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ONKYO TXSR506 BLACK/SILVER AV RECEIVER - WITH HDMI INTERFACE - £194.95 @ RicherSounds

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Great amp, especially at this price! Wow, if you into home cinema you will know how cheap this is... Plus you get some free headphones. :) Read More
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Great amp, especially at this price!

Wow, if you into home cinema you will know how cheap this is...

Plus you get some free headphones.

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#1
like it...great amp couple it with Kef 2001 and you have a great surround for peanuts:thumbsup:
#2
good deal, hot
#3
i wouldnt buy an onkyo amp again and recommend no-one else does!
#4
would this be good for the blu ray player on the ps3?
#5
RiKx
i wouldnt buy an onkyo amp again and recommend no-one else does!


Do tell.
#6
Nice amp,but for an extra £35 you can land a Sony Str-dg820,Ah! trueHD.
1 Like #7
phishwak
Do tell.


ive got an '875 ( i think it was what hi-fi product of he year) it was about £1000. The first one i took out the box plugged the speakers in and set it to run auto setup. when i came back it was in standy - odd i thought? but i turned it on and the thing -LITERALLY- exploded. the replacement i opened the box and it had already got a mark (scratch) on it.

The thing runs sooooooo hot it heats my flat, it has the cheapest rubbish remote going. Also i has horiz interference on the DVD component inputs (no it isnt any other part of the link - checked them all and they are good quality cables - tried ixos and QED and it only does it when the signal runs through the amp). I calld and emailed onkyo customer support about all these issues. They never responded.

Thats before i've even started to listen to it. what a disappointment. it sounds no better it stereo than my yamaha which price entry was half the 875 and actually cost me much less. while it does have lots of features they dont make up for lack of sound quality. Another annoying niggle is that it defaults picture output to 4:3 so you HAVE TO switch the amp on AFTER the device you wish to use. No its not the HDMI switcher as not all the devices are connected by hdmi. If you forget you either have o go through several setup menus the select another ratio. or turn it off and then on again.

the stereo processing is very funny as well - in stereo / analogue sources it doesn't seem to re-direct any bass to the sub (i have large floorstanders which setup recognises) if the speakers are set to large. only if you set the speakers to small does it start to use the sub which of course has a much greater low end than the floorstanders. While this isnt so much of an issue with music as often subs overcook music bass, its very annoying with non discrete sources such as TV broadcast or video as it doesnt had as much 'grunt' as id like. If you decide to set the speakers to small however the cross over freq is higher and therefore restricts the use of the main L/R set and you get either a 'gap' in the soundfield or the sub doesnt have the speed to do the bass which is more towards the mid-range and you end up with it sounding like a sub-sat package which defeats the point!

and, i know this was obvious before, but it really is worth mentioning as its quite astounding....THEY (ONKYO PRODUCTS) ARE SOOOOOO UGLY not to mention 'cheap' feeling in comparison to rivals not even in the same price range!? Also the 875 is HUGE its so big it wont fit on quite a few a/v stands and racks because instead of making i taller, they elected to make it much DEEPER. Consequently fitting it anywhere becomes a major issue!

im sure there is stuff that ive forgotten but you get the gist.
My advice is buy a Denon / Sony / Yamaha - you'll be much happier
#8
RiKx
ive got an '875 ( i think it was what hi-fi product of he year) it was about £1000. The first one i took out the box plugged the speakers in and set it to run auto setup. when i came back it was in standy - odd i thought? but i turned it on and the thing -LITERALLY- exploded. the replacement i opened the box and it had already got a mark (scratch) on it.

The thing runs sooooooo hot it heats my flat, it has the cheapest rubbish remote going. Also i has horiz interference on the DVD component inputs (no it isnt any other part of the link - checked them all and they are good quality cables - tried ixos and QED and it only does it when the signal runs through the amp). I calld and emailed onkyo customer support about all these issues. They never responded.

