Onkyo TX DS696 A/V Receivers

4.5/5 (34 Reviews) MSRP : $830.00


Product Description

This premium quality powerhouse might seem expensive - until you find out what's inside. It's endowed with a host of audiophile-pleasing features not found on many receivers, such as a high-end, equal power amplifier design, heavy-gauge internal wiring and bus bars, a thick copper absolute-ground plate that links the power supply to the output devices to provide extremely low ground impedance and higher instantaneous current capability, and the precision-engineered Optimum Gain Volume circuit that delivers an improved signal-to-noise ratio and better dynamic response. The TX-DS696 also gives you professional-quality component video switching, which, unlike many other component-video switches, has enough bandwidth to handle HDTV and progressive signals without losing image quality. Other rare features are Dolby Pro Logic II for quasi-5.1-channel sound from your stereo music recordings & Dolby Surround-encoded movie soundtracks, composite to S-video conversion to simplify video connection, A-Form to remember your source-mode settings, and powered Zone-2 capability - so you don't need an external amplifier to enjoy a different stereo source in another room. Top it off with a powerful backlit preprogrammed/learning remote, and you've got a centerpiece that's clearly a cut - or two - above all others in this category.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dgassie a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Although more expensive than what you would pay in the States, this was actually a pretty decent price down here in Mexico.
I listened to quite a few receivers before finally deciding to get rid of my old Sony and I wanted to go a step up with my new equipment. When I heard the 696, I knew right away it was what I had been looking for.
At home, I hooked it up to an all Infinity setup (IL 10s all around plus center channel and 100 sub)and was impressed by the great sound.
I played around with it for a few weeks to get the sound right, mostly moving the speakers around and finally got it just right.
The sound is just beautiful, open and engaging. You can listen for hours and not get tired of this sound.
I know there may be many better sounding setups and more expensive options as well but in my small living room, the 696 just knocks your socks off!
I love it with movies and music too.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $1300.00

Purchased At:   Liverpool



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Paul a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2003

Bottom Line:   
PRICE is in NEW ZEALAND DOLLARS.

I have to admit that a strong part of the reason why I bought this amp was the terms on which I could buy it... ie, have it now and pay it off, or try and save in order to have a wider choice. But, in the end, I am satisfied with this unit. I don't think I'll be keeping it for a long time, maybe 4-5 years.

I also bought B&W DM603.S3 speakers at the same time, and those I will be keeping for a long time!

The Onkyo 696 has plenty of power, and at the time, a good set of features. Now, you may want a couple more channels, who knows?

It has taken me a while to get my system sounding right, and it was a combination of things, although mostly to do with the speakers to be honest. Their placement and cabling required some changes, and now it looks like the Onkyo was never really as lifeless as it seemed. Actually, on the first day home, I wondered if I hadn't made a big mistake... but once I got my subwoofer (B&W ASW650), then changed the the cabling, it all started coming together. It now sounds awesome.

The reason I am not perfectly happy is because I don't feel that the CD/stereo sound isn't as good as it could be. I don't listen to much music in the lounge though, so it isn't a huge problem.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $2000.00

Purchased At:   Harvey Normans



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by machine a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 11, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Price is in Canadian dollars. I looked around for about 3 months before I bought this unit. I looked at HK's Yamaha's Denon's and Sony,all in the same price range (1100 - 1500 $Can). I'm glad I did, I got a premium sounding power house that was miles above the comp. Lots of pure clean sound in both stereo and HT applications. More than enough to drive most speakers and if not, you have your pre outs for bridging as many amps as you need. More than enough in and outputs for all HT set ups. I'm very happy with the unit, not only as a stand alone reciever, but also as a quality pre/pro unit. All in all a great sounding unit. Excellent!!!!

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Audiotronic



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by doggwunder a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have had this unit for well over a year. Not sure why I bought it as I have little to know time to really enjoy it (working on my master's degree). However my daughter who is 12 gets a kick out of it. I am running it through Infinity RS5 on the front, IL 25 center, and Infinity RS 4001 on the rear channels. Plus the Infinity Interlude 10 inch subwoofer. This is in no way my dream system but I got to tell you this system as it stands kicks but. That child of mine was watching the fast and the furious on DVD in the family room. The volume was loud but not overly loud, and the scene where that old Charger and the Supra are racing literally shook the floors. I thought there were street racers outside my door. Amazing!!!! The system sounds pretty good with music. Although that depends on the music. Love it with Jazz, Blues, some rock, latin and latin jazz. With Rap and hard rock its decent. It lacks prescence with classical music that has a lot of strings. However I believe this to be more of a problem with the speakers (time to upgrade). I really enjoy this receiver and would gladly reccomend Onkyo AV receivers to anyone who is looking for a quality product that has a lot of BANG for the buck.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Employee purchase



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bongdp a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I had to squeeze-in my budget sipping my credit card balance to its last drop just to have my first real stereo system, so I settled for this Onkyo A/V receiver instead of the newer and more expensive ones. Once hooked-up with my BOSE Acoustimass 10 series II home theater speakers / Onkyo DX-C380 cd player / Onkyo DV-S535 dvd/vcd/cd player with almost no sweat at all, I immediately played my favorite DVD’s - it was awesome!

Set-up to PLII Movie and switched to maximum volume, I could hardly hear any distortion as my concrete walls keep on pounding and shaking as if they would collapse any moment – luckily they didn’t

For audio cd’s, i can describe it in two words - not exceptional. Tried my usual bass-filled disco cd’s on either decks and at 80%+ max volume, my acoustimass passive sub-woofer seems to explode and I feel like my front and center speakers will tear-off. Well, I simply thought that I could get the same crisp DVD audio quality on my audio cd’s.

Anyway, I’ll be getting an active subwoofer, possibly an Onkyo SKW-320, and see how everything suits-up. Keep you posted on any possible improvements.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $670.00




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