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Onkyo TX-SR705

THX Select2™ home theater receiver with HDMI switching and conversion (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 TX-SR705 packs a high-current amp, sophisticated processing, and plenty of audiophile and videophile extras into its sturdy frame. It's also earned Lucasfilm Ltd's THX Select2 certification for home theater excellence — you'll enjoy thrilling, high-impact surround sound for all of your movies, music, TV shows, and video games. This receiver also features decoding for the latest surround sound formats, including Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio — two new high-resolution surround sound formats found on many Blu-ray players and discs.

Flexible video connections
This receiver's 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs let you hook up three high-def sources and switch easily among them. Analog-to-HDMI video conversion allows you to pass the video signals from all your components to your compatible TV via just one HDMI cable. This simplifies hookup and maintains the best picture quality possible for every source in your system. For televisions without a digital input, component video conversion offers similar convenience in the analog video realm.

Precision auto setup tailors sound to your room
The 'SR705 includes Audyssey MultEQ® XT, a sophisticated speaker calibration system that helps you get the most accurate home theater sound possible. This receiver uses the included microphone to analyze sound from up to eight different listening positions, then automatically adjusts level, equalization, and delay settings for each of your speakers. You get precise response across a wide listening area instead of just a single "sweet spot," so everyone in the room can enjoy optimal home theater sound.

Multi-room music and more
Two-room/two-source audio capability lets you enjoy surround sound in your main room while a housemate listens to a different stereo music source in another room. A handy learning/multibrand remote makes it easy to control all of the components in your system. You can integrate your iPod® by adding Onkyo's handy control dock. This receiver is also XM Ready and compatible with XM's HD surround music channels. Or connect an optional SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit to enjoy SIRIUS satellite programming. (Subscriptions required for XM and SIRIUS.)

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Highlights:

  • 100 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • THX Select2 certification
  • Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, THX Surround EX®, Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES™, Pro Logic® IIx, and DTS Neo:6 decoding
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
  • Neural™-THX Surround decoder for XM's HD Surround channels and gaming
  • SIRIUS satellite radio capable (requires SIRIUS subscription and optional SiriusConnect™ home tuner kit)
  • iPod integration (requires optional Onkyo DS-A2x iPod dock)
  • Audyssey Laboratories' MultEQ XT eight-point auto setup and room calibration system (microphone included)
  • 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) control via HDMI with compatible components
  • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping front left and right speakers
  • 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels
  • high-current amplifier design
  • 40 AM/FM/XM/SIRIUS presets
  • aluminum front panel
  • learning/multibrand remote
  • 17-1/8"W x 6-7/8"H x 15-1/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Connections:
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (3 in, 1 out)
  • HDMI version 1.3a
  • analog-to-HDMI video conversion
  • 480i (interlaced) to 480p (progressive) conversion
  • component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
  • component video conversion
  • digital inputs: 3 optical (including 1 front panel), 3 coaxial
  • digital outputs: 1 optical
  • 5 audio/video inputs, including:
    • 1 front-panel input with composite and S-video
    • 4 rear-panel inputs with composite and S-video
  • 3 audio-only inputs (including phono)
  • 7.1-channel analog audio preamp input
  • 7.1-channel analog audio preamp output
  • RS-232 port
  • 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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100
THD in Stereo
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0.08 %
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo)
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20-20k Hz
FM Sensitivity
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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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S-Video Conversion
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Component Video Conversion
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HDMI to HDMI Upconversion
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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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Learning Remote
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Yes
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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15-1/8
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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1
Audio-Video Inputs
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5
Audio-only Inputs
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3
S-Video Inputs
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5
S-Video Outputs
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1
S-Video Monitor Outputs
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1
Component Video Inputs
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3
Component Video Monitor Outputs
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1
Optical Digital Inputs
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3
Coaxial Digital Inputs
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Optical Digital Outputs
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1
Coaxial Digital Outputs
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None
HDMI Inputs
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3
HDMI Monitor Outputs
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1
Subwoofer Outputs
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1
Multi-Channel Analog Input
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Multi-channel Preamp Output
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Yes
Main Speaker Output Pairs
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1
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/THX receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RC-693M)
  • 3 "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)
  • Speaker terminal tool
  • Instruction Manual (English)
  • Instruction Manual (French/Spanish)
  • Quick setup guide
  • Remote control code chart
  • Product registration card/Warranty information
  • Interactive iPod dock information
  • EZ Sync compatibility sheet
  • Video Playback note (English/French/Spanish)
  • Using Satellite Radio instruction booklet
  • XM Channel Guide
  • Sirius Brochure
  • Sheet of self-adhesive cable labels

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Features
Remote Control
Input and Output Notes

Features

7.1 Channel Amplifier: The Onkyo TX-SR705 features a 100 watt x 7-channel amplifier in 8-ohms at 20 to 20,000 Hz with a maximum total harmonic distortion of 0.08%.

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.

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

On-Screen Display (OSD): An OSD can be displayed on your television for easy system setup. The joystick/enter button on the remote makes display navigation and setting adjustment simple and convenient. The setup OSD is passed through all the monitor outputs (composite video, S-video, component video, and HDMI). Once the system is setup, operation details (volume for example) are displayed on screen when using the composite or S-video inputs. Operation details are not displayed when watching a source using the component video or HDMI inputs. You can select a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio for the monitor output so the menu is displayed properly to match your TV's screen.

Component Video Switching: In addition to composite and S-Video switching, this unit can switch between high resolution component video sources. There are 3 component video inputs and 1 component video monitor output. The component video inputs and outputs have a bandwidth of 100MHz.

HDMI Switching: The TX-SR705 has three HDMI version 1.3a inputs and one HDMI version 1.3a output for connecting DVD players, HDTV set-top boxes, and other video components through the receiver to your TV or projector. The HDMI cables will pass digital audio and video. The HDMI inputs are 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 three rear panel A/V inputs (DVD, VCR/DVR, CBL/SAT).

