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Onkyo TX-SR601 6.1 Home Theater Receiver Review

by September 06, 2003
Onkyo TX-SR601 Reciever

Onkyo TX-SR601 Reciever

  • Product Name: TX-SR601 6.1 Home Theater Receiver
  • Manufacturer: Onkyo
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: September 06, 2003 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 500
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Power: 85W x 5 (8-ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, FTC)
THD (Rated Power): 0.08% (all channels)
DSP: Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES Discreet/Matrix 6.1, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS Neo:6, Theater-Dimensional
Video Processing: Composite to S-video upconversion
DACs: 192 kHz/24-bit x 2; 96 kHz/24-bit x 5
Audio Inputs: 5.1 RCA multi-channel, 7 pairs analogue RCA, 3 optical S/PDIF (including 1 front), 1 coax S/PDIF
SNR: 100 dB (Direct mode) IHF A 0.5 V input
Video Inputs: 2 component RCA (60Mhz), 5 composite RCA, 5 s-video
Video Outputs: 1 component RCA (60Mhz), 3 composite RCA (includes Zone 2 & monitor), 3 s-video (includes Zone 2 & monitor)
Misc Inputs/Outputs: IR input, 12V trigger (Zone 2), Onkyo RI port
Frequency Response: 10Hz - 100kHz +1/-3 dB
Dimensions: 17-1/8" x 6-7/8" x 17" (435mm x 175mm x 432mm)
Weight: 26.7 lbs (12.1 kg)


  • A/V input routing
  • IntelliVolume input level matching
  • Flexible bass management options
  • HDTV-compatible component video switching


  • Poorly thought-out remote control
  • Only one coax digital input


Onkyo TX-SR601 Introduction

With so much competition amongst mid-fi receiver manufacturers, features and usability become almost as influential as sound quality and performance when choosing a home theater solution. Most recent $500 receivers will incorporate the following key features:

  • 192 kHz/24-bit DACs
  • Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS Neo:6
  • Digital inputs/outputs
  • Component video inputs/output (50MHz or higher)
  • Multi-channel inputs for DVD-A & SACD
  • 80W - 100W per channel

What determines a receiver's staying power (other than brand loyalty, of course) is the quality of sound reproduction and features that make for a successful home theater experience. With that in mind, let's take a look at one of Onkyo's newer additions to its mid-priced line-up.

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