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Onkyo TX-SR805 or Pioneer VSX92TXH (1 Viewer)


May 19, 2008
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james lawson
just wanted to ask for another opinion on which receiver I should buy,I can purchase either one for $799.00,having a hard time deciding.I will be replacing my Onkyo tx sr-804 ,never had a pioneer reciever so I dont know much about the pioneer.

Dave Moritz

Senior HTF Member
Jul 7, 2001
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Dave Moritz
I you really liked your 804 will would suggest getting the 805. One thing that stands out between them is that the 805 has a beefier amplifier.

Onkyo TX-SR805
130 W Watts X 7 (8 ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.05%)
Dynamic Power 300 W (3 ohms, 1 ch)
250 W (4 ohms, 1 ch)
150 W (8 ohms, 1 ch)
Frequency Response 5 Hz–100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct mode)
High Instantaneous Current Capability 60A
Power Consumption 870W
Weight 50.9 lbs.

Pioneer VSX-92TXH
130 Watts x 7 (20Hz - 20 kHz, 8 ohms, .09% THD)
Dynamic Power ?
Frequency Response ?
Power Consumption 530W
Weight 37.5 lbs.

Not saying that the 94TXH is a bad receiver is just does not seem to be as stout as the Onkyo in the audio department. They both have 3 HDMI inputs, the 94TXH upscales to 1080p and I have hear that the 805 does not but I am not totally sure I heard it passes what you put into it. I am currently saving up for a new receiver and at one point the 92TXH and 94TXH where both on my initial list of receivers to consider. I have since narrowed it down to the following three Denon AVR-3808CI, Onkyo TX-NR905 and if money falls short the Onkyo TX-SR805. The Pioneer's seem to fall short of advertised power output as do the Yamaha's, Denon and Marantz. At least the top Onkyo's put out what they say they do or actually extreamly close, alot closer than the others at least. They both have THX processing if that means anything to you, personally I do not care if it has THX certification or not. IMHO THX certification is not all that important as there are plenty of high end brands that surpase THX specifications that are not certified. But I would say to go for the Onkyo 805, just make sure you have plenty of ventalation as it runs on the hot side. Make sure the back of your a/v rack is completly open and you have at least 6" over space over the receiver or at least 5" min.

For around $1,350 you can pick up a factory refurbished 905.

Onkyo 905
Power (8ohms 20-20kHz 0.05%) /Ch 140W
Power (8ohms 1kHz 0.7%) /Ch 170W
Dynamic Power 400 W (3 ohms, 1 ch)
300 W (4 ohms, 1 ch)
180 W (8 ohms, 1 ch)
High Instantaneous Current Capability 70A
Frequency Response 5 Hz–100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct mode)
S/N Ratio (LINE IN) 110dB
DACs S/N Ratio 126dB
DOLBY Decoder DD Plus, TrueHD
DTS Decoder DTS-HD Master Audio
Audyssey MultEQ XT
Multi-Band Speaker EQ 7 Band
Component Video / Bandwidth 3 / 2 / 100MHz
HDMI I/O 4 / 2
HDMI Version V1.3 Repeater
Power Consumption 1000W
Weight 54 lbs. (24.5 kg)
Warranty 2 Years New / 1 Year Refurbished

Robert A

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Feb 20, 2001
I have the Onkyo 805 and love it. My buddy is a Pioneer Elite dealer though and swears by the Pioneers. I don't know if it matters to you but the Onkyo 805 is THX Ultra2 certified and the Pioneer VSX92TXH is only THX select2. When I bought my Onkyo I had the choice of getting it or the VSX91TXH, which only has 2 HDMI inputs, for the same price ($689). The third HDMI input and the THX Ultra2 rating sealed the deal for me.

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