Onkyo TX-SR503 Home Theater Receiver

Onkyo TX-SR503 Home Theater Receiver
Onkyo TX-SR503 Home Theater Receiver. Onkyo USA

The Onkyo TX-SR503 is an entry-level home theater receiver that offers 7.1 channel processing, HDTV capable component video switching, both analog and digital audio inputs, and newly designed pre-programmed remote control. The TX-SR503 has a suggested price of $300.

Introduction:

The Onkyo TX-SR503 is an entry-level home theater receiver that offers 7.1 channel processing, HDTV capable component video switching, and newly designed preprogrammed remote control.

The TX-503 has a suggested price of $300.

Audio and Video Connectivity:

On the connectivity front, the TX-SR503 provides component video switching and can switch three high definition and progressive-scan sources without degrading video quality. There are three composite and S-Video A/V inputs, plus a front panel A/V input for connection of an additional source, such as a camcorder. The receiver has four assignable digital audio inputs (one coaxial and three optical), RCA audio connections for a CD player and CD or Cassette audio recorder, and a subwoofer preamp output.

Audio Features - Sound Processing:

The TX-SR503 incorporates extensive surround sound decoding options, including: Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, and DTS 96/24. In addition, DTS Neo:6 and Dolby ProLogic IIx audio processing enables the TX-SR503 to extract 7.1-channel audio from absolutely any stereo or multi-channel source. The receiver features also features linear PCM 192 kHz/24-bit D/A converters and 32-bit DSP modes.

Amplifier Characteristics:

The Onkyo TX-SR503 delivers 75 Watts per channel into 8-Ohms via its seven internal high-current WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology) power amplifiers. With amplifier frequency response from 10 Hz to 100 kHz the SR-503 is up to challenge from any source, including SACD and DVD-Audio.

Speaker Connections:

Speaker connections consist of dual banana-plug-compatible multi-way speaker binding posts for all main channels with color-coding for simplified wiring. Front channel "B" speaker terminals also enable the receiver to drive a stereo pair in a second zone.

Additional Features - Front Panel Display and LFE Crossover:

The fluorescent front panel display makes setup and operation of the receiver easy and fast. Also featured is an adjustable crossover on the subwoofer pre-out channel. LFE channel signals can be cutoff at 60, 80, 100, 120 or 150 Hz.

Additional Features - AM/FM Tuner:

The receiver's AM/FM tuner section has 30 random presets, and FM automatic scan tuning. The included RI (Remote Interactive) compatible pre-programmed remote control has been improved, making use easier for the consumer.

Final Take:

With the TX-SR503, Onkyo is serving up a good mix of performance and features; at a reasonable price. If you are planning to purchase a basic home theater receiver, the TX-SR503 may deserve your attention.

The TX-SR503 comes in either black or silver finishes at an original suggested retail price of $300.

NOTE: Onkyo has discontinued production of the TX-SR503, but it may still be available used via third parties. 

Also, for comparisons with more currently available home theater receivers in a similar price range, refer to my periodically-updated listing of Home Theater Receivers Priced at $399 or Less