Faroudija DCDi Edge Technology: The Onkyo TX-SR705 utilizes deinterlacing chips featuring Faroudja DCDi Edge technology to convert 480i interlaced video signals to 480p progressive scan signals.

Video Conversion: The TX-SR705 will also 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. The receiver can also convert composite video and S-video signal to component video; useful if your television does not feature an HDMI input.

RIHD (Remote Interactivity Over HDMI): RIHD synchronizes RIHD-compatible displays and components for integrated control via HDMI connection and use of the receiver's IR remote control. RIHD provides the following integrated operations.

  • Control: this function allows CEC-standard-compatible equipment connected to HDMI and RIHD-compatible equipment to be operated together with the Onkyo receiver
  • Power Control: provides an electrical power link between the TX-SR705 and RIHD-compatible components through the HDMI connection and allows for those components to turn on or off with the receiver
  • TV Control: allows you to control the TX-SR705 from an RIHD-compatible TV that is connected via HDMI, currently compatible with Panasonic Televisions featuring EZ Sync

Satellite Ready: The Onkyo TX-SR705 features proprietary ports on the rear panel for XM and Sirius Satellite Radio connection. In addition to the following optional satellite tuners needed (sold separately), you will need a subscription to XM and/or Sirius Satellite radio. 

  • XM Satellite Radio Ready: The receiver can be connected to the optional XM Home Mini-Tuner and Home Dock (part # 700XMTUNPK, sold separately), allowing you to receive XM Satellite Radio through the TX-SR705. You can search XM radio stations by Channel, Category or Direct Tuning. You can also choose to display the following XM information on the receiver's display - Channel Name, Channel Number, Category Name, Artist Name or Song Title.
  • Sirius Satellite Radio Ready: The TX-SR705 can also 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.

iPod Compatible: The DS-A1 or DS-A2 Remote Interactive Dock for iPod (item #'s 580DSA1 and 580DSA2) provide an interface between an iPod digital media player and Onkyo TX-SR705. 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.

Audyssey MultEQ XT: MultEQ XT is Audyssey's most powerful built-in solution for countering distortion in dedicated home theaters. This technology detects speakers, and then sets levels, delays and crossovers, as well as measuring room acoustics. Using the receiver interface, it takes up to 8 measurements around the listening area and uses high-resolution equalization filters for satellites and subwoofers. MultEQ XT covers both frequency response and time domain (where most of the problems lie) across the entire listening area. The results are immediately obvious - a clear, well-balanced and natural sound. With the supplied speaker setup microphone, Audyssey MultEQ XT can measure the number of speakers connected, their sizes, crossover frequencies, and distances from the listening position and calculate the optimal speaker settings for you automatically. The supplied microphone is approximately 1-15/16" in diameter, 7/8" tall, and has a 19-3/4' 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. If you wish to setup the speakers manually, you can follow the procedure for Speaker Configuration.

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 in 0.5 dB steps.

Double Bass: You can increase the bass output by activating the Double Bass function. This function feeds both the LFE and left and right channel bass output to the subwoofer. Double Bass can be set only when the subwoofer is set to On and the front speakers are set to Large.

Crossover: The TX-SR705 has a built-in crossover for the speaker system. The crossover points are set separately for the front, center, surround, surround back, and subwoofer channels. The sub crossover options are 80(THX), 90, 100, 110 and 120 Hz. The other channels can be set to Full Range, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 (THX), 90, 100, 120, 150, or 200 Hz. The center and surround speakers can also be turned off.

LFE Level and Filter Settings: You can set the level of the LFE channel individually for Dolby Digital, DTS and multichannel PCM sources. The level can be set to -20, -10 or 0 dB. You can also specify the cutoff frequency of the LFE channel's low-pass filter which can be used to filter out unwanted hum. The LPF only applies to sources that use the LFE channel. You can select from the following low-pass filter frequencies - 80 Hz (THX), 90 Hz, 100 Hz, 110 Hz, or 120 Hz.

Equalizer: Using the receiver's built-in electronic 7-band equalizer, you can adjust the tone of speakers individually. You can adjust the following frequencies independently for all seven speakers in your system between -6 dB to +6 dB in 1 dB increments - 63 Hz, 160 Hz, 400 Hz 1000 Hz, 2500 Hz, 6300 Hz or 16000 Hz. You can also adjust the following frequencies of the subwoofer between -6 dB to +6 dB in 1 dB increments - 25 Hz, 40 Hz, 63 Hz, 100 Hz or 160 Hz.

THX Select2 Certified: THX surround technology was founded by George Lucas. THX utilizes stringent standards that ensure movies are reproduced in movie theaters and home theaters just as the director intended. The TX-SR705 offers the following THX surround modes:

  • THX Cinema: carefully optimizes the tonal and spatial characteristics of the soundtrack for reproduction in the smaller home-theater environment, can be used with 2-channel sources processed with other formats and multi-channel sources
  • THX Select2 Cinema: expands Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel sources for 7.1-channel playback by analyzing the composition of the surround sources, optimizing the ambient and directional sounds to produce the surround back channel output
  • THX Surround EX: expands Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel sources for 6.1/7.1-channel playback, especially suited to Dolby Digital EX sources
  • THX Games Mode: designed for use with video games and can expand a 2-channel and 5.1 channel source for 6.1/7.1-channel playback
  • THX Music Mode: designed for use with music, expands Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel sources for 6.1/7.1-channel playback
  • Neural THX 5.1/7.1: Neural-THX Surround employs psychoacoustic frequency domain processing, which allows deliver of a more detailed sound stage, with superior channel separation and localization of audio elements. Neural THX 5.1 and Neural THX 7.1 modes can expand any 2-channel stereo source for 5.1 or 7.1 channel playback. It can be used with CD, AM/FM radio, XM Satellite Radio, cassette, TV, VHS, DVD and other 2-channel stereo sources, including video games.

