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Onkyo TX-8050

AM/FM/Internet radio receiver

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Item # 580TX8050

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Overview

Our take on the Onkyo TX-8050

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


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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.

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

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
Reviews

Onkyo TX-8050 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(198 Reviews)

It lived for maybe 50 hours

Michael from Hazel Park, MI on 5/8/2016

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Bought the unit in the summer of 2013. Since then I have used it maybe 50 hours at most. Went to use it last week and no sound. Unit turned on but no output. Very disappointed that it had stopped working, especially with such little use. Since it had worked fine when I had and could use it I decided I'd take it in for an estimate for repair. Looked for an authorized Onkyo repair facility and could not find one anywhere in the state of Michigan. I will contact Onkyo and see what they have to say but I suspect it's going to cost near the price of the item to ship it for repairs so it may end up on the front curb on trash day. Also find it interesting that at least a few others who bough this around the same time as myself have reported theirs stopped working around the 2.5 year mark. Hard to believe the components used in this receiver are what they should be.

Pros: It did what I needed it to do when it worked. Was happy with the sound quality and operation of the unit.

Cons: That's in the review.

classroom sound system

Ted from Moundsville, WV on 2/9/2016

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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.

Pros: easy set up, great sound, and low price

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Great Receiver But

Artie from raleigh, NC on 1/24/2016

This is a great receiver...but...it doesn't feel/sound as good as my 30+ year old receiver that finally failed and had to be replaced. It's just as powerful, but my old receiver had a built in electronic graphic equalizer. Really allowed me to customize the sound. I don't think you can even buy a receiver anymore with that type of feature. Certainly not for a reasonable price.

Pros: Has great sound, and the remote works quite well. It was easy to hook up and the phono input feature (yep, still have a lot of vinyl) was an absolute requirement that worked well. It has plenty of analog inputs and the digital optical audio is a nice input for your TV or other digital devices. My kids of course loved the ipod/itouch input.

Cons: Depending on your hookup flexibilities, you might need a switch if you need more than one digital optical audio input.

So far, so good

David from Utah on 1/17/2016

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So far, does what it is supposed to. Easy to set up. The only weakness, and I know this is a weakness of the vast majority of receivers., is the IR remote

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Happy, happy, happy

Anonymous from Washington on 12/29/2015

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i'm very happy with my Onkyo TX 8050 receiver. FAST shipping, easy set up, great sound, and reasonably priced. I've bought my audio equipment from Crutchfield for years and will continue to do so in the future. I'm a happy camper.

Pros: FAST shipping, easy set up, great sound, and reasonably priced.

Cons: No cons

Nice Unit

DalTee from Connecticut on 12/28/2015

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Nice unit. I bought this because my new TV only have digital outs and no analog. I'm a two channel guy and a pre-amp with digital ins wasn't in my price range. All of the features are there, and I have it connected via Ethernet. Purchased all new TosLink, RCA, and HDMI cables. I am currently running this with a Yamaha MX-600 PowerAmp, Definitive Technology BP - 8060s, Kinivo HDMI switch, Kinivo Bluetooth receiver. The newer unit has Bluetooth, but only one out besides the Zone 2. I needed to run this as a PreAmp. Sound is great. Make sure you get the firmware updated or Sirius won't play.

Pros: 1. Being able to use as a preamp and still be able to use the receiver speaker outs 2. Digital ins 3. Internet ready 4. USB in 5. Two Channel! 6. Sounds great

Cons: One or two more digital ins would be key.

So far so good

Mark from Baltimore, Maryland on 12/27/2015

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Decent sound, the streaming internet (pandora) was easier to set up than I thought, this is a solid receiver and excellent for getting music from the net.

Pros: Nice layout, good quality sound, connections and internet set up were fast and easy, great price for the features

Cons: None so far

Plug and Play Flexibility

Ned R from Hudson Highlands on 12/6/2015

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No fuss plug and play simple high quality sound. Great for music listening and powering speakers in two rooms. Internet radio is easy to start up and frees up my computer/phone to do other tasks. Attractive dimmable display, easy to use menus. Remote looks nice on the table. I was surprised my iPhone 4s was not recognized by the USB port, so I am running my iPhone 3Gs instead. That way I can just leave the ipod/phone plugged into the receiver all the time and keep my current phone with me for controlling the receiver thru the Onkyo Remote App - a fantastic convenience when I'm in the other room. Music Optimizer mode enhances music automatically. This is the first receiver I've purchased since 1992, and it is nice that it does not require constant bass/treble adjustments.

Pros: Attractive dimmable display. Easy to use menus. Attractive remote. iPhone remote app.

Cons: USB plug does not recognize iPhone4s. Volume knob on front feels plastic (just use the remote).

Just What I Wanted

D Miller from California on 11/28/2015

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Clear, crisp sound from the amp, easy connection to iPad, support for my turntable, relatively easy set up of net radio stations using Onkyo usb wi-fi plug in

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Great value

Kawika from Hawaii on 11/27/2015

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I upgraded to this receiver for listening to vinyl. Great power without too many bells and whistles.

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Gary W from New Jersey on 11/16/2015

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So far this has been an impressive unit. The amplifier section is clean and nicely balanced. Listening in the "direct" mode adds some detail to the sonic image.. The networking feature, while a bit difficult to set up, works well. The vTuner with support from Onkyo's internet site makes finding and setting up streaming pre-sets quite easy.

Pros: Clean sound, solid unit, comprehensive instructions, supremely adaptable to any number of sources.

Cons: panel indicator lights are very small. The remote is adequate but no more to fully program and control the receiver.

Love it

Scott from Texas on 11/14/2015

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Works just as I had hoped. Good streaming of Pandora and powers 12 small speakers throughout my house. Very satisfied.

Pros: Great sound. Tons of great features. Easy set up.

Cons: Interface to type in pandora account information is a bit annoying, but only a one time event.

Great looking and functional.

MichaelS from North Carolina on 11/12/2015

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An excellent unit for listening to vinyl. The connections accommodate banana plugs, a far better set up than the unit I had to send back. The USB port allows easy connection of my digital music too. And, the team at Crutchfield was super helpful in helping me send back the unit that did not meet my needs and assist in selecting this unit to replace. Thanks!

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Everything I Need

RonC from Fort Wayne, IN on 11/5/2015

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Although I'd been somewhat familiar withwith the brand, I never owned an Onkyo product until now. I wish I had years ago! I replaced a Marantz NR1504 with this Onkyo. It gives me much more of what I need, and doesn't clutter things up with what I don't. I find it MUCH easier to deal with on a daily basis than the Marantz. For example, it has actual knobs to adjust bass, treble, and balance. No more having to access a complicated user interface to make simple adjustments. It also comes with a good old paper copy of the users manual. No more having to access it online or on a disc. This is a real time saver when you just want to look something up quickly. Overall, I couldn't be happier with the TX-8050. It keeps things simple, but still has all the features and performance that I need.

Pros: Features, simplicity.

Cons: None.

Good but...

mb from Boston, MA on 10/28/2015

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Solid and simple receiver I use for 2 zones and speakers in 4 rooms. App is very clunky and often gets hung up. As of Oct 28, Onkyo has yet to add a patch to fix XM Sirius streaming (been a month now). Would suggest confirm on the mnfg site this patch is fixed prior to buying this and if need this feature. Many of us paying for the XM stream but the receiver cannot process the data!

Pros: Good power, simple interface

Cons: App, XMSirius

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Tod from Maine on 10/18/2015

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This was purchased to replace a stereo receiver I have had for a long time. It is better than my old receiver in every way. The setup went without a hitch and the Onkyo's performance is exemplary. The ability to access stations over the internet is amazing! With my old receiver I could get just two classical stations but now there are dozens from all over the world. Wonderful!

Pros: Increased number of internet stations.

Cons: A little tricky setting up the internet connection but once done, has worked fine.

Awsome

Anthony from Michigan on 10/11/2015

Awsome receiver. I can't believe all the features it has for the money. I own other Onkyo 2-channel receivers, but none have pre-amp outputs, subwoofer outputs or 2 zone capabilities. The amplifier section is powerful and clear. I was using a cheaper receiver, when I hooked this up the speakers sounded totally different. I couldn't be happier with this product.

Pros: Lots of inputs. Lots of outputs. Great Onkyo sound. Great price.

Cons: None

nice reciever

jhammond from Tennessee on 10/5/2015

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bought this for a woodshop so students could listen to their music and not use headphones. So far so good. Easy to use

Pros: Sounds good

Cons: products other than apple are difficult to interface

great receiver

BT from New York on 9/17/2015

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this receiver is exactly what I needed. it was easy to hook up and simple to use. the vtuner has an Endless supply of any music you could want. I blast this thing all the time and it never has a problem, its probably been on more then its been off since I got it. great receiver, plenty of power. Sounds great with the tv also, just with 2 infinity speakers, no fancy surround system.

Pros: Vtuner Power Easy to setup/use ability to expand system

Cons: none

Exeptional Quality

Iceman from Prescott, AZ on 9/9/2015

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The ease of installation and quality of the product and the sound it produces is exceptional. The Crutchfield technical team recommended this product for my installation to drive a multi-channel amplifier to provide quality sound throughout my new home.

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great poduct

margie from New York on 9/7/2015

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Arrived in two days and is just what I wanted. Cord was too short to reach computer so i was offered a return label to send it back at no charge!

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Anonymous from North Carolina on 9/4/2015

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I'm not very experienced with stereo equipment. I had an 30 year old Onkyo receiver that stopped working and upgraded to this with a set of Infiniti P363 speakers. I love the sound that this combination puts out at low volumes as well as when it is pushing more amps. I've been listening to different types of music on it for a couple of weeks now and I really find nothing to complain about. The set up is easy (but I was having trouble getting a good connection before I bought some banana plugs. Haven't used the Wi Fi yet, really not sure that I'll need it. I listen to my music library from an Ipod plugged into the front or through the TV with Apple TV. So far so good.

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VARocks from North Texas on 9/2/2015

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The receiver was easy to set up and has a lot of useful functions. I am a bit disappointed in the sound, it is a little flat. Setting up the Pandora radio was very easy, just follow the prompts on the display. My receiver is positioned next to my wifi extender, so I just ran an ethernet cable directly to the extender, so no history on setting up wifi.

Pros: Easy setup, easy internet radio setup

Cons: Sound is flat compared to my old receiver.

A lot for the money

Rorge from Indiana on 8/31/2015

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I use the main channel for around the pool and zone 2, with an amplifier, in the garage. I choose this unit for the price and it's networking capabilities. I didn't want to have to get out of the pool to change songs, radio stations, or even turn up the volume. I love that we can control the internet stations like Panadora, V tuner, spotify, and slacker right from our smart phones. The only issue I have had is that using the UWF-1 wireless LAN adapter, we would lose connection frequently and sometime to the point where we had to completely restart the system. This is my third TX-8050, as the first one the USB port quit working and then the main channel amp quit working. I purchased a new one from Crutchfield and the network card did not work. I conviently exchanged it and ran an Ethernet cable and have not had an issue as of yet.

Pros: A networking stereo with plenty of features for less than $300

Cons: Wireless networking is iffy at best, run an Ethernet cable

Great receiver for our new student center

CoachM from Arkansas on 8/24/2015

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We needed a new stereo system for our new student center at the college I work at. We purchased this one along with just two of the Bose bookshelf speakers, 100 foot of Monster speaker wire, it has plenty of sound for our new area! We use Sirius XM on it, and did not have to install an antenna on top of the building, like our stereo receivers in the Rec center. This one only needs the WiFi adapter, and then you can stream Sirius XM from the internet. You can also use a USB cord and listen to a play list from your smart phone. Can also utilize Bluetooth, with another adapter. Looks good too!

Pros: simple to use

Cons: need an adapter in order to use the Bluetooth feature

Everything you need for the average room

BW from Graham, NC on 8/24/2015

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I needed a reciever that gave me the versatility to run a simple setup to a moderately advanced one without to high cost. JT produces plenty of sound. A handful of bells and whistles. And has a clean look.

Pros: Easy to setup and quick to figure out.

Cons: None

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TerryS from Oklahoma on 8/20/2015

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Very happy with the receiver. Delivered on time and exactly what I wanted. Installation was easy, including online connection. So far, everything works perfectly.

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Skot from Pennsylvania on 8/15/2015

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My Onkyo 8050 lasted about 2 years -- just past the warranty period -- and crapped out. I had it repaired by my an Onkyo authorized service dealer (for $250) and it crapped out again about 2 months later. I'm disgusted with Onkyo.

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Just what I need

Tim S from California on 7/15/2015

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Does what I need it to do. I run Klipsch Heresys on this receiver with no problems. Wireless install was easy, instructions were OK.

