Onkyo TX-NR901 A/V Receivers

TX-NR901

  • Net-Tune protocol
  • Ethernet port
  • MP3, WMA, and WAV decoding
  • 30 Internet radio station presets
  • Dual-room/dual-source A/V output

User Reviews (3)

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phipiper10   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 20, 2006]
Strength:

Features, Features, Features
7.1
DSP signals
Preouts
ins/outs
DD/THX/DTS
Sub crossover
tone controls
speaker calibration features
Looks Great
Backlit Learning Remote
Sound quality in a reciever at this price

Weakness:

Net-Tune internet Radio feature is terrible
Net-Tune mp3 network capability can be a bit of a pain to set up it's a great feature if you have a large mp3 library

I've had this receiver for a little over a year now. It was purchased from Ubid.com refurbished for $750 - Refurbed for cosmetic reasons according to the Onkyo sticker on the box. I only found a slight scratch on the volume dial which really isn't visible from more than a foot. I upgraded from a Pioneer receiver that was about a decade old. Needless to say this was a huge upgrade. I started out reading reviews comparing specs etc. and like many others buying audio equipment for the first time I went to the big box stores compared the models they had and the Onkyo beat out the others hands down. The sound was just superior clearer and fuller, more presence overall. A couple of the others I listened too sounded like fisher price in comparison. They were really bad, really.

H/K/Denon/Yamaha also make nice receivers in this range and sound very nice but in the price/feature category this receiver had it all(for me). If you've read other reviews you'll know that the net-tune features are not what they should be. That said if you have a large library of mp3s this will serve you very well. It's an excellent feature to have so much music available via remote. I previously had a 300 disc pioneer CD carousel now I have thousands of albums available at my fingertips. The internet-audio feature I really haven't used much but seems useless to me. There are few stations and the quality is not good.

The receiver has preouts so you can hook up an amp which I've done. The Rotel 990bx amp puts 200wpc on my mains to take a little strain off the the Onkyo for home theater. (Speakers are Polk RT800i in front and matching surrounds and hsu vtf -2 for sub)

This is a great starting (or stopping point for anyone just getting started) in home theater. It has enough to do everything you need. There are plenty of ins and outs coax/optical analog, composite, component, s-video etc. (No HDMI but almost none did at this point in time.)

As I said this thing has a ton of features and for me it's been a starting point for building a high quality audio system. I've started with a separate amp and at some point will get a nice pre/pro but for now it does too much to let it go. I'll get a better CDP and speakers before I get a separate pre/pro.

I've have no complaints with it's performance. I don't see how you could do better at least at the price I paid.

Customer Service

Onkyo CS has been terrible on two ocassions but on my first encouter with them it was excellent. The remote I recieved had a slight problem in that the battery cover was broken. They sent out a new one right away. No charge, no hassle, no issues, no questions. I still have the original which works fine except the cover won't stay on.

The other encounters via email took weeks for a 1 sentence response which didn't even answer my question.

Similar Products Used: Pioneer receiver
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
ceggel   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 05, 2004]
Strength:

dolbyII,THX,7.1,video up convertion,on screen display,LCD remote,zone II,ethernet

Weakness:

bass management (40,60,80,100) Iwish it had more e.g.(35,45,50,55,65,and so on)

I bought this receiver to replace my Yamaha. I think this is the best reciver I heard and I went to circuit city to compare the Harman kardon avr-630 to the onkyo TX-NR601. The sound of the Harman Kardon sounded very high not much in the mid range. The Onkyo sounds very rich and full in the highs,mids,and low end.I don't really care for Denon, the warranty issues.I like the features on the TX-NR901 but it is a little harder to set up.I really like the fact that I don't have to turn the volume up when people talk and then down when an action scene happens. Onkyo TX-NR901 Toshiba 4900 klipsch kg 5.2 mains klipsch kg 2.5 rears klipsch RC-3II

Similar Products Used: Yamaha RX-V596
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
ceggel   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 05, 2004]
Strength:

thx,dolbyII,7.1,video up convertoin,all channel,110 watts,ethernet,and on and on.

Weakness:

bass management,40,60,80,100. Wish it had more options (35,45,50,55,and so on)

I was looking to up grade my receiver and was deciding on three brands. The first was a Harman Kardon avr-630, Denon avr-3805,and Onkyo Tx-nr901.I researched and found problems about the other two receivers, and I'm glad I bought this one.The set up on this receiver takes some reading but the features are awsome. The center channel sounds crystal clear,rears are loud but not over powering,the sound is just smooth.I listened to lord of the rings and you can hear the sound of the voices while the fighting was going on.I use to turn the volume up to hear the voices then down because the fighting scenes were to loud.I have satellite and I love the video up convertion now I use componet instead of s-video.The all channel is great now I can hear all the speakers instead of just the two stereo speakers.I can't wait to hook up the ethernet and listen to internet radio.I am very glad I decided to buy this receiver. Onkyo TX-NR901 TOSHIBA DVD 4900 KLIPSCH KG 5.2 MAIN KLIPSCH KG 2.5 REAR KLIPSCH RC-3II CENTER

Similar Products Used: Yamaha RX-V596
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
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