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Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black)

B&H # ONTX8255 Mfr # TX-8255
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Product Highlights
  • 2 x 50W Per Channel
  • WRAT Technology
  • Discrete Output Stage Circuitry
  • High Current Design
  • Multi-Room (IR) Port
  • iPod Connectivity
  • 5x Audio Inputs
  • Phono Input
  • Treble, Bass, and Balance Control
  • AM/FM Tuner

With its continued excellence in sound reproduction, Onkyo has once again created a versatile stereo receiver for the music lover in you. The TX-8255 Stereo Receiver offers superb functionality and dual-room capability that will be hard to match at this price point. Onkyo exclusives like Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT), Discrete Output Stage Circuitry, Massive Power Transformer, and Heavy-Duty Extruded Heat Sink offer the cleanest signal on the market. Most of the receiver's audio processing is handled automatically, with little intervention on your part. However, it is so advanced; its discrete output reproduces music with unmatched sonic clarity and dynamic power.

In a nutshell, the TX-8255 is a 2 x 50W (@ 8 ohms) stereo receiver capable of delivering breathtaking stereo sound. It features 5-sets of audio inputs, 2-sets of audio outputs, individual treble, bass, and balance controls, Remote Interactive (RI) port, A/B speaker switching, banana plug speaker posts, and an AM/FM tuner. Because of the high efficiency of its design, this powerful receiver produces exceptional sound quality, and clarity in every audible detail.

Superb Design
This receiver features a high-end design approach encompassing everything from its massive power transformer design and high-current, low-impedance drive to discrete output circuitry and minimal use of negative feedback. This enables the receiver to combine tighter bass, superb transient response and enhanced presence at any volume level.
Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT)
It's the Wide Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT) that will fill your room with noise-free, impressively powerful, true-to-life sound. With a broader frequency range and lower harmonic noise entering the signal path, this receiver is perfectly suited for new high resolution DVD-Audio and SACD formats.
Remote Interactive (RI) Interface
Remote Interactive (RI) capability enables you to simply connect your iPod to your receiver through Onkyo's RI Dock option for the iPod (DS-A4). Your iPod effectively becomes another Onkyo component flowing through the TX-8255.
Multi-Room Connectivity
With speaker A/B selectors and dedicated speaker terminals, this receiver offers the capability to send audio to a second room. In addition, the built-in IR port enables multi-room distribution with optional control systems.
Ultra-wide Bandwidth
This receiver is capable of reproducing audio with less noise, superior phase linearity, greater headroom, and a 20Hz - 20KHz frequency response.
Built-In AM/FM Tuner
Enjoy your favorite radio broadcasts (up to 40 presets), with the built-in AM/FM wide-band tuner.
Amplifier
Stereo RMS Power 50W per channel x 2, into 8 ohms
Dynamic Range 135W per channel x 2, into 2 ohms
105W per channel x 2, into 4 ohms
70W per channel x 2, into 8 ohms
No. of Channels 2
Audio Processing
Dolby Digital No
Dolby Digital EX No
Dolby Pro Logic II No
DTS No
DTS ES No
DTS Neo:6 No
THX Surround EX No
THX Certified No
Convenience
Speaker Selector Yes
Multi Room/Source No
AM/FM Tuner Yes, with 40 presets
Remote Control Yes
Connectors
Input Analog Audio: - x5 Sets (RCA)
Phono: - x1 Set (RCA)
FM Antenna: - x1
AM Antenna: - x1
Output Analog Audio: - x2 Sets (RCA)
Headphone: - x1 (1/4" Phone)
Speakers: - x4 Sets (Binding Post)
Other Ports IR Input/Output x1 (Mini)
RI Port x1 (Mini)
Video Input Conversion No
General
Power Requirements 120VAC, 60Hz
AC Outlet Yes, 2 Switched
Dimensions (WxHxD) 17.2 x 5.9 x 13.3" (435 x 149 x 340mm)
Weight 16.5 lbs (9.3kg)
Color Black
Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black)
  • Remote Control
  • AM Loop Antenna
  • FM Wire Antenna
  • 2-Years Parts and Labor Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    OnkyoTX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black)
     
