ONKYO TX-SR505 AV Receiver (HDMI), £179.95 in-store @ RicherSounds VIP Club - HotUKDeals
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At the heart of this home cinema wonder is a 7-channel amplifier with a meaty 75 watts per channel. Along with the 7-channels comes processing to match. DTS-ES, DTS Neo, Dolby Digital EX and Pro Logic IIx are all included.

Key to the Onkyo's appeal is the HDMI interface. Fully compatible with 1080p, the HDMI interface allows two sources to be connected to a flat screen TV with just one input. In addition to the HDMI, a wide selection of other sockets are also provided, including a second set of speaker outlets.

This price is for VIP club members which is an email newsletter that you sign up for. I think you just need to ask in store for the VIP price and no proof is needed.
Its normally £200 at Richersounds and seems to be £240 plus elsewhere so the extra £20 discount is a bonus.
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#1
Any reviews - I was looking at getting an AV receiver last night but £179 seems a little steep for an unknown brand...
#2
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Any reviews - I was looking at getting an AV receiver last night but £179 seems a little steep for an unknown brand...


Onkyo is only unknown to the highstreet cheap ****, it's a very well established in audiophile amps and have been quality brand in Hi-Fi shops for years.
banned#3
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Any reviews - I was looking at getting an AV receiver last night but £179 seems a little steep for an unknown brand...


Onkyo are not an 'unknown brand'. They make quality products that normally look a bit ugly. I don't know this item, so can't comment. However I would be amazed if you could better the quality by spending £180 on a Sony, Toshiba, Samsung etc.
It is not uncommon for Onkkyo to have a £700 - £1000 flagship model that is right up there at the top .
#4
Seconded!
Onkyo gear is up there with Yamaha, Arcam and Denon....just doesn't get the exposure that Sony, Philips and Pioneer do.
Not a bad deal at all...sadly not in the market to replace my AV amp just yet :(
#5
Top brand, you can not go wrong with Onkyo
#6
This is a bargain. Only so cheap as it has now been superceeded by the 506/575 model.

I have reserved mine + picking it up later!
#7
jeez, this is a bargain. If I hadn't picked up a denon set recently I'd be taking a trip down to my local store immediately.
#9
can this do all the DTS-HD PS3 High Def Audio stuff
#10
scoopy2scoops;2055700
can this do all the DTS-HD PS3 High Def Audio stuff


I'd love to see how many people on HUKD can tell the difference between that and normal DD5.1 without being in a recording studio with £20,000 of speakers.
#11
I'm not audiophile but that looks like an absolute bargain!
If only I had £180 to spare =\
#12
will it take like component 720p in and out put it thru the HDMI?
banned#13
flynnmeister
This is a bargain. Only so cheap as it has now been superceeded by the 506/575 model.

I have reserved mine + picking it up later!




Okay I can get the 506 for £249.00 Apparently it has an upgraded power supply and a few other 'improvements'. I too have a 505 on reserve and would really like people's views on which to go for. I have until Saturday to decide.
#14
Hmm, my experience of great deals in Richer Sounds has never been great. It usually goes "Oh, great deal" > rushes down to the store > "sorry, we have no stock". "Oh. There's a surprise."

I'd recommend anyone to phone their local store first! But they won't let you reserve one. Other than that though... good deal.
#15
PoisonJam
Hmm, my experience of great deals in Richer Sounds has never been great. It usually goes "Oh, great deal" > rushes down to the store > "sorry, we have no stock". "Oh. There's a surprise."

I'd recommend anyone to phone their local store first! But they won't let you reserve one. Other than that though... good deal.


I have reserved stuff before now from the B'ham branch just fine....however yes a lot of times stocks are not that great. Very good price for a receiver with HDMI inputs, advantage of this being that it can take the digital output feed directly from HDMI so you then don't need to connect up a toslink or coax digital output to the amp as well.

Cannot justify the price though for an upgrade to my amp, but a steal of a deal for those looking into buying a home theater amp.
#16
Nice amp!!!

mate got one for his games room (42 and still calling it a games room) and it's a really nice crisp sounding machine. He doesn't use it for the HD side of things but everything he's thrown at this comes out really nice. Took a while to get setup but well worth the time getting it just right. test it with saving private ryan and you'll know when you got it right. :)

heat added!

If i didn't have a good system already i'd already be on my way to RS to buy this
#17
For £180 you'll struggle to get a better amp. I considered it's older brother (the 605) to use with my Kef 3005Se speakers, but went with another option in the end.
#18
schizoboy
I'd love to see how many people on HUKD can tell the difference between that and normal DD5.1 without being in a recording studio with £20,000 of speakers.


