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http://www.ecoustics.com/products/onkyo-tx-nr525-nr626-nr727-receivers/

For 2013, Onkyo just announced three entry-level network A/V receivers, which include models TX-NR525 (5.2-channel), TX-NR626 (6.2-channel), and THX Select2 Plus TX-NR727 (7.2-channel), all of which offer 4K Ultra HD passthrough via HDMI from media players and projectors. The lowest cost TX-NR525 offers a useful amount of power, network connectivity, and streaming service implementation-along with provision for Bluetooth technology and wireless LAN via optional adapters. Six HDMI inputs, Audyssey MultEQ, InstaPrevue technology, and Hybrid Standby (which maintains HDMI and network connectivity) are practical inclusions to streamline, simplify, and optimize the home theater system for everyday use.

Onkyo TX-NR626

The TX-NR626 adds built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that is supported by a remote app that enables lossless audio streaming from iPhone and Android-based devices, as well as app-controllable FLAC, Apple Lossless, Dolby TrueHD, LPCM and DSD hi-res streaming from NAS and personal computer via network and DLNA. Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry — a sophisticated amp topology designed for high-energy output with minimal distortion — is present on the front and center channels. The TX-NR626 is suited to playing multi-channel movie soundtracks and two-channel music with a high degree of transparency.

Onkyo TX-NR727

As the most powerful model on release, the THX Select2 Plus-certified TX-NR727 Network A/V Receiver drives through 7.2 channels equipped with Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry, making it an ideal choice for filling larger rooms with studio reference surround sound. The receiver offers Dolby Pro Logic IIz and Audyssey DSX upmixing, and Whole House Mode for distributed audio in up to three zones. Eight HDMI inputs include MHL support for 1080p video from smartphone and tablet, while two HDMI outputs are featured to connect a projector and TV display.

Harnessing technology and making it easier to use is always a major priority, and to this end, InstaPrevue video switching technology and an elegantly simple HDMI-powered user interface are included. Remote app control, meanwhile, extends across three zones, supporting audio streaming from the local network and making it easy to search for the albums, playlists, and internet radio channels available through the receiver.

All models presented include class-leading audio pre-processing and proprietary WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology.) Onkyo claims the key to this technology lies in their low-negative-feedback amplifier topology, which extracts the full dynamic potential in the recording. In addition they boast high instantaneous current capability for sudden dynamic gains common to movie soundtracks, along with noise-canceling closed ground-loop circuits for clearer sound.

Price and Availability
Onkyo TX-NR525 $499 (April 2013)
Onkyo TX-NR626 $599 (April 2013)
Onkyo TX-NR727 $899 (May 2013)
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But what version of Audyessy will the 727 have? Will it have the same as in the 818? Or will we need to wait for the 827?
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But what version of Audyessy will the 727 have? Will it have the same as in the 818? Or will we need to wait for the 827?

Looks like the 727 is MultEQ.

http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=TX-NR727&class=Receiver&p=f
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Looks like the 727 is MultEQ.

http://www.us.onkyo.com/model.cfm?m=TX-NR727&class=Receiver&p=f
but not the 32 version though correct?
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but not the 32 version though correct?

Looks like just MultEQ, not XT or XT32.
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^ Wow, if so re vanilla MultEQ that's very surprising for a $900 AVR in 2013...no XT even?!

Well let's hope the higher end models FINALLY offer digital inputs to the zones and 12 volt triggers that can actually be used sensibly for those of us running external amps.

Those items, 11.X capability, DSX, NEO, will have me looking Onkyo's way for a 3 year AVR.

I found a couple links to the actual Onkyo AVR forum where it seemed admins were actually seeking out suggestions for 2013 models, so let's see what emanates from that...


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Onkyo has a TX-NR828 and a TX-NR929 coming out as well as an HT-RC560

Integra is releasing:
DTR-30.5 DTR-40.5 DHC-40.5 DTR-50.5

Bluetooth isn't supposed to be nerfed like the UBT-1 Bluetooth adapter was. These new receivers support AVRCP v1.3.
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Is it just me or did Onkyo strip a ton of features out of the 515 when going to the 525? Based on the two different amazon pages I see the following:
- Two fewer HDMI inputs in 525
- 80W instead of 100W
- No 4K upscaling
- No analog to HDMI upconversion
- No MHL link
- No powered Zone 2
- Price up to $499 versus $299 now for 515 (I realize the 525 will probably be going for under $400 by the end of the year but still)

Based on all the woes with the 515, I was planning on waiting for the 525. However, given the above, I am going to roll the dice on a 515...
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After getting a bum Denon refurb I think I'm gonna go after this NR626. I run a bi-amped 5.1 setup and have a 2nd zone for my deck. I love that the 626 is only $499 and has zone 2 pre-outs! Saves me about $500 vs a true 9.x receiver. The built-in bluetooth is a nice addition as well.

