Onkyo TX-SR805 or Pioneer VSX92TXH

Discussion in 'AV Receivers' started by lawson3, May 20, 2008.

  1. lawson3

    lawson3 Auditioning

    May 19, 2008
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    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.
  2. Dave Moritz

    Dave Moritz Producer

    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
  3. Robert A

    Robert A Stunt Coordinator

    Feb 20, 2001
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    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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