Originally Posted by Adamg (Ret-Navy)
Well I ordered my unit from Newegg and got it in three days with their free shipping. Finished changing out the old Rcvr (Onkyo 705) and adding the Wide channel and speakers. Ran setup and Audyssey EQ XT. First Impressions.
The unit is not only heavy but quite large. Taller, wider and deeper than expected.
The Speaker connections are only bare wire or Banana plug capable. But Onkyo did make a minor improvement in this regard. Spreading the connection across the bottom did simplify connecting the speaker wires.
The Manual....Well let me say that Onkyo has never been known for their Owners Manual clarity. So, don't expect any improvements here. Cumbersome, confusing and redundant.
This unit sports some seriously valuable features. Sound formats a plenty and the Internet music is terrific. Two of the Music services are free and so far they both offer solid fast streaming. I personally like the ability to find any Band or Composer you like and then the music service will build a special channel that broadcasts that Composers music and similar composers as well. A very nice feature. The only bad part of this service is there is no screen saver feature so a long duration static picture could be a problem for your TV.
The addition of the DSX Wide channel is a significant step in sound immersion. I have only watched two movies and several Direct TV HD Shows. So far the change in the sound field is pretty amazing. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of the height channel speakers and will report back on how that sounds. The Wide is great in both Movies and Music. I especially enjoyed how it made live and unplugged events sound.
The Video processing is very powerful. For the first time in several years I actually enjoyed watching a cooking show my wife likes that is a low def broadcast. I did a channel check to make sure this show was standard definition. While it did not work as well on all source material. Some shows did not benefit as much as others. Overall it made a substantial improvement on non HD programming. The Auto setting seems to upgrade all material to 1080P.
The unit runs hot. No surprise there. Hold down "display" and hit the master power button, then push the Setup button to get a Temp Display. All done with the front panel. You will need ample clearance on all sides of this beast to keep it from overheating. Did I mention how big this thing is? Make double certain your enclosure or cabinet can accommodate this unit with plenty of room to breath. I am thinking a fan may be a high recommendation on this.
The remote control is a big upgrade for Onkyo. It has built in Macros that work great out of the box and a menu driven learning system to help locate and transmit remote codes directly from the rcvr to the remote. Pretty cool for making this Onkyo remote a universal remote. Bad news for the XBox 360 and PS3 guys. I was unable to find any codes that worked for that. The remote is easier in the hands and lights up pretty brightly. The keys are a bit larger and easier to read than the old rusty trusty Onkyo Remote Brick of past generations. However, this remote is lacking some of the one touch functions you may have become accustomed to as a previous Onkyo owner. My only complaint is the Volume button. It is not as dominant as I would like and is nestled next to two similar toggles making it hard to rapidly identify. I am sure as I get comfortable with the remote that will no longer be an issue.
On screen menus are clear and upgraded. On screen commands and see thru video adjustment menus. Onkyo made a leap to catch the competition here. The "display" button shows you both the Audio and Video input/output format and quality. You can easily navigate the majority of advanced menus using the one line on screen menus rather than the full setup screen menu. Nice for on the fly adjustments.
The Clicking normally associated with an Onkyo when you change sound format is more subdued in this unit. Sounds smoother more gentile. IMO the clicking sound is much improved over previous year models.
The sound quality of this unit is nothing short of spectacular. Greater discrete separation when the movie soundtrack demands, yet creates an envelop of spacial sound as well. I am impressed with the power and fidelity of this unit. Everything sounds brighter, cleaner and more dramatic. The ability to dial in your Subs independently is worth the price of entry alone. If you have a pair of Subs and have had problems getting them to perform well because they are either in different locations or of different makes and capability. This unit will allow you to set the gain for each Sub separately. So when one Sub is in a corner and one is not, you can compensate for the corner bass boost and not have to reduce the gain for both. Nice crisp clear sound with plenty of reserve power to push up the volume when wanted. So many sound field settings I am completely certain I will be playing with them for months to come.
And that is my two cents on the new Onkyo 5007. If you have any specific questions I will be happy to investigate and provide answers, if I am able that is.