Stereo, Dolby and DTS Listening Modes: This receiver incorporates a powerful and highly accurate 32-bit DSP processor and a wide variety of listening modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your audio and video software. The listening modes include:

  • Direct: audio from the input source is output directly with minimal processing
  • Pure: In this mode the display and video circuitry are turned off, minimizing possible noise sources for the ultimate in high-fidelity reproduction.
  • 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
  • Multi-channel: 7.1-channel analog input
  • Dolby Pro Logic II: expands any 2-channel source to 5.1 channels
    • Movie
    • Music
    • Game
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx: expands any 2-channel source to 7.1 channels
    • Movie
    • Music
    • Game
  • Dolby Digital: decodes Dolby Digital soundtracks
  • Dolby Digital EX: decodes Dolby Digital EX or expands 5.1-channel Dolby Digital sources to 6.1 or 7.1-channels
  • Dolby Digital Plus: multi-channel audio format that supports up to 7.1 channels with 48 kHz sampling rate
  • DTS: decodes DTS soundtracks
  • DTS 96/24: decodes high resolution DTS 96/24 soundtracks
  • DTS-ES: decodes DTS ES soundtracks
    • Discrete
    • Matrix
  • DTS-HD High Resolution: multi-channel format supporting up to 7.1 channels with 96 kHz sampling rate
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: offers up to 7.1 discrete channels of digital audio with 48/96 kHz, up to 5.1 channels with 192 kHz sampling rate
  • DTS Neo:6: expands any 2-channel source to 6.1 or 7.1-channels
    • Cinema
    • Music
  • DSD: used with SACDs/ that feature multi-channel audio
  • TrueHD: delivers exceptional sound that is bit-for-bit identical to the studio master, unlocking the true high-definition entertainment experience on next-generation discs
  • Neural Surround: allows delivery of a more detailed sound stage, with superior channel separation and localization of audio elements for 5.1 or 7.1 multi-channel surround playback
  • 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
    • Theater-Dimensional (T-D): enjoy virtual 5.1 surround with two or three speakers (you can set the virtual surround imaging to Narrow or Wide)

Note: You can assign a default listening mode to each input source that will be selected automatically when you select each input source.

Combination Surround Modes: You to choose from the following combination surround modes:

  • Dolby Digital + PLIIx Music: uses the Pro Logic IIx Music mode to expand 5.1-channel Dolby Digital sources for 6.1/7.1-channel playback
  • Dolby Digital + PLIIx Movie: uses the Pro Logic IIx Movie mode to expand 5.1-channel Dolby Digital sources for 7.1-channel playback
  • Dolby Digital + Neo:6: uses Neo:6 to expand 5.1-channel sources for 6.1/7.1-channel playback
  • DTS + Dolby Digital EX: expands 5.1-channel DTS sources for 6.1/7.1-channel playback, especially suited to Dolby Digital EX soundtracks that include a matrix-encoded surround back channel.
  • DTS + PLIIx Music: uses the Pro Logic IIx Music mode to expand 5.1-channel DTS sources for 6.1/7.1-channel playback
  • DTS + PLIIx Movie: uses the Pro Logic IIx Movie mode to expand 5.1-channel DTS sources for 7.1-channel playback
  • Dolby PLII/IIx THX 3: combines Dolby Pro Logic II or IIx with THX surround to expand a 2-channel source for 6.1/7.1-channel playback
  • Neo:6 THX 3: combines Neo:6 with THX surround sound format to expand a 2-channel source for 6.1/7.1-channel playback
  • Dolby PLII THX Games Mode: combines Dolby Pro Logic II with the THX Game Mode to expand a 2-channel source for 6.1/7.1-channel playback
  • Neo:6 THX Games Mode: combines Neo:6 with the THX Game Mode to expand a 2-channel source for 6.1/7.1-channel playback

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).

Re-Equalization Circuitry: Re-EQ (re-equalization) corrects a soundtrack with high frequency response that's too harsh, compensating for the fact that sound mixed for large theaters may sound too bright when played back through speakers in the home environment. This can be set to either On or Off.

Bass and Treble: You can adjust the bass and treble for the front speakers. You can boost or cut low-frequency (20Hz) sounds output by the front speakers from -10 to +10 dB in 2 dB steps. You can boost or cut high-frequency (20kHz) sounds output by the front speakers from -10 to +10 dB in 2 dB steps.

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.

A/V Sync: When the picture is not perfectly synchronized with the sound, this receiver can delay the audio from 0-250ms, in 1ms increments.

IntelliVolume: The IntelliVolume setup function allows you set a volume correction value in the range of -12dB to +12dB, in 1dB increments, for each source to prevent large jumps in volume when switching from one source to another. This feature eliminates the inconvenience of manually readjusting the volume control each time you switch from a source with a weak signal to a source with a strong signal and vice versa.

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

  • Maximum Volume: prevent the volume from being turned too high by setting a maximum level for Zone 1, Zone 2 and Zone 3; specify any volume in the top half of the volume range
  • Power On Volume: specify the volume setting when the receiver is turned on for Zone 1, Zone 2, or Zone 3; specify any volume or Last to use the same level that was used when the receiver was turned off.
  • Headphones Level: set the headphone volume relative to the main volume, choose a level between -12dB and +12dB
  • Muting Level: determines how much the output is muted when the Muting function is used; it can be set to fully muted or from -50 to -10 dB in 10 dB increments

Name Edit: You can enter a custom name for each individual input selector and radio preset for easy identification.

