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Onkyo, but which one??? 606,605,506,505?


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Hi all after a 5.1 cinema set up, after reading reviews, checking this forum I've decided on a Onkyo but i'm not sure which one to go for.

I'm probably going to get the KEF 2005.2 for the speakers, and I currently have an XBOX360 (over component) which I stream HD movies from, Pioneer upscaling dvd player (HDMI) and a Panasonic PX80 tv.

I was going to go for the Onkyo 605, went into richer sounds enquiring about the differences between it and the 505 the guy there spieled off loads of information why I should pay extra for the 605, so I was pretty much decided.

But now I have the money to spend out comes the 606! so the dilemma is this, do I buy the 606 with it's few improvements, save a £100 and get the 605 as planned, or save myself even more money and get the new 506?

Would I really be missing out on much with the 506? my living room will be 22 x 14ft if that helps. And I guess my budget is around £800 for everything but I'd still like to spend as little as possible.

Thanks for any advice.

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The 606 does have a few extra features over the 605 but to be honest, unless you understand what they are and they are important to you then you wont miss them by owning a 605. As they say, ignorance is bliss.
There is alot bigger difference between the 5xx and 6xx ranges, the biggest being the amplification. I would say this is most important and my advice would be to get a 605 over a 505, but not to bother with the 606 unless its extra tweaks are something you know you need.

It really depends on what you want, the 6 series will be louder and clearer and its surround processing will lead to better results when watching films. But if all you've ever had is a cheap stereo from Asda then the 505 will sound great to you anyways. Just decide whats most important to you, Cost=505, Quality=605 or Quality and most possible features=606.

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