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post #1 of 1830
Thread Starter 
Couldnt find much specific information on this reciever so I figured I would start a thread to pool all that into one place. Anyways, here's some quick figures on this little guy:





Some Features:
7.1 channel surround a/v reciever
Power: 130 Watts / channel @ 8ohms (Supports 4-16 ohms)
THX Ultra2 Plus Certified
5 x HDMI 1.3a
Faroudja DCDi video upscaling to 1080p over HDMI (1080i over component video)
Decodes Dolby TrueHD,dts HD MA
THD: 0.08%
Push-Pull Amplifier Design with 3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry

Going for about $1,000 give or take.
post #2 of 1830
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Ive had mine up and calibrated and watched a couple movies through my HTiB Onkyo speakers (SKC-550C l/r/c front, SKM-550S l/r surround, and SKW-550 sub).

Definately sounds a lot better then my previous Onkyo receiver (HT-R550). The Audessy (sic?) calibration seems to be a lot more accurate this time around and im pretty pleased with that.

I am having some issues with the video upconversion though. Coming from my Dish 722 sat receiver if I set the box to upconvert the 1080i to p I will get a stutter type effect on my tv (Sammy LN-T4665F) but if I change it to just do 1080i, the stutter disappears...same with the PS3 but I havent tried any SD source yet to see how it does with those.

SD channels from the sat box upconverted look much cleaner and less macro-blocking is evident going through the SR806 then a direct line to the tv was...still not HD by any means but I can definately see some improved PQ.

Ability to edit source names, bypass the reciever's DSP for audio/video, OSD setup and volume are all pretty cool features...not to say they are features I would buy a receiver on...but pretty cool nonetheless.
post #3 of 1830
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Originally Posted by USMCGrunt0307 View Post

Ive had mine up and calibrated and watched a couple movies through my HTiB Onkyo speakers (SKC-550C l/r/c front, SKM-550S l/r surround, and SKW-550 sub).

Oh man... do yourself a favor and start to think about upgrading those HTIB speakers. Your 806 deserves it. I had an old Onkyo HTIB and the first thing I replaced were the speakers. The new speakers made the overall system sound 300% better.

Don't get me wrong... for the price, Onkyo HTIBs are a great buy. But, in my opinion, the first thing to upgrade on the system (when you have the extra cash) is the speakers...

Through the last couple of years I upgraded my 5.1 setup in the following order:
  • Boston Acoustics CRC center channel
  • Dual Athena 10" 400W subs
  • Infinity Beta 40 fronts
  • Polk RM30 surrounds
  • TX-SR706

I know what the purists out there are going to say... BOOOO -- your speakers don't match. But honestly... with the Audyssey calibrations it is a non-issue. I have yet to hear a better sounding system at up to three times the price I have invested (which is around $1650 total).

Sorry... didn't mean to hijack the thread, but once I started typing... I couldn't stop--you guys know how it is.
post #4 of 1830
The 806 does not have the Push-Pull Amplifier Design. This is why i picked up a 805 instead, i need the beefy amp and better power supply.
post #5 of 1830
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by sexon View Post

Oh man... do yourself a favor and start to think about upgrading those HTIB speakers.

Only reason I upgraded to this reciever was because my original Onkyo died a quick and painless death....did you know a metal casing touching electrical components while the reciever is in standby will make a sparkler out of the reciever? I found out....and yes, I am stupid for not being more careful.
post #6 of 1830
I was looking to see if there was a way to take an HDMI audio signal and output it through an optical or coax connection, but noticed that there isn't even an optical/coax OUT on this thing. My 805 has optical out, but will not output anything coming in via HDMI. I need this for my Astro MixAmp Dolby Headphone adapter. Am I missing something here? The optical out via the front panel won't be as pretty if that is the only option.
post #7 of 1830
I'm seeing some video glitches with mine, how good is Onkyo on releasing firmware updates?

With an HDMI input running at 720P I get little freezes (about 1 every 10 - 15 seconds) if I have the receiver configured for pass through. If I set the receiver to upconvert to 1080P this problem goes away. I have verified this with both my PS3 and my DirecTV DVR box, they both showed this problem.

My Wii is even worse, connected by component cables, feeding 480P into the receiver. Disc Channel, Wii Shopping Channel both display for a split second then go black never to return. This is occurring with any pass through or upconvert settings I try in the HDMI and regardless of whether I have the Wii feeding 480p or 480i into the receiver. The way it is acting, I'm almost thinking this may be a problem with the signal the Wii is sending, I may try to fins a better set of cables to see if that makes a difference.

I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I will keep it, I really like the audio side of things, and I can make everything work there are just a couple of "gotchas" And, after looking again at other receivers in the $800 - $1100 range today I still like the Onkyo the best, and the audio side is rock solid.
post #8 of 1830
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I wonder if there is some sort of firmware upgrade that they will issue for this because I have something similar (stutter on upconverting to 1080p)....sounds like some inconsistancies in the Faroudja chip.....hopefully it can be fixed.....ill shoot an email off to Onkyo support and let you guys know if they ever get back to me.
post #9 of 1830
I was at CC today, and they had a 806 set up in the demo room, playing the BluRay of Golden Compass on a LG combo player. The only thing that concerned me was that there was a slight lip synch issue. Very slight, but it would drive me crazy if I had that at home.
post #10 of 1830
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Originally Posted by mtrot View Post

I was at CC today, and they had a 806 set up in the demo room, playing the BluRay of Golden Compass on a LG combo player. The only thing that concerned me was that there was a slight lip synch issue. Very slight, but it would drive me crazy if I had that at home.