The difference is plain obvious. Even my wife can tell the difference. Our speakers are small satellite ones that cost us around £700. Shes not bothered though, 5.1 will do her but as I said she can hear the difference.

Have you listened to HD audio?
#19
DTS has a more fuller more dynamic and 'truer' sound than DD5.1, so you don't need a £20k bit of kit to appreciate the quality ! Anyone who knows anything about audio preproduction will acknowledge such and will tell you there is far more detail on the DTS audio stream than there is in the DD, but in some movies DD is pushed more basically the costs were cut in getting it onto disk - (DTS has four times the capacity and band width of DD and hence costs more to produce). On the original DVD format, the size of the audio track for DTS might leave little space for example for additional audio languages (French or Spanish etc), and would mean extra costs to the manufacturers to the film in the long run.

Some other things have to be considered also like how the data is read off the disk, and the correct settings being used both on the disk reading medium (dvd, hddvd, br) and also the correct setting and connections being used (IE a digital or optical cable– not just a plain wire) to your amp and the speakers being set up correctly (not stuffed in the corner of the room behind a chair etc).

You don’t need to spend this much on a home cinema amp, but this is a good quality unit and will give you a great sound – far better than the high street units around. If you can live with the size… for some it’s a bit big.
#20
would this take the optical from the PS3 and then let me play my blu ray in souround sound? ( once i get the speakers that is :) )
#21
ZerocoolJ
DTS has a more fuller more dynamic and 'truer' sound than DD5.1, so you don't need a £20k bit of kit to appreciate the quality ! Anyone who knows anything about audio preproduction will acknowledge such and will tell you there is far more detail on the DTS audio stream than there is in the DD, but in some movies DD is pushed more basically the costs were cut in getting it onto disk - (DTS has four times the capacity and band width of DD and hence costs more to produce). On the original DVD format, the size of the audio track for DTS might leave little space for example for additional audio languages (French or Spanish etc), and would mean extra costs to the manufacturers to the film in the long run.

Some other things have to be considered also like how the data is read off the disk, and the correct settings being used both on the disk reading medium (dvd, hddvd, br) and also the correct setting and connections being used (IE a digital or optical cable– not just a plain wire) to your amp and the speakers being set up correctly (not stuffed in the corner of the room behind a chair etc).

You don’t need to spend this much on a home cinema amp, but this is a good quality unit and will give you a great sound – far better than the high street units around. If you can live with the size… for some it’s a bit big.


I think they were referring to the new HD audio codecs that are lossless such as Dolby true HD and DTS HD Master Audio.

Ive got to say the DTS just sounds louder to me then DD5.1. Whereas the difference between DD5.1 and Dolby true HD is more noticable.
#22
Bargain price for the features and sound quality on offer. This series of amps cleaned up last year winning almost every award going in cinema amps from £200 to £1500. I have the £1000 875 amp from this series which is a beast. This amp will enable you to connect most modern kit directly too it and just run a single HDMI to your display. It will be a good match for most speaker kits up to around £600. Something like these would be a great match:

http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/4136
#23
bob2009
would this take the optical from the PS3 and then let me play my blu ray in souround sound? ( once i get the speakers that is :) )


Yes, most definately
#24
[email protected]
Any reviews - I was looking at getting an AV receiver last night but £179 seems a little steep for an unknown brand...


Ha ha!

Funniset thing I've read all day!! lol :-D
#25
[email protected]
Any reviews - I was looking at getting an AV receiver last night but £179 seems a little steep for an unknown brand...


As everyone else said they are very well known, the 505 got very good reviews, What Hi-Fi gave it a stonker which is why I bought it for £220 (b*gger). Anyway, it's top notch and sits nicely with my Tannoy (presumably another unknown brand) 7.1's, the only pain is using the mic to set the surround up as it keep freaking when trying to register the middle left speaker for some reason, it worked out in the end anyway.
#26
For a full list of specs and differences between the Onkyo range please check here:

http://www.av-sales.co.uk/onkyo-comparison.php

I would also re-iterate the point made before about calling the store before travelling, Richer Sound "bargains" are often a mare to find.
#27
Hi all.

Just thought i'd mention a couple of quick things. Firstly, as someone else pointed out earlier on, Onkyo are a well established brand that produce quality components. I have the 605 and it's fantastic.

Now the real point (especially of interest to ps3 owners and blu-ray player owners that support blu-ray 1.3) is that this only does hdmi pass through on the 505. That was the reason i plumped for the 605 in the first place. For those that don't know, that basically means that only the picture will be passed through the HDMI slots, NOT the sound. So you'd have to connect the sound output seperately.

the 605 (about £100 more) is 1.3 compliant and handles sound and picture through hdmi.

Hope this helps.

