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ONKYO TXSR333 Black AV Receiver Now £149.99 at Richer Sounds
ONKYO TXSR333 Black AV Receiver Now £149.99 at Richer Sounds

ONKYO TXSR333 Black AV Receiver Now £149.99 at Richer Sounds

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(5.1 channel, 100 watts / channel, UltraHD / 4K, 3D, Bluetooth audio streaming, USB)

Not sure whether to get this or the Pioneer vsx-529...?

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also at amazon/ebay for the same money amazon uk may go for this.

"The TX-SR333 also comes with Onkyo's WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology). WRAT gives a more dynamic sound with a punchier bass response. Added to this is a discrete output stage. By using discrete (separate) components rather than an IC chip, superior quality components can be used for a more detailed sound quality. It's not just the amplifier technology that makes Onkyo receivers stand out. A Burr-Brown 192/24 TI DAC for all channels and an advanced 32-Bit Processing Chip makes this an impressive sounding AV receiver on the digital side, too. For the ultimate in high quality sound, the Onkyo TXSR333 features a rear-mounted USB socket. Connect up your PC, laptop or other mass-storage class drive and you'll not only be able to playback MP3, AAC and WMA files but also FLAC and WAV files up to 192 kHz/24-bit resolution. In addition to this, WMA Lossless, Apple Lossless and 5.6 MHz DSD high resolution files are compatible, too. It may be one of Onkyo's budget models, but this doesn't stop the TXSR333 from boasting a highly impressive six HDMI sockets. Being HDMI 2.0 standard, these sockets are ready for anything, including 3D and 4K formats. This model also features a passive Zone 2 output - perfect for music via active speakers in another room. Added to this are a wide range of other sockets including a component input for older DVD players and three digital audio inputs. With a Bluetooth receiver built in, it's easy to enjoy your music from other devices. Pair with your smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC and wirelessly stream all your favourite music. "
link to Pioneer vsx-529 deal

Edited by: "EMBASSY" 3rd Jan 2015

Looks like a sofa to me

my 12 year old pioneer is still going strong otherwise would be tempted

for the most part. could be happy with a one box setup. yet no headphones out? even on the tv. its hinds around the back. FFS
edit: orderd from ebay for the same. plus i get necter points.
edit2: also orderd Pioneer SHS100 AV Speaker System 5.1£89 free uk delivery @ Peter Tyson Audio Visual
more info here.
job done.

Edited by: "EMBASSY" 3rd Jan 2015

Banned

ataritheone

Looks like a sofa to me



It's probably the size of one........

copthis1

It's probably the size of one........



Looks like a microwave without the middle.

Unheard of brand. Get a Sony.

bigsky

Unheard of brand. Get a Sony.


2015, and still going

EMBASSY

also at amazon/ebay for the same money amazon uk may go for this.


The Amazon price is just Richer Sounds via their Marketplace.

Hot deal and I'll be going for this over the Pioneer, as I prefer having a brick and mortar store nearby with electrical goods.
Edited by: "thekitkatshuffler" 3rd Jan 2015

I have had two Onkyo products, the first was replaced FOC due to a known fault, so cannot complain about service, however the second unit also has a fault. So buy with care.

My current receiver is an Onkyo and I've had no problems with it in 5 years. At least by buying from Richer Sounds I'll have peace of mind if something does go wrong though.

Have the exact same receiver for the past 5 years was dubious at first about buying it as its not a well know name but have to say its a cracking wee sound system.

I went for the Pioneer deal and picked up the pioneer 5.1 speakers from Peter Tyson so all in just short of £250 for full setup
Speakers Pioneer SHS100£89 Delivered
Pioneer VSX-529£159.90 Delivered

I looked at this one, the Yamaha and the Pioneer but the pioneer offers so much more on the network side, yes its not wifi (require dongle) but it is a really good amp compared to the others here is a review I found and posted on the Pioneer deal thread:

Found this review before purchasing its on a German review site so will need to translate through google hopefully the link will work
full in depth review

It helped me choose it over the rx-v377, below is the verdict, hope it helps

Conclusion:
The Pioneer VSX-529 proves that even with AV receivers in the upper level class / lower middle class performance jumps are possible. We have often written that has been done in cheap price ranges in recent years much - the 529 shows in the test that was not there though and at least Pioneer 2014 offers even more: Especially good stereo sound and the audible improved fine dynamics like us. With HiRes audio files in FLAC format is surprisingly small Pioneer to ground. The handling is easy, although the remote control has too many buttons. The solid processed and shapely device can be controlled comfortable with the iControl AV5 App. Deficits - Bluetooth and WLAN module is missing, only dongles are optional retrofit. In addition, the VSX-529 can not play DSD files via USB and network in the HiRes mode.

