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Onkyo TX-8050

AM/FM/Internet radio receiver

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For years, Onkyo's stereo receivers have won raves from our customers for their terrific sound quality. The TX-8050 boasts 80 watts per channel of clean, high-current power to deliver a powerful sonic punch that's sure to satisfy. Sure, it has RCA inputs for your turntable and cassette deck but the '8050 also boasts a full complement of analog video and digital audio inputs. Plus it adds the connections you need for today's music sources.

A receiver for fans of both digital and analog music

You still have a turntable and maybe a cassette deck, but you're not living in the past. Your collection includes today's digital music formats as well. And this has made finding the right receiver a real challenge — until now.

For years, Onkyo's stereo receivers have won raves from our customers for their terrific sound quality. The TX-8050 boasts 80 watts per channel of clean, high-current power to deliver a powerful sonic punch that's sure to satisfy. Sure, it has RCA inputs for your turntable and cassette deck but the '8050 also boasts a full complement of analog video and digital audio inputs. Plus it adds the connections you need for today's music sources.

Give your iPod® a front-row seat

A music library used to take two friends and a moving van to carry around. Now you can simply put it in your pocket. The TX-8050's front-panel USB port beckons your iPod to come hither. Its direct digital connection bypasses the iPods processing in favor of a 32-bit chip that can make your higher bit-rate music files sound closer to the original CD. Plus, you can download a free app that lets you use your iPhone® as a convenient Wi-Fi® remote with your connected receiver.

Network- and Internet-ready

Tap in to your home network and enjoy music stored on your PC through your main system, instead of through pint-sized computer speakers. And if you have a Wi-Fi® network, you can use the optional Onkyo USB adapter. Choose from thousands of Internet radio stations — or let PANDORA® Internet radio create a set of customized "stations" based on your own tastes. 

Finally — a not-too-bright idea

You've seen it before. How could you not? Receiver displays so intense they could be used to warn ships at sea of potential hazards. Yet your living room is not exactly a craggy shoal. The TX-8050 display has three settings — normal, dim and dimmer. Now when you want to turn the lights down for atmosphere, your receiver will go as easy on your eyes as it does on your ears.

I replaced My classroom sound system that was provided by the school system, and didn't realize how bad it was until I replaced it with the Onyko receiver with Yahmaha speakers.

Ted, Moundsville, WV

What's in the Box:

  • Network stereo receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RC-816S)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • Instruction Manual (Eng)
  • Instruction Manual (Fre/Spa)
  • Using Internet Radio booklet
  • Important Notice Regarding Software
  • Product registration card/Warranty information
  • Onkyo add-on iPod Dock/HD Radio brochure

Product Highlights:

  • 80 watts x 2 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • high-current amplifier design with large power transformer
  • Internet-ready with Ethernet port or optional Onkyo USB Wi-Fi® adapter
  • DLNA-certified to ensure optimal compatibility with other network-enabled audio equipment
  • plays high-resolution digital music files from a USB storage device or networked computer (up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution)
  • iPod® integration via front-panel USB, bypasses iPod DAC for clearer sound
  • Onkyo's free remote app lets you use your Apple® or Android™ device as a Wi-Fi remote
  • compatible streaming services include Pandora Internet radio and Rhapsody (registration and subscription may be required)
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • 4 digital audio inputs (2 optical and 2 coaxial)
  • 4 analog audio/video inputs, 2 composite video outputs
  • 3 analog audio inputs (including MM phono for a turntable)
  • 5 analog audio outputs include:
    • stereo RCA output for Zone 2 amp and speakers
    • RCA output for audio dubbing
    • 1 mono RCA output for powered subwoofer
  • binding post speaker connectors
  • headphone jack
  • sleep timer
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-13/16"H x 13-7/16"D
  • weight: 19 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Audio Section
Video Section
Network & Tuner Functions
USB/iPod Integration
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Audio Section

High-Quality Sound: The Onkyo TX-8050 network stereo receiver employs a host of technologies to ensure optimal audio performance.

  • 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.
  • Low Negative Feed Back Design: Too much NFB (negative feed back) makes a system susceptible to counter-electromotive force from the speakers, resulting in a drop in perceived sound quality. To avoid this, Onkyo focuses on improving the frequency response and reducing distortion, without relying so much on NFB.
  • Closed Ground-Loop Circuits: The TX-8050 employs a sophisticated cloAsed-circuit design in which each circuit has a separate link to the power supply. This helps to cancel individual circuit noise and keep the ground potential free of distortion.
  • HICC (High Instantaneous-Current Capability): HICC enables an amplifier to immediately cancel the speakers' reflex energy and instantaneously send out the next signal. The same high current required to achieve this also supports the amplifier's ability to handle speaker impedance fluctuations.