Bi-Amp Speaker Connections: The Front Left/Right and Surround Back Left/Right terminal posts can be used together to bi-amp a front pair speakers that support bi-amping, providing separate tweeter and woofer power feeds, giving you improved bass and treble performance. When bi-amping, the Front Left/Right terminal posts connect to the front speakers' tweeter terminals while the Surround Back Left/Right terminal posts connect to the front speakers' woofer terminals. During bi-amping, the receiver is able to drive up to a 5.1 speaker system.

Multi-Zone: The TX-SR705 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-SR705 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-SR705 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-SR705 receiver.

Sleep Function: From the remote, you can set the unit to automatically turn off after as much as 90 minutes or as little as 10 minutes; choices are presented in 10-minute increments.

Display Dimmer: The display illumination includes the green alphanumeric display and a blue ring around the volume knob. You can dim the display as follows: Normal and Volume light on, Normal and Volume light off, Dim and Volume light off, and Dimmer and Volume light off.

Lock Setup: With this feature, you can protect your settings by locking the setup menus.

Remote Control

Backlit Multi-brand/Learning Remote: The supplied backlit IR wireless remote control is a multi-brand/learning remote. The remote is pre-programmed to operate Onkyo components. In addition, the remote is pre-programmed to operate other popular brands of equipment, including DVD players, CD players, TVs, VCRs, cable boxes, MD recorders/players, and satellite receivers. Also, the remote can learn up to 90 commands from infrared remotes of other components. A joystick button simplifies menu navigation and doubles as an enter button.

Macros: Three macros can be programmed to perform a sequence of actions with just one button press. Each macro button can perform up to 8 commands.

Input and Output Notes

Rear Panel:

  • HDMI Inputs/Output: This unit has 3 HDMI ver. 1.3a inputs and 1 HDMI output. The HDMI inputs are assignable to different input sources. The HDMI jacks support HDCP copyright protection. The HDMI circuit will accommodate a 1080p signal.
  • Assignable Digital Inputs: The TX-SR705 has 5 assignable digital inputs (2 optical/3 coaxial) allowing you to specify which input source is connected to which digital input jack.

  • Multi-Channel Input: The receiver is equipped with one set of 8 Channel RCA type inputs for use with outboard 5.1 and 7.1 channel decoders. There are RCA inputs for left front, right front, center, left surround, right surround, surround back left, surround back right, and subwoofer.
  • Speaker Terminals: 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. The Zone 2 left and right speakers are also binding posts.
  • XM: This proprietary jack is for use with an optional XM Mini Tuner Home Dock.
  • Sirius: This proprietary jack is for use with an optional Sirius SureConnect Home Kit.
  • IR Input: The 3.5mm IR input jack allows you to control the receiver without line-of-sight access using an optional IR remote control system and locating the remote sensor in sight.
  • RI Remote Control Jack: The 3.5mm RI (Remote Interactive) remote control jack allows you to connect this receiver to compatible Onkyo components.
  • 12 Volt Trigger: This 3.5mm mini-jack output can be connected to the 12-volt trigger input on a power amplifier in Zone 2. When Zone 2 is turned on, a 12-volt trigger signal is output.
  • RS-232C Port: The TX-SR705 has an RS-232C port for connection to external whole-house control systems from companies such as AMX or Crestron.

Front Panel:

  • Headphone Output: This receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone output on the front panel. The speaker outputs, except for the Zone 2 speakers, are muted when headphones are plugged in.
  • AV Aux Input: The receiver features a composite video and S-video inputs as well as Left/Right stereo RCA audio inputs on the front panel.
  • Digital Input: The receiver also features an optical digital input on the front panel.
  • Setup Mic: This 3.5mm input on the front of the receiver is used to connect the supplied Setup Microphone.
 
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5 out of 5

best amp

Written By MINTMOTORS, Texas on Saturday, February 13, 2010
 
My wife purchased this amp over a year ago for me and I waited before I gave a review.
It is the best sounding amp I have ever owned. In the last 6 years I have had a Sony,
Kenwood, Panasonic and now this Onkyo. I don't know about the other brands out there
but this amp makes my home sound better than when I am at the movies. Not one
problem either. My Sony lost one channel after a year and my Kenwood became
obsolete. The Panasonic sounded good but after 2 years I lost the video-cold soldier
joint.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR705

Written By cimpala, Boston, MA on Friday, November 21, 2008
 
I've always thought Onkyo had a great bang for your buck. I paid $600 for this and it is worth it! This is the 3rd Onkyo receiver I've owned and I am very happy with it. The sound is amazing. I have it powering Klipsch surround sound with front floor speakers. I can turn it up as much as I want and there is never any distortion. The setup is a breeze with the on screen displays. It's got great features for the future and all the decoders you could need. The remote is awesome too. I have always had universal remotes that I bought separately and I never thought the remote that came with a piece of equipment would do the job. This does and I use it to control everything. My only problems with it are: It only has 3 HDMI inputs. I have the cable box, Marantz SACD/DVD, and Xbox. What am I going to do when I get a Blu Ray? Also I would like a receiver that has a LAN port so that I could stream music, but I know you need to spend a lot more to get that.
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4 out of 5

Very Pleased With This Receiver

Written By Karen, Louisburg, NC on Wednesday, August 13, 2008
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This was a gift for my husbands birthday. He gets excited discovering the cool features. Every time he learns another feature he says "Honey come here! Check this out! It is so easy, you are going to love it." And he is right because I am not handy when it comes to electronics but this is so easy to learn. He said he can't believe I found just the receiver he had been looking for. I do wish I had ordered the silver model because the black is a little hard to see, however learning the remote this will be a none issue. The remote lights up and remembers settings. The speaker Microphone setup balanced our speakers in a very ingenius manor. We were laughing it is so cool! But you need to buy it to try it (and to show off a bit). Thank You Crutchfield!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR705

