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THX® Ultra2 home theater receiver with HDMI switching and conversion (Black)

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by Dave Bar
Onkyo

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-SR805 carries Lucasfilm Ltd.'s prestigious THX Ultra2 certification for guaranteed home theater excellence. Top-notch THX processing plus 130 watts x 7 channels of high-current Onkyo power give you intense, high-impact surround sound for your movies, music, TV shows, and video games. You also get decoding for the latest surround sound formats, including Dolby® True HD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio — two new high-resolution surround sound formats found on many Blu-ray players and discs.

Flexible video connections
The 'SR805's 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs let you hook up three high-def sources for easy switching. Plus, analog-to-HDMI video conversion allows you to pass the video signals from all your components to your TV via a single HDMI connection — even older, standard-definition sources. 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 'SR805 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 perfect home theater sound.

Multi-room audio and more
This receiver's three-room/three-source audio output lets you enjoy surround sound in your main room while housemates listen to different stereo music sources in a second or even third 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. The 'SR805 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:

  • 130 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.05% THD
  • THX® Ultra2 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)
  • three-room/three-source audio (powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room, fixed line-level stereo audio output for 3rd 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
  • 192kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACs for all channels
  • high-current amplifier design
  • 40 AM/FM/XM/SIRIUS presets
  • aluminum front panel
  • Onkyo HDsync control via HDMI
  • learning/multibrand remote
  • 17-1/8"W x 7-5/8"H x 18-1/4"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
  • 6 audio/video inputs, including:
    • 1 front-panel input with composite and S-video
    • 5 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
  • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping front left and right speakers

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Features and Specs
General
Number Of Channels
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7
Stereo RMS Power (watts)
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130
THD in Stereo
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0.05 %
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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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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7-5/8
Depth (inches)
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18-1/4
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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6
Audio-only Inputs
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3
S-Video Inputs
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6
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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3
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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Yes
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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Posts
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
  • 70" Detachable AC cord
  • Wireless remote control (RC-690M)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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-SR805 features a 130 watt x 7-channel amplifier in 8-ohms at 20 to 20,000 Hz with a maximum total harmonic distortion of 0.05%.

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 top of the line Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels.

Speaker Impedance: There is a menu adjustment for minimum speaker impedance. Options are 6Ω (for speakers 6 to 16-ohms) and 4Ω (for speakers 4 or 5-ohms).

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-SR805 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-SR805 utilizes deinterlacing chips featuring Faroudja DCDi Edge technology to convert 480i interlaced video signals to 480p progressive scan signals.

Video Conversion: The TX-SR805 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-SR805 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-SR805 from an RIHD-compatible TV that is connected via HDMI, currently compatible with Panasonic Televisions featuring EZ Sync

Satellite Ready: The Onkyo TX-SR805 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-SR805. 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-SR805 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-SR805. 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-SR805 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, and 120 Hz. The other channels can be set to Full Range, 40, 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 dB, -10 dB 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 Ultra2 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-SR805 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 Ultra Cinema: expands 5.1-channel sources for 7.1-channel playback by analyzing the composition of the surround source and optimizing the ambient and direction 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 Music Mode: designed for use with music, expands Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel sources for 6.1/7.1-channel playback
  • 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
  • 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 mult-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
  • 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 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

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-room Capability: You can use three speaker systems with the TX-SR805 receiver - a surround-sound speaker system up to 7.1 channels in your main listening room (Zone 1), a stereo speaker system in a second room (Zone 2) and another stereo speaker system in a third room (Zone 3). The zone 2 and 3 outputs allow you to enjoy one source in your main listening room, while other sources play in remote rooms. Depending on how you configure the receiver, using Zone 2 will require an additional amplifier and speakers, a set of powered speakers, or simply a set of non-powered speakers located in a remote location. You can connect the dedicated Zone 2 stereo RCA line outputs to a receiver/amplifier or powered speakers in one room while powering a 7.1-channel speaker system in the main room; the output level of the RCA line outs for Zone 2 and Zone 3 can be switched from fixed for variable, so they can be connected to an amplifier or powered speakers equipped with or without a volume control. You can also connect a pair of speakers to the receiver's dedicated Zone 2 speaker terminals and simultaneously power a 5.1-channel speaker system in the main room. When the Zone 2 speaker terminals are turned on, the Surround Back speaker outputs do not work. When the Zone 2 speaker terminals are off, the Surround Back speaker outputs work as normal. The Zone 2 speaker output volume setting can be controlled with the remote. Only analog sources can be played in Zone 2 or Zone 3. Zone 3 requires an additional amplifier and speakers or a set of powered speakers to listen to a different 2-channel stereo source in another room while still playing 2-channel audio in Zone 2 and multi-channel audio in your main room (Zone 3 does not offer speaker terminal connection).

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

Multi-brand/Learning Remote with Joy Stick Button: The supplied wireless remote 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 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-SR805 has 6 assignable digital inputs (3 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/Output: 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. The 3.5mm IR output jack allows you to send the control signals to an additional component.
  • 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-SR805 has an RS-232C port for connection to external whole-house control systems from companies such as AMX or Crestron.

Front Panel: The units front panel connections are located behind a manual fold-down door.

  • 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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4 out of 5

Complete Satisfaction

Written By Aaron, AL on Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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My first receiver and I am ecstatic. The sound quality is great. The Onkyo
auto setup was easy and works great. I only had to make a few minor
adjustments. It is a heavy beast. The remote control does a great job
controlling multiple devices, making it easy for my wife to use. The HDMI
switching works great and is great quality. PS3 Blue Ray looks great. I
have the receiver in an entertainment system with glass doors, I removed
the back panel and installed two 120 mm PC fans one behind my PS3 and
the other behind the receiver. You can't even tell the fans are there and
allows me to run the system cranked up with the doors closed and it does
not get hot.
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2 out of 5

Died in 5 days

Written By Joseph, Temecula, CA on Friday, September 12, 2008
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Guess I seem to be the only one that had bad luck with this unit. During use after 5 days, I heard a loud POP and lost all audio. Luckily, Crutchfield is the best and I was able to send it back to them with no issues. It wasnt a heat issue as I have an open rack so there is plenty of air circulating.

