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So after some time with the X2300 I can say without a doubt that I prefer it over the 656. I issue that I had with the center channel performance on the Onkyo is not there with the Denon. My surrounds are also more involved than with the Onkyo. I think I must have had a bad mic or even a defective 656, or maybe its just AccuEQ, don't know for sure.
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I ordered this receiver for $350 yesterday, should I purchase a square trade warranty on it? Should I return it? I've been reading mostly negative things about it.
I'm not one to usually buy extended warranties but with the Best Buy warranty they'll either fix it or replace it. I figure the chance of something, even a minor unused feature, failing on this is quite high so it's potentially a way to get an upgrade to a future released model in a couple years.
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I tried connecting my direct TV box directly to my TV to see if I was going nuts in regards to a "worse" picture quality and well it looks better connected directly. When connected to the receiver the picture seems to get a bit more noise and the overall quality seems to gain a tint of red. Nothing crazy but it's something that my eye caught. I've turned off all the upscaling and the receiver should be doing straight pass through but unfortunately it's somehow affecting the picture.

Is anyone else experiencing this? Perhaps with a different receiver? This really is a shame as I was really liking this receiver.
I had a similar experience with a new (not refurb) Onkyo 555 in late January. It was installed in our master bedroom. Last week I discussed it in a different thread. Here is part of that post:

I briefly owned an Onkyo TX-NR555 (paid $300) for several days. It was returned and exchanged for the Yamaha V679 (paid $350). The Onkyo's audio had a peculiar voice-in-a-barrel quality that I could not eradicate via equalization. In addition, the receiver failed to pass through video untouched--sharpness, brightness, and contrast all changed to a noticeable degree. The picture also took on a shiny, glassy look that was annoying. This occurred on all five HDMI inputs utilized: cable, two Blu-ray players, a DVD changer, and Roku. (The master-bedroom system uses a final-generation Samsung 60-inch plasma television.) Finally, the Onkyo had a glitch that locked out the bass and treble controls on HDMI Input 3.

I have no way of knowing whether the Onkyo might have been defective or not, but I am happy to report the Yamaha V679, which replaced the Onkyo, has performed flawlessly.

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Anyone updated to the latest firmware on the 656? I have and it has made my subwoofer more boomy, I recalibrated with AccuEQ and it has set the same values as before but the subwoofer is boomy during explosions. Nothing in my setup has changed apart from firmware.

It is puzzling me...
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Anyone updated to the latest firmware on the 656? I have and it has made my subwoofer more boomy, I recalibrated with AccuEQ and it has set the same values as before but the subwoofer is boomy during explosions. Nothing in my setup has changed apart from firmware.

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when was the update released? I haven't checked for and update in a while. I do hope it solved the lack of bass issue, and maybe the crappy EQ. I'm excited to check on that when I get home. my old 607 still out-performs my 656 power-wise. The 656 does have a bit more overall clarity though.
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when was the update released? I haven't checked for and update in a while. I do hope it solved the lack of bass issue, and maybe the crappy EQ. I'm excited to check on that when I get home. my old 607 still out-performs my 656 power-wise. The 656 does have a bit more overall clarity though.
23rd Feb. What do you mean by lack of bass? Was this something you could not sort out via speaker levels?
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JU7100 and Onkyo TX-NR656, Unknown displayed

I have a Samsung UN75JU7100 and I just bought the Onkyo TX-NR656. Both have the latest firmware and they are connected using the audio return channel. The TV's audio stream is set to Bitstream and Dolby Digital. When I press the 'i' button on the Onkyo remote it cycles through the following:
Dolby Surr, UNKNOWN, unknown

Dolby Surround is what I have set for the listening mode.

Has anyone else seen this with the TX-NR656 and a JU7100?

It should show either 1080i if from my Charter cable box or perhaps 2160p if it is passed through the output from the TV. And the audio should show Dolby Digital 5.1.
It's like the TX-NR656 cannot figure out the audio format being sent to it from the ARC. Even though it does play the audio fine. It just cannot display the incoming format correctly.

I previously had an Onkyo HT-R680 (part of the HT-S6300 home theater system) and it would correctly display the audio format.

Thank you for the help.
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23rd Feb. What do you mean by lack of bass? Was this something you could not sort out via speaker levels?