    4.5

    (based on 65 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (41)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (47)
    • Simple controls (43)
    • Great sound quality (41)
    • Good power output (36)
    • Good remote control (31)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (4)
    • Confusing / bad remote control (3)

    Best Uses

    • Basic systems (51)
    • Smaller rooms / apartments (27)
    • Multiple rooms / whole house (12)
    • Large rooms (10)
    • Home theater (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (35), Tech savvy (23), Audiophile (21), Movie enthusiast (4), Technically challenged (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (47)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Onkyo Devotee Satisfied Again

    This receiver replaced my Onkyo I bought in 1985, which finally started having problems switching speaker channels (relays). I was so happy to find this available that I ordered it immediately.Read complete review

    This receiver replaced my Onkyo I bought in 1985, which finally started having problems switching speaker channels (relays). I was so happy to find this available that I ordered it immediately.

    I'm not an audio freak, but I like good sound. This receiver gives me that. After connecting it to my B&O speakers, I tried a CD and was very pleased. Then tuned in some radio stations. The wife said that radio had never come in that clearly before on any other radio in our house.

    I love movies, but my home is not made for a surround sound setup. Also, my wife likes to switch the speakers for listening in her studio, so this was absolutely the right receiver for us. We use it for TV and Movies, as well as CD audio and occasional radio. I am grateful to Onkyo for continuing to provide the phono jack, even though our turntable and vinyl are in storage.

    The only thing I did not care for was the challenge it presented in fitting into our entertainment cabinet. It was about 2 inches taller than the old receiver, so our DVD player ended up being relocated.

    I love having the remote control. I know that is standard with all newer stereo equipment, but it is new for me. I would really love it if the remote could learn and be programmed to work with our Sony CD changer. I now have a basket full of remotes.

    All in all, this was an incredible value. I expect this receiver to last at least as long as the old Onkyo did.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good Basic Receiver

    I purchased this unit for the cottage. Because it will be used sparingly, I didn't want to spend a lot so this fit the bill. It appears to be a good quality, basic...Read complete review

    I purchased this unit for the cottage. Because it will be used sparingly, I didn't want to spend a lot so this fit the bill. It appears to be a good quality, basic receiver with the ability to play the same source in two areas. I also own a TX 8555 which I use at home in our pool room. The 8555 has much more power, a better volume control and a few other features lacking on this unit. Depending on your speaker power needs and how much you plan on using the receiver, you might be better off spending the additional cash and upgrading to this unit. Given my needs, the 8255 will do just fine.

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    5.0

    buy 2 and put 1 away!

    By Garlic

    from Coquitlam BCY

    Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

    Awesome receiver! I put away a $499. Harmon kardon 3490 and replaced it with this 2 channel Oonkyo that I use to power my JBL 4312's. Sound perfection!

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    5.0

    Nice & Easy

    By Bert

    from RI

    About Me Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Power Output
    • Good Remote Control
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor speakers

      Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

      This is a great receiver and easy to use. I use it to power a pair of outdoor speakers it sounds great.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect

      By LMM54

      from Washington, DC

      About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Good Remote Control
      • Has A Phono In
      • No Home Theater Stuff

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • Larger Rooms
        • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

        Our old (ancient) receiver died. We needed a new one that would take a turntable (!). Oddly enough, they are hard to find. This one does the trick. This unit is also available through another online retailer but the price was better here.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Basic Stereo Receiver

        By Retired

        from The Villages

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Good Power Output
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basic Systems
          • Smaller Rooms

          Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

          Works with my Bose 901's because of the 2 second tape monitor.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Perfect for my use--All I expected

          By Jim-stripes

          from Rossford Oh

          About Me Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Power Output
          • Good Remote Control
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

              Listening to music on my ipod thru my Onkyo Tx-8255 as I write this.. Very happy with it's features & production.. So easy to install, I use my ipod & tablet.. FM & AM reception--perfect.. Delivered within afew days of order.. Have put B&H in my favorates...