Anti-Vibration Chassis: The Onkyo TX-8050 features an aluminum front-panel & anti-vibration oval chassis to prevent resonance which could lead to distortion.

Discrete Amplifier Design: The Onkyo TX-8050 stereo receiver features a discrete amplifier design with massive EI transformer. The stereo amplifier is rated at 80W x 2ch (8Ω, 20-20kHz, 0.08% THD).

Listening Modes: This receiver incorporates a wide variety of stereo listening modes to bring you maximum enjoyment from your music.

Listening Mode Description
Stereo Sound is output by the front left & right speakers, plus subwoofer with tone control.
Music Optimizer The Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files. The Music Optimizer function only works with PCM digital audio input signals with a sampling rate below 48kHz and analog input signals
Direct In this mode, audio from the input source is output without any additional audio processing. This mode delivers pure sound with minimum sound quality adjustment and filtration.
Pure Audio In this mode, the display and video circuitry are turned off and the tone controls are bypassed, minimizing possible noise sources for the ultimate in high-fidelity reproduction.
Mono Use this mode when watching an old movie with a mono soundtrack.

Tone Control: The Onkyo TX-8050 offers independent Bass (+/-10dB @ 50Hz) & Treble (+/-10 @ 20kHz) control to fine-tune your music.

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

A & B Speaker Terminals: The Onkyo TX-8050 stereo receiver is equipped with A & B speaker terminals to connect up to two pair of speakers. The receiver uses binding post connectors for the A & B speaker outputs. The binding posts are not 5-way because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs; they will accept bare wire, pin connectors, single banana plugs, and dual banana plugs.

Impedance Switch: If you're using only one of the speaker sets (A or B), choose the 4Ω setting if each speaker's impedance is 4Ω to less than 6Ω, or choose the 6Ω setting if each speaker's impedance is 6Ω or more. If you're using both of the speaker sets (A & B), choose the 4Ω setting if each speaker's impedance is 8 to 16Ω.

Analog Audio Inputs/Outputs: The TX-8050 is equipped with 7 analog audio inputs (3 audio only/4 AV in). There is also two analog audio outputs (1 audio only/1 AV out).

Phono Input: Included in the 7 analog audio inputs, is a Phono (MM) input with ground terminal.

Digital Inputs: The Onkyo network stereo receiver features 4 digital audio inputs. There are 2 optical (toslink) digital inputs and 2 coaxial (RCA) digital inputs. The receiver's digital inputs do not support multichannel audio signal; PCM signal only.

Preamp Outputs: The Onkyo TX-8050 network stereo receiver employs a mono-subwoofer preamp output, a stereo preamp output, and a Zone2 preamp output.

  • Subwoofer Pre-Out: The Onkyo TX-8050 network stereo receiver is equipped with a mono subwoofer preamp output to connect a powered subwoofer.
  • Stereo Pre-Out: If you want to use a separate power amplifier and use the receiver as a preamp, simply connect the receiver's stereo preamp-output to your amp's input, and connect all speakers to the power amplifier.
  • Zone2: Zone 2 pre-outs on the TX-8050 allow you to send a stereo audio signal to a second room equipped with an amplifier and a pair of speakers. You can either enjoy the same source in both rooms, or play a different source in Zone 2. You can choose from analog, USB, or Network sources. Digital inputs (both optical/coaxial) cannot be output to Zone 2. You are able to adjust the volume from either the Onkyo stereo receiver or from your Zone 2 integrated amplifier.

Note: You must currently be listening to a USB device or Network audio source in the Main Zone to initially select USB or Network as a source in Zone 2 or Zone 3. Then you can switch the Main Zone to any source you desire. You cannot select different AM/FM radio stations or listen to USB and Network content in separate Zones at the same time.

Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, the A & B main speakers are automatically muted (the Powered Zone 2 speakers are not muted). When you connect an iPod or iPhone to the USB port on this receiver, no sound will be output from the headphone jack.

Video Section

Composite Video: Although not a surround sound receiver, the TX-8050 does employ composite video inputs & outputs; so it can be used in a basic A/V system.

  • 4 Composite Video Inputs: There are 4 composite video inputs to connect your audio/video devices to the receiver.
  • Composite Video Record Output: There is a single composite video record output for recording purposes.
  • Composite Video Monitor Output: There is a single composite video monitor output to connect to your television.

Note: The TX-8050 does not contain any S-video, component video, or HDMI inputs/outputs.

Network & Tuner Functions

Network-Ready: The Onkyo TX-8050 stereo receiver is network-ready, which means you can connect it to your home network with a standard Ethernet cable and enjoy the music files stored on your computer or media server. If your network is connected to the Internet (broadband), you can also enjoy Internet radio.

