Onkyo 606 (silver) $407 on Amazon (1 Viewer)

SatinKzo

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I got free 2-day shipping on mine(amazon prime) and got it PM'd to the lowest price of $354 or something. It's a nice upgrade from my 604.
 

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I came seriously close to pulling the trigger on a 606 for under $400 this weekend, but after reading some reviews and AVS forum threads, I paid a little more and went with the Yamaha RX-V663 instead. Upconverting and 2 extra HDMI inputs would have been nice, but with my set up, I really didn't need them, as my primary usage for an AVR is for audio.

I can't believe what I've been missing with the DTS-HD MA tracks on Blu-ray movies!!! :D
 

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I came seriously close to pulling the trigger on a 606 for under $400 this weekend, but after reading some reviews and AVS forum threads, I paid a little more and went with the Yamaha RX-V663 instead. Upconverting and 2 extra HDMI inputs would have been nice, but with my set up, I really didn't need them, as my primary usage for an AVR is for audio.

I can't believe what I've been missing with the DTS-HD MA tracks on Blu-ray movies!!! :D

I was looking at Yamaha over Onkyo instead based on user reviews. However, I read this review on the Yammy that said it clipped above black and above white. That gave me pause.

UltimateAVmag.com: Yamaha RX-V663 A/V Receiver

This is a review of the Onkyo from the same mag.

UltimateAVmag.com: Onkyo TX-SR606 A/V Receiver

I trust professional reviews first. Then, I go for forum chatter. (Of course, my own ears are the best judge.)
 

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I was looking at Yamaha over Onkyo instead based on user reviews. However, I read this review on the Yammy that said it clipped above black and above white. That gave me pause.

UltimateAVmag.com: Yamaha RX-V663 A/V Receiver

This is a review of the Onkyo from the same mag.

UltimateAVmag.com: Onkyo TX-SR606 A/V Receiver

I trust professional reviews first. Then, I go for forum chatter. (Of course, my own ears are the best judge.)

Thanks for the links. The review cleared some things up for me I didn't understand from the manual.

Yes, by no means a perfect AVR, but I was really concerned about heat issues and other reported bugs with the 606. (Not to mention, last weekend I was at Best Buy getting a 32" Sammy for the bedroom, and in order to get their 24 mo. interest free financing, I needed to add more hardware to the order, and BB doesn't carry Onkyo.)

I'm not quite the audiophile the reviewer is, but in my smallish livingroom, the sound quality is a vast improvement over the decent quality Panasonic AVR I had been using.

I do agree that set up was confusing at first and it would be nice for it to callibrate for multiple listening positions. But, again, my living room is small.

I still need to tweak the audio settings a bit, though for the most part I am quite happy with the sound fields, and I was totally blown away by the first DTS-HD MA track I heard on it (via PS3) on an otherwise crappy movie: Suburban Girl. Jumper also sounded great, and I had no issues with PQ.

One bug with the 663 I can confirm, as reported in the AVS forum thread, is the "handshake" issue for video sources. My glitch occured when I had my Cable TV HD DVR on (connected via component) while using the PS3. When the PS3 went from menu to media (game/movie) or vice versa, the screen went blank or started flashing, and switching to TV input didn't fix the problem. I had to shut everything down and restart. I have since connected the component cables directly to my 34" CRT TV, which gives me a much better picture anyway (For some reason TV PQ (cable/sat) via HDMI has always looked washed out compared to component with this TV, regardless of the source, though PS3 looks fine.) Regardless, I hope Yamaha does provide a patch for this problem.
 

Zookster

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FYI. There is an extensive discussion on AVS, and apparently Yamahas and a new Harmon Kardon receiver are the only AVRs tested to clip BTB and WTW. If you go to the end of the thread, []Does your receiver pass HDMI video unmodified? - AVS Forum it seems there is a sign of hope that Yamaha can, and will, fix the clipping problem with a firmware upgrade by the end of this summer. (They've announced the fix for one of their higher end models, but all the others use the same HDMI chip sets, so theoretically a fix is possible across the line.)

Fortunately, I'm within my 30-day window at BB on the 663, so if a comparable receiver emerges (goes on sale) within my $450-$550 price range (again, they don't sell Onkyo), I can go with that instead.
 

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