Onkyo TX-SR703 AV-receiver

Onkyo loves to develop technologies for improving of sound quality and patent them under mysterious abbreviations. An amplifier part of the receiver Onkyo TX-SR703 is built by "wideband" technology - WRAT, the transformer is supplied with the abbr. H.C.P.S (high current power source) and sound path has a so-called vector linear signal shaping (VLSC). The logo THX Select harmoniously complements the list. In general, it was very interesting to find out how will these engineering solutions and regalia prove its value. Many our experts for a reason consider the simplest design solutions as ideal.

Functions. The traditional programs of sound field, incident to Dolby Digital and Pro Logic II decoders, are supplemented with five THX modes and just as much branded DSP options. The equalizer, which remembers the result of adjustment for each channel, allows bringing dissimilar by tonal sound color speakers maximally together. Video signal is converted only from composite to S-Video, the component signal is switched without changes.

Management. Auto setup with included microphone relieves the user from the difficulties with installation. The other parameters can be easily adjusted with a help of the screen menus system, not burdened with the graphics but simple and logical. The remote control is very convenient; only the joystick, which it's not too easy to get used to, a bit confuses. The owner of video projector will be pleased with the backlight of all buttons.

So, what are the results of listening to Onkyo TX-SR703? Popular opinion that excessive "advancement" often hurts the musicality turns out to be false. In conjunction with CD-player the device performed perfectly. After such a successful start we thought that cinema soundtracks will be played with a bang, but our expectations were delivered not everywhere. Panorama was wide, the scale of effects was saved, but the localization turned out to be not accurate, especially at the work with blockbusters. Apparently, the result is explained by the shortcomings of built-in decoders. However, it sounds films with a calm flow of the plot perfectly. We will recommend to the lover of massive fighters to connect floor speakers with above average sensitivity to this receiver and equip the system with qualitative subwoofer.

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