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Good 4K upscaling A/V receiver for the money Edit
by Lucis Combined Rating: 4.2
This is a full featured A/V receiver that does everything an entry-level++ system could want. Like all Onkyo systems I've ever owned, it runs relatively cool (for the equivalent output power) and...
Pros Cons
  • BiAmp support, THX Select2 Plus, Audyssey DSX auto-setup. 100W, Direct/Pure mode, Burr-Brown DACs, 4K upscaling
  • Can't feed surround-back/front-high when BiAmp, No digital optical/coax OUT, No component video upconversion, No Google or Amazon streaming
This is a full featured A/V receiver that does everything an entry-level++ system could want. Like all Onkyo systems I've ever owned, it runs relatively cool (for the equivalent output power) and in BiAmp mode, you can't fault the bass power. I love the Onkyo Android remote application for easy control of the less-often used features.

We are a single-TV household, so this receiver has to be easy for the kids. A simple setup on my DirecTV remote and everything just works. The large number of HDMI inputs (5 in back, AUX one in front), plus a VGA input and 2 digital audio inputs in BOTH coax and optical means I'm set for whatever I connect. I have had NO problem sourcing all these to a Samsung DLP TV:
  • HTPC (homebrew) running XBMC over HDMI (only)
  • DirecTV HR-20 over HDMI (only)
  • Google ChromeCast over HDMI (only)
  • Samsung BD-E5300 Blu-ray Play over HDMI (only)
  • Sony 5-disc CD changes over Digital optical

Amp Features:
  • 7.2 Channels (if BiAmping, you lose Zone 2)
  • 100W / channel (8ohms 20-20kHz, 0.08%THD half-power) or 125W / channel (6ohms 1kHz, 0.1%) on all channels
  • THX Certified
  • Continuous 6Ohm rated (you can run lower impedance speakers without burning it up)
  • All-discrete "darlington" amps
  • 40 channel AM/FM presets

Processing features:
  • DOLBY True HD, DD Plus, PLIIz
  • DTS-HD Master Audio
  • THX processing modes
  • Audyssey DSX (with front-high speakers)
  • Audyssey Dynamic EQ (includes calibrated mic)
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume
  • Direct/Pure decoding
  • 192/24 bit Burr-Brown DACs
  • Analog video upconversion
  • 1080p upscaling via Marvel Qdeo chip
  • 4K (3840x2160) upscaling via Marvel Qdeo chip

I/O Connections
  • 7 analog stereo inputs, 2 analog stereo outputs
  • 2 Digital Coax inputs
  • 2 Digital Optical inputs
  • 5 Composite (RCA) inputs (4in back, 1 in front)
  • 1 Composite (RCA) output
  • 2 Component inputs
  • 1 Component output
  • Front-panel USB (for flash-drives)
  • 5 HDMI inputs in back
  • 1 HDMI AUX input in front
  • 1 HDMI output, supports HDMI-CEC with audio return channel
  • VGA (15-pin DSub) PC video input
  • Wired ethernet port
  • Onkyo-RI system control
  • Screw-in/Banana plugs for all main speakers (Zone 2 uses push-type)
  • Dual subwoofer pre-amp output RCA

Networking features
  • Internet radio via vTuner, Pandora, Rhapsody, Sirius/XM, Slacker, Mediafly, Aupeo!, Spotify
  • Local media streaming from Windows 7/8 and DLNA devices
  • USB/flash drive streaming of MP3 files
  • iPod/iPhone streaming via USB port.

Things I wish it did:
  • Amazon video and music streaming
  • Google video music streaming
  • Hulu / Netflix video

Things I hate
  • Grey print on black case makes buttons completely unreadable
  • No digital optical output
  • Will not upscale/upconvert component video inputs

NOTE: Like many of these units, my receiver stopped outputting any audio from any source (though the video was preset) about 22 months into the 24 month warranty. This is a common defect that Onkyo is repairing without any arguments from people that experience the problem AFTER the warranty expires (I was lucky and it died "early").
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