Pros: Does it all for a great price.

Cons: One more USB would be nice.

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Lee R. from South Carolina on 7/7/2015

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Exactly what I ordered. Performs perfectly for the application.

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Good features for the price

Hightecker from University City, MO on 6/30/2015

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Great feature set for the price

Pros: Sirius interface, lots of I/O including Zone 2 and pre outs, adequate power.

Cons: Difficult to use remote control/receiver display - get the phone app and operation is intuitive. Requires patience as controls can be sluggish to respond. Analog video inputs are sort of useless given HD video popularity.

Made for me

DD from Florida on 6/29/2015

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I haven't gotten my turntable out in over twenty years. I'm having a blast with my great sounding LPs and am really happy to be able to connect to my computer to play play lists, albums, and bands. I haven't tried the usb yet but this product is amazing, it's like it was designed personally for me. They could do a little better by adding a blue tooth, but my router is hard wired to the unit, so it was not needed. Also, navigating your computer is logical, but the choices aren't always clear. I'm still learning how to operate the system. I also haven't figured out how zone 2 works. Maybe a video on that would be helpful on the Crutchfield website in the product specs.

Pros: Turn table preamp, connectibility to 2015, easy to understand controls

Cons: Larger than the 29 year old Onkyo it replaced. I hope it lasts as long. Could use some customization EQ beyond treble and bass.

Excellent

Lon from Fort Walton beach fl on 6/23/2015

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Does the job I needed. Perfect addition to my "man cave"!

Pros: Simple set up. Easy to read instructions

Cons: Can't think of one!

Great for the money

JRJA from Massachusetts on 6/1/2015

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Great for the price. A lot of features, nice looks.

Pros: Lots of features and nice quality for price.

Cons: Phono stage not the best.

Great receiver!

Clay from North Carolina on 6/1/2015

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I've blown out 5 receivers in the past 7 or so years, and wanted a receiver that had enough power and durability to handle loud rock music with plenty of bass. This one fit the bill. I didn't need or want lots of whistles and bells, have any use for 5.1 to make my TV loud, and I like knobs and buttons rather than scrolling through endless menus to perform simple functions. Again, the Onkyo fits the bill. I was referred to it by a Crutchfield service advisor who also has one, and personal experience with a product carries more weight than anything. Plenty or power and great sound, and it doesn't heat up my apartment so much the AC kicks on. Great receiver at a great price.

Pros: Great power handling, clean sound, simple controls. Plenty of inputs, including one for a phonograph. The USB input on the front panel for an iPod or phone is great and being able to use the enclosed remote for this function is a plus.

Cons: None. Bluetooth would be nice instead of having to use an Ethernet cable for a wireless network.

STOPPED WORKING

Renman from Florida on 5/19/2015

Ditto to Tom C. in Hawaii 1/15 review---- Have had this unit for about the same amount of time, stopped working for me as well. You have been warned!!

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Cons: Internet connection/USB was always spotty. Radio reception poor and odd connection for FM antenna.

I bought another one

Buddy from Atlanta, GA on 5/8/2015

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What can I say? I liked this receiver so much I bought another one. (See my review dated Feb 6th, 2014.) I am using this one as a stand alone receiver in a "second system" in a small living room/TV room. It is driving a pair of Pioneer BS-22's (I wish Crutchfield sold these wonderful little speakers). I love all the digital inputs as well as plenty of analog inputs and even a phono input. Typical Onkyo, it is heavy and seems built to last. It has everything you need to be the center-piece of a high quality but affordable 2 channel system.

Pros: Affordable, well built, and flexible.

Cons: Might need an external power amp if you have big speakers.

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CFF from Illinois on 5/4/2015

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Wonderful! It is a replacement for a much more expensive receiver, and the quality is outstanding. I was buying this as a gift and didn't know what receiver to buy. Received excellent and speedy advice from Crutchfield. The receiver came quickly and was well packed. So much easier than having to go to a store. I will probably order a turntable from Crutchfield next. Also, I found other reviews about this product helpful in making my final decision.

Pros: Great sound for the money, and easy to set up with our other electronics. Definitely 5 stars.

Cons: Non so far.

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mike m from Summerfield, NC on 4/27/2015

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Good product

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rjrjr from California on 4/26/2015

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I'm very happy with this receiver. Great value for the price and quality. For the features this Onkyo receiver offers, I don't think anything else comes close for the price. Would recommend this product to anyone. The staff at Crutchfield was very helpful in answering my questions to narrow down the choices that would fit my needs.

Pros: Features for the price

Cons: No Dolby noise reduction

Nice receiver

Bri M from Pennsylvania on 4/11/2015

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I was replacing a JVC receiver I had since 1987. For a new receiver it sounds nice. I still love the retro sound that I can have an equalizer running thru the system but this receiver does a nice job with clarity. Nice having an Ethernet connection & a USB port.

Pros: price, Ethernet connection, simple & easy

Cons: not too many

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L Lucas from Oklahoma on 4/8/2015

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Love it. Easy hook-up. will do the will do the USB soon

Pros: Love the bass with the speakers I have

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Excellent, minor quibble

Anonymous from Milwaukee, WI on 3/30/2015

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Treble bias noted at first but seems to have resolved after break in. Very clean and natural sounding. Phono input works great and has similar volume to other inputs. USB input for iPod better option than a dock that can become obsolete if Apple changes output design. Issue: cannot listen to iPod through this receiver's headphone jack. See manual. IPod does not have the power to drive audiophile headphones to their potential.

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Disappointing

Rod M from New York on 3/21/2015

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Sound has treble bias, brilliance over complexity & depth. "Back" layers of sound sometimes muffled & unclear (eg, strings in loud brass passage). Sounds like high overtones are favored over lower overtones & fundamental pitch. Has more features than my old Fisher, but basic sound not as good.

Pros: Remote control an advantage, sound better when music simple (eg, solo piano, small ensemble).

Cons: Sound quality (see above). Like many Microsoft "upgrades," has more features, but performance of basic features not as good.

Nice receiver, but with a few quirks

Bill A from SE Minnesota on 3/18/2015

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I bought this to replace a working 13 year old basic Sony receiver just to gain the net receiver function. I did not want anything more than 2-channel conventional stereo. The fit, finish, and exterior quality seem to be equal to the Sony, though I miss the bass boost/loudness control. A mid-range control would be a nice addition. I would recommend it to someone else that's not extra picky, but if I were to buy another net-enabled receiver, I might look a little harder at the next more expensive group, including Onkyo. As for Crutchfield, they shipped it quickly at no extra cost.

Pros: Clean styling; gradual volume change as knob is turned - takes more turns to make a big change; plenty of power for the average living room; plenty of inputs including mag. phono; Zone 2 outputs also work as extra line-level output; short power-on delay

Cons: No Loudness Control; keeps disconnecting vTuner stations after an hour or so (does not happen when listening via computer); Net setup instructions are sketchy; seems to generate more heat than comparable receivers - even when in Standby, it's warm.

retro lives!

BOB from Albuquerque,NM on 3/11/2015

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I bought this receiver for the 4ohm capability,the fm radio,and the sound of the amp. It is a very fine sounding amp with fm and the analog inputs. The treble is a little bright with my speakers but I can adjust it,,what a concept! The sound of the cd input is great with my dac and computer. I would have to spend 2 or 3 times the price to get a small,,and very small difference in sound quality! Very happy with the unit and as always,Crutchfield's reliable service. 4ohm speakers are not a bother to this nice receiver!

Pros: Great sound for the money. 5 star rating!

Cons: none for me

Pretty Good.

trenton from West Virginia on 3/11/2015

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It meets all of my needs. Before I got it I used my Yamaha rx-v475 in 2 channel mode putting out the same wattage and the Onkyo sounds better with the same speakers.

Pros: Good power, good sound, and great value as I got it on sale.

Cons: No HDMI port to use my Blu-Ray player to stream DSD/SACD.

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Vince from Pennsylvania on 2/23/2015

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For the money this receiver has a lot to offer. I have one of these already and use it in my room. I bought this one for my Son and he likes it a lot.

Pros: Great bang for the buck

Cons: None that I can see.

VERY Good at Many Things!!

Would buy again! from Connecticut on 1/31/2015

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Read all the instructions! I was able to connect to internet, and PC for stored tunes. Good: sound is great! remote, tone controls, all great! Best feature: 'Pure Audio' button switches all other stuff off, like the display, and I can hear nuances in voices; recommend this !! Radio, phono input work fine..... connections are best with bananas. Instructions for PC interface need a tune up, since it takes some effort to learn it, oh well. Hence the 4 rating, else, a 5 star. Really. Listening to it now, a keeper. And I would definitely get this again. Crutchfield shops quickly. Packing is very good. Okay, changing it to 5 star... :)

Pros: Controls, Display, Power, connections, phono input (yes turntable), Great unit!! No going back to my previous unit...

Cons: Interface to PC, Internet radio is not easy...wish it would be easier, that's all, really, all else is great!!!

ONKYO TX 8050

ChuckW from Lewisville, TX on 1/28/2015

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Well designed, easy to use, excellent quality. I purchased the Onkyo TX 8050 from Crutchfield about one month ago to replace an Onkyo 8011 after ten years of excellent service. I replaced the old unit because I wanted more power and went back to Onkyo because of my satisfaction with the 8011. I use it only to listen to CD's and the cd direct mode is an excellent feature. I recomend this product highly

Pros: Well designed, easy to use excellent quality

Cons: None that I have found

Great Inexpensive Receiver

Neil from Arizona on 1/27/2015

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This unit works great, is easy to use, has an input for my turntable, an optical input for my TV, RCA jacks for all my other old Onkyo decks and players. The FM tuner is greatly improved over my 30 year Onkyo Receiver that this unit replaces. I'm live in a remote area and I am are picking up stations I didn't know were there.

Pros: price, performance, ease to use

Cons: none

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Steve from Saint Louis, MO on 1/25/2015

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Very clean and smooth sounding receiver. Has all technology for ipods, wifi, satalite radio and yet can still hook up a turn table. When using A and B speaker output you do mot staver the reciever for power like many other recievers when both outputs are used.

Pros: A really great reciever for the price.

Cons: I can't find any yet. Owned for 1 month

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Tom C from Kona, Hawaii on 1/25/2015

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Do not buy this unit! Mine only lasted about 26 months, then just quit working for no reason. Extremely disappointed!

Pros: none

Cons: This unit is garbage, suddenly quit working for no apparent reason. A waste of money. Crutchfield did not care to compensate me for the loss. Very disappointed with them...And Onkyo

Sick

Dj from Pennsylvania on 1/24/2015

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Just for you know... This receiver and my single pioneer speaker shake the house;)

Pros: SICKKKK

Cons: No Aux input

Nice Sound At a Nice Price!

McLou from Clayton, WA on 1/24/2015

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I'm a few mouths into this stereo receiver and I must say it's a pretty nice sounding unit. At first, I wasn't overly impressed but still sounded great. I decided to pick up a pair of Polk Audio Monitor 40 Series II speakers. Very nice! All my music is located on my computer using FLAC files with the ASUS Xonar Essence STX sound card. This is a decent sound card for playing music from your computer, it's geared towards stereo sound and does a great job with good software. Currently I'm using AIMP3 and Foobar2000. I have to admit the unit sounds great with the Polk Monitor 40's at low volumes. Once turned up the bass does roll off. Adding a Polk PSW10 sub woofer certainly solves that problem. If you're one that likes your furniture nailed down you may want to go with a bigger and more powerful sub but the PSW10 works very nicely with nice tight bass. Now, I decided to pick up another pair of Polk Monitor 40's! Oh yeah, even better! Seems to add a wider range to the music, big difference to my ears. The network stuff I don't use and couldn't care less, wish I dropped the extra 200.00 for the Yamaha R-S700BL. I'm sure in time I'll grab the the Yamaha but for now the Onkyo TX-8050 works just nicely! Oh, one more thing, these Polk Monitor 40's sound better and better as the days go by. Once broke in these speakers do perform very well for the person that likes to listen to music at normal volume levels. However, I do love my Sansui AU-717!!

Pros: If you're looking for nice sound to play through your computer this unit works well! With some EQ magic and a few plugins, one can get a nice sweet sound! But as said above I love my Sansui AU-717.

Cons: Only thing I didn't like about this unit was the USB Flash Drive. Although it works just perfect, it does lack many features! No Replaygain or Gapless playback. Not a big deal for me as I use my computer for all my music. Using ASIO works well for those that wish to use the hardware directly (sound card). I like to think of it as an enhanced source!

