiver and am glad I bought it. It was way past time to upgrade from my Denon system from 1990 that did not have surround sound! (but it still cranks.) I matched this receiver with Polk 5.1 surround system and Sharp Aquos 46 inch LCD to create a very nice home theater environment.
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5 out of 5

Great receiver

Written By Mark, Greenwich, CT on Saturday, January 17, 2009
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This receiver is great value. I purchased it to replace a Denon AVC A1-D, which had great sound but was outdated for HDMI, etc. The sound is even better on this Onkyo than it was with my high end Denon receiver, and the picture quality is excellent. No complaints - excellent value and great performance.
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By freddie, new market al. on Friday, January 16, 2009
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a very good receiver . the home theater function did not work.the rest worked fine.
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5 out of 5

Most Excellent!

Written By Dwaine, Athens, AL on Thursday, January 15, 2009
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I love several things about this receiver.

1 - Both my HD-DVD player & PS3 encode the soundtrack before the receiver gets it so the 606 isn't doing any encoding. Even so, it sounds incredible. When and if I buy a product that will allow my 606 to encode I will be able to take advantage of it's encoding powers - this was important to me when I bought it and one reason I chose this receiver. It did take me awhile to figure out that I just needed to set the "sound modes" to direct, but once I figured it out, all is well.

2 - The HDMI inputs are wonderful. Also the fact that I can use the component inputs (wii or old gamecube) and output it through the DHMI is really nice as well.

3 - I have always calibrated my systems myself - picture me with tripod-mounted sound level meter and tape measure in hand... well the auto-calibration did an incredible job. It even calibrates for your seating area and not just the prime location.

4 - The remote is easy to use and easy to figure out; though I do wish it was backlit.

5 - I never realized how big the difference was going to be between DD 5.1 and DD True HD or DTS MA (whatever it's called). WOW! I only have a 5.1 speaker setup and it still sounds absolutely incredible.

I love this receiver and would recommend it to anyone.

Dwaine
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5 out of 5

Excellent Value for the Money

Written By Glenn, New Windsor, NY on Saturday, January 10, 2009
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I had replaced my aging Onkyo SR TX-502 with this receiver. I was a little bit skeptical because I didn't think that it would make that much of a difference in the sound. I am happy to report that I was wrong. First, the speaker hookup is very intuitive (unlike my old one). Four HDMI inputs means that there is great exapndability and will cover all of my HD componenets. Once the Auto setup is completed (if you have pets, they'll hate it) the sound that come out of the system is absolutely superb. The video quality is good also although it should be noted doesn't upscale anything coming in from HDMI, but then none of them do in this price range. For the money you can't beat this receiver.
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5 out of 5

I'm sold on ONKYO

Written By Keith, Fishersville, VA on Wednesday, January 07, 2009
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I'd rate the SR-606 higher than 5 stars if I could and I am going to be a
lifelong Crutchfield customer. The whole process from research to delivery
was smooth and enjoyable. This is the 2nd ONKYO A/V receiver that I've
purchased. the first was the 494 which has performed flawlessly for many
years. I only replaced it because I out grew it. The 606 is easy to set up
using the quick guide and the supplied connection labels. My conversion to
HDMI is now complete and the spaghetti pile of cables is no more. I
guarantee that if you'll take the time to identify your home entertainment
criteria, that Crutchfield has the right ONKYO for you. The 606 is a fantastic
mid range priced unit. You won't be disappointed.
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5 out of 5

Awesome receiver

Written By David, Jacksonville, FL on Wednesday, December 17, 2008
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For the money you cant beat this receiver. It sounds awesome and I have not had any problems with the upconvert that others have had. my xbox and wii both look awesome.

The coolest part about this receiver and the reason I purchased this over the 506 is the audio is passed through the hdmi cables and it upconverts all sources. Right now i have a blue ray player (hdmi), comcast cable/dvr box (hdmi), xbox 360 ( component), and a wii ( composite) all running to this receiver and I only have 1 hdmi cable to my tv... so the input source on the tv never changes.