I think I can agree with most reviewers about the sound. However, the HDMI video output is appalling. I ran my DTV DVR and PS3 through it to my Samsung 61" DLP and the picture quality completely degraded. Black levels were too bright, artifacts, pixelization, just an overall bad HD picture when compared to going direct. So I bit the bullet and had them replace the 805 with the 876. Hopefully it lives up to its video processing merits.
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5 out of 5

Outfreakinstanding!

Written By robert, Saint Marys, Ga on Sunday, August 31, 2008
 
I've waited to review this receiver until eight months after purchase to make sure I had plenty of time to give it a fair review. Here we go....

As you've probably already read, it is heavy and it does run very hot. If possible, I recommend putting this baby on top of your A/V cabinet if you can. I have mine set up this way and the receiver works fine.

The THX and all DSP programs in this unit work great. You can only access the THX programs if you are running a 7.1 setup but if you only run a 5.1 setup you still wont be sorry. This receiver packs a powerful punch and the sound quality is the best I've ever owned. The remote control can run just about any equipment you already own, including the PS3. The included booklet with the remote codes was a great help.

Like others, I was looking for the Dolby TrueHD or DTS HD logos to light up when looking at HD DVDS or Blue Ray DVDS connected with a HDMI cable. I too find it disappointing that the logos dont light up but you are getting HD sound through the Multichannel setting in the 805.

I cannot say anything bad about this receiver. It may be heavy, but its made up of quality components. It may run hot, but the power it packs more than makes up for this minor gripe. THX processing, a huge amount of AV inputs and HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI output makes this the best receiver I have ever purchased.



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5 out of 5

Excellent!

Written By Jeffrey, Oakland, NJ on Wednesday, August 06, 2008
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I just replaced my old Sony with this model and all I can say is WOW. What a great receiver for the money. The price could not be beat and the 130/channel and features are just so well worth it. 'she' is big and heavy and does run hot...but wonderful, rich sound running through my bose AM10 setup. So far I have had it about a month and all is great. Setup is pretty easy...with the on TV display (much easier). Lots of great features too. I did have to cut some big vent holes in my cabinet to make sure we had enough air flow and I did install some small fans to help the cause.

Crutchfield is simply the best vendor on the web. Great job again and again and again...I have been a customer for well over 20 years now and you step up each and every time.
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5 out of 5

Great Receiver

Written By David, Birmingham, AL on Wednesday, July 02, 2008
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I love this receiver! I replaced an Onkyo TX-SR605 with this one because my old one didn't have enough power for my speakers. This thing has plenty of power. I can turn it up as loud as I want with headroom to spare. All of the audio/video processing capabilities are pretty much the same as my old 605, except for the addition of THX processing. I knew with the THX certification and hefty weight of this receiver that it would have a far more robust power supply than my old one. This receiver does everything and does it well for a very reasonable price. Nothing in this price range can match it.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX SR-805

Written By John, Ramona, CA on Saturday, June 28, 2008
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I am very pleased with this Reciever, I replaced my old Onkyo receiver which output 5.1 surround using external decoder mode. I had that receiver 10 years and it was still going strong when I gave it to a friend. So I know the quality of there products. This receiver is excellent. I have read comments about the Audyssey MultiEQ XT calibration. People have said it after the calibration the system was not loud enough. I can tell you this when I first turn on the system it was over powering. After calibration I could enjoy the music and movies with a comfortable clean sound. You could hear the subtleties in the side and back channels, the color, and the clarity of the mids and Highs. The lows were clean with no boominess, muddyness are rumble. Just nice clean low end. If you ever notice when your in a movie the sound does not hurt your ears even when there is a lot of action that is because of excellent balance of db, spl, frequency, distance, and power. That is why you calibrate your system for the layout of your listening area. So when people listen they hear everything happening with out there ears being overpowered. This reciever does a great job of calibrating your listening area. Onkyo builds great receivers with quality chips, tranformers, and cirucuit boards for long lasting use.
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5 out of 5

Excellent receiver, very flexible

Written By Jonathan, Springfield, VA on Thursday, June 26, 2008
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An excellent
receiver that puts
out incredible
sound. I took the
death of my old
receiver as an
opportunity to
rearrange my theatre
room but couldn't
wait until I was
done to hook up the
Onkyo. When I
originally set it
up, I had an extra
couch blocking one
of the rear
speakers. I
expected the sound
to suffer, but ran
the Audysey
calibration anyway
to see what it could
do. Surprisingly,
it did an excellent
job of compensating
for the messed up
acoustics during the
rearranging. Of
course, I ran it
again after I'd
gotten rid of the
couch and the sound
was awesome. This
unit does an
excellent job of
managing multiple
inputs and keeping
the signal quality
intact. On my
previous receivers,
I always ran video
direct to the TV.
The Onkyo does a
good enough job with
maintaining the
signal that I can
now pipe everything
through the
receiver. It also
handles the many
different source
types with ease (I
don't yet have an
HDMI TV, so I'm
using component
inputs for HD and
S-Video for non-HD).

If you check the
specs on the system,
it easily does much
better than others
in the price range.
The sound backs up
the specs. Even if
I could justify
spending a few
hundred more on
another unit, I
seriously doubt I
would. I just can't
see anything beating
this unit at
anywhere near the
price. Just be sure
to take the time to
run the Audysey
tuning, it does an
excellent job.
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5 out of 5

Very Satisfied!