This reciever does have a lip sync option so it would seem you could correct that...I dont have a need for it with my setup but hey...it DOES exist.
post #11 of 1830
anybody managed to have blu ray 24p pass through without problem to their plasma or projector ?
post #12 of 1830
Does anyone know if this receiver allows an unprocessed 1080p signal through? I currently own an Oppo 983 and Toshiba XA2, so I'm not in need of the DCDI chip for video.
post #13 of 1830
Hi, thinking of upgrading from 605, and have a a few q's

unlike the 605 will the 806

-accept 1080p over component and output that over HDMI at 1080p
-accept 1080i over component and output that over HDMI at 1080i (not convert to 720p ala 605)
-matrix 5.1 bistreamed content to 7.1

thanks
post #14 of 1830
Thread Starter 
Yes, it does appear that you can set it to passthrough the video signal without processing it. I say appear because I dont have any kind of equipment to verify that it actually does, only that there is an option to do so.
post #15 of 1830
Just reported this in another thread. Got the 806 last night and just checked. My projector reports a 23.99Hx vertical frequency, same as when I plug the ps3 directly.
post #16 of 1830
Does anyone know if the manual for this model is posted anywhere online? I have an 805 & wanted to see the differences (listed in manual, anyway)
post #17 of 1830
Thread Starter 
Quick check doesnt show a download specifically for the manual but if you check the product page ( http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=...s=Receiver&p=i ), there are tabs there for most of the specs on the receiver
post #18 of 1830
A big name online company has these for a good price. ____field is the name
post #19 of 1830
I just bought the Onkyo TX-SR806 and have all five HDMI ports used with:
PS3 - 1080p for Blu-ray (games vary), TivoS3 - 1080i, 3416 Motorola HD cable Box - 1080i, Roku Box - 480p, Xbox360 - variable.

I have not seen the stuttering problems with pass-through on any devices at any resolution (although I have not tried much 720p content on the PS3). I do not have anything connected over component or any other analog connections.
post #20 of 1830
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by limiter View Post

I just bought the Onkyo TX-SR806 and have all five HDMI ports used with:
PS3 - 1080p for Blu-ray (games vary), TivoS3 - 1080i, 3416 Motorola HD cable Box - 1080i, Roku Box - 480p, Xbox360 - variable.

I have not seen the stuttering problems with pass-through on any devices at any resolution (although I have not tried much 720p content on the PS3). I do not have anything connected over component or any other analog connections.

Whats the make/model/size of your tv?
post #21 of 1830
I'm not finding the line out(s) for the subwoofer(s) on the pic of the back, I know it must be there some place.
post #22 of 1830
sirjonsnow,

The subwoofer line out is locate in the bottom center of the pre-out section of the rear of the amp. It has the purple insulator and is located under the aqua colored center pre-out. On the sub pre-out note, I have two subs and used a Y adapter when I had my 806, but I wish more recievers had two subwoofer pre-outs like the newer Yamaha recievers have. Even though my subs performance are excellent (using the Y adapter again with a Denon 989), I always wonder if I'm losing anything with the Y adapter (it is a high quality monster Y adapter).
post #23 of 1830
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Originally Posted by USMCGrunt0307 View Post

Whats the make/model/size of your tv?

Mitsubishi LT-4631 46in LCD. It is a 1080p tv.
post #24 of 1830
I just bought the Onkyo SR806 from Circuit City two days ago. I replaced my HK AVR 630, and before the SR806 I tried out the HK 354.. what a piece of crap. This is the first Onkyo receiver I have ever owned, and i really like it. There are tons of features, the HDMI switching works great (had problems with appletv, but using both HMDI and optical out seem to have corrected that issue), and the sound is fantastic (warm/smooth/clean).

Did I make the right decision with this amp? I like it, but for 899$ is there something better that I missed? I was looking at denon but cirucit city didn't have the model I wanted..

Onkyo is good right?
post #25 of 1830
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Originally Posted by mohanman View Post

I just bought the Onkyo SR806 from Circuit City two days ago. I replaced my HK AVR 630, and before the SR806 I tried out the HK 354.. what a piece of crap. This is the first Onkyo receiver I have ever owned, and i really like it. There are tons of features, the HDMI switching works great (had problems with appletv, but using both HMDI and optical out seem to have corrected that issue), and the sound is fantastic (warm/smooth/clean).

Did I make the right decision with this amp? I like it, but for 899$ is there something better that I missed? I was looking at denon but cirucit city didn't have the model I wanted..

Onkyo is good right?

Depends on the price range your looking for but at this level Onkyo is one of the better brands at this price point from what ive read from other people on here. I've been pretty happy with both Onkyo receivers that ive had and couldnt really think of a better alternative....at this price point.
post #26 of 1830
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Originally Posted by brogan2424 View Post

Does anyone know if the manual for this model is posted anywhere online? I have an 805 & wanted to see the differences (listed in manual, anyway)

Most manufacturers put their manuals in their support pages. The 806 is here:

http://63.148.251.135/redirect_servi...806_En_web.pdf


In case they ever change their IP address, the link to receiver manuals is here:

http://www.us.onkyo.com/download/own...m?cat=Receiver
post #27 of 1830
Hello,

I want to buy an Onkyo receiver. I had my eyes fixed on the 606 model, but now with the new 806 and THX certification I tough that this would be better.
Does the extra 600 $ worth it for this receiver ?
post #28 of 1830
ttt
post #29 of 1830
28 posts in 24 days?

At this point in the 805's release, it was probably getting 28 posts per half day........

Looks like the 806 might be a bomb in the marketplace.
post #30 of 1830
Just writing again to confirm that this receiver was a great purchase. I love it so much, excellent sound quality, looks cool, works.. simple as that. The only thing is it runs hot! I think its frying my tivo series 3 on the shelf above it. I was thinking about getting one of those external fans for receivers..

Highly recommended receiver overall

Mo
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