Excellent Receiver

Garry from Colorado on 1/23/2015

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Only a couple of weeks experience with this Onkyo TX-8050 receiver, but so far extremely satisfied with every aspect of the performance. Easy to setup, and sounds great in the environment where it is located. Controls are straight forward and simple to use. We chose to pair this receiver with Polk TSi 100 bookshelf speakers and are very happy with the sound provided by this setup. Plenty of "punch" to the base so we haven't yet connected a powered base to the system.

Pros: Good price. Easy to figure out connections, great modern looks, and simple to use controls.

Cons: I have to agree with reviewer Jay L. Virginia when it comes to the instruction manual and user guide. Onkyo has provided very poorly written and difficult to easily understand directions and descriptions of the various aspects of setting up and operating this system.

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Jay L. from Virginia on 1/22/2015

Very well packaged and easily configured. The only negative is the manual. It assumes a sophisticated audio owner with its terminology and is quite unclear on how to operate an ipod through the unit. Manuals should be written for the least knowledgeable user; this one was not. Having said that the receiver is excellent in quality and operation.

Pros: Sound quality is excellent

Cons: Manual could be better

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mike B from Maryland on 1/14/2015

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Great choice, I have this hooked up to push 3-sets of Polk audio ceiling speakers thru out the house and the sound is extremely clear. I installed the UWF-I and listen to Sirius XM via wireless internet connection and it works great, nice that it is Sirius ready, plus Pandora, rhapsody and much more

Pros: plenty of ports additional equipment plus ethernet and usb, clear sound.

Cons: haven't found one yet after two weeks

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HankyS. from Wyoming on 1/14/2015

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For a 2channel great expansion and sound quality nice to be able to control bass & treble separate like an equalizer.

Pros: expansion, bass & treble controls

Cons: Easily picks up interference so use good quality cables for devices.

Terrific Receiver

Joe from North Carolina on 1/11/2015

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Excellent Stereo Receiver, easy to set up, and a terrific Internet Radio.

Pros: Plenty of ports to configure almost anything you own. ONKYO iPad App works great as a remote,

Cons: No direct Apple Air Play

Couldn't Be Happier

Jack from Claremont, California on 12/12/2014

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As some of the other reviewers wrote, this is a replacement for an old Onkyo receiver. I was always happy with that receiver but I started having a few problems with it. This new one has features that didn't exist when I bought the old one: USB port, WiFi using a USB adapter, Bluetooth using a USB adapter and a digital optical connection for my CD player. It also has phono inputs for our turntable, which some of the new receivers don't have. I paired this receiver with a pair of Bose 201 speakers. This is a great combination - very clean sound. There is no sub-woofer but it really isn't needed, unless you really want the "boom-boom". The 201's, with the base on the tuner turned to about 3/4, provides just the right amount of base for my ear.

Pros: All around great performance at a reasonable price.

Cons: None that I have found.

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Rich from the Washington, DC Area on 11/30/2014

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For the money, this is a great piece of equipment. It replaced a 20 year-old Onkyo receiver that was having some issues. Wanted a stereo receiver because the room is not organized well for an A/V receiver (Samsung soundbar from Crutchfield a few years ago for TV sound). Love the sound, and the inputs are very easy to select, especially using the remote. Highly recommend.

Pros: Price Great sound Easy setup phono connection

Cons: None

Great receiver

Risë from Concord, NC on 11/24/2014

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I replaced a 30 year old Onkyo receiver with this one and absolutely love it. The reception is so good that I pick up stations I've never heard. The sound is excellent too. Having a second zone was my primary reason for getting a new receiver so that I could keep the outdoor speakers shut off or the volume low. I used my old receiver as the amp for zone 2 and it works great. This receiver is one of the best purchases I made in a long time and I'm very happy I did so.

Pros: A+ quality at a very good price.

Cons:

Expected more power

Fernando from Denver/CO on 10/23/2014

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Good equipment and extremelly friendly to install and use.

Pros: Comprehensive manual, everything works well.

Cons: I expected more power.

Awesome receiver!

Onkyo from Troy MI on 10/20/2014

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Great service...great sound.

Pros: Easy to hook up. Awesome sound.

Cons: Lose signal occasionally. Could be my WiFi.

Shawn Dee.

Shawn Dee. from Colstrip, MT. on 10/19/2014

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Great receiver for the money.

Pros: Cost, quality, ease of use.

Cons: Have not found any.

New receiver

NY Patrick from Yorktown NY on 10/15/2014

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Eureka! A new receiver that allows me to get my favorite FM station! It used to be 50,000 watts but now is just 600 watts, with a repeater station (closer to me) at about 250 watts. My old (Pioneer SX_6) was fine until the station changed frequency and reduced power. NOW, it's crystal clear, silent during silences and all of the other functions such as CD, tape and phono work just as well. Thanks, Onkyo and Crutchfield! I have not yet mastered the internet gadget but I will be working on it one of these days.

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Excellent

M from Philadelphia on 10/5/2014

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When I hesitated about buying a Yamaha receiver with a Yamaha CD player because sticker shock had become a big concern. The consultant said it's better to compromise on the receiver than on the CD player. That made sense to me, and I ended up with an excellent combination. Easy to set up, good looking, and does its job very well.

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excellent receiver

JerryF from novi, michigan on 10/5/2014

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I like everything about this receiver. The only con is that the am/fm tuner is not especially good at receiving stations further away from my location, unlike my previous stand-alone tuner. I have connected wirelessly to the internet. This connection has worked well, and I have added the radio stations I couldn't get strong enough signals from.

Pros: Sound is excellent. Internet connection with my USB adaptor is working with no problems.

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GREAT SOUND

MoneyMONK from Stt. Petersburg, Fl on 9/25/2014

the Onkyo TX-8050 is a fabulous device..works great for everyone in my home. mulitiple choice

Pros: GREAT SOUND

Cons: No down side here..works great

great unit

Josh C from Houston, TX on 8/6/2014

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Bought this unit for the connectivity - ability to connect to my turntable and also to digital sources i.e. my iphone. It was easy to set up right out of the box and sound quality seems excellent so far. The controls are very intuitive and I'm overall very satisfied.

Pros: Easy to use, easy to set up right out of the box.

Cons: None so far!

Great receiver for the money

Dave from Central NJ on 7/29/2014

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I bought this receiver for its internet connectivity and sound quality. The sound quality is great and the tuner seems plenty sensitive with a decent antenna attached (not the tiny one that comes with it). It works with a large number of internet services, including siriusXM (14 day free trial included), vTuner, Pandora, Rhapsody, Last,fm, Slacker, Mediafly, and Aupeo. In addition, it can play from your ipod if you connect it to the USB port, and with the free app, it can play songs stored on your smart phone. The remote control is decent for what it is, but with so many features, the remote and the small front screen display aren't really enough (note that I don't have it connected to a TV - maybe it has on-screen menus that are better). So I primarily use the Android app to control it. A really nice advantage of the app is that I can keep the receiver in a closet completely out of sight. Unfortunately, the app is lacking. It has difficulty reconnecting to the receiver, and navigating is mysterious. For example, it has it's own "back" button that works differently from the one built into the phone. Sometimes it will show you what's currently playing and sometimes it won't. Either way, once you start playing an internet service, there's no way I've found to know which one you're currently using. So I'm knocking it down 1 star because of the app. Otherwise I'd give it a solid 5. Still, for the price, I can live with the app and hope that Onkyo makes a better app someday.

Pros: Excellent sound, great internet connectivity.

Cons: Very mediocre smartphone app for remote control.

Big Bang for your buck!!!

Joe from New York, NY on 7/28/2014

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Great receiver for the price!! I hooked it up to the Bose 151 outdoor speakers and they pair perfectly! USB input is a great feature, easy setup and lots of options to play your music!

Pros: Setup, price, added features and USB input.

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Very Pleased

RS from San Juan, P.R. on 7/28/2014

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Very pleased. Would recommend anytime to invest in this Product.

Pros: very Simple to setup.

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Odbmon from Knoxville, Tn on 7/16/2014

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The TX-8050 is a pleasant surprise. I was impressed by the internet option as well as the usb option which allows me to use my ipod. The sound quality is really great, and I am fully satisfied so far (have only owned it for two weeks). The TX-8050 is fairly easy to figure out and the manual is very helpful for things I can't figure out intuitively.

Pros: Sounds great, fairly intuitive, has a host of audio options, not to mention the video options I have yet to explore.

Cons: Bass is a little disappointing; especially when compared with the audio receivers of the past, which is why I rated the TX-8050 four stars instead five.

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Susan P from Bascom, OH on 7/9/2014

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Even better receiver than our last Onkyo. Great sound and options.

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R. T. J. from Fair Lawn, NJ on 6/26/2014

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Dollar for dollar and all around use this is one balanced and SOLID unit.

Pros: EZ control access. The layout of the front panel is simple, visually satisfying without looking like something from NASA. (I'm not a rocket scientist!) Rear connection panel offers a complete selection in/output features.

Cons: Hard to come up with any real difficulty on this unit.

Most excellent!

MK from Santee CA on 6/16/2014

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This receiver does it all. It will even play flac audio. I give it my highest rating. As for Crutchfield they are still a first rate seller. Last time I purchased from them was in the 90's.

Pros: Onkyo made it well and crutchfield has excellent customer service.

Cons: there are no cons

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GW from Hilo,Hi. on 6/14/2014

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Clean sound, nice range, simple format. Works for me.

Pros: Output exceed expectations.

Cons: More input plugs .

Question the reliability

MarkP from Kansas City, MO on 6/12/2014

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I have owned this unit for 2-1/2 years. Overall, I am not unhappy with the functionality of the product. Streams music over my network and the internet successfully, plays FM and AM when I want it, sound quality is decent. A little unstable about staying connected to my network. It needs to be restarted periodically. My real beef is that it has now stopped working for no apparent reason. Have been through what remedies are available to no avail. To ship it to a repair facility in MI, pay the diagnostic fee and ship it back will be 1/2 the cost of new unit. By the time it is diagnosed and repaired, you could buy a new unit. I understand that electronics can be fickle. Just may want to consider another manufacturer besides Onkyo.

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Perfect "no-frills" replacement

Art L from Syracuse, NY on 6/9/2014

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My high-end tuner of days gone by was in sorry shape. I did not need any of the tuners that feature multiple HDMI inputs and other digital features but could find nothing else until I checked Crutchfield. I am very pleased with the features the TX 8050 offers, its quality audio and its affordable price.

Pros: Great features, including several audio settings. The USB adaptor well worth the extra price over the base model.Overall, well worth the cost.

Cons: Awkward to use with the companion Network USB adaptor.

GREAT HIGH CURRENT SOUND

Patrick from Wyoming on 6/8/2014

This unit replaces a 5 channel home theater system and it sounds great, despite having fewer watts per channel. It seems to work fine for movies, but it really shines when playing music which I do 95% of the time. The Pandora radio is a really nice feature with its commercial free music and it sounds excellent. The Pandora is a free service and so far, I haven't seen the need to access the paid radio services such as XM radio.

Pros: Inexpensive price. Internet radio. music playback and quality sound. relatively easy set-up when running cable directly from router to back of receiver.

Cons: AM and FM reception is not the best, but perhaps it has something to do with where I live. Sometimes the internet radio displays a false message that the internet server is malfunctioning, but generally exiting from the internet connection and then restarting it solves the problem.

big bang small buck

paull from hertford,nc on 5/31/2014

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exactly what I needed fit in place it had the right features for my small space Drew was most helpful in steering me to this unit

Pros: plenty of volume fit right in with my existing equipment

Cons: none

Can't go wrong.

Len E. from Cape Coral, Florida. on 5/15/2014

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I was interested in the phono, CD. and tuner sections of this receiver. Teamed up with a H.K. turntable, At 440Ml cartridge a Onkyo DX 7555 Cd player and JBL Northridge Stadium speaker system. I have pushed this 80 watt receiver very hard risking the top end of my speakers. I was never disappointed at the lean music it delivered. After considerable listening time I have concluded this stereo receiver is what I would consider a great bang for the buck. I know there are better receivers that can be purchased. However. considering cost VS features and solid sound. You can't go wrong.

Pros: Very solid bass. Clean sound. tuner is adequate. Lots of additional inputs.

Cons: I have none to offer.