Written By DrSchultz, West Michigan on Wednesday, June 25, 2008
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I upgraded from the Onkyo TX-SR506 so I could get more power, HDMI conversion and satellite radio input. I got all that plus amazing sound and easy configuration. The 805 definitely generates the heat that others have mentioned, so I've hooked up a small fan to move it away. The automatic speaker set-up was slightly more complex than the 506, but the results are incredible with my Bose speakers in a THX Ultra 7.1 configuration. Last night I thought a pipe had burst in the next room during what was just a rainy scene from a DVD. I recommend Onkyo components and especially this 805.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo Power

Written By JZ, NY on Monday, June 16, 2008
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Onkyo is the way to go. Easy set-up, awesome quality. This receiver gets
the job done. More connections then ou will ever need. I keep playing with
the sound settings and it just keeps getting better. Love it!
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5 out of 5

MKD

Written By mkd, Colorado Springs, CO on Tuesday, June 10, 2008
 
This unit is great! Be warned though, it is big and heavy (over 50 pounds), and does run warm so it's good to have plenty of ventilation where ever you install it. I've had mine now for about a month, and just love it! I carried it up one flight of stairs (out of the box), and almost broke my back. But the unit being heavy tells you how much of a quality build it is. With a ton of great features, quality sound, and ease of operation, this receiver is well worth the money. The only drawback is they should have installed a fan in the back to help dissipate some of the heat, but if you've got it well ventilated, it should not be much of a big problem. The HDMI inputs works flawlessly (which is more than I can say for the Pioneer receiver this one replaced). I have my PS3, a Panasonic Blu-ray deck, and Comcast cable all connected to it and it all switches and plays smoothly . I would strongly recommend this receiver!
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4 out of 5

onkyo

Written By Randy, alvin, TX on Friday, May 16, 2008
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The unit is huge! It's almost more than I can lift, but the sound is huge too. It's a great unit but the speaker calibration is more difficult than I first thought. If you don't have side speakers hooked up, it doesn't know what to do. All in all though, it's a great unit!
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5 out of 5

very very nice

Written By smokey bear, okc on Monday, May 12, 2008
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Took me a week to get hooked up. threw my back out so I had to get someone to help pick-up this monster. hook-up and set-up was a breeze I must say for this price you will get a receiver that will last you many years to come it has everything! sound and picture is great a must have. I also got the harmony one remote and let me say this If you want the whole family to enjoy your HT system then It is a must have. best thing since peanut butter and jelly! it will do everything for you no guess work at all. crutchfields help and tech support are great! thanks again earl for all your help.
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5 out of 5

Radical TX-SR805!!

Written By Ben, Chapel Hill on Saturday, May 10, 2008
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I've had this receiver for almost 2 weeks now and I still get a grin every time I turn it on. My movies and games have a whole new life to them! I upgraded from another Onkyo receiver - that worked nicely but I wanted HDMI- to this one because I trust Onkyo and couldn't resist the scratch and dent price. Cructhfield's shipping was first class, these guys have their stuff together! The unit is big and runs pretty warm but niether is too big a deal when compared to the features. HDMI switching, THX certified, plenty of power, tons of sound modes, auto speaker calibration, and tons of other neat conveniences. This unit is WORTH the price. If you're thinking about buying it just do it you won't regret it!
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5 out of 5

Easy setup, fantastic sound

Written By Conan, Oakhurst, CA on Thursday, May 01, 2008
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Running an old set of speakers is never easy - these 1970s-era speakers provide great sound but require at least 125/channel. The Onkyo TX-SR805 provides all of that and more!

Out of the box, this is one heavy machine, so make sure you're setting it on something sturdy. I'm using a network rack with shelves and it's more than up to the task. Once all the connections were made (try the Monster double-banana jacks; they fit perfectly), we began the automated speaker setup. All it took was plugging in the included microphone.

The TX-SR805 had us set the mike in the primary listening position and press Enter on the remote. After emitting a series of sounds from each speaker, it determined each of their distances and strengths and accommodated for them. Repeating the process for other listening positions rounded out the process and we were ready to go.

Now we hear sound as we've never heard it before. And the TX-SR805 switches its mode automatically, according to input. For satellite, it plays Stereo. For DVDs, it goes to Dolby Digital. And if you want to try a different mode, they're all just a button-press away on the remote!

If you're looking for an ideal combination of power and features, you won't go wrong with the Onkyo TX-SR805!
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4 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR805

Written By jmacinok, OKC, OK on Sunday, April 27, 2008
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This is one awesome receiver! It runs hot but that is the only down side to it. It puts you right in the middle of all the action in movies. Music sounds terrific. It's a very "up-front" receiver and will make its presence known as soon as you turn the power on. Would definitely buy this one again. Wish I could afford another one!
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5 out of 5

Excellent Performer

Written By Brian, Elkridge, MD on Sunday, April 27, 2008
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This is my first
receiver ever, but I
have yet to be
disappointed by the
805's ability to
perform. The HDMI
switching looks
great, the power to
speakers is amazing.
And the the amount
of choices you have
for your own
configuration is
long.
I have not run the
Auddessy EQ yet
because of some
mixed reviews, but
others may have
better results.
No joke, this this
runs HOT when it is
being used for video
switching. Do NOT
put this receiver in
a closed cabinet.
Let the thing
breath.
I am loving this
receiver. Thanks
Crutchfield!
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5 out of 5

What an Upgrade!!

