Released January, 2008
The Pros:Inexpensive, stereo receiver - good for people not wanting the complexity of surround sound. A/B speakers with 5-way binding post connections. Can be found for just over $150.
The Cons:No digital coax or optical inputs. No additional connectivity other than stereo analog audio - No XM, Sirius, iPod, Ethernet, HD Radio. Only 50W per channel.
The Onkyo TX-8255, released in 2008 and retailing for $199, is 2-channel 50 watt receiver that has rave reviews from users online (a similarly priced product would be the 5.1 channel 100 watt Sony STR-DH500).
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It has been mostly praised for a very clear quality sound and a cool and rigid look that is too good for its price range. iPods can be hooked with an optional RI dock. This product is mainly targeted for audio enthusiasts who want great stereo sound but don't need all the bells and whistles of a home theater model. It's suitable for that cozy den or bedroom where users can relax and just listen to music. The most prominent feature of this piece is Onkyo's renowned low-impedance amplifier design. Its oversized, shielded transformer provides impressive power capacity and stability while minimizing hum. The rigid, reinforced chassis and aluminum front panel fight performance-robbing vibration while playing.
- 50 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD
- 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
- compatible with Onkyo's DS-A2x iPod dock
- 6 audio inputs (including phono)
- 40 AM/FM presets with station naming
- direct access tuning
- rotary bass, treble, and balance controls
- remote control
- headphone jack
- front-panel switching for two pairs of main speakers
- banana-plug compatible binding post speaker connectors
- anti-resonant aluminum front panel
- high-current, low-impedance amplifier design
- oversized power transformer, filter capacitors, and heat sink
- 17-1/8"W x 5-7/8"H x 13-3/4"D
- warranty: 2 years
User Reviews (2)
Inexpensive, stereo receiver - good for people not wanting the complexity of surround sound
A/B speakers with 5-way binding post connections
Can be found for just over $150
No digital coax or optical inputs
No additional connectivity other than stereo analog audio - No XM, Sirius, iPod, Ethernet, HD Radio
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