Excellent Receiver

Christopher M. from Connecticut on 4/27/2014

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:Background: I primarily watch movies and also listen to music via my smartphone. After countless research and with the help of Crutchfield support I ended up purchasing the Onkyo TX-8050. :Listening Area: The room this receiver is installed in is approximately 12'x14'. The viewing distance for movies is around 8' and for the music it varies. :Setup: I connected an optical digital audio cable into the television; a subwoofer cable to my subwoofer; two speakers; the included FM antenna and the Onkyo UWF-1 Wi-Fi USB Adapter. TV: I have a Samsung 22" LCD television. Speakers: Infinity P153s. Subwoofer: Infinity Primus PS38. Smartphone: iPhone 4 with iOS 6.1. :Onkyo UWF-1 Setup: Due to character limitations, I took this section over to the UWF-1 section. Overall I love this accessory. :Sound Quality: Everything sounds fantastic for my setup. The max volume is 82. It has plenty of power and there has been no distortion whatsoever. It drives the Infinity speakers without any problems. :Other Thoughts: I used banana plugs to connect the speaker wires into the back of the receiver. I had no problems fitting the plugs into the terminals. The knobs feel great too, smooth turning. I hope I covered all basis. I didnt want to reiterate anything said on the product description page. I also wanted to be thorough as possible so that if someone has a similar setup that they might be able to relate and have this be helpful. Overall, I absolutely enjoy the TX-8050.

Pros:  Sound  Features  Wifi/Network option  App integration  Doesn't get too hot (with proper ventilation)  Clean overall look

Cons:  Not crazy that you need a premium account to stream other online music services.

Onkoyo TX-8050

SandyN from Fair Oaks, Ca on 4/20/2014

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I did some research on this receiver, has great value . Does the job and puts out a very good sound. The sales technician said they had one that was an open box for less money. Got a good discount and couldn't find any marks on it. Very happy with the price. Came in 3 days, so easy to shop at Crutchfield. Technicians are intelligent and knowledgeable.

Pros: Great value with very good output.

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Best stereo for the money!Richard

Richard G from Salt Lake City, Utah on 4/14/2014

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Excellent service, shipping on time, great technical help! Since the displays were digital unlike my old MA6100 MacIntosch, I had a few questions. All were answered in no time; the technician was polite and knowledgeable. I will deal with Crutchfield again!

Pros: Courteous service, not rushed. Technician was very knowledgeable, checked specs on the internet, in short, I cannot say enough things complimentary about Crutchfield's service.

Cons: None.

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Anonymous from Fredericksburg, VA on 4/10/2014

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Great product delivered next day

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Pandora Hog

seadub from Washington State on 3/28/2014

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Streaming Pandora is great. Getting old with kids running around its too much work to make playlists much less actually throw in a CD, just turning on the 8050 and having Pandora automatically start streaming is awesome. Plenty of power to drive to sets of polk in wall speakers.

Pros: Network integrated, sound, ease of use, clean lines

Cons: doesn't babysit the kids for me

Great Receiver!

Meredith from Sikeston, MO on 3/21/2014

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Easy set-up and easy to control!

Pros: Easy Set up

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Sixty something from Madison, wi on 3/19/2014

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Good sound reproduction, ease of use, perfect for someone who wants to be more contemporary without breaking the budget

Pros: Multiple features, Internet connectivity, good sound reproduction, nice design

Cons: Features easier to deal with from the remote is sometimes a bit inconvenient (I.e., where is it again?). Not a big deal.

Onyko

Anonymous from Bairdford, PA on 3/15/2014

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Good Basic 2 channel receiver.

Pros: Easy setup. All you need for a 2 channel receiver with good power output

Cons: One one USB port. No wi-Fi unless you use USB adapter. (Extra). Not Bluetooth comparable

Just Purchased

Scott B from California on 2/24/2014

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The receiver sounds great, but the sole reason for my purchase was to use my iPad to control Pandora via the advertised WIFI connection. I guess I should have gone on the Internet and read the reviews of this function and I would have realized it doesn't function at all. What a disappointment, here I have installed a sound system in my house based on using this unit to allow me to control music wirelessly and I'm back to plugging it in. It's not Crutchfields fault, its the Onkyo application that doesn't work. It opens then crashes. I'm not the only one, every review online states the same thing. I'm pretty bummed. Now I'm planning on scrapping this unit all together and going shopping again for one that has this feature that works. Totally disappointed.

Pros: Good sound, quality construction.

Cons: Wireless app does not function. Therefore, its just a stereo unit.

Nice equipment

NC Mountain Guy from Asheville, NC on 2/14/2014

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So far have enjoyed ease of connections and use and very good sound quality, despite having two pairs of speakers with different ohm ratings. Use in 600sf space and fills room nicely.

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Big plus for internet connection

dvdlgh@hotmail.com from south central WI on 2/12/2014

I've had this receiver for about 22 months. Network ready was the selling point for me. $$ also mattered at the time. I have this hooked up with PSB Stratus Bronze speakers. The mid and low bass lack definition and tend to sound a tad "muddled" although passable in my opinion. Perhaps that is why Onkyo include pre outs to connect a power amp. I picked up a gently used Parasound power amp rated at 125w/ch @ 4 ohms which matches the PSB's. The difference in the quality of sound is quite good. I'm not a bass freak, I just like it tight and well defined and the Parasound does the trick. For $299.95 and network ready this is a decent buy. I've bought from Crutchfield many times since 1978 and when it comes to customer service they are simply the best there is!.

Pros: Network ready and pre out. Firmware update via network.

Cons: Amplifier (somewhat)

Great flexibility and great value

Buddy from Atlanta, GA on 2/6/2014

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I love the large number of analog and digital inputs which allow a lot of flexibility for music, movies, or watching the game. It even has a phono input so I can play my old vinyl. The feature that sold me was the pre-out jacks which allow you to add an external power amp. No disrespect to onkyo, but I suspected the power amp section of a receiver at this price would be a little underwhelming and I was right. While it has plenty of power for most people and most speakers (it will even drive 4 ohm speakers), my man cave is a fairly large room and I have floorstanding speakers (PSB Alpha T1's) so I broke out my old NAD 320BEE and hooked it up as a power amp. The initial set-up was quick and easy. (Full disclosure: I have not yet attempted to use the internet based features which i hear can be complex.) I am a long time fan of onkyo equipment, and the 8050 certainly appears to have that onkyo build quality. It is heavy and solid, and all of the buttons and nobs operate smoothly. Bottom line: for the price, this thing has so many options, capabilities, and onkyo quality that I couldn't not buy it.

Pros: Flexibility and connectivity plus Onkyo quality.

Cons: None really. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the slightly underwhelming power.

Only I

Tj from Jersey on 2/6/2014

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The receiver can not be beat for the money and the quality is outstanding another fine product sold by Crutchfield

Pros: The amount of options you have with this reciever

Cons: The dim lighting on front panel need to light up controls more

Excellent receiver

Rich from Palmyra, VA on 1/20/2014

This Onkyo receiver offers all of the options one would require for a perfect stereo system. I also especially like the ability to plug a thumb drive into the front panel. Stations lock in and hold with no drift. Very simple and straight forward operation!

Pros: Affordable price, great sound quality, simple operation, thumb drive accessibility on front panel.

Cons: None.

love!

old house denver from Denver on 1/15/2014

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Working great so far with new Klipch speakers (which were blowing out old receiver!) Great sound... 4 stars only b/c lights/display is hard to see in cabinet --but of you get familiar with the remote it is all good. Very pleased with performance for the price.

Pros: Great price and sound...working great with existing components

Cons: Hard to see display in media cabinet

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M2 from Oriental NC on 1/13/2014

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I bought this receiver to replace a 20 plus year old Onkyo receiver that was wearing out. Levi helped this Luddite from the 60s choose the right product to go,with my existing 20 year old Onkyo tape deck, turntable and CD player. I just couldn't,t give up my old vinyls, tapes, CDs and big speakers. The receiver works great, I even ran my tv through it . The support staff were great, much more helpful than the big box stores, and I received it within days of my order. Great product, great staff service!

Pros: Helpful staff

Cons: None

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KevinN from St. Louis, MO on 1/13/2014

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The Onkyo TX-8050 is a great replacement for my 25 year old preamp, without blowing the budget. The preamp outputs were a requirement for me and the network capabilities were optional. But now that I have internet radio direct through the receiver, I'm not sure how I ever lived without it. Very nice receiver and fast, well packaged shipping.

Pros: Preamp outputs, network capabilities, power, and flexibility.

Cons: Remote could be better (the buttons are small).

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MikeS from Chicago, IL on 1/12/2014

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Very satisfied with this product. We recently moved into a home with whole-house audio speakers--I didn't own a receiver that could drive these, and wasn't looking to spend a lot. The Crutchfield representative helped me find this unit. Delivery was prompt and it was in good condition. Setup was very intuitive. I'm using a Niles switch (also purchased from Crutchfield) to distribute the output to five zones of speakers. The the sound quality over the installed speakers meets our needs; I wasn't looking for audiophile quality but this exceeded my expectations. I'd expected to spend a good bit more money to make use of the installed sound in our new home, finding this unit was a nice surprise. The only downside (for me) is not a function of the unit. One speaker set is outside, and to drive it I need to crank the inside volume pretty loud. Luckily, the Crutchfield representative anticipated this for me, and pointed out the preamp output, so I can drive those speakers with a separate amp--problem solved.

Pros: Price, quality, ease of setup, large number of input options.

Cons: None

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DavidR from The Woodlands, TX on 1/7/2014

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This receiver has a lot of features and I think is is worth the money. The Crutchfield team suggested all my components and I have no complaints with anything. I told them what I was hunting for and they took it from there.

Pros: A lot of features and I especially like two sets of speaker connections.

Cons: None

Onkyo. Tx 8050.

Anonymous from Putnam ct on 1/3/2014

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Work great with my 4 cerwin vega ve 12 f. The Crutchfield support team is Great.... Delivery is quick...

Pros: Good 2 ch receiver

Cons: Mono

happy surprise

janice in vancouver canada from canada on 1/3/2014

I download flac files onto portable hard drive. Then plug into usb port. Works great with remote and awesome sound quality.

Pros: Sounds great for price

Cons: Can't get slacker radio on the 8050 reciever to work. Keeps saying that there is an error and to check account. No luck yet.getting tired of messing around with it.all other stations are for u.s.a.only.

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Ken from Palmyra, VA on 1/1/2014

Exactly what I was looking for to replace my old tuner/amp that finally gave out. Great help from Eric in choosing the right replacement product and guidance in setting it up.

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Victor from Pasadena, CA on 12/27/2013

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I bought this onkyo tx 8050 'stereo' (as opposed to home theater A/V receiver) to replace a 33 year old yamaha stereo receiver (you can guess my age and economic conservatism). I love this receiver (with the exceptions listed below). In no time I had it connected to my old vinyl phono player, to my Pandora internet radio account, to my wife's ipod nano, and to our CD and tape players. Works beautifully with all, sound is excellent, power is good for my living room and asjacent rooms. Controls on the recevier are well laid out, and the remote works well. OK, nothing is perfect, so here the minuses: a) the remote does not controll all the features in the receiver, for example, no bass/treble/balance controls (on the other hand, it might become too cumbersome if it included everything, so this may be viewed as positive); b) the onkyo remote app for android and iphone seems, as one reviewer aptly put it, writen by grandpa with the grandkid's computer; it is illogical ('net' means 'source' = 'input' in one page, but it means 'internet' in the next one), of limited functionality (example, it lists the music pieces in my phone, and lets me play them, but not those of the current input device); on the other hand it is the only way to read (from a distance) what is currently playing; c) oremote for iphone ($5) is slightly better, but has many non-functioning controls on this model, while more logically laid out than Onkyo remote, it does not have much more functionality.

Pros: great sound, great versatility, relatively easy to use remote. Crutchfield's excellent help and service.

Cons: only the abominable but necessary app.

Simply Amazing

u0paxg from buffalo NY on 12/24/2013

This receiver is simply amazing! I connected this to a pair of Kenwood 777d speakers and a network cable and plugged in. I had no problems with the networking functions sound quality and clarity are impeccable, simple controls make it a breeze to setup.

Pros: easy setup great sound great support for various types of device connections overall an excellent stereo receiver

Cons: manual is poorly written(not really needed though)

Nice above basic reciver Great control app

Ryan from Kansas on 12/23/2013

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This reciever is a great option for a dual zone application. It has a very nice app to control from your device. However without the app the control is a little difficult as the display does not show what is going on with zone 2. The app is a must have for ease of 2 zone control

Pros: price and functions

Cons: zone 2 control

Great price performer in the Onkyo TX-8050

TimW from Virginia on 11/7/2013

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I did my research looking for a receiver to hook up my Pro-ject Debut Carbon turntable. I decided on the Onkyo TX-8050 based on the specs and reviews. I am very glad I purchased this component. The sound is great with plenty of power. It was a breeze to set up. Although I haven't gotten around to setting up the Internet radio yet, it is a great bonus that I'm looking forward to using.

Pros: clean look, easy set up, great sound.