I also love the remote. I put up my cable/dvr, tv, and blue ray remote. This one remote controls everything and I love switching video and audio with the touch of one button.

The only negative would be how much heat this thing puts out.. the top of the unit gets very warm.

This is the first item i have purchased through crutchfield and the service was awesome. The support person really knew his stuff when i called in for setup help.
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5 out of 5

Very Pleased

Written By Robert, Seattle, WA on Sunday, November 30, 2008
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I purchased my new Onkyo TX-SR606S receiver 3 weeks ago, and it is working great. The automatic setup was flawless, and it works great with my new Bose Acoustimass 10 Series IV speakers. I also purchased a Sony BDP-S550 Blu-ray disk player, and the trio work flawlessly together. The receiver has no trouble with decoding TrueHD from the blu-ray over HDMI, and we find we enjoy movies even more than before. I am using the receiver to switch HDMI between the Blu-ray and my Tivo Series 3 DVR. My TV is a Westinghouse 47" LCD TV, and there has been no trouble at all with the video and audio, or with the HDCP decoding that is needed for the full 1080P video and TrueHD sound. I haven't set up the dual zone speaker system yet, but plan to add speakers into the kitchen, and that feature sounds like it will be exactly what I need to be able to hear the TV, or radio in that extra room.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By James, Clinton Township, MI on Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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I purchased this receiver as it had HDMI and my previous receiver didn't. The whole process of the purchase through the installation went smoothly. I did call service as I didn't have 7 speakers and didn't know what to do. The technician was helpful, I put it in, connected my HDMI devices and instantly had improved sound and picture quality. The device to program the speakers works like a charm. I am very pleased with this receiver and the experience of buying through Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

Great bargain

Written By Dan, Lexington, KY on Friday, November 14, 2008
 
We bought this particular receiver because of it's dual zone capabilities. It was one of the most affordable options with this option. Receiver allows you to easily switch the input and volume of zone 2 speakers. We hooked this system up to a center channel and 4 in-ceiling speakers. The receiver had more than enough juice to power the speakers, even with 75 - 100' of speaker wire running to each speaker.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TS-SR606

Written By George, Annville, PA on Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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This is my second Onkyo receiver--my previous was non HDMI, and even though it worked wonderfully, this receiver is actually EASIER to set up and use! One HDMI cable out to the TV, One HDMI cable in from the Blu-Ray player, and, the relatively easy hookup of seven speakers. (Hint: I used Crutchfield's great Monstercable gold-plated double banana plugs to attach to the binding posts on the rear. MUCH easier than getting those wires into the posts and tightening them down in the dark behind the TV Cabinet!)
The remote is beautiful to look at and LIGHTED (unlike my older one) and intuitive to learn. Sounds are simply incredible in the 7.1 setup. This receiver LOOKS good, and interfaces well with other brands--but most of all, is a HUGE value for the money. It will even run a set of stereo speakers in another room, and there is a bi-amp option for your front speakers if you have a really good sound system for listening (you forgo 7.1 to 5.1, but most audiophiles would never use surround anyway) so that this receiver will also DOUBLE as a receiver for an audio-only listening situation. Great versatility, Great VALUE, and all with Crutchfield's "Near Perfect" service!! (By def., perfection is unattainable--but Crutchfield comes closest!)
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5 out of 5

Recommend this unit

Written By Mike Q, Indianapolis, IN on Monday, November 10, 2008
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Great features and support from Crutchfield is fantastic. There is a lot to this receiver and I am an A/V idiot, so with supports help I have it sounding really good. The initial hook up was simple and now that I understand the menus they are easy to navigate into and out of to make changes. This came highly recommended from a local electronics store and I found a great price through Crutchfield. Highly recommend both!
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Charles, Asheville, NC on Friday, November 07, 2008
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Five years ago I bought my first Onkyo receiver from Crutchfield. It was all analog but HD ready. Worked great. Now I have a new Onkyo receiver, but this time all HD digital with a capability to still use my one remaining analog input. This is a really great receiver. I can see improvement in my video and hear it as well in the sound. Highly reccommend both Onkyo and Crutchfield.
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5 out of 5

