Onkyo TX-NR636

7.2-channel home theater receiver with Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®

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High-res audio

The future is now…and very affordable

Game-changing surround sound technology doesn't come around often – and rarely at such an affordable price. The Onkyo TX-NR636 can make sound rain down with Dolby Atmos® technology (available with a firmware update) and a set of in-ceiling or up-firing speakers.  We shouldn't be surprised – Onkyo's been delivering a lot of home theater bang for our customers' bucks for many years.  Beyond Dolby Atmos, this receiver offers other forward-looking features like HDMI 2.0 connectivity and Marvell Qdeo™ 4K video processing, for Ultra HD video quality. Plus, it's compatible with the latest HDCP 2.2 copy protection, so you'll be ready to watch 4K broadcasts when they're available.

Dolby Atmos adds a new dimension to sound

Dolby's latest surround sound technology was designed to bring a new level of immersion to your home theater. By employing in-ceiling speakers or special Dolby-enabled upward-firing speakers that reflect sound off your ceiling, Dolby Atmos offers a greater sense of space for sound that's more three-dimensional. Already at work in film production studios and many movie theaters, Dolby Atmos represents a huge step in putting more "theater" into your home theater.

The TX-NR636 lets you add two overhead or up-firing speakers (sometimes called "height" or "top" speakers) to a conventional five-channel system — this is referred to as a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos setup. You can use either one or two subwoofers with this setup.

Wi-Fi and Bluetooth offer lots of music choices

Music is increasingly delivered from sources other than shiny discs. Smartphones, tablets, computers, Internet radio, and subscription services offer a wealth of listening options. You can take advantage of all of them with the TX-NR636. Stream music from smartphones and tablets over Bluetooth, to play audio from any app through your home theater speakers. If you have a digital music library stored on a networked PC or storage drive, Wi-Fi lets you play those tunes over your home network. There's also built-in support for Spotify®, Pandora® Internet radio, SiriusXM, and free Internet radio streams via TuneIn radio. With so many choices, you'll never have trouble finding something to listen to. Plus, Onkyo's Music Optimizer helps restore musical enjoyment to compressed files and Bluetooth streams.

Onkyo's free remote app for Apple and Android

Listen to music from smartphones and networked computers using Onkyo's free remote app for Apple and Android.

Emphasis on sound

The 'NR636 is about more than just convenience and versatility. Onkyo has always put a premium on sound quality. This receiver features their Wide Range Amplifier Technology, which provides plenty of current to ensure smooth sound even during large swings in dynamics. This reduces distortion while ensuring music and movie soundtracks have plenty of punch. Phase-Matching Bass Enhancement keeps low-frequency tones from muddying the midrange, so you get plenty of deep bass while vocals and dialogue remain clear and detailed. And if you've downloaded high-resolution music from sites like HDtracks, you'll appreciate this receiver's ability to decode high-res files like FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless, and even DSD.

Add music to a second room

If you'd like to add speakers to an adjoining bedroom, kitchen, or porch, you can plan ahead with the 'NR636. There are powered Zone 2 outputs, so you can connect an additional set of speakers for use in another room. While the rest of the family enjoys a movie in 5.2-channel surround sound in the home theater, you can chill out on the porch and listen to music from Spotify® or your networked computer. There's also a second HDMI output, just in case you'd like listen to music in the main room and send the kids to another room to watch their movie.

Simple setup and control

The tiny microphone that's included with the TX-NR636 is your key to properly calibrated home theater sound. Plug it into the front of the receiver, and let Onkyo's AccuEQ optimize your system for your room and speaker setup. This ensures you'll get the best possible sound in your room, even if its odd layout forces you to place speakers in less than ideal locations. Before you start exploring this receiver's features, be sure to download the Onkyo remote app to your Apple® or Android™ smartphone. It offers easy control of the receiver's most important functions, as well as giving you instant access to Internet radio and other online music choices.

Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 95 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at .08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby Atmos processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping surround sound (firmware update required)
    • Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding, including Dolby Pro Logic® IIz
    • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 1080p and 4K) with Marvell Qdeo video processing
    • AccuEQ automatic speaker calibration optimizes your system's sound for your room (microphone included)
    Digital and Streaming Music Options:
    • built-in Wi-Fi for listening to music from a networked PC, free Internet radio, and music services
      • includes support for Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Slacker®, TuneIn, and Aupeo! (subscription required for some services)
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer
    • front-panel MHL-ready HDMI input for playing audio and HD video from select Android smartphones and tablets
    • DLNA-certified for streaming music with compatible devices and computers
    • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
    • plays DSD files (up to 2.8 MHz .dsf files) from network and USB storage devices
    Multi-room Audio:
    • dual-room/dual-source output
      • powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd room
      • using powered 2nd-room output allows 5.1 home theater in main room
      • line-level 2nd-room output for use with a separate amplifier or powered speakers
      • only analog, network, Bluetooth, or USB audio sources can be output to Zone 2
    Audio Performance Features:
    • high-current amplifier design with large power transformer
    • 24-bit/192kHz Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters
    • Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files
    • bi-amp capability with compatible front speakers by reassigning "surround back" channels
    Connections:
    • HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 7 in, 2 out (includes front-panel MHL-compatible input)
    • component video switching: 1 in, 1 out
    • composite video switching: 3 in, 1 out
    • digital audio inputs: 1 optical and 2 coaxial
    • 6 analog stereo audio inputs
    • phono input for direct connection of a turntable
    • preamp outputs for 2 powered subwoofers
    • front-panel USB port for audio playback from USB storage devices
    • Ethernet port for network connection
    • outputs for 9 speakers (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Zone 2 L/R)
    • receiver can power a maximum of seven channels at once
    General Features:
    • free Onkyo remote app lets you use your Apple or Android device as a Wi-Fi remote
    • InstaPrevue offers live picture-in-picture preview of connected HDMI sources
    • 4K/60p and 3D video pass-through
    • HDCP 2.2 copy-protection compatibility for future 4K broadcast and streaming content (HDMI 3 input and main output only)
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows access to all HDMI connected devices without having to power on the receiver
    • Audio Return Channel function receives digital audio signals from a compatible TV's tuner via HDMI
    • Phase-Matching Bass optimizes low frequencies to preserve clarity with vocals and movie dialogue
    • 40 AM/FM presets
    • remote control
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-13/16"H x 13-5/8"D
    • weight: 22 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

    Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

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    What's in the box?

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    • 7.2ch AV receiver
    • Wireless remote control (RC-880M)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Setup microphone
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
    • Basic Manual
    • Quick Start Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
    • Product registration card/Warranty information
    • RIHD-compatibility note
    • Important Safety Instructions
    • Disclaimer note
    • Important Notice Regarding Software
    • Sheet of adhesive labels
    • Onkyo headphones brochure

    Features and Specs

    General
    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 95
    THD in Stereo 0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    FM Sensitivity Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration AccuEQ
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion From Composite to HDMI
    S-Video Conversion ---
    Component Video Conversion From Component Video to HDMI
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion to 4K
    Internet-ready Yes
    Apple AirPlay No
    App Remote Control Yes
    Bluetooth-compatible Built-in
    USB port for iPod/iPhone No
    DLNA Certified Audio
    MHL-compatible Yes
    Multibrand Remote Control Yes
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote No
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 6-13/16
    Depth (inches) 13-5/8
    Weight (pounds) 22
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Multi-room Video No
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos Yes
    DTS DTS, ES, DTS-HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input 1
    Audio-Video Inputs 7
    Audio-only Inputs 1
    S-Video Inputs ---
    S-Video Outputs ---
    S-Video Monitor Outputs ---
    Component Video Inputs 1
    Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
    Optical Digital Inputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 7
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 2
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port 1
    USB Connections 1
    Removable Power Cord No

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    Audio Features
    Video Features
    Network/USB/Tuner Functions
    Convenience Features
    Bluetooth + Remote Control

    Audio Features

    7 Channel Amplifier: The Onkyo TX-NR636 AV receiver features a 7-channel amplifier rated at 95 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20Hz-20kHz, with 0.08%, driving 2 channels). The AV receiver's amplifier employs WRAT, 3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry, H.C.P.S, and Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry for dynamic, detailed, clear sound.