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great all around stereo receiver

nappyaudio from Philadelphia, PA on 10/18/2013

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Works like a champ, produces enough sound running through 4 bookshelf speakers to fill an entire Gymnasium sized building. Add in the internet radio and it has great features too.

Pros: great features and price.

Cons: Haven't seen any yet.

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DW from Maryland on 10/17/2013

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A few months in, so far so good. Fine with old school (phono) and modern (optical coaxial audio line from LCD TV) components. Controls (including remote) easy to use. Excellent pre-order tech advice from Crutchfields as well. Wireless adapter works fine too (I'll post a separate review for that)

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Crutchfield stood behind product!!!!!!!!!!!

Scott from Great Mills, MD on 10/12/2013

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I purchased the TX8050 from Crutchfield and tried it briefly out of the box. A few months later when I finally got around to installing the reviver in its permanent home the 8050 would completely turn off after about 5 seconds. I tried to remedy the situation by plugging the 8050 into other outlets etc. but nothing worked. I called Crutchfield and spoke with RJ in tech support. After a quick diagnostic check he determined the 8050 was defective. He said I was out of my 60 day return, but he and Crutchfield stood behind the product and sent another 8050 out immediately. Customer service means so much, Crutchfield has me as a customer for life. Thanks!!!!

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michael k. from media pa 19063 on 10/7/2013

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no problems with unit

Pros: excellent product support from crutchfield technical hotline

Cons: problem with usb wireless device had to hardwire internet

internet radio

Anonymous from crystal lake, il on 9/25/2013

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We needed an IT guy to set it up, it wasn't easy, now only one of many nurses can figure out how to get on the internet radio. You can't sell a radio with cool features that are not user-friendly!!

Pros: nice promises

Cons: impossibly difficult for end-user

Great sound. Wireless functions no good.

Sean from Philadelphia, PA on 9/2/2013

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I bought this unit to play music over 4 ceiling speakers in a large living area. Sound is excellent. The wireless control of the unit is consistently terrible. Most times I need to re-establish a connection with the router. And I know it's not my network because I have several other devices connected that never have a problem.

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: wireless integrity. features.

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John Mc from Cleveland on 8/30/2013

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I bought the Onkyo TX 8050 mainly to access internet radio in a second system in my living room. I've owned extremely expensive amps/preamps in my life and wasn't expecting "high end" sound from the 8050. I was quite shocked at how clean and powerful this unit sounded. I am also extremely happy with all the other features the 8050 has. My Pandora comes in extremely well. The tuner actually does a very good job with local radio. I bought this from Crutchfield because of their legendary customer service. When I was setting this unit up I needed some tech support and Crutchfield did not disappoint. This was a 5 star purchase..I'm very happy with the Onkyo TX 8050 and very happy I purchased it from Crutchfield.

Pros: Great unit-simple to navigate all the features-great sound-great customer service-fast shipping.

Cons: None

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PaulM from Sanford,NC on 7/29/2013

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Needed to replace a much older Onkyo receiver. With the help of a Crutchfield customer rep I decided on the TX-8050. I was looking to keep the sound I am used to while being able to add components like TV, iPod. This unit comes very close in sound to what I was replacing. It is crystal clear and w/ the right amount of power. The price is right and the quality is superb.

Pros: Clarity, power, easy hook up of components and speakers.

Cons: No longer made in Japan.

Clunky operation

Lincoln from Fort Worth, Tx on 7/24/2013

I purchased this receiver because of the network capabilities (mostly for Pandora) and the fact that I can control it with an iPhone App. I use this to power a pair of speakers on my roof terrace, the recvr is 2 floors down in my living room so the App working correctly is a must...the problem is the App doesn't work well at all. I even purchased the MUCH BETTER non-Onkyo App (oRemote) but one major problem still remains and makes this setup NOT USEFUL for me. The problem is that you cannot turn the recvr ON from the app, this is the second most important function for a system that is not nearby, The second major problem (solved by the oRemote App) is that to use internet radio/pandora functions with this recvr it MUST be hooked up to a display or you cannot tell what you doing (this is idiotic for stereo recvr!!!). The Onkyo app displays "see TV", the oRemote app displays what would show on the TV screen and it works only about 90% of the time. A better setup would be a Grace tuner (their app works flawlessly) and a non-networked recvr or maybe the new Marantz stereo network recvrs will be better (they are twice the price)...either way this Onkyo is going in the trash SOON!!!

Pros: none

Cons: too many to list

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Stan L from Brooklyn, NY on 7/22/2013

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I needed a simple stereo receiver to go with a new 33/45/78 turntable. This fits the bill plus more at a great price. The internet radio feature, Pandora, Spotify and USB were added bonuses.

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Excellent Value for Stereo Receiver!

TimH from Houston, TX on 7/18/2013

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I recently purchased this excellent stereo receiver from Onkyo. I had looked at a few years ago when purchasing an Onkyo home theater receiver. I had also reviewed other stereo receivers on Crutchfield site. This is not an audiophile grade receiver but still an excellent value for a standard audio/video stereo receiver with a phono input, network capability, iPod and other connections. Very clean power - driving a pair of JBL Studio Monitor 4408A's. Plenty of volume for our front computer room. We can play records, CD's, radio, iPod and we can play internet radio. Interesting free internet channels but already subscribed to Rhapsody. The receiver connected to Rhapsody with no issues AFTER we figured out the character menu display to enter the username and password. Other reviews have stated they lose connection and need to turn off-on to connect again. This does occasionally occur but it does connect again without entering ID again. Not a big issue to us but I agree should be a better connection. Plenty of connections for old VCR's and Laserdisc. I plan to dub down old tapes and discs to a stand alone DVD recorder. I have not tried this yet. Wireless connection would have been nice but again this is an older model and placed near internet connection. Onkyo may update on next model, if they do continue the stereo receiver line! If you are looking for standard stereo receiver, I would definitely recommend this receiver. Crutchfield service was excellent.

Pros: Plenty of Power, Easy Gold Plated Connections, Phono, Network and iPod Connections, Different Audio Processors or Direct Mode, Digital Inputs

Cons: Manual, A few quirks - cannot use headphones with iPod connected and a few system changes can only be used with the included remote control. Normally, this should not be an issue, BUT if the remote control stops working, I would like the option to change on the receiver front panel. Most other system changes can be made on the front panel.

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Big Dog Guy from Page, AZ on 7/17/2013

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The Onkyo TX 8050 offers an unbeatable combination of quality, features, and price. I own two of these excellent receivers - one driving a pair of Infinity Primus P163s and the other powering a pair of Polk RTiA3s. I would highly recommend the TX 8050. You can spend more, but you don't need to!

Pros: Tremendous Value

Cons: Such a good value it is easy to convince yourself that you "need" something "better."

...the perfect choice!

Pat from Elizabethtown, KY on 7/16/2013

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I had no idea what to get after a power surge destroyed my 25-year-old Denon stereo. I called Crutchfield's and spoke with Rocky. I explained to him that I like to listen to talk radio on AM, listen to music on FM, and play CDs. I would also like to be able to use my iPod, I told him. He immediately knew that the Onkyo TX-8050 was going to be exactly what I needed....and he was right! It's simply perfect! Crutchfield's is the best! I appreciate the fact that Crutchfield's people are so knowledgeable and that their recommendations are based on the customer's need rather than the amount of the sale. Thank you!

Pros: ..simple set-up and connection to other components and speakers; uncomplicated controls; attractive design; GREAT sound!

Cons: none!

I am so happy to have real music again.

BobS from Seward, Alaska on 7/2/2013

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My docking system for my iPod classic malfunctioned and I needed a replacement. I was looking for another docking system and the staff at Crutchfield discussed the space I had and what I expected to hear from a music source. This receiver is the backbone of my new system and I love it. It does everything I could hope for and is capable of more.

Pros: Easy set up - great instructions and support. I never knew that iPod could sound so good. I love that know I can add turntable, cd player if I choose.

Cons: The binding posts for the speaker wire are a little tricky and you have to be careful and make sure they are tight. I wish they matched the speaker connections. Minor - compared to PROS.

sweet success

Big al from lamar.co on 7/1/2013

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what a Joule this will wake the folks up early Sunday morning. the AM and FM Radio is excellent while all other features is awesome as well you just gotta hear it! the tx-8050 net working receiver 6 stars in my book what more can I say try.

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Keith from Jacksonville, FL on 6/19/2013

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Great stereo. Unit is located in my lanai near my pool. It's hooked up to a pair of Bose outdoor environmental speakers which I've had for several years now. I've had several other less expensive stereos in the past, but none compare to this sound quality of this unit. The internet radio is awesome!

Pros: Easy to hook-up and operate, especially the internet radio.

Cons: None

Love it

Happiness cupcakes from Weslaco Texas on 6/18/2013

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We bought it for our shop. It was easy to set up and the sound is awesome!

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Lee D from Brownfield, TX on 6/16/2013

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Bought this unit and got it set up easy enough, great sound. After two weeks the sound quit. I called Onkyo support and they told me to unplug it and try it again, of course that did nothing and they told me to send it to the service center. Called Crutchfield support and got hold of Lloyd he said no problem they would send me another one out that day and to just send them the defective one and they would take care of it. Now that's customer service the way it should be, you do not get that in many places anymore. Thanks Lloyd and Crutchfield you have my business from now on

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brianb from lecompte la on 6/14/2013

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product has good clean sound, plenty of power for just a head unit, purchased for use on outdoor stereo system for patio and pool area, wanted a clean basic easy to use setup for stereo application and Crutchfield tech recommended this unit based on what i told him i was looking for, very happy with it so far

Pros: good sound quality, good price, easy to use and simple setup

Cons: had issue with usb not picking up iphone, called onkyo tech support and stayed on hold for ever then they asked if i could call back the next day........i called Crutchfield tech support and they took care of the issue right away and sent me a replacement. the replacement works perfect

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Anonymous from Virginia on 6/4/2013

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Powerful unit ....very satisfied. ....streams. Internet radio with no problems once set up

Pros: Crutchfield tech support

Cons: If you try and connect onkyo wifi UWF -1. You will most likely need tech support

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Gaz from Santa Rosa, CA on 5/28/2013

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Serves me well, this replaced a 14 year old Onkyo receiver/amplifer . Plenty of power and clean sound for my listening pleasure. My sub woofer rattles the windows when I crank it up. I enjoy the versatility and multiple inputs now that I'm gettin back into vinyl. I'd recommend this highly !

Pros: Phono Input ! USB input ! More than enough power to make my speakers sound new again.

Cons: None

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Rob from Great Bend, KS on 5/28/2013

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Working real well with some speakers I purchased from another retailer. Have thought of upgrading the speakers.

Pros: Price and performance.

Cons: Having trouble getting the WiFi to work with the little thing in the USB port.

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KirstenJ from Schroeder, MN on 5/23/2013

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Purchased with the wifi adapter. Receiver meets or exceeds expectations for sound quality and met expectations for ease of setup. Excellent value but more importantly good sound quality (without replacing old floor speakers.)

Pros: Simplicity of design. Internet radio. Phono input.

Cons: Would have been nice if the wifi was built in and didn't require the adapter.

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Tim M from Santa Cruz, california on 5/22/2013

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Works as advertised.

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Rob S. from Greensboro, NC on 5/20/2013

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Purchased to replace an outdated receiver for use in a bedroom. All necessary functions, including dedicated phono input and USB port on front for iPod. Virtually silent (no humming sound, unlike unit it replaced). Reasonably intuitive remote. Very happy with this purchase.

Pros: Good value. Front USB port. Dedicated phono input.

Cons: No wi-fi. Ethernet connection for use with Web music services. (However, it's easy to stream Pandora, etc. through iPhone/iPod Touch.)

Quality product

Tom C from Glen Rock, NJ on 5/20/2013

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I purchased this on the recommendation of Crutchfield Advisor (thanks Lucy). I have a Denon AVR-1508 that we wanted to use for a home theater in our basement. I needed a receiver that wasn't a home theater, basic functions, phono input, iPod capable, etc. Set up was easy, firmware was up to date and the sound is better than the Denon (which I was using as a stereo receiver only). Be sure to download the Oremote app, it is worth the price. I can control the TX-8050 from anywhere my wifi reaches.

Pros: Crutchfield service (no surprise there), ease of setup, sound quality, price. A good receiver for those who don't need the home theater option.

Cons: None really. I would like a third set of speaker connections as I have 3 rooms with speakers. Easily solved with a speaker selector switch.

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R H from McLean, VA on 5/9/2013

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I am using it to deliver music to my backyard using Bose 151 SE speakers. It delivers the performance I expected.

Pros: Easy to set up and sounds good for 2.0 channel system BUT (see Cons)

Cons: The wireless function took me a little while to figure out.

