I don't know if that's true or not, but if it is, that would explain why I can't find this receiver anywhere other than the Onkyo website. The specs look good and I'm tempted to pull the trigger. Does anyone have any experience with Onkyo AV receivers?
dollarshort said: Does anyone have any experience with Onkyo AV receivers?
I have one from several years ago. It is a step or two up from this (TX-RC180). Onkyo have a reputation for having lots of features for the money, along with good sound. I found that to be the case.
For receivers of mine's vintage, Onkyo had trouble with the HDMI circuits overheating (this was not Onkyo's problem alone), and a lot of people had to have the HDMI board replaced (under warranty usually, or with a special unadvertised free warranty extension). The problem might have been caused by the newish non-lead ROHS solder not being as good as the old lead-based solder was under heat/cool cycles.
In any case, I think that the problems have been pretty much resolved. DO make sure you pay attention to the ventilation requirements you'll find in your user manual. With today's receivers, putting them in an enclosed area is never a good idea.
One of the best places to keep up with what's going on with audio gear is http://www.avsforum.com There's a receiver sub-forum, look for recent Onkyo posts there.
The HT-RC560 appears identical to the TX-NR626, and as such it is a very good deal indeed. There is a very slight difference in the specs when you compare the two under "3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry" - this is probably a "typo", but there's a post on the 'net that includes a message from an Onkyo rep that they are the "same build".
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