Great HD Receiver

Written By smilinsam, Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, November 04, 2008
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I've been using this receiver for about a month. Bought it to complement new Sony 52" HDTV, DVD player, CD changer, Polk RM10 surrounds + PSW505 sub. I haven't been disappointed at all. I love the Audessey EQ setup although I went through different mic placements about 4 times until it sounded just right. Perfect now! I also added a Harmony One controller to eliminate the many remotes and now even my "non-tech" wife can operate all the devices with one-touch control. Super system, great value at Crutchfield. Highly recommend it!
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5 out of 5

Definitely good for the price

Written By Brian, Somerset, NJ on Friday, October 31, 2008
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This is my first home theatre receiver and so far I am very pleased with.
Despite some complaints I have read about the upconversion issues (I
don't use the upconversion feature) it has been a real champ so far. I
haved owned Onkyo receivers prior to this (I have one still working
perfectly over 12 years later!) so I can attest to their quality. The remote is
a bit awkward in that the buttons are small and crammed together, but I
plan on getting a universal remote in the near future anyway.

The bottom line is if you're like me and like quality products but don't have
the "audiophile" bug as bad as some others might then this is a great
receiver with great features at a reasonable price.
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5 out of 5

Dang! Do It.

Written By Bryan, Beaumont, TX on Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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At this point, you're researching, comparing, analyzing, and overanalyzing. Your brain downright hurts. Let me ease the uncertainty and anxiety. I've traveled the road you're on, I know where it leads. Breathe slowly, and do what must be done. Buy this Onkyo.

I love its quality, price, and features. It flawlessly switches between multiple HDMI inputs and provides awesome oomph to movies and music. It's a solid, well-made unit that surpasses one's expectations for the price.

Do it.
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5 out of 5

Best for the price

Written By Derek, Middle of no where, AR on Monday, October 20, 2008
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I looked around for a few months for a receiver in this price bracket that could match the features and power of the Onkyo. This is nothing else out there that can even come close for the money. The closest receiver in features is easily $100 more.

I've got this teamed up with a TSS 1200 infinity speaker system and the sound is great. I've got an oddly shaped living room and the auto setup feature of the Onkyo did a great job setting speaker delays, levels and eq to make everything work well together.

The only negative I have for the receiver is the component pass through and I've got an older xbox 360 that will do 1080p over component but the onkyo only passes 1080i so I have to reduce the graphics setting until I get an HDMI xbox.
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4 out of 5

sound is fantastic

Written By chunk, seattle, wa on Tuesday, October 14, 2008
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Great piece of equipment, the only thing that I wished it had is switched power cord jacks on the back like most receivers do. This is always handy when you have older equipment hooked and you wish to leave the power on. By not having them you need alot more plug in's on your power strip. But this is very minor, the receiver looks and sounds fantastic. The True Hd and Dts Master audio out of Bluray is fenominal. Highly recommend for the price and features that you receive. Also construction of the chassy is exceptional for the price.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo delivers

Written By L_Scan, Boston, MA on Friday, September 26, 2008
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Used to own an older Onkyo - until it got zapped. Replaced it with the 606 - great value, awesome sound. Love the automatic tuning as well - great improvement from older models. Lots of features for the price - upconversion, HDMI, zones, etc. - other brands fall short.

You can't go wrong with this receiver!!
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5 out of 5

Excellent Reciever for those not wanting to spend a fortune

Written By Jeff, New London, NH on Friday, September 26, 2008
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I have had the SR606 for about two months and am very happy with it

As much as I loved my 3 year old Yamaha receiver, I recently upgraded my TV (Sony Bravia 32" LCD) and DVD Player (Basic Sony with 1080p up conversion), along with my HTPC, and HD DirecTV service I really needed a receiver with HDMI.