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              4.0

              Onkyo Receiver exceeds expectations

              By mirenburg

              from Right side of Texas

              About Me Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Power Output
              • Good Remote Control

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Basic Systems

                Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                replace old boom box in garage with Onkyo receiver and Pyle speakers. Picks up additional FM stations as a plus. Only use for FM/iPod input for garage patio area at the moment, but may add TV later. Delivered on time, works as described, particularly the remote that allows the receiver to be up higher, out of the way.

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                4.0

                OK,but thats about it.

                By crash

                from orlando,fl

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Lack Of Power

                  Best Uses

                  • Basic Systems

                  Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                  My feeling about amp.price is right.but its to big! looks old (style).down on power. wire hook up on back to close.need little fingers.but like i said for the money.its not a bad deal.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent sound and runs cool.

                  By Nick

                  from Crossville, TN

                  About Me Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate Controls
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Energy Efficient
                  • Good Power Output
                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Basic Systems
                    • Larger Rooms

                    Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                    run cd's.
                    easy to use.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    PHONO!

                    By MissLisa1970

                    from Pasadena, MD

                    About Me Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Good Power Output
                    • Good Remote Control
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Basic Systems
                      • Smaller Rooms

                      Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                      Finally a receiver that works well with a turntable set up! great sound. Great price..what's not to like? If you're looking to listen to vinyl. Look no further.

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                      5.0

                      Lives up to the hype!

                      By Jack, who shopped around!

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Controls
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Good Remote Control
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Basic Systems
                        • Smaller Rooms

                        Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                        I was looking for a mid-range receiver to replace an older receiver that died. The room is not large--about 15' x 18'--so the sound requirements are not great. Nevertheless, the TV, DVD, and CD sound quality is much better than before; the FM reception is much better, too. Installation--that is, plugging in all the other components correctly--was forthright (after I studied the manual for a few minutes). It's only been in use for a week, but so far, so good!

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                        5.0

                        I would buy from this store again

                        By cigarman

                        from Henderson NC

                        About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate Controls
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Good Power Output
                        • Good Remote Control

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Basic Systems

                          Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                          Great receiver for the price, fast delivery and we buy from here again

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Value

                          By Vintage Rocker

                          from Louisiana

                          About Me Practical

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Controls
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Good Power Output
                          • Good Remote Control
                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems

                            Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                            I was able to use my vintage "turntable" without the use of a pre amp. This unit replaced my 1977 Heathkit AR29 perfectly.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Excellent, low-priced receiver!

                            By Chandra25

                            from South Lake Tahoe, CA

                            About Me Audiophile, Practical

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Great Sound Quality
                            • Low cost

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Basic Systems

                              Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                              I can't believe how good this receiver sounds! I am so glad my old one died because I had been tolerating low quality sound without even knowing how bad it was! I have been thoroughly enjoying my music. The only thing I can't figure out is how to use the remote to go to the next track on a CD. I will call tech support to find out if it is possible.

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                              4.0

                              Follow-up to "Most Negative Review"

                              By ins

                              from michigan

                              About Me Audiophile

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Great Sound Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Basic Systems
                                • Smaller Rooms

                                Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                                Perhaps I should have given this product a higher score the first time around because I am happy with its performance and functionality given the price point we're talking about.

                                Yes, it's missing some power and features found on my other receiver (TX 8555 which apparently is no longer available).

                                However, I've found the amplifier to be quiet and smooth and the power output to be enough to crank the tunes in a medium sized room, with a second set of speakers outside. The tuner sensitivity seems pretty good but most of the time I stream Pandora from a Roku I have connected to it.

                                After almost two years of usage, I'm happy with this basic stereo receiver. Still a real value at under $200 and free shipping to boot!

