ONKYO TXNR656Black Atmos AV Receiver Richer Sounds £299 Richer sounds (instore only deal)
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ONKYO TXNR656Black Atmos AV Receiver Richer Sounds £299 Richer sounds (instore only deal)

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Found 26th Apr 2017
Been looking to upgrade to an Atmos receiver - and for under £300 this appears to tick all the boxes.
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For that kind of money you could pay for a well known brand..8)
Unknown brand, probably Chinese. Get a Sony instead.
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For that kind of money you could pay for a well known brand..8)
Nice sofa
Identical to the Pioneer VSX-1311 in a lot of ways. Same price.
Are we allowed to mention yogurt?
Unknown brand, probably Chinese. Get a Sony instead.
Is it in Loughborough branch?
I only check these threads for the same old comments! I am cracking up! What a classic.
Speculator

Unknown brand, probably Chinese. Get a Sony instead.



​Oh I don't know, didn't they also make the VerDrive product that sponsored The Simpsons on Sky1 at Christmas?
coathanger

For that kind of money you could pay for a well known brand..8)



Oh ffs.
Speculator

Unknown brand, probably Chinese. Get a Sony instead.



If you don't know the brand. You don't know anything. Ffs.
I think they were being sarcastic
Wanted one of these bad and had been watching the price and waiting for the magic £299 and then it gets there but no stock so ive lost out, am gutted. I fail to see where the deal is as it says none by online or phone or store.
Hook, line and kitchen sink...
polly69

Wanted one of these bad and had been watching the price and waiting for … Wanted one of these bad and had been watching the price and waiting for the magic £299 and then it gets there but no stock so ive lost out, am gutted. I fail to see where the deal is as it says none by online or phone or store.



Go for the Pioneer. VSX-1311

edit: It's back to £350 now.
Edited by: "rev6" 26th Apr 2017
Loughboroguy never shows up on these comment sections any more
Very useful thread, thanks OP.
It's like honey pot for unfunny mongs that can then be put on 'ignore' easily.
Pointless getting an atmos receiver that only does 5.2.2 IMO. If you're going all out installing atmos, why skimp on the surrounds.
bma1445

Pointless getting an atmos receiver that only does 5.2.2 IMO. If you're … Pointless getting an atmos receiver that only does 5.2.2 IMO. If you're going all out installing atmos, why skimp on the surrounds.



Many people are happy with 5.1. Having .2 Atmos isn't the end of the world.
Jonj1611

I think they were being sarcastic



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m3racer123

Loughboroguy never shows up on these comment sections any more



Probably gone to Loughborough University to study marketing.
fishmaster

Probably gone to Loughborough University to study marketing.



​Can be usually found on the underwear section these days.
rev6

Many people are happy with 5.1. Having .2 Atmos isn't the end of the … Many people are happy with 5.1. Having .2 Atmos isn't the end of the world.



Coz in many domestic settings, 32 speakers wouldn't be feasible??
Would never buy an onkyo again my last onkyo was replaced five times with a failing hdmi board. Really poor quality kit
cabstar

Would never buy an onkyo again my last onkyo was replaced five times with … Would never buy an onkyo again my last onkyo was replaced five times with a failing hdmi board. Really poor quality kit



​Agreed. Ive gone through two Onkyo receivers in 3 years and the technical support team are useless. Never again. Luckily I had good warranties on them so managed to swap for another brand.
Nah, not for me. Why would I buy a receiver from a company that makes yoghurts............
rev6

Many people are happy with 5.1. Having .2 Atmos isn't the end of the … Many people are happy with 5.1. Having .2 Atmos isn't the end of the world.



.2 atmos isn't what I was talking about.

What I mean is that if you're going to the trouble of installing height speakers - why not go for at least a 7.1 setup first (at ground level).

It just seems silly to me to go to the effort (and cost) of installing height (reflective or ceiling) speakers, but not bothering with surround backs.

The only reason these cheap receivers have atmos is so that they can call them atmos receivers. If you want the proper atmos experience, you need to spend at least double this.
Edited by: "bma1445" 27th Apr 2017
bma1445

.2 atmos isn't what I was talking about.What I mean is that if you're … .2 atmos isn't what I was talking about.What I mean is that if you're going to the trouble of installing height speakers - why not go for at least a 7.1 setup first (at ground level).It just seems silly to me to go to the effort (and cost) of installing height (reflective or ceiling) speakers, but not bothering with surround backs.The only reason these cheap receivers have atmos is so that they can call them atmos receivers. If you want the proper atmos experience, you need to spend at least double this.



5.1.2 is still Atmos I don't see the problem. The Z810 supports this too from what I can tell and that's twice the cost. With Yamaha you're paying £1000 for 7.1.2
It's like saying 5.1 is pointless because there's 7.1
Edited by: "rev6" 27th Apr 2017
rev6

5.1.2 is still Atmos I don't see the problem. The Z810 supports this too … 5.1.2 is still Atmos I don't see the problem. The Z810 supports this too from what I can tell and that's twice the cost. With Yamaha you're paying £1000 for 7.1.2It's like saying 5.1 is pointless because there's 7.1



I'm not saying that at all.

What I'm saying is that installing atmos is a lot of work, and it makes no sense to do it unless you're going "all in". I'm not saying 5.1 is pointless, I'm saying 5.1.2 is pointless, when there's 7.1 (which would give you a bigger improvement over 5.1 than 5.1.2). The logical upgrade path is 5.1 -> 7.1 -> 7.1.2.

It's not worth the effort (ceiling speakers are a big effort) going to atmos, if you're not going to max-out on your ear-level setup.
bma1445

I'm not saying that at all. What I'm saying is that installing atmos is a … I'm not saying that at all. What I'm saying is that installing atmos is a lot of work, and it makes no sense to do it unless you're going "all in". I'm not saying 5.1 is pointless, I'm saying 5.1.2 is pointless, when there's 7.1 (which would give you a bigger improvement over 5.1 than 5.1.2). The logical upgrade path is 5.1 -> 7.1 -> 7.1.2. It's not worth the effort (ceiling speakers are a big effort) going to atmos, if you're not going to max-out on your ear-level setup.



Yeah I see what you mean.
I bought this model at Christmas when it was on offer for a lot more than this, been really pleased with it

I use it in conjunction with Monitor Audio bronze speakers and sub and the performance is outstanding, highly recommend and heat for a great price
PiiWii

Agreed. Ive gone through two Onkyo receivers in 3 years and the technical … Agreed. Ive gone through two Onkyo receivers in 3 years and the technical support team are useless. Never again. Luckily I had good warranties on them so managed to swap for another brand.



same here richer sounds swapped mine for a similar spec Yamaha amp which has been superb.
I paid £350 two weeks ago.
Dolby Vision coming too via a firmware update
jsw72

I paid £350 two weeks ago.


It's up to £379 now if that makes you feel better?! ........I think I'll wait
Speculator

Unknown brand, probably Chinese. Get a Sony instead.



I'm guessing you're being sarcastic or are clueless about AV receiver brands?
PiiWii

​Agreed. Ive gone through two Onkyo receivers in 3 years and the t … ​Agreed. Ive gone through two Onkyo receivers in 3 years and the technical support team are useless. Never again. Luckily I had good warranties on them so managed to swap for another brand.



​I've had my 515 since 2012. Developed a problem in 2015 they picked it up, fixed it under warranty and sent it back in 2 weeks. been fine ever since. you can't get better than that if you ask me.
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