Network & Tuner Functions
7.2ch AV Receiver: The Onkyo TX-NR717 features a 7-channel
amplifier rated at 110 watts (into 8-ohms, at 20Hz-20kHz, with 0.08%, driving 2
channels) and two mono subwoofer preamp outputs. The 7-channel amplifier can be
configured in four ways.
- 7.2ch Surround: The Onkyo TX-NR717 provides 7.2ch surround in
your main listening area.
- Front Bi-Amp: The Front High/Zone 3
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 and you cannot power additional speakers in Zone 2
- Powered Zone 2: The Front Wide/Zone 2 speaker terminals
can be reassigned to power a pair of speakers in Zone 2. This
configuration restricts the main listening room to 5.2ch surround (no
surround back or Front High/Wide speakers).
- Powered Zone 3: The Front High/Zone 3 speaker terminals
can also be reassigned to power a pair of speakers in Zone 3. This
configuration restricts the main listening room to 3.2ch surround (no
surround/surround back or Front High/Wide speakers).
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: 3-Stage Inverted
Darlington Circuitry is a core Onkyo technology incorporating 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 Control 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.
PLL (Phase Locked Loop): PLL jitter-cleaning circuit
technology reduces jitter by comparing the input and output phases of the
digital signal and creating an accurate clock waveform. This enhances the
precision of digital signal processing and noticeably improves audio quality.
Jitter-cleaning technology works both for digital signals input via HDMI and for
digital signals converted from analog signals inside the receiver itself.
Burr-Brown DACs (Digital-to-Analog Converters): This receiver is
equipped with 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown DACs to decode and playback
high-resolution recordings with less jitter and clearer sound.
32-Bit Processing DSP: The Onkyo TX-NR717 is equipped with a powerful
and highly accurate 32-bit processing DSP (Digital Signal Processor) for better
surround sound reproduction.
Multi-Channel Decoding Formats: The Onkyo TX-NR717 AV
receiver supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro
Logic) decoding formats.
- Dolby Digital:
Dolby, Digital EX,
Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS Neo: 6,
- Dolby Pro Logic:
Dolby Pro Logic II,
Dolby Pro Logic IIx,
Dolby Pro Logic IIz
Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be
selected if your audio source is connected to the AV 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.
THX Select 2 Plus Certified: The TX-NR717 AV receiver is
THX Select 2 Plus certified. Founded by George Lucas, THX develops stringent
standards that ensure movies are reproduced in movie theaters and home theaters
just as the director intended. From early design concepts to product rollout,
THX works with its manufacturing partners at each step of product development.
Every detail is meticulously mapped to the THX performance standards. And THX
engineers spend countless hours testing and analyzing each product for sound
quality, usability and interoperability. The result of this collaborative
process is a THX Certified receiver, amplifier or pre-amplifier designed from
the ground-up to present your favorite movies, music, and games in 5.1ch to
7.1ch surround sound loud and clear at studio reference volumes. THX Select 2
Plus is specified for rooms where the screen-to-seat viewing distance is 10-12
feet and the room volume is 3,000 cubic feet or greater.
Audyssey Technology: The TXN-R7817 features a full package
of Audyssey audio technologies for optimal sound quality. Audyssey Dynamic
Volume offers real-time volume adjustment, while Audyssey DynamicEQ improves
your system's surround effects during low volume levels. Audyssey 2EQ
automatically sets speakers to suit your room's listening environment and the
- Audyssey 2EQ Automatic Speaker Setup: With the supplied
speaker setup microphone, Audyssey 2EQ can measure the number of speakers
connected, their sizes, crossover frequencies and distances front he listening
position and calculate the optimal speaker setting for you automatically. The
supplied microphone includes an attached 19.5' cable that plugs into the Setup
Mic input on front of the receiver. There is a threaded insert on the bottom of
the microphone so it can be mounted on a tripod for accurate listening position
placement. Three listening position measurements are taken, one primary and two
secondary, to optimize the surround effect for a broad area. You can also setup
your speaker system manually using the receiver.