Little Sound Artist: The dynamic, clear, powerful sound of the Pioneer VSX-529 does much more than the very fair price
+ Very stable levels
+ Dynamic, powerful sound in multi-channel and stereo operation
+ Precision Dynamic really good
+ Solid build quality
+ MCACC works well
+ Good app
+ AirPlay, HTC Connect, Connect Spotify
+ 2 Subwoofer Pre Outs

- No DSD network and USB
- Bluetooth and WiFi only optional
- OSD not consistently in German
Edited by: "shopofhorrors123" 3rd Jan 2015

Onkyo is a high quality name in audio since decades, its av receivers are reviewed as very good audio quality better than Denon or Pioneer but many owners have complaint about faults. So for this price and if you get with 3-5 years extra care from Richer Sounds like places it's not bad for audiophiles. I would have bought this for sound quality but Yamaha have got better reviews for reliability and sound as well just waiting for new model to be announced in 2015 and hopefully 2014 model of rice will drop down.

Price

ejz

Price



£149.99

I picked this up from RS last sat at this price to replace my 11ish year old Sony, only real reasons for swapping was to have the hdmi inputs with standby passthrough, lipsync and also liking the bluetooth connection to throw music from my phone. Bonus that my old Sony was silver and this in black fits nicer on tv stand :-)

Quite a nice unit and when I was comparing it was better specs for the money vs the other manufactures

I got the Onkyo 535 for £190 in the Amazon.De lightning deal
Lovely unit and Wifi and blutooth built in is just the icing on the cake!

This is a good little unit though but for this money I would probably have gone for the Pioneer 529

Original Poster

crazylegs

I got the Onkyo 535 for £190 in the Amazon.De lightning dealLovely unit … I got the Onkyo 535 for £190 in the Amazon.De lightning dealLovely unit and Wifi and blutooth built in is just the icing on the cake!This is a good little unit though but for this money I would probably have gone for the Pioneer 529



What makes you prefer the 529?

Never heard of this brand before I suggest a bush or alba

Jonnyblock

What makes you prefer the 529?


Read shopofhorrors post!

SLOAMAN

Never heard of this brand before I suggest a bush or alba


Nooooo always go for the premier brand of Matsui!

For a single input/output, would something like this be better?

amazon.co.uk/dp/…NKO

So i have a tx-sr606, it's getting a bit old and has no network features, 3d support etc. Any idea how this or the pioneer would compare sound quality wise to my old onkyo? (And which is best between these newer two?)

cpatuzzo

For a single input/output, would something like this be … For a single input/output, would something like this be better?http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00JESRNKO


No.

Hi guys, I need some advice about my setup and wondered if this amp would solve an issue.

Current setup: PS4, connected by optical cable to Sony STRDH500, connected to Wharfdale DX1 HCP 5.1.

Ive taken the time to try different settings and sound modes on the amp, but always seem to have this problem where speech isn't too clear. I have to turn up the volume to hear speech better, then the action scenes are too loud and have to turn it down. So I'm watching movies holding onto the remote just in case a loud part comes up! Not fun.

I'm not sure if anyone else happens to have had experience with my amp (if so you're input would be hugely appreciated) or more likely I'd like to know if you all use the PS4 through your amps without this issue?

As far as I know, my amp decodes DTS and Dolby but none of the HD modes. Although my amp has HDMI ports, these are video only. I wonder whether sound passed to the amp via HDMI through a HD type codec would help.

Also my amp says it has 130W per channel (8ohms, 1 khz, THD 10%), would this amp have more punch?

onkyo are extremely Underrated by the masses


had mine for 9 years and still as incredible as 9 years ago

Onkyo have been at the forefront of home cinema longer than any other manufacturer and have been around since 1946 the same Year Sony was established so there are a name you can trust

Dear jiffz

I have the same speaker setup as you Wharfdale DX1 HCP 5.1. and I used to have a cheap sony av amp and also suffered the same problems I upgraded to a Onkyo tx-nr709 and the speakers really came alive I think you really need to think about upgrading your amp

This deal looks interesting. I wonder if I could ask a couple of questions to those with this type of AV amp - I've had the same hifi for about 25 years (Kenwood KA660D amp and Wharfedale Diamond IV speakers, they were decent budget hifi when new) and I am not up to speed on AV kit. I'm looking to replace my amp (switches need replacing and I suspect it'll cost more than it's worth to get someone to do the work for me) and also to get better sound from the telly (we use Sky, Blu-ray/DVD and a WD Live box for most of our watching) which at the moment is standalone.

Q - if I get this AV receiver, can I continue to use just my existing two speakers with it (for a while - I would look to upgrade to a multi-speaker setup but that would not be just now due to cash flow) - ie can I use it in "stereo" mode rather than multichannel? And if so, would that only be when listening to music or would it work okay for TV sound?

Q - Should I expect the audio quality when used for listening to my streamed music (FLAC played through a Squeezebox) to be on a par with my existing amp (ie not significantly worse)?