Thanks

mtho78
#28
bob2009
would this take the optical from the PS3 and then let me play my blu ray in souround sound? ( once i get the speakers that is :) )


As it takes optical input for the audio you should get surround sound, though that mainly depends on the disk and your PS3 settings. You are in my experience better using a digital cable rather than optical - I have found the it better and clearer. (something Richer sounds themselves suggested when I got my cinema package from them)
:)
#29
Lyrrad
Okay I can get the 506 for £249.00 Apparently it has an upgraded power supply and a few other 'improvements'. I too have a 505 on reserve and would really like people's views on which to go for. I have until Saturday to decide.


I've no idea what the 506 is like but the 505 for £180 is a brilliant deal, the 7.1 is superb if a little bit of a pain to set up, I guess it's up to you, I'm using it with 7.1 Tannoy SFX's and the quality's superb.
#30
Any recommendations on speakers that would go well with this unit bearing in mind if all i can spend on an AV receiver is £180 I won't be spending £900 on speakers. :roll:
#31
Can you not add links to this thread? I had a link for a good value set of matching speakers and a link for spec details and both have been removed. Fair enough on removing the speakers if they should be a seperate bargain thread, but not being able to link to further info is a little silly.
#32
Superb price for a superb amp!
#33
[email protected]
Any reviews - I was looking at getting an AV receiver last night but £179 seems a little steep for an unknown brand...


Onkyo produce very high quality AV receivers. The average review for an Onkyo AV receiver is 4.5*. This is from looking at the reviews by What Hifi, Home Cinema Choice, What Video & HDTV, What Home Cinema and Essential Hi Fi & Home Cinema.

This product is particular is 5* and is voted the best AV receiver under £300 by What Hifi.
#34
Ungreat
Any recommendations on speakers that would go well with this unit bearing in mind if all i can spend on an AV receiver is £180 I won't be spending £900 on speakers. :roll:

Got the 605 amp and it is absolutely brilliant. Running it into Tannoy Mercury F surround setup and the detail is breathtaking. And yes, there's quite a difference between the old DD 5.1 and DD+. Not had any TrueHD or MA discs to try yet, but that's off topic for the 505:thumbsup:
#35
Broadsword
I think they were referring to the new HD audio codecs that are lossless such as Dolby true HD and DTS HD Master Audio.

Ive got to say the DTS just sounds louder to me then DD5.1. Whereas the difference between DD5.1 and Dolby true HD is more noticable.


Although the advent of the new format disks (BR & HDDVD....while its still here ) has allowed for the so called 'lossless' (not completely accurate I might add) reproduction of the audio between the two formats, there is still widely recognised credit given to DTS HD being better than DD-T-HD due to the frequences and audio ranges the formats use (I'm sure some techno wiz might explain - I think DTS uses a wider range than DD), meaning anyway that the sounds are clear and more defined...... until you put it in a living room with a carpet and sofa and things like that.

Some of it come down to personal choice and preference, or trivial things like how much you have in your wallet.
#36
Ungreat
Any recommendations on speakers that would go well with this unit bearing in mind if all i can spend on an AV receiver is £180 I won't be spending £900 on speakers. :roll:


I second that request. On a budget too (think Lidl and Aldi :-)) so compromises accepted.
#37
Ungreat
Any recommendations on speakers that would go well with this unit bearing in mind if all i can spend on an AV receiver is £180 I won't be spending £900 on speakers. :roll:


I'd try the KEF KHT 1005.1 eggs or the Tannoy EFX 5.1 although I read that the front speaker on the KEF's isn't that great, and having just looked the 1005 haven't come down in price even though they're now superceded by the 1005.2's, so the Tannoy's.
http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/2137
#38
thats it, i'm blocking this site. you are saving/costing me too much money. :thumbsup:
#39
Janeyjugs
Got the 605 amp and it is absolutely brilliant. Running it into Tannoy Mercury F surround setup and the detail is breathtaking. And yes, there's quite a difference between the old DD 5.1 and DD+. Not had any TrueHD or MA discs to try yet, but that's off topic for the 505:thumbsup:


I got an Onkyo 674 on the recommendations of the guys across at Avforums....fantastic amp and much better quality than you will usually find in an all in one out of a high street retailer. Paired with some Mordaunt shorts 501...sounds great....Couldn't afford the KEF's at the time.

If this new amp is anything like the older one then I would jump on it.
#40
Fat Bird
I'd try the KEF KHT 1005.1 eggs or the Tannoy EFX 5.1 although I read that the front speaker on the KEF's isn't that great, and having just looked the 1005 haven't come down in price even though they're now superceded by the 1005.2's, so the Tannoy's.
http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/2137


Have a look at the other thread on speakers here ->http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/181821/what-hifi-5-speakers-ideal-for-onky/

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