● Codecs: DD, DD-EX, DPL-IIx, DTS, DTS-ES
Discrete/Matrix, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24
● Power Output: 90 Watts x 7 into 8 Ohms
● DACs: 24/192
● iPod Link and XM Satellite Radio
● Dimensions: 6.8" H x 17.1" W x 14.8" D
● Weight: 24.3 Pounds
● MSRP: $499 USA Base Price
The budget home theater market is a crowded group, with a lot of decent choices
for under $500 MSRP. So it is not surprising that manufactures are packing as
much into each receiver as they can. Case in point, the new $499 TX-SR603X
receiver from Onkyo. This receiver comes packed with a specified 90 watts per
channel, automatic calibration with multi-band EQ, and multiple crossover
If those features were not enough to entice you, the fine folks at Onkyo also threw in a
learning remote with macros, decoding for most surround
formats, and for the technophiles among us, iPod and satellite radio control.
It seems the only thing they missed was a full set of pre-outs for all
To make up for
that, there is the ability to have a powered second zone by easily
reconfiguring the rear surround channels. Three years ago, when I purchased my Marantz
SR5300 at $499, most of those options were saved for the high end
receivers. Now they are standard even on the low priced units. Isn't trickle down technology great!
The Onkyo TX-SR603X is rated at 90 watts per channel with an 8 ohm load, and
offers video switching with a 50 MHz bandwidth. The unit also comes with the standard
plethora of inputs and outputs. You get three component video inputs, five
S-Video inputs, and five composite video inputs. For outputs, you get one
component video output, three S-Video outputs, and three composite video
outputs. The unit will also convert the composite and S-Video inputs to the
For audio, you get four digital optical inputs and two digital coaxial inputs.
You also have a six-channel analog input, and six additional stereo analog inputs.
Outputs are limited to one digital output, four stereo analog outputs, and one pre-out
assigned to the subwoofer. Additionally, the unit comes with an IR input,
allowing you to expand your remote control usability, and a 12 volt trigger to
power a second zone amp.
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