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Onkyo Announces New Flagship TX-RZ70 A/V Receiver

The TX-RZ70 is Onkyo’s new flagship home theater receiver for 2023 that works even better with Klipsch Loudspeakers. Find out why.

2023 Onkyo TX-RZ70 Premium A/V Receiver
2023 Onkyo TX-RZ70 A/V Receiver

Onkyo is the latest to release a new AVR for 2023. Its flagship TX-RZ70 features 11 amplified channels and two subwoofer outputs combined with an extensive feature set complemented by THX Certification and the incorporation of Premium 32-bit ESS Sabre DACs.

With 11 amplified channels and two subwoofer outputs, the RZ70 supports up to a 7.2.4-channel home theater speaker setup. Two additional wired zone outputs are also provided that support Zone 2 and Zone 3 controllable two-channel stereo setups.

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The RZ70 can also integrate into a custom install environment with Control4, Crestron, Savant, URC, Elan, and RTI control systems. 

The RZ70 has Dirac Live room correction built-in (full-bandwidth version – license included). This allows users to fine-tune their speaker setup to more accurately match room acoustics. The room correction process can be accomplished via the Dirac PC/MAC app and USB mic (requires additional purchase). Dirac Live requires a network/internet connection. Dirac Live Bass Control is also available (single or multi) as an optional user setup upgrade.

Note: If you don’t want to use Dirac Live, the TX-RZ70 also includes Onkyo’s Accuroom EQ Calibration system which does not require a network internet connection. However, you can’t use Dirac Live and Accuroom at the same time.

Tip: Klipsch Optimized Mode is also included for peak performance with compatible hi-fi speakers.

Onkyo TX-RZ70 Premium A/V Receiver Front
Onkyo TX-RZ70 Premium A/V Receiver Rear

Additional Features

Here are details on some of the additional features and specifications of the RZ70.

  • Amplication: 11 Channel Amplifier (A/B class) rated to deliver 140 Watts per channel (8 ohms).
  • Wireless Music Streaming: Apple Music, Amazon HD, Spotify Connect, Tidal, Deezer, Pandora, Tune-In, Roon Ready (via firmware update).
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Tip: Dolby Atmos music is available from Apple Music, and will be available soon from Amazon Music and TIDAL.

  • HDMI 2.1 Support: HDMI-eARC is included as well as Gaming Support (4K/120Hz, 8K/60Hz) with up to 40Gbps transfer rate, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), QFT (Quick Frame Transport), and Dynamic HDR
  • Remote Control: A wireless handheld remote is provided.
  • Voice Control: Alexa Built-in, Google Assistant, and Siri
  • Additional Control: 12-volt trigger (1), wired remote sensor (in/out), RS232C. 
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Connectivity

  • Wireless: Bluetooth (Aptx HD), AirPlay 2, Chromecast Built-in Wi-Fi (Wired Ethernet is also included).
  • Wired Inputs: HDMI (6 rear/1 front), Component Video (1), Composite Video (2), Analog Audio (4), Phono (MM-1), Digital Optical (2), Digital Coaxial (2), USB (1 Rear)
  • Wired Outputs: HDMI (3), Multichannel Pre-out (11), Subwoofer (2), Headphone (1).
  • Speaker Connections: 13 Pairs of speaker terminals.
  • Dimensions (WHD): TBA
  • Weight: TBA

Pricing & Availability

The Onkyo TX-RZ70 will be available Spring 2023 for $2,799 at Crutchfield and through Onkyo USA and Authorized Dealers

Tip: The step-down Onkyo TX-RZ50 is $300 off at Crutchfield.

Optional Dirac Live Bass Control costs extra:

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  • One Subwoofer: $399
  • Multiple Subwoofers:
    • $499 (when buying the multiple subwoofer option outright)
    • $169 (when upgrading from the One Subwoofer version to the multiple subwoofer version)
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Competition

Integra recently announced its flagship DRX-8.4 AVR and Pioneer launched its flagship Elite VSX-LX805 AVR both of which have similar features to the Onkyo RZ70 except for the differences outlined in the table below. Other competitors include the Denon AVR-X4800H and Marantz Cinema 50, which are $2,500 each.

Brand/ModelOnkyo TX-RZ70Pioneer VSX-LX805Integra DRX-8.4
Flipdown Front PanelYesYesNo
THX CertifedYesYesYes
Klipsch Optimized ModeYesNo No
Balanced Audio OutputsNo2 (L/R)5 (L, C, R, SW1, SW2
Onboard Diagnostic Tool Kit
(EDID, HDCP, Test Patterns)
Not IndicatedNot Indicated Yes
DTS Play-FiYesYesNo
Subwoofer Outputs2 (parallel)2 (parallel)4 (2 independent/2 parallel)
Price$2,799$2.999$3,299
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Tip: The Onkyo, Integra, and Pioneer brands are all a part of the Premium Audio Company, which in turn is owned by VOXX International.

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5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. ORT

    March 28, 2023 at 3:39 pm

    This is good news indeed! In the list of AVRs I have owned, my Onkyo TX-NR818 remains second only to my Denon AVR-X4300H. My Onkyo is THX smurtified and it reproduced film and music in a most excellent manner.

    It is good to see Onkyo and Pioneer are still with us. This one looks to be a winner as opposed to a whiner. Well done Onkyo!

    ORT

  2. Dale Summers

    March 31, 2023 at 5:06 pm

    I read that Onkyo has filed for bankrupsy and was ceasing operation. Does anyone have any reliable info on this?

    Sad.

  3. ANDRE L ROY

    April 3, 2023 at 9:54 am

    Anyone using most channels and playing this beast loud will have to pick up some part time work on the side just to pay the electric bill. I love class AB, but I really think any multi channel amp over 600 Watts should convert to class D. Much smaller form factor, lighter, and much more efficient. I guess if you can afford to buy this one, you’re far from thinking about how much electricity it takes to run it. Thanks for the heads up.

    • ORT

      April 5, 2023 at 5:42 pm

      That’ll come Andre. That’ll come… 🙂

      It will because it will make common sense and save cents and dollars.

      ORT

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