Written By Brian, Coconut Grove, FL on Wednesday, August 06, 2008
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I've been a fan of the ONKYO brand for years, and they continue to meet expectations. I'm very pleased with the new receiver, but would recommend the increased wattage of the next model for Home Theater enthusiasts. The inability of the model to convert digital for the second zone is less than ideal, but is easily mitigated. The receiver was easy to set up and the speaker setup was very simple with the included microphone. I was able to find several errors with the Manual which made things a little irritating to set up, but easily corrected with some trial and error.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR705

Written By William, Birmingham, AL on Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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Excellent buy. Crutchfield had this on my doorstep in 3 days. The system runs a little hot but I bought an AV fan for the cabinet and that seams to be working fine. You will not find a better deal for your money with all the features that this unit has. I paired this receiver with Boston Acoustics M130 with a pair of 100 watt Polk Audios. When I'm watching a blue ray movie and that true HD 7.1 channels kicks in you can tell a difference. Playstation 3 is pretty cool as well. You can actually hear when the enemy is beside or behind you on Call of Duty 4.
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5 out of 5

Crutchfield and Onkyo = Two Thumbs Up!!

Written By Jeff, Tok, AK on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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First of all, I need to say that the Crutchfield Support Specialists are by far the most conscientious of all support groups I have ever had contact with. By providing a wealth of information not found in other reviews, I was without a doubt completely satisfied with my decision to go with this AV receiver. In addition, when the first receiver arrived and had a problem, Crutchfield support was immediately there to solve it. I can not think of any other company that has such dedicated personnel that will go above the call of duty to ensure complete customer satisfaction. With that said, I can assure you that I am a Crutchfield customer for life!

I replaced a Sony ES AV receiver with this Onkyo and I noticed the increase in sound quality immediately. The treble and distinct highs were far more impressive through my older Polk Audio speakers, as well as the mid-range and bass. It would seem that this receiver has given them a brand new life! The channel separation through all six speakers was clearly an advantage over the Sony. The only blemish this review would reveal is that the first receiver arrived with the sub-woofer output not working. But as I stated above, the Crutchfield Support team replaced it immediately and with no cost to me at all.

I would rate this Onkyo more stars, but five are all I can check. Definitely a winner. You will not be disappointed if you go with this one as the heart of your next home theater system.

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1 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR705

Written By George, Suffolk, VA on Tuesday, July 29, 2008
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The receiver worked great for 4 months, now I am being told I have to pay for shipping and wait 4-6 weeks to have it repaired by Crutchfield.
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4 out of 5

The very best but...

Written By Domenico, Miami.Florida on Friday, July 18, 2008
 
Yes, it's the best money can buy ( together with their speaker system of course) nevertheless I had it for one year then something burned but luckyly it was fixed right away and is back in service. This is something that can happen to any electrical "thing". It is an advantage the fact that it can be repaired by anny good technician, anywhere. I had mine fixed while on a sail trip deep into the Amazon and there it was fixed by a prominent indian technician. Isn't that great?
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5 out of 5

Excelente!!!

Written By Fremiot, Puerto Rico on Thursday, June 26, 2008
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This Receiver is an excellent investment for your home theater purpose! Awesome sound and quality for the money! The top in it's category, absolutely. I want to special thank to the cruchfield customer service team, I think is the best team in the world. If you consider another company for cheaper price, think about it two times. This team is excellent! Congratulatios Crutchfield! AAA+
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4 out of 5

Great! Except for...

Written By David, Boston MA on Thursday, June 19, 2008
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This is a great product however there are a few caveats that have not been revealed on this site thus far.

1) The Multi-Room functions are limited to analog sources. That is, you cannot send digital signals to "Zone 2". This was an unfortunate realization as it means I cannot send Cable, BluRay, or CD, signals around the house! That doesn't leave much.

2) The receiver generates a substantial amount of heat and the fan is quite loud. If you place the unit in a media cabinet make sure it has a lot of breathing room.

The rest of the features are excellent. The quality of the sound is great. If the second zone mishap is fine I would recommend this one.
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5 out of 5

Amazing Features for the Price

Written By Nicholas, Bourbonnais, IL on Monday, June 09, 2008
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This is the second Onkyo receiver I have purchased and once again I am more than satisfied. Getting three HDMI inputs to switch is perfect for all of my new gear. The setup was easy and the included microphone for automatic speaker calibration worked flawlessly.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR705

Written By Charlie, Dallas Texas on Tuesday, April 29, 2008
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The TX-SR705 is a great buy for all the features you will receive. The sound is fantastic and rich. Maybe the only downfall is that with so many features, it has taken me several weeks to figure out the surround sound (ie. digital dolby, thx, etc.). Each sound feature has numerous settings. I have had Yamaha receivers in the past that seem to only function for about seven to ten years, so I am hoping that the durability will be better.
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5 out of 5

I love my 705

Written By Ken, Maplewood, NJ on Monday, April 14, 2008
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Fantastic unit, great sound, function and build quality for a mid range receiver, I am very happy with this purchase. My HT occupies about ½ of a 16' x 24' room so is essentially a small installation where sound quality is the priority over quantity or earth shattering bass.

Initially I purchased the 605 but decided to upgrade and am very pleased that I did. The 705 has, based on my initial impression, a cleaner crisper presentation. That said, the 605 was very good and the additional 10wpc is a non issue. Some features that are not identified by the basic stats:

1) 3.3 lbs heaver than the 605 (based on Onkyo stats) having had the opportunity to peer into both units at the same time, I can say that the transformer is quite a bit larger and the heat sink is substantially larger, maybe 50% based on visual inspection and has a small pair of fans under the heat sink.

2) There are pre-outs for all 7 channels.

4) The remote is much improved a button to illuminate all of the functional buttons, very nice feature for making any adjustments while watching in a dimmed room.

5) The Audyssey function has more placement options the 605 and the EQ has more divisions, both helpful.