    • WRAT (Wide Range Amplifier Technology): WRAT is based around a low negative-feedback circuit topology that works to reduce signal noise and distortion across the frequency range. A "closed ground-loop circuit" design is employed, in which each circuit has a separate link to the power supply. This helps to cancel individual circuit noise and keep the ground potential free of distortion. High Instantaneous Current Capability (HICC) enables WRAT amplifiers to immediately cancel the speakers' reflex energy and instantaneously send out the next signal. The same high current better manages speaker impedance fluctuations, which can negatively affect performance.
    • 3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry: The AV receiver incorporates 3-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry into the front & center channels. This core Onkyo technology employs a low-NFB (negative feedback) design that makes the sound more natural.
    • H.C.P.S. (High Current Power Supply): Under the anti-resonant cover of any Onkyo receiver, you'll instantly notice the High Current Power Supply (H.C.P.S.) transformer. With its huge, isolated power supply design and high-capacity filter capacitors, it delivers the large amounts of power necessary for reproducing the wide dynamics of movie soundtracks and the detail and clarity of your music.
    • Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry: Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry adjusts the gain so that less than half the amount of attenuation is needed, ensuring the signal never comes close to the noise floor. This protects the signal against noise, resulting in a dramatically clearer sound.

    Amplifier Assignment: The 7-channel amplifier can be configured in a variety of ways to match your type of speaker setup.

    • Normal (7.2ch): The Onkyo TX-NR636 provides 7.2ch surround in your main listening area. You can choose either Surround Back or Front Height speakers (but not both).
    • Front Bi-Amp (5.2ch): The Surround-Back/Front-High speaker terminals can be reassigned and used along with the Front terminals to bi-amp the front speakers, providing improved bass & treble performance. When bi-amping the front speakers the receiver is limited to a 5.2ch speaker system in the main room (no Surround Back or Front Height speakers)
    • Powered Zone 2 (7.2ch + Zone 2): In this configuration, you can connect Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back (or Front Height), and Zone 2 speakers to the AV receiver. When Zone 2 is off, all seven channels will be used in the Main Zone. However, when Zone 2 is on, power to the two surround back (or front height) channels will be directed to the two speakers in Zone 2 and the Main Zone will receive only five channels of power.
    • Dolby Atmos (w/ Firmware Update): The Surround-Back/Front-High speaker terminals are assigned to power a pair of overhead ceiling speakers or a pair of Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers to create 5.2.2ch Dolby Atmos surround sound. Zone 2 speaker can still be powered by the receiver in the configuration. When Zone 2 is off, all seven channels will be used in the Main Zone for Dolby Atmos. However, when Zone 2 is on, power to the Dolby Atmos channels will be directed to the two speakers in Zone 2 and the Main Zone will receive only five channels of power without Dolby Atmos.

    192kHz/24-bit DACs + 32-Bit DSP Processing: This Onkyo TX-NR636 is equipped with 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown DACs to decode and playback high-resolution recordings with less jitter and  clearer sound. The receiver also employs a powerful and highly accurate 32-bit processing DSP (Digital Signal Processor) for better surround sound reproduction.

    AccuEQ Room Calibration: Calibrating the sound to suit your room's acoustics is simple with Onkyo's AccuEQ auto-room calibration. Once you've connected your speakers, plug-in the included mic and wait a few moments as the TX-NR636 measures things such as speaker distance, type, crossover, and output, taking into account any reflections from your walls and floor. The system is designed specifically to by-pass your front left and right speakers. The system then optimizes the frequency response of the remaining speakers so you can enjoy balanced surround sound regardless of room shape or furnishing while retaining the characteristics of your front left and right speakers for optimum enjoyment

    Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Onkyo TX-NR636 AV receiver supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) decoding formats.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.

    Dolby Atmos: The TX-NR636 receiver is Dolby Atmos (5.2.2ch) compatible through a firmware update from Onkyo's website. Dolby Atmos combines traditional home theater speaker layouts with either ceiling-mounted speakers or new Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers to create a plane of sound above the listener. The impact of either in-ceiling or Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers is breathtaking. Your room fills with realistic, multidimensional sound that places you directly in the center of the entertainment experience.

    • Ceiling Mounted Speakers: Ceiling speakers are used for maximizing effects in Dolby Atmos listening mode. Install these speakers midway between the position just above the listening position and the position just above the front speakers, or simply install them just above the listening position.
    • Dolby Enabled Speakers: There are two types of Dolby Enabled Speakers; one is to be placed on the top board of other
      speakers such as front speakers and surround speakers; the other is integrated within the front or surround speakers. Dolby Enabled Speakers are designed with their output facing toward the ceiling to create an elevated audio effect in the Dolby Atmos mode by providing sounds echoing off the ceiling.
    Note: Globally, more than 100 cinema blockbusters have been released featuring Dolby Atmos soundtracks in the past two years, and many more are on the way. Major Hollywood studios are partnering with Dolby to create home video versions of both current box office releases and previously released favorites for release starting in 2014.

    Dolby Surround: Dolby Surround offers an enhanced cinema experience to your Dolby Digital (Plus/TrueHD) and DTS (ES/HD) movie soundtracks using your existing 7.1ch or Dolby Atmos speaker setup. Dolby Surround enhances audio definition by improving the spatial dimension and overall audio definition of movie soundtracks. It does this by using four distinct surround zones that provide greater control over the exact placement of each detail in a movie sound track, so audio can be matched more accurately to the video on screen; this means more depth and greater realism for your movies. As a result, individual sounds are clearer and more distinct. It also improves the surround sound experience across the entire theater by widening the listening "sweet spot".

    Onkyo Original DSP Modes: Onkyo's Original DSP Modes, combined with Dolby Digital/DTS/Dolby Pro Logic processing, produce more realistic, powerful sound effects for your movie and music sound tracks based on the type of content and your home theater setup. You can choose from the following:

    • Orchestra: For classical or operatic music.
    • Unplugged: For acoustic instruments, vocals, and jazz.
    • Studio-Mix: Suitable for rock or pop.
    • TV Logic: Adds realistic acoustics to TV shows.
    • Game: The receiver offers four different Gaming modes - RPG, Action, Rock, and Sports.
    • All Ch Stereo: Stereo sound from all speakers. Ideal for background music.
    • Full Mono: All speakers output the same sound in mono.
    • Theater-Dimensional (T-D): Theater-Dimensional circuitry takes the complexity out of conventional surround-sound setups and lets you experience the excitement of surround sound from as few as two ordinary speakers. Theater-Dimensional's unique multi-speaker modes let you place up to five speakers conveniently by the TV, for the most realistic virtual-surround sound possible.

    Direct Mode: In Direct mode, audio from the input source is output without surround-sound processing. This mode delivers pure sound with minimum sound quality adjustment and filtration.

    Surround Parameters: The Onkyo TX-NR636 lets you tweak and fine tune specific surround sound modes to suit your preference.

    • Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements you can adjust; Panorama: (broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect), Dimension (allows you to move the sound field forward or backward), and Center Width (allows you to adjust the width of the center channel).
    • Center Image: In the Neo:6 Music mode, the Center Image feature adjusts the output of the left and right channels relative to the center channel, allowing you to make the center channel more or less dominant as needed. This improves the image of the center channel, especially when the listener is off-center. Adjustment varies from 5 (nothing subtracted from the L/R channels) to 0 (L/R channel output is cut in half).
    • Pro Logic IIz Height Gain: The Height Gain Control in Dolby Pro Logic IIz enables the listener to select how much gain is applied to the front high speakers. There are three settings, "Low", "Mid" and "High", and the front high speakers are accentuated in that order. While "Mid" is the default listening setting, the listener may adjust the Height Gain Control to their personal preference.
    • Listening Angle: While listening in the Theater Dimensional mode you can adjust the listening angle to either Wide (if listening angle is 40°) or Narrow (if listening angle is 20°).