Optional Wi-Fi Adapter: The TX-8050 is compatible with the UWF-1 Wireless LAN adapter, allowing you to connect to a wireless network. The UWF-1 operates on the 2.4 GHz wireless transmission frequency, and supports IEEE 802.11 b/g/n. The adapter features a Type A USB plug and connects to the USB port on the front of the receiver.

Ethernet Connection (LAN): Connecting the stereo receiver's Ethernet (RJ-45) port to a 100Base-TX switched Ethernet network is recommended for best results. Use a shielded CAT-5 Ethernet cable to connect the receiver to your home network.

Media Server Playback: You can play back music files stored on your computer or media server (the TX-8050 is DLNA certified). Compatible music file formats include MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (47-320k bps), WMA Lossless (16/24-bit), WAV (8/16/24-bit), AAC (8-320 kbps), FLAC (16/24-bit), Ogg Vorbis (48-500 kbps), and LPCM (8/16/24-bit). Each folder on the server may contain up to 20,000 music files, and folders may be nested up to 16 levels deep. The receiver can play digital music files stored on a computer or media server using the following technologies.

  • Windows Media Player 11 or 12
  • Windows Media Connect 2.0
  • DLNA-Compatible Media Server

Internet Radio: The Onkyo TX-8050 lets you access various Internet Radio providers through its Ethernet network connection. The TX-8050 will display station name and program-related information, such as - artist name, song title, and elapsed playing time. You can preset up to 40 of your "favorite" Internet radio stations for easy recall.

Music Service Description
vTuner vTuner offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Genre, Location, Language, and Favorites.
Pandora Pandora is a free, personalized Internet radio service that plays the music you know and helps you discover music you'll love. You can select Internet radio stations by Artist, Song, or Genre.
Rhapsody Rhapsody is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
Slacker Slacker is a free, personalized Internet radio service that lets you choose the music you want to listen to. You can choose Internet radio stations by genre, or create custom station by Artist name or Song title.
Spotify Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; create your own music library with customized playlists; as well as share your music via Facebook, Twitter, or Windows Messenger.
AUPEO! AUPEO! Personal Radio is a music streaming service based in Berlin that is available worldwide. With AUPEO! Personal Radio, you can listen to free music on the web. AUPEO! lets you play lots of music and choose the playlist based on your personal taste. The basic concept is based on personal music DNA, which allows you to 'love' or 'ban' songs. The highly advanced software then remembers this and adjusts as necessary. As a result, we offer over 100 compilation genre channels, as well as thousands of artist channels. Listen to music online based on your tastes and preferences or use our one-of-a-kind 'Mood Tuner' to fit how you're feeling.
Note: To receive Internet radio, your Ethernet network must have Internet access. Internet URLs in the following formats are supported: PLS, M3U, and podcast (RSS). However, depending on the type of data or audio format used by the Internet radio station, you may not be able to listen to some stations.

AM/FM Tuner: The Onkyo TX-8050 stereo receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store your favorite stations as presets for quick selection. You can store a combination of up to 40 of your favorite FM/AM radio stations as presets. You can then label each preset with a 10 character name. The TX-8050 also lets you directly tune in AM/FM stations using its remote control.

Firmware Updates: Future firmware updates are available from the Onkyo website through the receiver's Network or USB connection. Visit http://www.onkyousa.com/download/software.cfm for the latest firmware updates.

USB/iPod Integration

Front-Panel USB Port: A USB MSC (Mass Storage Class) memory device can be connected to the USB (type-A) terminal located on the front-panel, allowing you to play music files through the receiver. Your USB MSC device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. Compatible music file formats include MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (47-320k bps), WMA Lossless (16/24-bit), WAV (8/16/24-bit), AAC (8-320 kbps), FLAC (16/24-bit), Ogg Vorbis (48-500 kbps), and LPCM (8/16/24-bit). The receiver can recognize up to 20,000 music files in each folder. You can control basic playback functions of your connected USB device's music from the included remote control, such as - Folder/File Select, Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip (next/previous), and Repeat/Random. MP3 players containing music files that are managed with special music software are not supported.

iPod/iPhone Direct: Using a USB-to iPod-Dock cable plugged into the front-panel USB port, music can be played directly from an iPod/iPhone, bypassing the iPod/iPhone's DAC. The iPod/iPhone is controlled by the receiver's remote, or you can continue to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or touchscreen. Song/artist information and elapsed time are displayed on the receiver's front-panel display (not on-screen). You can navigate your iPod/iPhone's music using the front-panel display & remote control by Playlist, Artist, Album Genre, Song, or Composer. Your iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver. Using the dock cable to connect directly, iPod/iPhone compatibility is as follows (9/24/2013):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Remote iPod/iPhone Album Art Artist/Song Text Track Info
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y N Y Y Y Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
6th 1.2 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
7th 1.02 PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4th 6.0.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5th 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
4S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5C 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
5S 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
iPad 1 5.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
2 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
3 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
4 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y N
mini 7.0 Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Convenience Features

Preset Input Names: You can enter a preset name for each individual input for easy identification. when entered, the preset name will appear on the display. This feature cannot be used for AM/FM tuner, or USB input.