I've seen pretty dismal reviews for the 616 which makes me wonder if the 626 is too-good-to-be-true but I'm willing to give it a shot.

One thing I can't seem to find on these receivers is... can we rename the inputs? Did the 616/etc have that? Can't seem to find any info on Onkyo's site saying if they have this feature.

Also, how good is the Onkyo OSD? I've had a Yamaha A710 until now which has done the job, but the OSD volume/etc is about as basic as it gets.
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I noticed that the list price for the 626 is $599 but many retailers are taking preorders for $499... so I'm guessing the 525 will be $399 or less when it hits the streets.

Is there a true release date for these yet? One site I found quoted April 30th... but I don't see anything on Onkyo's site or in the press release.
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After getting a bum Denon refurb I think I'm gonna go after this NR626. I run a bi-amped 5.1 setup and have a 2nd zone for my deck. I love that the 626 is only $499 and has zone 2 pre-outs! Saves me about $500 vs a true 9.x receiver. The built-in bluetooth is a nice addition as well.

I've seen pretty dismal reviews for the 616 which makes me wonder if the 626 is too-good-to-be-true but I'm willing to give it a shot.

One thing I can't seem to find on these receivers is... can we rename the inputs? Did the 616/etc have that? Can't seem to find any info on Onkyo's site saying if they have this feature.

Also, how good is the Onkyo OSD? I've had a Yamaha A710 until now which has done the job, but the OSD volume/etc is about as basic as it gets.
Why not just get the pioneer 1522 from the sale that is going on at costco. Its a nine channel amp has all the features you are looking for plus more power and more channels and its a digital amp, it runs cooler and is more efficent as well and its in the same price range as what you are looking for.
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Why not just get the pioneer 1522 from the sale that is going on at costco. Its a nine channel amp has all the features you are looking for plus more power and more channels and its a digital amp, it runs cooler and is more efficent as well and its in the same price range as what you are looking for.

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Why not just get the pioneer 1522 from the sale that is going on at costco. Its a nine channel amp has all the features you are looking for plus more power and more channels and its a digital amp, it runs cooler and is more efficent as well and its in the same price range as what you are looking for.

I looked at that, but no Costco around here... plus the onkyo has a 2-year warranty and built-in bluetooth which is nice. If I had a Costco nearby I might give it a try, but after looking closer at the 626 I think it's perfect for what I need.

Let's just hope that the HDMI issues from the 515/616 are fixed. I'm thinking I'll wait for it to be in stock at Amazon so there's easy returns if I run into any issues.

Honestly this 626 has every feature I need/want for my setup and I wouldn't be paying for any features I wouldn't use... to me it seems like a great value.
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I think Onkyo did something strange with their model numbers this time around...I actually think the 525 is the updated 414. If you look at the specs both of these are about the same. The old 515 is actually closer to the new 626 spec wise. The 515 is def. better than the 525.
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Didn't Onkyo release a firmware update that fixed a lot of the HDMI issues..
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I currently own a TX-NR809, and have a friend looking at the 626... Waiting for the inevitable price drop... However there is a great deal to be had on 809's (today) and I am trying to be sure that pushing him towards the 809 (despite its age) at >$400 is a better option than a 626 at <$450. I see the 626 has some nifty features (WiFi, BT, FLAC, etc) but I tend to think those seldom used features won't outweigh the quality of a * series chassis and power output. Any opinions on the benefits of one vs. the other is greatly appreciated.
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Sadly no.

Installed the new firmware- one week later the HDMi dies on my amp.

Back to shop it goes
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From Onkyo's Facebook page. "The TX-NR626 started shipping out to dealers yesterday afternoon. Get psyched!"
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From Onkyo's Facebook page. "The TX-NR626 started shipping out to dealers yesterday afternoon. Get psyched!"
About what? More cheap hdmi boards that will break or burn out? I took head and went digital with pioneer. And have not looked back at all. Nothing to get hyped up about here. They have proved over the years they have not and will not fix the hdmi problem. Just too cheap.
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Looking to replace an TX-SR800 with the TX- SR626 soon. Hoping some reviews pop up or early buyers can post findings here on AVS.
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About what? More cheap hdmi boards that will break or burn out? I took head and went digital with pioneer. And have not looked back at all. Nothing to get hyped up about here. They have proved over the years they have not and will not fix the hdmi problem. Just too cheap.

I'm sure Onkyo lost a lot of loyal customers over the X06/X07/ X08 series HDMI issues. That said, they are still covering them, even 2 years after the warranty expired (at least for the 07/08). The X09 and X1X series do not seem to be afflicted with any serious issues. Looking at the 809 thread, I see fewer failures than many other 2 year old models from competing brands (unless you count the person who plugged their 110V model into 220V). With any luck, this trend will continue, as whatever brand you may favor, competition is good. Enjoy your Pioneer. smile.gif
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