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Onkyo Introduces Budget A/V Receivers for 2016

Onkyo TX-NR555 A/V receiver with RC-911R remote

Onkyo today unveiled four new budget friendly A/V receivers priced from $400 to $800. The new lineup from lowest priced to highest includes models TX-SR353, TX-NR555, TX-NR656 and the THX Select2 Plus certified TX-NR757. The last three receivers bring high-current Dynamic Audio Amplification and state-of-the-art features to the mid-range with Dolby Atmos decoding and are DTS:X-ready. They also support 4K UltraHD video and 4K upscaling; AirPlay, and Wi-Fi, with Google Cast, Tidal music streaming and the new FireConnect multi-room audio technology soon to come via firmware update (summer 2016).

FireConnect Powered by Blackfire is a stable wireless protocol that sends any audio source connected to the receiver — from vinyl to streaming audio — to an optional Onkyo speaker or another FireConnect-compatible product in another room.

Also debuting in these three receivers is Onkyo’s AccuReflex, part of the company’s AccuEQ calibration suite. The technology adjusts the phase of sound bounced off the ceiling by up-firing speakers so that it syncs perfectly with sound from the other speakers to create a more accurate Dolby Atmos experience. Together with AccuEQ to eliminate standing waves, surround-sound is precisely balanced for supreme clarity.

Onkyo TX-NR757

The TX-NR757 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver features THX Theater Reference Sound, 180W of high-current power and patented VLSC high-frequency pulse-noise removal technology for crystal clear sound. Processing for lossless and Hi-Res Audio is handled by a state-of-the-art AKM 384 kHz/32-bit D/A convertor. Easily bring audio to another room with multi-zone support including multiple speaker connections for Zone 2 (2A/2B).

The TX-NR757 looks to the future with HDCP 2.2-compliant HDMI inputs supporting 60Hz UltraHD and Full HD video with 4:4:4 color space and High Dynamic Range (HDR). The receiver was also designed with custom integration in mind with RS232, 12v trigger, IR input and more on board.

Onkyo TX-N656

Onkyo TX-NR555

The 7.2-Channel TX-NR656 packs 170W/Ch while the 7.2-Channel TX-NR555 boasts 140W/Ch for powerful home theater experiences. Both receivers let music lovers take advantage of the full-scale stereo power through Google Cast, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth streaming music from mobiles and PCs, while Onkyo’s own remote app streams everything from MP3s to hi-res audio stored on a media server. Digital music benefits from noise-free 32-bit D/A conversion with VLSC, while discrete non-phase-shift amps provide a sense of clarity and depth.

Both receivers also feature powered Zone 2 speaker terminals and support the latest in UltraHD entertainment with HDCP 2.2-compatible HDMI terminals passing 4K/60 Hz/4:4:4/HDR video through to the latest TVs for display. The TX-NR555 has 6 HDMI inputs and 1 output, while the TX-NR656 features 8 in and 2 out.

Onkyo TX-SR353

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The powerful yet affordable TX-SR353 5.1-Channel A/V Receiver is engineered front-to-back to streamline and enhance daily entertainment. It features full support for 4K video (4K/60 Hz/HDR/4:4:4/HDCP 2.2) via four HDMI inputs, decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio common to Blu-ray discs, and video up-conversion via HDMI to reduce TV connections to a single cable.

A redesigned and clearly labeled rear panel and simple remote controller make initial setup and daily operation easy, while AccuEQ room acoustic correction ensures clear stereo imaging and equalized surround-sound. Once connected, the TX-SR353 acts as a hub for all your AV sources, from the latest 4K media players and game consoles to legacy DVD decks and VCRs, and adds 140W of dynamic audio power from five discrete analog amplifiers.

Music lovers will appreciate Bluetooth technology for wireless audio from most mobile apps, with Advanced Music Optimizer restoring lost bit information to compressed music. A USB input handles MP3s, while analog/digital terminals are available on the back panel to connect other audio players.

Onkyo TX-SR353 Rear
Onkyo TX-SR353 Rear
Onkyo TX-NR555 Rear
Onkyo TX-NR555 Rear
Onkyo TX-NR656 Rear
Onkyo TX-NR656 Rear
Onkyo TX-NR757 Rear
Onkyo TX-NR757 Rear

Price and Availability

  • Onkyo TX-SR353 $399 (mid-April)
  • Onkyo TX-NR555 $599 (mid-April)
  • Onkyo TX-NR656 $699 (mid-April)
  • Onkyo TX-NR757 $799 (May 2016)