Thats before i've even started to listen to it. what a disappointment. it sounds no better it stereo than my yamaha which price entry was half the 875 and actually cost me much less. while it does have lots of features they dont make up for lack of sound quality. Another annoying niggle is that it defaults picture output to 4:3 so you HAVE TO switch the amp on AFTER the device you wish to use. No its not the HDMI switcher as not all the devices are connected by hdmi. If you forget you either have o go through several setup menus the select another ratio. or turn it off and then on again.

the stereo processing is very funny as well - in stereo / analogue sources it doesn't seem to re-direct any bass to the sub (i have large floorstanders which setup recognises) if the speakers are set to large. only if you set the speakers to small does it start to use the sub which of course has a much greater low end than the floorstanders. While this isnt so much of an issue with music as often subs overcook music bass, its very annoying with non discrete sources such as TV broadcast or video as it doesnt had as much 'grunt' as id like. If you decide to set the speakers to small however the cross over freq is higher and therefore restricts the use of the main L/R set and you get either a 'gap' in the soundfield or the sub doesnt have the speed to do the bass which is more towards the mid-range and you end up with it sounding like a sub-sat package which defeats the point!

and, i know this was obvious before, but it really is worth mentioning as its quite astounding....THEY (ONKYO PRODUCTS) ARE SOOOOOO UGLY not to mention 'cheap' feeling in comparison to rivals not even in the same price range!? Also the 875 is HUGE its so big it wont fit on quite a few a/v stands and racks because instead of making i taller, they elected to make it much DEEPER. Consequently fitting it anywhere becomes a major issue!

im sure there is stuff that ive forgotten but you get the gist.
My advice is buy a Denon / Sony / Yamaha - you'll be much happier


As do a lot (if not most) av recievers do, reasoning being if you wish the lower frequency to be routed to a sub then you need to set any speakers to small, so that its being sent there, and set up your crossover properly...
#9
awoodhall2003
As do a lot (if not most) av recievers do, reasoning being if you wish the lower frequency to be routed to a sub then you need to set any speakers to small, so that its being sent there, and set up your crossover properly...


Nope. With other av amps (this not my first av amp, 2nd, 3rd or even 7th) you control at what frequency you want the change over to occur and can fine tune this with your sub further - the idea being a seamless transition between sub and speakers. The Onkyo auto-setup also reads the speakers as large and sets-up the cross over accordingly. If you set the speakers to small the crossover to the sub is then not optimised and you have to do it yourself which if you have used the onkyo youll know is a faff. Thing is as i said before the onkyo changes the available cross over frequencies (which are still there for floor standers or 'large' speakers but just further down the frequency scale) and dosnt let you push the frequency low enough to compensate for the fact your only setting the speakers to small as it isn't directing enough of the low end to the sub.
#10
RiKx
Nope. With other av amps (this not my first av amp, 2nd, 3rd or even 7th) you control at what frequency you want the change over to occur and can fine tune this with your sub further - the idea being a seamless transition between sub and speakers. The Onkyo auto-setup also reads the speakers as large and sets-up the cross over accordingly. If you set the speakers to small the crossover to the sub is then not optimised and you have to do it yourself which if you have used the onkyo youll know is a faff. Thing is as i said before the onkyo changes the available cross over frequencies (which are still there for floor standers or 'large' speakers but just further down the frequency scale) and dosnt let you push the frequency low enough to compensate for the fact your only setting the speakers to small as it isn't directing enough of the low end to the sub.


see different kettle of fish with my technics :thumbsup:
#11
Lanse
Nice amp,but for an extra £35 you can land a Sony Str-dg820,Ah! trueHD.


The STR-DG820's are far from readily available at the minute.
Basically they are like rocking horse poo. If you manage to find one I'm sure there are alot of people on the internet would love to know.

I know I couldn't find one when I wanted one
#12
Spuddyboy
The STR-DG820's are far from readily available at the minute.
Basically they are like rocking horse poo. If you manage to find one I'm sure there are alot of people on the internet would love to know.

I know I couldn't find one when I wanted one


Me too, I searched everywhere and the ones I could find people wanted almost £400 for. If i was going to spend that money I get the TX-SR606. I just want to add before people do waste money on amps with True HD etc. that SkyHD does not support HD sound, whereas bluray does!!!
#13
darul
Me too, I searched everywhere and the ones I could find people wanted almost £400 for. If i was going to spend that money I get the TX-SR606. I just want to add before people do waste money on amps with True HD etc. that SkyHD does not support HD sound, whereas bluray does!!!


Spuddyboy
The STR-DG820's are far from readily available at the minute.
Basically they are like rocking horse poo. If you manage to find one I'm sure there are alot of people on the internet would love to know.