    Audio Enhancements: The Onkyo TX-NR636 receiver provides various audio enhancements to deliver a high-quality listening experience every time.

    • CinemaFilter: Using the CinemaFilter you soften overly bright movie soundtracks. Movie soundtracks are typically mixed for a large theater (relative to your home theater) with lots of soft seats and thick curtains on the walls. Home theater settings often lack these high frequency absorbing wall treatments, making the soundtrack sound too bright. CinemaFilter accounts for this and for many movies sounds more natural at home.
    • Music Optimizer: The Music Optimizer function enhances the sound quality of compressed music files. The Music Optimizer function only works with PCM digital audio input signals with a sampling rate below 48kHz and analog input signals.
    • Late Night Feature: The Late Night feature limits the dynamic range of Dolby Digital recordings. Limiting the dynamic range makes it easier to find a volume that ensures the quiet sounds are not too quiet and the loud sounds are not too loud for night time listening. This allows you to comfortably listen to without the need to constantly adjust the volume to keep from waking family/neighbors. The choices are: Off, Low, and High. This feature only works with Dolby Digital Encoded software and the depth of the feature will vary based on the individual software package.

    Bass Management: The Onkyo AV receiver offers Tone Control and Phase Matching Bass technology to get the most bass impact out of your system.

    • Tone Controls: You can independently adjust the Bass (50Hz) and Treble (20kHz) of the TX-NR636 from -10 to +10 dB.
    • Phase Matching Bass: Onkyo's Phase-Matching Bass optimizes low frequencies while preserving mid-range clarity. This means that powerful bass plays back with clear vocals; it doesn't overpower them.
    • Double Bass: You can also activate the Double Bass function in order to boost bass output even more by feeding bass sounds to the front left/right speakers, center-channel, and powered subwoofer.

    Volume Setup: The Onkyo AV receiver provides the following volume settings.

    • IntelliVolume: With IntelliVolume, you can set the input level for each input (+/-12dB) selector individually. This is useful if one of your source components is louder or quieter than the others. This function does not work in Zone 2.
    • Maximum Volume: Use this feature to set the receiver's maximum volume level. This feature is useful to avoid turning the volume too loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from 30-79 (max), or Off (disabled).
    • Power On Volume: Use this feature to set the volume level when the power is turned on. You can choose between Last (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), Min (0), or 1-79.
    • Headphone Level: With this setting, you can specify the headphone volume (+/-12dB) relative to the main volume. This is useful if there's a volume difference between your speakers and your headphones.

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The Onkyo AV receiver offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • Assignable Digital Inputs: The Onkyo receiver is equipped with one optical digital input and two coaxial digital inputs. All three digital inputs are assignable. You can choose auto decoding , PCM, or DTS for the digital audio inputs. Auto will decode the signal in its original form (Dolby Digital, DTS, PCM, etc), PCM decodes the signal to 2-channel, while DTS decodes only DTS formatted sources.
    • Phono Input: The Onkyo AV receiver is fitted with a Phono input and ground terminal for connection of a turntable (MM).
    • Binding-Post Speaker Terminals: There are color-coded binding-post terminals for all speaker connections - Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back/Front Height, and Zone 2. The binding post terminals will accept bare-wire, pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single/dual). Use 6- to 16-ohm speakers.
    • Dual Subwoofer Outputs: The receiver is fitted with two subwoofer outputs to connect dual powered subs for extra bass. The dual outputs share the same input signal and are not discrete.
    • Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.

    Video Features

    7 HDMI Inputs/2 HDMI Outputs: The TX-NR636 has seven assignable HDMI inputs (6 rear/1 front) and two HDMI outputs for connecting Blu-ray/DVD players, Satellite/Cable boxes, Game Consoles, and other video components to your TV. The dual HDMI outputs can simultaneously output the same audio/video signal to two TVs (video is output at the resolution supported by both TVs). The HDMI jacks can accept and switch 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K video signals to a HDTV (depending on input/output). All HDMI jacks will also support uncompressed standard or high definition digital video along with the following audio signals; 2-channel linear PCM, Multichannel linear PCM (up to 7.1ch), and Bitstream (Dolby Digital/DTS, etc.). Additional HDMI features include -

    • 4K/60Hz + HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0): The TX-NR636's HDMI 3 input and main HDMI output are version 2.0 compliant; supporting 4K/60Hz video signal, 21:9 display format, and HDCP 2.2 DRM copy protection compatibility. By implementing these new HDMI technologies, the TX-NR636 will be able to support future 4K streaming content from internet service providers (like Netflix) and UHD terrestrial/satellite broadcasts (not yet available). The AV receiver's HDMI 2-4 inputs are also version 2.0 and support 4K/60Hz video signal, but do not support HDCP 2.2 DRM copy protection. The receiver's HDMI 5-7 inputs and sub HDMI output are version 1.4 and support up to 1080p video.
    • 3D-Ready: All HDMI jacks will accept 3D video from your 3D-ready Blu-ray player and output the video signal in 3D to your 3D-ready flat-panel television.
    • ARC (Audio Return Channel): The receiver's main HDMI output features ARC (Audio Return Channel). This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television. The sub HDMI monitor output does not support this feature.
    • Auto Lip-Sync: The Lip-Sync function can automatically synchronize HDMI audio and video (for any HDMI jack) that has gotten out of sync due to the complex digital video processing being performed by your HDMI-compatible TV. With HDMI Lip-Sync, the audio delay required to synchronize the audio and video is calculated and applied automatically by the AV receiver. You can also manually correct the audio delay from 0 (no delay) to 400 milliseconds; in 10 millisecond steps.

    Marvel Qdeo Video Chip for 4K Upscaling: The Onkyo TX-NR636 utilizes a Marvel Qdeo Video Chip for 4K upscaling and video processing. The Marvel Qdeo Video Chip produces quiet and natural video, free from noise and artifacts. Analog component/composite video signals are converted to HDMI, so you only need one cable to connect the receiver to your TV. 480i video from the receiver's component/composite video inputs and any HDMI video signal can be scaled to a higher resolution set in the menu. You can set the AV receiver to upscale analog and HDMI video to 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 4K, Auto (automatically scaled to the highest resolution supported by the display), or Through (no scaling). Upconversion and upscaling is only supported by the main HDMI video output.

    MHL-Compatible HDMI Port: The front-panel HDMI input is MHL compatible. This MHL compatible HDMI port provides easy, direct connection of MHL compatible Android smartphones. Playback of up to 1080p video and multi-channel audio from the phone is supported. The receiver will also charge your connected phone. Play, Stop, and other basic operations can be controlled from the AV receiver's remote control. Check here for a list of compatible MHL-enabled Android phones.

    Note: The front-panel HDMI input, along with the receiver's front-panel USB port can also be used to connect your Lightning or 30-pin connector Apple iOS device via Apple's Lightning Digital AV adapter or 30-pin digital AV adapter; you'll also need the USB cable that came with your Apple iOS device, and a HDMI cable (sold separately). This type of connection provides "screen mirroring", audio/video playback, and charging of your Apple iOS device through the Onkyo receiver and your HDMI-connected TV. All control of your Apple iOS device will be done through its own touchscreen (not the receiver). See AV adapter links for specific Apple iOS compatibility.

    HDMI Through: When enabling the HDMI Through function, regardless of whether the AV receiver is "on" or in "standby" both audio and video streams from an HDMI input will be output to your television, via the receiver HDMI monitor output. You can select between 3 HDMI Through functions modes.

    • Auto: Detects the signal and automatically selects the input sources.
    • Source: Selects the input source (BD/DVD, VCR/DVR, CBL/SAT, Game, PC, Aux, TV/CD, Port) for which the HDMI Through function in enabled.
    • Last: The HDMI Through function is activated on the input source selected at the time of setting the AV receiver to the "standby" mode.