- Audyssey Dynamic EQ: Audyssey Dynamic EQ solves the problem
of deteriorating sound quality as volume is decreased by taking into account
human perception and room acoustics. Dynamic EQ selects the best possible
frequency response and surround levels moment-by-moment as volume is changed.
The result is bass response, tonal balance and surround impression that remain
constant despite changes in volume. Audyssey Dynamic EQ combines information
from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, a
prerequisite for delivering a loudness correction solution. Audyssey Dynamic EQ
works in tandem with Audyssey 2EQ to provide well-balanced sound for every
listener at any volume level.
- Audyssey Dynamic Volume: Audyssey Dynamic Volume solves the
problem of large variations in volume level between television programs,
commercials, and between the soft and loud passages of movies. Dynamic Volume
looks at the preferred volume setting by t he user and then monitors how the
volume of program material is being perceived by listeners in real time to
decide whether an adjustment is needed. Whenever necessary, Dynamic Volume makes
the necessary rapid or gradual adjustments to maintain the desired playback
volume level while optimizing the dynamic range. Audyssey Dynamic EQ is
integrated in Dynamic Volume so that as the playback volume is adjusted
automatically, the perceived bass response, tonal balance, surround impression,
and dialog clarity remain the same whether watching movies, flipping between
television channels, or changing from stereo to surround sound content.
Surround Parameters: The Onkyo TX-NR717 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).
- 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
- 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).
- 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°).
Dialog Normalization: Dialog Normalization (DialogNorm) is a feature
of Dolby Digital, which is used to keep the programs at the same average
listening level so the user does not have to change the volume control between
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby TrueHD programs.
Bass & Treble: You can independently adjust the Bass (50Hz)
and Treble (20kHz) of the TX-NR717 from -10 to +10 dB.
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
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.
Re-EQ: With the Re-EQ function, you can compensate for harsh
high-frequency content, making it more suitable for listening.
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.
Note: This feature only works
with Dolby Digital Encoded software and the depth
of the feature will vary based on the individual
Volume Setup: The Onkyo AV receiver provides the following
- 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 1-78.
- 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 two optical digital inputs and three coaxial digital inputs. All four 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
- 7.2ch Pre Outs: The Onkyo TX-NR717 features 7.2ch pre-amp
outputs (Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back/Front Height/Front Wide, and
dual subwoofer) for connection of an external power amplifier.
- Binding-Post Speaker Terminals: The Onkyo TX-NR717 is
equipped with color-coded binding-post terminals for all speaker connections;
including Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Front Wide/Zone 2
(L/R), and Front High/Zone 3 (L/R). The binding post terminals will accept
bare-wire, pin-connectors, and banana plugs (single/dual).
- Phono Input: The Onkyo A/V receiver is fitted with a Phono input and ground
terminal for connection of a turntable (MM).
- Headphones: When headphones are plugged into the full-size
1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.
When you connect an iPod or iPhone to the USB port on this receiver, no sound
will be output from the headphone jack.
HDMI (v1.4): The TX-NR717 has eight HDMI v1.4 inputs (7
rear/1 front). The front jack is fixed as the Aux input, while the six rear
panel jacks are assignable to any of the other inputs. There are two HDMI
monitor outputs; both outputs can be active simultaneously and will pass digital
audio and video. The HDMI inputs will support uncompressed standard or high
definition digital video along with the following audio signals: 2-channel
linear PCM, Multichannel linear PCM, and Bitstream. The receiver's HDMI
circuitry allows the receiver to output an HDMI audio signal from its speaker
outputs, headphone out, and HDMI out so you don't have to run additional analog
or digital cables. The HDMI inputs accept 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p
signals. The analog video inputs (composite/component) are converted to HDMI
for transfer to the TV.
Note: The 2 HDMI outputs display the same video signal
and can be used simultaneously.
