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It is a 7.1 channel receiver supporting HDMI 1.3a (2 inputs/1 output) for a very affordable MSRP of $499.

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Pros

Supports audio over HDMI

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None

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None

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Bi-amp capable

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High-def audio support - both TrueHD and DTS-HD MA

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Automatic speaker calibration

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Faroudja DCDi video upconversion to component video

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XM and Sirius ready

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Remote control can control 5 of your devices and is easy to use

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Easy to use On-Screen Display (OSD) through all video outputs

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HDMI 1.3a

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2-year warranty

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Cons

Could use more than 2 HDMI inputs

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1080i component video gets downconverted to 720p when transcoded to HDMI

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None

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HDMI board stopped working after 4 months. Multiple other analog inputs also not working.

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Small front display

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Analog-to-digital video conversion could be better

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Note: This receiver will be superceded by the Onkyo TX-SR606 scheduled to come out in the Summer of 2008.

The Onkyo TX-SR605 is a 7.1 channel receiver supporting HDMI 1.3a (2 inputs/1 output) for a very affordable MSRP of $499. It also includes 3 component, and 5 S-Video/composite that are transcoded and output to the HDMI output, simplifying your setup with all video and audio signals coming out of a single HDMI cable. This receiver was highly anticipated by gaming and A/V enthusiasts for its excellent lineup of specs (especially the HDMI support) and its low suggested retail price.

Features
  • Full A/V Processing via HDMI 1.3a with Upconversion (2 in 1 out)
  • HDMI Deep Color Capable (36bit)
  • Component Video Upconversion and HDTV-Capable (50 MHZ) Video Switching (3 in 1 out) Faroudja DCDi
  • WRAT/ Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry/ Non-Scaling Configuration/ A-Form Listening Mode Memory/ RI
  • Audyssey 2EQ Room Acoustics Correction
  • 7.1 Multichannel Inputs for PCM Delivery of Hi-Def Audio Sources
  • DOLBY Decoder - PLIIx, DD, DD-EX, TrueHD
  • DTS Decoder - DTS, ES, NEO6, 96/24, HD Master Audio
  • S-Video (5 in 2 out)
  • Digital Audio IN (OPT/COAX) 3/3
  • Composite Video (5 in/2 out)
  • Power 90W/Ch
  • Powered Zone 2 and Zone 2 Line-Out
  • Bi-Amp Capable
  • XM and Sirius ports
  • XM HD Surround Sound through Neural Surround

Consider an upgrade to the Onkyo TX-SR705 ($720) with 3 HDMI inputs, 100 W / channel, and THX Select2 certification. The new line-up of Onkyo receivers is led by the TX-NR905 was first released in mid-August 2007.

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Erik
08/31/2007 01:52

Yes, it features the full A/V processing over HDMI 1.3a, which includes audio. The TX-SR505 is really a budget system, and the 605 offering (1) video transcoding (all video sources output to HDMI and component), (2) more power (90W vs. 75 W), and (3) audio over HDMI for only a few hundred dollars more. In my mind, the 605 is the ultimate value receiver supporting the new standards.

David
08/31/2007 01:35

Do you know if this can do audio via HDMI? I was looking at the TX-SR505 but it mentioned that you couldn't do audio via the HDMI input.

Erik
04/24/2007 11:06

If you want an excellent value A/V system capable of some fancy video switching, I suggest you put this one on your list for consideration. It's supposed to be out in mid-May and knocks the socks off its competitors at that price point.

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