Originally Posted by climber07
They haven't sold Onkyo because they are biasing the customers. Onkyo really hasn't had any higher failure rates than most other manufacturers in the past few years. I'd say from the 1009/3009/5009 timeframe and forward. The recent versions of Onkyo's don't have the high failure rates of the past models. Most were HDMI board failures and were replaced in and out of warranty.
Don't get me wrong, Onkyo had a bad run. Every major company has their issues.
Yamaha makes some good receivers too, but Audyssey was the selling point for the Onkyo. YPAO is okay, but I don't care much for it. It seems a little basic. You will be happy with either, but you may have that nagging question of "what if I had Audyssey MultEQ XT32" in the back of your mind...
You have to take the good and the bad. Talk to some more Onkyo owners, visit some review sites from consumers (Amazon, NewEgg, Crutchfield) and take the top and bottom ten percent and ignore them. The rest are probably fairly accurate.
Climber, I have not given up on the 1010, like I said I still have a 8 or 9 year Onkyo that performs flawlessly, well that's when they were made in Japan tho. I still like Onkyo especially the TX-NR1010, has everything I need, beefy amp section, really good phono stage (a rare thing) these days, and all the bells and whistles and top of the line Audyssey XT32 SUB EQ HT and weighs a lot, that matters to me I don't why but I think weight denotes power. I also have an in with the regional Onkyo repair center rep in Newark NJ
. I had problems with my last Onkyo receiver I bought from Amazon when Onkyo posted on their site the defective models with corresponding serial numbers and Amazon kept sending the defective model with the serial # that denoting it being defective. I got to the bottom of my problem with this person from Onkyo, instead of sending it back to Amazon so they could the same thing over again, she told me to send it to her and exchanged it for a good serial # and buhrned it in for five days prior to shipping back to me, free of course, Amazon ended up giving me a 30% discount for my troubles, all they had to do was look at the box and cross reference the serial # and send one that didn't match, they couldn't even do that. Another thing Onkyo sells more receivers than anyone so naturally they may have a higher % of problems. You are right the fix was easy just like you said involving HDMI and transistor boards. So I'm saying I'm not giving up on that 1010, I just can't get the discount I could with Yamaha, Marantz or Pioneer.
On a side not I have my four XV15SEs stacked in the R&L front corners, will calibrate tomorrow and get back.