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#2839 - 05/02/02 03:55 AM New Onkyo Receivers
Randyman Offline

Registered: 03/29/02
Posts: 184
Loc: Honolulu, Hawaii
Just wanted to post some info here.

Lately, there has been a bit of discussion about both amplifier power and opinions about HT receivers. I am interested in a new HT receiver and was especially curious about the new mid level series from Onkyo. So I went and checked them out (the 500 and 600 only - the 700 is not in our local stores yet)

What I found to be disappointing is that both the 500 and 600 models do not have phono inputs! (i.e. no phono preamp/equalization) Not sure about the 700 though. Now some may not care about that, but there are many who still love the sweet sound of vinyl. Guess I will have to look harder at the Denon or higher end Onkyos.

So my comment here is LOOK before you leap!


#2840 - 05/02/02 12:38 PM Re: New Onkyo Receivers
CAV104 Offline

Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 118
Loc: Lake Worth, FL
I'm not sure if they will have what you are looking for but you might want to look into an NAD T761. You can review it at


#2841 - 05/02/02 02:27 PM Re: New Onkyo Receivers
ravi_singh Offline

Registered: 03/14/02
Posts: 1351
Loc: Montreal

I'm not a big fan of the NAD t761. Compared to a Denon, even the 1602 or 1802, i find the sound is not as neutral as the NAd. The NAD sounds filtered to me.

I believe my Denon has a mono input..
check it out at, or .com

#2842 - 05/02/02 07:49 PM Re: New Onkyo Receivers
b_man Offline
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Registered: 01/25/02
Posts: 64
Loc: Illinois, USA
It's very suprising to hear that the newer Onkyo units do not have a phono input. When I was shopping for receivers late last year I had both the 595 and 696 noted as having phono inputs. I guess not enough people appreciated them.

I ended up with the 797 and I use the phono input for my NAD533 turntable. It works like a charm!


#2843 - 05/06/02 03:41 PM Re: New Onkyo Receivers
Randyman Offline

Registered: 03/29/02
Posts: 184
Loc: Honolulu, Hawaii
Just a quick update for those who care...

Did some checking on Onkyo(USA)'s website. Seems that the new model TX-SR700 does have a phono input. (while the 500 and 600 do not) I think it is so new that it doesn't seem to be available in stores yet.


#2844 - 05/15/02 11:09 PM Re: New Onkyo Receivers
Harvey_S Offline
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Registered: 05/14/02
Posts: 15
The 700 does have phono input. You can also buy a separate external phono preamp for between $40 and $400 which would allow you to use one of the aux inputs. The $40 one would be as good or better than what is included in most receivers and any of them would be good enough.

#2845 - 05/16/02 10:40 PM Re: New Onkyo Receivers
Randyman Offline

Registered: 03/29/02
Posts: 184
Loc: Honolulu, Hawaii

You are right! One could always get an external preamp, and if I were a real hard core vinyl nut, I probably would already have one. I liked the old days when even moving coil pre-preamps were built into the high end gear! But alas, I don't have the time nor the energy to deal with that anymore (plus too many years of rock music have taken the edge off of my golden ears! HA!) So I have opted for convenience! I just love the all-in-one remote controls!




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