Onkyo TX-8050 Workhorse !!

James D from Las Vegas, NV on 4/25/2013

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I bought this receiver to reside in my TV stand where it will be required to, process cable box audio, process streaming audio from the internet, process audio from an analog CD player and process audio from my off air HD video antenna. This receiver performs all of the above duties flawlessly. This is one very quiet receiver .. absolutely silent. The fidelity is exceptional, audio range excellent and the clarity is terrific. This unit makes an excellent stereo playback signal when wired to quality floor standing towers. This clean, extremely musical signal is backed up with plenty of power to easily fulfill any audio spikes that makes listening to music and movie soundtracks very dynamic. I would categorize this box as a Workhorse with real precision and style. The connectivity is the best I've ever seen in any stereo receiver. This is truly a stereo receiver for the modern age. One thing to be aware of ... this receiver will only process a PCM format signal from the optical inputs. I patched my cable box via an optical cord directly to this receiver, and the sound is fantastic. However, in order to export the audio from an off air HD signal, you must patch from the TV optical out .. so make sure that your Television optical out is switchable to a PCM format, otherwise no audio. I would consider this box a great value at $400.00 ... for under $300.00 it's a steal. I highly recommend this box .. It really is a dandy!

Pros: This box does it all very well .. And you can buy it for under $300.00

Cons: Absolutely none!

receiver great

Bill from Auburn ny on 4/18/2013

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It works better than I thought it would ,for the price ,you cant beat it.

Pros: sounds great

Cons: none

I'm in love!

Chas from Poconos on 4/14/2013

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It's hard to find a decent audio only receiver at a decent price. This fills the bill much to my liking. I got this for my garage & garden. Since I live out in the sticks, pulling in radio stations is limited. With this, I can receive Pandora and about 5 other internet services crystal clear without having to keep the computer on. Also, if you like you can pull in, just about any radio station in the world without signing up for anything. I absolutely love this receiver! My only negative is the lack of directions. You're pretty much left to yourself figuring out how to set it up for your internet services. Once you have it set up, you're done. Next time you turn it on; you don't have to set it up again. If you're somewhat competent with a computer, you will figure it out though.

Pros: Does exactly what I was looking for!

Cons: Lack of directions

Very good for the price

mgforshort from Orange County, CA on 4/8/2013

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I bought this to drive a pair of Polk Lsi15 (4 ohm) speakers. The hardest part was getting it out of the box, but ten minutes afterwards I heard the Polks. We also have a Yamaha home theater receiver, which was quite a burden to set up compared to this 2 channel only receiver. The sound quality is good, but these speakers will eventually need a much higher rated amplifier. As for the USB dongle, it was difficult to setup, the instructions are poor, and even once we got it working I found it hard to use, so it went back to Crutchfield. The receiver itself is very good, easy to use, and has many useful features without the unnecessary hassle of the 5 or 7 channel setup. I would buy another in a minute, but we have too much gear as it is.

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Louis from San Francisco on 3/22/2013

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This product was even better than the one I had before and needed to replace.

Pros: It has outlets for all of my devices.

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Great Product

Brian B from Austin, TX on 3/21/2013

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This product works great for me. I enjoy the internet streaming capabilities with this product as well as the ability to use the remote to control my ipod connected to it.

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JPL from CHS, SC on 3/7/2013

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I bought this receiver specifically for the ability to connect my iphone 4S via the USB port. I had been using RCA patchcords to connect to my old receiver which was far from ideal. An unexpected plus was that this new receiver's remote control actually works with the iphone 4S, which I did not expect. This eliminates the need for the optional ipod/iphone dock. I plan to download all of my music to flash drives to play via the receiver's USB port. This unit replaces a 14+ yr. old Onkyo that still works and sounds as good as the day I bought it from Crutchfield. I have not yet tried to stream any music (e.g. Pandora) via ethernet or wireless adaptor. All in all, this receiver is an excellent value for someone looking for a quality stereo (not A/V) receiver with lots of useful options.

Pros: Onkyo quality, USB port, input for turntable. Options for Pure, Direct and Enhanced processing of digital input. Very good FM tuner (much better than the receiver it replaced).

Cons: Markings for dials and knobs are next to impossible to read against the black background of the receiver. No switched electrical outlets on rear of receiver (for attaching powered antenna, etc.)

Great stereo receiver.

AlexV from San Juan,PR on 2/28/2013

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Previously, I had Harman Kardon stereo receivers, and I was pleased with the sound delivered. My decision to buy Onkyo was very rewarding because of the assistance of Crystal, from Crutchfield. Now my Bose 301 speakers really swing, with very good bass and treble. I am very happy with Onkyo.

Pros: Good FM reception, excellent sound.

Cons: None at this time.

Excellent Bargain

Ome Gé from Brussels, Belgium on 1/16/2013

Got it a week ago and finally found some time to get it out of the box ... easy set-up, not being an ICT expert, I was able to hook it up to my wireless home network in no time (using the wireless adapter via the usb-port) and listen to plenty of radio stations; downloaded the android app and again connected in just seconds :-) ! streaming works as it should. It takes a bit getting used to the two line display to set it up but once you've got the hang of it - no problem. The sound is already pretty impressive being hooked up to my old speakers; still awaiting delivery of my Focals 706v ... should be any day now, can't wait!

Pros: Good amp with enough power including network functionality at an affordable price!

Cons: Two line display - other than that, great thus far!

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Anonymous from Mpls, MN on 1/14/2013

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Does what I expected. One thing- I can't set the output to 8 ohms. Only 4 and 6. These are the two options in settings. Good, simple stereo receiver.

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daw from Rochester, MN on 1/14/2013

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Real nice unit for the price. It was recommended by the Crutchfield advisor based on the setup I have in place and turned out to be a great suggestion!

Pros: Excellent value for the price. Easy setup. More options for playing music than you could possibly need. Excellent sound. When combined with the wireless connector, many free internet music options as well as some for additional fee such as XM radio.

Cons: An equalizer would be a nice addition. Not a compact unit.

Not sure yet

BZM from st croix VIrgin Islands on 1/14/2013

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This unit was recommended as a replacement for a 110 RMS/channel Technics receiver which appeared to be failing. It has a few features that the Technics did not have like a USB input on the face. It is ok but presents 2 problems for me one more serious than the other. It appears underpowered to push a pair of original 901s which are power hogs but brilliant. the sound appears less brilliant now than it did with the 110 watt technic when it was working. I don't know if there is a good alternative but I am less than thrilled with the sound. Problem 2 is that these circa 1969 Bose come with an equlizer with no on/off switch that had plugged into the un-switched power receptacle built into the back of the Technic and its 2 predecessor amplifiers and receivers. the ONkyo does not have one so I am stuck with plugging and unplgging the equalizer into the power strip each time I use the unit.

Pros: convenient features

Cons: underpowered for this application and no electical power in plug

Good receiver but not for A/V

LarryO from Chattanooga, TN on 1/12/2013

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Good stereo receiver with lots of features for this price point. Note this is NOT a home-theatre system.

Pros: Onkyo reputation, lots of features, price.

Cons: Not suited for A/V

A welcome addition to my home

TomS from Hawaii on 1/10/2013

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First I have to give a disclaimer that I just got it set up last week so haven't had the time to figure out all it can do. But my initial impression was very good. It is a solid and beautifully crafted receiver and came well packaged with no damage whatsoever, which is remarkable given that it came via ground shipping across the country. It seemed like it took a while to get here but hey, it came all the way to Hawaii for FREE so no big deal. I have it connected to a pair of Bose 201's and it powers them well- clear and well balanced sound. I have also connected it to my HDTV via the optical connection and it sounds great for movies and games without having to find a place for 6 speakers and the wires to go with them. Keep in mind I have a small place and I'm going from TV only audio so it's perfect for me. I really like that with the gazillion inputs, features, and capabilities of this receiver, I can build my home audio system a little at a time as my budget allows, and with an emphasis on music not having an obnoxious home theater system. I only hope it survives for 25+ years like my Dad's old Onkyo, but with their quality, I'm sure it will. If you are reading this review, buy this receiver and you will NOT be disappointed! Thanks Crutchfield for your rock-solid service and support.

Pros: Tons of features and capability, great sound, solid quality

Cons: The only minor con is it is missing an aux input mini-jack for portable mp3 players

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Anonymous from Decatur, GA on 1/3/2013

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I called Crutchfield to let them know it was time to upgrade from my 16 year old Panasonic receiver. I purchased an Internet connected Panasonic TV a few years ago and had no way to send its audio through my old machine, as the TV outputs are only HDMI and optical digital. Crutchfield advised this Onkyo unit as I only wish to power 2 speakers. The box arrived promptly and, armed with an overpriced optical digital cable from my local "Shack," I set up the Onkyo. Loved the Internet radio. Other components (game system, CD player, DVD player) all worked fine. Had no trouble getting things running, except no sound from the TV. Turned off the TV speakers and reprogrammed the assignable optical port, as per instructions. No dice. Called Crutchfield, who advised I had done everything correctly. Finally invited some engineer friends over, who researched that the Onkyo is not compatible with Dolby sound, which is what my TV was sending out. I was left with no other choice but to return it and select a different device with HDMI ports. Crutchfield service was spectacular as usual. My recommendation to others considering this unit is to know its limitations. I appreciated its simplicity as I am not a major audio gearhead, but it turned out to be too simple (no HDMI) for my needs.

Pros: Simple, great Internet radio options, front USB port

Cons: Limited inputs and compatibility with some components

Solid Receiver

JeffT from Ann Arbor, MI on 12/30/2012

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Good solid receiver. Easy to set up. Plenty of options for input. I bought this primarily to listen to internet radio and play the music stored on my home server. The TX-8050 can do this just fine, but you end up using its tiny display. What we ultimately end up doing is plugging in an iPad via the dock or a phone or tablet via the analog inputs for easier control and navigation. The receiver drives a couple of Inifinity Primus P163 shelf speakers 60 ft. away in the living room and feeds another older Onkyo HT-R530 surround sound receiver in the TV room. The sound and the power are just fine for our purposes and you really don't notice the difference between the 8050's DAC vs. the using phone/tablet's.

Pros: Everything as advertised. Good, solid internet-ready receiver. Great price.

Cons: Small display.

Onkyo TX-8050

ROD from SANDHILLS, NC on 12/21/2012

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I purchased this internet-receiver exclusively to listen to internet radio on the recommendation of my adviser Rhonda. She certainly knows the equipment. I have had no problems with it and it is performing to my satisfaction. Way to go CRUTCHFIELD !!!

Pros: Everything great !

Cons: I have not found any !

perfection!

Joe L from Fond du Lac on 12/7/2012

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This exactly what I needed. I needed help with my purchase, and my advisor, Ann, was fantastic! I needed a reasonably priced receiver to listen to Pandora on in my small office.

Pros: Super easy set up. Great internet capability for the basic user.

Cons: The manual / website isn't as specific as it could be regarding setting product up with internet radio.

TX-8050

Rob from RI on 11/28/2012

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Very easy setup, plenty of watts for this old man. Even on Pandora was a snap.

Pros: Ease of setup and use.

Cons: None yet.

Onkyo TX-8050

John L. from Newark, DElaware on 11/25/2012

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A great simple stereo receiver. All I needed was something to play 2 pairs of speakers from Serious radio source. This unit is exactly what I wanted and it performs well.

Pros: Can be used without a remote control.

Cons: None

... and great FM reception!

RustyRedCab from Chicagoland on 11/24/2012

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This 8050 replaces an old dead amp the ran my five sets of speakers through a Niles speaker selector for the last 30 years. The 8050 set up fast, and does everything I wanted it to do -- which is not much. Crutchfield was helpful in pointing me to this for its clean power at 4 ohms. I took months and many chats before finally pulling the trigger. Figure we will mostly run music off an iPhone through iTunes and Pandora on the phone. (Location of the 8050 makes ethernet a pain and I don't real see the need for wifi since we have an old iPhone that we have dedicated to this baby). This 8050 is perfect for using a smart phone directly. I upgraded to Pandora One and the sound is very good. This system is mostly used by us for background music and not for careful discriminating listening. Even so, I can tell it drives my simple speakers very well and the sound is wonderful at low and high volumes. What I did not expect was wonderful FM reception. I simply plugged in the little white antennae and we get great reception. This was not possible with any radios or other receivers. Only or Tivoli radio gets reception -- until this wonder boy. I've tried fancy external antenna and even put a huge one in the basement -- all will limited to no success over the last 30 years. We are in a suburban dead zone for radio and cell phone reception. Now, this pulls in every station clean as can be. I loves me some NPR when cooking in the kitchen and enjoyed it for hours Thanksgiving morning

Pros: Clean power at 4 ohms lets you run a speaker selector with many pairs. More than enough power for 5 sets of speakers usb with direct control of your smartphone from the phone if you wish GREAT FM RECEPTION

Cons: if using wifi adaptor, you give up having a free usb port for your iPhone

Great in Home system

TE from Tupelo,MS on 11/20/2012

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Bought this to power a whole-house audio system. Six pair of speakers, run through a Niles speaker selector. I control it via the Onkyo Android App, and it works great. I have access to the music on my phone, on my computer, as well as internet and conventional radio. The setup, with the wi-fi adapter, was a snap, and I have the music I want anywhere in the house. A great bargain.

