ONKYO TX-NR616 Receiver
ONKYO TX-NR616 Review
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In 2012 Onkyo continued with the design of their TX series of receivers like in last year. There is the same professional and robust look that they started in 2011. Onkyo TX-NR616 front panel is made from solid aluminum and for someone is not the prettiest design in the world but the most important thing is the sound and functions where Onkyo TX-NR616 rule especially in its price range. Layout of the receiver is very functional with bunch of different options from front HDMI and USB to internet media options. So let’s start with the review of this jewel!
Design & Connectivity
There are bunch of connectivity options for low and high-end users. We get 8 HDMI inputs including the front one and 2 outputs which is more than enough for everyone’s needs. There are 2 USB ports 1 front and 1 from the rear side. The USB’s support Mass Storage Class Playback. There is option to get wireless USB adapter that is sold by Onkyo and it’s called UWF-1. All HDMI ports are version 1.4 a and they support 3D video and with HDMI thru in standby and audio return channel. There are also dual subwoofer outputs cause Onkyo TX-NR616 7.2 receiver. There are also 5 composite Video Inputs, 4 digital audio inputs ( 2 optical and 2 coaxial) also there are 6 discreet analog audio inputs.
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Onkyo is known for pushing the frontiers in audio performance technologies in its products. The Onkyo TX-NR616 comes with cutting edge features like iPod/iPhone/iPad functionality, support for 3D and ultra-high resolution 4K video upscaling via Marvell Qdeo. This is the same video chip used in the highly regarded Blu-ray player. It also has PLL jitter-cleaning circuitry to preserve signal clarity, lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and a new user-friendly on-screen display.
The Onkyo TX-NR616 outputs a solid 165 watts to each of the 7 channels. This is more than enough for listening music or for full home theater experience. Without going into specifics, what it does is that it delivers high instantaneous current enough to effortlessly drive even difficult low-impedance speakers for movie soundtracks to have sufficient dynamics and clarity. The quality of its audio output has earned it a THX Select2 Plus Certification.
Audio processing incorporates 24bit/192kHz Burr-Brown DACs, lossless Dolby and DTS codecs, and the expanded surround formats of Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz. Supported audio files include FLAC, MP3, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, WMA Lossless, AAC, and LPCM
You can also connect the receiver to the Internet or your computer with ease. The TX-NR616 brings to life a wide range of Internet Radio sources such as Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius Internet Radio, and vTuner.
In this Onkyo TX-NR616 review we determined that the receiver has a really rich and beautifully neutral sound. We tested it with various music CD’s and SACD’s and the conclusion is always the same. For this price this is one unbeatable device. On all kind of music from rock to classic and jazz Onkyo TX-NR 616 showed us great sound stage, wide open, and really precise and musical sound.
On Blu-ray releases of movies Onkyo TX-NR 616 is outstanding with its picture quality and incredible and perfect attention to various details. Colors were beautiful, sharp, almost live like and realism of the background was astounding and rich in all aspects of colour pallets. Black levels were flawless, especially in dark scenes. All in all with Onkyo TX-NR 616 you get everything in meaning of cinematic fell also for this great price tag. Also decoding of DTS-HD MA 5.1 was great and full of fancy little details but with an out take on bass that was great and uptight that helped setting the tone and effects of the movies to the higher level.
Onkyo TX-NR616 has everything you would want from an A/V receiver in this price range. It has a lot of connection possibilities, great features, and most importantly it has excellent sound for its price. In our humble opinion, it’s one of the best receivers for this price range in 2012. Highly recommended.