I know I couldn't find one when I wanted one


Totaldigital seem to have them here for £249 delivered. No nothing about them though.
#14
Had one of these since launch, fantastic receiver!
#15
great reciever , BUT its been this price for ages and most retailers have it at this price , so dont go rushing into buying it thinking its a steal .

And Lanse this is miles better than the sony amp , sony amps are sooo poor
#16
RudiBryson
great reciever , BUT its been this price for ages and most retailers have it at this price , so dont go rushing into buying it thinking its a steal .

And Lanse this is miles better than the sony amp , sony amps are sooo poor


Why?
#17
cicobuff
Why?


personnel preference...maybe?

got onkyo 806..n love it too but thinking of upgrading to pio sc lx81 :evil:
#18
ezak2211
personnel preference...maybe?

got onkyo 806..n love it too but thinking of upgrading to pio sc lx81 :evil:


Personal preference over one manufacturer from another doesn't instantly make another manufacturer poor....its an odd statement to make without any backup that makes Sony amps/receivers so poor, I am curious about this statement without any reasoning.
#19
stephenjames84
Totaldigital seem to have them here for £249 delivered. No nothing about them though.


Out of Stock
#20
why is this a bargain its been on there site for ages at this price its not like some big reduction, and id rather pay the extra cash and get the cambridge audio version which rocks.
#21
This amp is awesome. The HDMI is a bit gimmicky but at this price, who cares!! If you can get it, do it! You won't regret it.
#22
wewontgetfooleda
why is this a bargain its been on there site for ages at this price its not like some big reduction, and id rather pay the extra cash and get the cambridge audio version which rocks.


gadgetmann
This amp is awesome. The HDMI is a bit gimmicky but at this price, who cares!! If you can get it, do it! You won't regret it.


I agree, its not that much of a bargain, the RRP is 249, it gets fairly good reviews but yes the HDMI is a bit gimmicky as it only carries video, nothing a 20 quid switchbox wouldn't do if you require that many HDMI outputs.

Personally this receiver is good for first time purchasers at a fair price, but for anyone like myself considering upgrading my 5 year old STR-DB790 Sony receiver it offers nothing new at the same price I bought my receiver for other than HDMI switching. Anyone thats in the market for a receiver these days and looking into Hi Def should consider True HD decoding.

For anyone interested, they may want to consider not bothering with Richer Sounds, as its a clearance item and as a result may be a display model/missing remote...scratched...etc etc......

They have them in both silver or black finishes here for 199.99 free delivery in 3-5 days, therefore I vote this cold...

http://www.exceptional-av.co.uk/product.php?fdProductId=53&gclid=CNGwlID5s5oCFQZlswodDjw8cw
1 Like #23
The person who said Sony amps are rubbish doesn't know what they are talking about. Just because you don't like them doesn't make them poor.

The amp to get is the Sony 2400. £430 from Amazon.
OR
the new Denon 1910

Or wait til end of July for one of the new sony's (Sony STR-DH800) £280 pre order form Play.

For me I have heard mixed reviews on Onkyo. Over heating not great to look out. Not my cup of tea but others may prefer them.

great price for a receiver with 7.1 and hdmi connections. My only concern would be no True HD but if you haven't got Blu-Ray or not that bothered then a great deal.
#24
wewontgetfooleda
why is this a bargain its been on there site for ages at this price its not like some big reduction...


Very useful information, particularly as such things don't come into the rules on hot/cold voting. Thanks for highlighting! :thumbsup:
#25
thanks rikx what an awful business -- that should be full refund plus
#26
Purchased this last time Richer sounds had it on sale. And i have NO regrets, System is brilliant, looks sleek and packs a very powerful punch. Brings blu ray moives to life with sound, HDMI interface works a treat and i took out a 5 year warrenty for an extra £20 which is another bargin. I recommend this system to everyone, on a side note though prepare for a flurry of angry neighbours telling you to turn it down.
#27
I've had the next model model up (the Onkyo 606) for about 4 months now and it's been great. Loads of options to taylor the settings to your kit, superb sound, and easy to use. From what I read when I purchased mine, the 505 isn't much of a step down so should still be very good.

