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ONKYO TX-NR515 7.2-Channel Network 3D Ready A/V Receiver
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggs Save Yourself The Trouble! 01/12/2013

This review is from: ONKYO TX-NR515 7.2-Channel Network 3D Ready A/V Receiver

Pros: Network and streaming features worked well including streaming music from Android device and from built in streaming apps. Audessy auto speaker calibration supported multi listening point calibration.

Cons: This receiver is cheaply built and is riddled with bugs. I bought it on Black Friday 2012 and performed the USB only October 12' firmware update which was supposed to fix the HDMI out issues. A week and a half later it would connect intermittently with cable box and to the tv. I had to unplug it sevdral times to get the hdmi pass through to work. It was a pain! I returned it for the Yamaha RX-V673 and I am so glad I did! I should have spent the extra money on the Yamaha to begin with! The Yamaha is a much better product!

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YAMAHA RX-V673BL 7-Channel AV Receiver
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  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Perfect Mid Grade AVR! 01/12/2013

This review is from: YAMAHA RX-V673BL 7-Channel AV Receiver

Pros: HDMI switching works perfectly compared to the Onkyo TX NR515 which was extremely buggy even after updating the firmware to the Nov. 2012 release which was supposed to fix the issue! Streaming Google play music from Android device works flawlessly. Operating the receiver via Android app works really well. Lots of sound and speaker options to tinker with. Receiver stays cool. GUI is simple but nice to navigate.
Sounds cleaner than Onkyo TX NR515, but has a little less bass. Is not plagued with the bugs that the Onkyo was. I returned the Onkyo TX NR515 and bought the Yamaha RX-V673 for $120 more. It was well worth the extra money. Switching between inputs is twice as fast and seems a lot more reliable.

Cons: No video out picture modes like the Onkyo had, but minor issue since the picture quality is nice and you have more picture options on TV anyways. A little higher of a learning curve from the Onkyo, but this is due to loads of customization options. HDMI out signal pops off and on when opening or closing receiver's on screen menu. Kind of annoying, if your watching tv or a movie and your going in and out of the menu a lot. Overall it's positives far outweigh its negatives!

Other Thoughts: Don't be cheap and buy the Onkyo TX NR515 or 616! Spend the extra dough and go with the Yamaha RX-V equivalent!

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Nathan H.'s Profile

Display Name: Nathan H.

Date Joined: 11/25/11

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  • Last Review: 01/12/13
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