6) In addition to the much ballyhooed 'blue light' the volume knob is aluminum versus plastic in the 605, not a functional improvement, but cool. And yes the blue light is kind of cool too;)

Hope this helps, Crutchfield is great, would not buy anything they carry from anyone else.
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5 out of 5

Excellent System

Written By Alan, Pawleys Island, SC on Friday, April 11, 2008
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I now have the Onkyo TX-SR705 teamed up with Klipsch RF62 towers, RC52
center and RS42 surround speakers. My old system was pretty good, but
this new arrangement really blows it away. There are many lengthy
reviews on this Onkyo already so I will just say I would recommend it to
anyone that doesn't need more than 100 watts and wants to get HDMI
switching. Crutchfield service has been top notch.
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5 out of 5

Great receiver

Written By Eduardo, Allen, TX on Saturday, March 29, 2008
 
I am very impress with this product. I bought a LG 60" plasma TV and I
needed a really good home teather receiver. I looked around for different
models and some of them were really good but expensive and some others
didn't have the connections I was looking for.

The Onkyo TX-SR705 has a feature that you can program the HDMI
connection to a specific output. That was really nice. When I play my Blue
Ray movies, it automatically selects the right surround sound for the movie.
This is a really nice piece of electronic for the money.

You won't be dissapointed with this receiver if you decide to get it. I
recommend it highly.


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5 out of 5

A great choice for the A/V enthusiast

Written By Jimmy, Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, February 21, 2008
 
I originally set out to purchase the 605, but ended up getting upgraded after a series of events that are not worth the time to type. I am SO glad I got the upgrade. This receiver does it all. It plays great audio and video through the HDMI cables. It "upgrades" non-HDMI signals to pump them out through the one TV HDMI connection. It plays my I-Pod flawlessly through the Onkyo I-Pod dock. I didn't even have to tell the remote it was there. I was instantly controlling my I-Pod with the 705 receiver.



Speaking of remotes - the remote on the 705 is great. It is just as good as most universal remotes selling for $80 - $200. I can pocket that money and just use this remote for everything in my entertainment center. It even learns, so I can teach it to perform the functions that I use the most. On top of all that, it has macros - I have now been introduced to a whole new world of convenience by this feature.



The sound is amazing. The music is pristine (I am using a 5.1 surround set-up with floor speakers in front, Bose 201's in back, a Polk center channel speaker, and a Sony subwoofer). Old movies have taken on a whole new life. I am rewatching Star Wars and Lord of The Rings with my kids just to enjoy the Dolby and THX surround sound. I even put on videos with the THX splash screen at the beginning, just to hear the waaaaah sound it makes. It shook a planter off my wall the first time.



Crutchfield service was beyond anything I have experienced throughout all my electronics shopping (I just redid my whole entertainment center). Their salesman took the list of what I already had for speakers and he matched it up with the best components to bring out the best balance. Where he could save me money, he let me know. When it was not worth the savings for the loss of quality, he warned me as well. For example, he sold me the cheapest sub (the Sony) because he said for the room size, it would be all I need.



I have one complaint against the Onkyo TX-SR705 - make that two. One: it gets really hot. I have to install a small fan in the back of my cabinet to move air out, or it is going to fry some equipment. Two: This system sounds so good that I am reverting to my adolescence and cranking up my rock and roll - I don't think my hearing can take this kind of abuse a second time around. ;-)



None of these complaints were worth demoting this receiver by a star though, so I proudly give it a 5 star rating.
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4 out of 5

Not perfect, but VERY GOOD for the price

Written By Casey, Dallas, TX on Thursday, February 14, 2008
 
I've been using the TX-SR705 for about a week now. All in all, I'm very pleased with my purchase. Onkyo's receiver lineup for 2007 is very impressive; offering HDMI switching and decoding for both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA for under $1000 (or, for the SR605, under $500) is a pretty amazing value.



My previous receiver was a Denon that was only about a year old. However, it lacked support for the new HD audio codecs and only had two HDMI inputs. To get the features I wanted on a new Denon receiver, I would have had to spend $1200 and still only get two HDMI inputs. After a lot of research, I decided to go with the '705. Denon and Onkyo are really the only two brands I spent much time considering. While Sony, Pioneer, and Yamaha have all gotten a lot better over the last few years, for me they still just don't rank at the top. I still think Denon is the best; to my ears they produce a warmer, more natural sound while the Onkyo is a little "brighter." But, when you factor in the price difference, the Onkyo is hard to pass up.



I found the '705 easy to set up and use. The remote is very good and if you don't want to spend the money on a Logitech Harmony universal, this is a good alternative. While the on-screen display is nowhere close to the new Denon and Sony GUI's, it will still work easily for most people. I've got my DirecTV HD DVR, DVD-recorder/VCR, HD-DVD player, and Blu-ray player all hooked up through the receiver and it handles them all with room to spare. It's powering a 5.1 Bose speaker system. Movies sound GREAT, especially using the new HD audio codecs or uncompressed PCM audio! People who say that "plain old" Dolby Digital and DTS on their DVD is good enough don't know what they're missing!



Sadly, video is not as good on this receiver as audio is. The upconverter leaves a lot to be desired. The '705 does poorly when it has to deinterlace an incoming signal and produces noticeable "jaggies." It also seems to lack (or just have really poor) 2:3 pull-down processing. I'd suggest you check out online reviews on the TX-SR605 and '805 for more details. Of course, most all receivers at this price point suffer from video processing problems and you'd have to spend nearly twice as much to get anything with HQV processing, so at least the '705 is not alone here. I'd just suggest leaving any upscaling and deinterlacing to either your TV or disk player.