Written By Deron, Lafargeville, NY on Sunday, April 13, 2008
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Outstanding product. This receiver has recently replaced and older Onkyo and Denon Receiver. Purchased the dent and scratch product and could not have been happier. Sound is amazing and installation was very easy. Will hopefully be keeping this one for awhile!!
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4 out of 5

A Feature Laden Monster

Written By Jason, Chicago, Il. on Sunday, March 23, 2008
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Originally purchased a slightly lower priced Denon but returned it as it felt underpowered. Upped to the Onkyo after reading all the great reviews here and elsewhere. Wow! Unfortunately after about 1 month of use the amplifier died - no sound coming out of the speakers. Crutchfield support was great and rushed out a replacement. After hooking everything up again and nursing the hernia from lifting this monster back into the cabinet, I am generally very pleased. I would appreciate 2 rear power outlets - one for sub and one for a fan to help cool things down when on - but make do on the single. I have two zones set up - outdoor speakers powered by the receiver and a set of powered speakers on zone 3 in the family room. Only gripe I have is that the sound in Zone 3 (family room) is delayed noticeably if I use any of the DSP modes (only the pure audio setting syncs both rooms up). Unfortunately the sound on pure audio is not as rich as the electronically enhanced DSP settings, but not a dealbreaker. When I can find a spare moment I may ask the friendly folks at Crutchfield for help. The receiver definitely has punch with movies. Star Wars' battle scenes sound great, but its now put me on the hunt for a decent set of speakers and subwoofer to compliment.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR805

Written By chris, ohio on Tuesday, March 18, 2008
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great receiver. yea, its heavey--but so are my other amps. yea it runs hot--but so do my others. but hey--it sounds nice. i am using it with my 824's and it is just obscene--massive lows--pure, clean sound. demo'd it with rush, moving pictures cd and revenge of the sith dvd. i will never pay 9$ or 10$ agian to go to a theater and watch a movie. if you have the money i don't think you will be dissapointed with this product. i thought it was easy to set up and use. love the sound of the xm radio and the regular radio. i get way more stations than i used to.
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5 out of 5

Terrific Value and Performance

Written By John, North Texas on Monday, February 18, 2008
 
We have owned this receiver for ten days now, and I am blown away by the incredible value Onkyo has packed into this truly great product.



I got this receiver to replace a Denon 3802 which could neither process nor switch modern HDMI 1.3 compliant components, nor decode. As sources, I have the new receiver hooked up to a DirecTV HR-21 hi def DVR, a Panasonic Blu-ray (DMP-BD30K, one of the VERY few players which can transfer all the current and future audio formats over the HDMI via bitstream-most Blu-rays will not do this, for instance our Sony), and an universal disk player for legacy standard def disks, DVD audio and SACD, all over HDMI. So, we have one HDMI from each component, and one HDMI to the TV-elegant and simple, and we can now play, decode and run EVERYTHING. Wowza!



First, the power and audio performance driving a moderately sensitive 8 ohm 7.2 speaker setup is virtually perfect. Even though I am a tweaker and had sat with calibration disks, sound meters and acoustic room treatments for years, I could not top the audio calibration and performance this receiver gave me in ten minutes. After running the superb Audyssey 2 multi-eq setup program, we heard a smoothness and clarity of sonic detail we had never heard before, in all sound modes which the Audyssey program affects, stereo or multichannel. The receiver is exceptional just for that alone. My HT acoustics are now all that the commentators say they should be, with little effort and no additional expensive sound treatments from me. I can't beat Audyssey manually, and I'll bet you can't either-the music is now magic, and movies, CDs and my trusty iPod all sound better than ever.



Plenty of power, THX, Onkyo proprietary and all the Dolby and DTS sound processing internally, including Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio, Audyssey multi EQ and multiple HDMI inputs and switching, all with a decent remote and interface-what's not to like? This receiver even decodes/plays SACD DSD bitstreams via HDMI, so I have happily dumped my six coax cables without giving up my SACD music!



In the thirty plus years I have been a home theater nut, this is the best single electronics value I have ever bought, and it has positively affected our home theater experience as much as TiVo revolutionized our TV viewing several years ago. Onkyo has hit a home run here, and has led with all the modern sound processing before all others.



Terrific performance, absolutely cutting edge features and an astonishingly low price for what it does.

This is one of those happy circumstances where we got way more than we thought we getting when we ordered it, and we thought we getting a lot. Sony, Denon and Yamaha are not even close to catching up, especially not at prices like these.



Check out all the features of the 805 on the Crutchfield web site, compare with others, and talk to your Crutchfield advisor and decide for yourself.
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5 out of 5

Answer to your needs?

Written By Robert, Orange County, CA on Monday, February 18, 2008
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If you are a discreet listener and home entertainment is important to you this system is for you. The 1080p switching works as advertised. This Receiver/Amp is excellent. Anyone can spend more money, just stay within your budget understanding what you are paying for.

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5 out of 5

Quality! Value! Quality!

Written By Everett, Abilene, TX on Saturday, February 16, 2008
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Absolutely no doubt about the quality of this receiver. It's first rate, heavy duty electronics. I have some good and bad comments about it.
First the bad: It is heavy, and it's bigger than expected. It generates a lot of heat, so putting it inside an entertainment center will trap a lot of that heat. I also had to lay it on it's side and put the whole thing at an angle because it was too long to fit in the cabinet and close the door completely. My bad for not checking the dimensions of the receiver and the cabinet dimensions before purchasing both. The remote may be for the übernerds out there because it will control everything just fine - as long as you always have it set for the right mode (device). My wife and a couple of my kids still find it daunting after two weeks, but I manage fine. That's the bad.
The good: I run two gaming systems (PS3 and Wii), a satellite receiver (Dish network), DVD player (Toshiba SD-2900 - PS3's cooling fan makes too much noise to use as a player all the time), and an occasional iPod into the receiver. I run a single HDMI cable to a 42" Sharp Aquos. The receiver handles all of the video inputs to the T.V., and runs just a left and right speaker from my old stereo system (speakers will be the next purchase). It all looks and sounds fabulous. With my old receiver, anytime we watched DVDs, the dialogue was always washed out by the soundtrack sound. As soon as I changed the speaker layout and configuration on this receiver, the dialogue sounds great and so does the rest of the soundtrack. The speakers are just a pair of Bose 201 Series V speakers, and they sound so much better than ever before! I really look forward to adding a set of serious speakers and subwoofer to this receiver. The way the receiver handles video is awesome as well. I can't fully exploit all of it because I don't run HD satellite, but I have played a couple of Blue-Ray discs, and it all looks amazing. Plus I really love running a single cable to the T.V.
In summary - this is an awesome receiver. It may not be as sexy a name as some other brands, but the quality of the materials and performance is amazing. I only downgrade it slightly because some of my family can't manage the remote reliably.

