Receivers

Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 A/V Receiver

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Design

Out of the box, the 606 weighs in at about 25 pounds. At first glance, it is slick looking and solidly built.

Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 A/V Receiver

My unit was black, but silver is another color option. Black works well in a darkened HT environment, but I must admit the silver model looks striking with a jet-black stripe across the display face. On the front panel are the standard buttons for operating the 606. The buttons are small and barely legible from more than a foot away. If you are like me, you will use the remote to access most of the features on the receiver anyway. The large volume knob is not backlit. For that, you will need to upgrade to the TX-SR706. The front panel display is dimmable and easy to read from across the room.

On the back panel, all the usual inputs were in place. Analog inputs for 7.1, 4 HDMI inputs, 2 sets of component inputs, 4 sets of S-video (does anyone still use these?), and Sirius radio connection.

A nice feature was the inclusion of color coded 2 way binding posts and color coded labels that you can place on your speaker wires to ensure they wind up in their proper location. The binding posts are closely packed together, so using large gauge wire can be bit tricky. The posts will accept banana plugs, which is what I would recommend. Zone 2 has clips instead of posts. Front speakers can be bi-amped using the surround back terminals. This too is a nice added feature. Please note, the 606 is not recommended for use with 4 ohm speakers. At first, I thought that 4 HDMI inputs were enough. When I started to add things up with my Toshiba D3, Oppo 980H and a HDTV cable box with HDMI output and being in the process of adding a Vudu media streamer… suddenly four inputs were the bare minimum for my needs.

The remote is simple, functional, but not backlit or glow-in-the-dark. It does not allow direct access to the DSP modes, so you will have to scroll through all of them until you land on the one you want to use.