Onkyo TX-SR507

A home theater system usually has three major components: the media player that may handle DVD media, Blu-ray content etc,  multiple speakers to provide a good surround sound experience, and a large high definition television display. These components should be fairly easy to set up especially if they are all from the manufacturer. However, home theater systems can expand to more sophisticated systems when you incorporate gaming consoles and portable media devices. If the TV or media center do not have the necessary ports, adding extra devices may require other ones to be removed. Sound quality may also be limited when these devices are used hinting the need for an amplifier. A home AV receiver like the Onkyo TX-SR507 then comes into the fold. All media devices can now be hooked up to a main receiver to enhance the audio and visual experience further, without having to worry about the availability of  limited connecting ports on your television set.

Onkyo TX-SR507 Receiver

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Design

The Onkyo TX-SR507 is sized similar to other home electronics so it is easily stackable. It also comes in black or white surfaces to easily match other devices. In terms of overall layout the TX-SR507 bears many similarities to the cheaper TX-SR307 and the slightly more functional TX-SR607.

When compared to the TX-SR307, the TX-SR507 has the same amount of buttons and jacks on the front. Each device type is represented by its own button horizontally laid out on the lower end of the player with the other controls on top. The info screen is shown just above the row of thin buttons and the power button and master volume control are found in the left and right ends respectively. Just left of the big volume control is a smaller circle with directional pad functions where the up and down directions serve as tuning and the left and right directions change different presets along with three other buttons that are connected with the pad.

The jacks at the bottom are where headphones, microphones, portable devices, and other gadgets that use auxiliary inputs can be connected. The only striking difference between this and the TX-SR307 is that there are more logos that indicate its support for more formats and technologies.

Actual user review:
“I did tons of research and settled on Onkyo because of the ease of setup, hdmi inputs and price. I initially thought I was going to get the sr606, but decided against it because it’s a behemoth, the video upconversion didn’t get good reviews, and I’m only going to use 5.1 surround sound. This receiver offers a lot of the same features as the 606 in a much smaller package. I paired it with Definitive Technology Procinema 600 5.1 surround system and it sounds great. Much better than my 10 yr old Sony receiver with sony and bose speakers.” – J.Gomez (TX,USA)

 

Performance

The whole purpose of AV receivers like the Onkyo TX-SR507 is to deliver the experience given by multiple devices to one centralized home theater without sacrificing quality and in some cases, improving on the quality. High definition is slowly becoming the new standard in digital home entertainment and more devices are starting to make use of the HDMI 1.3a connections. Those that have lots of HDMI devices will be delighted to know that there are four HDMI inputs available. Its other purpose is to decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio which are audio codec formats used by the latest Blu-ray technologies.

Features

Each of the four HDMI inputs use the 1.3a specification which means greater signal, TMDS and video bandwidth. As long as the device is a high definition source and has HDMI support, the device can be plugged into the TX-SR507 where it can be processed to any connected HDTV.

The Onkyo TX-SR507 is more focused on the HD audio aspect and the growing need for higher audio quality for their entry-level home entertainment systems. Lossless audio transmission is achieved with Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio support. The DTS-HD Express is supported too, which is a secondary audio format for Blu-ray discs. Audio outputs are further amplified with the inclusion of Audyssey surround-sound technologies for a unique experience that automatically adjusts to suit the type of room it is in.

When the “Music Optimizer” technology is activated, even the lower quality audio sources sound better. People that have gaming consoles connected to the Onkyo TX-SR507 will also notice some improvements to the sound quality when the right configuration mode is used. For example, sports gamers can turn use the “Sports” setting for a more realistic experience while playing their favorite sports titles. Three other modes are available including Rock, Action, and Role Playing. It also uses WRAT technology to make the sound quality cleaner than other receivers.

Bottom Line

The Onkyo TX-SR507 further builds on the quality of the 307 model mainly be improving the audio features and number of available connections. This is the AV receiver of choice for people with bigger setups but still have a budget.

Average User Rating:

  • “The TX-SR507 has many of the same features as the more expensive models for a fraction of the price (four 1080p capable HDMI inputs and TrueHD/DTS-HD decoding). I pre-ordered and got it for $279.00 with free shipping, so the price was right too. I’ve paired it up with Energy Take Classics 5.1 (which I paid $379.00 with free shipping). I’m extremely pleased with the results. I use it mostly for gaming with my PS3 and watching Blu-ray movies. The Audyssey Auto Speaker Calibration with the included mic made precise set up a breeze. I doubt that you could find a better A/V receiver for that price.” – M.Bessert
  • “Have had this product for a few weeks and it performs great.Setup was easy and it has plenty of power to produce great sound,so much in fact that I had to adjust the bass settings down a little. I have it hooked to a dish network 722 HD receiver,PS3,and a Sony dvd player all running to a Samsung LN46B550.The picture quality is amazing and the switching between components is seamless other than a slight clicking noise when the receiver changes between sound formats(DTS to Dolby and vice versa)but that is my only minor complaint. I think it is a great receiver for the price.” – M.Lemanski (USA)

 

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