Onkyo 606 Listening Modes Help Please !!!!


New member
Aug 10, 2019
Hi Guys,

I am totally baffled by this 'listening modes' in the setup, i was wandering if i list how i have things connected if someone could give me some ideas what these must be set to to give me maxium benefit please guys.

Sky HD - HDMI & Optical

Samsung BDP 1400 Blu Ray - HDMI

Apple TV - HDMI

XBOX3 360 - Component & Optical

I really dont understand the listening mode functions to get full quality sound with this, plus do you think these are all connected correctly.

Cheers Guys


Well-known member
Dec 28, 2007
Connections all look okay to me.
Do you mean the Listening Mode presets? I think these are just a way to ensure you always get the amp switched to your favourite mode whenever it receives a certain signal, so you don't have to change itself manually. For example, if you set Dolby Digital to Dolby Digital, it means when the amp receives a Dolby Digital signal, it will switch from whatever surround mode it's in to the Dolby Digital format. On the other hand, if you have a 7.1 setup, you might choose the preset to be one of the THX modes so that, whenever it receives a Dolby Digital signal, it switches to this so they get the benefit of THX's processing to virtualise the sound going to the surround back speakers. I have most of mine set to Last Valid and just choose what I want when I'm playing at the moment, but may go through them all at some point as I get more familiar with the differences and begin to know what I prefer depending on which signal is coming in.
This is my understanding anyway, if anyone knows better, please let us both know!