The main selling point of this unit is that it has FOUR (4) HDMI in! The idea of having to use a HDMI switch box with other units didn't thrill me, and this unit alleviates that issue.

The included universal remote works perfectly with all of my components.

Using HDMI also grants me to turn on both the reciever and the tv with one button (Inserting a dvd intot he DVDplayer will also ativate the system).

I upgraded a my speakers from $30/pair Sony bookshelf speakers to Mirage Nano-Sats (The 5 piece kit WITHOUT the sub) as I heard the Mirage sub with the kit was weak, my existing sub (You guessed it: Sony) complments them perfectly for both HT and Musical listening.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Value

Written By Jan-Ronald, Lodi, NJ on Thursday, September 25, 2008
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After doing research and reading countless reviews, I decided to purchase the Onkyo TX-SR606. This was the least expensive unit that offered HDMI (and 4 of them) inputs that do switching or pass-through, Dolby True HD, and DTS Master Audio. I was replacing an old receiver that died. Setup was simple with the included setup mic. I am using all HDMI connections so this has helped to reduce the number of cables involved. I was concerned about the reviews that stated how hot the unit gets. My old receiver would get hot but not too hot that I couldn't keep it in my entertainment center. This Onkyo is about the same. I have it in my entertainment center with roughly 1-2 inches of clearance above it and maybe 1 inch or less on both sides. I have watched TV and movies for hours straight and not once did it get too hot that it shut down on me. I highly recommend this unit for those that want great features for less money. Sound quality is excellent.

My setup:
Toshiba DVD player via HDMI
TiVo S3 DVR via HDMI
Laptop audio via coaxial digital audio
TV audio out via coaxial digital audio
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4 out of 5

Great Sound for a great price

Written By Felix, Miami, FL on Monday, September 22, 2008
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I bought this receiver to upgrade from my 10 year old kenwood VR-206 receiver. I really like the connections. It has a lot of flexibility when it comes to connections. It has 4 HDMI connections which is great and two optical connections and tons of others.
The sound is really good, crystal clear highs and low thunderous lows. The biggest drawback is the video upconversion. On some of my DVDs there are visible lines and pixel breaks but I have a regular DVD player, I do not have a bluray disc. I'm guessing once I purchase the bluray disc, I won't have this problem.
Another problem is that this unit gets extremely hot. If it's been in operation for a couple of hours and touch the top of it towards the back of the unit, it burns your hand!! I researched this and even the manual states that this is normal.
Overall, for the money, it doesn't get better than this. Great connections, great flexibility and good sound. If you can get past the mediocre video upconversion and the operating temperature, buy this unit, you will not be dissapointed.
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5 out of 5

great value / great sound

Written By Dainis, Elmer Nj on Friday, September 19, 2008
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Very nice product, great value. Sound is very satisfying....the auto setup worked to perfection in an imperfect room setup. Center channel is set very well, not hidden as with previuos receivers. Good interface for menus. The only thing that would top it off would be HD radio... Actually, I like it better than my $1,000. denon... For the money, hard to beat...
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4 out of 5

Great Deal

Written By brian, Scottsdale, AZ on Thursday, September 18, 2008
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I'm quite satisfied with my purchase-great deal considering comparable receivers are over $600 and I paid a lot less-using PS3, DirecTV HD DVR, DVD Burner and cheap speakers from my old system and they haven't blown out-I do recommend powered Sub-my next purchase. I had to call Crutchfield tech support regarding the sub-woofer and am overwhelmed by their level of expertise and professionalism. They put me on hold while they called the manufacturer just to make sure they had the correct answer. I may never go to a big box electronics retialer again. Crutchfield rocks.
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2 out of 5

Great sound, horrible video upconversion

Written By Christopher, Aldie, VA on Friday, September 12, 2008
 
Typical Onkyo quality sound. "Upconversion" from component to hdmi (which actually down converts from 1080i to 780p) is extremely buggy. The picture drops out, fades to black, sporadically.
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5 out of 5

