Onkyo TS-SR608 - Affordable Home Theater Receivers

Im seeing a lot of comments relating to the confusing appearance of the setup portion of a Home Theater System.  I did a post a while back that may simplify this misconception.  Check it out

As requested here is the Onkyo TS-SR608.
It really does appear as though the market for home theater has caused manufacturers to really give you your money`s worth these days.  Onkyo is a Japanese manufacturer.  The name translates as `Sound Harmony`.  I really don`t know how long they`ve been producing hardware in North America but the company started in 1946.  They`ve really only broken out on the market in the last 10 years if I remember correctly.  In that period of time they have been a solid option for true power `bang for your buck` hardware. 
This Onkyo TS-SR608 would be considered entry level to a mid level receiver.

As you can see.  It isn`t so obvious that this is an entry level receiver.  Now this is a 7.2 receiver that runs 7 channels at 100wpc RMS. For an explanation for RMS or true power just check this old post out.

This receiver does have a solid array of features.  It decode has everything you will require for some.

 As a THX certified receiver it does provide you with an extra that many in this range don`t.  It also decodes Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD High-Resolution Audio, Dolby Pro-Logic IIz.


It has 6 of the latest HDMI ver1.4a inputs(thats right 6), one input being on the front.  1.4a HDMI makes the receiver 3D capable.  There are 2 component video inputs and 4 sets of composite video inputs. It also has a Universal Port and input port for SIRIUS satellite Radio. Onkyo currently offers an optional iPod dock and an HD Radio receiver for the Universal port. There’s an analog RGB video input for connecting your PC.  (Onkyo still uses the Faroudja processor for upconversion of video, including analog sources).  A full set of color coded speaker terminals occupy the right half plus an additional set of speaker outputs for the 2nd zone.  There are no multi channel analog inputs and no pre-outs.

Onkyo uses the Audyssey mic system.  Audyssey and Dolby offers new ways to set up the speakers in your home theater system. Audyssey DSX lets you incorporate “front wide” speakers in place of the usual surround back speakers, allowing you to expand the width of the soundstage.  The mic also allows configuration of room size, speaker distance..etc in relation to listening position.  All receivers come with this sort of mic calibration system and some are better than others.  I have used the Audyssey system and it is one of the better ones.  However, it is important to understand.  It is a beginning.  Chances are after running this system it will take time and listening to adjust settings to your ear.

All and all this is an excellent receiver for a beginner or an audiophile who has been in to home theater for a while and has a limited budget.  Personally, I always look at the investment side and it is a futureproof product that won`t require upgrades for some time(costing more money).  While it does have everything most people will require and ample True Power it uses Onkyo`s proprietary Universal Port (U-port) for connecting HD Radio and the optional iPod Dock.  Adding these two features will run you in the range of about $250.  The wireless ability to you use Bluetooth connections with the DAC would be an added feature I would have liked to see.  I would have also liked to see network capability.  I`ve seen on other products in this price range that include both these features.  But I like to have my cake and eat it too. For just under $400 though, who can complain, I`ll just buy a cake with the change.

Im seeing a lot of comments relating to the confusing appearance of the setup portion of a Home Theater System.  I did a post a while back that may simplify this misconception.  Check it out
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Initially previous Onkyo`s were plagued with overheating problems and it appears they have taken this into consideration by integrating a large heat sink and a good sized fan about 5″ in diameter just below the top grill keeping the receiver cool.