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Onkyo TX-NR818 Reviews

sonic debauchery

LOTS OF SURPRISES, FEW TRADE OFFS, ONKYO'S TX-NR 818

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Pros: BUILD, FEATURE SET, AUDYSSEY XT32, THX CERTIFIED, 3D, NUANCED SOUND, VALUE

Cons: REMOTE NOT BACK LIT, NO AUDYSSEY SUB EQ HT, NO GAPLESS PLAYBACK, NO WIRELESS CAPABILITY WITHOUT DONGLE.

LOTS OF SURPRISES, FEW TRADE OFFS ONKYO'S TX-NR818 I have owned the Onkyo TX-NR818 7.2 Channel Receiver for 6 months, it replaced a Denon 3808. I am using the 818 with Goldenear Triton 2's L/R, SS50C, Mirage OS1's X4, Mirage Omnisat Prestige X2, Monoprice in ceiling speakers, Belkin Power Conditioner PF30 and Sony S790 Bluray Player with Power Sound Audio XS 30 Dual Opposing 15 inch Subwoofer. Here is what i found......I am using the 818 in a 2316 cubic foot theater. I usually like to own a new piece of gear for about a few months before I give my opinion so I can get to know its strengths and its quirks. With the 818 here is what I found...... There is a lot of high end for a mid...
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bclarkeva

Onkyo TX-NR818 - Best Combination of features at a moderate price

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Pros: High Power, 7.1, Audessy, HDMI

Cons: non-intuitive manual, non-backlighted remote

Bought this receiver last Black Friday (2012) replacing a Denon 3803. I wanted a bit more than the Denon's 110 WPC, and HDMI, and Audessy XT32. Paid about $699 which was a great deal. Using it in 6.1 configuration with Legacy Signature 3s and Silver Screen center, and Celestion 100s in the back. This was one of the best buys I've made over several years in the home theater hobby. Everything works well on this unit - though to figure out how best to use it I've spent a lot of time on AVS Forums and other sources as the manual is not clearly laid out. It tells you everything you can do with the unit but it doesn't tell you why you would want to use one setting over another. I do with...
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herushan

Great receiver for the price

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Pros: Features for the price, Audyssey XT32, and easy setup

Cons: HDMI board may have issues and no included WiFi dongle

This is my first receiver so not much to compare to, but it is a great first receiver. I have owned this receiver for almost a year now and it has been wonderful to use and setup. I did a lot of research before buying this receiver and it had many great things like Audyssey XT32, 4K, and dual sub-woofer capability that usually you have to pay more for. That was enough to make me buy this over the Denon I was originally wanting, so far happy with my decision. I also like how you can dim the LCD and that the universal remote is mostly functional with other equipment. It does a good job at giving you the basics for your other devices. Audyssey XT32 does a good job with my KEF speakers...
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wtxgringo

Hefty hefty hefty

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Pros: Looks, ease of use, functionality

Cons: Lack of DTS decoding for music; future reliability?

Upgraded to the 818 from an HT-RC180 & can't really say if this sounds any better or not. After set up & running all 8 positions in Audyssey using a boom mic stand, listened to some of my fav cds/songs & since they were so familiar to me on the 180, not sure really what I expected but from all the glowing reviews etc, I guess I thought XT32 was going to make my speakers (Polk RTi A series) sound so much better than they do/did with the 180, & it just didn't happen. The music does sound a bit "cleaner", the sub is integrated a wee bit more for clarity of lows, & vocals are somewhat cleaner too, but I can't say it really justified the bump in price to achieve it. In the 180, Audyssesy could...
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