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5 out of 5

Great receiver

Written By Jeff, Gilbert, AZ on Saturday, February 16, 2008
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I purchased this receiver to replace my 10 year old Onkyo TX-SV545. I am not what you would call an "audiophile" - I just want to watch TV and movies and be surrounded by great sound. I also want a receiver that is easy to set up and use. After 2 weeks, I can say the TX-SR805 is a great receiver. The set up was a snap. I have an HD Directv DVR connected through HDMI, DVD via compononent video and coax digital audio, Wii through composite A/V, and a CD player. All the video is upconverted to HDMI and sent through a single cable to my DLP set. All the video looks great.

I only have 5.1 surround sound right now, so I have the surround back amps assigned to my second room (patio). This was easy to do with the on-screen set up menus. The auto speaker set up feature is GREAT! You simply move the included microphone to various locations in the listening area and it does the rest. After the set up, the sound was great, very well balanced and room-filling. There are a ton of choices for sound fields. I particularly like the choices for stereo sound from my CD player or the XM channels from Directv. Depending on the type of music, I can always find a audio choice that works well.

The remote works my TV, DVR, DVD, and CD player once set up with the proper remote codes. The remote has a lot of buttons, making it a little cumbersome to use. I do like the back-lit buttons when watching TV in low light. I found the on-screen menus to be easy to use and intuitve.

I only have two real negatives thus far. First, the unit is heavy and huge. This is a good thing with respect to the quality of the unit, but does make it hard to move in and out of my A/V cabinet. Also, the unit is about 1 inch deeper than my previous Onkyo and with cables plugged in the back, it did not fit in my cabinet without severely crunching the cables. I had to cut some holes in the back of my cabinet to create room. Wasn't a big deal for me, but some owners might have problems with this. The second complaint thus far is that the audio/video sync is off with my HD DVR. The audio lags the video ever so slightly (10-20 msec), even when I have the adjustable audio delay set to 0. It may be an issue with my DVR, so take this complaint with a grain of salt.

Overall I am very happy with the purchase and hope that this receiver gives me another 10 years of listening enjoyment like my last Onkyo.
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5 out of 5

Awsome

Written By nicholas, Thompson, CT on Thursday, February 14, 2008
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This unit is the real deal, its very heavy but very easy to use. i also have a hardon-kardon but is alot more difficult to use and has less power.
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4 out of 5

Great receiver!

Written By Michael, Folsom, CA on Thursday, February 14, 2008
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Very nice receiver overall...be prepared for the following:

Unit runs very hot by design. 120mm fan on top will alleviate this...although it's not a must
once Audyssey runs to set up the crossovers and EQ it will affect the sound and balance of the headphones
Some lip sync problems have been reported but I have only seen this on one station. I think that may have been a Directv problem

Now the good:

Plenty of power.
Sounds great!
Easy to set up
Heavy construction - 61lbs.
Utilitarian interface over HDMI for setup, not pretty, but very functional.
Ability to name inputs
3 HDMI inputs
Ability to decode Dolby TruHD and DTS-MA. (These sound amazing with Blu-ray or HD-DVD discs
Multichannel input for DVD-A and SACD

Overall I really love the Onkyo 805, just remember to read the manual before you set it up, this eliminates a ton of headaches.
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4 out of 5

Way cool, but HOT...

Written By marc, Banks, OR on Tuesday, February 12, 2008
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This is my 2nd unit as the first arrived DOA (AMP protection circuit always tripping, even with nothing hooked up).

The unit is elegant and feels very high quality. All the features work flawlessly and with the Infinity speakers I got at the same time, it sounds very very impressive, even in my less than ideal family, exercise, Home Theater, room...

I was initially somewhat disappointed by three things.
1) the Zone 2 and Zone 3 outputs will only play analog inputs. This almost made me send the unit back, till I realized that it has full pre-amp outs so that I can feed my house music system from that. No messing with zones on the receiver as well as zones on my house amp. Since I seldom if ever want to play one source in the room and a different one in other zones, this is perfect.

2) The HDMI switching doesn't "pass through" if the receiver is on standby. For most TV watching, we don't want to power the receiver (see #3 below). With the addition of an ACTIVE HDMI splitter for my satellite receiver, this is no longer a problem. Beware, the passive cable HDMI splitters simply don't work, at least with Dishnetwork and Samsung DLP (even with <6ft cable length).

3) The unit runs quite hot. I have had to separate my Dish receiver with large hard drive as every thing in the cabinet gets very hot with the receiver on. This is in an enclosure with vented front and open back (to a coat closet). I will be adding some whisper fans to actively pull air through the cabinet and out vents in the closet.

All in all, I am quite pleased with the construction quality (modulo the DOA) and am VERY please with the audio quality of this receiver. Any buyer will want to understand the "oh by the way"s before deciding on it, however.
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5 out of 5

Frank

Written By tasdisr, West Chester, Ohio on Tuesday, February 12, 2008
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I have had mine for about a month and think it is one of the best values available.
The sound and the feature list are probably the best of any receiver in this price range.
Sound quality is always subjective, but both my wife and I think the sound quality, especially when watching movies is amazing.
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5 out of 5

Awesome!!!!

