Receivers

Onkyo TX-NR906 7.1-Channel Home Network A/V Receiver

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Design

The Onkyo 906 box is massive in both size and weight. Somewhere on the box is mention of requiring two people to properly carry and unload the unit. I don't disagree, it's a very heavy unit at 54lbs and quite tall as well. Just lifting the 906 out of the box you get an immediate sense of above average build quality. There's not a single creak from the chassis. Everything on the Onkyo exudes a sense of build quality far above it's not insignificant price.

Onkyo TX-NR906 7.1-Channel Home Network Receiver

The aluminum front panel is beautifully finished. The rear doesn't disappoint with some of the best binding posts I've seen on a receiver in the sub 3k price range. All connections are well laid out, in particular the binding posts. The gold plated speaker posts are all laid out on a single plane. This makes it extremely easy to use larger cables and higher end connectors like WBT banana plugs. On receivers where the posts are stacked on top of each other (such as my reference Denon 3808) it makes it very difficult at times to reach behind the receiver and connect large speaker cables. I found the Onk super easy to hook up.

Onkyo TX-NR906 7.1-Channel Home Network Receiver

My only gripe is the remote control. As is the tradition these days with receivers, the remote is a programmable/learning unit. Unlike most remotes on receivers I've used recently, the Onk's remote is huge. The remote also has many small buttons and a cluttered and busy lay out. On a positive note the backlighting worked extremely well, and most buttons light up. My own personal wish is for manufacturers to include an elegant simple remote meant to just control the receiver. I assume that with flagship products, the majority of users will employ some 3rd party universal remote. It makes sense to me tojust include a single use remote.

There are 4 HDMI inputs and two outputs. Dual HDMI outputs are a great solution if you have both a flat panel display and a projector. The dual outputs do not operate simultaneously. You have to manually select which output is active. Not a big deal but an important aspect worth mentioning. Also the delay between switching outputs is two to three seconds.