If you've gone "stereo" shopping in the last few years, you've probably noticed that it’s pretty tough to find a "stereo" receiver as most big box retailers nowadays only sell Home Theatre A/V receivers with 5.1 or 7.1 channels of amplification that can also play in stereo.

For stereo music lovers, Onkyo has recently introduced the TX-8050 network stereo receiver which can connect to a wide range of modern and vintage music sources.

Onkyo says the TX-8050 has a powerful discrete-component amplifier design that is FTC rated at 80 watts per channel with no more that 0.08% total harmonic distortion and should easily drive typical 6-ohm speakers to 100 watts.

The Onkyo TX-8050 also has a front-panel headphone jack, IR input/output, full-function remote control, A/B speaker outputs, and Zone 2 pre-outs that allow users to send audio to a second room equipped with an amplifier and a pair of speakers.

On the back you'll find connections for classic audio sources such as turntable, AM/FM, audio recorder, AV sources, and a CD player via analog or optical/coaxial digital connections.

The receiver isn't totally old school though. A front-panel USB port allows direct digital connection for iPod/iPhone and other USB devices while an Ethernet jack provides streaming internet radio or audio from computer or network sources. Supported file types include MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, and LPCM audio. Users can also take advantage of Internet streaming services such as Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, SIRIUS XM Internet Radio, Slacker, Last.fm, Mediafly, and vTuner. The receiver is certified with Windows 7 and DLNA Version 1.5.

Another benefit of the TX-8050’s network function is the compatibility it provides with Onkyo’s Remote App for iPod/iPhone. The free app lets owners use an iOS device act as a remote controller to control a range of functions on the receiver. As well as being able to select internet radio stations this way, users can select streaming audio input from a DLNA-compatible server.

The Onkyo TX-8050 Stereo receiver will be available in late April for approximately $400.

Discuss in Digital Home's A/V Receivers and Amplifiers discussion forum .