Sound really is the bottom line

Written By Jim, Red Lion, PA on Saturday, August 30, 2008
 
I bought my first Onkyo receiver about 8 years ago and still have it in my basement family room. I bought the new 606 for the HD TV setup in our living room. They both sound great. The 606 has plenty of component connections, including HDMI with video AND audio play through. Be very careful of receivers in this price range. Most offer HDMI input and outputs, but most in this price range will only pass video. When adding components like blu-ray the 606 allows for both cinema quality video and cinema quality sound. Again many receivers in this range do not. The set up can be tedious, but if this is in your price range, I would highly recommend it. The end result is worth the little bit of extra effort during installation.

Pros: Great Sound and plenty of connections, including 4 HDMI audio/video pass through.

Cons: Installation is pretty easy, but the setup is not exactly "user friendly".
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4 out of 5

Lew's Rating

Written By Lewis, Rockville, MD on Monday, August 25, 2008
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Basically, the receiver performs as advertised. However, after only about one week in service, the right speaker channel has failed! Reliability is therefore a serious issue!
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Clayton, Houston on Sunday, August 24, 2008
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The receiver is mostly fantastic. Using in a full 7.1 setup. Beautiful sound! BUT, the video processing leaves something to be desired. HDMI upconversion is poor at best with plenty of jaggies, but you can always just passthrough and let your tv's video processor do the work (they're usually better anyways). This receiver is rock solid and definitely the best one I've had! I'd recommend for the price to anyone!!
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4 out of 5

My 3rd Onkyo Receiver...........

Written By Bill, Troy,MO on Tuesday, August 19, 2008
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The TX-SR606 was a inexpensive upgrade for me.The sound & video are what i expected.....can't find much fault with either!I wanted the HDMI switching capabilities.Am using a PS3 for bluRay...Direct Tv....Denon CD player...Sanyo VCR....Feeding (1 HDMI cable) a Pioneer PDP-6020-FD plasma TV....5.1 Spk.system.All controlled by "ONE" remote(Logitech Harmony One)PS3 not supported,no big deal as it turns on when disk is
inserted....remote switches on TV & switches receiver to proper input.
In short...the receiver performs well in this equipment mix.Onkyo TXSR606 is the solid,dependable,inexpensive "Heart" of my system.
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4 out of 5

No 1080P Upconversion

Written By lito, Winslow, NJ on Thursday, August 14, 2008
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"analog-to-HDMI video up-conversion with scaling up to 1080p" this is a mis-leading statement after reading further only goes to 1080i, it does passthrough to 1080P, but why state it can passthrough up to..when it does not. when I connect my PS3 directly to my TV (HDMI) it always have a resolution of 1080P, when I connect it through the receiver it drops it to 1080i, until I play a Blu-ray movie, then it will show in 1080P, that's about the only real negative about the unit, I do like the onscreen menu, because the one on the receiver would be a little cumbersome, the sound is very good, but not great, but it was a great price to feature value
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4 out of 5

5 stars for audio, 2 for video

Written By charlie, Rockville, MD on Monday, August 11, 2008
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I recently purchased this to upgrade a Yamaha 5.1 receiver to a receiver with 7.1, and HDMI 1.3a switching. I primarily use this to connect to My Comcast HD DVR. I also have a PS3 connected to it. Both are connected via hdmi. I have a 7.1 speaker setup.

The sound quality is excellent. I ran the odyssey sound calibration and the sound balance is very good. The sound is crisp. The sound modes for extending the sound to all 7 speakers works well. Setting up the speakers via the menu could have been more intuitive, but it was about the same as other receivers I've setup.

The video upscaling is worthless. I tried upscaling a regular DVD though the YPbPr connection and I couldn't tell a difference between using the 1080i upscaling and passthrough. I don't plan on using this feature because my cable box upgrades everything to 1080i and the PS3 outputs everything in 1080p. For those who want to upgrade the video, I suggest buying a model that does 1080p upscaling. They start at about $100 more, but from what I've read, these receivers do a much better job.

