Onkyo TX-8020 Stereo Receiver

Onkyo TX-8020 Stereo Receiver

Onkyo TX-8020 Stereo Receiver

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Product Highlights

  • Power Output up to 50W per Channel
  • WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology)
  • Discrete Amp Output Stage Circuitry
  • High-Current, Low-Impedance Drive
  • Five Analog Audio Inputs
  • Independent Bass/Treble/Balance Controls
  • FM/AM Tuner with 40 Memory Presets
  • Subwoofer Pre-Out
  • Phono Input for Turntable Connection
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Onkyo TX-8020 overview

  • 1Description

The Onkyo TX-8020 Stereo Receiver features a full discrete amp configuration that provides 50W per channel. It supports Onkyo's WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology) to ensure natural audio fidelity across a wide frequency range. The receiver also uses a massive EI transformer to drive the speakers accurately at all times - even under heavy loads. For connectivity, the TX-8020 features five analog audio inputs. There's a phono input, an analog audio output and a headphone jack as well. The receiver's other features include an FM/AM tuner with 40 station presets and a single-cable RI system that enables limited control of an RI-ready component.

WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology)
Onkyo's WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology) preserves natural audio fidelity across a very wide frequency range. It includes low-negative-feedback amp topology for clear, true-to-life sound; closed ground-loop circuits to reduce distortion; and high instantaneous-current capability to counter impedance fluctuations from the speakers and sudden dynamic gains in music and movie soundtracks.
Discrete Amplifier Design with Quality Parts
Unlike amplifiers based on integrated circuit (IC) boards, Onkyo's discrete amplifiers incorporate hand-selected audio-grade parts into their design. The TX-8020 has fully discrete output stage circuitry with heavy-duty transistors to control running temperatures, lower distortion and increase the life of the product.
High-Current, Low-Impedance Drive
Although your loudspeakers may be rated at 4, 6, or 8 ohms, regular operation will see that resistance spike and plunge for short periods of time. This can place up to 10 times the usual load on your amplifier, and if it can't meet demand, sound quality will suffer audibly. Onkyo's high-current, low-impedance design uses a massive EI transformer to drive your speakers accurately at all times, even under heavy loads.
Independent Bass, Treble & Balance Controls
Bass, treble and balance controls are very useful for optimizing the tonal characteristics of your source material (particularly when the recording is less than perfect), as well as allowing you to correct for the acoustics of your listening space and the frequency response of your speakers. These carefully designed circuits let you fine-tune the sound to your own taste, with zero loss in perceived audio quality.
Wide Selection of Audio Inputs
For many people, the TX-8020 will serve as the heart of a central home entertainment system. To best equip it for this role, Onkyo has included five analog audio inputs to connect your TV, CD player, an AirPlay dock for iPod/iPhone/iPad, and even your personal computer. There's also a moving-magnet phono stage for your choice of turntable, so you can enjoy your vinyl collection.
FM/AM Tuner with 40 Memory Presets
The TX-8020 includes an FM/AM tuner complete with RDS station information in areas that support these broadcasts. The good news is that changing channels is no longer a painful ordeal. You just have to scan once and save up to 40 stations into the preset memory, with 8-character naming capability for each.
High-Quality A/B Speaker Terminals
The TX-8020 features two sets of banana-plug-compatible speaker terminals to enable the connection of speaker pair A and speaker pair B in a multi-room audio setup. The receiver is designed to drive either a single pair of speakers rated at 4-16 ohms or two pairs of 8-16 ohms speakers, allowing you to enjoy the same audio source in two rooms at once.
Remote Interactive Makes System Control Easy
A single-cable RI system enables limited control of an RI-ready component--such as an Onkyo CD player or the optional DS-A5 dock--using the TX-8020 remote. This makes the process of cueing up music and video easier. Connect the DS-A5 and the receiver will automatically power up, select the appropriate input and commence playback as soon as you touch the AirPlay icon on your mobile device or iTunes-equipped computer.