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                                5.0

                                Great receiver

                                By Jim U

                                from Austin, TX

                                About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate Controls
                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Good Power Output
                                • Good Remote Control
                                • Great Sound Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Basic Systems
                                  • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

                                  Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                                  Had an old received for 20 years that finally died. I needed a new one that would accept my turntable and CD player, plus have good FM/AM reception and decent output. I didn't want to spend a ton of money. The Onkyo TX-8255 fits my needs perfectly. It was easy to set up. The controls are almost identical to my old receiver, plus this new one has a remote. The audio from this unit is sent to 2 sets of wired speakers in two rooms and to a wireless transmitter for my outdoor speakers, and it works a LOT better for this setup than my old unit. The FM signals come in clearly, with no static. I really like this receiver.

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                                  5.0

                                  Quality Sound - Welcome Simplicity

                                  By Joe

                                  from Tempe, AZ

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Controls
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Great Sound Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Basic Systems
                                    • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
                                    • Smaller Rooms

                                    Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                                    I just needed a two-channel stereo receiver for my office to power a pair of Boston Acoustics in-wall speakers. This unit delivers nicely setup is a breeze and the unit delivers nice crisp sound. Runs all day and never gets hot.

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                                    4.0

                                    Good entry-level receiver

                                    By Old Dan

                                    from Michigan

                                    About Me Practical

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Good Power Output
                                    • Great Sound Quality

                                    Cons

                                    • Confusing / Bad Remote Control

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Basic Systems
                                    • Smaller Rooms

                                    Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                                    I chose this model as it has built-in Phono inputs, allowing me to rip my old vinyl from the Tape Monitor putputs without messing about with preamps or audio card settings. The tiny control labels on the black faceplate are hard on my tired old eyes-- fortunately, the remote has most of the major junctions. Odd placement of the remote's Volume buttons, in the lower right corner. They should fall naturally under the thumb.
                                    Good power for a medium-sized space, FM tuning seems accurate and sensitive enough.

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                                    4.0

                                    good machine for everyone

                                    By markiz

                                    from nyc

                                    About Me Audiophile, Practical

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Good Power Output
                                    • Good Remote Control
                                    • Great Sound Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Basic Systems

                                      Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                                      God midprized receiver. There are a lot inputs and outputs to connect cd player, dvd player, vcr . And most important - phono input. The amplifier has enough power for big room. Reccomended!

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                                      5.0

                                      Amazing Build Quality

                                      By rennfaire

                                      from Rochester, NY

                                      About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Controls
                                      • Build quality
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Good Power Output
                                      • Good Remote Control
                                      • Great Sound Quality
                                      • Versatility

                                      Cons

                                      • Non

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Basic Systems

                                      Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                                      Having obtained the Factory Service Manual for the 8255, I was astounded at the quality of the parts and the build of this very inexpensive receiver! The op-amps are top-rated NJM2068s, often found in pro audio gear. The transformer is massive, and likewise the heatsink for the well-engineered discrete output stage. The fm tuner is very sensitive, easily picking up my favorite canadian station CFMX across Lake Ontario! The MM phono stage is excellent and does justice to my Ortofon cartridge. On top of it all, it comes with a great remote with volumne , mute, and input selectiom etc. The sound quality is suberb. This unit is a winner all the way. Grab one - you'll be glad that you did.

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                                      4.0

                                      Solid, cost-effective receiver.

                                      By John

                                      from Seattle

                                      About Me Technically Challenged

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate Controls
                                      • Easy To Set Up
                                      • Good Power Output
                                      • Good Remote Control

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Basic Systems

                                        Comments about Onkyo TX-8255 2-Channel Stereo Receiver (Black):

                                        I bought this receiver to replace an old receiver for my stereo system. It is a nice upgrade at a reasonable cost, with plenty of power. It easily handles all the components of my system (tape deck, phonograph, CD player, speakers) plus gives me the ability (with additional device) to play iPod tunes as well. I considered a bigger, more powerful receiver that could also plug into my TV and DVD player, but opted to stick with a more limited approach for now. I am happy with the result.

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