    InstaPrevue: InstaPrevue technology provides a live video thumbnail of the available content on your devices connected to the receiver via HDMI. As a result, you can preview audio/video streams coming from up to five HDMI inputs previously assigned to input selectors on your HDMI connected TV. Even with multiple components connected to receiver through HDMI, you can easily switch between inputs as their previews are displayed on a single screen on your television. You can even use the InstaPrevue feature for Picture-in-Picture. You can specify the number of preview thumbnails, as well as their positioning on-screen.

    Note: If no video signal are present, the thumbnails will be filled in black. With 3D video signals, the image may not be properly rendered on the preview thumbnails of InstaPrevue.

    Analog Video Inputs: The receiver features three composite video inputs and one composite video monitor output which support 480i video signals only. There is one component video input and one component video output which support up to 1080i video signal. You must connect the receiver to your TV via composite and/or component video to view incoming video from the receiver's composite/component inputs.

    Picture Adjust: Using the Picture Adjust feature, you can adjust the picture quality and reduce any noise appearing on your TV screen.

    • Wide Mode: Auto, Full, Zoom, Wide Zoom, or 4:3.
    • Picture Mode: Custom (Brightness/Contrast/Hue/Saturation/Color Temp), Cinema (for movies), Game (for gaming), Through (changes resolution), Direct (no adjustment).
    • Picture Settings: Film Mode (video or film), Edge Enhancement (sharpens image), Noise Reduction (reduce noise).

    Network/USB/Tuner Functions

    Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The Onkyo TX-NR636 AV receiver supports a wired or wireless network connection. Via the AV receiver's network connection, you can enjoy music files stored on your computer and listen to internet radio through a variety of online services.

    • Ethernet (LAN) Jack: The Onkyo AV receiver is equipped with an Ethernet (RJ-45) jack for connecting the player to your home network and computer. Connecting the A/V receiver's Ethernet port to a 100Base-TX switched Ethernet network is recommended for best results. Use a shielded CAT-5 Ethernet cable to connect the receiver to your home network.
    • Built-in Wireless LAN: The AV receiver also features built-in WiFi that allows you to wirelessly connect to your home network, so you can enjoy the benefits of a cable-free network environment. A wireless connection requires a home network with a WiFi-enabled access point (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n). Supports WPS, WEP, and WPA security.

    Streaming Music Files: You can stream a variety music files from your Windows PC, DLNA-certified music server, or a USB mass storage class device.  Compatible music file formats include MP3 (8-320kbps; 16-48kHz), WMA (47-320kbps), WMA Lossless (16/24-bit; 44.1-96kHz), WAV (8/16/24-bit; 8-192kHz), AAC (8-320kbps; 8-96kHz), FLAC (8/16/24-bit; 8-192kHz), Apple Lossless (16/24-bit; 8-96kHz), Ogg Vorbis (48-500kbps; 8-48kHz), DSD (2.8224MHz), and LPCM (16-bit; 44-48kHz). You can control basic playback functions of your music library from the included remote control and receiver's on-screen menu; such as Folder/File Select, Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, and Repeat/Random.

    • DLNA Certified: Because the TX-NR636 is DLNA certified, you can play back music files stored on your Windows  PC (w/ Windows Media Player 11 or 12) or a DLNA (ver.1.5) compatible media server through the AV receiver. Playback control can be done from the receiver's remote control or your DLNA-certified computer/server.
    • USB Mass Storage Class: This AV receiver is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy a variety of music files from a USB mass storage class memory device; such as your Android smartphone (Froyo/Gingerbread OS only), portable MP3 player, or USB thumbdrive (all formatted in FAT 16/32). USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port (5V/1A); even in standby mode. USB hubs and USB devices with hub functions are not supported. MP3 players containing music files that are managed with special music software are not supported. Apple iPod, iPhone, and iPad devices are not supported via USB.
    Note: Total of 20,000 music files/folders is supported. Gapless playback is also supported.

    Internet Radio: The Onkyo TX-NR636 lets you access various Internet Radio providers through its wired or wireless network connection. The TX-NR636 will display station name and program-related information; such as artist name, song/album title, and elapsed playing time. You can preset up to 40 of your "favorite" Internet radio stations for easy recall.

    Music Service Description
    TuneIn With more than 70,000 radio stations and 2 million on-demand programs registered, TuneIn is a service where you can enjoy music, sports and news from all over the world.
    Pandora Pandora is a free, personalized Internet radio service that plays the music you know and helps you discover music you'll love. You can select Internet radio stations by Artist, Song, or Genre.
    Spotify Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists. A Spotify Premium subscription is required.
    SiriusXM SiriusXM Internet Radio lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, and more.
    Slacker Slacker is a free, personalized Internet radio service that lets you choose the music you want to listen to. You can choose Internet radio stations by genre, or create custom station by Artist name or Song title.
    AUPEO! AUPEO! Personal Radio is a music streaming service based in Berlin that is available worldwide. With AUPEO! Personal Radio, you can listen to free music on the web. AUPEO! lets you play lots of music and choose the playlist based on your personal taste. The basic concept is based on personal music DNA, which allows you to 'love' or 'ban' songs. The highly advanced software then remembers this and adjusts as necessary. As a result, we offer over 100 compilation genre channels, as well as thousands of artist channels. Listen to music online based on your tastes and preferences or use our one-of-a-kind 'Mood Tuner' to fit how you're feeling.
    Note: To receive Internet radio, your Ethernet network must have Internet access. Internet URLs in the following formats are supported: PLS, M3U, and podcast (RSS). However, depending on the type of data or audio format used by the Internet radio station, you may not be able to listen to some stations.

    AM/FM Tuner: With the built-in tuner you can enjoy AM and FM radio stations. You can store your favorite stations as presets for quick selection. You can store a combination of up to 40 of your favorite FM/AM radio stations as presets. You can also tune directly to a specific station by using the numeric keypad on the included remote control.

    Firmware Updates: Future firmware updates are available from the Onkyo website through the receiver's Network or USB connection. The tested TX-NR636 contained firmware version 1020-2110-0001-0200-0001 (as of 5/2/2014). Visit Onkyo's online Download Center for the latest firmware updates.

    Convenience Features

    On-Screen Menu w/ Setup Assistance: The Onkyo AV receiver offers an on-screen (GUI) menu system through its HDMI output. The simple on-screen display combines text and graphics that make setup and other operations extremely easy. The initial setup assistant takes you step-by-step through speaker configuration, source connection, remote programming, and network connection. If your TV is connected to the composite video or component video monitor output, you will need to use the AV receiver's front-panel display when changing settings.

    Dual-Zone: In addition to the main listening room, you can also enjoy audio playback from a different source in another room of your home using the receiver's Dual-Zone function (Zone 2). The receiver features Zone 2 line-outputs, as well as Zone 2 speaker terminals. By using the line-level outputs on the TX-NR636 you can connect an external receiver or integrated amplifier in a second room, allowing you to listen to 7.1ch surround in the main room and play a different audio source in another room of your home. By using the speaker-level outputs on the TX-NR636, you can directly connect a secondary pair of speakers in another room of your home, allowing you to listen to 5.1ch surround sound in your main room and play a different audio source in the other room. The volume of Zone 2 is controlled from the receiver when using the speaker outputs and from your add-on integrated amp when using the line-level outputs.

    • Compatible Zone Sources: Only Tuner, analog, USB, Network, and Bluetooth audio sources can be sent to Zone 2.
    • Incompatible Zone Sources: Optical/coaxial digital and HDMI audio sources are not output to Zone 2. You cannot output any video signal to Zone 2.
    Note: As for Network, USB, and Bluetooth sources; you cannot select different inputs for the main room and Zone 2. For example, if a Network source been selected in the main room and then a USB is selected as playback source in Zone 2, the input in the main room will also change to the USB source. When listening to AM/FM radio, you cannot select different stations for the main room and Zone 2.

    Name Edit: You can enter a custom name for each individual input selector and radio preset for easy identification. When entered, the custom name will appear on the display. This function cannot be used for the AM/FM, Network, USB, and Bluetooth input selectors.