Other Features

Supports 50W per channel (stereo at 8 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, FTC)
Dynamic power at 4 ohms is 160W per channel
Discrete output stage
6 and 4 ohms capable
Direct access tuning
Automatic / manual tuning
Subwoofer pre-out
Front panel headphone jack
Sleep timer
Includes full-sized and full-function RI remote control
UPC: 751398011306
In the Box
Onkyo TX-8020 Stereo Receiver
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA (R03) Batteries (for Remote)
  • Indoor FM Antenna
  • AM Loop Antenna
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    Onkyo TX-8020 specs

    Channels 2 (stereo)
    Power Output 50 W + 50 W (stereo at 8 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, FTC)
    Dynamic Power 160 W + 160 W (4 ohms)
    Phono Overload Phono(MM): 80 dB (IHF-A)
    Line: 100 dB (CD, IHF-A)
    Tone Control Bass
    Tuner Section
    FM Frequency Range 87.5 - 107.9 MHz
    AM Frequency Range 530 - 1710 kHz
    FM/AM Preset Memory 40 stations
    Inputs/Outputs Analog audio inputs x 5 (rear)
    Phono input x 1 (rear)
    Analog audio output x 1 (rear)
    Remote Interactive (RI) jack x 1 (rear)
    Subwoofer pre-out x 1 (rear)
    Headphone jack x 1 (front)
    Power Supply AC 120 V (60 Hz)
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 17.1 x 5.9 x 12.9" (435 x 150 x 328.5 mm)
    Weight 16.1 lb (7.3 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 20.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 21.7 x 16.5 x 10.0"