It looks like I already had the latest update. I have duel sub setup. Both have internal amps set to 80%. Also have the receiver bass level set to 8 and +4 decibels. Most content requires me to have the volume set at 65-72 in order to get a full depth listening experience or even clearly hear dialogue. It currently feels very minimal compared to my Onkyo 607. These settings would have been extreme and over the top if I still had on the old 607 hooked up.
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It looks like I already had the latest update. I have duel sub setup. Both have internal amps set to 80%. Also have the receiver bass level set to 8 and +4 decibels. Most content requires me to have the volume set at 65-72 in order to get a full depth listening experience or even clearly hear dialogue. It currently feels very minimal compared to my Onkyo 607. These settings would have been extreme and over the top if I still had on the old 607 hooked up.
Did you run AccuEQ? That does not sound right, you may have a faulty receiver or your settings are wrong. Those settings are extremely over the top, even for the 656. I could never have those settings on mine as it would blow the house down.
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2017/03/28 ONKYO ANNOUNCES TWO NEW MID-RANGE A/V RECEIVERS WITH ‘TX-NR676’ AND ‘TX-NR575’


"Company Also Reveals Dolby Vision™ Compatibility Coming to 2016 Select A/V Receivers"


Hoping this will apply to the NR656.

Is this the 1st AVR to announce support for DV?

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2017/03/28 ONKYO ANNOUNCES TWO NEW MID-RANGE A/V RECEIVERS WITH ‘TX-NR676’ AND ‘TX-NR575’


"Company Also Reveals Dolby Vision™ Compatibility Coming to 2016 Select A/V Receivers"


Hoping this will apply to the NR656.

Is this the 1st AVR to announce support for DV?
"The company also announced that Dolby Vision, an imaging technology that delivers a stunning visual experience, is coming to the company’s 2016 lineup of network 7, 9 and 11-channel models, ranging from the TX-NR555 to the PR-RZ5100, via a firmware update scheduled for later this year."

So safe to assume we will get it

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Enjoying my 656 coming back to Onkyo from a Pioneer VSX1121. Just received my Pioneer Atmos modules and demoing BVS, after figuring out how to set up the Phillips 4K bluray to the receiver with one HDMI vs. two like I had the old receiver set up.


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CD audio delay

I'm having an issue with CD playback. I have a Onkyo 6 disc changer CD player connected to the NR656 through a digital optical cable. Sometimes when the the next track starts on a CD, there is a 1 second delay in playback. If I press the back button to start the track over it will play correctly. If I constantly rewind the track over and over again, it starts to work correctly.

Has anyone had this happen? Not sure if it is the receiver or the CD player (it is about 10 years old).

Thanks,
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New Onkyo TX-NR656

Hey All,

I've been coming to the AVS Forum for several years now; mostly just lurking in the background. This site is really a great resource. I can spend hours browsing the posts.

Anyway, I recently picked up a TX-NR656 on sale at BB. So far, everything seems to be working perfectly and it sounds great. The wireless networking is a nice feature and has been solid. It wirelessly updated the firmware without a problem. I haven't checked out every single input, output or function to verify. With my entertainment setup as it is, making cable or hardware changes is a real pain.

I've moved up from an Onkyo TX-SR605. The 605 is still working perfectly and so far I've managed to avoid the infamous HDMI problem that Onkyo had. I really loved that receiver, so decided to go with Onkyo again. Not sure what I will do with the old receiver, as I don't really have room or much use for it. I have an emotional attachment, so it will be hard to see it go!

There is one thing I have not be able to figure out on the 656. I like to listen to music in stereo with the two front speakers and sub. It seems like this setup results in mono, not stereo. The Direct mode will output stereo but without the sub. Any help would appreciated.

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Purchased this yesterday. I look forward to this.
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Purchased this yesterday. I look forward to this.

I hope your receiver works as well as mine. I'm still tweaking a bit, but that's part of the fun with something new and shiny!

Let us know how things work out with the new toy.
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I hope your receiver works as well as mine. I'm still tweaking a bit, but that's part of the fun with something new and shiny!