    Display Dimmer + Screen Saver: The display brightness has three settings; Dim, Dimmer, and Normal.  If there is no video signal on the current input source and no operation for a specific time, a screen saver automatically comes on. You can set the time (3min/5min/10min/off) until the screen saver activates itself. Once active, the screen saver will go off and the screen will return to its previous state if the AV receiver is operated in any way.

    Timers: The receiver features a programmable Sleep Timer and Auto Standby function.

    • Auto Standby: The AV receiver will automatically go into Standby mode, if there is no operation for 20 minutes with no audio/video signal input.
    • Sleep Timer: From the remote, you can set the unit to automatically turn off after as much as 90 minutes or as little as 10 minutes; choices are presented in 10 minute increments.

    Bluetooth + Remote Control

    Built-in Bluetooth: The Onkyo TX-NR636 features built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1+EDR) with support for profiles A2DP 1.2 and AVRCP 1.3. You'll be able to wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple device, Android smartphone/tablet, portable audio player, laptop, or PC to the Onkyo receiver. You will also be able to control basic playback functions (Play/Pause, FF/RW, Skip) using the receiver's remote control. Advanced music operation will still need to be handled from your Bluetooth-enable device. There is no song/artist information display on the receiver or connected TV. Continue to use your Bluetooth device's screen to view song/artist info.

    Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the Onkyo receiver.

    Onkyo Remote App (for Apple iOS & Android): The Onkyo Remote App (from iTunes Apps & Google Play) allows you to operate the Onkyo AV receiver from your Apple iOS (4.3+) or Android (2.1+) device, using your home's wireless network. The Onkyo Remote App lets you you access Internet Radio stations, AM/FM stations, DLNA content, and Input sources right from your mobile device. Content information will be displayed on the device's touchscreen. You also get to adjust tone controls, listening modes, and speaker volume from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. The Onkyo Remote App even allows you to wirelessly stream audio stored on your Apple iOS or Android device to the Onkyo AV receiver and lets you control audio output for up to 2 Zones. The Onkyo AV receiver and and your compatible Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same home network.

    Multi-brand Remote: The receiver comes with an IR remote control for wireless operation of this receiver and other HDMI-connected sources (via HDMI CEC). In addition to the receiver, the remote can be programmed using the receiver's on-screen menu to control popular brands of TVs, Blu-ray players, DVD players/recorders, DVRs, VCRs, etc.

    HDMI Control: This function allows HDMI-CEC compatible components or RIHD-compatible components connected via HDMI to be controlled with the TX-NR636 . The AV receiver offers the following HDMI-CEC controls.

    • The AV receiver will enter Standby mode when the power of the TV is turned to Standby.
    • You can set on the menu screen of the TV to either output the audio from the speakers connected to the AV receiver, or from the speakers of the TV.
    • It is possible to output the audio/video from the antenna or from the input jack of the TV from the speakers connected to the AV receiver.
    • Input to the AV receiver can be selected with the remote controller of the TV.
    • Operations such as volume adjustment or similar for the AV receiver can be performed from the remote controller of the TV.

    RI Remote Control Jack: The 1/8" RI remote control jack allows you to connect this receiver to other compatible Onkyo components.

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    Great Value

    Written By BN, Harrisburg, PA on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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    I wanted to replace my 9 year old Yamaha RXV666 receiver. I spoke with Kramer of Crutchfield to review what current specs and features to look for. He was very helpful. I intended to buy another Yamaha but I wanted features like HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 for the future. After some research I decided on the Onkyo NR636. I hooked it up to my Samsung 55" HDTV, my Verizon Fios cable box/DVR, Apple TV, and Samsung Blu Ray Player. I use Boston Acoustic bookshelf speakers and use Polk center, surround sound and subwoofer. Set up was straight forward and pretty easy. I admit I did read the basic start up manual but also reviewed the main, more detailed manual, that Onkyo has on line. Everything worked as I hoped for. I was surprised and very pleased with the audio quality for my music. Better and fuller sound that my old Yamaha. The video picture, both from cable and Blu Ray, were outstanding. I am very pleased with this purchase and really feel it offers a great value with all the features it provides for the price. I also was very satisfied with the over all Crutchfield experience. Knowledgable advice, easy ordering and quick deliver. (ordered Thursday AM and received it the next day in the afternoon!)

    Pros: Great features, HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 for 4k video. Very good sound quality and depth, with excellent video transmission. Very simple to operate.

    Cons: As others have mentioned, no back lighted keypad on remote. Front panel has very small print over it's control functions. These are minor points compared to the over all ease of set up and performance vs. value.

    Great Purchase

    Written By Dee, Michigan on Monday, January 26, 2015

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    Using with a 4K UHD tv. Really happy with sound. Dolby Atmos download was easy. Upgradable! Crutchfield's service and communication was the best. Good price.

    Pros: Hook up was easy. Sound is great.

    Cons: Remote could be backlit. Face of unit hard to read.

    Hope these reviews are right

    Written By Frank, Mahwah nj on Saturday, January 24, 2015

    Hope all these people with solid reviews are right. Bought the tx-nr636 and using for 30 days. Today started shutting down after a few minutes and now won't go on for more than 10 seconds. Onkyo tells me its going into protection mode. Really? On a brand new unit with little use and connected to a high end power conditioner? Sadly I am findind others with this exact problem. Think it will be getting serviced soon. Will post again when I have more information.

    Pros: Worked for 30 days

    Cons: Worked for 30 days

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    Written By Kellen, Nh on Saturday, January 24, 2015

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    Awesome

    Pros: Professional

    Cons: None

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    Written By BobS, Virginia on Thursday, January 22, 2015

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    Item was delivered in 2 days. Sounds great. Some of the components I was connecting were older technology.Directions for setting up were confusing after 2 days I called Onkyo service and it took 2 hours on the phone to get everything connected. I will say the person from Onkyo was very patient and helpful. Remote is cluttered and difficult to read some of the buttons. The display on the front of the receiver is also hard to read, need a flashlight to see the words. Once set up the unit sounds great and all connected components work fine. Would like to have been able to directly set up zone 2 speakers without having to sacrifice the two height speakers when zone 2 is playing

    Pros: Great sound and picture upconverting to HDMI

    Cons: Crowded remote Front panel difficult to read

    Great RCVR

    Written By CR, Marlton, New Jersey on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    New Speakers are next on list. Right now using with... Samsung Smart TV Sony CD Player Onkyo DVD Player Audio Technica Turntable X Box Apple and Blackberry phones

    All items listed work great. Set up is fairly easy. Make sure everything is connected before powering up. I use a LAN cable from router to RCVR but you can enter your code for WiFi during set up

    My Cable Box is RCA into RCVR than I have HDMI cable out to TV

    The ARC feature works great. So content from TV can generate back though the RCVR. I called Onkyo help line and turning on this feature was so simple (TV has to have a ARC port, HDMI port 2 is ARC on my TV or you will have to purchase an Optical cable). As well I then downloaded the complete manual form Onkyo online. (instructions there) I think volume gets a little diminished when watching content from TV to RCVR (ie, netflix). Maybe its me... idk, still learning all the ins and outs of this unit.

    For the Turntable to sound clear I had to turn off the Turntables preamp (preamp on/off sw) as the RCVR has one built in. Now Page, Beck and Blackmore sound clear and amazing!!! from my vinyl...:)





    Do yourselves a favor and download the complete manual.

    Honestly I thought the Marrantz and Pioneer Elite I looked into had a richer/fuller sound but this RCVR has more features and more inputs (RCA and HDMI). I'm sure the Onkyo NR838 is more full in sound but for few less watts output and several hundred bucks less this RCVR ROCKS.

    Pros: Features ports, ports, ports Price Sound WiFi, Bluetooth Ability to enjoy new technology and old tech too !!!

