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Onkyo TX-SR508

Onkyo TX-SR508
alaScore 83

295 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 295 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Onkyo TX-SR508 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 295 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Consumer review by:

Good value

 

Does almost everything well

Nothing to note

Consumer review by:

Sounds great, easy setup, questionable reliability

 

Sounds great when it's working, pulls extra detail out of iTunes mp3's and sets up a "you're there!" soundfield on movies. However, a sound break up issue in movies (at worst : 0.5secs of silence every few minutes - probably overheating and it's not...

Lots of inputs, 7.1 amp. Sounds excellent (with the clever stuff turned off). Audyssey makes setup easy. HDMI 1.4. Ability to reconfigure inputs via the onscreen menus. All-in-one remote also controls dvd, tv etc

Reliability - sound is breaking up on movies on a 2 week old unit. Bass is very heavy on standard settings (Tannoy SFX5.1 powered sub)

Consumer review by:

Zone 2 oddities and HDMI flicker

 

At this price point I wasn't expecting HDMI upconversion or too much fancy stuff, but it was advertised as a multi-room receiver and falls short of delivering the goods.

Sound quality, ease of HDMI input assignments, that "new electronics smell

Zone 2: Digital sources cannot be sent to Zone 2. They don't tell you until you get the owner's manual in your hands ; More Zone 2: No display of volume level going to Zone 2. The outdoor speakers could easily be cranked to eleven accidentally

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Onkyo TX-SR508 (black)

 

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Great features, but poor quality

 

Really glad that this was "free" with my speakers otherwise I would be incredibly upset that I paid good money for such junk. This was my first Onkyo and will definitely be my last. With so many good brands to choose from, why give them a second chance?

Came free with my speakers ; Lots of HDMI inputs ; Easy configuration ; 2 year warranty (as other review says - YOU'LL NEED IT)

Runs VERY hot. After about 2 months the audio started "fading" - would lose one or two speakers (they would cut in and out), then started to lose bass, then after a month or so of this the video starting cutting in and out intermittently, then cut out...

Consumer review by:

Don't Go Here

 

Onkyo's tech support was disappointing. I had trouble finding in the owner's manual how to manually adjust the audio delay to synchronize the voice audio with the lips of the speaker on the video. Onkyo's technical support person said that if my TV did...

On paper it seems a good value. The audio specifications and feature list are impressive for a reasonably priced AV Receiver. I gave two stars because apparently SOME units may actually work as described

In practice the receiver gets confused when sorting out audio signals and has HDMI video switching problems. I experienced the same "video flashing" problems of other reviewers. When playing a Blu-Ray DVD through the same Player the receiver sometimes...

Consumer review by:

Nice for the price

 

Very happy with the reciever.

For the price, this receiver is a very good buy. It has a lot of features. Easy to setup. Can be used to bi-amp the front speakers in 5.1 sound environment

Unit runs hot. The specs call for a good deal of clearance above the unit. Be aware of this requirement when placing in a cabinet

Consumer review by:

Upgrade from Sony HTIB

 

As a low budget Home Theater guy, buying this receiver paired with "free" Klipsh 500 5.1 surround speaker package for $399.00 seemed like a no brainer... and it has turned out to be a great decision on my part. The HDMI pass trough is just what my set...

Plenty of options ; HDMI Pass Through ; Plenty of Power

Have yet to have any issues

Consumer review by:

WTH

 

I LOVE my old Onkyo system and have watched many movies with my family and listened to music while cleaning the house with it. However, I had to upgrade because I bought a 3D television and BR player and wanted to watch TV with the best possible...

Great sound quality and picture is gorgeous. Love the ability to get 3D and the addition of HDMI 1.4 including the ability to rename the HDMI inputs to reflect the additional connected media. The ability to have the receiver and mic find the best...

It stopped allowing the connections to be seen by the television and didn't allow the other media to be seen or changed in order to be watched

Consumer review by:

Tricky setup with 2 zones

 

I used the setup microphone and got my 5.1 setup. I used the 2 zone feature to play music in my kitchen from my internet radio on my blu-ray. The sound and picture is wonderful. I can hear the difference between dvd and blu-ray now

When I set up the 2 zone feature it was a pain! I followed the directions and the only thing that could play through the zone 2 speakers was the radio. I wanted my internet radio through the blu-ray. I called Onkyo and spent 30 minutes on hold to speak...

Product Specifications

At Onkyo, the mission is to deliver outstanding audio and video quality to your home, no matter what budget you're on. With the 7.1-channel TX-SR508, you get an entry-level home theater centerpiece built to unleash the potential of your favorite entertainment sources. The TX-SR508 arrives brimming with processing and connectivity features previously unheard of at this level: four 3D-ready HDMI 1.4 inputs for connecting your high-definition sources; studio master-quality HD audio formats from Dolby and DTS; Dolby Pro Logic IIz for surround-sound possibilities; powered Zone 2 and bi-amping for more speaker flexibility; and a universal port and front-side input for connecting peripherals and portable devices. Meanwhile, Audyssey volume and equalization technologies ensure comfortable listening and a room-fitting soundstage. Underpinning it all is decades of Onkyo amplifier expertise in the form of WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) and a high-current, low-impedance drive.

Configuration

AirPlay: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DIGITAL RADIO: No
DLNA certified: No
Internet Radio: No
Number of Output Channels:5 + Subwoofer (5.1)
PC Streaming: No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Web Content Access: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Connectivity

Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI: Yes
iPod Control:Direct Control / No
Number of Output Channels:5 + Subwoofer (5.1)
PMP Docking: No
USB Interface:No / Yes
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No
YUV Interface: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: Yes
3D:No / Yes
3D Ready: No
CD Player / Recorder:CD Player
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Player
Home Theatre System (Digital Dolby and DVD Player): Yes
Loudspeakers: No
Network Music System: No
Sound Projector: No
Wireless Music System: No

Loudspeaker

Wireless Speakers: No

Playback

Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
DVD Audio Playback: No
HD-DVD Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: Yes

Recording

Blu-ray Recording: No
DVD-R Recording: No
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No

Sound

Dolby / DTS:Dolby Digital + DTS / Dolby True HD / DTS HD
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