[img]http://www.hometheatershack.com/gallery/file.php?n=13050&w=m[/img]Onkyo TX-NR626 7.2-Ch Network A/V Receiver
Given Onkyo's popularity and reputation among home theater enthusiasts, I set my expectations of the NR626 fairly high before I had even opened the box. It has a great set of features, respectable performance specs, and should be well within the budgets of most consumers looking for value and performance. Of course, lots of receivers are backed by good reputations and attractive specs on paper, so there is no free ride for the Onkyo NR626. It is positioned in somewhat of a sweet spot between affordability and premium performance/features. It has basically all of the features I could want or use, but not so many that I waste time finding what I need. Setup and calibration are easy, and the overlaid GUI menus streamline the process of making adjustments. It integrates well aesthetically and functionally with the rest of my system and is very reliable. For anyone with a budget of $500-$750 looking for the latest home A/V tech, the NR626 is a great balance of functionality and value.
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