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Onkyo TX-SR608 review

Ben Pitt
9 Aug 2010
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Onkyo TX-SR608
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
434
inc VAT

Masses of inputs, HDMI upscaling and excellent sound quality make this receiver worth splashing out on

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Specifications

The entry-level Onkyo SR308 meets most people’s needs and costs just £219. At almost double the price, the SR608 needs to offer quite a lot more.

There are certainly a lot more sockets. Six HDMI inputs is the most we’ve seen on an AV receiver. Best of all, one is front-mounted, making it perfect for a stills or video camera. The front panel also has minijack audio and AV inputs for an MP3 player and analogue camcorder. There are more phono, S/P-DIF and analogue video inputs on the back than we can imagine ever needing, and even a VGA input to connect a computer that doesn’t have a DVI or HDMI output. All analogue video inputs are digitised, upscaled and sent to the HDMI output, so the SR608 can act as a hub for all your AV equipment.

The amplifier outputs are all on binding posts, which are much more secure than the spring terminals used on the SR308 and other budget AV receivers. There’s a total of nine speaker outputs, giving 7.1 surround plus a stereo zone 2 output. Different sources can be sent to the two zones, and while it’s not possible to send HDMI sources to zone 2, you could connect a Blu-ray player’s analogue output to use it as a CD player for zone 2. The zone 2 speaker output can also be configured to be used as front-high or front-wide speakers, which might be useful if you’re planning to install a 20-seat auditorium in your living room.

Onkyo TX-SR608

Automatic speaker calibration is included, and as usual, there’s a massive choice of listening modes from Direct 5.1 and stereo downmix to various DSP-powered surround effects. It’s even possible to pre-define which mode is used for different incoming signal types for each HDMI input. The remote can be a little bewildering at times but it handles everyday tasks well.

This is a extremely well-equipped receiver, and it shares the same superior sound quality as the SR308. If you need a receiver that will do everything and pump all inputs over an HDMI output, this is the one to buy.

Details

Price£434
Rating*****
AwardUltimate

Connections

HDMI inputs6
HDMI outputs1
Component inputs2
Component outputs1
Output resolutionsPAL (576i), 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets0
SCART socket typeN/A
S-Video input0
S-video output0
Composite inputs5
Composite outputs2
Stereo phono inputs7
Stereo phono outputs2
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs2
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF inputs2
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Multi-channel inputno
Headphone output1/4in
Speaker configuration7.1
Main unit end speaker connection typebinding posts
Speaker end speaker connection typeN/A
Other connections2 subwoofer line outs, calibration mic input, zone 2 line out, VGA in, minijack line input, wired remote, Universal Port
Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking supportnone

Playback

Surround sound formatsDolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD HRA, DTS-HD MA
Optical driveno
Region freeN/A
Supported playback disc formatsN/A
Audio format supportN/A
Video playback formatsN/A
Image viewing formatsN/A
RadioFM, AM

Speakers

Speaker configuration7.1
RMS power output1440W
RMS power centre160W
RMS power front320W
RMS power surround640W
RMS power subwoofer0W
Wall mountableno
Centre speaker cable lengthN/A
Front speaker cable lengthN/A
Surround speaker cable lengthN/A

General

Extrasremote control, calibration mic, FM antenna, AM antenna
Size435x329x176mmmm
Subwoofer dimensionsN/A
Centre speaker dimensionsN/A
Front speaker dimensionsN/A
Surround speaker dimensionsN/A
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on78W

Buying Information

Price£434
Warrantyone-year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.scan.co.uk
Detailswww.eu.onkyo.com