Thanks for any input. This looks like a good deal.

On RicherSounds website the picture of the Onkyo seems to have only spring-clip terminals for the speaker cables instead of decent binding posts to accomodate banana plugs...if the photo is accurate then that's unforgivable for a decent or reputable manufacturer of a modern amp/receiver

I have nice but ancient Z5500 set connected straight to multipurpose living room PC (SB Z card). Great for movies and enjoying those pesky greenskins squeak dying in SoM, but relatively meh for Johanna Newsom’s FLACs/classics. I have been using headphones for music almost exclusively.

Would this el-cheapo 5.1 Pioneer/Onkyo setup be a worthwhile upgrade? Wiring is fine, minimum hassle but would hate an extra case. (not matching with Antec Fusion, the only box in the living room)

TIA.

bigsky

Unheard of brand. Get a Sony.


Just don'y buy a Sony Receiver with a network connection.

adrianmg

This deal looks interesting. I wonder if I could ask a couple of … This deal looks interesting. I wonder if I could ask a couple of questions to those with this type of AV amp - I've had the same hifi for about 25 years (Kenwood KA660D amp and Wharfedale Diamond IV speakers, they were decent budget hifi when new) and I am not up to speed on AV kit. I'm looking to replace my amp (switches need replacing and I suspect it'll cost more than it's worth to get someone to do the work for me) and also to get better sound from the telly (we use Sky, Blu-ray/DVD and a WD Live box for most of our watching) which at the moment is standalone.Q - if I get this AV receiver, can I continue to use just my existing two speakers with it (for a while - I would look to upgrade to a multi-speaker setup but that would not be just now due to cash flow) - ie can I use it in "stereo" mode rather than multichannel? And if so, would that only be when listening to music or would it work okay for TV sound?Q - Should I expect the audio quality when used for listening to my streamed music (FLAC played through a Squeezebox) to be on a par with my existing amp (ie not significantly worse)?Thanks for any input. This looks like a good deal.



The channel amount is a capability, it isn't a requirement. It should in theory work with a single channel in use.

It depends. All this type of equipment have their own characteristics. If you're used to your sound and this sounds maybe a little warmer or neutral, you might feel like it's an upgrade or downgrade.

Rule of thumb. Don't run very capable speakers with a cheap amp. If you do you up the risk of damaging them when playing at loud volumes. Always keep that in mind. You want some overhead.

jiffz

Hi guys, I need some advice about my setup and wondered if this amp would … Hi guys, I need some advice about my setup and wondered if this amp would solve an issue.Current setup: PS4, connected by optical cable to Sony STRDH500, connected to Wharfdale DX1 HCP 5.1.Ive taken the time to try different settings and sound modes on the amp, but always seem to have this problem where speech isn't too clear. I have to turn up the volume to hear speech better, then the action scenes are too loud and have to turn it down. So I'm watching movies holding onto the remote just in case a loud part comes up! Not fun.I'm not sure if anyone else happens to have had experience with my amp (if so you're input would be hugely appreciated) or more likely I'd like to know if you all use the PS4 through your amps without this issue? As far as I know, my amp decodes DTS and Dolby but none of the HD modes. Although my amp has HDMI ports, these are video only. I wonder whether sound passed to the amp via HDMI through a HD type codec would help.Also my amp says it has 130W per channel (8ohms, 1 khz, THD 10%), would this amp have more punch?



The ratings are vague. All you can do is compare the power output, or perform real tests with power meters etc.

Onkyo use Dolby Volume with an auto volume leveler designed for the vast dynamic range movies have. Intense loud action scenes and the inaudible dialogue. You can adjust center channel volume and center field and set Dolby Volume on, enable the leveler to medium so that it will lower action scene volume and increase quiter scenes. It has the same effect on adverts. Note, music sounds awful with this setting as the drums and bass cause huge fluctuations.


Network capability (more useful than blue teeth) and better speaker posts speak for Pioneer

jiffz

Although my amp has HDMI ports, these are video only.



Can hardly believe this. Are you sure you have enabled sound output through HDMI in PS 4 menu?

witekgl

Network capability (more useful than blue teeth) and better speaker posts … Network capability (more useful than blue teeth) and better speaker posts speak for Pioneer


The Pioneer is definitely a slightly better unit, but for something I want to own for at least 5 years, I'm putting a lot of weight in the vendor choice.

The Pioneer retailer's return of faulty goods policy looks dodgy and not what I'd expect from someone reputable.

Plus I can't see any option for an extended warranty on their cluttered site, whereas a 5 year one from Richer is only £14.95

Edited by: "thekitkatshuffler" 3rd Jan 2015

I am considering the Pioneer 529 too at £200 however I know Onkyo is a decent brand.. does anyone have a side by side comparison of this v the 529?

Thanks

2 year warranty with Onkyo as standard
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