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

Sleep Timer: 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.

Remote Control

Remote Control: The included IR remote control operates this unit & compatible Onkyo cassette players, CD players, DVD players, and iPods/iPhones.

Onkyo Remote App (for Apple iOS & Android): The Onkyo Remote App (from iTunes Apps & Google Play) allows you to operate the Onkyo receiver from your Apple iOS (4.3+) or Android (2.1+) device, using your home's wireless network. The Onkyo Remote App lets you you access Internet Radio stations, AM/FM stations, DLNA content, and Input sources right from your mobile device. Content information will be displayed on the device's touchscreen. You also get to adjust tone controls, listening modes, and speaker volume from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. The Onkyo Remote App even allows you to wirelessly stream audio stored on your Apple iOS or Android device to the Onkyo receiver and lets you control audio output for up to 2 Zones. The Onkyo receiver and and your compatible Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same home network.

Remote Inputs/Outputs: The TX-8050 contains RI Control & IR Remote connections.

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

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Why did you buy this?

This is a great receiver. I have one in my office and bought this one for my son. It has plenty of power and has nice internet/network control options. I especially like internet radio being built in along with Pandora service. Very simple. I paired it up with the Polk TSI100 Bookshelft speakers- sounds really nice for an office or small house. Crutchfield service is always appreciated too. [ JOHN  Jan 27, 2016 ]
Quality specifications of the product; good warranty; and versatility, at a very fair price. [ Jose  Jan 18, 2016 ]
wanted a net capable audio system, the streaming audio and remote control app have been very disappointing. [ JOSEPH K  Dec 31, 2015 ]
Great item for my families retail store !!! [ CARLOS  Dec 21, 2015 ]
It is an upgrade to a 20 year old Yamaha receiver [ Joseph  Dec 21, 2015 ]
Old time simplicity with modern conveniences. [ James  Dec 16, 2015 ]
I like onkio [ Luis R.  Dec 13, 2015 ]
Onkyo sound quality and network connection [ Carlos  Dec 09, 2015 ]