Marvel Qdeo Video Chip for 4K Upscaling: The Onkyo TX-NR717
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 video signals (composite/component) are converted to HDMI and
can be scaled to the resolution set in the menu: Through (no scaling), Auto
(automatically scaled to the highest resolution supported by the display), 480p,
720p, 1080i, 1080p, or 4K.
Front-Panel HDMI (MHL) Port: The front-panel HDMI port is
designed for the connection of select mobile phones and other portable
electronic devices using the new MHL standard. Simply plug your MHL compatible
smartphone into the receiver's front-panel HDMI port using the HDMI cable that
is included with your mobile phone. MHL allows you to display full 1080p video
and still images on your HDTV with up to 7.1 channels of surround sound. By
programming the A/V receiver's supplied remote control with the appropriate
numeric code, you can use it to operate your connected MHL-enabled smartphone.
Your connected smartphone is also recharged upon connection, and no separate
power supply for the device is necessary while connected to the receiver. The
A/V receiver is compatible with Android smartphones from Samsung, HTC, and LG
(must support MHL standard); as of 6/7/2012.
3D-Compatible: The TX-NR717's HDMI v.1.4 connections 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.
x.v.Color: The AV receiver supports x.v.Color, offering a
wider color range than the current broadcast standard. For the x.v.Color feature
to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible
Deep Color: The Onkyo receiver also supports Deep Color
which allows the color depth of video signals passing through HDMI to be raised.
The number of colors that could be expressed by 1 pixel was 24 bits (16,777,216
colors) with a standard HDMI jack. However, the number of colors which can be
expressed by 1 pixel is 36 bits with a Deep Color enabled HDMI jack. Since the
gradation of the depth of a color can be expressed more finely with more bits,
continuous color changes can be more smoothly expressed. For the Deep Color
feature to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible
Note: x.v. Color and Deep Color technology are supported
only when source product, HDMI cable, media and HDTV all support those
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
- Auto: Detects the signal and automatically selects the
- 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
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 receiver's main HDMI
monitor output supports the ARC function, while the sub HDMI monitor output does
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 5 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
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.
Auto Lip Sync: The Lip Sync function can automatically
synchronize HDMI audio and video 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.
A/V Sync Control: Occasionally, you may need to manually
adjust the audio/video signals that are not
properly synchronized manually. Typically when using a progressive scanning DVD player. You
can correct this by delaying the audio; options are 0 (no delay) to 800 milliseconds,
in 10 millisecond steps.
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 & Tuner Functions
Network-Ready: The Onkyo TX-NR717
A/V receiver is network-ready, which means you can connect it to your home
network with a standard Ethernet cable and enjoy the music files stored on your
computer or media server. If your network is connected to the Internet
(broadband), you can also enjoy Internet radio.
Ethernet Connection (optional WiFi): Connecting the A/V receiver's
Ethernet (RJ-45) 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. The TX-NR717 is also
compatible with Onkyo's Wireless LAN Adapter
sold separately), for a wireless (WiFi) connection to your home network. The
wireless LAN adapter plugs into the receiver's rear-panel USB port.
Internet Radio: The Onkyo TX-NR717 lets you access various
Internet Radio providers through its Ethernet network connection. The TX-NR717 will
display station name and program-related information, such as - artist name,
song title, and elapsed playing time. You can preset up to 40 of your "favorite"
Internet radio stations for easy recall.
||vTuner offers easy browsing of internet radio
stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio
stations and podcasts via an extremely reliable online database
with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Genre,
Location, Language, and Favorites.
||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.
||rhapsody is a streaming music subscription
service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the
full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over
10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or
download the music.
lets you listen to over 120 channels of
commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, and more. The
Onkyo AV receiver includes a free trial of SiriusXM Internet
||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.
||Last.fm is a free music recommendation
service that lets you discover new music you like, based on the
music you already listen to. The Last.fm website is filled with
tons of information on artists, albums and tracks; including
more music similar to them, charts, and other statistics.
||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; create your own music library with customized
playlists; as well as share your music via Facebook, Twitter, or
||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.