In the end, I'm very pleased with my purchase and when you consider the price, it's an almost unbeatable combination of quality, features, and budget. If, like me, you just can't bring yourself to spend the money on a Denon, this is a great second best option!
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR705

Written By Lance, Monticello, KY on Wednesday, February 13, 2008
 
I have had this reciever about a month ago and it ROCKS! Setup was a breeze. The remote codes do not work with my TV or DVD player but, there might be a update somewhere on the net and I have not found it(hopefully). The only reason I deducted one star is because of the automatic changing of decoding or maybe just a gliche just on mine. The reciever will toggle between three or four audio formats and never stay on one certain one. This only happens after I load a DVD. The only way to stop it is cycle power. Then I select the desired format.

I Still recommend the 705, even with the trouble I have been having. The Crisp Clean, Clarity is awesome. I also bought Polk rm95's with 110 sub. The 705 has no problem pushing out the sound. Excellent reciever
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR705

Written By CharlieD, Decatur, AL on Monday, February 11, 2008
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This receiver is a part of a general audio/video upgrade from an old outdated system.
After initial setup the receiver powered-up with great sound. It works great with the HDMI input to my new plasma TV, upconverting analog signals to near high definition quality.
The receiver is being used in a 5.1 format and the overall surround sound quality is excellent.
The receiver runs a little warm, so I installed a cooling fan to pull out heat from the cabinet. I am very pleased with this receiver.
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5 out of 5

Great Video Game Receiver

Written By Manuel, NYC on Sunday, February 10, 2008
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This is really a Great Receiver for your home use and for your video game console . I have both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 Elite connected to this Receiver using it's HDMI wire connection ... Sweettt !!! you can't get any better surround sound then this . hook up is a breeze ... you have look at the rest now it's time to buy the best ( ONKYO ) Thank you ... CHUTCHFIELD
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5 out of 5

Great sound!!!

Written By Walter, Florida on Thursday, January 24, 2008
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I got this receiver because my Integra receiver got broken.



I had some doubts but I read many positive comments on line.



I got very good support from customer servive on how to install it and set it properly.



It sounds perfect. I also use it with my Ipod and the onkyo deck.



I enjoy my music and movies so much!!!.


Thank you.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR705

Written By Daniel, Cary, NC on Tuesday, January 22, 2008
 
Easy set up right out of the box, universal learning remote is a great feature and saves hundreds of dollars versus buying one of the Harmony's. The system sounds great...Display screen could be easier to read, but otherwise a great value and superior performance.
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5 out of 5

Best In Its Class

Written By Ryan, Somerset, MA on Friday, January 04, 2008
 
I needed something newer to go with all of my new home theater components and after much research and deliberation, I chose this Onkyo TX-SR705. Don't let the price fool you. This is a very high quality receiver. It is well made and has a ton of options that most others in this price range can only dream of having.

Once I set it up and turned it on, my home theater came to life. Currently I have a Toshiba HD-A20 and Samsung BD-P1400 going to the receiver via HDMI, then passing through at 1080P to my Samsung HL-S5088W. The magnificent sound is provided by a Polk RM20 set up with a JBL 10" sub.

Everything sounds much better with this receiver. Movies are unreal and there are many sound field settings to choose from depending on your application. This receiver is also THX certified so I may need to upgrade to certified speakers to take full advantage, but in the meantime I think the DTS-HD and Dolby TrueHD decoding will do just fine. This is a great receiver at this price point. Definitely the best you can find and if you want something at this price with a ton of features and HDMI connectivity and pass-through, this is the receiver for you. You won't be disappointed!
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5 out of 5

Excellent Receiver

Written By John, Las Vegas NV on Saturday, December 22, 2007
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I was debating between the TX-SR705 and the TX-SR805 because the latter had an IEC jack for the power cable so i could use a hi end cable for power. But since Crutchfield had it on sale at the time i figured it was the much better purchase. Well all I can say is I could not have been happier. This is the cleanest surround processor I have ever owned. The music channels from my cable box (Scientific Atlanta 8300HD) alwasy sounded harsh wth my prior processor, I wrote that off to bad signal quality. Well with this receiver all those channels sound very clean and detailed. When I switch from the audio direct modes the difference to me is quite subtle and something to not worry your head over. As sound quality goes I have to give it a five out of five. I recommend this receiver to practically everyone.



Now the negatives.

The EQ to me was okay but still needed adjustment when it was through. It will be just as easy to adjust your settings manually.
I was using a seperate amplifier for my surround channels but I had an AM station bleading in through the back speakers, when I switched to the receivers internal amp the sound went away. Not a big deal since it is very hard to hear the difference in the rear speakers anyway.
When you use the HDMI cable to listen to cd's from the DVD player sometimes it works with the TV off and sometimes it doesn't, you have to turn the TV back on. Strange. Why would it work some of the time and not all the time, or not at all? You will have to run a seperate digital cable from your DVD players digital audio output to guarentee your ability to listen to CD's. The sound between the two is identical anyway. Just a nuisance that you now have to have an extra cable dangling in the back.
I won't dwelve too much about the remote since sound quality is my number one priority. It works, it may be big, bulky and confusing, but that is what the owner's manual is for.
For the total audiophile there is one weakness, it automatically adjusts the dialog level output and there is no way to turn it off. It seems to do an excellent job by the way.


One last note, give this receiver plenty of ventilation, it gets extremely hot. The internal fan makes an annoying noise, so sit its legs on something to give it more air flow underneath so the fan doesn't go off.
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5 out of 5

Great receiver for the price

Written By Dave, Whitesboro, NY on Tuesday, December 11, 2007
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I needed to get a receiver with HDMI switching to simplify my setup, but I didn't have a huge budget. This one fit the bill perfectly. It allows me to switch the 3 HDMI sources, Component, and analog sources I have with ease. The receiver does make a switching noise and switches a little slower than I would like, but overall, this thing is great.


Setup was a snap and the user interface is very easy to use. I found it to be very straight forward when assigning inputs/outputs and naming my devices.


