Onkyo TX-SR308

3D is the next big thing in home entertainment. And Onkyo has come to the fore with a new range of AV receivers that embrace the latest 3D technology and other advanced features. The Onkyo TX-SR308 is its entry level model that retails below $300.

Onkyo has always stood for good sound quality and good value but never before has such advanced features been available at such a modest price point. With the new Onkyo TX-SR308, you get an affordable 5.1-channel AV receiver that comes with cutting edge features. These include three HDMI 1.4 inputs that is ready to support 3D playback and ARC (Audio Return Channel).

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Onkyo TX-SR308 AV Receiver

Onkyo TX-SR308 AV Receiver

Design

The TX-SR308 retains the handsome black fascia that should be familiar with Onkyo receiver owners. The layout is simple and functional. The receiver is flanked by a standby button on the left and a large volume control on the right. The center digital fluorescent display is clear and yet subtle so that it does not affect movie viewing in a darkened room. Below the display is a row of mode selection and source select buttons. A headphone jack, mic input and analog video and audio completes the front face layout.

Connectivity

Being a basic model you get basic connectivity options. The back panel layout is neat. The 3 HDMI inputs and one HDMI output are located at the top row for ease of connection. You also get 2 component video inputs and 4 sets of composite video inputs for your low resolution devices. What’s new is a Universal port for your iPod/iPhone dock. A set of color coded speaker terminals occupy the bottom half. There are no multi channel analog inputs as you are expected to use HDMI for your blu-ray and other hi-def sources. This is after all a 3D-ready receiver.

Actual user review:
“This unit was simple and easy to set up and connect. On screen prompts and menus were simple. I am an audio engineer who just wants something easy to deal with by the time I get home that sounds decent. This does the trick. I do critical listening on a system all day at work that is worth $1000’s of dollars more and this one at home with JBL speakers and Sony Blue Ray works just fine for the weekend movies and football. No need to spend anymore than this for the home stuff.” – A.Concors (CA,USA)

 

Features

Even though this is the entry-level end of the home entertainment spectrum, Onkyo has put in enough useful features without putting undue strain on your finances. Not only is it ready for the 3D future, it also handles high-definition lossless audio codecs from Dolby and DTS.

Other features include:

  • HDMI 1.4 Support for 3-D Video and ARC – the 3D-ready HDMI 1.4 inputs on the TX-SR308 let you simultaneously connect 3 high-definition sources such as a Blu-ray player, a gaming console, and a cable/satellite tuner
  • 192 kHz/24-Bit Burr-Brown DAC – High-quality Burr-Brown DACs work to optimize analog audio performance on the TX-SR308. These DACs perform advanced 24-bit signal processing and support sampling rates of up to 192 kHz. They also work to reduce jitter so you get better sound for movies as well as for music playback.
  • New overlaid On-Screen Display – On-screen set-up menus appear overlaid on the video image you’re watching. This means you can adjust the settings immediately, without having to switch back and forth from a blank screen background.
  • Universal Port for Single-Cable Connection of Onkyo Dock for iPod or HD Radio Tuner
  • Front-panel audio input for direct connection – If you have an iPod or other MP3 player, you can connect it to the TX-SR308’s front panel for quick and convenient audio playback. Your player’s compressed digital music files can then receive a quality boost from the receiver’s Music Optimizer technology.
Average User Rating:
More user reviews:
Was looking to upgrade my Onkyo 6.1 receiver that I purchased 7 years ago. I came across this model at a local electronic store and was blown away by the sound and price. It will decode DTS-HD Master audio and Dolby True HD. Which is important to me, because I just moved over to blu-ray and wanted the best sound possible for play back. Again, this Onkyo rec is a great buy for under $300 and is also future proof for when 3D TV goes main stream in the next year of so.” – R.Holte (TX,USA)

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This is what Onkyo does best. This thing offers great performance. It is rock solid, no nonsense, just what you need and not much else. What it does, it does very well: decode most everything, and HDMI 1.4!!! I was surprised how similar this unit was to my old 2006 model Onkyo 5.1 receiver. This model is clearly a new generation of the same line, with many features and design choices being identical. What sets this unit apart from those of yesterday is the connectivity. 3 HDMI 1.4 inputs, full 3D compatibility for down the road, two optical inputs, composite inputs, and more. What is not so hot are the “frills”. The alternate listening modes are mostly useless- just like they were 5 years ago. The on unit display looks very, very dated, and the remote is even worse than before. In fact, the display and listening modes are identical to my old unit. After setup, don’t expect to be pressing more than about 4 buttons on the full-sized remote unless you have other Onkyo components- this remote is NOT universal. This unit does support some “control via HDMI” functionality, so depending on your TV you may be able to sync them to some degree and use one remote for most casual functions on both devices. It also does not upconvert lesser video inputs to HDMI, which is nice to have, but nobody really does that very well until you get into the much higher price points anyway.

I bought this for one reason only: Onkyo quality sound. And this unit does not disappoint. Aside from just sounding great, the functional aspects of this unit are absolutely rock solid and do exactly what you would expect from Onkyo. For the money, I don’t know how you could beat this unit. You get Onkyo’s top notch, no nonsense audio performance and everything that comes along with HDMI 1.4. Auto a/v sync is here as is deep color if your TV and other components support them. You will be ready if 3D really takes off, or if the reasonably priced HDTV’s keep getting much better within the next 3-5 years. This budget unit can grow with your home theater as the industry evolves over the next few years, and keep sounding great the whole time- which is big plus considering where we are in the technology cycle. Onkyo really got it right this year with this model at this price point. I fully recommend this unit to anyone looking for solid 5.1 surround at this price point that they don’t want to throw away in 2 years.” – M.Lawrence(USA)

 

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