Pros: Easy setup. Lots of flexibility

Cons: a small point, but the speaker connectors are close together, making it a bit of a challenge to feed the wires in.

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gordon from gainesville georgia on 11/1/2012

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Its hard to find JUST a stereo receiver nowadays,most of what's available are a/v receivers with 5, 7 or even 9 channels of amplification.that being said this is a great received AND its net ready.this is a high current amp and its 100 watts per channel if you use 6 ohm speakers(80 per channel with 8 ohm speakers).this is just a really solid stereo receiver with great power and sound.remember to buy components suited to your needs and expectations,you don't need to buy 7 channels of amplification when u can get just the 2 ya need for almost half the price.crutch field service rocks by the way.

Pros: High current amp. Net ready. Half the price of fancy a/v receivers.

Cons: some people have said the dongle for net capability is hard to set up although I found it to be fairly intuitive and set it up easily.( now the wife and I do have pretty quick and modern high speed wireless internet so difficulty may vary between users).

Perfect for background music in business

chris2neikirk from norfolk, va on 10/10/2012

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We set this up in our new business and it is perfect. We can use the available onkyo app to control the inputs and can access our various online music accounts through the direct internet connection. We did not opt for the wireless connector but know that is an option if we ever need it.

Pros: Easy set up, direct internet input, wireless option

Cons: none

More Features and Performance For The Money

Scott H from Pisgah Forest, NC on 10/8/2012

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My first experience with a network receiver. I wasn't sure what to expect with both the set up and performance. With lots of phone calls for help from the folks at Crutchfield, I chose the Onkyo TX-8050. I was looking for a compact, yet powerful receiver that could power my Definitive outdoor speakers at the end of 100' of speaker wire as well as A & B selector to switch to my office speakers. Set up was pretty easy. Just read the directions. The sound to my Definitive speakers is great! The ability to connect to Sirius/XM, Pandora, Rhapsody, etc is much more valuable than I thought it would be. Just enter your account info and it's stored and ready to go next time you turn on your Onkyo. My wife loves it cuz it's simple and no need for other components. The only downside is that it won't network with my Mac. Only Windows PC's. Oh well. I connected directly to my Mac and can run iTunes through my DAC. Overall, for the money, this receiver is a great buy!

Pros: Great clean power. Lots of features. Compact size.

Cons: Doesn't network with Mac

Solid unit with extensive features

JeffS from Suffern, NY on 10/4/2012

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I needed a basic high quality receiver to use with an iPad/iPhone for music. The USB connection is a great feature since the DA converter in the Onkyo is superior to the headphone jack on the iPad/phone. Amazing how many features can be included for the price of this receiver. Real solid performer.

Pros: Solid value and performance

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Quality Sound

GRM from Lafayette, Louisiana on 10/2/2012

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I purchased the Onkyo TX-8050 to provide signals to four Polk Audio Atrium 7s in my outdoor patio. Sounds great. Nuff said.

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onkyo tx 8050 internet wifi stereo reciever.

big james from medina ohio on 9/18/2012

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i did alot of research before i bought my onkyo 8050 wifi stereo reciver...i couldnt find anybrand any where with these features for the money...i love this reciever..i needed a little help pairing my computer to the radio...crutchfield field walked me threw set up and how to use it with one phone call...im am way behind when it comes to technology and thier technician was very kind and patient with me...i think he went way above and beyond to get me started...once he walked me threw everything once it became a peice of cake to operate...i love my radio and tech help...i would recommend crutchfield to my own mom....onkyo 8050 tx wifi home stereo reciever blows doors on all the competition...and crutchfield customer service is as american as apple pie and baseball....they even check on me to offer their lifetime customer service tech help to make sure im happy and enjoying all the benefits that come with being a crutchfield customer...im am so blown away at how old school usa these guys are...dont believe me....call them and see for yourself...

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jake47 from Cape Cod, MA on 9/9/2012

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I got this receiver to replace an extremely old Pioneer. It is not being used to its full potential but I needed a good basic machine for routine everydday use in general living area (no high end or new audio equipment). Hook-up was straightforward with a fair description in the owner's manual. I am not a high-end audiophile! It is doing a great job and affords me more options than it is likely to be used for in its current location. Plenty of "room" for expansion.

Pros: Sounds great. The manual is reasonably descriptive. Provides plenty of options for hooking up most audio sources.

Cons: Labels on the face of the receiver are not very legible.

Good Unit

Bill from College Park, MD on 9/7/2012

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My 37-year old Marantz 2270 receiver died for the third time. Though I might get it repaired, I thought I'd better get something newer that would be more reliable. I didn't want to spend a lot, but I wanted quality. This seemed to be it. So far I like it very much. The cons I list are not very important.

Pros: The sound is good and it's easy to use and nice looking. It also picks up FM stations that I can't get on a more expensive AdCom tuner (though that might be due to location in my house).

Cons: The bass seems a litle weak, but that could be my speakers. I may have to get a subwoofer to boost it. The most perplexing thing is how insensitive the volume knob is to movement. You really have to crank it to incease or lower the volume. Quite strange, really, but not a problem. The printing on the face is impossible to read, so I referred to the booklet until I had the buttons and knobs memorized.

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Sally R from Las Vegas, NV on 8/26/2012

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This amp sounds great with the Polk Audio speakers, I thank Crutchfield for the recomendation of this amp.

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Anonymous from wassaic, ny on 8/17/2012

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Love this receiver

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So from Tempe, AZ on 8/13/2012

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Works Great! Easy to set up. Plenty of juice to power my small bookshelf speakers.

Pros: Great Sound!

Cons: none so far.

Took some getting use too!

Mickey from Norcross Ga. on 8/7/2012

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Well I was forced to buy something I was not sure I wanted. This was the only stereo receiver with both digital in for cd player and a phono input. It was replacing my 12 year old JVC which had all the inputs I wanted. I have a pair of CS99 Pioneer speakers I bought in 1975, and another pair of floor standing I bought in 1981. I have 4, 15 inch woofers. This receiver would not push or give me the bass I wanted. After talking to Crutchfield I added a sub woofer. I went with the same brand as the receiver. I added a head amp for my moving coil on my turntable. Results the best sound I have ever had!!They are not making receivers for us old school anymore. I wanted a Marantz but no digital input for the cd player.Crutchfield pointed me in this direction and I thank them for it.Happy again!!!

Pros: Killer sound!!

Cons: Tweak out the bugs

Perfect for what I need

Daytona from Thibodaux LA on 7/10/2012

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Was looking for outdoor kitchen/pool/patio tuner and this was perfect. Wanted something easy to plug into an iPhone to listen to Pandora and this tuner has an easy access point for that. It also is very easy to use the input nob to go from tunner, to USB, to Cable, etc. All you need to do is turn a nob vs. having to navigate through a menu. About to hook up my Niles SSVC-4 volume control box to run to the Klipsch Rock speakers to complete instalation.

Pros: Price Ease of Use with input selector Ease of connecting to iPhone/iPod

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Good Simple Receiver

Jeremy D from Fresno, CA on 5/26/2012

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I wanted a simple receiver purely for listening to music on some Polk Monitor 7s and not some huge thing with 15 source inputs, more logos and tech plastered on it than a Formula 1 car and a price to match. I was considering a used vintage receiver but then I found this and decided a remote control and network ability would be worth the loss of vintage style(big aluminum knobs, wood, etc.). It looks nice even though the knobs aren't actually metal but plastic with the swirls to look like machined metal. It seems to drive my speakers well with good sound, though I don't listen to it especially loudly. I don't have a home network built yet so I can't talk about the network functionality though I have used my iPod with it and it works well even considering you have to navigate using the small screen on the receiver. You can also use the iPod's interface to play music but I haven't needed to do that since that would mean getting out of my chair! I have connected my Onkyo DVD(DV-SP502) player to it (for CDs, not DVDs) and had hoped to be able to use the Onkyo remote control system to control the DVD player with the receiver's remote control. I haven't been able to make the remote work but I can use the face controls on the DVD player and the receiver automatically turns on and changes to the DVD players input which is neat/convenient. I updated the receiver's firmware first thing out of the box and it went surprisingly smoothly.

Pros: Simple and elegant looks and design, value priced with features of more expensive units

Cons: Lettering on face is grey and not highly visible, no built in wireless network capability(have to buy an add-on), knobs are metal-looking plastic

Quite Pleased!

Jane from Vermont on 5/21/2012

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Having "lost" a tuner/amp from the 1970's, I was in need of a replacement. I found the reviews of this unit quite helpful. I also appreciate Crutchfield's fine and COMPLETE specs, diagrams, etc VERY helpful. The tuner arrived quickly and was easy to "install". I am pleased with the "open box" pricing, too! Everything "works" as advertised and the sound is GREAT! Does a fine job of picking up antenna-fed FM in a rural area.

Pros: Adequate inputs/outputs. Fine instruction manuals. I like the remote (w/MUTE!) Just what I needed.

Cons: None so far.

TX-8050

Charlie from Winchester, Va on 5/21/2012

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I think this one is great! I had to replace a twenty year old version of something similar. Boy what an advancement! Very user friendly if and only if you read the instruction book. It has a lot of features that you might not look for unless you knew they were there hiding. Make sure you do. this thing is custom made for any audiophile! I have all bose speakers so the sound reproduction is spectacular! Can't beat it!

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Eric from Durant Ok on 5/21/2012

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Installed this receiver to run 2 sets of Yamaha outdoor speakers for our outdoor kitchen. Wow, it sounds great! Easy connection, and easy to use. Highly recommend!

Pros: Easy to set up, easy to use

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Sound for ogur deck and pool

Joe O from North Carolina on 5/16/2012

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Great sounding receiver. Use it with my ipod classic and iphone. Speakers are a ways away but still get good sound and volume. I would recommend.

Pros: Good sound and extended mode allows for remote control of ipod and iphone.

Cons: Could always be louder.

Get It Before It's Gone!

KennethL from Lubbock, TX on 5/4/2012

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This reciever is a great deal, depending on what you need. If you're all about the home theater experience, walk on. This receiver isn't made for that. There's not even an HDMI connection, although you will find a basic monitor out jack for video. But if your focus is music, you can't find a better receiver for twice the price. Love vinyl? There's a phono input! How rare is that at this price point? Like digital? You get a USB port for a flash drive or your iPod. Best of all, you can stream internet radio and use your PC as a music server. And, you can control it all with an app on your phone. This is last year's model; when they're gone, they're gone. And at this price, I'm surprised there are any left!

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Ok but...

Tim from Atlanta, GA on 5/4/2012

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Middle of the road overall. Sound is very good. Using it to power an existing whole house audio system. I specifically ordered this based on the iPhone remote capability. The iPhone App is very poor. Limited use. Wish it was more Apple-like! Bright spot- Crutchfield service is outstanding! Ask for Lucy.

Pros: It's black.

Cons: iPhone app is next to useless. Onkyo can do better than that. Labels are hard to read for anyone over 30.

Great Reciever But No Processor Loop

David H from Chicago, IL on 4/28/2012

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I was intrigued by the Onkyo for it's network jack and the wealth of digital media that went with it. So I ordered it. When it arrived I went to hook up my external EQ to color the sound to my preference by connecting it to the tape monitor jacks. Well I quickly discovered my EQ made no difference to the music because unlike my previous receiver with a mechanical tape monitor switch this was an electronic tape monitor that would not act as a processor loop to engage my EQ. Bummer. Mom always said when life gives you lemons, make lemonade! As I was packing up the receiver to return it I discovered the Onkyo had on the back a preamp and zone 2 low level outputs. I read the manual and discovered that if I came off the zone 2 output I could run that through my EQ. Fortunately I had a spare amp to receive the output off the EQ and then drive my speakers. What is really cool is I can still use the Onkyo internal amp to run another pair of speakers which another reason why I bought the Onkyo to have an A and B set of speakers. Then I downloaded the Onkyo iPhone app. This lets me individually control the volume of each set of speakers for the right amount of level control. This is something I couldn't do utilizing the A and B on the Onkyo since the two pairs of speakers I use have different sensitivity levels. I realize this configuration requires an additional amp

Pros: Zone 2 Output

Cons: No Processor Loop

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EdP from Pittsburgh, PA on 4/28/2012

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Recently replaced an older Sony receiver with the Onkyo. First off, the sound that this unit produces was noticeably better than my old Sony receiver. The unit was a breeze to connect to the Internet. I was listening to Pandora within 30 minutes of putting unit in its place and wiring it into my other components. Sirius/XM was next. Again, no problems whatsoever. I also added Onkyo's dock for my iPod. Again, very quick to set up and use. And, I like that I can control my iPod via the unit's remote control. Overall, I am extremely pleased with this purchase. A great buy!