I think the remote is very easy to use but I saw some other comments that stated otherwise. I think with as many functions the remote needs to cover, it does a very good job in keeping them organized and accessible without the user having to be an engineer to figure it out. I'm using a Philips Pronto remote so for me, it's not an issue, but the Onkyo's remote is not meant to be the end-all remote control anyway. I think for most folks, the Onkyo's Universal remote will work just fine.


I'm running a 7.1 setup, and the sound is fantastic. I strongly recommend this receiver. I've had it for a month now, and I love it!
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5 out of 5

High Def Audio

Written By Maurice, Little Rock, AR on Monday, December 10, 2007
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I will get back to it later.

By the way this thing is an A+ for me
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5 out of 5

Excellent HDMI 1080p Receiver

Written By Paul, Ladera Ranch, CA on Thursday, October 18, 2007
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After much research and deliberation, I purchased the TX-SR705 about a month ago from Crutchfield. I am very satisfied with the receiver and feel I have the best product for the money. My goal was to use all HDMI connections with 1080p connectivity and the three inputs here are perfect. Here's my review...


System: TV-Sony KDS-50A2020, Satellite-DishNetwork HD-DVR, DVD-Sony DVP-NS77H upconvert (still holding out for either HD-DVD or Blu-Ray), Onkyo DSA2x IPOD Dock, Speakers-Onkyo front and sub except Polk RC60i rear. (I still have one more HDMI input, possibly for PS3.)


-Setup was easy. After one quick initial setting change on the receiver to direct HDMI to TV, the onscreen function was intuitive and all components were activated without a problem.
-Speaker setup was very simple. Plugging in the speaker setup mic automatically directed me to the setup menu and after a few minutes of auto calibration, the setup was complete. I tested a CD via the Sony DVP and the sound was excellent. Except for a slight adjustment on my sub, I have not made manual adjustments to the speakers via the receiver yet.
-Video quality via HDMI is excellent on both Dish and Sony DVP. I have not experienced slow or lagging channel changing speeds when switching from regular to HD channels on the satellite DVR.
-The remote is surprisingly functional. I considered Logitech Harmony remote but I am able to use the receiver remote for all my components. After reading the manual, I was able to utilize the three button macros on the remote and programmed one to turn on the receiver/satellite/tv, the other to turn on the receiver/dvd/tv, and the third to turn everything off. My wife loves the one button on and off for all components.
-All the available audio formats may be confusing, but it is great to have a surround sound format for every potential format out there. I note what format a DVD supports, I select it on the receiver, and enjoy the surround.
-I also use the Zone 2 speakers and I love that feature. I can send a different source to another room while watching or listening to another source in the main room. I can also quickly turn on the Zone 2 speakers without turning on the main receiver system. One disappointment is that sound to Zone 2 is not able to be output from any HDMI connection. Only analog sources are output to Zone 2. So the radio works, IPOD works, and I had to also connect my Sony DVP via composite video/analog audio (yellow, red, white) to be able to play CD's to the Zone 2 speakers. A little extra effort, but it would have been easier if the second zone would accept HiDef sources.
-Love the IPOD dock, must add this accessory to your list.
-One more note, the receiver does run a bit hot. I was a ware of this through my research so be prepared to have enough room and proper ventilation.
Overall, very satisfied. 5 out of 5 stars.

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4 out of 5

Good AV Receiver for the price

Written By Webs, St. Louis, MO on Monday, October 08, 2007
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I've had my new 705 for almost a week now and it's proven to be a nice piece of equipment. The set up is easy enough, but will take some time so set aside an evening to get it hooked up and play around with it. The on screen menus are well designed and are fairly intuitive, but the automatic speaker setup (Audyssey MultEQ XT) didn't work as well as advertised, most notably with the subwoofer. It got fairly close though and I've since made a few manual adjustments. Now it sounds great and puts my old Sony to shame! The receiver adds a touch of noise to the picture when viewing standard def feeds from my HD cable box, but the high def picture is beautiful! Because of the age of my TV (Pre HDMI) I am forced to use the component video inputs and output, which means I can't take advantage of the video upconversion (480p) you could get using HDMI cables. This will be fixed soon enough when I retire my tired HD rear projection set for a nice flat panel. Bottom line - with the features this receiver offers and the sound quality you get, I don't think you can go wrong, especially when you consider the price!
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4 out of 5

A fantastic value, but not perfect

Written By freundez, Sacramento, CA on Monday, September 10, 2007
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I've had my 705 for a few weeks now, having pre-ordered it through Crutchfield back in July.

Here is a quick run-down of my setup:
--TV: 55" Sony KDS-55A2020 (By far and away the best purchase I made this summer) connected via HDMI to receiver
--Blu-Ray / Game Console: Sony PS3 via HDMI
--CD Player: Denon DCM-290 5 disc changer connected via TOSLINK cable (as well as with RCA cables for zone 2 support, which is analog only)
--Satellite Receiver: DirecTV HD DVR Plus via HDMI
--Speakers: Mythos 2 front speakers, ProCenter 1000 Center, Powered Sub, Polk RC80i rear speakers.

So, first the Positives:
--Straight forward initial setup w/ good on-screen display (that is supported over both Component & HDMI to the TV)
--Audyssey MultiEQ speaker calibration worked well (although I've subsequently made some manual adjustments for the sub-woofer and center channels)
--Audio playback (both CD & SACD is fantastic
--Video quality is overall quite good
--Amazing feature set for the price

On to the Negatives:
--The receiver is slow and makes 'switching' noises when switching between different audio formats over HDMI (PCM vs. Multi-channel, etc.)
--Pure Audio mode doesn't output sound to the sub-woofer
--Unless you are single and live alone, don't even think about trying to use the provided remote as a Universal remote
--Channel change times when going from SD to HD channels is slow mainly due to the receiver switching to a different audio format
--Can't listen to SACD's w/o turning the on the TV, but this maybe a PS3 issue, not a receiver issue.
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