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An AV Receiver for the 21st Century

Onkyo TX SR607

Rating: ★★★★☆

You can usually tell what kind of receiver you are getting by looking at the back of the unit. The more connections the better. The Onkyo TX SR607 doesn’t dissappoint.

With full 7.2 Support there are a multitude of speaker bindings, with the option of reducing you speaker count to 5.1 and bi-wiring for better performance accross the audio bands. There are also ports for a second (stereo) audio zone, although this is restricted to routing analogue inputs only (which is a shame), but it’s not a deal breaker.

The audio quality out of the receiver is superb, it comes with a microphone so you can optimise the audio of a given room with respect to you listening position, this makes set up a breeze, but all of the options are still available either though the unit’s lcd display or via an set up screen sent to your tv over hdmi, so if you like tinkering you can.

With respect to inputs, it has almost everything. Video wise, component and composite are supported (with 2 and 5 ports respectively) as well as 5 hdmi ports. The only input lacking is scart, but that is old technology these days, and for audio purposes you can always get an adpator to peel off the audio and route it through the unit.

The great thing about this receiver is that all of the video inputs can be updscaled and output though the hdmi output, this means that with a single cable to your tv you can hook in your dvd player, wii, xbox, satellite/cable box and any other legacy equipment you might have. This resolves the need for multiple connections creating rats nest behind the TV (extremely unsightly if you’ve decided to wall mount).

Audio wise there are 6 pairs of analogue stereo inputs with 2 optical and 2 coaxial digital inputs offering full surround per channel. You will run out of external equipment well before you runout of inputs. It also has a built in FM/AM tuner but sadly no DAB.

I would personally have liked to see a secondary hdmi output on this beast, coupled with the zone 2 audio it would enable a second tv in the kitchen or bedroom and it would have been nice to source this from an alternative input.

All in all, this is a delightful piece of kit, although it might seem quite pricey, for the amount of functionality you are getting it is the budget option.

Pros

  • Component inputs
  • Composite inputs
  • In Built Analogue tuner
  • In-built Analogue tuner

Cons

  • Only 1 HDMI output
  • Zone2 2 doesn't have full connectivity
  • No Built in Digital tuner.

Verdict

All in all, this is a delightful piece of kit, although it might seem quite pricey, for the amount of functionality you are getting it is the budget option.


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