24 questions already asked

I have not tried but I believe so. I will tell you that I have been very disappointed in the receivers network capabilities so much so that I could not recommend purchase of this receiver. Onkyo customer support is worthless! [ JOSEPH K  Nov 27, 2015 ]
The Onkyo receiver's digital inputs do not support multichannel audio signals, it would only accept 2-channel PCM from your TV. [ Larry  Oct 22, 2015 ]  Staff
No, because the XM outdoor antenna must be connected to an XM receiver interface in order to process the XM digital signal. This Onkyo unit does not contain an XM receiver. [ HOWARD  Sep 23, 2015 ]
I haven't used internet hook up but I'm eventually going to. I understand that you can hook it up directly. I have done some research and will use the WiFi hookup. I think the Crutchfield tech guys have the answer for this. I wish there was a way could get back in touch with me and let me know if you get it to work. I'm going to keep this contact and will let you know when I hook mine up later this summer. [ ALLEN B  Jun 17, 2015 ]
You just connect an Ethernet cable from your router or modem into the receiver and select Sirius using your remote or the knob on the receiver [ RONALD  Jun 17, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Jeff  May 26, 2015 ]  Staff
Yes you can listen to seperate audio on each zone without a separate amp (5.1 in zone one and stereo in zone 2 ) you can only use the net audio in one zone at a time. [ electrician  May 14, 2015 ]
No. this supports two sets of speakers, but only one output. I have one pair in my living room and the other outside on the back deck. [ JOHN  May 06, 2015 ]
I already had a Niles box to play my speakers separately. I am away this week but you should feel free to email me again next week It's a nice receiver but could benefit from better lettering on the unit since I keep mine in a cabinet where the light isn't great [ RICHARD M  May 05, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: You absolutely can! If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Apr 22, 2015 ]  Staff
Hi Kelli, Unfortunately it is not blue tooth enabled. Hope this helps! [ BARBARA  Mar 27, 2015 ]
No it does not come with bluetooth, but aftermarket devices can be used with this receiver. It has a radio jack in the back for a device and a usb port in the front to add device. Wireless speakers can be added as well. I grew up buying receivers and this one is awesome and will probably be the last one I buy. Hope this helps. Daniel [ DANIEL  Mar 26, 2015 ]
The receiver acts as a Bluetooth receiver. Not sure if it works as a Bluetooth transmitter. Ie. Just like Bluetooth in a car, your phone or handheld device can connect to it via Bluetooth. Hope this helps. [ GUY  Mar 26, 2015 ]
sorry no bluetooth, however for $30 range you can get an adaptor for bluetooth runs off ac power the other end ( 2 rca plugs ) connects to one of your input jacks in rear of receiver. the more bad news is that is for music sources only i.e tablet, laptop, smartphone etc. I don't believe you would be able to convert and or use bluetooth speakers with this adaptor. [ RONALD L  Mar 25, 2015 ]
No, it doesn't have Bluetooth. [ BENJAMIN  Mar 25, 2015 ]
No [ VINCENT  Mar 25, 2015 ]
This unit/model does not have Bluetooth built in [ KYLE  Mar 25, 2015 ]
Yes you can. I bought a 1 Terabyte portable hard drive and put all my music on it and use it exclusively at home. The receiver reads the drive upon startup when set to USB, and the remote selects the music on the drive and is easy to use. [ JAMES  Mar 03, 2015 ]
I don't see why the USB connected hard drive will not work as an I- Pod is essentially the same thing. The only thing is whether or not there is some software built into the receiver that allows it to recognize playlists, etc.. When I hook my I-Pod up using the USB, the receiver "takes control" of the Pod and any changes must be made using the receiver's remote control. So, the question isn't whether or not music can be played from the hard drive, but whether or not it can be "controlled" by the receiver in the same way that an I Pod is controlled during play back. The Onkyo 8050 is a very nice piece of equipment and a tremendous value. If it suits your needs, I am sure you will like it! [ MATTHEW  Mar 03, 2015 ]
Yes in the same way the 80's receiver did. [ Raymond  Jan 07, 2015 ]
This unit does not have a monitor loop for connecting an external EQ. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help you find a receiver that has a monitor loop. [ Jeff  Jan 02, 2015 ]  Staff
This amp can turn on speaker A, or B, or both. If your playing from speaker A and press B, you'll notice the display will open both circuits. Press B again and A will be turned off and only B will play. Same the other way. This is a great amp and receiver. I'm old school hifi and I love this unit, my 30 year old receiver went bad and I really wanted something like it or better. Great machine for the money. [ DANIEL  Dec 03, 2014 ]
speaker A & B may be utilized individually as well as simultaneously. [ BARBARA  Nov 24, 2014 ]
You can play A or B or both at the same time. This is a great amp tuner. [ JEFF  Nov 16, 2014 ]
Shawn, You can play A or B individually or play all four together. This receiver has a very nice sound for the money. Hope this helps. [ PAUL  Nov 16, 2014 ]
That clears up my question. Thank you for your responses. [ Shawn  Nov 16, 2014 ]
They can be played individually. [ BENJAMIN  Nov 16, 2014 ]