    Cons: Miss the switched outlet, my old RCVR had one Would like a little more adjusting of sound levels, bass, treble, mid range...etc

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    Written By Bob.E, Texas on Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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    This was an upgrade from an Onkyo TX-NR503 that I've had for about 10 years. I have to say, while I did expect an increase in sound quality, I didn't expect it to be that noticeable. Well, it's pretty much night and day difference if sound quality. Very crisp, very accurate sound reproduction, more than enough power to fill large rooms. For the price and options on this reciever, nothing really comes close.

    Pros: *Bluetooth *Wifi *Dolby ATMOS *Every streaming music service you need *Supports 4K/60Hz + HDCP 2.2 (HDMI 2.0)

    Cons: *No backlit remote *That's about it.....

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    Written By Gene C, Connecticut on Monday, January 19, 2015

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    Easy out of the box set-up for the basics. I haven't tried any of the other special hook-ups - I pod, turn table, lap top, and so on yet. Found the lack of back lighting on remote to be an issue when trying to make adjustments while watching a movie in low room light. Picture feeding from the DirecTV box through the receiver to the TV was not as sharp I though it could be, even after making some manual adjustments to the TV picture parameters.

    Pros: Easy set-up, good quality sound, well balanced sound distribution through the speakers, handled one powered and one unpowered sub-woofer quite well.

    Cons: Remote is not back lit, Instruction manual leaves a lot to be desired as it relates to details, if you have to do anything to the speaker wires, you always have to remove the HDMI cables first because there is not enough space to reconnect the wires if you feed them thru the sides of the wire nuts. AM antenna doesn't bring in much very clearly, even the local station that is only about 7 miles away. FM antenna is much better, but not so much for stations below 95.1.

    Selected for the Phono Option!

    Written By RecordLover, Detroit, Michigan on Monday, January 19, 2015

    Disclaimer - I am not a trained audio guy. Just a music lover with your average home stereo-theater knowledge. This receiver is exactly what I needed for a flat screen TV, PS4, cable box, & my record player. I'm a lifelong record collector, so I wanted an actual PHONO input for my turntable not just an AUX port to serve the purpose. I added some center-pin Rocket Fish banana clips on the wire going from my vintage Kenwood JL-703 floor speakers (big, heavy & solid wood!). Everything plugged into the TX-NR636 flawlessly. My TV, PS4 & cable box are connected with HDMI cables so it is super tidy and clean behind the shelf. I've still got a ton of open ports which is awesome for future expansion possibilities. What blew me away was how easily I synced both my iMAC and my iPod with the Bluetooth function so I am now rocking all my music through this receiver! For me the tipping point over all the other closely similar receivers (regardless of brand) was the massive number of HDMI ports and for me personally it was seeing a dedicated PHONO button right on front. Again - I'm I vinyl record lover, so that was one of those options that hooked me. TIP: the very 1st time you power the receiver up, make sure your TV is connected. The "manual" is pretty basic, but initial receiver setup is not impossible for an average Joe as long as you read and follow the On-Screen instructions. Oh, and have a perfectly quite room for initial speaker/sound field setup & you'll be fine. Happy Rocking! \m/

    Pros: Ease of setup, variety of HDMI ports, bluetooth sync, and PHONO input!

    Cons: User Manual is pretty basic.

    Onkyo receiver

    Written By Jonathan, Washington on Friday, January 16, 2015

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    Nice receiver, simple setup, works well with my 7.1 system.

    Pros: Clean interface, easy setup, wireless works well.

    Cons: Trying to get the ARC to work, still working with Crutchfield on that, there responsiveness and support has been outstanding...

    excellent sound!!

    Written By jayraam, wv on Thursday, January 15, 2015

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    an upgrade from my Denon .. happy so far

    Great receiver for the price

    Written By W.D., New Jersey on Monday, January 12, 2015

    Works out of the box. Easy to hook up speakers and connected devices. Like how it turns on HDMI connected devices.

    Pros: overall a good buy, Net Radio. Wireless very easy to balance speakers with supplied microphone.

    Cons: remote not backlit terrible manual - on-line version not a whole lot better slow start up typing with remote tedious. Onkyo should get uptodate with the interface and come up with a better strategy than moving a cursor around the screen.

    Excellent receiver

    Written By Tristan, Goleta, California on Sunday, January 11, 2015

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    This receiver is better in every way than I expected it to be. Setting it up is very straightforward, you can get all your remotes to satisfactory be replaced by the Onkyo one. The output video quality improvement in movies is very real, both streaming and DVDs when compared to significantly older Sony receiver with the same home setup. You can get an application that easily doubles as a remote for the receiver. The audio output quality and power is well above sufficient for what I anticipated. Overall very impressed, I hope it impresses me further with the years of service I will get out of it.

    Pros: excellent audio and video output many inputs and outputs easy setup hardware buttons for most functions- you can use it without remote if need be somewhat future proof for 'Athmos' and 4K upgrade feature Android app

    Cons: somewhat outdated screen The manual is unclear at number of places and it takes some interpretation

    TV with Smart Hub

    Written By Waynerf4, South Carolina on Sunday, January 11, 2015

    Great A/V Recever...But for now this is going out to JimC, in Bargersville, IN. Jim, Try moving your HDMI cable to a different in-put port on your TV.. I ran into this same problem when I was using HDMI port 1 but found that port 3 gave me the sound for the Smart Hub.

    Pros: To JimC, Bargersville, IN

    Cons: I will report back on this Receiver when I've had more time to test it. So far i'm loving it but only own this TX-NR636 for a few hours which is replacing a older Onkyo that didnt have the 4K.

    Very Good value for the money

    Written By charger66, DFW on Saturday, January 10, 2015

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    Every ONKYO receiver ever I've had delivers excellent sound, equipment management, and reliability for the money. This one is no exception, only question is what the ATMOS capability will provide, system and speakers are not yet set up to test the value of this technology.

    Pros: Excellent quality/features for the money

    Cons: User manuals are not very helpful in setting the equipment up and understanding the capabilities, but then no one's manuals are any more.

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    Written By George, Illinois on Thursday, January 08, 2015

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    This replaced a 5 year old Yamaha and it's a great receiver

    Pros: HDMI pass Thru and Upgraded firmware for Dolby Atmos Sound

    Cons: Only one that's why 4 stars no switched AC plug for my powered sub-woofer now i have to turn on manually.

    Best Value IMO

    Written By randym, Fort Worth, TX on Tuesday, January 06, 2015

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    I researched receivers to death before I purchased this one. There were some reviews on another site that gave me some concerns but I figured with the excellent return policy at Crutchfield I would pull the trigger. I'm glad I did. With a firmware update I was able to unlock the full potential of this machine. I upgraded from an older yamaha receiver that was running a bose accoustimass 6 system. After I performed the EQ test with the included microphone I was blown away. Night and day. I've since upgraded to some nice polk bookshelf speakers, a klipsch center speaker, and polk bipole surrounds and this thing rocks. I'm currently running a [offsiteUrl] setup and it's deafening at times. Shakes the house when a helicopter passes overhead. I'm falling back in love with movies that I haven't watched in years. The bluetooth function works like a charm. Everything was easy to setup and any questions that I had were answered in the manual and the advanced online manual. The network function hooked up immediately. I haven't really utilized any functions except for the bluetooth and the surround functions. I should also mention that I route all of my hdmi inputs through the receiver now and there is a passthrough function that is perfect for some members of my family that aren't as "savvy" as I am. This way they don't even have to turn on the receiver to watch the cable box. This receiver is everything that I wanted and more. Chose over a pioneer and sony cuz of atmos

    Pros: Bluetooth, Dolby Atmos, Wireless, 7.2

    Cons: Non that I can think of. It is a little big but it doesn't really bother me. There is a lot "under the hood" so it makes sense.

    Very pleased

    Written By Jeff, Winchester, VA on Sunday, January 04, 2015

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    So far I have been very pleased with this receiver. I had previously owned two different Denon receivers which failed due to a fried HDMI board. Comparatively this receiver was just as easy to set up and configure, but has additional features my previous ones did not. The Dolby atmos sounds amazing and the Bluetooth link with my phone is great when I want to listen to music. I would definitely recommend this as it had a ton of features and sounds amazing for the price.