    Onkyo TX-8020 reviews

    TX-8020 Stereo Receiver is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 76.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from You Get what you pay for Replaced a 1982 Technics SA-424 45 watt Receiver which produced outstanding power and sound quality for 34 years with this unit. Even though it is rated at 5 more watts, it's having trouble driving my Pioneer floor speakers with 15 woofers. I have to turn the volume up to 50-60 percent to get the same volume that I got at 30-40 percent on my SA-424.The sound is also not of the came quality. Distortion in the highs and weak bass with no loudness control.I'll keep it until I can find someone to repair my old one or find something better.
    Date published: 2016-03-22
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK amplifier; disappointing tuner I use this as a rear channel amp for listening to SACDs, and as a low-electricity alternative to my high-powered front stereo system when listening to talk radio. As an amp, it works well. The tuner is the worst I've ever used, and I'm including clock radios and portables. If you listen to WNYC-AM, for some reason it distorts terribly -- perhaps because of interference from the HD radio sub-channels? I really don't know, but since I already traded in a Sony DH130 for this (it had an annoying hum from the unit itself, but a much better tuner), I will probably put up with it. Poor fidelity on other AM stations; FM reception not very good either.
    Date published: 2015-03-31
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from not impressed. I purchased the TX-8020 to replace my old Mitsubishi DA-R8, a 45 watt/ch receiver I got in 1983. I wanted the convenience of a remote, and my research indicated that the Onkyo was the best quality option for a simple 2 ch receiver. Not even close to the old receiver. The Onkyo, at 50 watts/ch needed to be cranked to 3/4 volume to produce the same relative sound volume as the Mitsu at 1/3 on the knob. And the quality of the Onkyo's sound did not compare to the old Mitsu., as it was very thin and lacking in depth. Sound processors are not what they used to be I guess.Consequently the Onkyo was returned to B&H, a store which by the way is an absolute pleasure to deal with. Visiting the store is a great experience, and the employees are all very helpful.
    Date published: 2014-09-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Receiver My old receiver needed to be euthanized, and I enjoy this replacement. My sound system is old school with old (but high quality) cabinet speakers and a turn-table as well as a CD and cassette player. This receiver has a built-in amp for phonograph, unlike some models. My spouse and I have LOTS of old format recordings, and this handles the bill quite well without spending a wad. Remote control is nice too. Picky audiophiles would probably have something to complain about, but it sounds great to me. My only complaint is that it is black (with limited LED lights) and it is difficult to read parts of the control panel in low light.
    Date published: 2017-01-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Replaced my pioneer stereo receiver that was 46 yrs old Well its not quite as good as my old receiver,but for the price its a very nice receiver. I wanted a receiver with knobs to adjust base, treble,balance and volume .One of the few available that has that option .You can also use a remote.that works well. Just what I needed another remote.Has adjustable impedance for speakers.A tone button which gives it a nice boost in sound.The receiver picks up the local FM stations good for were I live. Connected to my smart TV the sound is excellent, .As far a volume it distorts some when turned all the way up. Could be the speakers? But can't really turn it up that loud anyhow. I'm happy with the purchase. affordable.
    Date published: 2016-08-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Onkyo True Stereo Receiver !! The Bass and Treble only go -6 and + 6 . Every Stereo Receiver that I owned in the past inc. Onkyo the tone controls Bass/Treble go -10 and + 10. And no Loudness control . Thankfully I have my Equalizer and hook it up to the tape in/out of the receiver so my CD Recorder sounds far better and the tape 2 on my Eq. is connected to my Aux box so I can hook up my other CD Players , My NAD RDS Tuner , Etc.
    Date published: 2016-04-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from I thought the sound would be better . First the receiver looks nice , has a lot of features I want in just a stereo receiver . In the past 30 years I had a lot of stereo receivers from Pioneer , Sony , Mitsubishi , Realistic , SAE , Yamaha , Onkyo , Etc. Every one was great at that time. This receiver from Onkyo lacks a loudness switch and the bass and treble only go to -6 and +6 . Every receiver that I owned the bass and treble went to -10 and +10 and a loudness button. It has a tone button but that only shuts off the bass and treble and same thing with the direct tone button it all does the same thing.It is not like a tone button from the past either the tone is high or low. No loudness button to bring the bass and treble together with out having to ad a sub woofer. A good loudness button will bring out the bass and treble where like if you ever owned a Pioneer Intergrated Amp models like the SA-9100 , SA-9500, SA-9800 the loudness only controls the bass making it sound very muddy , not a good sound . The receiver does not have the RDS feature so I'm using my Onkyo receiver like a Intergrated Amp. I have my 4 speakers to the receiver , with my sub and my CD Recorder to the tape in/out , another CD Player in the Aux, DVD in the DVD and my NAD C-427 AM/FM/RDS Tuner in the aux.And I do have The BSR EQ-3000 Equalizer connected to the tape in/out and my CD/R is tape 1 and tape 2 is my NAD Tuner . It works very good for me.
    Date published: 2016-06-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good HiFi Stereo Receiver for the money Have had several Onkyo receivers of similar design and one of their desktop mini systems. All have exhibited great build quality and sound, this is no different. There are a couple of other receivers near this price point, but Onkyo builds for the best quality sound, not marketing specs. If you want to claim your receiver has higher watts then get the Sony for forty bucks less (if you care to believe their specs). Otherwise, get the Onky for the best sound under two hundred bucks and enjoy it! In fairness, many people can not tell the difference in sound between amplifiers, I can! The electronic design of the Onkyo is a bit different than my previous models as it uses encoders rather than mechanical potentiometers for the volume, bass and treble controls. That is good as it SHOULD mean a more reliable product. It also means that the bass and treble can be controlled from the remote which is convenient. Am running Klipsch Icon KB-15 speakers in a small second bedroom. Source material varies from CD, FM (classical), Sirius and occasionally Pandora. I turn down the treble on the Onkyo one notch and boost the base up two notches (sometimes three) for the best sound in my room and with the Klipsch speakers. There is no loudness compensation, which is no great loss to me. The amplifier on this receiver is fairly neutral and the bass control does not overly add warmth, just a bit of oomph at the very bottom end of my speakers capability. Actually, that is the way it should work. The FM tuner section is every bit as sensitive and sounds as good as my previous Onkyo's, which was always very good. Some manufacturers ignore the FM sound quality, but Onkyo does not. The mechanical feel of this product is actually a bit better than the previous similar models. In particular, it has actual binding posts for the speaker connections as opposed to the oft used spring tensioned connectors....big improvement. The remote is clean and pleasant to hold and use. I like it, can not select 4.5 or that would be my rating. Will not rate it a five because their are better receivers out there, but in fairness they do cost considerably more. So for less than 200 buckaroos, this would be my recommendation. B&H promptly shipped my order and it arrived quickly. The receiver was double boxed for shipment (nice). B&H is a classy outfit that doesn't skimp!
    Date published: 2013-11-14
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