A and B are two separate speaker sets and can be used independently from one another as well as simultaneously. [ DYLAN  Nov 16, 2014 ]
You can do it either way. There is a button for A speakers and a button for B speakers. There is also a button for zone. I don't mean to be a downer, but if you're not pretty tech savvy, it might be difficult to set up and use. Don't get me wrong, it is a great unit, but every time I go out to the garage, it takes me a bit to figure it out again. All and all, I think this thing is pretty cool [ CHARLES H  Nov 15, 2014 ]
Shawn Speaker A and B can be controlled individually and can be used as single or both can be played at the same time Tim [ Tim  Nov 15, 2014 ]
THEY ARE SEPERATE IF YOU WANT THEM TO BE THANKS FOR THE QUESTION WHAT A GREAT SERVICE CRUTCHFIELD PROVIDES MIKE [ MICHAEL P  Nov 15, 2014 ]
Hi Shawn, this amp can run both a abd b at the same time, or they can be played individually! That being said, you can play "a" for a set of outdoor deck speaker, and then if your party moves inside, you can click and change the speakers to "b" and play through the indoor bookshelve speakers. Or maybe your listening to some good tunes and are going in/out of the house a lot, you can play both zones at once. The output is 80rms and I have them matched up with two speakers per zone, rated for the 80rms, they sound GREAT! Hopefully this really long response helps to answer your question, happy buying! [ KYLE  Nov 15, 2014 ]
Nope. Mine was made in Malaysia. Who knows where the next one is made. I'm not using it right now but when we used it we liked it a lot. Did not use the streaming feature as I couldn't figure it out. Used the cassette deck, reel to reel tape deck, tuner, phono, CD features and drove two sets of AR speakers. It does NOT have 110V plug-ins so I had to buy a strip that I plugged everything else in so they would go off when I used the sleep mode. Probably more than you wanted to know. Hope this helps. Cheers [ ALLEN B  Oct 27, 2014 ]
Made in Malaysia. [ NEIL  Oct 27, 2014 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy  Oct 20, 2014 ]  Staff
Yes, through the front panel USB port. I have played my iPod before, no issues. I just plugged in my iPhone 5 and no issues either. The playlist will scroll up and you can use the remote to control the files (artist, album, etc.). [ TIMOTHY  Sep 25, 2014 ]
Yes, the Onkyo TX-8050 is a great unit for USB connectivity. I use my iPod and it stays charged instead of worrying about it running out of battery power. The sound is crystal clear. You can play, pause and skip using the remote. [ DAVID W  Sep 16, 2014 ]
yes you can, you will need a 3.5mm to rca line cord ( 2 ) channel of course and select your input port example CD or DVD and turn your input selector switch to the corresponding port and you should hear your audio/music [ RONALD L  Sep 15, 2014 ]
well, I don't know if it will control a smart phone or mp3 player but it will recognize and play mp3 files on a thumb drive plugged into the USB port. [ LEE  Sep 15, 2014 ]
Yes it has a USB port on the front that you can plug into if you have the proper cable. [ VINCENT  Sep 14, 2014 ]
Yes. There is a USB port on the front (bottom, right) where an iPod or iPhone can be connected. [ PATRICIA  Sep 14, 2014 ]
Sorry I don't know. I don't have a smart phone or an MP3 player. I used it with my CD player, turntable, reel to reel tape deck and for FM radio. It worked fine. Right now I'm not using it as we "downsized." I would love to use it to stream my XM satellite radio but I don't know how. Sorry I can't help. [ ALLEN B  Sep 14, 2014 ]
The unit has a front USB input port to allow you to play from compatible devices. [ NEIL  Sep 14, 2014 ]
Yes, it has a USB port on the front, so I can connect my Ipad, or phone to it, and stream music through it, or stream Pandora through it. Hope this helps. [ DYLAN  Sep 14, 2014 ]
You can use it wherever you want as long as it stays dry [ TIM  Sep 09, 2014 ]
I would say no its not in a water proff enclousure. I would not use it outdorrs unless you could enclose it some how. [ JOHN E  Sep 08, 2014 ]
No problem. Excellent stereo receiver for the cost and features. [ TIMOTHY  Jun 14, 2014 ]
Yes. There is a set-up option with the remote control to select either 4-ohm or 6-ohm speaker impedance. I have 4-ohm JBL speakers and set to 4-ohm. I have not had any issues powering the speakers. [ TIMOTHY  Jun 14, 2014 ]
Yes, your answer is on the Onkyo USA specifications page for this receiver. It will run 160 Watts per channel into 4 ohms. [ VINCENT  Jun 07, 2014 ]
yes [ TIM  Jun 07, 2014 ]
yes [ CHRISTOPHER  Jun 07, 2014 ]
On-Line specifications from Crutchfield indicate YES. [ LARRY  Jun 06, 2014 ]
The manual says it can handle speaker impedances from 4 ohms to 16 ohms [ LEE  Jun 06, 2014 ]
I do believe, but will check it out tonight [ RICHARD H  Jun 06, 2014 ]
Correction....it IS capable of powering 4 ohm speakers. Check the specs. on line, there is mention of a SWITCH that controls impedance. Larry B [ LARRY  Jun 06, 2014 ]
Unfortunately, I don't know the answer. My speakers are 8 ohm. Sorry. [ LARRY  Jun 06, 2014 ]
I a sorry as I have never tried to use my phone. I use the USB port for my IPOD so I don't see why phone would not work. If this helps listen to the music on the Pure Audio selection. It sounds great. [ ROBERT P  May 20, 2014 ]
Hi John, Yes, you can hook your phone up to the TX-8050 and play music. There is a USB port on the front of the unit to connect your device to. Hope this helps. [ TIMOTHY  May 20, 2014 ]
