Onkyo TX-8255 - A simple solution

OK so you've been looking for a solution for just music playback and you could care less about all the cost or mess of features receivers bring with them.  "What the hell do I need all this $hit for? All I want to do is listen to music off my iPod or Mp3 player or my computer and/or basic television.  I don't need all these expenses." 

Well, I've devised a simple, solid solution for those of you don't require everything when you pay for when your reciever has HDMI, video features and all the bells and whistles.

The Onkyo TX-8255 was made for audio enthusiasts who want great stereo sound but don't need all the bells and whistles of a home theater model. It's perfect for those looking for that simple solution with a couple speakers and no subwoofer. And Onkyo's rock-solid construction and careful attention to detail ensure that your sound stays pure, powerful, and dynamic at all times.

Exceptional build quality

At the heart of the '8255's impressive performance is Onkyo's renowned low-impedance amplifier design. Its oversized, shielded transformer provides maximum power capacity and stability while minimizing hum. An efficient heavy-duty extruded aluminum heat sink ensures cooler operation and longer life from your receiver. Plus the rigid, reinforced chassis and aluminum front panel fight performance-robbing vibration. These thoughtful design touches enable the receiver to drive your speakers with ease, for stellar sound you'll enjoy for years to come.

Versatile, convenient, and iPod® compatible
The '8255 provides plenty of inputs for all of your audio gear. You can connect up to six components, including a turntable. The built-in AM/FM tuner features 40 presets for all your favorite radio stations, plus direct access tuning to quickly jump to a specific frequency. Two sets of main speaker outputs let you connect an additional pair of speakers. Plus, you can add Onkyo DS-A4 Remote Interactive Dock for iPod/iPhone (Black) to enjoy listening to tunes on your iPod® through your stereo system. You can even use the receiver's handy remote to control your iPod while it's docked.


  • 50 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
  • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • compatible with Onkyo's iPod/Iphone dock
  • 6 audio inputs (including phono)
  • 40 AM/FM presets with station naming
  • direct access tuning
  • rotary bass, treble, and balance controls
  • remote control
  • headphone jack
  • front-panel switching for two pairs of main speakers
  • banana-plug compatible binding post speaker connectors
  • anti-resonant aluminum front panel
  • high-current, low-impedance amplifier design
  • oversized power transformer, filter capacitors, and heat sink
  • sleep timer
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-7/8"H x 13-13/16"D
  • weight: 17 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years

From the manufacturer:
With its continued excellence in sound reproduction, Onkyo has once again created a versatile stereo receiver for the music lover in you. The TX-8255 stereo receiver offers superb functionality and dual-room capability that will be hard to match. Onkyo exclusives like Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT), discrete output stage circuitry, massive power transformer, and heavy-duty extruded heat sink offer the cleanest signal on the market. Most of the receiver's audio processing is handled automatically, with little intervention on your part. However, it is so advanced; its discrete output reproduces music with unmatched sonic clarity and dynamic power.

This receiver features a high-end design approach encompassing everything from its massive power transformer design and high-current, low-impedance drive to discrete output circuitry and minimal use of negative feedback. This enables the receiver to combine tighter bass, superb transient response and enhanced presence at any volume level. Remote Interactive (RI) capability enables you to simply connect your iPod to your receiver through Onkyo's RI Dock option for the iPod (DS-A2). Your iPod effectively becomes another Onkyo component flowing through the TX-8255.

Now keep in mind.  This is a barebones system with no subwoofer.  It will appeal to those who just want to play music and don't require or want a subwoofer due to noise constraints.  Most music people listen to is generally 2 channel audio so this system will play your audio beautifully without all the extra noise of speakers, connections etc.

The inability to add a subwoofer creates a gap in the lower frequencies of sound.  Woofer size is one of the main considerations in creating lower frequencies.  As a result, I would recommend choosing bigger woofers and/or ported speakers.

Below are some choices of good speakers to pair with this reciever:

Sony SS-B1000 5-1/4-Inch Bookshelf Speakers (Pair)

Sony SSF-5000 Floor Standing 3-way Speaker (Pair)
Now I'm not the biggest fan of Sony speakers but these will do the job, they are extremely affordable and they will accommodate a wider range of frequencies.  I would recommend you use speakers like these.  They are three way speakers that will provide a wider range of frequencies and in turn better sound for a wider variety of music.

Polk Audio Monitor 40 AM4025-A 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers (Pair, Black)
Infinity Primus P163BK Two-way 6 1/2-Inch Bookshelf/Satellite Speaker (Black, Each)

JBL Studio 130 4-Inch Bookshelf Loudspeaker (Pair, Black)

Polk Audio Monitor 50 AM5025-A 2-Way Floorstanding Speaker (Single, Black)
or the same model, newer version(about $100 more):
Polk Audio TSi300 Floorstanding Speaker (Single, Black)

Once you add a nice pair of speakers......Just sit back and enjoy!