    Pros: easy to set up Lots of features for the price Nice programable remote

    Cons: none so far

    Great Receiver

    Written By happy listener, Ohio on Sunday, December 28, 2014

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    Wow! It has been many years since I even looked for a new receiver - this is a new world for us - connects all our sound makers into our new speakers and it fills the room with whatever we are playing or watching.

    Pros: Love that Bluetooth hookup for listening to music over the computer - and it brings the TV to life.

    Cons: None to me

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    Written By Mario, Florida on Saturday, December 27, 2014

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    Love the features on the receiver

    Pros: Excellent . My first onkyo.

    Cons: Non

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    Written By Kenneth, New Jersey on Thursday, December 18, 2014

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    Perfect choice to replace old system has all that 90 percent of us need & then some

    Pros: Easy to make selection's off of receiver-well marked

    Cons: Remote more advanced & not so user friendly

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    Written By Dave, Hawaii on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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    Delivered to Hawaii in 2 business days Awesome. Easy to install and so far trouble free performance.

    Pros: Easy to hook up, a lot of HDMI options, visually improved the picture on my Samsung 53" Flat screen and does a great job of balancing the sound for the room.

    Cons: none

    Great receiver!

    Written By JimC, Bargersville, IN on Monday, December 15, 2014

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    This receiver came recommended to me by a guy I work with. Others also recommeded Onkyo to me. We have a Harmon Karden and have had all kinds of issues with it. This one was easy to set up and the sound is great! I love the wifi and bluetooth features. My only negative is that I have a smart tv and the smart hub side doesn't get sound through the receiver. In doing some research it seems like you need to hook this up via optical to get it to work. Seems very impractical and we are not destroying our wall or running another cord from the tv to receiver. We will just use Roku :(

    Pros: Great sound and features!

    Cons: Smart Hub on tv needs to be run via Optical to work.

    Nice little receiver

    Written By Edge, Oceanside on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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    Great receiver for the price

    Pros: Powerful and compact - easily fits in my tv stand - has all the bells and whistles

    Cons: Wish the remote was backlit

    wgvj

    Written By Anonymous, Florida on Sunday, December 14, 2014

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    Great value for benefit performance.

    Pros: multiple features for dollor value

    Cons: Needs a few more audio outs in addition to HDMI 's

    So far great product

    Written By TomK, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, December 11, 2014

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    Only had the product for a short time, but it sounds great with my speaker system and does a good job with the other components in my system. Love it.

    Pros: Great sound and video quality. More than enough connectivity for my needs.

    Cons: As with most other A/V receivers on the market, there are a lot of connections in a relatively small area on the back of the unit, making it hard to get to some of the connections, like the speaker binding posts. Minor, I know but it was my only concern to date.

    UHD TV Must!

    Written By Russ M, Orlando, FL on Monday, December 08, 2014

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    Purchased a 4k television only to discover my 8 year old receiver wasn't allowing me to access all it's functions. Did my research on receivers that are compatible with ultra high def (4K) televisions and decided on this one. It does everything you need it to do and more. Set up was a breeze for ARC hookup and wi-fi set up. Has phono output, 2nd zone and dual sub outputs if you need it. Great price for a great piece of equipment.

    Pros: Price. Versatility. Ease of set up.

    Cons: None that I can think of.

    Do not buy

    Written By Bill, West palm beach, florida on Thursday, October 30, 2014

    I do not usually give such low ratings but this product deserves it. Video output cuts out spontaneously in DVD mode! I switched cables, tv's, DVD players and it still will randomly occur. Will happen 15 minutes or sometimes after 1-2 hours. Audio is fine. It occurred while under warranty so I was able to get another receiver and it still occurred! Geek squad hooks it up for 10 minutes states they can't reproduce the problem and says there is nothing they can do. I did the firmware update and it still happens. I have given up watching DVDs or Netflix with this device! I believe the problem is in the video upconverter but who knows! I will set up the Video directly from my DVD player to TV now but why should I pay extra money for a receiver with an HDMI output that doesn't work!

    Pros: Audio is good

    Cons: Good luck finishing a movie when the video cuts out!

    Replaced my Yamaha

    Written By MichaelN, Port Orange, FL on Thursday, October 02, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First Onkyo I've owned and I am impressed! Always heard good things about Onkyo so I decided to try them, after lighting hit by my house disabling my older Yamaha. The set up guide was easy to use and I was up and running in no time. The Dolby Atmos sound is Great, matched up with my new Energy TK-CLASSI-5-1 home theater surround system! One might think that you're sitting in a movie theater. This system is Perfect for my home theater setup. Getting up online either wired or wirelessly is a Plus and thru DLNA I can stream all my music from my computer, it's a nice touch. I am pleased with the savings from Crutchfield also!

    Pros: Easy setup for GREAT sound!

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    Written By Tom W., Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, October 02, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Crutchfield service as usual..............for the price you can't beat the onkyo tx nr636............it's my second onkyo in 10 years...i'm in love!!

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    Written By joef69, Cleveland, OH on Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver does everything I wanted and it does it easily.

    Pros: Easy, quick setup and intuitive configurationization. (my new word) My wife likes the "pass-thru" feature so that she can easily watch TV without dealing with the receiver.

    Almost good enough

    Written By Pete D, Norfolk,VA on Saturday, August 16, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit was received in good condition and was easy to install. All screen menus were easy to follow and all peripherals worked (have not hooked up the turntable but plan to shortly) Power is decent and clear - paired with Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers. so good sound and depth as expected. The biggest gripe is that the FM rec5eption is very weak below 95 FM. did not matter where i put the wire or the unit. Noticed that in the specs the FM antenna detail was missing. Very disappointing. Will try a powered FM antenna and if that does not work, it will go back.

    Pros: Clean sound, capable of accepting a turntable, good network connectivity. Remote decent

    Cons: Included FM antenna is worthless and does not find channels below 95fm. And the idea of having to buy an externally powered antenna is disappointing at best.

    Great Receiver!!!

    Written By SuhasV, Parlin, NJ on Sunday, August 10, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is very high performance receiver. Installation and the initial setup is nicely explained and user friendly. For best results, I would recommend it to be connected with Bose Acoustimass 10 Home Theater System.

    Pros: Easy Installation User Friendly Operation High Performance Audio/Video output

    Cons: None

    User-Friendly Receiver

    Written By cthefox, Birmingham, AL on Monday, August 04, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am a neophyte in setting up a stereo system, but had no problems at all with installation of this receiver. Everything was explained well in the documentation, and the receiver itself is very easy to use. The sound is terrific.

    Pros: Easy setup Good documentation Advanced features

    Cons: Can't rename keys to indicate equipment actually hooked up

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    Written By BillW, Utica, Ky on Friday, August 01, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this for my brother, whom is not into all the new things electronically, but after we hooked it up, we were both smiling when watching a 3D movie, with the sound cranking, I was pleased to have given him this as a gift. He probably will not take advantage of the streaming and IPOD/USB, but is proud of the way, he can enjoy TV, movies, music in surround sound. I only rated it 4 stars, because when watching the 3D movie, I had it cranked to the max volume the entire movie, now, it could be his cheap, onkyo speakers. They sounded good and loud, but I thought max volume was a bit concerning? I do not regret my purchase and believe most average or better folks who appreciate movie theatre sound will also like/love this receiver. My brother is happy with his speakers and sound, therefore, so am I.

    Pros: Easy to hook up and get acquainted with how to use, sounded really good!

    Cons: No operator manual, had to call Crutchfield for simple advice, but got excellent service and answers to questions in seconds, which got me on my way to setting the receiver up, and enjoying.

    AV Reciever

    Written By Anonymous, ount Vernon, TX on Sunday, July 13, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works as advertised but a little hard to program. I haven't tried to add a internet station yet.

    Pros: Good sound & remote does control all my equipment.