Unfortunately, I don't know. I have it hooked up to the internet for our house. [ BRYAN  May 20, 2014 ]
I really don't know. I have not used it for such. Sorry I cannot help. What is the point of having so called experts at Crutchfield if they cannot answer these questions and must turn to the customers? [ JOHN  May 19, 2014 ]
Dian't try.If you find out let me know. [ HARRY R  May 19, 2014 ]
Yea...either directly with USB cord out of the front or you can buy the wireless (I think Bluetooth) chip to put in the USB slot on the front of the receiver. [ BRUCE  May 19, 2014 ]
This receiver should work well for you. You are able to connect speakers in 2 zones. This should let you connect your indoor and outdoor speakers. I have been very happy with this purchase. I also am very appreciative of Crutchfield's high level of customer service. [ RANDY  Mar 12, 2014 ]
The answer would be definitely yes, I'm using the receiver amp for same reason. I do not listen to my music or any broadcast at ear shattering volume so this receiver I think is perfect. I utilize the receiver in my garage which of course powers the garage speakers, and with the handy A B speaker control, I also have my outdoor patio speakers oh and this unit allows you to play both channel A and B at same time and also I think the power or wattage of this receiver is very effective and more than enough. [ RONALD L  Mar 12, 2014 ]
Absolutely! Trust me, you will be happy with this one. I loaded a flash drive with all my favorite tunes and I can listen for 24+ hours before it repeats. No need for a CD player! [ LARRY  Mar 12, 2014 ]
Yes. Bought this receiver for the exact same reason. [ SCOTT M  Mar 12, 2014 ]
I am extremely happy with this receiver. I am not running 2 set of speakers, just 2 Boston Acoustics floor speaker. Nice clean sound with plenty of outputs. solid product with a great price. [ STEVE  Mar 12, 2014 ]
Brett, Absolutely. I bought this receiver last May, for almost exactly the same purpose. I use it to power a pair of Klipsch KG 1.5 speakers on my patio area. Old speakers, but they still sound fantastic. There is plenty of power (and more to spare) to hear music clearly from the patio all the way back to the house which is about 150 feet. I am very happy with it, and I feel that this would be an excellent choice, especially at this price point, to accomplish the goal you have described. Hope it works for you. Jim [ JIM  Mar 12, 2014 ]
Absolutely.....Don't forget that by using the (free) Remote 2 application you can use your smart phone, ipad, or ipod to wirelessly operate the receiver to play the speakers in either zone. I use mine to operate outside speakers on my patio. I purchased the bose exterior speakers and i turn them on and listen to music and turn it up and down using my iphone thru the Onkyo TX-805 inside in my office. [ MICHELLE R  Mar 12, 2014 ]
I am running two pairs of small Polk bookshelf speakers and a Polk powered Subwoofer with no problems from the Onkyo TX-8050. I think as long as you are using a selector switch that only lets you run the two pairs and not three It should work very well for you. I like this receiver a lot, it is straight forward to operate and sounds great. I hope that helps. [ VINCENT  Mar 12, 2014 ]
Brett; That is exactly the situation I have and my choices were somewhat limited when shopping for a new receiver with a basic A/B stereo switch without all the extra channels of a home theater receiver. The Onkyo works perfectly that for that flexibility. I have a powered sub indoors and I get great sound indoors and out, and it seems really well balanced in spite of the different speaker combinations, even at different volumes. If I really crank it up I turn off the outdoor speakers to spare the neighbors. I can even use the Onkyo remote from my outside porch thru the sliding glass doors. plus I plugged in an inexpensive bluetooth receiver on an empty input and I can play music from my tablet outside - if I keep it pretty close to the door (30' -35' from the Onkyo thru glass) Have not had any problems with it. Hope that helps. Jim [ JAMES  Mar 12, 2014 ]
Yes. However, I find this receiver to be non-user friendly. I purchased it for its' network capability and internet radio feature. I have it wired to my home network and I am able to play music from the net and also from my PC hard drive. My dissatisfaction comes from the complexity in tuning into radio stations or my PC. Otherwise, sound quality is acceptable. [ NEIL  Mar 12, 2014 ]
Pat, I believe that speaker selection, like a beer, wine, etc is a personal choice. We are born with a certain amount of sensory cells and around age 18 it begins to diminish. and If you were subjected to very high decibel levels, sirens, jet engines, rock concerts, your hearing will more than likely, never be able to hear every frequency that a good set of speakers put out. You simply have to go out and listen to a range of speakers within your price range. At age 61 I might find that a set of Moon Audio-Dark Star speakers at over one million dollars may not sound as good as a 1500 dollar set of Polk Audio. There are many many variables. Hope this helps. Robert D [ ROBERT  Mar 06, 2014 ]
If you listen to anything more than straight stereo music, like, vid etc. you have to add a powered sub woofer. This is a lower powered amp, but sounds great. I'm running a 7.1, approximately, 1200w. through a bunch of cerwin-vega and bose. Volume requires power. You can run these guys at 60% all day long, but go to 90+ and you'll blow them up. Base will suck up 65-70% of your power, and that's what makes it loud. [ DANIEL M  Mar 04, 2014 ]
