A quick and dirty review. A reminder that I am comparing against NR3030, RZ900, and NR787. Set-up was uneventful and AccuEQ set everything exactly as the NR787 had. (Read above post for those settings) I really couldn't see or hear anything that Advanced AccuEQ was doing differently; nothing in the menus either....well maybe the test tones were a lit bit quieter. Front speakers were set at -4 in the receiver and all the others were in the low negatives also. The sub was set at -7. After doing a real quick listen, I set the sub to -4.5 and raised the Dolby Atmos speakers to 0. For music, I had to turn up the volume on the sub from 9:00 to about 12:00 to get the bass that I wanted. I had to do the same thing with the NR787. When left at this setting for movies, it gets down low and dirty.....and probably could be moved back to about 10-11:00 and be fine for movies....but I kept the 12:00 settings because I like it down and dirty
So how does it sound compared to the other receivers? Does it have the sound of the NR3030 or RZ900. Sadly, I'll have to say no it doesn't. I thought the same thing about the RZ3100 that replaced the NR3030 for a very, very short time. If (when) the RZ3100 replacement comes out and it doesn't have the ole sound, I'll have to throw in the towel for hoping to achieve it and probably will eventually move the NR3030 to amplifier duties; terrible to even think it has to be like that. The next question is how does it sound compared to the NR787, well if I listen very carefully, I can detect just a bit more clarity, especially from horn instruments (I think). Played at a low or normal listening level, they are very close. Crank it up to neighborhood disturbance mode, and the better amps in the RZ830 come to life. I, however, have neighbors on both sides of me and don't get to turn the volume to the right too far for too long.
$499 shipped. $499 shipped, let me say that again $499 shipped. I don't think you will find anything better than this receiver at this price.
The weight is about half a pound less than the RZ900 meaning it is more substantial than the NR787. I will contribute that to the amps and power supply, which weight often equates to power. The height is about an inch higher than the NR787 and caused me to have to move my UHD player so I could ensure the amp had "ample" breathing space above. It's also a tad deeper than the NR787, so I completely removed the back panel in the area behind the receiver.
All the menus are typical Onkyo, so no learning curve.
The design is more pleasing to me than the NR series receivers. I know that is a matter of personal taste.
The ability to use an external amplifier....though it has limitations.
My biggest dislike is that Onkyo has lost its ole school sound.
Not really a dislike, but "exactly" what is Advanced AccuEQ doing any different from the regular flavor....could this marketing hype.
That one line display still gives me just a bit of irritation but hey it is not a deal breaker.
Not enough difference between it and the NR787 to really distinguish itself. Again, at the price point what should I expect. But, at the MSRP this would be a point of contention.
My last dislike (it is probably my Samsung TV fault)... I can never get ARC to just be a plug and play event. It's, turn it on, turn it off, unplug, turn it back on and doing the same thing on the TV to get it to recognize each other. The NR787 was exactly the same way.
Like I said at the begining, this was short and dirty and my opinion. For those that didn't own or experience the older Onkyo receivers, my ole school Onkyo sound comments should not come into play for you.