Written By DJ, Newton Kansas on Saturday, February 09, 2008
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First one i got did not work. Just would shutoff as soon as I turned it on. Crutchfield rushed me another one and let me tell you it has some muscle. It is amazing sounding and has a ton of ways to tweak your system. If you want a great reciever this is it!
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2 out of 5

Does HDMI stink, or is it just me?

Written By Bill, Chippewa Falls, WI on Friday, February 08, 2008
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I waited for the UPS truck with great excitement yesterday, and couldn't wait to add this unit to my home theater setup. What a let-down.

After carefully following all of the cabling and menu setup procedures (and I read, and re-read them to make sure I wasn't missing anything), I have the following problems:



1. HDMI connection from my Toshiba HDMI DVD (not HD DVD) player will not properly sync with my Sharp Aquos LC46D43U LCD TV when fed through the receiver. If I connect the HDMI out from the DVD directly to the TV, it works fine. I tried 480p, 720p, & 1080i output mode from the DVD player, and none work. In every case, the TV (or maybe the receiver?) are constantly retrying to sync with the HDMI signal, and thus the picture flashes on and off but no sound comes out. Ever.



2. I tried connecting a Sony DVD recorder using a coax digital audio out and either composite or component video, and while the sound comes through loud and clear, I get no picture. Oddly enough, if I switch from the DVD/DVR input to the CD input, the sound disappears (as you'd expect), but then the picture from the DVD recorder shows up fine! What?!?



This is the second receiver with HDMI that I've tried to use (also tried a Sony ES STR-DA3300ES), and thus far both experiences have been miserable. Is the HDMI spec just that bad, or am I an idiot? I've been doing home theater for more than 15 years, and this is the first time I've ever had any problems like this!



In short, until the vendors figure out all this, save your money and just use cheaper components with older analog connections. Yeah, it's not as pretty, but based on my experience, it beats no picture at all.
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5 out of 5

Not much to add.....

Written By Larry, Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, February 05, 2008
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I can't add anything new! This is the best AVR for the money. I ordered one in November 2006 and at about 30 days or so it started to shutoff while playing a movie. Crutchfield Tec Support was first class as they walked me through a solution. At first their solution solved the problem. About two weeks later, the same problem occurred again with a different movie. This time Crutchfield said to send it back for a replacement. Crutchfield has outstanding customer service and they really take care of their customers. I know this unit is available at other web sites and B&M stores for less but the support and service here at Crutchfield is worth the small price difference.
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5 out of 5

One of the Best for the Money

Written By Joseph, Chalotte, NC on Monday, January 21, 2008
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I've had this receiver for over a month now and couldn't be happier. I did a lot of research prior to my purchase and simply couldn't find another receiver with this many features for this price. For this price, you get 130 Watts/channel, 3 HDMI inputs, video output up to 1080p resolution, HDMI switching/conversion, THX certification, & much more. You can find other receivers that offer video upconversion to 1080p, but if you already have a 1080p TV, your TV probably already has some 1080p upconversion processing built in. Although it probably doesn't hurt to have an A/V receiver that can do this, I'm not sure it's worth the extra money. I have my receiver pushing Polk Audio RTi speakers in a 7.1 configuration and the sound is just great. I get clear sound at high volumes without any distortion. Stop your research right now and order this receiver....you won't be disappointed!
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR805

Written By Movie Man, NH on Monday, January 14, 2008
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Perfect receiver for 7.1 surround if 130W is enough (which I think should be for most). Very easy to set up if you read the manual (I downloaded the manual prior to my order). The Audessy set up was very simple to use but I ended up making my own adjustments once I was more comfortable with the settings - the on screen display takes away the guess work. HDMI cabling is the only way to go NO MORE RATS NEST behind my system and I added two more surround speakers to go 7.1. The automatic sound settings removes the guess work and the Neural THX 7.1 sounds absolutely amazing! If you need the 1080P video scaling and 140 watts then get the TX-SR875.
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4 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Chris, Lexington, KY on Monday, January 07, 2008
 
I've have this receiver for nearly 6 months now and for the price it's the best that was out there at the time - and probably still is. This was the first-to-market receiver that had HDMI 1.3 & that supported the new lossless HD-Audio formats. I use it everyday and it's performance has not been a disapointment. Rather than focusing on all the positives, I will point out two minor annoyances that I've noticed. The first, and smaller of the two, is that the volume only adjusts by .5 db at a time. This is a MINISCULE adjustment to the volume, so in order to truely turn something "up" or "down" you have to press the button 10-20 times! The second negative for me was the inability to Bi-Amp your LR speakers in a 5.1 setup, when you're using variable-volumed zone 2 stereo speakers. One of the main reasons I purchased this receiver was so I could Bi-Amp my Bi-Ampable Polk Audio L/Rs but this cannot be done when powering zone 2 stereo speakers from the receiver, so beware of this limitation! I had to forgo the Bi-Amp route because I had to have my patio speakers! Other than that, a wonderful product!
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5 out of 5

Great Onkyo Receiver! Worth the Extra $$

Written By Nick, Minneapolis, MN on Friday, January 04, 2008
 
I received my Onkyo TX-SR805 in the mail yesterday and I couldn't be any more thrilled! The behemoth weighs in at 61 lbs. and you can tell it means business. Daunting as it may look, the setup is a breeze due to the fact that everything you plug into the receiver's many inputs, can be output to the TV through one simple HDMI cable. It upconverts any analog connection you can throw at it whether it's S-video, Component, or simple RCA. If you still have a Hi-Fi VCR or other Standard Definition electronics, I'd suggest investing in at least an S-Video cable for that, or if it does have an RGB Component Cable use that because even though it upconverts RCA it can only do so much for the picture quality. That being said it does upconvert analog signals into 720p but I've heard it downconverts 1080i to 720p. It does not upconvert to 1080p!! but it does display 1080p in its full resolution.

