Onkyo DR-815 review

A good second room option or ‘kid’s bedroom entertainment’ Tested at £275.00

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Our Verdict

For occasional movie-watching in a second room (or better still, for entertaining the kids), this Onkyo’s hard to beat at the price

For

  • Fine movie pictures and sound from a compact box
  • well made and simple to use

Against

  • Music can sound a touch hard
  • remote is wider than a man’s palm

Not every home cinema system has to feature five speakers and a big old subwoofer – just as well, if you're just looking to get some DVD pictures and sound out of a smaller screen is a second room. For instance, this Onkyo DR-815 fits the ‘kid's bedroom entertainment' criteria nicely.

It's a compact, tidily finished DVD player with two channels of amplification, AM/FM radio and SACD/DVD-A ability too. Of course, it has a preout for a subwoofer (if you must) and preouts for centre and rear channels (if you absolutely must). Composite, S-Video and Scart are your video output choices; attach a couple of speakers and you're ready to go.

Impressive smooth stability with Onkyo
Delivering pictures via the RGB Scart output, the Onkyo impresses with its smooth stability. Motion is tracked securely, edges are even and composed, and there're no alarms even during the most violent panning shots.

The colour palette the '815 draws from is extensive and realistic, and it balances brightness and contrasts well. Picture noise is at a minimum, certainly on the size of screen this player is likely to partner. Only some minor loss of detail during dark or complex scenes stops the Onkyo impressing right across the board.

Movie sound (in stereo, naturally), is spacious and well balanced, and the DR-815 makes a decent fist of reproducing music too. You'd never confuse its sound with that of its Award-winning CS-515 audio-only sibling – there's a tendency to sharpen treble sounds a little – but it's an enjoyable and entertaining listen nonetheless.

Factor in a comprehensive (and weirdly wide) remote control and substantial build, and you've an alluring second room solution.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.eu.onkyo.com
Brand NameOnkyo
Product TypeDVD Player
ManufacturerOnkyo & Pioneer Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberDR-815
Product NameOnkyo DR-815
Product ModelDR-815

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • DVD Receiver DR-815
  • Remote Control

Audio

Audio FormatsCD-DA, SACD, WMA, MP3
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS, Virtual Surround

Technical Information

FeaturesRadio Tuner, RDS, Parental Control, On Screen Display, Sleep Timer
Media FormatsDVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-RW
Number of Discs1

Physical Characteristics

Width20.5 cm
Depth35.3 cm
Weight Approximate5.40 kg
Height14.7 cm
ColourSilver
Dimensions14.7 cm (H): 20.5 cm (W): 35.3 cm (D)

Video

Video FormatsDVD Video, Video CD, SVCD