Onkyo's affordable and remarkably versatile TX-SR501 6.1-channel surround receiver is ideal for home theater novices as well as budget-conscious veterans looking for an upgrade from 5.1 to 6.1. Those new to home theater will sigh in relief at the receiver's user-friendly design, which uses color-coded inputs and outputs, a logically laid-out front panel, and an easy-to-use, preprogrammed remote control. Those looking to upgrade their current home theater receiver will be impressed with the receiver's six, high-current channels (65 watts per channel) and processing for all major surround formats, and then some, including Dolby Digital EX (6.1) and DTS-ES.
Further, Onkyo includes a number of exclusive audio-enhancing features and technologies, like discrete output stages, high-bandwidth WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology), a reduced-NFB (negative feedback) design, and CinemaFILTER (to yield the smoothest sound at any volume).
The TX-SR501 handles a range of audio and video components, from front-panel audio/video/S-video jacks for simple hookups with camcorders, game consoles, and VCRs, to multiple rear-panel inputs including two high-resolution component-video inputs, a set of multichannel RCA analog inputs (perfect for use with a DVD-Audio or SACD player's high-resolution analog outputs), and a trio of digital-audio ins (two optical, one coaxial) for DVD players, a satellite receiver, a DVD player, and other gear.
Routing your DVD player's and VCR's audio and video signals to the receiver before sending them on to your TV simplifies AV source switching, since you can do it all with the receiver's remote rather than having to switch inputs on your receiver and your television.