The integrated Faroudja DCDi technology is wonderful! If you thought that your 480p signal was decent before, wait till you see how well this deinterlacing works! Edges have much less noise and things in SD are cleaned up very well through the receiver.

Setup was easy as far as speaker configuration, the Audyssey MultEQ XT auto calibration system runs a speaker measurement set up for up to 8 listening positions in your room! so if you want it to take into account your entire living room seating arrangement, just move the little wired speaker microphone to each listening position and it does all the work.

Unlike some receivers like my recently sold Sony DG800, the receiver's setup menu can be output onto your TV screen. So instead of squinting at the receivers display from across the room, you can see everything right up on the TV screen. However, if you do like to tweak settings while watching TV you can choose not to have it output onto the TV.
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5 out of 5

great peice of work

Written By Anonymous, nathan.w fairfax va on Friday, December 28, 2007
 
shawn pullman said it best,its like he did exactly what i did ,had a denon 3805 bought this baby for the tru hd decoding ,and the first dvd audio i tried was eagles live ,the sound from this machine is awesome,and if u tweak this thing to your liking ,this baby rocks ,have always been a denon fan,but the bar is raised a notch denon needs to blow by that to again ,gain my loyality only downside this machine gets really hot,besides its being ,heavy,after going through a number of high end recievers ive promised the wife i wont buy another .
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3 out of 5

Audessey Laboratories' MultEQ XT LIMITS MAX VOLUME

Written By mark, r.i on Saturday, December 08, 2007
 
Great reciever at first...ran the Audessey Laboratories' MultEQ XT to balance out the speakers and I noticed that the max volume was cut back by 20db.
Did some research on the web and low and behold their Is a problem with running the auto set-up and having this happen with onkyo recievers....If you go Into your set-up menu and turn Audessey Laboratories' MultEQ XT off you will gain full 130 watt power,on and It cuts back. If you have a big room this reciever Is not loud enough...turn up the volume and see for yourself...from -10 to + 18 nothing.Turn Audessey Laboratories' MultEQ XT off and wow..I got my volume back! A lesson to me that One should never go by the rated watts for purchase.....The sony 5200es has none of these issues....
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5 out of 5

Holy Wow Batman...

Written By Jeffrey, Columbia, MO on Friday, November 09, 2007
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I have been using Onkyo Recievers for about 16 years now and they just keep getting better and better. Got this beast hooked up last night, ran the sound set up which actually did a great job at setting the speakers for several spots in the room, they all sound great no matter where you sit and this thing blew my doors off. I have it hooked up to a Playstation 3 and after a quick conversation with a very helpful Crutchfield advisor, we figured out that the PS3 DOES transfer HD sound, the only strange part is the PS3 needs to be set to Linear PCM and when it transfers the Auto pick on the reciever picks Multichannel. I was looking for the DTS HD or Dolby True HD logo to pop up on the reciever but it does not. Do not let this spoil it as it is decoded in PS3 and sent to the Onkyo and sounds GREAT. I will say in other reviews they sure were right about the weight, it is very heavy (sign of a good reciever). I am thrilled to death with it and can not wait to start watching more movies. Ran all cables HDMI to a 56" Samsung DLP HDTV and picture looks great as well.
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5 out of 5

Awesome piece of equipment.

Written By Paul, Ohio on Thursday, November 08, 2007
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The last time I purchased a piece of Onkyo equipment; Reagen was in the White House- and that is why I bought their product again. The receiver does everything I need and will need it to do in the future. Currently, I have it hooked up to a Samsung HL-T5089, a HD cable box and Polk Audio RM20 5-Pack speakers plus Polk Audio PSW125 subwoofer (all purchased at Crutchfield). Everything is plugged into a Monster Power HTS 2600 MKII Home Theater Reference Power Center (also from Crutchfield) The system rocks!

Other reviewers and the Crutchfield team have already listed all the features and benefits. The only thing I can add is this: Make sure you have a forklift when you move it around your room. I kid you not, I am pretty physically fit, but the weight and how it is distributed inside the case, can catch you off guard when you move it. Just be careful.
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5 out of 5

Excellent Receiver

Written By Tom, Holly Hill, FL on Sunday, September 30, 2007
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It did not take me long to replace a similar receiver from Harmon Kardon, so, installation was quick. I like the cord id tags that Crutchfield included. The only thing that gave me any trouble was that Onkyo in their documentation did not state categorically that if you hook up a 5.1 set of speakers the rear speakers MUST be connected as the two side surround speakers and not the rear surround speakers. That little omission cost me a lot of lost time figuring out. Otherwise it is an excellent receiver, one of the best I have owned over the last 3 decades. I especially like the way you can assign inputs manually.
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5 out of 5

I'm blown away by the Onkyo TX-SR805

Written By william, Modesto, Ca. on Thursday, August 30, 2007
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After 6 years it was time to replace my Kenwood VR-6070 THX 6.1 receiver. I did a lot of on line research and read a lot of reviews before choosing the Onkyo. Im so glad I bought the Onkyo as my speakers never sounded this good.Im hearing all my movies and music with so much more clarity, accuracy and punch, my kids even noticed the difference! As soon as I set up the receiver and turned it on it was like my speakers had new life in them! The Onkyo TX-SR805 is a lot of receiver for $999.99...You could spend a lot more and It would be a waste of money this thing Rocks! 130 watts RMS per channel! Besides it's not made in China,Thailand or Malaysia, This one is still made in Japan! If your in the market for a new receiver You should definately consider the Onkyo I promise you wont be disapointed.
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5 out of 5

Awesome! This is one BIG DOG with some bark!

