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Onkyo TX-SR875 7.1 Channel THX Home Theater Receiver - Short Review

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Onkyo TX-SR875 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver and Included Accessories

Onkyo TX-SR875 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver and Included Accessories

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The Bottom Line

The Onkyo TX-SR875 is a new-generation home theater receiver that offers onboard decoding of the latest surround sound formats, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD. In addition, this receiver offers upscaling of all analog video signals via its onboard Silicon Optix Reon HQV video processing chip, extensive connection options (including HDMI 1.3) that are easily accessible, power to spare, and excellent, overall, audio performance.

This receiver offers high end features that weren't available at any price as recently as two years ago. If you are looking for a great performing home theater receiver, check out the Onkyo TX-SR875.

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Pros

  • Excellent audio quality and Power to Spare
  • Deinterlacing and Upscaling of analog video signals
  • Four HDMI inputs (ver 1.3)
  • Excellent Speaker Connection Layout
  • Very Thorough, but easy to understand, user manual

Cons

  • No Surround Headphone Output - Stereo or Mono Only
  • Runs Hot - Make sure you leave space for adequate air circulation
  • Heavy - Be Cautious when Lifting or Moving
  • No Networking Features
  • No HD Radio capability

Description

  • THX Ultra2 Certified Home Theater Receiver with 7.1 channel processing, video upscaling, and multi-zone operation.
  • Video Inputs/Outputs: 4 HDMI inputs/1 out; 3 Component inputs/1 out; 5 Composite and S-Video inputs; front panel A/V inputs.
  • Upscaling of all standard definition analog video and Component video input signals to 720p/1080i/1080p for output via HDMI.
  • Audio Inputs/Outputs - Digital: 6 digital ( 3 Coaxial; 3 Optical); 1 Digital Optical output; Multi-channel input via HDMI.
  • Audio Inputs/Outputs - Analog: Analog stereo; subwoofer pre-out; 5.1 channel in/out; 2 sets of pre-outs for multi-zone.
  • Audio Processing: Dolby Digital EX/Prologic IIx, DTS-ES/Neo:6, DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and Neural Surround.
  • Multi-Zone: 5.1 channel main room/2 channel 2nd room or 7.1 channel room and 2 additional stereo systems using Zone pre-outs.
  • Amp: 140wpc RMS (2 Channels driven) into 8-Ohms; seven high-current power amps; freq response - 20 Hz to 20 kHz; .05% THD.
  • Video Processing: Component/HDMI pass through of high def signals up to 1080p. Analog video deinterlaced/upscaled to 1080p.
  • AM/FM tuner, Sirius/XM radio (optional tuner/ant) , iPod (optional dock), AV lip-synch, Audyssey 2EQ auto speaker setup.

Guide Review - Onkyo TX-SR875 7.1 Channel THX Home Theater Receiver - Short Review

The TX-SR875 is a high-end home theater receiver that, for all its complexity, is much easier to setup and use that you would think.

From the design standpoint, the best feature is the layout of the actual speaker connections. Having them along the bottom rear panel in single file is great. The layout makes connecting raw speaker wire connections easy and uncluttered. This is a much better layout than on most receivers, where speaker connections are grouped in one small section of the back panel.

Also, the extra-large LED display on the front panel is easily readable from most sitting positions.

In using the Onkyo TX-SR875, I found the audio performance to be excellent. This receiver delivers more than enough power for a medium to large size room and sounds great with both both music and movies, even with modest speakers systems. The Audyssey MultEQ XT speaker setup was very useful in obtaining the proper speaker levels.

With regards to video processing, the Silicon Optix REON processing chip provided very good video upscaling of non-HD video signals when compared the upscaling capabilities of the OPPO DV-980H and DV-981HD DVD players used for reference. The TX-SR875 also passed direct 1080p from my Blu-ray and HD-DVD just fine.

The only major negatives I could find is that the unit does run hot; it could use a fan. Also, the headphone output is stereo only as far as I could tell. It would have been nice to incorporate Dolby Headphone Surround, which I have used on other receivers, especially in this price range.

Taking all factors into consideration, this receiver really delivers the goods in terms of audio/video connectivity and performance. I give the Onkyo TX-SR875 a very strong 4.5 out of 5 Star rating.

For an additional up-close look at, and more detailed review of, the TX-SR875, check out my Photo Gallery and Full review.

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