Onkyo has introduced two new mid-priced AV receivers: the TX-NR686 (shown here, $649) and the TX-NR585 ($549). Both 7.2-channel models support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding, 4K video with HDR10 and Dolby Vision pass-through, AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration, hi-res audio playback, AirPlay, DTS Play-Fi, and more. The NR686 is a THX Select-certified AV receiver rated at 100 watts per channel, and the TX-NR585 is rated at 80 watts per channel (eight ohms, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, 0.08 percent THD, two channels driven, FTC). Both receivers are now available.
Bundling Dynamic Audio Amplification with cutting-edge wireless multi-room audio technologies, 4K video support and 3D audio, Onkyo USA has announced two new 7.2-channel Network A/V Receivers: TX-NR686 (MSRP: $649 USD / $899.99 CAN) and the TX-NR585 (MSRP: $549 USD / $749.99 CAN).
The TX-NR686 is a 210 W/Ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD,1-channel driven) A/V powerhouse that is now THX Certified Select, ensuring theater reference level performance in your home. To gain certification, amplifiers must pass severe THX bench-tests covering every aspect of audio performance. Meanwhile, the TX-NR585 pushes 170 W/Ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1 channel driven) and is ideal for first-time buyers or those looking to repower a system.
Both units feature support for the latest immersive soundtracks and give existing movie collections a new lease on life. In addition to playing DTS:X and Dolby Atmos soundtracks, the receiver carries DTS Neural:X and Dolby Surround up-mixing solutions. Each is cross-compatible with legacy sound formats encoded on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration, which sets essential speaker conditions for optimal performance tailored to the listening space, is enhanced by AccuReflex technology. AccuReflex ensures cohesive sound at the listening position by phase-matching directional and non-directional sound for soundtracks played through Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker systems.
Audio playback quality is deeply satisfying thanks to a high-current drive, non-phase-shift amplification circuitry and discrete output stages in both receivers. The combination of high current and power results in thrilling dynamic performance, accurate speaker control, and emotionally nuanced delivery. Digital audio sources, particularly Hi-Res Audio in 5.6-MHz DSD or 192-kHz/24-bit in FLAC, WAV, AIFF, and ALAC over network or USB input, benefit from VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) on the Front L/R channels. This patented circuit removes high-frequency noise for uncommonly clear articulation of these high-quality formats.
Streaming services such as Amazon Music, TIDAL, TuneIn, Deezer, Pandora and Spotify are built into the receiver to make selection easy from remote control or Onkyo Controller or Onkyo Music Control App. All network streaming and control functions, including AirPlay, operate over dual-band 5-GHz/2.4-GHz Wi-Fi for stability in areas with household network congestion. Music streaming capabilities are further bolstered with built-in Bluetooth wireless technology.
Extending brand-agnostic co-operability for an easily structured multi-room ecosystem to suit any need, both the TX-NR686 and the TX-NR585 feature DTS Play-Fi technology, which enables streaming services to be synchronized across single or grouped rooms via the Onkyo Music Control App. Multi-room audio support over Wi-Fi extends to Chromecast built-in, enabling users to stream music from smartphones, tablets, laptops, and PCs from popular apps, while voice control with the Google Assistant is available through Android phones, iPhone, Google Home, or other compatible devices.
FireConnect is also onboard to allow the A/V receiver and compatible audio systems and speakers to freely share analog and digital sources between each other, with playback managed via Onkyo Controller.
Users can repurpose a set of stereo speakers in the kitchen, garage, or other interior space by powering them via ZONE 2 speaker outputs, with no extra amps or players required, and retaining a 5.2-ch home cinema in the main room. As well as analog sources including phono and tuner, powered ZONE 2 employs a DAC to distribute digital input sources (network, USB, and S/PDIF) for simultaneous playback of the same or different sources in either or both rooms. Zone 2 line output is ideal for sharing content to a hi-fi system featuring a line-level input, with multi-room playback management courtesy of Onkyo Controller.
HDCP 2.2-compatible HDMI inputs, Main Out, and Sub Out (Sub Out only for TX-NR686) pass 4K/60p video as well as BT.2020 color standard, 4:4:4 color sub-sampling, and High Dynamic Range in HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision formats to a compatible TV display or projector. The TX-NR686's front HDMI input is ideal for temporary device connections, such as a video recorder or game console.
Both units say goodbye to the days of complex home cinema operation as the Graphical User Interface (GUI) over HDMI is very simple to navigate.