Written By Chris, South Carolina on Thursday, August 23, 2007
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I just got this receiver 2 days ago. The first thing I noticed was how heavy it is. Wow! It's actually hard to lift, which to me is a good thing. Upon inspection, it appears that this amp is 100% pure quality. I bought this amp to replace my 6 year old Denon. The Denon is a great amp but this one is as good or better as far as quality goes. I can really hear more coming out of my speakers. Voicing is excellent and the timbre is terrific! This amp also has many more levels of adjustment. The video upconversion works GREAT. I just watched an old Dr. Who VCR tape tonight. It passed the signal through and upconverted it to the HDMI cable out to my projector with absolutely no loss in video quality. I am extremely pleased!
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5 out of 5

Finally "Next Gen" for Home Theatre Audio System!

Written By archie, Alexandria, VA on Sunday, July 29, 2007
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Let me tell you, until you have heard something like this system you haven't heard anything! After I slapped this baby in I couldn't believe the difference in the quality and quantity of sounds coming out of my speakers. I have a 7.1 sound system with HD from Cable, Dish, and the LG Blu-Ray/Hd-dvd player all going through the receiver with HDMI out to a 55" HDTV and they all sound and look incredible. I waited for this and I am so happy that I did. I was up until 5am the next day after I got it listing to the great sounds of my DVD-Audio DTS 96/24, and of course watching and listening to all of my HD sources as they all look better and sound 100% better than my other receiver ever could---Run, don't walk and GO GET ONE! You'll be happy that you did! Please & Thank You!
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5 out of 5

805 Onkyo

Written By Jeff, Raleigh, Nc on Thursday, July 19, 2007
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I have been an Onkyo user is 1985. This is just another reason why they have continued to earn my business. I needed a reciever that can switch HDMI as My Sony VW50 projector uses the HDMI for best picture quality. The picture direct connect from the Satelite or DVD look the same as connected through the reciever. which is a large Plus. the 130Watts for my fronts is good i would of liked about 150 but that is fine. I love the 3 zone capability. I have hooked My old 900 series Onkyo up to Zone 3 to power the down stairs TV room. Setup was fairly easy for me. Downside is the wheigt of the unit. I had to build in a Cabinet cooler to control the temp in the cabinet.
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5 out of 5

MY WAIT IS PAID OFF

Written By Mr, OCALA, FL on Friday, July 06, 2007
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I WAIT FOR TWO MONTHS, CHECK MY E-MAIL TWICE O DAY. CRUTCHFIELD ALWAYS GREAT I RECEIVED THE E-MAIL AS SOON IT WAS IN STOCK. THIS IS MY SECOND ONKYO I AM VERY PLEASE WITH THE SOUND QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE. NOW I HAVE EVERYTHING IN ONE PLACE LET SAY BUTTON TURN ON ALL WITH HDMI 1.3. THANKS CRUTCH FOR THE QUALITY OF SREVICE PROVIDED.
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5 out of 5

Onkyo TX-SR805

Written By jay, NY NY on Saturday, June 16, 2007
 
LET ME START FIRST WITH SAYING THAT THIS RECEIVER IS VERY HEAVY....AND THAT THE REAR HAS ONLY 1 OUTPUT FOR POWER AS SUPPOSE TO THE 803 THAT I JUST HAD WHICH ALLOWED ME TO HOOK UP 2 FANS TO KEEP THE UNIT COOL....IN ANY CASE THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST RECEIVER YET FROM ONKYO! I MEAN THX ULTRA 2,FULL HD 1080P HDMI V1.3 HD SURROUND DECODING,TRUE HD,DTS HD & HDMI UPCONVERSION AND A LOW PRICE, YOU CAN'T GO WRONG.IM USING THE HDMI HOOK UP AND IT WORKS GREAT I COULD'NT BE MORE SATISFIED, WITH THIS UNIT.GREAT JOB AND HATS OFF TO ONKYO FOR THIS GREAT RECEIVER..
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5 out of 5

"The Best Of The Best Sir With Honors"!

Written By Shawn, Pullman,WA on Saturday, June 16, 2007
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The overall presentation is one to be noted, best packaging Ive ever seen and I work in the electronic business. Full foam rap on the front and back of the unit, not on the sides, and not to mention Crutchfields Top Notch Service, they shipped it free inside of another box to protect the whole unit!

Basic Setup took about 15 minutes. Now the Denon 3805 I had before was a nice receiver and produced great sound, but when I turned this baby on I felt like someone took off the ear plugs. The massive clean power that came out was unbelievable! It is like I have new speakers, clearer than I have ever heard, I could litterally hear not just the music, but the person touching the strings and drums. For a note I was listening to Eagles Hotel California, DVD-Audio, set to THX-Music.

Now the main reason I bought it was for the Dolby True HD ability, and let me tell you, The Matrix on HD DVD is Mind Numbing in sound effects, it (IS)like you are at the Movies, the sounds just popped out at you like I have never heard before. Now this is being played from an LG BH100 Blu-Ray combo player which decodes Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and sends it PCM multichannel to the reciever via HDMI. I couldnt be happier with the performance of this reciever, and in my opinion this is a better built reciever than my Denon 3805. At first glance through the vents you can see the design is unique, the power Supply is centered at the front for better heat dissipation, and a wall splitts the back and the front of the receiver with a full length heat sink for excellent passive cooling, which most importantly separates the power supply from the circuitry and processors. Im now converted from Denon to Onkyo
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5 out of 5

Excellent receiver and excellent customer service

Written By Cacimar, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, June 13, 2007
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Got this baby yesterday and sounds excellent.The best I have had. Crutchfield is the best selling company on the web of course. They ship it to me as soon as they receive it from Onkyo. Perfect service and product!!!
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