I paid £350 for mine too, but would probably have got this one instead at this price.
#28
Total digital is where I got mine from last november.I paid £229 for mine.I assumed they were still available.Although at £250 the Sony is worth it.Rocks my world anyway.
#29
Just to clear a few things up here...

The TXSR506 will not recieve audio via HDMI (LPCM or bitstreamed TrueHD etc). So you would have to use an optical/coaxial input as the HDMI on this amp is a switcher only.

If you did want to make use of the new HD audio tracks, then I would suggest looking at the next model up which is the TXSR576 which from can be had from Superfi at the same price. This reciever can handle LPCM (when decoded at source i.e. PS3 etc) over the HDMI with HD audio.

I won't mark this cold, but bearing in this in mind the TXSR576 is a much better deal.

:thumbsup:
#30
sideysid
Just to clear a few things up here...

The TXSR506 will not recieve audio via HDMI (LPCM or bitstreamed TrueHD etc). So you would have to use an optical/coaxial input as the HDMI on this amp is a switcher only.

If you did want to make use of the new HD audio tracks, then I would suggest looking at the next model up which is the TXSR576 which from can be had from Superfi at the same price. This reciever can handle LPCM (when decoded at source i.e. PS3 etc) over the HDMI with HD audio.

I won't mark this cold, but bearing in this in mind the TXSR576 is a much better deal.

:thumbsup:


I already have voted this cold, as its a clearance item from Richer Sounds therefore could be ex demo, scratched etc :

For anyone interested, they may want to consider not bothering with Richer Sounds, as its a clearance item and as a result may be a display model/missing remote...scratched...etc etc......

They have them in both silver or black finishes here for 199.99 free delivery in 3-5 days, therefore I vote this cold...

http://www.exceptional-av.co.uk/prod...FQZlswodDjw8cw

The fact that you have found the model up from this that does True HD for 195 quid at Superfi delivered makes the Superfi deal a no brainer! That surely has to be the cheapest receiver deal on HDMI 1.3 specced equipment.
#31
cicobuff
The fact that you have found the model up from this that does True HD for 195 quid at Superfi delivered makes the Superfi deal a no brainer! That surely has to be the cheapest receiver deal on HDMI 1.3 specced equipment.


Its actually not HDMI 1.3 specced, only 1.2. But that does still not detract that it can take LPCM HD audio (just not decode them itself like the 606).

Alas, it looks as though they've run out of stock now and as it was an discontinued model I doubt they'll get anymore. Good bargain for those who got one though from Superfi.
#32
sideysid
Its actually not HDMI 1.3 specced, only 1.2. But that does still not detract that it can take LPCM HD audio (just not decode them itself like the 606).

Alas, it looks as though they've run out of stock now and as it was an discontinued model I doubt they'll get anymore. Good bargain for those who got one though from Superfi.


Yeah it was a good bargain, now I feel the next best bet then is this model through that other link I gave as it could be ex demo at RS..hence scratched....new for 195 quid at that link I gave delivered.
#33
I`ve been reading all the arguing over this product, But could someone advise me over the best hdmi av amp I can get for less than £250?
#34
RiKx
ive got an '875 ( i think it was what hi-fi product of he year) it was about £1000. The first one i took out the box plugged the speakers in and set it to run auto setup. when i came back it was in standy - odd i thought? but i turned it on and the thing -LITERALLY- exploded. the replacement i opened the box and it had already got a mark (scratch) on it.

The thing runs sooooooo hot it heats my flat, it has the cheapest rubbish remote going. Also i has horiz interference on the DVD component inputs (no it isnt any other part of the link - checked them all and they are good quality cables - tried ixos and QED and it only does it when the signal runs through the amp). I calld and emailed onkyo customer support about all these issues. They never responded.