Pros: Easy of set up. Great sound!

Cons: Haven't found anything I don't like yet!

Onkyo 8050 Receiver

Jim from Towson, MD on 4/14/2012

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Crutchfield service has been excellent; quick delivery and customer service reps have been responsive. I am very satisfied with the new receiver's power and tonal quality. Front face plate is very difficult to read (pale print) but remote compensates for that. I bought this model because of it's many inputs; phono, tape, CD and internet. Unfortunately I have not been susessful in making an internet connection; directions have not been helpful for a non-techie. If that had worked, I would have rated this unit higher.

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Mike from Earleville MD on 4/12/2012

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The unit works very well, wireless reception excellent, with a few delays in reception here and there. It has plenty of power to drive our large custom made speakers, and the sound quality is what we hoped for. The other functions, such as CD playing, FM radio and TV sound also work well.

Pros: Easy to hook up and use when you get used to the complicated internet radio commands

Cons: It took us weeks of frustrating effort to get the internet radio system working. We gave up with Crutchfield techies and went to Onkyo for help in navigating the complicated set procedures.

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Since 1977 from Roanoke, Va on 4/3/2012

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Great receiver, at a great price. Has a few features I don't need, BUT all those that I wanted. This is replacing my Crutchfield Pioneer 1010.

Pros: Rotary bass/treble controls. Output power. Sleep, dim and muting features.

Cons: Rcvr sensitivity. Presets not push-button.

Just what I was looking for

Dan S. from Charleston, SC on 3/31/2012

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I have recently gotten hooked on Pandora, and have been using an Ipod to interface to a stereo system in my downstairs study. When I decided to add a system in the bedroom, I wanted a receiver that could connect seamlessly with my existing home network for Pandora listening. Onkyo's TX-8050 seemed to be just what I was looking for, and the price was right. I was a bit concerned about connecting to the network, but it was not a problem. I did have to make a couple of calls to the Crutchfield tech staff, but afterwards I discovered a separate instruction booklet that I think would have answered all my questions. Once the receiver was connected to the Internet, I just had to enter my my email address and Pandora password (this takes a little while) in order to easily access my Pandora stations. I'm using this receiver with a couple of very old, but reconditioned AR bookshelf speakers and a 12" powered subwoofer. The other audio sources are a Denon cassette deck (yeah, I know), and a Cambridge Audio CD player. Whatever the source, the sound is absolutely superb. I am extremely pleased with this purchase and would recommend this receiver without hesitation.

Pros: Whether it's Internet radio or more conventional sources, this receiver has plenty of good, clean power and excellent sound. The remote control is well designed. Very nice display of Pandora artist and song info.

Cons: Connecting to the home network is a bit tricky, but if I can do it, anyone should be able to. Crutchfield's excellent tech support folks will help you out in a jam.

Onkyo TX 8050 Receiver

Bobbyd from Boston, MA on 3/31/2012

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I set up the receiver and connected it to my IPOD. It took a bit to get used to the menus on the receiver but the sound was great and fairly intuitive to navigate. Then I connected it to the internet. Again took awhile to get the hang of navigation but once down it was easy. I love being able to listen to my digital music through the receiver. It has also added a whole new dimension from watching TV. I would totally recommend this receiver. It is a great value at the price and performance.

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Bob B from Troy, NY on 3/27/2012

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So far so good. I haven't tried the internet connection yet so I can't comment on that. Sound is fine, plenty of inputs and outputs for my needs. I like the fact that I can hook up a cassette deck and DVD recorder with both IN and OUT connections. It's your basic 2 channel stereo receiver with a few cool bells and whistles. A few minor "cons" - see below. Just what I was looking for at good price.

Pros: Price, connectivity, sound

Cons: no tape monitor - of little concern since I rarely record anything onto tape anymore. No power outlet(s) especially switched ones - so now I need to remember to turn off the assessory components I'm using - eg: CD player.

Onkyo TX-8050 AM/FM/Internet radio receiver

Robert L from Owensboro, KY on 3/3/2012

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Hard decision on a four star vs. five star. As background, we had problems with wiring on old system. We listen primarily to college internet stations, with PC wired into receiver and house intercom. A wonderfully informed Crutchfield person recommended the wifi Onkyo TX8050. Overall, we are quite happy with our new receiver and esp. with Crutchfield. I'm now able to pick up favorite stations with a quality sound. On the downside (thus 4 star): Setup problems: -experienced major difficulty programming the stations. Spent hours with three different Crutchfield reps. Wonderful people but sessions were not complete. Rep knowledge = excellent for initial setup, but not final Onkyo vtuner programming. Last rep wisely sent us to Onkyo, who walked us through the final programming. Bottom line, manual not written for non-techies (we had no problem with the flat screen, video receiver, and sound surround from Crutchfield) Current problems: -receive a fair amount of distortion when playing at moderately high volume, especially when listening to station archives. assume we will explore with Onkyo. -several controls tiny & difficult to see. -volume control has to be turned so far to achieve a noticeable difference (same as our Onkyo video receiver, also from Crutchfield). -didn't understand that main speakers and house intercom would no longer be in sync, due to wifi rather than direct wiring.

Pros: good sound, receive all my favorite internet stations without the difficult rewiring needed by old system, Crutchfield support

Cons: small controls and labeling difficult for old eyes (hey, old folks still thrive on music), difficult for non-techies to finalize internet stations

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TestEngineer from Watertown, CT on 3/1/2012

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We use this receiver in a home-office to stream Sirius radio stations. I have connected two Polk bookshelf speakers. The streaming radio performance is good (cable-modem). No streaming dropouts yet. The receivers WEB interface was poor. You can only do a few things with it. Manual doesn't cover the URL entries for the network radio stations. However you must load the iPOD/iPAD app that is available from Onkyo available via iTunes. Very simple to use and good graphics. This receiver can receive streaming from Windows Media player (DNLS support). No iTunes support.

Pros: Good sound, simple F/P controls. Available iPOD/iPAD application.

Cons: Menus are slow for the network stations. The user must select, than wait a few secs before going to the next item. Also if you use the iPOD app to control the receiver, don't use the F/P menu buttons. From what I can tell, the iPOD app does not track F/P actions, so the application gets confused (doesn't work). Just use one or the other, but not both.

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RobertW from Dix Hills, NY on 2/24/2012

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Great Sound. The USB port adapted easily to my iPad and iPhone. The hand held remote controlled the iPad and switched between albums with no problem. Very pleased with the unit and the correspondence before the order was placed.

Pros: Easy to set up and great sound.

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Good fit, great options

Stephen B. from Houston, Texas on 2/10/2012

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Good fit for what we wanted. The internet radio feature is new to us and has been a real pleasure to listen to. A little diificult to set up, but the Crutchfield technical support group answered all of our questions and got us on the road to enjoying our music quickly. We like the knobs instead of ther more hidden controls of other manufaxturers

Pros: Interent radio, knob controls, ease of connecting speakers and components

Cons: Slow learning curve for internet radio set up

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The Builder from ORLANDO FL USA on 2/10/2012

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This receiver is great if you just want great sound and basics for listening. I know it does not have HDMI connectors but then again folks its not an AV switcher. This is what basic AMPs use to be back in the day. You do get a BONUS FEATURE !! The internet access to the Online Music like Pandora in my case. I also like A and B speaker switches for my indoor and outdoor speakers. The unit has good performance sound and very nice all round.

Pros: Good Layout, Features, and Design.

Cons: The internet setup for online radio can be a little cryptic but once you figure out what the settings are suppose to do then its easy and works fine.

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Allan C from Lakewood, CO on 1/23/2012

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Very good sound. Like digital controls. Replaces older Onkoy receiver.

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Richard from St. Petersburg, Fl on 1/18/2012

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The unit was simple to use after the initial download and set up.

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Hot Tamale!

William from Cincinnati, OH on 12/26/2011

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I purchased this receiver to replace my beloved 18 year old HK3400 stereo receiver, I am using it for my distributed home audio through 4 sets of speakers, it plays loud and clear all day long, and the internet streaming is right on the money - it took me a few minutes to figure out how to use it with my Sirius and Pandora accounts but now I am as happy as a pig in mud with the product's performance and features - I needed a good quality, feature-packed stereo receiver for this job - Onkyo wasn't my first choice, but the product has exceeded my expectations. I may make Onkyo first choice for the next project.

Pros: The internet capabilities, the iPhone app, great quality

Cons: Nothing yet

Just what I was waiting for

Bill from Erie PA on 11/26/2011

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Was looking for a good quality receiver with internet but with only 2 speakers to be used in a shop, just the ticket. Pandora works even better than on the computer, it doesn't stop every hour to say, 'are you still listening'. Also, it offers internet stations that are in the immediate area that I didn't even know were avaliable, good thing as the reception where I am is not that great. I waited awhile to rate it, as I was not sure it was going to work out, as everytime I plugged it int my router (Netgear FVG 318) it seemed to choke my other bandwidth down to nothing, and eventually the router stopped and I got a replacement. It still acted funny, and I would have to unplug it to make everything else work. Finally I just left it plugged in, and eventually everything evened out. I think it is a strange router, probably nothing much to do with the 8050. Bottom line, I like it. But I could like it just as much for half the price.

Pros: Has only 2 speakers, not 7 that would not be used. Pandora works even better than on the computer. Internet Interface friendlier than on my Pioneer 1020 at home.

Cons: I am surprised they don't have a graphical display on this, even cheap car radios do. A little cumbersome navigating with 70's style alpha-numeric.

Awesome Receiver

Smoove-J from Seattle on 10/12/2011

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This receiver has exceeded my expectations. Build quality is high, the Internet and network connectivity works very well, and the sound quality is excellent. Pandora sounds great and network streaming works superbly. Although iTunes support would have been a bonus, I can't fault it for that. I definitely feel like I got my money's worth, and I just hope it lasts as long as my last receiver (17 years and counting)

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Onkyo TX-8050

Don from West Chester, PA on 9/22/2011

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I ordered my TX-8050 on day-1 and received it on day-2! Assembly and set-up were fast and easy (good manual). I also ordered the USB adapter so I could listen to Pandora Radio. That's where the fun began! I could not get the adapter to recognize my router. After 3 calls to Tech Support I finally got it right. Tech Support was great, by the way (I was the dummy). Turns out I had to do a firmware update then reset the receiver. I now have Pandora playing throughout the house on a great sound system.

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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 ModeDescription
StereoSound is output by the front left & right speakers, plus subwoofer with tone control.
Music OptimizerThe 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
DirectIn 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 AudioIn 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.
MonoUse 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 ServiceDescription
vTunervTuner 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.
PandoraPandora 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.
RhapsodyRhapsody 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.
SlackerSlacker 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 ModelGenerationTested VersionMedia TypeControl TypeDisplay TypeCharge
AudioVideoRemoteiPod/iPhoneAlbum ArtArtist/Song TextTrack Info
video 5th1.3YNYNYYYY
classic 80GB1.1.2Y NYYYYYY
120GB2.0.1YNYYYYYY
160GB2.0.4YNYYYYYY
nano 1st1.3.1YNYNYYYY
2nd1.1.3YNYYYYYY
3rd1.1.3YNYYYYYY
4th1.0.4YNYYYYYY
5th1.0.2YNYYYYYY
6th1.2 PCYNYYYYYY
7th1.02 PCYNYYYYYY
touch1st2.2.1YNYYYYYY
2nd4.2.1YNYYYYYY
3rd5.1.1YNYYYYYY
4th6.0.1YNYYYYYY
5th7.0YNYYYYYY
iPhone2G3.1.3YNYYYYYY
3G4.2.1YNYYYYYY
3GS5.1.1YNYYYYYY
47.0YNYYYYYY
4S7.0YNYYYYYY
57.0YNYYYYYY
5C7.0YNYYYYYY
5S7.0YNYYYYYY
iPad15.1.1YNYYYYYN
27.0YNYYYYYN
37.0YNYYYYYN
47.0YNYYYYYN
mini7.0YNYYYYYY
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 PROVIDESMIKE[ 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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