Let us know how things work out with the new toy.
Will do.
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Pioneer and Onkyo slip Chromecast support into more audio devices

http://www.intl.onkyo.com/whats_new/2017_0401.html

https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/26/...-audio-device/

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Hey mr b,

Thanks for the notice! I'm updating at this very moment. Hopefully, everything goes well.
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Don't know if I'd use it but downloading the update now.


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Hey mr b,

Thanks for the notice! I'm updating at this very moment. Hopefully, everything goes well.
Good luck. Mine went thru just fine. Don't forget you have to have the phone app as well (I think)

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Yeah, same here. I like the additional feature, but I'm more interested in the fireconnect feature. Just ordered an NCP-302 and should be able to test out tomorrow.

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I download the Chromecast update and everything seems to be working fine. I’ve been anxiously waiting for the update, but now, I’m not sure that I will use it much. I have BubbleUPnP Server (paid version) installed on most of my devices. Between that and the apps which are included with the Onkyo, I’m pretty well covered.
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The Chromecast upgrade gives the Onkyo the same functionality as if a Chromecast Audio device were plugged in. Basically, the software upgrade takes the place of an extra hardware device. It’s only a client for the server app (Chromecast or Google Home) which you would install on your phone or tablet.

As far as support for multi-room chromecast audio; the Onkyo AVR will look and behave just like any other speaker you would include in your speaker group.

It only does audio, no video. You can't cast YouTube videos, etc.
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I hope your receiver works as well as mine. I'm still tweaking a bit, but that's part of the fun with something new and shiny!

Let us know how things work out with the new toy.
I haven't done much with it yet just did the setup but I'm liking it so far. Pushes out sound better than my last receiver.
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guys,

is it possible to update the firmware through wifi connection in the Onkyo 656?

Thanks.
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is it possible to update the firmware through wifi connection in the Onkyo 656?

Thanks.
Yes it is. I've done it twice and it worked perfectly both times.
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My TX-SR608 think it finally died as I am only getting a blue screen on HDMI out. I need a receiver ASAP, so my local best buy has this TX-NR656 for $339 on clearance. Would it be a good upgrade to my old TX-SR608? Thanks

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My TX-SR608 think it finally died as I am only getting a blue screen on HDMI out. I need a receiver ASAP, so my local best buy has this TX-NR656 for $339 on clearance. Would it be a good upgrade to my old TX-SR608? Thanks
That's definitely a great price for an AVR with all of the features that Onkyo TX-NR656 includes. I've had mine for about two months now and still very happy with it. It's working perfectly; I haven't had any problems at all.

Because of the hardware problems that Onkyo had for a couple years, I think many people have moved away from the brand. I have moved up from a Onkyo TX-SR605. I loved the sound of that thing and fortunately, never had any problems. Because of my satisfaction with it, I decide to go with the 656 to get the new features. So far, I haven't been disappointed.

The 656 definitely runs cooler than my old TX-SR605. That should be a big plus in terms of reliability.

This unit may not appeal to the audiophile purest but I think it's offers a lot for the price. Whether this AVR is a winner or loser will all be determined by the reliability. Only time will tell!

Hopefully, you will find something that gives you great pleasure, whatever brand that might be.
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My TX-SR608 think it finally died as I am only getting a blue screen on HDMI out. I need a receiver ASAP, so my local best buy has this TX-NR656 for $339 on clearance. Would it be a good upgrade to my old TX-SR608? Thanks
Sorry I cant really answer your question but I just picked up this receiver Friday at BB. It is replacing a 14 yr old denon. I currently have most of my speakers in storage (moving) but I did set it up as a 2.1 system. It sounds way better than the old denon did as a 2.1 and, maybe, better than it did as 5.1 system.

After researching I was going to go with another denon or Yamaha but I picked up the display model for $250 with full warranty. That allowed me to save $150 for new cables and put more towards the new TV.

Accessories4less has re-manufactured units right now for $290 with shipping and no tax depending on which state you are in.
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Thanks guys, I picked up mine today and hooked it up. First thing I did notice is the volume isn't as good as my 608 and also the subs are lacking. Also when there is no source, the blue screen shows artifacts, is this due to my old HDMI cables? Thanks

Update
Ordered some new HDMI cables from Monoprice. the ones I had were from 2010. Got some 3ft Ultra Slim 18Gbps Active High Speed HDMI Cables and hope they help with the mess I have behind my receiver.

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