Thats before i've even started to listen to it. what a disappointment. it sounds no better it stereo than my yamaha which price entry was half the 875 and actually cost me much less. while it does have lots of features they dont make up for lack of sound quality. Another annoying niggle is that it defaults picture output to 4:3 so you HAVE TO switch the amp on AFTER the device you wish to use. No its not the HDMI switcher as not all the devices are connected by hdmi. If you forget you either have o go through several setup menus the select another ratio. or turn it off and then on again.

the stereo processing is very funny as well - in stereo / analogue sources it doesn't seem to re-direct any bass to the sub (i have large floorstanders which setup recognises) if the speakers are set to large. only if you set the speakers to small does it start to use the sub which of course has a much greater low end than the floorstanders. While this isnt so much of an issue with music as often subs overcook music bass, its very annoying with non discrete sources such as TV broadcast or video as it doesnt had as much 'grunt' as id like. If you decide to set the speakers to small however the cross over freq is higher and therefore restricts the use of the main L/R set and you get either a 'gap' in the soundfield or the sub doesnt have the speed to do the bass which is more towards the mid-range and you end up with it sounding like a sub-sat package which defeats the point!

and, i know this was obvious before, but it really is worth mentioning as its quite astounding....THEY (ONKYO PRODUCTS) ARE SOOOOOO UGLY not to mention 'cheap' feeling in comparison to rivals not even in the same price range!? Also the 875 is HUGE its so big it wont fit on quite a few a/v stands and racks because instead of making i taller, they elected to make it much DEEPER. Consequently fitting it anywhere becomes a major issue!

im sure there is stuff that ive forgotten but you get the gist.
My advice is buy a Denon / Sony / Yamaha - you'll be much happier


I owned an 875 for over a year and a half and just replaced it ( in jan ) with a 906... having listened to equally priced denons / sonys and yamahas i found the onkyo to be the best of the bunch. Nice clean sharp sound on films, plenty of grunt. FANTASTIC sound stage and really nice clean easy menus.
My 875 was also superb, if you really think an AV receiver is going to be of equal calabur to a stereo amp then you really need to rethink purchases in the future. My 906 deals with music very well much better than my old 875 which was still very good in its own right.. i do however have a musical fidelity A5 stereo amp for listening to music as my main source and considering that cost as much as my 906 for a stereo amp its bound to be better :thumbsup:

See my review here of the 906 ...

http://www.avforums.com/forums/onkyo-owners-forum/921794-just-upgraded-txsr875-txnr906-my-review.html

However for people considering the onkyo 506 it really does lack any "oomph". Take a look at the cambridge audio 340R / 540R for a similar price, much better sounding amps.

Onkyos come into there own at the 606 / 607 range but only are any good for music from the 805/6 upwards
banned#35
Chunky piece of kit...prefer something slim line but still good value..only a few left now

http://www.froogle.richersounds.com/common/productpictures/304730-1.jpg
#36
I don't have a decent home cinema amp, so i can't comment directly on this or others, however I will say that all I've heard about from other people about Onkyo amps is that they run very hot, and that is a deal breaker for me.

On the audio front, it's down to personal preference as has been said, people can argue all they like about this-vs-that, fact is different people have different audio preferences, and also depends on the speakers used, which is why I would always get an audio demo before making any decisions when it comes to amps and home cinema. :thumbsup:
#37
Boxrick
I owned an 875 for over a year and a half and just replaced it ( in jan ) with a 906... having listened to equally priced denons / sonys and yamahas i found the onkyo to be the best of the bunch. Nice clean sharp sound on films, plenty of grunt. FANTASTIC sound stage and really nice clean easy menus.
My 875 was also superb, if you really think an AV receiver is going to be of equal calabur to a stereo amp then you really need to rethink purchases in the future. My 906 deals with music very well much better than my old 875 which was still very good in its own right.. i do however have a musical fidelity A5 stereo amp for listening to music as my main source and considering that cost as much as my 906 for a stereo amp its bound to be better :thumbsup:

See my review here of the 906 ...

http://www.avforums.com/forums/onkyo-owners-forum/921794-just-upgraded-txsr875-txnr906-my-review.html

However for people considering the onkyo 506 it really does lack any "oomph". Take a look at the cambridge audio 340R / 540R for a similar price, much better sounding amps.

Onkyos come into there own at the 606 / 607 range but only are any good for music from the 805/6 upwards


I didn't compare it to a stereo amp, fool! i compared it IN stereo! i mentioned the amp i had as its a surround amp. I think you should have read my post properly!
#38
RiKx
I didn't compare it to a stereo amp, fool! i compared it IN stereo! i mentioned the amp i had as its a surround amp. I think you should have read my post properly!


having a bad day?
#39
opencube
having a bad day?


ya know i really cant remember as it way agesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss ago :thinking:

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