Having just bought one of these a month ago for £150 more this is a top deal.
Take a look at the Onkyo TXSR608's spec and then its price and you'll think there's been a misprint!
Following on from the already massively specced TX-SR607, the TX-SR608 offers an impressive specification, regardless of the price. In terms of connections, the TXSR608 easily competes with, or even exceeds, AV receivers costing twice as much. No fewer than 6 HDMI inputs are on hand, with one being front-mounted for occasionally connected sources such as HD camcorders or games consoles. Not only are these sockets more than capable of handling the most complex of home cinema systems, they are also version 1.4a sockets and therefore fully compatible with 3D TV. A highly unusual feature but welcomed by many is the addition of a VGA PC input. Finally, you can now route your PC's video signal through your home cinema system. You'll also find twin optical and twin coaxial digital inputs and the full complement of component, composite and RCA phono sockets that you'd expect. In addition to a front-mounted mini-jack for easy connection of any portable with a headphone output, the TXSR608 features a universal port at the back for Onkyo iPod dock connection or DAB+ tuner upgrade module.
Then there's the processing power to consider. As you'd expect, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus are all standard. In addition to this, the latest Onkyo AV receiver comes with Dolby Pro Logic IIz. Pro Logic IIz is the latest processor from Dolby that spatially enhances sound by incorporating front height channels. With the latest Faroudja DCDi Cinema technology, standard resolution analogue signals can be upscaled to 1080p for the highest quality viewing. In recognition of the Onkyo's outstanding ability, it has been awarded THX Select2 Plus Certification, meaning it meets exacting standards set by the Lucas Film studios - again, that's highly impressive given the price.
When it comes to setting the TXSR608 up, the standard Audyssey 2EQ system is there to help out. This not only automatically calibrates speakers, but also corrects room acoustic issues. The upshot of this hi-tech processing is ideal sound quality, whatever the room.
Finally, there's the sound quality. There's little doubt here that the TXSR608 is still one of the best in its class. If you were wondering what the "7.2" channel output meant, that's explained by the TXSR608's twin subwoofer outputs. When used in this way you get a better spread of bass and can use two smaller, but "faster" sounding subwoofers for a tighter, better controlled bass. The powerful sound of this amplifier is helped still further by the three-stage inverted Darlington circuitry, jitter-cleaning technology, WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) Pure Audio and Double Bass Function - not to mention the impressive 120 watts available to each speaker.
Powerful, well-connected and handsome. The Onkyo TX-SR608 is not going to be popular with its rivals! The best has just got better.