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Onkyo TX-SR308 review

Ben Pitt
11 Aug 2010
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Onkyo TX-SR308
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
219
inc VAT

Classy sound quality, comprehensive Blu-ray format support, a decent smattering of sockets and great value

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The SR308 is remarkably cheap for an AV receiver, particularly for a model that can decode the full set of audio formats used by Blu-ray discs, including Dolby TrueHD.

There are a few areas where the SR308’s entry-level specifications may prove frustrating. With no automatic calibration function, it’s down to you to adjust the levels of speakers to match the room layout.

The three HDMI inputs are enough for a Blu-ray player, Sky or Virgin box and a games console, but add a digital camera or camcorder and you’ll have to scrabble around the back swapping cables. The scarcity of front-mounted sockets is another potential frustration. There’s a minijack input to connect an MP3 player’s headphone output, but no video inputs.

Onkyo TX-SR308

We didn’t expect to find zone 2 speaker outputs at this price, though. If you’re prepared to sort out the necessary cabling, this is a great way to pipe music into a second room. The main and zone 2 speakers can be used simultaneously, although they can’t have different sources. The front panel includes buttons to toggle each zone on and off, plus eight more for selecting the source, along with treble and bass tone controls. The on-screen display looks smart and is easy to follow, and while the remote control is less easy on the eye, it does the job.

With 100 Watts per channel, this is one of the lower-rated amplifiers, but it had no problem creating a sizeable racket in our tests. Best of all, the amplifier demonstrated a small but significant improvement in sound quality compared to competing budget models from other manufacturers. There was a heightened sense of smoothness and depth, particularly in music-listening tests.

As long as three HDMI inputs and 5.1 surround is enough, there seems little point in spending more when the SR308 is so capable. Its sublime audio quality is the icing on the cake.

Details

Price£219
Rating*****
AwardBest Buy

Connections

HDMI inputs3
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 inputs4
Composite outputs1
Stereo phono inputs5
Stereo phono outputs1
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs1
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF inputs2
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Multi-channel inputno
Headphone output1/4in
Speaker configuration5.1
Main unit end speaker connection typespring terminals and binding posts
Speaker end speaker connection typeN/A
Other connectionssubwoofer line out, wired remote, Universal Port
Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking supportnone

Playback

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

Speakers

Speaker configuration5.1
RMS power output700W
RMS power centre100W
RMS power front200W
RMS power surround200W
RMS power subwoofer0W
Wall mountableno
Centre speaker cable lengthN/A
Front speaker cable lengthN/A
Surround speaker cable lengthN/A

General

Extrasremote control, FM antenna, AM antenna
Size435x329x152mmmm
Subwoofer dimensionsN/A
Centre speaker dimensionsN/A
Front speaker dimensionsN/A
Surround speaker dimensionsN/A
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on48W

Buying Information

Price£219
Warrantyone-year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.amazon.co.uk
Detailswww.eu.onkyo.com