Media Server Playback: You can play back music files stored on
your computer or media server (the TX-NR717 is DLNA certified). Compatible music
file formats include MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (5-320 kbps), WMA Lossless (16/24-bit),
WAV (8/16/24-bit), AAC (8-320 kbps), FLAC (8/16/24-bit), Ogg Vorbis (48-500 kbps),
LPCM (8/16/24-bit), Apple Lossless (16/24-bit), DSD, and Dolby TrueHD. Each folder
on the server may contain up to 20,000 music files, and folders may be nested up
to 16 levels deep.
Media Server Requirements: The receiver can play digital
music files stored on a computer or media server. Up to 20,000 folders can be
displayed and folders may be nested up to 16 levels deep. Your computer or
media server must be on the same network as the Onkyo AV receiver. The following
media servers are compatible:
- Windows Media Player 11 or 12
- Windows Media Connect 2.0
- DLNA (ver.1.5)-Compatible Media Server
Note: If the operating system of your personal computer is Windows
7, Windows Media Player 12 is already installed. If the operating
system of your computer is Windows Vista, Windows Media Player 11 is already
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.
PC Input: The AV receiver is equipped with a rear-panel PC
input (15-pin D-sub) which allows you to connect your PC to the AV receiver and
use your HDMI connected television as a computer monitor.
Firmware Updates: Future firmware updates are available from
the Onkyo website through the receiver's Network or USB connection. The tested
TX-NR717 contained firmware version 1020-1100-0000-0000 (as of 6/7/2012). Visit Onkyo's online
Center for the latest firmware
Dual USB Ports: A USB MSC (Mass Storage Class) memory device
can be connected to the receiver's front-panel or rear-panel USB (type-A) terminal,
allowing you to play music files through the receiver. Your USB MSC device must be
formatted in FAT16 or FAT32. Compatible music file formats include MP3 (8-320 kbps),
WMA (5-320 kbps), WMA Lossless (16/24-bit), WAV (8/16/24-bit), AAC (8-320 kbps),
FLAC (8/16/24-bit), Ogg Vorbis (48-500 kbps), LPCM (8/16/24-bit), Apple Lossless
(16/24-bit), DSD, and Dolby TrueHD. Up to 20,000 folders can be displayed, and
folders may be nested up to 16 levels deep. You can control basic playback functions
of your connected USB device's music from the included remote control, such as -
Folder/File Select, Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Skip (next/previous),
and Repeat/Random. USB portable audio players that can be charged via USB will be
charged when plugged into the AV receiver's USB port; even in standby mode (the
front-panel USB port is rated at 5V/1A, while the rear-panel USB port is rated at
Note: 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
iPod/iPhone Direct: Using a USB-to iPod-Dock cable plugged
into the front-panel USB port, music can be played directly from an iPod/iPhone,
bypassing the iPod/iPhone's DAC. To view the video content from your
iPod/iPhone, connect it to the receiver's front-panel USB port and composite
video or HDMI input using the official Apple Composite or HDMI AV Cable (sold
separately). Your connected iPod/iPhone is controlled by the receiver's remote,
or you can continue to control your iPod/iPhone from its clickwheel or
touchscreen. Song/artist information and elapsed time are displayed on the
receiver's front-panel display and your connected TV screen (via HDMI only). You
can navigate your iPod/iPhone's music using the on-screen menu and remote
control by Playlist, Artist, Album Genre, Song, or Composer. Video stored on
your iPod/iPhone can be searched by Movie, Music Video, TV Show, Video Podcast,
Rented Movie, or Video iTunesU. You can also shuffle the playback of your
iPod/iPhone's music and view the Now Playing screen. Your iPod/iPhone's battery
will be charged while connected to the receiver. iPod/iPhone compatibility is as