I own two of these receivers. Drive pair of Infiniti Primus 163 with one and pair of Polk RTiA3 with the other. Both sound good - Polk probably better speaker, but Infiniti sounds a little brighter and maybe the Onkyo is "happier" driving them compared with the Polks? This is an excellent receiver and an outstanding value, but not especially powerful so if you like your music loud, you will want to purchase efficient speakers or maybe step-up to a more powerful amp. Check out the Onkyo integrated amp that Crutchfield sells - might be a better option for you? That said, I love the TX-8050, I use it to listen to CD, TV, Satellite Radio, and I-Pod. But I don't listen a really high volume levels and don't care that much about strong bass. I would recommend purchasing the best, most efficient, speakers your budget will allow and I'll bet the TX-8050 will do the job for you. [ MATTHEW  Mar 03, 2014 ]
I bought a pair of PSB bookshelf speakers and am well pleased. I listen to primarlly the IPOD on pure audio so only the base as originally recorded. [ ROBERT P  Mar 02, 2014 ]
Good question. I do not see any crossover control for the subwoofer output in the set-up menu or discussed in the owners manual. The subwoofer output is included under the Pre-Out connections. I have not used the subwoofer output, only stereo speakers are connected. Obviously, there are tone controls for bass and treble, and I assume they would affect the signal to the Pre-Out connections, including the subwoofer output. The owners manual discusses using the receiver as pre-amp and connecting to a power amp. You can control the bass and treble on the Zone 2 outputs in the set-up menu but I assume this is separate signal from the Pre-Out connections. I hope this helps. This is an excellent stereo receiver. Plenty of bass from my JBL stereo speakers. [ TIMOTHY  Jan 27, 2014 ]
No, it does not but the subwoofer that I am using does like most other subs have a crossover setting. [ VINCENT  Jan 24, 2014 ]
Don't know, I'm not using a sub with my receiver. Sorry. [ LARRY  Jan 24, 2014 ]
Sorry, i can't answer; i have an Android phone. [ WILLIAM G  Jan 09, 2014 ]
Yes. [ JAMES W  Jan 09, 2014 ]
Yes, I think it does - when the Pod is "working" hooked-up to the Onkyo it is being powered (not running off internal battery) - any time I disconnect my Pod it is fully charged and ready to go. [ MATTHEW  Jan 09, 2014 ]
I am looking for a receiver with HD radio. On the front of this receiver i see the HD radio logo in the lower left. In the details it says there is no HD radio. Yes or no? [ CaptainDonn  Jan 06, 2014 ]
Dale, I haven 't used my receiver for internet radio. I use the USB drive to play music. I have internet radio from Sirius playing through my desktop. Sorry I couldn't gave been mire help. Larry [ LARRY  Dec 16, 2013 ]
You need to have an input device that has internet access. I commonly use an IPOD or an IPAD connected through the USB Input on the front panel. Since both of these devices are bluetooth they connect to the internet through my wireless router and let me use Spotify or Pandora, etc. to listen to music. I hope that helps. [ VINCENT  Dec 16, 2013 ]
I have found this unit to be extremely non-user friendly when it comes to operation. I use the remote to access Sirius Radio or my home network that is hard wired to the receiver. I can play music stored on my PC hard drive through this unit. However, it is not the most friendly operation and I have only been able to control via the remote. As for internet radio stations, there is an internet button on the remote and then you can scroll through several internet stations. I would imagine that you need to be hardwired to your home network to access these stations as well (I don't listen to them). There is a feature to store favorite stations but I haven't yet done that. Maybe if I did, I wouldn't be so frustrated with the operation every time I want to switch from Sirius to my home music library and back. [ NEIL  Dec 16, 2013 ]
I run optical cable from CD player and TV - use audio out from TV and assign TV output to one of the optical inputs on Onkyo. Keep sound turned off on TV - select "TV " input with Onkyo remote and enjoy quality TV sound from the TX-8050. Hope this helps. [ MATTHEW  Dec 09, 2013 ]
Hi, This receiver would not be best suited to handle your video processing needs...it could process video via an analog cable but the receiver carries most of its weight as network ready am/fm receiver. I use mine to power my in-wall speakers and deck speakers using a sonos through optical cable for the digital music. Regarding the sound an optical cable is the best way to go in the absence of HDMI. Great product and I'm a long time consumer of Onkyo I just wouldn't describe this unit as appealing to the masses for a home entertainment receiver. For those needs, HDMI connections would be a must! Hope this helps! [ JACOB  Dec 08, 2013 ]
Univeral Port is a serial port, there are two opticals as well [ MARK  Dec 08, 2013 ]
I do not use HDMI at the moment I only use the Onkyo as an amplifier for Apple air time and XM radio. Sorry I am not much help in answering the question. Aside from the question I am very pleased with the Onkyo. Regards, Jim [ JIM F  Dec 08, 2013 ]
Unfortunately, I am useless with computer-audio-video connections. I haven't had any TV for years. Let me know what the answer is, though, as I might need to know in the future. Sorry! [ BARBARA  Dec 08, 2013 ]
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