    Cons: non so far

    Great for Android users

    Written By Scott, Raleigh, NC on Sunday, July 06, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great so far! I upgraded from my ~10 year old Sony 5.1 receiver, which couldn't decode DD+ and didn't have HDMI. I chose Onkyo over the other ~$500 receivers because of the great android support.

    I currently use the receiver in 5.1 + 2 speakers in zone 2 and it works very well besides some small issues noted below. I have a projector as my main output and not had a chance to see how the 2nd HDMI output works, but I'll update my review (if Crutchfield will let me) when I do.

    Pros: Great streaming audio files from my phone or tablet to the speakers in my living room or zone 2. More HMDI ports than competing models, although switching from one to another is a tad on the slow side.

    Cons: 2 band fix frequency bass/treble control. My 10 year old Sony had a 3 band EQ and you could adjust the freq of each band, which let me really tweak the overall sound for my speakers. The bass/treble adjustments, to me, don't sound good. Onkyo's AccuEQ only sets the crossover frequency and speaker distance, it doesn't actually create a 12 band EQ for your room, like Onkyo's higher end "Intregra" receivers.

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    Written By Srini, Phoenix on Friday, June 27, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent receiver in terms of integrating all sources of Home theater.

    Great Product

    Written By OnKyo 636, TN on Friday, June 13, 2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have always had good luck with the Onkyo Products. I have 7 speakers and 2 subs hooked to this unit and it's an awesome sound system. Not hard to hook up, and then follow the screen prompt to get the sound set where you like it..

    Pros: Easy to hook-up Just follow prompts to make sure sound is equalized in your room, kick back and enjoy!

    Get everything you’ll need to enjoy your new Onkyo TX-NR636

    Add speaker wire with pre-installed connectors for easier speaker hookup.
    Individual spools of speaker wire let you use the exact amount you need to connect to your speakers.
    Get digital transfer of the picture and sound with an HDMI cable.
    Protect your investment from power surges and interference.
    Make sure you have cables for your wired network components.
    Using a high-quality subwoofer cable helps you get great-sounding bass with movies and music.
    Connect your components that require optical digital connections.
    Transfer digital audio from your components to your new receiver.
    Connect your components that use the composite video connection.
    Maintain optimum sound quality with upgraded audio cables.
    Conveniently control your entire A/V system.
    Connect your receiver to your home network to access music from your computer and the Internet.
    Original Monster Cable

    Original Monster Cable

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    Item #: 119OMC1515

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    Monster Cable SuperFlat™ Mini

    Monster Cable SuperFlat™ Mini

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    AudioQuest X2 Speaker Cable

    AudioQuest X2 Speaker Cable

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    AudioQuest G2 Speaker Cable

    AudioQuest G2 Speaker Cable

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    Monster XPHP™ MKII

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    Monster XP®

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    Monster XP® Navajo White MkII

    Monster XP® Navajo White MkII

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    Arista 16-Gauge Speaker Wire

    Arista 16-Gauge Speaker Wire

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    AudioQuest Forest

    AudioQuest Forest

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (1 meter/3.3 feet)

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    Planet Waves

    Planet Waves "E" Series HDMI Cable

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (0.3 meter/1 foot)

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    CableTruth 303H

    CableTruth 303H

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (15 feet)

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    AudioQuest Pearl

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (1 meter/3.3 feet)

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    AudioQuest Chocolate

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (1 meter/3.3 feet)

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    AudioQuest Cinnamon

    AudioQuest Cinnamon

    "High Speed with Ethernet" HDMI cable (1 meter/3.3 feet)

    Item #: 703CINN1M

    (13)

    $68.99
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    Monster ISF® 750HD

    Monster ISF® 750HD

    "High Speed" HDMI cable (12 feet)

    Item #: 11975HD12F

    $149.99
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    Panamax M8-AV-PRO

    Panamax M8-AV-PRO

    Power line conditioner and surge protector

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    (9)

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    Panamax MR4000

    Panamax MR4000

    Power line conditioner and surge protector

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    (2)

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    Panamax M8-AV

    Panamax M8-AV

    Power line conditioner and surge protector

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    (7)

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    Panamax PM8-AV

    Panamax PM8-AV

    Power line conditioner and surge protector

    Item #: 299PM8AV

    (4)

    $89.99
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    Onkyo SKH-410

    Onkyo SKH-410

    Dolby Atmos® enabled add-on speaker modules

    Item #: 580SKH410

    (2)

    $149.99
    Add to Cart
    AudioQuest Pearl

    AudioQuest Pearl

    High-speed, low-jitter CAT-7 Ethernet cable (0.75 meters/2.5 feet)

    Item #: 70376655

    (2)

    $25.99
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    AudioQuest Forest

    AudioQuest Forest

    High-speed, low-jitter CAT-7 Ethernet cable (3 meters/10 feet)

    Item #: 70312158

    (1)

    $69.99
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    AudioQuest Cinnamon

    AudioQuest Cinnamon

    High-speed, low-jitter CAT-7 Ethernet cable (1.5 meters/5 feet)

    Item #: 7032002906

    $89.99
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    Monster® Essentials

    Monster® Essentials

    High-speed CAT-6 Ethernet cable (7 feet)

    Item #: 119ETHNET7

    $39.99
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    AudioQuest Black Lab

    AudioQuest Black Lab

    Subwoofer cable (16 meters/52.5 feet)

    Item #: 703BLAB16M

    (12)

    $104.99
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    Monster Cable® 600sw

    Monster Cable® 600sw

    Subwoofer cable (8 meters/26.25 feet)

    Item #: 119SW6008M

    (25)

    $69.95
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    Monster Cable® 400sw

    Monster Cable® 400sw

    Subwoofer cable (4 meters/13.2 feet)

    Item #: 119SW4004M

    (34)

    $39.95
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    CableTruth 303S

    CableTruth 303S

    Subwoofer cable (9 ft.)

    Item #: 865SBCBL9F

    (8)

    $29.99
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    AudioQuest Irish Red

    AudioQuest Irish Red

    Subwoofer cable (12 meters/39.4 feet)

    Item #: 703IRED12M

    (1)

    $179.99
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    AudioQuest Boxer

    AudioQuest Boxer

    Subwoofer cable (2 meters/6.6 feet)

    Item #: 703BXER2M

    $159.99
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    Monster Cable® 400sw2

    Monster Cable® 400sw2

    Subwoofer cable (12 feet)

    Item #: 119140711

    (1)

    $49.99
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    CableTruth 303T

    CableTruth 303T

    Optical digital audio cable (6 feet)

    Item #: 865OPT6FT

    (5)

    $19.99
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    AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

    AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

    Optical digital audio cable (1.5 meters/5 feet)

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    AudioQuest Cinnamon OptiLink

    Optical digital audio cable (1.5 meters/5 feet)

    Item #: 703COP15M

    (3)

    $78.99
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    AudioQuest Vodka OptiLink

    Optical digital audio cable (1.5 meters/5 feet)

    Item #: 703VOP15M

    (1)

    $228.99
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    Monster 400df02

    Optical digital audio cable (4 feet)

    Item #: 119140713

    (2)

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    AudioQuest VDM-A

    Coaxial digital audio cable (3 meters/9.9 ft.)

    Item #: 703VDMAR3

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    AudioQuest VDM-X

    AudioQuest VDM-X

    Coaxial digital audio cable (2 meters/6.6 ft.)

    Item #: 703VDMXR2

    (2)

    $44.99
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    AudioQuest VDM-3

    AudioQuest VDM-3

    Coaxial digital audio cable (1 meter/3.3 feet)

    Item #: 703VDM31M

    (2)

    $124.99
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    Arista 18-5460

    Arista 18-5460

    Coaxial digital audio cable (6 feet)

    Item #: 043185460

    (5)

    $10.99
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    Monster Cable® 400dcx2

    Monster Cable® 400dcx2

    Coaxial digital audio cable (4 feet)

    Item #: 119140715

    $39.99
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    Monster Video® 2

    Monster Video® 2

    Composite video cable (2 meters, 6.6 ft.)

    Item #: 119R2002M

    (1)

    $29.95