Comparison & Specifications

TX-SR353 TX-NR555 TX-NR656 TX-NR757
MSRP $399 $599 $699 $799
# Channels 5.1 7.2 7.2 7.2
Power Watts/Ch (6 Ohms 1kHz, 1 Channel Driven, FTC) 140, 1.0% THD 140, 1.0% THD 170, 1.0% THD 180, 1.0% THD
Power Watts/Ch (8 Ohms 20-20kHz, 2 Channels Driven, FTC) 80, 0.08% THD 80, 0.08% THD 100, 0.08% THD 110, 0.08% THD
Dynamic Audio Amplification ✓ (for Clear and Realistic Sound) ✓ (for Clear and Realistic Sound) ✓ (for Clear and Realistic Sound)
H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply)
Non-Phase Shift Amplifier
THX Certified
Continuous 6 Ohms Rated
Certified 4 Ohms Performance
Discrete Output Stage Circuitry
3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry
Independent Block Construction (Amp/Preprocessor)
High-Grade Toroidal Transformer
Independent Power Supply
Bi-amp Capability For Front
Dolby Atmos
32-Bit Digital Signal Processing Engine
Dolby Decoder True HD Atmos, True HD, DD Plus Atmos, True HD, DD Plus Atmos, True HD, DD Plus
DTS Decoder DTS-HD Master Audio DTS:✓, DTS-HD Master Audio DTS:✓, DTS-HD Master Audio DTS:✓, DTS-HD Master Audio
ONKYO GAME Surround Modes ✓ (Rock, Sports, Action, RPG) ✓ (Rock, Sports, Action, RPG) ✓ (Rock, Sports, Action, RPG) ✓ (Rock, Sports, Action, RPG)
VLSC for Noiseless Audio Processing ✓ Fronts
THX Processing Mode
AccuEQ Room Calibration ✓ w/ AccuReflex
Phase-Matching Bass Boost
Direct/Pure Mode – / – Yes/No Yes/No Yes/No
Pure Direct Analog Path Mode
Advanced Music Optimizer
384K/32 Bit DACs
192K/24 Bit DACs
Analog Audio IN 3 6 8 8
Phono Input
Digital Audio IN (OPT/COAX) 1 / 1 2 / 1 2 / 1 2 / 1
Composite Video I/O 2 / 1 2 / 0 2 / 0 2 / 0
Component Video I/O 2 / 0 2 / 0 2 / 0
Front Panel HDMI
Front-Panel A/V 1 (Analog) 1 (Analog) 1 (Analog)
USB Input ✓ (Front) ✓ (Rear) ✓ (Rear) ✓ (Rear)
HDMI I/O 4 / 1 6 / 1 8 / 2 (main/sub) 8 / 2 (main/sub)
HDMI 4K/60 Hz- Capable HDMI Terminals
HDCP 2.2 Copy-Protection Compatibility
HDMI Support for High Dynamic Range
HDMI Support for 3D, Audio Return Channel and CEC
HDMI Support for Deep Color, x.v.Color, LipSync
HDMI Support for DVD-Audio, SACD, Multichannel PCM
Analog To HDMI Upconversion
1080p Upscaling
4K (up to 4096 x 2160) Upscaling
4K Passthrough
Analog Pre-Outs Subwoofer Subwoofer (x2) Subwoofer (x2) Subwoofer (x2)
Speaker A/+B
Powered Zone 2 ✓ and Zone 2 A/B
Powered Zone 3
Zone 2 Line Out ✓ (Line/Pre) ✓ (Line) ✓ (Pre/Line)
Zone 2 Video Out
Zone 2 Digital to Analog Audio Conversion ✓ (Net) ✓ (Net/SPDIF) ✓ (Net/SPDIF)
Zone 3 Line Out
Whole House Mode
Made for iPod, iPhone, iPad
Google Cast
Supports Onkyo Remote App
Internet Radio Capable
Spotify Connect Support
Streaming Audio From PC / Network
Hi-Res Streaming Audio Formats
Streaming Audio From USB memory
Wireless Network
Bluetooth ✓ (Built-in) ✓ (Built-in) ✓ (Built-in) ✓ (Built-in)
Integration Access
IR Input
IR Output
ONKYO-RI System Control
RIHD (Remote Interactive Over HDMI)
12V Trigger
Pre-Programmed Remote
Hybrid Standby Function
Smart Grid-Ready
Auto Speaker Calibration W/Mic. AccuEQ AccuEQ AccuEQ w/ AccuReflex AccuEQ
Solid Aluminum Front
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals
Detachable AC Cord

Remote Controls
Onkyo RC-928R Remote for TX-SR353 Onkyo RC-911R Remote for TX-NR receivers
Left: Onkyo RC-928R Remote for TX-SR353 only
Right: Onkyo RC-911R Remote for TX-NR receivers

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