Originally Posted by Megalith
Just as I thought...I think I'll wait for H/K's next line of receivers.
If a receiver doesn't sound good at flat EQ, then it doesn't sound good at all.
That's why they make so many different receivers...so we have a choice. I will say the test you propose, short of being in an anechoic chamber, means absolutely nothing. No receiiver can deliver to a listener a flat response in a "real" environment without adjustment..not possible. Worshipping a flat set of EQ adjustments is both short sighted, if not delusional.
Every environment, short of an anechoic chamber has reflections. Reflections add or subtract at the listener's sitting position, resulting in a non-flat environmental response. If flat EQ is your goal, then you must adjust for it using a spectrum analyzer, or similarly sophisticated equipment.
What most experienced people do without a spectrum analyzer is adjust to their personal listening preferences. If one can't find settings that please one's ear, that's the time to fault the receiver and move on. Arbitrarily refusing to adjust EQ to compensate for environmental variables is ....well...silly.
Now, if you meant setting the receiver's EQ so you DO get a flat response at the listening position, and THEN you don't like it, I agree...it's time for a different receiver. However, I didn't get that from the summary assertion quoted above. If that's what you "really" meant to say, please ignore my ravings.
I found my 605 to sound exquisite using the opera "The Barber of Seville", which is fairly demanding on the issues of transparency, clarity and transient response. I have other test tracks where vocal articulation is extraordinarily demanding and the 605 does a beautiful job on those tracks.
I must admit, I don't listen to head banging, butt thumping, voice screeching rock and roll. I have no idea how the 605 sounds with that as source material. I don't play games. I don't have an HD DVD player, nor am I interested in one.
I am very pleased with the audio quality and output power of the 605. It drives my MagnaPans to a loud but comfortable output level at a setting of 60 to 65. My Paradigm center channel and home brew (spectrum analyzer tuned) rear towers do a terrific job, along with a 200w powered subwoofer.
I am very pleased with the menu features and setup. I didn't need the manual for any of the setup, including hooking up an HDMI Sat Receiver, DVD (DVI) Upconverting Player, DVD/Hard Disk Recorder (Component/Optical), DVD/MP3 (Optical) player, an old S-VHS VCR, or my Sammy HL-R5667W HDTV.
The HDMI I/O switching and upconversion work perfectly for me. (720p)
The automatic DD 5.1 speaker adjustment (with Onkyo supplied microphone) is astoundingly good. I couldn't believe how accurate it was.
In short, it does everything I want and need it to do, and it does it very well. The reasonable price was a big plus.
It does run WAY TOO HOT for my taste. It runs warmer than any other piece of consumer electronic gear I currently or previously have owned over a 40 year period. A simple fan (see my other posts) takes care of that issue for me.
As always, it pays to understand one's needs before buying...and as far as the HD player issues go, I'd say two words: EARLY ADOPTER.
Been there, done that.
If one's needs are for a moderately priced 5.1 system without HD DVD and playing games, then the 605 is a fine choice. The further you go up the audio/video requirement chain with game boxes, HD/DVD, 7.1 requirements, etc., the more one is vulnerable to early adopter problems, no matter what receiver one is contemplating. Do your homework! CAVEAT EMPTOR