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Daverz

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The Onkyo looks better if you don't need bluetooth.
 

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Thanks for the link. Comparison amp reviews that include both measurement and blind testing are hard to find. The .5% distortion measured is arguably audible...and indeed the listeners heard small differences between the Onkyo 8020 and the Pioneer. But, if you were asked to make recommendations to a good friend with a tiny budget, both models should be considered.
 

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I use a cheap 2 channel receiver to run my outdoor speakers. They're cheaper than cheap 2 channel amps.
 

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When I read those reviews I really wonder how they come up with their decisions. The spec sheet/feature list/price? That's not really a review: it's a consumer's guide to products on the market, on the basis of readily available information which anyone can access given enough time. It's easy work done for the time-pressed person.

I hate that I have no real way to make an assessment about the products out there from where I'm sitting, and that all of the professionals I have access to are equally limited.
 
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tktran303

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When I read those reviews I really wonder how they come up with their decisions...It's easy work done for the time-pressed person.

Perhaps you missed the part in the article under
How We Tested:

In summary- blinded, level matched testing matched to 0.03dB
Listeners get to choose own music and switch freely
Followed by checking out ergonomics and features
Concluded by (THD vs power) measurements
 

pozz

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Perhaps you missed the part in the article under
How We Tested:

In summary- blinded, level matched testing matched to 0.03dB
Listeners get to choose own music and switch freely
Followed by checking out ergonomics and features
Concluded by (THD vs power) measurements
True, I did. Thanks.

Just take my post as a general rant.
 

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It clearly has a discrete class AB amp too:

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And a decent transformer:

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https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/av-receivers/str-dh190/specifications

I don't know how they can produce it for the price to be honest. Must be all plastic front panels and knobs, but great value if you ask me for someone starting out.
 
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