Onkyo TX-SR805 Multi-channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

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HDMI has changed everything for receivers in a copy-protection-driven, Blu-ray-centric market. A few years ago, you were lucky to get a receiver that had component inputs for HD sources. Today, consumers are upset if the AV receiver won’t somehow calculate your taxes (of course, avoiding AMT). With the Onkyo TX-SR805 reviewed here and priced around $1,000, you get one of the nicer-sounding, most feature-packed receivers on the market today. Armed with HDMI v.1.3, with three HDMI inputs and a single monitor out, the Onkyo 805 will produce beautiful images, with the help of its internal Faroudja video processing, from some of your older components, as well as be able to showcase newer sources in stunning HD with all of its glory. The 805 can play all of the latest uncompressed music formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio. The receiver is a true 7.1 surround sound receiver with built-in Audyssey room correction that is not only automated, but almost always necessary. Seriously, the 805 can almost do it all and it looks stunning for a receiver, being minimal yet supremely functional. The set-up and operational menus are among the best in the industry and the remote is a personal favorite of mine, giving up a little aesthetic flare for pure functionality.

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High Points
• The Onkyo 805 is arguably one of the best-sounding receivers in its price class, possessing a full-bodied, non-etched sound with incredible bass definition and impact.
• The Onkyo 805 has 130 watts on tap across all seven of its channels and, based on my listening test, I would say those numbers are conservative, or at least accurate. The internal amps are very good.
• Video quality is topnotch and the Faroudja processing and up-conversion actually improves the look of legacy video sources, although it is important to note that the video processor is no miracle worker. Even the best standalone units like the DVDO VP50pro can only do so much for lousy-looking video.
• The 805’s daily livability is as simple as it gets and boasts a very user-friendly interface, compared to other similarly-priced receivers.
• The 805 boasts probably more connection options then the average consumer will need. However, even in the face of so many choices, the rear panel of the 805 is cleanly and clearly laid out, with plenty of room for even the bulkiest of cables.

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onkyo_tx_sr805_receiver.gifLow Points
• The 805, with all of its processing power and amplifier might, gets hot to the touch, so proper ventilation is an absolute must. 
• I would have liked to see a few more digital audio inputs for those of us with a few extra sources in our systems. 
• While three HDMI inputs are good and adequate for most users, there are now receivers that have four, even five, or more. More is almost always better, considering you can fill three inputs with a Blu-ray player, an HD DVR and, say, a PS3. That leaves little room for future copy-protected HD growth via HDMI.
• While the Onkyo 805 will send all the video signals through its HDMI monitor out (if you let it), it will not convert SD material to 1080p. You’re simply going to go from 480i to 480p with the 805 and its Faroudja processor in the chain. 

Conclusion
For close to $1,000, the Onkyo 805 is one of my favorite receivers available today. Sure, it doesn’t up-convert everything to 1080p, but that’s about all it lacks in terms of features when stacking it up against the competition. However, that little “cheat” so many enthusiasts like to spew out at you will cost you more and, if you already have the HD sources like a Blu-ray, HD DVD or DVR player, then save your money and rest assured that the Onkyo 805 is probably all the receiver you’re going to need for a long time.

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    1. McIntosh 1900
    People know McIntosh today from its long legacy of audiophile products including tube amps like the legendary 275 but they also were early players with stereo receivers like this McIntosh 1900.

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    2. Sansui 771
    You might have forgotten the name Sansui or the fact that you bought one of the stereo receivers back in the day at a Crazy Eddie’s but they are foundational products that were built like a tank.

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    3. Marantz 2258B
    Back in the day of Saul Marantz, his namesake brand made some of the most bad-ass receivers money could buy. This 2258B has more switches than one of Snoop Lion’s Impalas.

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    4. NAD 3020
    More of today’s audiophile’s got their start with the NAD 3020 than any other receiver out there. It was a minimally designed component that offered few frills but superior sound – a value proposition that sells well to this day.

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    5. Telefunken TRX 3000
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    6. Onkyo TX-SV919THX
    This Onkyo AV receiver from 1993 was one of the first with DTS as well as THX certification. If you wanted to know “where’s the goat?” from your Laserdisc of Jurassic Park – this was the receiver that you needed back in the day.

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    7. Denon 3110
    One of the first 7.1 receivers to come to market, this Denon beast packs a lot of amplification under the hood. Before receivers like this, you needed an outboard amp to have any hope of this type of sound but after the AVR 3110, it was all in one chassis.

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    8. Sony STRDA5800ES
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    9. Integra DTR 80.3
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