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The Latest Purchase - Onkyo TX-NR818

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Actually, the sound quality's excellent - the 8050's as good as any amp I've owned, is probably the most powerful and the same will likely apply to the 818.  Form and functionality in one.  I don't see the losing out argument compared to a bog standard integrated that's underpowered and doesn't have the means to cope with how entertainment is delivered in the home these days.

I agree entirely. One powerful and fine-sounding box that does so many things is the way to go. Hence my post about the back of the box: the more sources you can pull together, the better.

 

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Watch you don't blow the little Tannoys up! Wink

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They'll be fine - can take 120w, so the 135w of the Onkyo won't be an issue!  They're never driven hard anyway as I have neighbours to consider.

 

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Ah right, it includes 3 amps! What will your source be if you get rid of the denon? And does the onkyo have AirPlay to allow you to get rid of the ATV?

 

The ATV's a keeper, and is so small as to be unobtrusive, plus I like the simplicity and integration with the rest of the Apple stuff I use.  Onkyo doesn't provide Airplay support, but that's not a biggie for me; their network connectivity offering is excellent, they offer vTuner and Aupeo as standard, Spotify onboard, and various other bits and pieces.  It has an Apple app, so I can play from my Touch as a remote, or I can hook it up to the USB fascia and run it off via the Onkyo's handset.  

My source for CDs will be the Marantz SA7001-KI I've had for about five years now and which is as good as anything out there.  The rest will be via the TV for movies/other streaming, or the Panasonic Blu-Ray player or my PS3.  However, with the additional HDMI inputs, the last two will go direct into the Onkyo and bypass the TV.  

 

 

I think Chebby would still see some room for component trimming there, given that you contemplate still having three disc spinners  excellent!

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How long before the center speaker makes an apperance?

Well it doesn't take up that much space sat under the TV.

 

then a pair of surrounds.....a sub.....rear channels......

party time!

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I've got the 616, really wish I'd held out a couple months for the 818 discount. You live, you learn.

 

Hi-res audio through the amps Pure Audio setting is just sublime. I imagine it'll be even better through your setup, I'm tempted trade mine in now!

 

 

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How long before the center speaker makes an apperance?

Well it doesn't take up that much space sat under the TV.

 

then a pair of surrounds.....a sub.....rear channels......

party time!

 

Ah, not going to be going down the centre or satellite speaker route.  Never been interested in all that, and well placed stereo speakers will give you as good a centre image anyway really.  So, pretty happy to stick with what I have just now.  A sub's not needed in my living space, ample bass from the DC4 in my room.

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When I briefly had a TX-8050, one thing that really irked me was when listening to internet radio (eg. Radio Paradise) was that it did  not give out track information (artist, title etc.) unlike the Marantz MCR603 for example. I wonder whether the TX-NR818 will?

 

 

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Watch you don't blow the little Tannoys up! Wink

An underpowered amplifier that's clipping is more likely to damage your speakers than a more powerful amplifier that's not clipping.

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When I briefly had a TX-8050, one thing that really irked me was when listening to internet radio (eg. Radio Paradise) was that it did  not give out track information (artist, title etc.) unlike the Marantz MCR603 for example. I wonder whether the TX-NR818 will?

 

Not something I'm really worried about personally, but I can see why it would bother some.  Too many other strengths in the amp for that and if anything I tend to use the radio function on the Apple TV instead.

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It's here...and blimey it's big!

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It's here...and blimey it's big!

And the sound?? 

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So, here we are a few hours in, but very quickly realised that this amp is a bit of a keeper.  Build quality is impressive, much better in real life than the photos give lie to.  Sound quality is excellent; Spotify, CD, movies, TV, they all tick the boxes for me.  This is my first AV amp proper, but as they go, it's a pretty impressive one to start off on.  A very refined amp, that copes with pretty much anything that's been thrown at it so far and - most importantly - as good as any stereo amp I've heard in doing so.

For the money at its original price of £1000 this amp was a winner, now that the latest Onkyo AV range is out, the discount this amp is going for makes it a no-brainer.  Lack of Airplay support might be an issue for some, but in real terms for me, this is a minor issue.  There's enough going on with this amp in its streaming features to make it easy to overlook the Apple functionality.  In any case, my ATV3 offers it as standard.  This amp should be staying in situ for a good few years now and I think I can say that I'm finally happy with the setup!  

 

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And the sound?? 

 

Delighted with it Matthew; just listening to the Dead Can Dance at the moment and it captures the spirit of the music well.  This is a great amp.

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matthewpiano wrote:

And the sound?? 

 

Delighted with it Matthew; just listening to the Dead Can Dance at the moment and it captures the spirit of the music well.  This is a great amp.

Glad to hear it. excellent!

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