Onkyo TX-DS939

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Brand and Model:Onkyo TX-DS939
Price ($USD):2800
checked Tunerchecked Ampchecked Dolby Prologic
checked Dolby Digitalun-checked DTSchecked THX Certified
un-checked 7.1 Channels
Audio Inputs:
Digital Coax:1Digital Optical:2
Video Inputs:
Audio Outputs:
Video Outputs:
Power (Main Speakers):120 Watts
Power (Surround Speakers):120 Watts
Weight (lbs):lbs.
Dimensions (w/h/d):in. (width/height/depth)
Description:3 Switched AC outlets
AC-3 RF Input
Goldplated terminals (except S-Video)

Pre-Out Description: L/C/R, Surround L/R, Subwoofer (2), Multisource L/R

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Onkyo TX-DS939
Well , my story with this receiver is quit complex but first I must say that I had this unit for a year and a half . Got it from authorized dealer in Israel .
At first I had no problem at all . It is a great unit,( the only receiver Onkyo has beside the 989 that runs more then 100W under 0.05% THD)This is very impressive .
Compared to the 838 I had before , this unit has more dynamic range and a better damping factor which will give you more accurate sound and a great punch.
THX processing is great but do your self a favor and turn off the dialogue normalization feature .
This feature is somehow,compress the dynamic range and lower all channel volume to compare to the center volume.
On screen display is very clear. even my mom can set up this unit .
Fan is quiet and will work only under heavy load .
A great feature is the 2 subwoofer outputs .when connecting them both to my subwoofer,I get more powerfull sound,
(I checked with one output and a Y cable – it’s not the same )
The remote however,like other said,is very disappointing, Yes it’s a learning remote , but an ugly one and does not have a backlight. I got a touch screen learning remote instead for only 100$ .
I noticed that when using the composite video connection
(not that you need to),there is a slight interference in the picture when the On screen Display is turned on and off.
(never happened in SVHS).
Strange thing about the 5.1 Inputs , where is the sub input ? do I need to connect the sub
Directly to an external decoder when using one ?
So how can I change the level ? I don’t get it .
The lack of digital inputs is another thing you need to consider.Only 3 input ( one coax 2 optical).
The price in Israel is an outrage , but there is nothing we can do about it .
actually , there is nothing else bad you can really say about this unit.
My problems began ( and I don’t blame Onkyo for that) when I upgraded the unit to include the MSB internal DTS Card).
From that moment and on , things started to go wrong .
Strange noises when using analog inputs , test tone cuts off , inability to run the Analyzer setup ,
Hum and hiss from center speaker when connecting SVSH cable from DVD ( never happened in composite ), and more then 2 seconds of detecting time when using a digital signal .
Most of the problems were solved after a couple of visits at the store , but this is not a unit that you want to carry more then once ( accept the one time when you buy it ) .
The ground connections inside the unit where change , also some changes in the DTS card were made .
Any how , DTS works fine now , great sound , but to tell the truth , If I had the ability to make the DTS upgrade decision again , I would not done it again .
Buy an external decoder if you want to upgrade , don’t mess with the unit, it’s not worth it .

Setup consist of :
Receiver Onkyo TX-DS 939 + DTS MSB internal card
2109 Toshiba DVD
34` Toshiba Flat screen TV (model 34N9)
B&W 603S3 main speakers
B&W CC3 Center Speakers
B&W 303 Surrounds speakers
A custom made subwoofer . (with 2 membrane) 100W class A Amp.
All connections made with Monster cable .

Well designed & Build quality, Lots of power with no more then 0.05% THD, Great sound , Dynamic range , Ease of use , THX , Look .

I had some hiss & hum problems that were solved. Remote , No DTS ( but you can add the MSB card for 500$) ,
Only 3 digital inputs ( no digital outputs )Gets a little warm while the fan will work only in extreme conditions . No component video inputs . Price .

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Onkyo Tx-Ds 838

Overall Rating: 9
Sound Quality:9 Features:5 Ease of Use:7 Value:9
Weight: 20 (Notable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.199.100)
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Onkyo TX-DS939
Great features and power.

Overall Rating: 10
Sound Quality:10 Features:10 Ease of Use:9 Value:8
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.135.22)
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Onkyo TX-DS939
Great receiver, but I wish it could process DTS.

Overall Rating: 9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.135.22)
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Onkyo TX-DS939
For a Receiver this is one fine unit. I run the Onkyo THX System 1 with it. Very good sound, incredible quality. But not to be compared to High End seperates. :-)

Overall Rating: 9
Sound Quality:10 Features:8 Ease of Use:10 Value:9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.171.140)
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Onkyo TX-DS939
Very well constructed. A work of Art. Check out:
for details of the inner workings.

Overall Rating: 10
Sound Quality:9 Features:10 Ease of Use:9 Value:9
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.158.59)
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Onkyo TX-DS939
nice reciver

Overall Rating: 8
Sound Quality:9 Features:9 Ease of Use:7 Value:6
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.187.52)
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Onkyo TX-DS939
The Best All In One SurroundSound Reciever I've Owned To Date... My Friend Bought The Newer Onkyo TX-DS989 And We Both Agree The Older 939 Is Built Better All Around! TY Onkyo

Overall Rating: 10
Sound Quality:10 Features:10 Ease of Use:10 Value:10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.134.135)
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Onkyo TX-DS939
This receiver sounds unbelievable, Sound is so real I damn near jump out of my chair during the viewing of X-files movie(THX). Very handsomely built, it is so pleasing to the most important senses (eyes, and ears). In stereo mode, the music is very clean, bass is extremely tight, this reciever adds another 30 feet of depth to any musical recording. In the future I will add, upgrade, sell some of my equipment, but I will never part with this unit. Thanks Onkyo for using the experts theater system (LucasFilm THX), instead of creating in-house junk(Yamaha-Cinema system). George LucasFilm is the standard by which all theater system are measure. And the best part of it all, I purchased this unit new for the unbelievable price of $900.00(boy did I get a great deal). Someone returned the unit to the store, because they didn't realize that you have to use speakers with a minimum of 6 ohms impedance (when there's only 1 pair of speakers connected), so I snatched the unit for the unbelivable price above. With a reajusted rate scale, I give this unit a 17 out of 15

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.124.211)
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Onkyo TX-DS939
I still have my 919, and this unit definitely keeps up the good reputation. The only thing I miss is the external decoder on the 919. Other than that, this unit has no problems driving multiple rooms of speakers with varying source signals (I'm watching a movie in one room, the kids are listening to their CD's in another room). If you have the means, this is definitely the way!

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.167.96)
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Onkyo TX-DS939
This is BAR NONE. I have it over 2 years and I am not looking to replace this item for the next few years or ever. Worth every pennies that I paid for ($2500 to be exact). I would only recommend to people who are appreciating good sound to buy this piece. Grade 11 out of 10 if allowed.

Overall Rating: 10
Weight: 1 (Unreliable Vote)
By: Anonymous (xxx.xxx.241.87)
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