I've read that some have had issues with using a PS3 with this receiver. Some have reported a humming noise. I played spiderman 3 which has a TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack and it sounded great. There was a slight hum coming from the 2 rear surround speakers. In 5.1, there is no sound for the rear speakers. I had to put my ears against the speakers to hear the hum. It wasn't noticeable at a normal listening distance.
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3 out of 5

Great Sound, Poor Video Upconversion

Written By Eric, Chicago, IL on Saturday, August 09, 2008
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Overall a decent budget home theater receiver. Initial setup was very simple, and controls were logical and easy to understand. Most importantly, sound with my Mirage Nanostat speakers was great.

The receiver includes 1080i video upconversion of analog sources via HDMI out, however, the results for me on my 40" 1080p LCD Mitsu were very poor -- in fact, unwatchable. Fortunately, the receiver has an option to skip the upconversion altogether, allowing the video to pass through from the source as is. As such, you can still use the receiver's video switching capabilities, but if you want it for its upconversion feature, you should look elsewhere.

Overall, though, the Onkyo TX-SR606 is a good value in terms of features, etc. for the price.
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2 out of 5

Sound great, video upconversion poor

Written By mdand1, Rutland, Vermont on Thursday, August 07, 2008
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I already had an Onkyo 7.1 surround sound system coupled with a 42" Panasonic plasma TV. Unfortunately, television video was limited by my analog cable and standard definition Tivo DVD. I purchased this unit for the video upconversion. I wasn't expecting miracles, just a noticable improvement. There was none, despite using optimal connections from my Tivo to the receiver (S-video) and from the receiver to my plasma (HDMI) and my spending hours tinkering with the settings. A huge disappointment. I havn't returned it because the sound quality is excellent and I intend to move in the near future and hope to have digital cable or direct tv source. I really wish Crutchfield's "Hands on Reasearch" had reviewed the unit's performance in upconverting various signals, or at least advised that the unit's upconversion of analog video signals was so modest as to be undiscernable.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Billy, Annapolis, MD on Monday, August 04, 2008
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Absolutely outstanding product. I usually buy Sony products and have never purchased anything from Onkyo before. Did my usual research and narrowed it down to the Sony STR-DG910 and the Onkyo TX-SR606. In the end I bought both of them and ran side-by-side comparisons. Despite being an entry-level product the Onkyo A/V Receiver packs a lot of extras and beat the Sony product in the following areas-- on-screen display of instructions, owner's manual (the Sony manual was barely a shell), cross-connection of signals (all input signals can be converted to HDMI-- not so on the Sony), upconversion of input signal (much better on the Onkyo vs Sony). The Sony went back and the Onkyo is the centerpiece of my new surround system.
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4 out of 5

dale

Written By dale, Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, August 02, 2008
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The tuner has really added a lot to my video and sound experience. It has hookups for 7.1 and also supports a second pair of speakers which I have installed outside on my patio. Their customer service was great when I initially set up the system. The 2 items that I would improve are the following. First the tuner seems to run really hot. Second, it would have been better to have the option of RCA cables for hooking up the "B" speaker pair instead of just using spring clips.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Jonathan, Milford, CT on Friday, August 01, 2008
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I just got this receiver last week...I've been long overdue for an up to date receiver with the latest Surround Sound technology. This unit is awesome! Is super easy to setup and has all the necessary inputs and outputs to setup a home theater. Clean, crisp sound. Very happy with the purchase so far.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR606

Written By Dave, Joliet, Illinois on Sunday, July 27, 2008
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This is not my first home theater receiver, although this was my first Onkyo ever. I would admit that the my Sony receivers are easier to understand, the user interface is far less clumsy and overall, I feel more comfortable with its features, and how to access them. The Onkyo was not difficult to ho